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wedding photography – Kala & Jaro

Introducing a one of kind wedding of Kala and Jaro’s in their home town Elblag in Poland.

This short break in Poland was definitely the best 3 days of my summer 2011, was spoilt to rotten with food, shopping and proper summer weather and simply enjoyed life away from my computer, photoshop, email and so on.:)

But most of all I enjoyed the wedding day itself. It’s an amazing feeling to be part of something  so personal, so exceptional and grand but at the same time so down to earth. It’s hard to describe the way Poles celebrate weddings. There is no etiquette, and at the same time there’s a lot of it, no formalities, but there are rigid elements that are just bound to happen. Elegance is mixed with folk, tears with laughter, joke and tease are taken to the extend acceptable only at weddings. Drinking games, kissing games, dancing games, loads of food, even more alcohol, stuffed stomachs and buzz on the dance floor. Loads of singing (!!!) cheering and hugging strangers. Really odd but so natural.  Oh – and THE BAND. There has to be band, DJs for weddings are a rarity. Proper, folk band, very particular way of entertaining and music that you wouldn’t quite hear on the radio…;)

It was definitely the most fun wedding I have ever photographed. Having attended a few Polish weddings in my life (mostly as a child or teenager) I’ve never been photographing one which turned to be quite a task. There were few surprises, few challenges, but mostly I was just laughing to tears and loving every minute.

I can’t type as much as Id like (it’s 3.30am, so typical off me!) about this fantastic experience, I’ll leave you to the set of wedding images.

Thank you to bride, groom and their families for such warm welcome, the famous Polish hospitality is famous for a reason.:)

One last thing for me to mention is that you won’t find any bride and groom portraits in  the below set, Kala & Jaro booked separate photoshoot with me for after the big day that we spent entirely on photographs, I’ll blog about it tomorrow, this late hour is killing me!:)

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Az - December 13, 2011 - 9:48 am

I wish I was a guest at this wedding, it looks like everyone had so much fun. You’ve caught so many beautiful moments here Aga. Love the B/W’s of the bride getting ready,the shots of them happy couple exiting the church, and especially your dancefloor shots (well done for lying on the floor).

Utterly Superb!

phototom - December 13, 2011 - 10:07 am

Thanks Az! Glad you like the dance floor shots, I do like them as well… Haven’t heard from the couple yet, need to find out they like them too to relax (way too paranoid after the recent case hah!) It doesn’t help that the groom is professional photographer himself… :)


Tim Bishop - December 13, 2011 - 4:15 pm

Wow Aga! I agree with Az I wish I was at this wedding too, it looks so much fun! Great timing and framing make incredible coverage of this wedding! Tx

pre wedding photography @ Castell Coch – Jo & James

Photographed few weeks ago engagement session of Jo and James – first of my two December couples. Lucky with the most perfect late autumn afternoon and equipped with some props we spent a lovely afternoon within the Castell Coch grounds.  Because bride and groom to be are proud parents of two adorable girls we turned part 1 of the session into a family shoot, and then Jo’s mum took the girls away whilst we stayed for some proper engagement photographs.

part 1: FAMILY (just one sneaky capture)


part 2 : ROMANCE (fairy tales DO come true)

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Tim Bishop - December 10, 2011 - 4:21 pm

Wonderful set of images Aga! Brought out the loving, caring and fun side to this couple in the photos Txx

winter studio session

since facebook quality completely sucks (you know my general love for facebook, their image display in particular!) I guess it’s best to throw things on the blog for those who want to see some nice and sharp pixels over those blurred and lacking colour!;)Here we are then, fresh from tonight. Came back home from this shoot at 1am, it’s nearly 3 and I’m still here as I couldn’t quite stop myself from editing the photograph below. It will hurt tomorrow but who cares!;)

credits go to:

Liz Orford – hair and make up
Jordan Ebbitt – modelling
Anthony D Vaughan – helping to set everything up and assisting with lights
Fez Miah – snow throwing:)

thank you to Fez and Urban Circle for letting us use their studio facility.

Tim Bishop - November 30, 2011 - 11:48 am

Great lighting, interesting catch lights in the eyes. Can’t wait to see the rest! Tx

wedding dress fitting – Kala

This is the first of the 3 posts on my crazy Polish wedding adventure from early August this year. I spent 3 days with the couple in their home town Elblag in North Poland and then we had another photographic day back in the UK – hours dedicated solely to bride and groom portraits around Cardiff, Newport and some rural areas of South Wales. So this is the pre wedding part – shots from the dress fitting at local bridal shop, only a small part of the day spent with the bride to be on shopping, pampering, making final arrangements, eating awesome food and getting all excited for the big day.:)

…looking at Kala’s figure makes me want to try not to eat for a week. 


wedding photography @ the Celtic Manor – Harry and Tom

Totally awesome, one of my favorites from last summer, wedding of Angharad and Tom at the Celtic Manor. Absolutely wonderful day with some amazing people and joyful atmosphere. I seriously struggled with this post and ended up making it massive, even bigger than usual although every time I get to blog I promise myself to be making blog posts smaller, only few essential shots and that’s it like majority of wedding photographers do. But when it comes to it I always feel like I’d miss out not showing all the aspects, not including the key moments, I don’t know… I wouldn’t know HOW to choose say ‘best 30 photographs’ for the blog post. So here you are, ‘the best 300(?)’ which is obviously majority of the wedding gallery. :O (google isn’t going to like it I’m afraid, hope you guys don’t mind that much!)


Harry and Tom found me through another client of mine who kindly recommended me to her work colleague (she’s done it more than once actually, thank you Kylee!) we met up for a meeting at the Celtic Manor few months before the wedding but then due to the couple’s busy life style we really struggled fitting the engagement session in. Managed in the end, 6 days before the wedding…  which was rather mad, but since my life turned mad last Spring (and stayed this way ever since) Harry and Tom fitted the theme perfectly.;)We got this totally perfect summer weather for the pre wedding shoot, (see it here if you like, it was fab!: ) and were wondering what the sky was going to look like on their wedding day few days later. Thankfully, the wedding couple and their guests were more than lucky with the Welsh summer. On their big day they had everything: strong wind, sun, clouds and rain, the whole spectrum which really added to the photographs.

Because the editing work is chasing me and I can’t really afford typing much these days (!!!) I’ll stop it here hoping that the below photographs will give you good enough insight into Harry and Tom’s wedding day. Thank you to Raf who worked his back side off that day and contributed with some really good captures to the below set. Hope you enjoy. x x

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Willie - November 26, 2011 - 9:51 pm

So damned cool!!

Nicki - November 26, 2011 - 11:17 pm

Stunning images!

Cristina Rossi - December 4, 2011 - 11:11 pm

Fabulous images! :-)

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