James cuddles Lizzie during this engagement photography shoot in Battersea Park, London.

Battersea Park Engagement Shoot – A Sneak Peek

Pre-Wedding, Sneak Peek

What a gorgeous day it was today and there was no better way than spending it shooting an engagement session with the gorgeous Lizzie and James in London’s Battersea Park.

Here’s a quick sneak peek from that engagement shoot.

I hope you enjoy.

If you’re getting married and would love to book me for a fun and beautiful engagement photography session, then please do give me a call on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page.

I’ll be delighted to hear from you.

Battersea Park pre-wedding photography shoot with same sex couple, Arad and Brian, sat beside the boating lake.

Battersea Park Pre-Wedding Photography Shoot – Arad and Brian

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Battersea Park – the ideal pre-wedding location

As a London wedding photographer I’ve always thought that Battersea Park, in the London Borough of Wandsworth, is one of the most interesting of London parks, so I was thrilled when Arad and Brian asked me to photograph their same sex wedding in the park next month.  I was even more excited when they said they wanted their pre-wedding shoot to also take place in Battersea Park too.  It is such a beautiful park with so many great photographic backdrops, so I knew it was going to be an absolutely fantastic shoot.

It was an absolutely gorgeous spring day for the shoot.  The sun was still warm and shining when the guys arrived late afternoon, fresh from wedding shopping earlier in the day.  We met at the Pear Tree cafe in the park and had a brief catch up before talking through what to expect with the shoot.

Natural and Candid Pre-Wedding Photography

Colour pre-wedding photography of same same couple Arad and Brian walking hand-in-hand through Battersea Park in London.

The reason that Arad and Brian had booked me for their wedding was due to my natural, candid and largely unposed approach to wedding photography. So I was keen that the pre-wedding shoot could be as natural as possible, which I think Brian was very relieved about.

We headed off through the park shortly after, which enabled me the opportunity to get some more natural and candid shots as the couple walked hand-in-hand through the park.  Battersea Park does have a fascinating history, built on marshland claimed from the nearby River Thames. It was also land that was very popular for duels once upon time – but thankfully the day was now all about love and togetherness!

Henry Moore Three Standing Figures Sculpture

Sun rays bear down on the Henry Moore Three Standing Figures sculpture, during a pre-wedding photography shoot in London's Battersea Park, with same sex couple Arad and Brian.

A great feature in the park is the Henry Moore Three Standing Figures sculpture and was something were able to have some photographic fun with.  Nearby is the Pump House – where Arad and Brian’s wedding ceremony will take place in June – which is surrounded by a beautiful wooded area and picturesque rocky outcrops – again another fantastic opportunity to get some beautiful pre-wedding portraits.

Further on from here, by the park’s lovely boating lake, is a grand old tree that is Arad’s favourite tree in the entire park…and it’s not difficult to see why with it’s gnarled and twisted boughs which literally lean forward and almost caress the porraceous waters of the lake.  It was a stunning spot for Arad and Brian to sit and silently reflect – and for me to get some absolutely beautiful pre-wedding photography.

Battersea Park Bandstand

Colour pre-wedding photography of same sex couple, Arad and Brian, in the bandstand in Battersea Park in Wandsworth, London.

After this we moved on to the Bandstand in the park – which itself was featured on the cover of the 2013 album ‘Didn’t It Rain‘ by Hugh Laurie.  We then finished off the shoot beside the River Thames which gives great views of the Albert Bride westwards and the Chelsea Bride eastwards.

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Black and white portrait of same sex couple, Arad and Brian, sat beside the Thames - with Albert Bridge in the background, during their pre-wedding shoot in London's Battersea Park.

Battersea Park really does give a wealth of options for a pre-wedding shoot and I really can’t wait to return next month to shoot Arad and Brian’s same sex wedding at the Pump House in the park.

I’m sure you’ll agree, from this small selection of photos from their Battersea Park pre-wedding shoot, it was a fantastic shoot.

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Are you getting married?

Are you getting married in Battersea Park and looking for a wedding photographer?  Or perhaps you are looking for a natural, candid and storytelling approach to your wedding photography?

I’d love to hear from you and talk about your wedding plans. You can give me a call on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page.

How the Lack of Social Housing Impacted on a Pre-Wedding Shoot

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Charlene and David’s recent pre-wedding shoot in central London was definitely a case of “the best laid plans of mice and men”.

