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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New York City Travel Photography – Jay Anderson Photography Travel

New York City Travel Photography from Jay Anderson Photography

I was never one to make Bucket Lists, when I think of Bucket Lists it always reminds me of the film starring Jack Nicholson & Morgan Freedman. Being old, twilight of your life and thinking of stuff you want to do and see before you die. But I decided, actually, there is no shame in doing them. On my personal list was to visit New York and on the photography list was New York City Travel Photography.

For the last two years, I have been thinking about what I would like to do and get before I turn the big 40. After going full-time with my photography business and turning what was just a passion into my main and only source of income. The next thing was I wanted to go on a big trip somewhere. I pondered on a few places including Jamaica, Australia, Hong Kong, & Los Angeles to name a few. But it always came back to my desire to visit New York.

I had visited New York with my Mum once before to meet my Granddad over 25 years ago. I was only fourteen and at that age, all I was interested in was getting the newest computer games, going to the arcades in Times Square and getting the latest Hip-hop or Reggae mix tapes from Harlem & Jamaica Ave to show off to my friends back in the UK. I wasn’t interested in seeing the Empire State Building or walking up and down 5th Avenue going into Tiffany’s and other Luxury stores like my Mum wanted to do. I did do some Tourist stuff like go up the World Trade Centre and see a baseball game at Yankee Stadium, but as for the other stuff New York is famous for, wasn’t that interested.

So for the last couple of years, my thoughts has turn to visiting the Big Apple and doing the big tourist stuff like walking through Central Park and taking a ferry over to the Statue of Liberty. There was also another big reason for me to visit New York City, my oldest friend, who I have known since we were babies and had been inseparable for the first 20 years of our lives, had move to the States over 12 years ago. First of all to Atlanta and then finally in New York where he runs a very successful clothing brand. So with all of this in mind, New York was the only choice.

Over the months preceding, I started to plan the trip and also discussed them with my new American pals (The MRTS team and friends) that I met at Sophie & Will’s Ireland Wedding. It started to turn into a mini American tour. It would start in New York to visit Wayne, Jo (and then Kylee who I met later on), then fly down to either North & South Carolina depending where Amaris was staying at the time and finally to Salt Lake City, Utah to see the ever smiling Chad (Chadwick when in Europe). With all these plans I knew it would be epic, but costly both in time and finance. So I had to cut back. Sorry Chad, but next time you are top of the list, I promise we will do the whole Salt Lake City to Nevada road trip like we planned.

The plans were coming together very well and to top it all off, I was not only going to visit Amaris in Raleigh, North Carolina I was going to photograph a wedding with her. More of that to come very soon. This was planning to be the trip of a lifetime as I always thought it would be all those years ago.

My plans were to land and stay in New York for two days, fly down to North Carolina for another two days and then back up to NYC for the last three days of my trip. Plenty of time to see, visit and explore everything on my list.

And I did try to do everything on my list, my first day was full, packed with jumping on and off subway trains, walking up and down avenues and across streets. Seeing the majority of all tourist sites like Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park, 5th Avenue, Empire State Building etc. The rest of my time in NYC was about seeing the other sites but mostly seeing my friends.

I didn’t get the chance to see and do everything on my list including meeting up with Jo in Hells Kitchen. Reasons why was mainly down to Wayne who was suppose to take me to a bar for one hour and it turning into an all nighter and so losing all of that evening and then the next day due to a massive hangover. But I am happy I didn’t get a chance to do everything, it gives me an excuse to go back very soon to see the other half of the exciting city.

Words cannot describe what this trip meant to me, something that will etch in my mind for ever more. Just have to thank everyone that made this trip happen you are all stars.

So here are the images you have been waiting for

 

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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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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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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 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

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.

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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Dulwich Park Walk – Personal Project Film Photography

Dulwich Park Walk – My Film Photography Personal Project

I love being a Surrey Wedding & Portrait Photographer, but I also want to do something more within the world of photography.

This year I set myself challenges to bring out my creative side more and push into other areas of photography.

One of the challenges was to experiment in Film Photography and hopefully get to a level where I could implement it into my Wedding and Portrait Photography.

So a couple of weeks ago, I bought myself two 35mm Film Cameras, both were from Pentax, one was the ME Super and the other P30n.

So here are a few images from my walk around Dulwich Park in South East London. Really enjoyed using my second hand Pentax 35mm Film Camera, just need to stock up on some more film!!

 

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Jay xxx