London Maternity Portrait Photography – Sarah’s Battersea Park Maternity Shoot

At the time of writing this, Sarah has given birth to a beautiful baby girl called Genevieve. I want to send the biggest congratulations and I am so glad we got a chance to do your London Maternity Photography session and you received the images in time before your wonderful bundle of joy enter the world xxx

London Maternity Photography Shoot at Battersea Park with Sarah

It was such a pleasure to photograph Sarah for her London Maternity Photography session on a beautiful sunny day in Battersea Park South West London. With the River Thames running past the park with views of Chelsea Bridge to the East and Albert Bridge to the West, it is such a picturesque place to have a Photo Shoot. 

Sarah got in contact with me when she was 38 weeks, so it was literally a couple of weeks before her baby girl was due. We decided to meet by the Peace Pagoda next to the River, on a gorgeous summer day in May, where we could get stunning shots of Chelsea Embankment and the Bridges as backdrops. Also, the Peace Pagoda is such an iconic place in Battersea Park alongside the Zoo and bandstand that we had to get images with Sarah there.

The morning was gorgeous; the sun was shining with a cool breeze and it was just a perfect peaceful day for a London Maternity Photography session. We started out taking portraits next to the River changing the view from Chelsea Bridge, Albert Bridge and Chelsea Embankment. We then move a small garden with the Peace Pagoda in the background, before then moving to the Peace Pagoda itself.

We chatted quite a lot through the session, finding out that she had two other girls, move from USA 8 years ago with her husband and, also was in the middle of moving house!

We moved the session towards the centre of Battersea Park taking in the long grass and some of the other beauties in the park including Russell Page Garden.

After a quick outfit change we went to the famous Bandstand for a few iconic images and then finally ending the session next to the Fountains (which decided to stop when we wanted them in the background)

It was such a pleasurable photoshoot and look forward to doing more of these sessions in the future.

Below is some of my favourite images from Sarah’s London Maternity Photography session.

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Stowe House Wedding Photography – Buckinghamshire Wedding Photographer

Stowe House Wedding Photography – Lucy & Scott’s Buckinghamshire Wedding

It is such a pleasure to write a blog about Lucy’s & Scott’s Stowe House Wedding today. Set in the countryside of Buckinghamshire, the prestige and Luxury Country House shares the ground with the Public school of the same name.

With beautiful acres of historical land, it is such a magnificent setting for weddings, and was fitting for Lucy & Scott’s elegant wedding.

My day started with Lucy and her bridesmaids at a nearby hotel with Scott and his groomsmen making their way to Stowe House Estate from home. It was a lovely morning and with Lucy looking stunning in her dress, the rain decided to stop and the sun starting to shine, we all agreed that the day was going to be special.

The ceremony was held in The Grand Marble room with its awe-inspiring ceiling and striking columns, this room encapsulates romance and opulence. The room was decorated elegantly and with a small string quartet playing for Lucy’s entrance, it was so romantic.

Once the ceremony was over, the guest and wedding party move out on to the lawn at the back of the house, whilst myself and the couple went off to photograph around the stunning grounds of Stowe House. When we got back, we move into the Music Room for the wedding breakfast and the speeches. The night ended with dancing and drinks in The Blue Room.

The day was truly special and amazing; surrounding by family and friends, Lucy & Scott wedding was a great occasion and to the top it off their firework surprise that lit the Buckinghamshire sky at the end of the night was spectacular.

I will let the images from the day, tell more of the story.

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Thank you to Lucy & Scott for allowing me to document your day, it was truly a special day. Your family and friends made me feel very welcome all through the day.

Also a special thank you to the Stowe House events team and Stowe House as a whole.

Jay

London & Surrey Wedding Photography – New Fine Art Wedding Albums from Folio

London &  Surrey Wedding Photography – Contemporary Fine Art Wedding Albums 

 

As a London & Surrey Wedding Photography business, one of the best things I love to do is create lasting memories. Memories that look and feel every time you take out a Fine Art album from it packaging.

A few weeks ago, I finally got delivery of my new sample albums from Folio. Folio make the finest Fine Art albums right here in the UK and are handcrafted at each stage of the process. Now, I have been toying with the idea of finding new wedding album suppliers for a few months and once the final wedding of 2016 was finished I decided it was time to invest in new samples and go with the popular company Folio. As a Fine Art Wedding supplier in London & Surrey, I wanted someone whose style fitted  into my brand and knew how important an investment of a wedding album is to a couple.

When I am speaking to couples about Fine Art Wedding Albums, I always explain the comparison between images on your screen to having them on print, and in my opinion their isn’t any. It is great having the ability to share with family and friends with a touch of a button on a computer, but seeing your images on fine paper in a leather or linen bound album is so magical and a special feeling.

Have a look at my recent video on my new wedding sample albums and if you would like to discuss more about ordering an album, then please contact me.

