It’s been a week of adventure, of love, fun, laughter, new places, beautiful golden hours, little people sass + checking out angles on a site visit ahead of next weeks commercial photo shoot for an amazing lovely client!!!
So!! This week!! last Saturday I met Amy & John at Kensington Gardens Cafe to explore the Italian Gardens and create pre wedding, engagement pictures for them - they marry in September + I can’t wait!! Our ‘pre-wedding’ sessions give us the opportunity to become a little more familiar with each other, with me directing you + also standing back letting you both be cheeky to each other and chat away as if I wasn’t there + it’s also great for you guys to be together in front of the camera. .
It’s TOTALLY NORMAL to feel hesitant, to even hate having your photo taken, although please don’t say that too loudly or I’ll ask for a pound (£1 - if I had a pound every time someone said that…I should have started collecting them when I first started taking pictures…I’d be sipping cocktails, retired in Aruba by now lol) so it’s my job to help ease away those suspicions and feelings and help you enjoy the whole process so that when it comes to your wedding day you know what to expect and you feel more relaxed….I’ll be posting a separate blog post on Amy & John’s whole engagement + all the sessions mentioned here in the coming weeks :-)
On Sunday I met Bindi & Maarten (who marry in June!!!! + This is going to such a super special wedding!!!) at The Pergola at Hampstead Heath, it was an overcast afternoon and so luscious light and I just had to share this wide angle dramatic shot because I just love how you can see the structure yet to much of the greenery surrounding it feels as if it’s cushioning + hugging the building…..
Monday evening in Greenwich with Joanna & Joe….these guys!!! So late December I photographed Joanna on her new adventure + chapter arriving in London to pursue her acting career + telling me about this guy she’d met - well, hey presto!! They got engaged and Monday we captured their engagement pictures!!!! We also had a celebratory vino afterwards too!! :-)
Tuesday it was time to catch up with Flynn Austen, 15months young for his one year plus pictures. Crystal Palace Park was our destination + again the light was just gorgeous!! There was A LOT of laughter + A LOT of cheekiness from this gorgeous prince. He’s gotten so tall and just started walking so I’m sure by the next time I see him he’ll be running around all over the place!! :-)
and…so Thursday was a prep day, well it was an editing and prep day for this gorgeous shoot next week….I get to spend the afternoon picture taking in this very special and spectacular venue…..+ I’m super excited!!
I do feel truly blessed as I start my journey with lovely Amy, John, Bindi & Maarten and continue it with Joanna + Joe, Amy + Flynn, it really is magical and looking back on this it’s been pretty busy but it’s been epically amazing to connect with all this awesome souls and visit all the different venues - Heres’s to an awesome long weekend!!! Happy FRIYAY * SATURYAY & SUNDAY oh hold MONYAY too lol that doesn’t quite work lol Have a fab weekend + Thank you for allowing me to share and capture your journey and new chapters xx
A lovely Hampshire Wedding…..
This morning I had the pleasure of photographing the wedding ceremony of a lovely friend of mine + his gorgeous bride in Hampshire! Such a treat + such a gorgeous blast of colour!! I’m super excited to go through and edit all the images but just wanted to share these two that jumped out at me immediately :-)
Also this week I wandered on down to The Goring Hotel in London (the most amazing corner of peaceful London) + caught up with an awesome friend just in town for a few days. The service and vibe here is amazing + I’ll definitely be popping back!!!
It’s been a great week of variety as yesterday I also captured the moment PPF in Croydon presented MIND Croydon with a cheque for £10,000 + this was so special to hear about all the fundraising and hard work that had gone in to raising the money and where it will be utilised.
Phew well as Friday draws to a close, I’m loving these Friday Night Confessionals and am gearing up for the weekend, have a great one! xx
SHE SAID YES!!!!!!!!
Ed popped the question to Stephanie on a chilly November morning in front of the main fountain in the Italian Gardens, London and it was so fun to capture this amazing moment for them both. Stephanie had absolutely no idea what was about to unfold and after she said ‘yes’ we spent some time creating gorgeous engagement pictures for them to cherish and look back on.
SUPER CONGRATULATIONS Ed & Stephanie, here’s to a lifetime of magical moments xx
Opening & Closing 2018 with love
To start and end a year with beautiful proposals is, for me, epic, delightful, heart warming, magical + a blessing. It bookends a year in the most romantic way but there’s something about coming full circle that I just love + I am super grateful for.
Jay & Sheena at Kew Gardens
Michael & Lauren in London
Wishing everyone a magical 2019 full of happiness, love, smiles + delight! xx
This morning just before finishing up on a photo session THIS NUTTER ran up my leg - NO EXAGGERATION!
