few weeks ago we decided with my wife that we should take a break for a “baby-moon” so went to Cornwall … the weather was not great but I still convinced my wife to take few maternity portraits. These are not much more than holiday snaps, as we did not had make-up artist with us and I did not had most of my kit, but I still think these maternity shots are worth sharing ;o)
Yesterday I had the opportunity to meet in my studio raising star of Rap music scene – Diz Dice, represented by the Shodement agency – http://www.shodement.com/. I was asked by the agency to create some portraits of Dice for his website and other PR material.. we had a great fun in the studio and outside, as the weather was kind and we were able to take few snaps on playground near the studio. Thanks Dice!
PS: you can see some of his songs here
Yesterday my studio was full of people … 2 beautiful models, make up artist, hair stylist, assistant and the bridal accessory designer Olivier Laudus – the whole team to shoot the new collection for http://www.olivierlaudus.com/
The day started before 10am with everyone arriving from London, the make up and hair was made to the highest standard by Tereza and Taneika, and we were ready to test the light around 11…
We went through over 100 pieces of accessory ranging from tiaras, necklaces and bracelets.
You can see some examples of first pictures below, these should appear soon at http://www.olivierlaudus.com/ where you can find 1600+ pieces of accessories.
The team was:
- Sangeeta Laudus / Olivier Laudus – accessory designer – http://www.olivierlaudus.com/
- Kristina Guberman – model – http://www.modelmayhem.com/kristinag
- Taneika Boyle – hair & styling
- Tereza Stryjova – make-up – http://www.terezastryjova.com/
- Benoit Blond – assistant
Thank you team, I think we achieved some amazing results and had a great fun!
I could not fit all the words into my usual reference page, as it was too long, and I did not want to make it shorter, so I published it here in full. It would be shame not to share this ;o)
“Milan was recommended to us by a friend who got married in 2011. From the very first email we exchanged, I found Milan to be friendly, professional & very accommodating. No question was too stupid, no request was too big or small. Our first meeting with Milan was at our wedding venue & we all clicked immediately. Milan has a fabulous personality & sense of humour, which I personally thought was really important. There would be nothing worse than working with someone on the most important day of your life & not feeling comfortable. Milan covered every possible area of what would/could take place on our wedding day. After our first meeting we stayed in constant contact by email, Milan helped guide me on composing a photo list & then suggested changes where necessary. I don’t think I could have asked for more support. On the day he was simply amazing; he has produced the most stunning pictures that capture almost every minute of our day not to mention to beauty of our venue. We felt comfortable & at ease the whole time. He used his experience to know how to get the best picture and the proof really is in his work. Milan’s work for us didn’t stop after editing our pictures, he even contacted a company on my behalf whom I was buying a large canvas from to ensure he had edited our image in the best possible format. He certainly goes the extra mile to fulfil his clients requests. Everyone has said how beautiful our pictures are & I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him. He’s honest, trustworthy, professional & very friendly. So all that’s left to say is thank you Milan, you really have been brilliant & Im so pleased we booked you to be our photographer.
Thank you, Marie”
This is not really linked to wedding photography too much, but as most weddings I photographed the bride and groom already had kids or had them soon after their wedding I thought I would mention this baby calming app for iOS and Android. Apparently this app will make 98% of babies fall asleep very fast. So if you do not know how to calm your baby you can try this app, and let here comment with your feedback 😉 I did not test this myself.
Link to the app home page: babydozewombsound.com
Showcased at current London Fashion Week by Pam Hogg, this wedding dress might not be everyone’s taste, but for sure if you wear these, your wedding would be long remembered ;o)
If you are planning to wear one of these let me know and I’ll offer you a good deal ;o)
The Hampden Arms
The day started for me in the local pub Humpden Arms where I captured groom Richard and his mates relaxing before the ceremony.
The Hampden House
Soon we moved to the Hampden house www.hampdenweddings.com north from High Wycombe, where I had a small chat with registrar, I snapped few arriving and chatting guests and the beautiful bride Lisa arrived. The ceremony was in the great hall, which looks really amazing with all the wooden panelling, but lack of natural light proved to be a real challenge for me. Throughout the ceremony my movement was very restricted, so I felt really lucky I had a second photographer with me to cover the ceremony from the balcony with much less restricted movement, bringing rather unusual “aerial” views. After short ceremony followed even shorter group shoot, with only 7 groups on my to do list, so guest did not got too bored with posing, and few groom and bride portraits in quick succession. I had a chance to snap few quick pictures of mingling guests, the cake and decorated room, and everyone moved inside to be seated for the dinner.
The bride and groom cut the cake in the great hall straight after the speeches and moved into another room to perform rather wild first dance. I let them have a bit of fun on the dance floor and asked for more portraits back in the great hall, just to get most of the potential of beautiful Hampden House.
Lisa & Richard Wedding Photography
Kew Bridge Steam Museum wedding
Ealing Register Office
Today’s wedding did not started until 3pm and was last one at Ealing register office. I arrived early as I was a bit worried about travelling through summer storm. Luckily the god of traffic was kind to me and I arrived without any delay, unfortunately the weather man was not so kind to me, and I got soaked thoroughly once I was getting out of car and walking briskly into the register office. Not a great start to the day, it could only get better I thought ;o)
The ceremony was rather short, as they all tend to be, quick group shots at the office stairs, some pictures of groom organizing a taxi to get guest to the steam museum… just to learn the taxi is not coming, so I kindly offered bride and groom a lift to the museum, so I doubled up as a wedding limo!
Kew Bridge Steam Museum
Once we arrived at the Kew Bridge Steam Museum I immediately assembled my trusty Bowens flash to snap bride and groom’s portraits outside of the museum, with the iconic tower in the background. We were finished and moving slowly inside, once someone started the steam engine round the corner, with a lot of thick yellow smoke everywhere… so I could not miss this opportunity to get few more “atmospheric” pictures of Emily and David… and because of all the old stuff around and orange smoke we got some of my best wedding pictures. I used natural light not to spoil the vintage look.
The guest arrived at the venue in the meantime allowing me some ambient portraits as they were mingling. I could not resist to walk around with Bride and Groom around the museum and get more portraits with all the engines. Emily & David were excellent, very patient and happy to pose here and there for me, but also very natural I think.
Next point at my agenda was a steam engine train, running at the museum grounds, which was a great fun for the kids but also for grown-ups. Moving inside meant I was again struggling with lack of lights, especially as it was getting dark and this was not one of the sunniest days, which meant I had to start using my on camera flash quite soon.
The dinner was followed by speeches, cutting cake and first dance, and might assignment was over. I was very sorry to leave as the band was fantastic, just my cup of tea, I was just too tired to stay and enjoy the music. I’ll try to get a link to the band website if I can get it. And now, enjoy the pictures!