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Surrey Fine Art Wedding Photography – Eloise & Matthew’s Leatherhead Wedding

Eloise & Matthew’s Surrey Fine Art Wedding was such a great occasion;

When we met up to discuss the day, they spoke about not wanting a big wedding, just close family and friends at The Mansion, Leatherhead registrar office in Surrey  and then onto a small village pub in Tadworth, Surrey with a BBQ as their Wedding meal. But the most important things that Eloise wanted was VW Camper to take her to and from the ceremony and someone to capture it all.

I was contacted by Matthew at the back end of 2013, when Matthew’s brother in Law recommended me; thanks Gary, and after a brief telephone conversation and a consultation at there home they share, they booked me to shoot their July wedding in Surrey.

The day started off with the most beautiful weather, which is just what you want. I met up with Matthew and the guests before the ceremony at The Mansion, Leatherhead Registry Ofiice in Surrey and starting capturing everyone coming together, it was just great. Eloise arrived in the beautiful baby blue coloured VW camper van, and just looked amazing in her dress.

After the ceremony, we used the gorgeous gardens of The Mansion to take some group shots and also a few couple portraits before heading through the picturesque Surrey Hills, towards the reception and the BBQ.

Anyway I won’t go on too much, I will let the photos tell the story, but just one more thing; congrats to Eloise & Matthew, thanks for allowing me to capture your special day, it was beautiful.

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Jay xxx

If you are planning a Fine Art Surrey, Sussex, Kent, Berkshire, Hampshire or London wedding (small or big), and looking for a Contemporary & Artistic wedding photographer to capture  your special day, by combining the beauty of photographing on Film and the versatility of Digital Photography, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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Berkshire Engagement Shoot – Katrina & Dominic – “A Month Today”

“A month today” !!!!

With 4 weeks to go until Katrina & Dominic’s wedding day, a notification on Facebook came up from Katrina with the quote “A Month Today”. So I thought this would be a great time to post the pictures from their Engagement Shoot a couple of weeks ago.

For the engagement shoot, we decided that I would travel to their beautiful cottage in the country village of Cookham in Berkshire, and what a spectacular view that caught my eye once I left the A4. Travelling up the winding road through the hills was amazing and I knew this was going to be a great shoot. 

Once I parked up and caught my breath from the gorgeous view, we decided that we would have a walk down the hillside towards the River Thames and maybe, just maybe, try some of the local beverages at the riverside drinking hole. 

Katrina & Dominic were amazing, not just for their photos, but being so cool when I stopped every 5 mins to comment on how beautiful the view was and how lucky they are to live and bring up their daughter here.

It was a beautiful summer late afternoon and the stroll down to the river was wonderful even the tricky slope we had to overcome to get to the bottom. Katrina & Dominic were so relaxed and we could have chatted all evening about their lives, how they got together, and what the plans are for their wedding day. 

So 28 days and counting, can’t wait…

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Also on this shoot, I used my Mamiya Medium Format Camera to take a few images, and these are some of the scans I received back from UK Film Lab . Really happy with the results, and hopefully Katrina and Dominic are pleased xxx

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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.

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Surrey Wedding – ‘Team Campbell’ got married at Oaks Farm – Sneak Peek

‘Team Campbell’ got married at Oaks Farm – Sneak Peek

What a day I had yesterday!! I really laughed, I nearly cried, and I definitely did get wet in the torrential rain. But nothing was going to make Kelleigh & Jason’s big day be a washout.

“Thank you for all your hard work, Jay. J and I loved having you. Can’t wait to see the pictures.”

Once I got this message, I just had to ask if I could show a few sneak peek before they go on their Honeymoon, and Kelleigh was happy for me to

So here you are, a preview of  ‘Team Campbell’s’ Wedding.

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Please return in a few weeks to see the full blog of ‘Team Campbell’s’ special day.

 

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.

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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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Mamiya 645 Pro – My New (Second-Hand) Camera

Mamiya 645 Pro – My New (Second-Hand) Medium Format Camera

 

So excited when my new (Second-Hand) Medium Format Camera arrived in the post yesterday. The Japanese built Mamiya 645-Pro is something that I have been looking at for a while (and the Contax 645, which I cannot afford yet).

Hopefully it will get a run out this weekend, when I shoot Katrina and Dominic Engagement shoot in the Picturesque Berkshire Village of Cookham.

Can’t wait to share the images from this amazing camera and alongside the ones from my other Film SLR cameras and also my Canon Digital camera.

 

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Fulham Palace Editorial Photo Shoot

Fulham Palace Editorial Photo Shoot for To Have & To Hold Wedding Magazine

 

Aside from me being a Surrey Wedding & Portrait Photographer, I also love to do a lot of commercial work within the Wedding Industry in London and other areas.

After shooting The Luxury Wedding Show at the stunning Fulham Palace, I was approached by To Have & To Hold wedding magazine to shoot an editorial for their bi-monthly magazine, again at Fulham Palace.

The shoot was scheduled for a beautiful autumn day and we weren’t  disappointed. Even though it did rain a bit, it stopped in time for us to shoot in the wonderful courtyard.

I met up with Bridal Dress collection, Bellanovia who provided some of the most stunning dresses I have ever seen, and the exceptional Hair & Make up artist Sairah-J, who also a Henna artist.

Fulham Palace was great and allowed us the use of most of the majestic venue.  It was truly awe inspiring. I am sure that as a wedding venue, this place would just be jaw-dropping.

The theme of the shoot was about showcasing the beauty of the dresses, the spectacular Fulham Palace with it period features, the amazing attention to detail of Sairah J’s makeup,  in my style of Fine Art photography. And that is why Katie from To Have & To Hold contacted me for this particular shoot knowing that my mixture of stylish portraiture and  irresistible eye for details would complement everything on this shoot.

I would just like to say a big thank you to everyone at Fulham Palace, ‘To Have & To Hold’ magazine, Bellanovia Bridal Collection and Sairah-J, Hair & make-up Artist. This Fulham Palace Editorial Photo Shoot, It was a great success.

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If you are planning a SurreyLondon, Kent or Sussex 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.