The bond between two people, committed to each other through matrimony, represents one of the most significant rites of passage in our culture. Capturing the flow of the day, from the big picture to the subtle nuances, from the anticipatory tension to the vows of promise and mirthful celebrations, your wedding day is commemorated boldly and uniquely into an anthology of your life's most precious moments . . .
Mexico Street Photos
For some time now, I've wanted to profile pictures that I've taken during my various visits to Mexico. It's a country that has interested me a lot over the past 25 years and in many ways shaped who I am and also the photography that I've taken.
Images of Mexico can be varied in their approach and I've always focused on a particular style and genre. For me, it's people, places and day-to-day life away from any stereotypes that are created through media or anecdotally. The vibrant street markets, the food, people and sounds are difficult to convey in photography but what is often overlooked is the architecture and the history behind it. From the Maya, conquistadores and the revolution at the beginning of the 20th century which was a defining moment for modern-day Mexico. All can be found without looking too hard below the surface.
This collection of photos is focused on people and day-to-day life but in each you'll find emotion, colour, and passion.
They say that when the dust of Mexico lands on your shoes it never leaves you. When I first heard this I didn't believe it, but it's certainly something I've come to appreciate greatly.
The rainy season is part and parcel of Mexico life. occurring during the rainy season in August and September the inundation quickly gices way to sunshine and vibrant colours
The production of tortillas for families is an important fabric of day to day life. It's fascinating to watch the repetetive production line of a staple food which is never taken for granted
I photographed this man and his companion outside the Cathedral in Tepotzlan in the midday sun. His weathered features and simplicity of the picture is what drew me to photographing him
Captured in one picture, the Masa, the press and cooking of tortillas
Cooking and working are as much a social affair as well as working. Here in a market a group of workers swap stories as they cook for those who haven't yet arrived but for whom their product is a necessity
Salt cured beef
Not one to stand back from the photos I take, this vendor is selling salt cured beef for our evening meal. Selling meat in open counters and markets is a way of life and always fresh.
Travelling troubedors pass from stall to stall filling markets with music for those who pay and those that are just willing to listen. Always well presented, someone once told me that whatever your music tastes, as long as music is played with passion and authenticity, it should be listened to out of respect.
Fingers before forks
Be prepared to be offered as you eat here. this man was selling lottery tickets as this group eats.
When I visit a location new or familiar, i always head to the markets as thats where day to day life happens. The colours of the onions, tomatoes and chillis are no accident here reflecting the basic ingredients of the salsa which accompanies many of Mexico's dishes and also match the colours of the national flag, I always head to the markets as that's where day to day life happens. The colours of the onions, tomatoes and chillis are no accident here reflecting the basic ingredients of the salsa which accompanies many of Mexico's dishes and also match the colours of the national flag.
A more turistic market view in Tepotzlan. The hamacas, bags and locally made artefacts for tourists mix with everyday essentials. bartering is expected but with respect. I once remember making a bargain with a vendor in Coyoacan, (a popular district in South easten Mexico City), for a hand woven tortilla blanket, only for an unseen voice to bellow to the vendor that it was too cheap to seel at that price. The vendor's wife who was clearly in charge had been listening (unseen) and this was a signal that the price had been driven too low.
Architecture fascinates me here and the symmetrical view of this square in a church creates and conjures so many images as to the purpose and history behind them
Count the foods
Salsa, Tortas, Sopes and even Crickets grace this stall. The colours and tastes are not to everyones liking but there truly is something for everyone here
I'm not sure this vendor appreciated me photographing him but i wanted to capture his stall selling deep dried Crickets with Salsa and lime to compliment. A key to street photography is always to ask and always respect the answer, even if this turns out to be no.
Captured in the Zocalo (main square) of Cuernavaca, this tree was placed as a symbol of resistance to the violence that has plagued Mexico in recent years. Each piece of paper carries the names of one of the 43 teachers whi were kidnapped and murdered with the collusion of state police in Michoacan.
Captured in the centro Historico Zone of Mexico City in front of Bellas Artes and dilapidated buildings.
Even in a quiet side street on a sunday morning, music is a way of life in Mexico City. I captured this performer after hearing him walking from street to street playing for anyone that would listen to earn money for his songs. I could have sat and finished my breakfast but as a photographer, something inside should always say "move, photograph and experience". you never know if you'll see the same thing again.
Por encima del Angel
Photo taken from the viewing platform of El Angel de la independencia in Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico City. This symbol of Mexican Independence is rarely open to the public and is accessed via a narrow spiral staircase inside the column. Captured on a clear December day with little pollution evident as it looks towards the Castle of Chapultepec.
Photo taken from the viewing platform of El Angel de la independencia in Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico City. This symbol of Mexican Independence is rarely open to the public and is accessed via a narrow spiral staircase inside the column. Captured on a clear December day.
One man band
Photo captured of street performer in the Centro Historico Mexico City
This image was taken in a side street off of the main entrance to the Centro Historico. The performer was relaxing with her colleagues and kindly allowed us to photograph her. I like the candid and open nature of the shot and also the fact that she is still physically in character however chatting as normal. the colours and contrast make a dramatic backdrop too
Photo taken near Bellas Artes. This type of scene is very typical with refresco's, chicharron and patatas fritas available
Not something that you would normally see on a market however the Mexican wrestling masks which are now famous the world over can be bought in abundance.
