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London Engagement Shoot – A walk around Dulwich Park with Kelleigh & Jason

London Engagement Shoot – A walk around Dulwich Park with Kelleigh & Jason

Really can’t believe that 18 months has gone since I first met Kelleigh & Jason to discuss their wedding. With less than two weeks until their big day at Oaks Farm, Shirley in Surrey, we decided to meet up for a chat, a walk and of course some photos. We decided to meet up last Sunday in the gorgeous Dulwich Park, taking advantage of the beautiful surroundings, and we couldn’t resist a few shots and nice cup of tea, across the road in Dulwich Picture Gallery’s Gardens. Got to say, every time I meet up with these two, it is great. They were so relaxed and so easy to get on with and the best thing was that are really excited about me shooting their wedding (ok I added that bit in)!!!

For the second time, I shot Film alongside Digital. I really am loving using this method, and am getting more and more comfortable with shooting Portraiture on Film. Look out for the scans once I get them back from the Photography Labs.

Got to say thank you to Anneka for assisting me and cannot wait to work with you again on Kelleigh & Jason wedding day.

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If you are planning a wedding (small or big), and looking for a contemporary, artistic wedding photographer to capture all the beauty in your special day, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Jay xxx

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Surrey Wedding Ceremony at Croydon Registry Office

A small, Surrey Wedding Ceremony at Croydon Registry Office on a hot spring day, then onto Dinner in Crystal Palace…

Before their traditional, religious Asian wedding later on in the year in Newcastle, Shama and Siam Saleem made their marriage legal at Croydon Registry Office in Surrey.

This was a very small ceremony at Croydon Registry Office and then a dinner reception at a beautiful Morocco restaurant in Crystal Palace London, but all I can say is, for a wedding party of just over 20, there was as much fun as a wedding of over 100.

Shama decided to wear her Grandmother’s Wedding Dress for the occasion, which was such a lovely touch. Siam who travelled from his home city of Newcastle, leaving early in the morning, was not disappointed when he finally arrived at Croydon Registry Office for the ceremony. Shama looked absolutely stunning in her dress, and with her close friends professionally doing make-up and hair, it just completed the beauty of the bride.

As weddings go it was wonderful affair with plenty of laughter, smiles and of course tears of joy. I’d like to thank you both and your wedding party for allowing me to be part of your special day.

Congratulations to you both and good luck with the Big Wedding later on in the year.

Thanks to Anneka Sanghera, we made a great team on the day and look forward to working with you on our next wedding and event.

A few shots from Shama and Siam special day in Croydon & Crystal Palace….

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If you are planning a Surrey or London wedding (small or big), and looking for a contemporary, artistic wedding photographer to capture all the beauty in your special day, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Jay xxx

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The reason to choose me as your wedding photographer post

If you are reading this, I am hoping you are a bride or groom to be who is looking for a wedding photographer to capture you on your special day, you saw this blog about choosing a wedding photographer and thought this might help you.

 

There is 10s of thousands of professional wedding photographers and thousand more amateur photographers who would happily photograph your day. So why choose me when the photographer above me on the Google search does exactly the same as me? What have I got that makes me unique, and stand out from the crowd?

You would have read a lot of blogs, and articles in wedding magazines on how to choose the right photographer and what to look out for, which is great and I would recommend it.

Choosing a wedding photographer is a very personal decision, and I know that I am not the perfect choice for every couple. But hopefully with the list of reasons to choose me, I will be your perfect choice.

 

Well here are the 5 reasons why you should book me.Groom and Bride Kissing and Laughing

  1.  You like my style of photography, and it fits into your style for your wedding. I put this as No.1, as I feel, this is one of the most important considerations. I like to combine the elegant and modern with a fashionable method to my wedding photography. From my portfolio, you can see that I love my images to feel fresh, light and very natural. I want your images to feel crisp and wonderfully captured. I want your images to stand the test of time, that you want to share with generation after generation.Bride & Groom kissing with guests
  2.  I am a very relaxed wedding photographer, who likes to go with the flow; I am not there to run your wedding. 
Wedding days are very stressful & hectic, and the last thing you need is a photographer adding to this stress. What I like to do firstly do is try and keep you relaxed and add a few laughs into the day. I have a documentary approach where being in the background and being un-intrusive is how is catch the fun, joy and emotions from you and your guests, but I also produce stunning portraits of you and the bridal party. This is where I might instruct you on where to stand and how to pose, but I am far from the control freak and demand you do “things my way or the highway”Group shot with Bride as star
  3. I do like a bit of cheese. As I said previously, I like to have a bit of fun and to make you feel easy. Even though my images are very light, natural and very much telling the story of the day, I do like a few of the cheesy, fun photos.  We all know the worn-out, overused group shots that end up looking forced & corny and no one looks happy; well I like to put in a fun twist on them and add a bit of cheese.Just showing Best man with Tie
  4. I have a great personality. 
Well, my family loves me. But seriously, the worse thing that could happen is that you don’t get on with your photographer and they don’t get on with you. Doesn’t matter how great the photographers are and how many years experience they have. If you don’t get on with them and you don’t build up a rapport with them before your wedding, the pictures are not going to come out well. I like to get to know my couple; I like to build a relationship with them. So when it comes to your big day, we are like old friends who understand how each other works and we can get along and enjoy your wedding. I know that sounds corny and fake, but it is true and the majority of the couples I have been fortunate enough to photograph, still friends. The best way to know whether or not you will like me as your photographer is to meet me in person. We can set up a coffee meet or go for a drink and figure out if you like my style and sense of humour.  If you can’t meet me in person, I recommend either a Skype conversation or a phone call.DIY Love sign on table
  5. Last but not least…I love photographing weddings. 
This reason sounds a bit selfish, but my love for photographing weddings is a major benefit to you as well. I genuinely love my job, and I believe this shows in both my attitude on your wedding day and in your wedding photos.

 

Well there is the list, I could add more, but I don’t want to bore you. But if you want to know more about me, then get in contact with me and let’s talk.