Jay

Marrakech Morocco Wedding – Kristina & Tony’s La Palais Paysan Fine Art Wedding

Kristina & Tony’s La Palais Paysan Marrakech Morocco Wedding

 

“Hi Jay, you know the Marrakech Morocco Wedding I was talking about, how do you fancy shooting it with me?” This was the silly question I was asked by my good friend and partner in crime, Anesta Broad (sorry Anesta).

For me, this was a no-brainer. I have been to Marrakech before on holiday and fell in love with it straight away, so to be asked to do my job in this incredible place, I had to accept straight away.

Kristina & Tony’s Wedding was held in a remote location just outside Marrakech; the stunning La Palais Paysan Hotel, with the Atlas Mountains as a backdrop, was 5 star beauty with all the trimmings and with Morocco Wedding planning company La Boutique Souk helping to create their dream wedding, it was set up to be an amazing weekend.

With close family & friends, who travelled from Essex and the Caribbean, the wedding was a beautiful affair. The wedding ceremony was held on the lawn outside in the late afternoon sun, then the reception moved to a poolside set-up before they partied late into the night. The party didn’t stop there with a Pool Party the next day with the beautiful weather making the hangovers not so bad.

I hate this cliché, but it was one of the best weddings I have had the pleasure to photograph. Thank you Anesta for the invite, it was great being your wingman again and can’t wait for another adventure soon. Thanks to Kristina & Tony, from the first minute I arrived – to the late night drinks the next day – you made me feel so welcome and part of the wedding which I will never forget.

Anyway, I will let the images tell the story of the day xxx

 

 

Old Parish Rooms Wedding Videographer – Kayleigh & Simon’s Essex Wedding Film

Cork Ireland Wedding Photography- Sophie & Will’s Ballnatray Estate Fine Art Wedding

Sophie & Will’s Ballnatray Estate, Cork Ireland Wedding

I’ve being thinking of words that best describe Sophie & Will’s Cork Ireland Wedding. But before I do that, I will begin with a massive thank you to Amaris & Chad who made up the #mrts team (I came up with that name). It was an amazing four days of shooting at Ballynatray Estate on the outskirts of Cork and Waterford in Ireland. The guests at the wedding were so surprised that we had never worked together and that the three of us literally lived thousand miles from each other. We just flowed; knew where each other were in terms of taking shots, trusted and knew that each person would capture everything that was special on the day.

But it was more than us three, it was about the Sophie & Will and the rest of the wedding party over those days. From Day 1 to the last day, it was all about making us feel welcome. It was all about sharing in the joyous occasion whilst doing our job, and that is why I always say that it is probably the best job in the world for me. I just love working with couples, families and friends like this.

So what about the wedding day? Well, it started early and ended very late!! But not for one minute did I mind. My day started with the Groom and his Groom’s men at the Wood Cottage, where it was a pleasantly chilled and relaxed time. I would like to say that was the theme of the day, but I would be lying. This was calm before the storm, and in a good way. We laughed, we cried, we laughed some more and just generally had an incredible time. And I am just talking about the wedding day.

I will let the images tell the rest of the story…

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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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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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All images were taken on iPhone 6S and edited in Adobe Lightroom

Game of Thrones Bridal Shoot

Winter might not be coming, but this Bridal Shoot will get you in the mood for the new series of Game of Thrones

Depending on how much you are fan of Game of Thrones you have only have wait a few hours or just under 24 hours before watching the most anticipated new series of this thrilling TV Show. The HBO series has everything that makes it one of the best shows made for TV, in my mind and quite a few others, I believe.

So it was fitting that the very popular wedding blog, “Want That Wedding”, decided to share a Bridal shoot that I was honoured to plan and photographed last summer. I won’t go into too much details as Sonia Collett from Want That Wedding wrote up a great piece, and you can also read what Erin Balfour the styling co-ordinator & joint planner of this Bridal shoot and myself had to say about planning it.

Please click on the link, even if you are not a Game of Thrones fan, because you will love it. From the stunning dresses provided by Heart Aflutter Bridal, the amazing creative hair styling from Love Hair by Louise to the breathtaking cake from French made. All this set-up in the spectacular venue of Blackfriars in Gloucester.

 

Just a few images from the day, but more on the blog from Want That Wedding.

 

Credits:

Creative Director/Joint Planner: Erin Balfour (Way Out Wedding)

Photographer/Joint Planner: Jay Anderson (Jay Anderson Photography)

Dresses: Heart Aflutter Bridal

Flowers: The Flowers Girls

Cake: French Made

Stationery & Tableware: Beyond Vintage

Hair: Love Hair by Lou

Make-up: Amy-D Make up Artist

Sequin linen & chair covers: Gilded linens

Millinery & Jewellery: Beverley Edmondson Millinery

Models: Tiffany-Jane Davies; Claire Murphy; Bronwyn Honeychurch

Venue: Blackfriars Priory Gloucester

 

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