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Joyce & Enoch’s Wedding.


Today I’m pleased to be writing about the wedding of  Joyce and Enoch, winners of my competition last year. I had already met Joyce and Enoch for an engagement shoot in Camden, which had been good fun, so I was really looking forward to their wedding day.

With their families originally from Nigeria and Ghana, this was a real mixture of wedding styles, and a very colourful affair!   The bride and groom, bridesmaids and groomsen were dressed in traditional english fashion for the ceremony and wedding breakfast, but later changed into formal african dress, and then casual dress later – that’s a lot of changing!  You’ll also see that many of the guests were wearing traditional african dress and looked spectacular.

Although there were a few different elements to their wedding the overall flow was pretty familiar to me, so I started with some getting ready shots, before moving on to the ceremony. For this part of they day, I am keeping back out of the way for the most part, and not trying to direct any posing.

When we moved on to the reception venue, they weren’t quite ready for the bride’s entry, so I took Joyce off to one side for some bridal portraits, and when Enoch joined us too, I climbed up a fire escape to get some shots looking down onto them, and then asked Joyce to twirl so I could capture some movement in her dress.   As the venue still weren’t quite ready for us, I took a few minutes to take some group shots of the boy and the girls. Rather than posing groups I like to give them something to do and a bit of simple direction, and we always get some nice informal shots where everyone is having fun. The was a lot of competition between the boys and the girls to get the best jumping shot :-)

I even managed to grab a few quite moments away from the hustle an bustle later and took Joyce and Enoch to their suite for some pictures – this is where I asked Joyce to climb into the bath for me…..

And that was most of the formal shots in the bag. There were just a few more of the bridesmaids and groomsmen before the light faded too much. Otherwise I was shooting more fly-on-the-wall style, and trying to capture some of the energy and vibrant colours.

My last shots were of the launch of some Chinese lanterns, before I had to pack up and leave. By that time it was after 10, and I still had a 2 hour journey home! Despite the length of the day, I really enjoyed myself, and felt privileged to be a part of Joyce and Enoch’s celebrations.

My competition winners for this year are Sadie and Gary, and I’m hoping to have just as much fun shooting their wedding in August.














Joyce & Enoch’s Pre-Wedding Shoot


Catching up on some posts after (during) a busy period.  A while back I met up with my competition winners, Joyce and Enoch for their pre-wedding shoot. This was in and around Camden Market, which was a great area for interesting locations and backdrops, and for trying on some hats.

Joyce and Enoch were such a pleasure to work with, and I always try to have a relaxed, fun time with my clients - which is something that I hope comes across in these images.  We even finished the shoot with some jumping shots, which had them both checking the back of my camera after each take, keen to see how they had done and how to improve their jumps to get the shots right.

At the end of the shoot, Enoch said to me that he hadn’t though that having his photo taken could be such fun.  Job done:)

I’m really excited about their wedding in September, as I think it is going to be a really vibrant and colourful event, with lots of traditional African dress.

Check back to see how it goes.





















Competition Update !

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With only 5 days remaining until my competition closes (midnight on May 15) things have been getting exciting, and there has been plenty of action.  Joyce and Enoch have gathered an amazing 233 votes!

Jenny and Dave entered the running a little later, but they are making good progress with 136 votes.  The question is, can they close the gap? We’ll see…..

Please wish both couple good luck, and you can keep track of their scores by checking on the relevant posting for each of them.








Competition Update !

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This is just a quick update on my “What’s your story?” competition, where the winning couple will win their photo package from me……….

So far, Joyce and Enoch have opened up quite a lead, with a whopping 90 votes!!  Jenny and Dave a trailing a little with 40 votes, but with plenty of time to turn it around…

Check out their stories by looking at the posts under the **COMPETITION** category:)

For any other couples out there, there is still time to enter the competition, but you’ll need to be quick…….

Wishing them all good luck..


Competition Entry : Joyce and Enoch

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A big welcome this week to Joyce and Enoch, the first entrants into my “What’s your story”  competition to win one of my wedding photography packages. Theirs is a sweet story, I think, so let’s wish them luck when the voting opens.

Oh, and having met with them last week, I can see that they will be fun for me to work with and I can honestly say that the picture really is an uncanny likeness! :-)

So here it is, in Joyce’s own words…………….


Story: When my fiance and I first met, it certainly was not love at first sight (well, not for me anyway). At the time I had completely sworn off men and vowed that I never ever wanted to be romantically involved with a member of the opposite sex as long as I lived! (How unrealistic and naive I hear you scream).

To get over my blues, I threw a party whilst my parents were away on holiday. I invited everybody, all my friends from uni and work and anybody else I could think of; and I told those people to bring a friend. Most of my friends did bring their friends, one of whom was my now fiance, Enoch. Enoch took an instant liking to me, however, I remained aloof saying that we could only ever be friends. Enoch agreed, although he had other plans. He was extremely persistent (and patient) and eventually won me over (gushes). And the rest as they say, is history. After 8 years together (3 of which we’ve been engaged for) we’re finally getting married!!

So now we’re excited about the rest of our lives together : )

Picture: You’ll be amazed at how much this really looks like us (Seriously, its frighteningly accurate. Especially my extra wide grin)!