London at Night Engagement Shoot | Aoife + Ali

London at Night Engagement Shoot | Aoife + Ali

Best laid plans, eh? I had planned this London engagement shoot really well, I thought. Well when I say that, what I mean is that I realised the day before that by the time I was due to meet up with Aoife and Ali, it would in fact be dark so I checked sunset times and brought the shoot forward so that actually we would be shooting in that gorgeous sunset light. And on the day there was a stunning sunset, picture perfect. I can tell you as me and Ali watched it from a sweet little pub on the banks of the river Thames. Sadly life got in our way and the lovely Aoife was held up at work. She is a nurse and of course when duty calls then that comes before everything.

Now if you’ve spent any time with me, you will know that I love a challenge and so this shoot to me was all about finding available sources of light because I didn’t pack a flashgun. Why would I? I was banking on that lovely sunset! This was so much fun, we used street lights, shop window lights, phone lights, building floodlights, hell I even considered stopping passing cyclists and asking to use their bike lights. In the end I think we have images that are even more iconic of the area (Greenwich) than daylight ones would have been and we were even serenaded by the musicians practising in the college. It was very magical and I’m so looking forward to their wedding this weekend.


the way I feel when I’m in your hands, TAKE ME now as the sun descends …


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Brunswick House Engagement Shoot

Brunswick House Engagement Shoot

Sometimes I don’t get to meet couples until a day or two before their wedding. Like with Tara and Mido when I did their engagement shoot at Brunswick House in London. They had moved to New York since booking their wedding, so I met them at their venue as they were putting all the last minute plans into place. I actually quite like doing shoots then when all the wedding buzz has started.

It’s great if we can meet at any point ahead of the wedding day, just to get to know you a little. And taking some photos really helps me to see how you interact naturally with each other. I want to capture what you are really like with your lover, not pose you. I include a shoot when at least six hours are booked. So even though it was beyond freezing on this day, we heading out into the quirky venue garden and shot these.


From this time UNCHAINED we’re all looking at a different picture. Through this new frame of mind a thousand flowers could bloom …


 

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The Shard, Borough Market Engagement Shoot | Jess + Joss

The Shard, Borough Market Engagement Shoot | Jess + Joss

Jess used to hate The Shard so Joss booked a suite there to propose to her and now Jess loves The Shard. How romantic is that? So many places in London have a view of it and it’s always reminding them of each other and that special day. So we met just by there for their engagement shoot and as they get married tomorrow I figured it was time to blog these!

 

The Shard sure does loom large over the London Bridge area and we caught many glimpses of it as we wandered around Borough Market. What an incredible place for food, the options on offer and the general bustle is a little overwhelming. But the colours and the smells are tantalising and we even managed to find a few quiet little nooks and corners.


This is a place where I don’t feel alone, This is A PLACE where I feel at home …


Soho London Engagement Shoot | Emma + Roxy

Soho London Engagement Shoot | Emma + Roxy

Is there much point booking in an engagement shoot if we are only in London for a few days before our wedding? Well Hell to the Yes there is! Taking an hour or so out to hang out with me and doing some hugging with your lover is just what you need to combat all the busy, busy stuff just before the wedding. So even if you’ve only just got a few days, let’s make the effort to meet up.

 

The very adorable Emma and Roxy had not long landed from San Francisco and to fit in with their schedule, I arranged to meet them at Wah Nails. We grabbed a quick coffee before taking a stroll around London’s Soho. It was of course utterly packed, as it always is but there are always little secret alley ways and cosy corners that can be found to make London your own for a few moments.


I am the BLANK PAGE before you, I am the fine idea you crave. I live and breathe under the moon and when you cross that bridge I’ll come and find you …


Brighton Couple Shoot | Aisling + Jon

Brighton Couple Shoot | Aisling + Jon

Sometimes I mentor other wedding photographers and one of the areas that they can struggle with most is directing couples. This is probably my favourite part, so I’m always happy to go out with a fellow photographer and help them find their mojo with it. I asked on my Facebook page for a couple who’d be happy to be shot for a recent mentor session and my sister in law Aisling messaged me saying would be weird for her and my husband’s brother Jon to do it. No weirder than it is with anyone, I replied. Let’s face it, hardly any of us love the process of being photographed and that’s why it can be challenging.

 

So I tried to forget that I already know quite a lot about these two and treated it like any other couple shoot. We headed to my local woods, where I walk the dog to see what we could come up. It was actually lovely to get to know more about their story, just hang out and create a set of images that reflect where they are at with their relationship right now. And that is all couple or engagement shoots need to be, nothing awkward, scary or a chore to be ticked off the wedding to-do list. Just hanging out with me, maybe climbing a tree and definitely  hugging.. quite a lot of hugging!


Dressed up to the eyes, it’s a wonderful surprise to see your shoes and your spirits rise. Throwing out your frown and just SMILING at the sound …


Rainy Day London Engagement | Tanya + Tanios

Rainy Day London Engagement | Tanya + Tanios

You know those days when London just turns grey and rainy, when the drizzle is relentless? Yes that is what we were working with for Tanya and Tanios’s Engagement Shoot. ‘Don’t worry!’ I said, ‘we can just shoot in your hotel room’. Well if you ever wondered where the smallest hotel room in London is, I can now happily let you know. The ‘room’ was quite literally a bed, a very lovely bed but space was not a luxury afforded to us. I do like a challenge so it was time to see what I could come up with in just few square meters.

 

When the rain still did not stop (relentless is like that) we braved the outside. This gorgeous pair live in Dubai and said they’d just left behind temperatures in the 40s so they were pretty gung-ho about the weather in London. ‘Refreshing’ they called it. Well one thing that I do love is that rain clears the streets of other people and you can find pretty streets like this one with hardly another soul around. And another thing, I have never shot an Engagement in bad weather where the Wedding Day did not turn out to be great weather #truefact.


You’re a FALLING STAR, you’re the get away car, you’re the line in the sand when I go too far …


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