London-Paris, Paris-Saint Brieuc, Saint Brieuc-Lamballe, Lamballe-Paimpol. Then, Paimpol-Saint Brieuc-Rennes-Paris-London, all in just six days…what an adventure!
Isabelle & Florent’s wedding : SIMPLY AMAZING! I can’t wait to share it…this is just a preview.
Isa (Elisabeth) et Flo (Zacharie) Félicitations and thank you for having me along.
I loved every single moment of this wedding! The weather was beautiful, the emotions were tangible and the live band who provided the evening’s entertainment were simply amazing.
In fact, I believe that some of my best work can be found in this wedding; “Smokeface” & “Time To Eat” just to point out a few. An organised day meant I had plenty of alone time with Uchenna & Alex to create a variety of images – the perfect opportunity to put a newly purchased lens through its paces.
A few “mini-stories” were captured throughout the day; including the little kids interaction with their toys and each other. Another cool “mini-story” was the groomsmen cigar session where they even let a random guy join in on the fun!
A selection of Uchenna & Alex’s wedding photographs.
Wedding Photography is more than just turning up on the day and clicking away. There is the amazing element of building relationships with people: It begins from the initial contact, be it a phone-call or an email, and will last for months until the final product is delivered to the clients.
Sometimes, a relationship lasts beyond the delivery of the final product and that is exactly what my experience with Gaya and Mayu has been.
To begin with, they gave me a personal invitation to their wedding. They then invited me over to their house for dinner upon returning from their honeymoon, and shared the exciting news of Gaya’s pregnancy with me. As if that wasn’t more than enough, they even emailed me a picture of them with the newest member of their family shortly after she was born. We still keep in-touch and speak from time to time. It is mind-blowing considering the fact that the first time I ever spoke to Mayu was when he called me looking for a photographer for his wedding.
Their two-day Sri-Lankan themed wedding was a breathtaking experience, not only as a photographer, but also as a person who is fascinated by culture. Every single sari which Gaya changed into was sublime! The array of colours and intricate details throughout the two days were a dream to document.
The highlight of their wedding? That is a hard one, but I can narrow it down to either when Mayu and Gaya had to play a traditional game to determine who “wears the trousers” in the marriage, or the dancing competition between Mayu and his brother vs Gaya and her sister – it was epic! Them giving me the opportunity to partake in the rice blessing towards the end of day one was extremely special too.
With their wedding spanning over two-days, we captured many images – the most I have ever had the pleasure of delivering to a client so far. Although this post contains a lot of images, trust me, it is just a fraction of the total that we captured.
The prospect of building lasting relationships with clients like what develpoed between Gaya, Mayu and I, affirms my belief that I have the best job in the world!
Special thanks to Gabriel (http://malachiajose.tumblr.com/) for documenting the groom’s preparation and providing additional coverage throughout day one.
As always, Happy Viewing…
SUSSEX – Where it all began!
It was during the winter months of 2008, my first year at the University of Sussex, that I got my hands on my first camera.
The whole area of East & West Sussex was a contrast to the tall buildings and busy streets of London which I was used to. Ditchling Beacon, Devils Dyke, Stanmer Village and Nyman’s Garden are a few of the places that I would explore whilst living in Sussex.
The further I went exploring the area, the more I played with the idea of capturing the quirky little villages, sunsets and peaceful open spaces I came across. I wanted to make these memories last – so instead of purchasing a PlayStation 3, I invested in my first camera.
I spent 3 years in Sussex before I moved back to London upon the completion of my degree. I went to Sussex to study Economics, but I returned to London as a Photographer – a Wedding Photographer. I often joke with friends that I became a photographer by accident. A degree in Economics with prior studies in Chemistry and Biology doesn’t exactly translate into a career in Wedding Photography. But hey, life is funny like that sometimes I guess.
It was a strange feeling going back to Sussex after returning to London. It had shaped me to be the photographer that I am today. However, on this occasion, it was very special, to be on the train that was heading back to where it all began, but this time for a Wedding – Ana & Chris’ Wedding.
Their wedding was a warm, intimate affair. It was evident throughout the day that everybody at the wedding meant something to the couple. Take Rosie for example, she flew over from Portugal to be one of Ana’s bridesmaids – it was only right that she played a pivotal role on such a special occasion considering how instrumental she was in shaping Ana into the woman that she is today.
Becoming a Wedding Photographer was not something I contemplated or even thought was possible once I learnt a little something about shutter speeds, ISO, aperture values, composition, framing ect. But the vast open space at Ditchling Beacon, the incredible architecture of the Brighton Pavilion, the history of Anne of Cleves House in Lewis, along with everything within Sussex challenged me to better myself as a photographer. I now spend my weekends capturing the affection and happiness between two people in love; I get to be part of the important day of their lives.
New experiences embed themselves in your mind forever, and this is exactly what Ana & Chris’ wedding was; a wedding that will never be forgotten! The first wedding I documented in Sussex since I moved back to London.
Happy Viewing and Happy New Year.
P.S: anyone from the University of Sussex reading this: “S -U -DOUBLE S -E-X!!!”