London Fine Art Engagement Photography – Millie & Steven’s Proposal

I love a marriage proposal shoot, but this one involved an undercover mission to rival any!  This London Fine Art Engagement Photography shoot for Millie & Steven’s Proposal contained everything as if  it was from a romantic, and dramatic movie. But this was the real deal.

It all started when Steven got in touch on the day that he was going to propose with this creative plan about how and where he wanted to propose to the beautiful Millie.

Steven & Millie, who love to travel,  write a letter to each other whilst on their journey about their traveling experiences. So the plan was that Steven was going to write a letter about London, but with a twist. In this letter, Steven was going to ask Millie for her hand is marriage.

Fast forward to the evening of the special day; it started with Steven taking Millie out for dinner,  whilst I had the important assignment of picking up the extra special letter from their hotel. I was to place the letter on the steps of the statue of Eros in Piccadilly Circus, Central London. As legends go, it is said that if you propose under the statue on the stroke of midnight, it would bring you eternal luck in your marriage. So there I was at 11:30, in the pouring rain (and I mean it was pouring), setting myself up in the right position so that I wouldn’t be noticed by Millie taking pictures of her and also keeping an eye on the letter so that no one would accidentally pick it up.

Around 11:50, not knowing what Steven or Millie looked like, I noticed a couple approach the theatre next to the statue and pointing at it. I quickly understood that this was the couple, when they started to walk towards, and pointing at, the letter. I moved back into my “tourist taking pictures of the Billboards'” position and started shooting away, firstly capturing Millie reading the letter and then… Well, I will let my images tell the rest of the story.

Despite the pouring rain, which I think added to the drama, it was a moment not to be missed. To see Steven go down on one knee and the reaction of Millie was amazing. Congrats Millie & Steven, you make a wonderful couple xxx

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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

Surrey Fine Art Wedding Photography – Sophie & Lee’s Newland Corner Engagement Shoot

Sneak Peek of Sophie & Lee Engagement Shoot at Newlines Corner, Surrey

So today was fun, I met up with Sophie, Lee and my new best friend Teddy. Sophie contacted me about me being their Surrey Wedding Photographer a few weeks ago. After she saw the images from a previous wedding I shot at The Mansion (Leatherhead Registry Office), she was so pleased that I was free on her wedding day to shoot it.

We decided to meet up in the gorgeous and stunning Newland Corner based within the beautiful Surrey Hills.

Anyway here is a sneak peek of today for you to enjoy. More to follow once the films are developed and I get the scans back.

Jay xxx

2015-02-08_0006 2015-02-08_0007 2015-02-08_0008 2015-02-08_0009 2015-02-08_0010 2015-02-08_0011If you are planning a Surrey, Sussex, Kent, Berkshire, Hampshire or London wedding (small or big), and looking for a Fine Art & Contemporary &  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.

Valentine Offer…. Couple Photo Shoot

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So only a few weeks to go to the most romantic day of the year; what do you have planned for your other half?

Why don’t you give them something different this year, how about arranging a photo shoot?

 

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I am offering great package for Valentine, well all the month of February to be exact.

The Valentine Special package consists of

  • A Photo Shoot up to 3 hours at a location of your choice or I can suggest a few places if you prefer. So maybe a beautiful walk in your local park, a stroll in the countryside, maybe something more urban in your town or city, or reminiscing at that special place that you first met or propose.
  • All your images from the session presented online within your own secure personalised Gallery, where you can show off to family and friends.
  • A personalised USB stick in a beautiful presentation box with 10 of your favourite images in high and low resolution
  • Free 10″ x 8″  frame print of your favourite image
  • 50% discount off future print orders

All this for only £125

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So are you interested? If you are, please get in touch before the end of February to get this great deal.

When booking your shoot you will receive a voucher to the value of the photoshoot (£125), you can also purchase credit for future print orders, which can be added to the voucher.

If you would like your voucher sent by post and to arrive before the 14th February, please order by the 8th February. All orders after this date will be sent by email.

 

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For a chat please get in touch by my contact form or by calling me on 07944 804589.

Look forward to speaking to you

Jay xxx

Congratulations and Happy New 2015

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 “We will open the book. It pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day”

– Edith Lovejoy Pierce

So congratulations to all the couples who got engaged over Christmas & New Year’s. Today, well yesterday, is the new chapter in your new book. You have chosen the title and now it is all about writing on those blank pages and telling your story.

And to the couples who are getting married this year, I wish you good luck, love and joy throughout your wonderful life married to each other.

I am really looking forward to celebrating and being part of some the couples who are reading this short blog, special day in 2015.

But if you are reading this and haven’t found a wedding photographer yet, please get in contact to discuss me being your Fine Art & Contemporary Wedding Photographer

Jay xxx

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.

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

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