I am shooting their wedding story in Luton next month and when they said they’d love a central London “touristy” pre-wedding portrait shoot I couldn’t be more excited.  After all, as a London wedding photographer I’d be on my “own turf” and know there are so many places that would provide a fantastic backdrop for their pre-wedding images.

So we agreed on meeting in Trafalgar Square – with it’s fountains, lions and Nelson himself you couldn’t get a more iconic London start to a shoot. What’s more, the spring sun was shining brightly when I woke that morning, so I couldn’t wait to get started.

Thankfully I got to Trafalgar Square an hour earlier planned, and discovered that it was the day the annual Mayor of London St Patrick’s Day parade was taking place with the Square itself set aside for all the celebrations.  Yes, David himself is a proud Irishman – but I doubted they’d want to be posing for portraits in the Square with a few thousand drunken revellers surrounding them!

So after a few hasty texts, we agreed to meet at Charing Cross instead.  Across from the station are a row of 4 iconic red telephone boxes which I thought would make a good starting point instead.  My alternate plan was to then head on down to Waterloo Bridge, via the pretty Embankment Gardens, to then get portraits of them on the bridge with a sweeping vista of the city behind.

Except, when we finally did reach Waterloo Bridge a political demonstration against the lack of social housing was in full flow across the bridge – on exactly the side of the bridge I was planning to get the city vista shots!  You really couldn’t make it up – I never ever thought I’d have a pre-wedding shoot interrupted by a political demonstration. I even jokingly said to Charlene and David, that I could now at least have a blog heading of “How The Lack of Social Housing Impacted on a Pre-Wedding Shoot”!!!!

Still, the great thing about central London for a pre-wedding portrait shoot is that you are never too far from the next great photo opportunity – and being a London based wedding photographer, I know exactly where to go. So unperturbed, we took a number of shots around the South Bank, including in the Jubilee Gardens with the London Eye in the background, along to Albert Embankment for some Houses of Parliament and Big Ben backdrops before ending up at the magnificent Somerset House back over on the Embankment on the north side of the Thames.

So after exhausting the pair of them with quite a bit of walking, we end ended up with me buying them a well deserved tea and coffee.  Despite all the hitches and walking we certainly had a great and fun time – and I really felt like I get to know Charlene and David even better ahead of their wedding day, next month.  And to be honest, that’s the real point of a pre-wedding portrait shoot – getting to know one another – the final images they received are just a bonus.

So if you are getting married and interested in also including a pre-wedding shoot as part of your wedding photography package, then I’d love to hear all about your wedding plans.  You can call me on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page.

I’m sure you’ll agree, Charlene and David make a lovely couple, based on this very small selection from the portraits they received that day.

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Hampstead Heath Pre-Wedding Shoot

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Jodie & Simon’s Mean ‘n’ Muddy True Love Story

What I love about pre-wedding shoots, no matter who or where they are, is is the ability to get to know the wedding couple much better ahead of the wedding day.  Getting to see how they are with each other and how they react in front of the camera means I get some great insights ahead of the wedding.

So yesterday’s pre-wedding shoot on a very muddy and very squelchy Hampstead Heath, in North London, with Jodi and Simon allowed me to get to know Jodi and Simon that much better, ahead of their wedding at the Churchill Hyatt Regency hotel in Portman Square in Central London towards the end of March.

For instance, I found out that Jodi is chatty, fun but also very relaxed and easy going. Not one to make a big fuss about her wedding day. Simon is equally as easy going, straightforward and not a man who wants too much of a fuss in front of the camera.  Of course, this is fantastic news for me as a wedding photojournalist who specialises in a no nonsense and relaxed candid approach to wedding photography!

Here’s a few of the images from yesterday’s shoot. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did making them.

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Are you getting married and think you’d enjoy have a pre-wedding portrait shoot? Or perhaps you are looking for a London wedding photojournalist? I cover the whole of the UK and destination weddings overseas, so I’d love to chat with you and hear all about your wedding plans.

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You can see other True Love Stories here.

Pre-Wedding Photography Surrey – Elaine and Marisa

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Elaine and Marisa’s Fun Festive Pre-Wedding Photo Shoot at the Pavilion Club in East Molesey

The great thing about a pre-wedding photography shoot is that not only do we all get to know one another a little better before your wedding day, but it can be whatever you want it to be. Some couples choose a romantic kind of shoot in a beautiful, others can go for something a little more fun and less formal.