Tortas y Tacos
Capturing this scene is reflective of every street market in Mexico. local family run stalls providing fresh handmade food cooked in front of you and offering a friendly atmosphere. these are an important social affair for Mexican's and allows for lively discussions as well as good food.
Calle cinco de mayo
Taken on Avenida cinco de mayo in the centro historico, Mexico City. I like to capture all forms of street life and I was drawn to this family who were playing the accordian for tips in a shelter. I always drop some money in their tins before I take their picture and always ask permission. On this occasion, the lady agreed but declined to let me take her picture with her face showing. She told me that this was because she believed that this would take her soul away. This picture shows the stark contrast between rich and poor in this city of contrasts.
Limpia del alma
Photo captured on the edge of the Zocalo. In this part of the centro historico, it seems you can encounter anything. Here a woman is having her soul cleaned using rosemary and smudge sticks. Believed to bring good luck and ward off bad spirits, each of the 20 vendors we saw were busy with people waiting.
Taken in the Zocalo this dancer is preparing for his routine for tourists
To compliment our Wedding photography, we're launching "le petit Boudoir" our French themed Boudoir photography package designed around a fun experience for individuals or groups. A fun few hours working with a professional photographer and female chaperone, in a trusted and relaxed environment to create the images you want but never thought possible.
Packages will be centred around the experience, rather than just the photography and is ideal for friends, hen party's or individuals. Locations offered in plush hotel surroundings, fully chaperoned and with the option of a talented Make Up Artist will end with some amazing images for you to share or just for you.
Check out our Pinterest mood board for examples and ideas and feel free to add your own!
Our photography shoots take place in London and the south east and are chosen from a selection of plush nd boutique hotel's chosen especially for their look, feel and interiors. The surroundings and background to your photos mean everything in a shoot like this and we concentrate on making you and your party feel special in a safe environment where you can express yourself and bring out the best in the photos. Of course, if you've decided to book the hotel yourself, after the shoot is finished, you can make this into a great way to turn this into a mid week or weekend mini-break.
The images are the end result to the overall experience and we'll help to create those iconic images, but with some new ideas. We'll work with you before the shoot to share images via Pinterest and to see your ideas for the shoot. This is an excellent way to gauge what you feel comfortable with and what images and poses you would like to create and try. In the lead up to the shoot, our female member of the team and chaperone will talk through what to bring. suggestions on what to bring, suggestions on what to wear and to answer any questions that you may have. Finally, we'll also send you a guide for the preparation beforehand so that you can read through and feel relaxed and prepared for your shoot.
Locations are in London or the South East of England but other UK locations can be agreed by arrangement. If you provide your preferred location then we'll make suggestions based on the room interiors, unique features and plush surroundings that will bring out the best in your images. We're sorry but we do not photograph in people's homes as we feel that the experience is best suited to a neutral location and to take you out of the everyday. This will also allow for you to relax so that we can help you create the images that you want.
Hair and Make Up
We can provide the details of a hair and make up artist to provide you with a professional look to match your chosen surroundings. Our recommendations will always be female artists that we have worked with before and who work in the fashion and film industry so that you're guaranteed to look your best.
Prices are broken down into different stages and based upon the type of hotel selected and additional options chosen. We've made it easy however to build your package below:
Photo shoot including preparation, booking and 7 digital professionally edited images priced as follows:
1-2 people - £200
3-5 people - £400
Hotel day rate - £150 (Includes day occupancy only no overnight)
If you wish to book your own choice of hotel then this cost is reduced
Hair and make up artist - £70
Online portfolio and slide show - £30
Prints and phonebooks - Price on Application depending on size, mount and finish
My event photography captures the effort, emotion and work that has gone into producing the finished result. I am always respectful of the performers that I meet and being allowed to photograph someones work which has often taken months to perfect is a privilege.
I have worked with production companies and venues alike and have been an official Brighton Fringe photographer for the past 4 years during which time my work has been published in national media outlets.
My photography is always shot without flash, from distance so as not to disturb the performers or the audience and captures, in a few images, the essence and spirit of the performance.
Interiors & Architecture
We shape the spaces that define us and, afterwards, our spaces shape us. My lens captures the intimacy of homes and the grace of buildings and interiors in ways which provoke response, inviting the eye to explore and discover new perspectives among familiar objects ...
With Autumn in full swing and with Halloween around the corner, we wanted to provide a slightly different take on the tradition autumn shoot.
With an abundance of colour around at this time of year, the desire to want to shoot trees, models slushing through leaves and other landscapes is, well traditional.
For this themed shoot, I wanted to combine the light at this time of year, with our models in muted and darker looking colours and using focussed light.
The results are a slightly moody, slightly dark feel with an artistic look to match. Paying attention to the hair, makeup, shoes and dress in the shoot, we feel it brings some atmosphere to the photos aside from the location which in this case is almost secondary.
We hope that you like this selection of photos and the slightly different take on photos taken at this time of year.
Using light in a slightly different allows for areas to be highlighted and the eye drawn to a particular area of the photo
Each part of the model's outfit should be considered. Here the shoes are focussed on and taken from a particular angle to create a separate image from the main picture
Model lit by off camera flash and from above using natural light
Colours and monochrome
By using a slightly different edit we can combine the monochrome of the model with the colours of the leaves to create a slightly different look and feel
Depth of field
With Maya side lit and the photo taken from a longer distance, we can create a greater depth of field but still perfectly lighting the model