Mike & Adriana Engagement Shoot

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When I was organising this shoot for the August Bank Holiday, I was very excited as I was venturing into the Berkshire woods. The wonderfully named California Country Park near Wokingham was the setting for Mike & Adriana’s shoot, and what a setting it was; Big trees, long walks and the sun was shining.

What I love about  an engagement shoot is the getting to know the couple, and this shoot was no different.

Great meeting you two and cant wait for the next shoot….

Anyway, without further a-due, I introduce Mike & Adriana xxx

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Boutique Blooms Flower Arranging @ The Farnham Town Show

A couple of months ago,  Jodie Vigor from Boutique Blooms ask me kindly if I didn’t mind coming down to take a few photos of her flower display and floral arrangement demonstration at the Farnham Town Show in Surrey. 

I am so glad I accepted the invitation as the display was amazing and to capture such a beautiful work of art was such a pleasure. The theme of the day was the Birth of the new prince George, and Jodie capture the feeling to a ‘T’. Also the demonstration was very informative and in between taking shots, I listen and watched Jodie explaining how she makes such great arrangements, but please do not test me as I might get it wrong.

Thanks Jodie and her ever helpful Mum for a fun couple of hours in your company, and thanks for using my images, I felt famous seeing them on the big screen at The Wedding Boutique Bridal Show. Really look forward to working together again sometime soon xxx

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The Wedding Boutique Bridal Show @ The Elegant Fulham Palace

‘The Age of Elegance for the Inspirational Bride’; this statement is so true of The Wedding Boutique Bridal Show. From the press breakfast, which consisted of bucks fizz and canapé bagels, the prestige historical venue that is Fulham Palace, to the finely selected exhibitors, everything oozed elegance and luxury.

The show was the brain-child of Claire Graham (Wedding Photographer) & Wendy Smith (Wedding Planner) and I have to say, and from the feedback from guests and suppliers alike, it was a great success.

Thanks for allowing me to take a few photos of the morning, and congratulations to a successful show, look forward to the next one xxx

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If you would like more information of The Wedding Boutique please go to www.weddingboutiqueuk.co.uk

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The Cordory Wedding Partay!!! xxx

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Congratulations to Steven & Tiffany Cordory, on what was a fun filled  evening on the Suffolk coast. With props of inflatable guitars, plastic moustaches and hats – guests eagerly joined in with the frolics of  photo-booth style snaps – strutting their stuff and  embracing the party vibe. Enjoy the pics! :)))

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30 mins and not a second longer….

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Late last week, I got a message from a lovely lady asking if I could do her a massive favour. Elizabeth of Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium asked if I didn’t mind coming down to The Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, Mayfair to photograph an amazing 7-tier wedding cake, that she had designed and made for a very prestigious wedding. So no problem I thought, but what was the catch? Well, the catch was that I had to photograph the cake while she and her assistant were adding the final touches, with the venue lighting not that good and forever changing, not being able to set up my own lighting and all to do it in 30 mins and not a second more! Well, hopefully I lived up to the challenge and Elizabeth likes the images that I captured for her.

It was a pleasure working with Elizabeth and I hope we can work again in the near future on some projects.

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If you would like to book me as your wedding or portrait photographer, you can contact me through my website at http://www.takingthepicturesphotography.co.uk, call me on 07944 804589 or email at info@takingthepicturesphotography.co.uk

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Wedding Workshop

So back in September, I decided if I was serious about making a career in wedding photography, there was few things I needed to do to make this happen. One of those things was to attend a wedding photography workshop. Now, I know a lot of people don’t believe in these kind of workshops, saying; only doing a real wedding shoot will give you skills and knowledge to become a wedding photographer. This is slightly true, but for me, it would give me invaluable experience to take forward.
The workshop was run by a great pro, Helen Howard, who is wonderful wedding photographer. She has been doing it for over 4 years, so I really felt that she would be very current but also experienced enough to show us everything we needed to know.
The workshop was at Moor Hall Hotel, a country house hotel set in beautiful parklands in Sutton Coldfield, just outside Birmingham.
The group was made of 8 people, some who have done a few weddings and just wanted to brush up and others who had no experience and was starting on the first rung of the ladder. The structure of the day was in the morning we would go through an introduction and insight into wedding photography, where after lunch was the practice shoot. Helen had arranged two couples and two bridesmaids for us to shoot. It was an amazing day and the group bonded very well, with people helping each other and showing a few trick of their own to capture some stunning shots.
I came away from this workshop learning loads and meeting some great people, who I have now become friends of mine. Really looking forward to the next one (around March/April), and by then I will definitely have some real wedding photography experience under my belt.

