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Pre wedding photography – Kim and Neil @ Porthcawl

Nearly a week ago I had this coastal engagement session with Kim and Neil who are getting married at the beginning of July.  Kimberley wanted to be photographed by the sea as that was the very initial idea for her and Neil’s wedding day when they first started planning. Plans evolved of numerous reasons but we did our pre wedding session by the sea on a bright summer afternoon as she wished. The only trouble was (there always must be something!)  it was sooo frigging cold that day! It must have been below 10 Celsius which was  shocking to me who grew up in continental Europe climate with June being the hottest month and everyone dying of heath at this time of the year. I was equipped in spring jumper and couple of layers but Kim in her strapless dress was giving me shivers!:)Thankfully, as typical British they seemed temperature resistant (!;)) and bravely survived till the end of my memory card.  ;)

Have a look as some of the pre wedding portraits I took that day.

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gabriela koopmans - June 13, 2011 - 8:49 am

cudoooooooo

Ryan Davies - June 13, 2011 - 11:13 am

Lovely, lovely, lovely

Sandra A. - June 14, 2011 - 12:37 pm

Amazing pictures! Love them all!
How can you achieve those blue skies with the backlight? Is that with a flash, photoshop exposure-thing or can you create that with a small aperture?

Wedding photography @ Maes Manor – Sarah and Matt

Have a look at a bunch of my favourite photographs from this beautiful wedding day.

I met Sarah and Matt very briefly absolute ages ago at my first ever wedding fayre; they booked me quickly after a short conversation over the phone and I haven’t heard off them for the next 18 months. The time flew by and I was feeling uncomfortable with knowing absolutely nothing about this couple, and was a bit stressed before the pre wedding shoot – I didn’t have the slightest idea who on earth was going to turn up for the session! Thankfully, I was lucky to meet this energetic, extremely vibrant couple very confident and natural in front of the camera (see some pre wedding images HERE.)

Wedding day of Sarah and Matt was full of positive vibe and humorous moments. The bride was getting ready at her house, you can tell I enjoyed the spacious living room with modern funky chandelier and purple wall paper! <LOVE!>  I hugely appreciated Sarah was ready well in advance able to chill out and spend some time with me taking bridal portraits – it’s an extremely rare practise as I mostly witness rush and stress at this point with photographs being the last thing on  brides’ minds!  (and I don’t blame them at all!);)

The bride with her father were driven to Maes Manor where the wedding ceremony and reception was held.

It was the first time I got to photograph wedding in Maes Manor; I knew what to expect of their website but nonetheless the ceremony room made quite an impression on me. Ceiling covered with fairy lights surely adds to the mood of this elegant interior. From photographic side the low amount of artificial, ambient light (no windows anywhere) made it a bit of a challenge for me. I tested good couple of camera and light settings before achieving results you can see below – well lit couple without ‘killing’ the mood of the room or fairy lights on the ceiling.

Right after the ceremony the sky was grey but dry, so we managed to photograph the groups and take some shots of the couple in/with the car. After that it started drizzling and didn’t really stop – like I said I was probably the only person noticing it.  Maes Manor lies within stunningly beautiful grounds but we were not able to make much use of them and had no choice but to take all the couple shots in the hotel room that we found the most suitable. I knew after the pre wedding shoot that bride and groom were going to be super easy to work with, so together with Lisa the videographer we spent good couple of minutes shuffling furniture around the room, posing the couple and laughing.:)

I loved the confetti thrown during the first dance and enjoyed the performance of a professional singer.  I left the partying bunch of  Sarah and Matt’s friends and family around 10pm heading home with the usual back pain and smile on my face.:)

Take a look at the set below, it was one of those chilled and full of laughter days that I thoroughly enjoyed ( getting only a little bit grumpy with the weather.):)xx

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Tim Bishop - June 10, 2011 - 10:07 pm

Really great images Aga, love the candid shots! Especially the look on one ladies face where another lady’s handbag is backing into her! :)

phototom - June 10, 2011 - 10:16 pm

Ha ha Tim, you’ve noticed! I had a laugh of it myself. :) ) And thank you! xx

Panos - June 11, 2011 - 8:07 am

Love the angles and color, brilliant.

Nicole Blumberg - June 26, 2011 - 4:42 am

absolutely stunning. Every single shot

Alex - July 15, 2011 - 10:09 pm

One of the best wedding albums I’ve ever seen.

