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Surrey Fine Art Wedding – Sophie & Lee’s Leatherhead & West Horsley Wedding

What was it about Sophie & Lee’s Surrey Fine Art wedding that made it one of the most special I have photographed? I believe it was that from the first time I spoke to Sophie, she was all about the photos. When a couple come to me and they talk about how important their photographs are and how much they want captured, I know that we are going to be a perfect fit.

After the initial chat to discuss their wedding ceremony at The Mansion in Leatherhead, Surrey, and then their reception at a converted barn in the village of West Horsley, Surrey, we met up at Newland Corner, just outside Guildford, Surrey for their Engagement Shoot which you can have a look at here. As you can see from the post, we hit it off straight away.

It was an early start at Sophie & Lee’s home in the lovely little village of Bramley, near Guildford, for bridal prep. It was a gorgeous morning and when I arrived to start documenting the day, I knew it was going to be a wonderful day. After the ceremony at The Mansion, Leatherhead, we moved to a quaint little pub, with its converted barn in the village of West Horsley, Surrey for their reception. I can truly say I had a great time, everyone was full of laughter, happiness and genuine love for the special couple. From the reaction and review from the couple; and also their friends & family, I definitely captured  that and I believe you will see it also in the pictures below…

 

Enjoy

Jay xxx

 

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Fine Art & Contemporary Wedding Photography – My Lake District Trip

Beautiful scenery of The Lake District from my iPhone 6S

So a couple of weekends ago, if you don’t know, I made my first ever trip to The Lake District. I was there to photograph a wedding of Claire & JJ with one of the most talented wedding photographer of his generation, Alex Beckett of Alex Beckett Photography. If you haven’t checked his work out yet, make sure you do after looking at mine 😉

Anyway, enough about Alex, back to my trip to gorgeous county of Cumbria.

I cannot speak enough about how amazing this part of the country is;  the stunning rolling hills, the beautiful lakes and the peaceful way of life was just breathtaking and something I hope my personal and work life will take me back in the near future.

I thought I would share some of my images I took on my phone of the scenery and hopefully I will share some of my images from the wedding.

Enjoy

Jay xxx

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Surrey Fine Art Wedding Photography – Rachael & Terry’s Farleigh Golf Club Wedding

What a great wedding;

A few months ago Terry got in touch with me asking if I was free to shoot his and Rachael’s big day. Without hesitation I said yes.

I have known Rachael & Terry for over 10 years now, since both our sons have played in the same football team or against each other over the years.

After being together for 20 years and three children later, they decided it was the right time to tie the knot.

So over a week ago, Rachael & Terry got married.

It was such a beautiful day at Farleigh Golf Club with the weather playing ball after a few days of torrential  rain. With family and friends joining in the celebration, it was truly a great wedding…

I thought it would be great to show a sneak peek of the wonderful day.

Enjoy xxx

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Sussex Fine Art Wedding Photography – Bridal Styled Shoot (Sneak Peek)

A Fine Art Bridal Shoot in East Sussex

A Fine Art Bridal collaboration Shoot in Brighton, East Sussex with a few excellent suppliers in the Wedding industry, who was very happy to help when I came calling.

Full blog to come soon, but just a few images to wet the appetite

Jay xxx

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Suppliers:

Model: Claire Murphy

Hair & Make Up Artist: Chloë Campbell

Bridal Bouquet: Emma Soulsby – Ladybird Flowers

Veil and Hairpieces: Jodi McFayden – McFayden Millinery

Stationary: Lou Rodrigues –  Beyond Vintage

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Manchester Fine Art Engagement Photography – Ammaarah & Hamza

Manchester Surprise Marriage Proposal – Hamza proposes to Ammaarah

I was contacted by Hamza, as he had planned a romantic shopping and dinner trip to Manchester for his beautiful girlfriend Ammaarah. But what she didnt know, was that he was also planning to surprise her with a marriage proposal at the famous Manchester restaurant Rosso over lunch.

We discussed the plan on how and where I would photograph them in the restaurant and also the signal for me when he was ready to pop the question. With the cake ordered that would hold the gorgeous ring, and the table booked, the day was set for a very romantic marriage proposal.

I arrived at the restaurant early to speak to the manager, who showed me where the couple will be seated and the best place at the bar for me to get the best angle to photograph the couple from, but would also be discreet enough that they wouldn’t see me before the big moment.