Pre-Wedding Photography East Molesey Pavillion Club

So, being keen tennis players, Elaine and Marisa, a really fun and lovely same-sex couple, immediately knew they wanted to incorporate tennis into their pre-wedding photography.  So when the date I suggested coincided with their tennis club’s – the Pavilion Club in East Molesey, just down the road from the glorious Hampton Court Palace in Surrey – festive Christmas tennis tournament, they both jumped at the chance to have their pre-wedding photography shot during.

What I love about Elaine and Marisa is the fact they know what they want in a non-fussy, straightforward way. So they were definitely keen for me to incorporate my natural, candid and unobtrusive wedding photojournalism approach in shooting them at the tournament.  With everyone dressed up in festive fancy dress it really was a relaxed and informal shoot – and one that perfectly showed the fun side of them both, which I just love.  It’s great when you can incorporate a couple’s life and passions into a pre-wedding photography shoot, as it really reflects a part of their life and them, both as individuals and as a couple.

Pre-Wedding Photography East Molesey Pavillion Club

Of course, we did fit in a few portraits too afterwards – but on the whole it was a very candid and photojournalistic approach at a delightful tennis club in the depths of Surrey.

Here are a few selected images from their pre-wedding photography shoot. I can’t wait to get shooting their festive Christmas wedding photography at the Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D’abernon, Cobham in Surrey next week.

Are you getting married in Surrey or elsewhere and would love to incorporate a pre-wedding photography shoot into your wedding photography package?  Then please give me a call on +44 (0) 7920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page – I’d love to hear all about your wedding plans and discuss how my wedding photojournalism approach can deliver your real and unique wedding story.

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Greenwich London pre wedding photography

Greenwich Park Pre-Wedding Photography in London – Steph & Paul

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Pre-Wedding Photography Shoot in Greenwich Park, London

Even though I am a London wedding photographer I am more than happy to shoot weddings anywhere in the UK, or even destination weddings abroad.  However, that said, nothing beats, as a London boy, a London location – especially for a pre-wedding photography shoot. It is, after all, a case of home sweet home! So when Steph and Paul, whose Bromley wedding photography I am honoured to be shooting later this year, suggested we do their pre-wedding portrait shoot in the gorgeous Greenwich Park,in south east London, I could hardly contain my excitement!

Greenwich Park, is one of London’s eight Royal Parks and, quite rightly so, is world famous.  After all, it hosts the Prime Meridian Line and Royal Observatory as well as being part of the Greenwich Maritime World Heritage Site which is home to The National Maritime Museum and Old Royal Naval College. It’s also the most historic of all the Royal Parks and dates back to Roman times and was enclosed in 1427. The park offers imperious views across the River Thames all the way to St. Pauls Cathedral in the City beyond. It is, quite simply, one of the most perfect locations for a pre-wedding photography shoot.

Rain, Laughter and Great Photos

Greenwich London pre wedding photography

Despite the fact that the morning started off with blazing sunshine it was if, almost on cue, the moment Steph and Paul turned up the sky clouded up and spots of rain began to fall.  The rain, which varied between light drizzle and occasional heavier bursts, basically persisted throughout the entire period of their pre-wedding photography session. An hour afterwards, as we laughingly predicted, things brightened up and the sun came out! You really couldnt have made it up any better.

But still, as I always tell wedding couples, you can’t control the weather on your wedding day, so whatever it is you work with it and even it make it a feature itself of the wedding photography. So we definitely had a few laughs through the shoot.  Clearly Steph and Paul are a fun couple and it became apparent early on, entirely comfortable being in front of the camera. But it was also quite clear, in-between shots, the great deal of love and affection they have for one another. I’m sure their wedding day in Bromley is going to be fantastic and I can’t wait to be shooting their wedding photography.

The Aim of a Pre-Wedding Photography Session

Greenwich London pre wedding portrait photography

I always encourage my wedding couples to opt for a pre-wedding portrait session if they can (which is included free within my most popular wedding photography package The Wedding Storyteller).  It might seem a little at odds with me being a wedding photojournalist, who will primarily document the real story of your wedding in a natural, candid and unobtrusive way, to be offering what is a more formal portrait shoot ahead of your wedding day. But there are 3 good reasons why I do so:

  1. It’s a great way for us all to get to know one another better before the wedding day.  After all, as your wedding photographer, I will spend the most time with you on your wedding day, compared to all the other wedding vendors. So it’s much nicer to know one another more by the day.
  2. You get used to me photographing you.  It’s not always the most natural thing, for some couples, to be the main focus of a photographer over a period time, so a pre-wedding photography shoot ensures not only do you get used to it, but I can also get an idea of what works with you and the kind of things to look out for on your wedding day
  3. At the end of it you’ll end up with some beautiful portraits of you both!