Tim Bishop - December 22, 2012 - 2:42 pm

I’m editing a wedding from Maes Manor now and it was raining outside, so nearly all are inside. Next time I have a wedding there I’m taking my own floodlights!!

memories…

I photographed it nearly a year ago. I keep coming back to this amazing location hoping to take a couple in love  for a pre wedding shoot there.  This photoshoot with Danielle was one of my favourites ever, I could type long why. I’ve never properly shown these images, had some of them published only recently so I thought I show the whole set here. I’m looking at a year old images, seeing mistakes and assessing what I could have done better, but Danielle is so stunning even with my photography not up to scratch the images remain within my top favourites.

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spring/summer/autumn 2011

Hello random readers!:)

It’s not often that I put together a post with no photographs in but I feel like I need to share couple of self centred thoughts with you.;)

In my wildest dreams I didn’t expect to be turning into a workaholic but I guess I wasn’t fully aware of what was coming my way.;)  2011 is a completely new experience for me, something I’ve never been through before with the proper business boost resulting in 35 weddings booked throughout the year all together, 95% of them happening between April and October.  I have to admit it’s showing to be very difficult to juggle with all the tasks under such intensity of photography and editing work.

It may not seem like but photoTOM is a one person company, with second photographer occasionally joining to capture the big day.  I do everything myself – from the initial  enquiry response to delivery of the album. The whole wedding photography service is very personal,  there is no one else to blame if something goes wrong (that’s why nothing ever goes wrong!;)) therefore I NEVER compromise on quality, spend as much time as needed on every assignment and take care of everything myself.  What I’m trying to say here is that it’s myself only doing all the correspondence, meetings, research, photographing weddings and engagements, visiting places, editing all the photographs (with most of you not realising how TIME CONSUMING this process is!), contacting suppliers, arranging products, designing and finally making the albums.  This is so much for just one brain that I can only survive it with most of you being patient and understanding.

I hope you’re not thinking  ’why should we give a damn, business is business, you have what you wanted stop moaning here’. Those who met me know for fact that I am miles from the corporate ‘business model’ person and I doubt I will ever turn into one. I treat people with an open heart in the first place, thinking of them as ‘clients’ – later.  I believe in the ‘human element’ working both ways, maybe it’s naive but this attitude hasn’t let me down yet. The current year I’m seeing as a massive test, already admitting it’s brought me too much work and setting a strict plan for 2012 (at the moment I have 22 weddings booked for 2012 and the aim is not to allow many more in order to keep me sane!;))

Summarising…:)Good things are worth waiting for. Don’t get upset with me if I’ve given you the date idea and the images/albums are not ready by it. They will be ready eventually, finished to the highest standards (my standards!). It’s a promise and I simply can’t afford not keeping it.

I’m back to photoshop for another couple of hours, hope you’re having a relaxing evening.:)

Aga xxxx

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Ian Han - July 18, 2011 - 11:00 pm

Been enjoying going through your fabulous images – every shoot is just amazing. Loved this post too, because I the work involved with shooting, editing and producing fantastic wedding photography isn’t truly understood. I’m looking forward to seeing more of your inspirational work :)

Mariana Bakar - August 6, 2013 - 10:08 pm

Hi, would love to know how to contact you to see how much you charge to photograph a wedding and if your available on the 23rd August 2014. Would love for you to photograph our happy day :-)

You take amazing photographs

Warmest regards,
Mariana

Carolyn and Mark pre wedding shoot at 3 cliffs

I so wish I HAD MORE TIME to edit and show you more from this utterly beautiful session! But I can’t, I’m already late for another session, is it already lunch time?!?!?

Introducing Carolyn and Mark, and our trip to 3 cliffs bay where they got engaged. They had the idea of going to this spectacular beach the very first time we met and I was very much up for it just I didn’t quite believe the weather was going to be so perfect. But it was, I got my legs all wet of chasing these two across the sea, we lost 90% of the balloons we brought, some make up kit and generally things were disappearing BUT – at the end of the day I’m here stuck with the images to choose because it’s too many extra cool ones! Story of my life.:)Have a look at these random few, more to come. 

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Tim Bishop - June 7, 2011 - 4:17 pm

great pictures Aga! love your use of props, definitely adds to the story Tx

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