Here are a few of my favourite pics I took on the day…

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Thank you to…

http://www.helenhowardphotography.co.uk/ for running the workshop.

http://www.kissxx.co.uk/ for supplying the brides and bridesmaids dresses

http://www.moorhallhotel.co.uk/ for allowing the use of the hotel and grounds.

If you would like to book me as your wedding or portrait photographer, you can contact me through my website at www.takingthepicturesphotography.co.uk, call me on 07944 804589 or email at takingthepictures@mail.com

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Marc & Carol’s Wedding

Back in July of this year (2012, if you are reading this late), Marc – the groom – kindly approached me at work and asked me if I would like to take some photos at his wedding in October at Hartsfield Manor, Betchworth, Surrey. As he had already hired a wedding photographer, this was a chance to build up my portfolio and watch the photographer work to see if this field of photography was for me.

The weather on the day wasn’t pleasant to put it nicely. The rain didn’t stop and the sky was a real moody grey, but nothing was going to spoil this special day, and it didn’t.
The wedding was a great day; the main photographer, Katie Wells, and her second shooter Stephen Johnson were so helpful towards me. As Marc had already spoken to Katie about me, she allowed me to shadow them for all the official poses and a few other shots, which is something I wasn’t expecting, but was very grateful for. Just watching them work, was a wonderful insight and nothing could have been better to help me make one of the most important decisions in my life.
All in all, it was another great learning curve to add to my wedding photography venture.So the next step…..
In November, I officially shot my first wedding.Here are a few pictures from the Marc & Carol’s Special Day xxx

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Just a few thank-you.

Firstly thanks to Katie Wells www.katiewellsphotography.co.uk and Stephen Johnsonwww.digitalphotomagic.co.uk for allowing me to shadow you on the day. You were a great help to me and very nice to meet you. I hope we can work again in the future.

But the biggest thanks goes to Marc & Carol for inviting me to capture a few, but the most beautiful pictures of your special day. xxx

If you would like to book me as your wedding or portrait photographer, you can contact me through my website at http://www.takingthepicturesphotography.co.uk, call me on 07944 804589 or email at info@takingthepicturesphotography.co.uk

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Ben & Laura’s Wedding

For my first wedding as the main photographer, I travelled to Stony Stratford, a small village a few miles outside of Milton Keynes.
The couple, Ben & Laura with their 2 year old Daughter Eva, were going to be married at the historic coaching inn ‘The Cock Hotel’. The Cock Inn is famous from the saying ‘A Cock & Bull Story’. The saying  comes from when coachmen used to stop in the village and tell outrageous stories of their travels. By the time the story reached ‘The Bull Inn’ – a couple of doors down the road – it had been elaborated to even more of an outrageous tale. Anyway enough of the history lesson!!

As my first wedding, I had the mixture of nervousness and excitement.  The excitement as you would expect from venturing into something new. But the nervousness was from something different as I hadn’t met the couple before the day. My friend Suzanne, who I met at a Workshop I attended back in September, was a bridesmaid and she kindly asked if I would like to be the photographer, which I accepted straight away.

It was truly a beautiful and wonderful day, even if the weather wasn’t.

I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of capturing Ben & Laura’s special day and wish them all the happiness in the world.

I would also like to congratulate myself on my first wedding.

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If you would like to book me as your wedding or portrait photographer, you can contact me through my website at http://www.takingthepicturesphotography.co.uk, call me on 07944 804589 or email at info@takingthepicturesphotography.co.uk

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My first Blog!

I have been pondering about writing a blog for a while.  The question I always ask myself is it really worth all the effort, and the answer to this question is yes!!

After successfully setting up my facebook page (www.facebook.com/TakingThePicturesPhotography) to showcase my photography work, and now my website (www.takingthepicturesphotography.co.uk). This Blog is another chapter that I am adding to my wonderful photography portfolio.

So enjoy and thank you for following me, whether it is on Facebook, twitter and now on my blog.

Come back soon to read the next chapter, which I will be telling you about a great wedding photography workshop I attended

See you soon

Jay xx

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