It was very exciting shooting this surprise wedding proposal, and when they brought out the cake with the ring, and when Ammaarah notice what was happening, the look on her face was priceless!!

After the special moment and Ammaarah saying yes, we took a short walk to Manchester City Centre for a quick couple shoot before I left Hamza & Ammaarah to continue with their celebration.

Congrats to Hamza & Ammaarah, they were such a great couple, I am so glad that I played a part in your precious moment and  got photograph this special day.

Wishing them all the luck in the world and look forward to the announcement of their wedding.

 

Jay xxx

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Surrey & London Wedding Photography – Brick Lane Styled Shoot

Alternative Bridal Styled Shoot – A walk down and around Brick Lane, Shoreditch

Last Sunday (8th March 2015), I joined up with a few photography friends and hit the famous Brick Lane in East London. We organise a Bridal Styled Shoot along the  vibrate, colourful and diverse street in Shoreditch.

This shoot, was very much different for me, as the alternative theme was far from my usual style of elegant and contemporary. But saying that, it was great to work on something like this and add my own usual taste to it.

Thanks to the real Rock & Roll Model Couple, Sally & Reece. They really brought the shoot to life with their cool style and attitude.

Suppliers

Sally’s Dress – heartaflutterbridal.co.uk

Sally’s Hairpiece – mcfaydenmillinery.com

Sally’s Flowers & Reece’s Buttonhole – www.floral-elements.co.uk

 

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Thanks for looking, I do hope enjoy the images.

Jay xxx

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Surrey Wedding Photography – London & a 24mm Tilt/Shift Lens

My short walk along the River Thames in London shooting on with a 24mm Tilt/Shift Lens

The first thing I have to say is about this post, is that it isn’t a real technical review of a lens. It is just my view of my use of the lens over a weekend and what I liked and disliked about using it.

As a Surrey Wedding Photographer, I am always looking to learn new techniques and try out equipment that can improve me. Now you will always hear that it is not about the equipment and having the latest, most expensive lens or camera will not make you the best photographer in the world, but some techniques need specialist equipment  to achieve a specific look.

For a walk around London, I decided to rent a Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II from Lens Locker who are based in Twickenham London. I have rented from Lens Locker for a few years now and can’t speak highly enough of them. Even when it comes to a last minute emergency, I always feel that I can call on them for a next day pick-up of a lens or some other equipment.

The Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L is, for the people who don’t know, is a Tilt/Shift Lens, which is a specialist lens mostly used for architectural, landscape and product photography. But over the years, I have seen it been used more and more in portrait and also Wedding photography. The most popular use in recent years has been for the Toy town look you see use in TV programmes like Location, Location, Location.

I decided that with a few Portrait shoots coming up in some great locations in and around London, I would rent the lens to see what I could create and if it would fit into my style of working.

What a lens it is! I am not really a fan of wide angle lens, but I thought I would give it a go too see if I could, again, fit it into my style of working. Using as a normal lens without the Tilt/Shift mechanism, was great, but putting it to it full use was the best fun. Even though it is Manual focusing, that didn’t put me off and actually, it made me stop and really think about the shot I wanted to achieve. I just love using the Tilt mechanism and I know that it has been done to death, but creating the miniature look was great fun and it is something I would love to do more of.

Anyway enough waffle, here are some shots from the weekend. All images were taken using my trustee Canon 5D MarkII, the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II and my old non-branded Tripod.
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Finally these two shots show off the Shift mechanism when use for architectural photography, which was amazing as using the Tilt mechanism.

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Look out for my latest photo shoot with Cody where I used the lens for Portrait with some great results.

 

Jay xxx

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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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Surrey Family Shoot – Sarah & Daniel Epsom Downs Shoot – Sneak Peeks

Sarah, Daniel and Baby Maiya Family Shoot on Epsom Downs, Surrey – Sneak Peek

As much as I love photographing weddings, when I get a booking for a family shoot, I get really excited and when includes a beautiful baby it is even better. 

When we were discussing where to shoot, we decided that Epsom Downs was a great place, with the backdrop of either the grandstand or the downs that go on for miles, we knew it would be perfect. 

But the day belonged to the gorgeous Maiya, so I thought I would make this preview about her….

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Please pop back in a couple of weeks to see the full blog 

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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