It (gender not confirmed as to a he or she, hence the 'it') had been scuttling around and I had already told it I wasn't a tree, nor was I hiding nuts....undeterred....whosh up my calf muscle it began to climb...and when shhh'd away, bared it's teeth!! Feral Squirrels running Hyde Park..be alert lol x
All week across London the winners of the PhotoVoice & CLiKD #LoveInLondon Photography competition will be showcased on billboards and underground stations (map where you can spot them below!)
Yesterday all the billboards went live with across London with the winners images!! So exciting! + Such an great honour to be part of the team!
I am so thrilled to share that I've been asked to judge this awesome photography competition!
Entries close March 7th!! The winning images will be displayed across London stations + on digital signs + bus stops for a week spreading the love around our fabulous capital!
I'm celebrating February and the month of love over on my Instagram page!!
I see so many forms of love every time I pick up my camera that I wanted to share this throughout February + each day I'm posting a new image + adding love to my 'instagram story'. From weddings across the spectrum to friendship - it's all pretty magical!
Super fun Sunday, this past weekend in Crystal Palace!!
Amy & Lewis are expecting their first baby in a few weeks + we (as you can see) had so much fun capturing pictures on their maternity session. A lovely walk around Crystal Palace park and stopping in their favourite spots, we were lucky with the weather, a slight chill but light cloud and a sprinkling of sunshine!! Amazing xx
We've been published!!!
SUPER EXCITED to share this amazing wonderful news!!!
Mark hired me through flytographer to capture his proposal to Molly on their weekend away in London in May.
Post proposal we captured some fun engagement pictures along the south bank and on Waterloo bridge enabling us to include some of our amazing London skyline
I hadn’t been back to London in 10 years, and he knew it was my favorite city in the world. He surprised me two weeks before for my 30th birthday with a trip back over Memorial Day Weekend. We took a redeye over so after exploring a bit, he took a 3 hour nap, completely eliminating any possible ideas from my mind. On a whim he decided that since it was so sunny (which as we all know can be rare for London), that we should go down to the South Bank for drinks before dinner.
Of course, what I thought was last minute, was all part of his master plan. He had been working with photographer to get me to the perfect spot, so Jackie our photographer could document the entire thing. After a failed attempt at a selfie with the sun behind us, a nice women asked if we wanted her to take our picture to capture the lighting.
Turns out the entire thing was a setup and safe to say the rest was magic!
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When EVERYONE knows there is a proposal coming....except YOU!!
So you're on a wonderful family vacation to England and your boyfriend suggests a walk before dinner........you arrive at the Italian Gardens and decide to capture the moment and your surroundings but to your utter surprise when you turn around your boyfriend is down on one knee and there is THE BIGGEST smile on his face and the most beautiful ring in the world looking up at you.
UTTER SHOCK & delight encapsulate you and still shaking with happiness your new 'in-laws' arrive and you discover they knew ALL ABOUT this surprise!!!!!!
Soo..... what follows next??
A gorgeous LOVE filled family photo session, engagement pictures AND celebratory pictures for your sister + brother in law's first wedding anniversary!! AMAZING
Fun and hilarity ensues....
love in the open..
Happy 1st Wedding Anniversary!! :-)
A walk through Kensington Gardens on a beautiful summers evening with the most spectacular light and a warm end to a day with a picture full of love + hearts - divine xx
I'm just so thrilled to share this blog post from the amazing Flytographer website! This was such a fun proposal to capture for Flytographer and these two wonderful ladies. There were so many special and very personal details (The Blue door is from a favourite all time film, Notting Hill - the movie), the ring...actually everything! Please grab a tea and header to the blog to check it out xx
What better way to end a year and start the next than filled to the brim with LOVE? Well, that's exactly what happened in 2015 AND 2016!! + I'm so super excited to share this....
Flash Back to December 31st 2015...a gorgeous setting in Surrey and the wedding of Amy & Nick. A country winter wedding with gorgeous sparkling bridesmaids dresses, a beaaaaautiful bride + fabulous bridal party. Spending the whole day photographing this with my assistant made me beam with delight - I always LOVE weddings but this one had poignancy as it marked the end of the year and that point where you are excited for the new year and new beginnings but have NO idea what they will hold (which is part of the excitement + anticipation).
Photographing this on New Years eve REALLY set me up for the year to come and so wrapping up the year with a proposal near the same location was extra special and made me glow contemplating just how special it is!
Whatever you have lined up for 2017, enjoy every second! xx HAVE AN AMAZING NEW YEAR xx