I am currently offering a FREE pre-wedding portrait shoot with all of my wedding photography packages in 2016/17, if you book me before 31 August 2015.  For more details of this fabulous offer, you can read more here.  Or, if you would like to see more details about my various wedding photography collections and prices, they please click here.

Contact me

So if you enjoyed this Greenwich Park pre-wedding photography in London or are getting married in London or elsewhere and would like to have a friendly and informal chat with me about your wedding plans, then please do call me now on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page here.  I will be delighted to explain more about my unique and natural wedding photojournalism approach and how you too can get beautiful pre-wedding portraits like those of Steph and Paul’s below (just a very small random selection from the 250+ images they got from their pre-wedding photography session!)

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Northamptonshire Pre-Wedding Photography – Emily and Phil

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Kelmarsh Hall Pre-Wedding Photography Shoot

Next month I will be shooting the Northampton wedding photography of Emily and Phil, who will be tying the knot in the delightful Northamptonshire village of Chapel Brampton. So a week or so ago I caught up with the happy-couple-to-be to shoot their pre-wedding photography portraits.

We agreed to do the shoot in the beautiful surroundings of Kelmarsh Hall which is a Grade I listed country house, set in the rolling English countryside 11 miles north of Northampton. Built in 1732 and with stunning gardens, it really is a fantastic location in which to shoot a pre-wedding photography session.

Northamptonshire Wedding Photography - Kelmarsh Hall

Beautiful Day, Wonderful Company

Although it had been a year since Emily and Phil booked me as their wedding photographer, I had seen them since when I was the wedding photographer at Phil’s sister’s wedding, also in Northamptonshire. So it was like to catching up with old friends immediately – and we were quickly chatting and laughing about all kinds of things. The fact that Phil has a keen interest in photography and has, himself, shot as a second photographer at weddings meant we were quickly boring Emily with more technical talk then I would usually submit a couple to!

With the sun shining, flowers in glorious bloom and a gentle breeze it really was a beautiful day to be out doing what I love in a fabulous setting and with great company. Sometimes being a wedding photographer can be so tough! But, hey, some of us have to do it.

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Wedding Photojournalism & Pre-Wedding Portrait Photography

Now, I know that as a pure wedding photojournalist who constantly talks about the importance of a natural, candid and unobtrusive approach to wedding photojournalism, it may seem a little unusual that I offer pre-wedding portrait shoots.  However, I actually find they are really useful for us to get to know one another before a wedding and for the happy-couple-to-be to get used to me photographing around them. So, yes, whilst I do shoot the wedding day itself in a predominantly wedding reportage style (depending on the package) I do find pre-wedding portrait shoots are incredible useful and enjoyable.  And who can grumble about getting some beautiful portraits into the bargain?

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I’m sure you will agree that the pre-wedding photos from Emily and Phil’s shoot at Kelmarsh Hall are beautiful.

If you are getting married and interested in having a pre-wedding portrait shoot as part of your wedding photography package, then I’d really be delighted to chat with you and hear all about your wedding plans. You can either give me a call right now on 07920 422144 or send me an email via my contact page.

Here are a few other photos from Emily and Phil’s pre-wedding photography at Kelmarsh Hall in Northamptonshire.

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Northamptonshire Wedding Photography - Kelmarsh Hall

Northamptonshire Wedding Photography - Kelmarsh Hall

Northamptonshire Wedding Photography - Kelmarsh Hall

Northamptonshire Wedding Photography - Kelmarsh Hall

Northamptonshire Wedding Photography - Kelmarsh Hall

Northamptonshire Wedding Photography - Kelmarsh Hall

 

Northamptonshire Wedding Photography - Kelmarsh Hall

 

Northamptonshire Wedding Photography - Kelmarsh Hall

 

Northamptonshire Wedding Photography - Kelmarsh Hall

 

Northamptonshire Wedding Photography - Kelmarsh Hall

 

Northamptonshire Wedding Photography - Kelmarsh Hall

 

Northamptonshire Wedding Photography - Kelmarsh Hall

 

Northamptonshire Wedding Photography - Kelmarsh Hall