Sneak peek into Laura and Stephen wedding day

I was lucky enough to photograph these two gorgeous humans last weekend during their energetic and full of emotions wedding day. Here is quick sneak peek into some images from that day.


Emma & Carl's wedding sneak peek

Here are a few of my favorite pictures from Emma & Carl's wedding. It was a perfect day, beautiful wedding and happy people.

I had a pleasure to witness and capture those unforgettable moments. I would like to wish Emma & Carl a wonderful life together.

Thank you for letting us be a part of your special day. It was a great fun working with you, your family and friends.

Also a big thanks to Hollin Hall Hotel and its lovely staff for the cooperation on the day.

 


Sommelier of the Year

Recently we had an opportunity to cover Sommelier of the Year, a regional heat event in Manchester. It was the first occasion of its kind that I personally had a chance to work on as a photographer.
The purpose of this event was to find a knowledgeable wine professional who specialized in all aspects of wine service as well as wine and food pairing. Our client was the caterer from London who requested that we provide photographic coverage in a location already familiar to me, the Malmaison Hotel in Manchester.
The main sponsor of the event was Moet & Chandon Champagne. From a shortlist of ten participants, three Sommeliers of the Wine stewards had reached the final round. I personally enjoyed the final test, the infamous perfect Champagne pour, in which Moet & Chandon Champagne is poured equally into eight glasses, without returning to any of them.

It was an interesting event to be able to look at through the lens of the camera. Besides the photography aspect, I've also learned one or two things about wine etiquette.


London's Christmas Lights

On Sunday 15 November, the inauguration of new Christmas lights took place on the iconic Regent Street in London. This is the first edition of the Timeless Elegance art installation designed by ATC Lighting Design on the streets in the British capital.

The Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Dodd, played a musical piece by Pierre Mussche from Musicom, composed specially for this occasion. Grand opening was followed by a party held at Lights of Soho gallery.  Clearly, this event was all about the lights!Read more


Better Bathrooms Christmas Party

This was my second year photographing Better Bathrooms's annual Awards and Christmas Party event. Exactly as last year, the entertainment this year was simply amazing. The event was held at Mercury Plaza Hotel in Machester and it was hosted by Jon Culshaw. This year's party was Gatsby themed and attention to details was astonishing. Read more


Everyone needs a headshot

The headshot is a specific type of portrait that clearly demonstrates a person's appearance with the aim of capturing their personality. They are typically used by models and actors but modern businesses often make use of this type of photography to represent their leaders and employees on various branding platforms. The rise of social media means that more and more people are using them to engage with a wider audience and can be the key to successful self-promotion.

The pictures below were shot outdoors instead of a traditional studio setup. The aim was to give those headshots more energy and a cinematic look. By using a lens with a long focal length, I managed to throw the background out of focus and this also helped to render the facial features more accurately without any distortion that can typically appear when using a wider lens. Also the autumn colors prevalent at this time of the year created a great backdrop and added a specific mood to these shots.


Summer portraits - Portugal

 

For me, the favorite part of the year is when it is time to start packing your bags and prepare for your holidays. The destination this year was the beautiful Algarve region in Portugal. This hilly landscape that consists of beautiful sandy beaches set against the rocky cliffs is a great location to go and enjoy the local wine and grilled seafood… not necessarily in that order. Being on the road, it was a good time to put mine and Natan’s compositional skills to the test, giving us great opportunities to practice viewing the world through the lens in order to capture our subject in the best possible light. Having two beautiful models with us made that task more enjoyable and we all had some fun. Here are the fruits of our efforts as we toured this amazing part of Portugal.

 

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Big thanks for Ula and Aga who bravely pose for these images and help to make our photography even better.


Emilia and Benjamin Wedding

I had an amazing time at Emilia and Benjamin's wedding that took place in Castillon-de-Castets, small village near Bordeaux in France. They made me feel as I was member of their family and I am very grateful for this. I will write larger post in near future describing this truly unique wedding. For now let me share little sneak peek with few images from their remarkable day.

We wish them all the best. Congratulations to a great couple.


Photography - Iwona & Arek - 20th Wedding Anniversary couple portrait session

Iwona and Arek are having their 20th wedding anniversary this year, and I encouraged them to do a photography session to celebrate it. They didn't have any professional pictures taken on their wedding day so I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to capture their love 20 years later.

It can be a challenge for someone to look relaxed and natural in front of the camera if they aren't a professional model or if they're not used to it. It is often down to the photographer to put the couple at ease and get them to smile and relax. It is usually easier with girls as they know how to look pretty and enjoy posing. With guys, it can be more challenging as they don't want to do overly complicated poses and some might even think that posing is too feminine :). Offering some coaching can help, for example, showing them what to do with their hands and just allowing the couple to interact with one another. Usually they quickly discover that by simply paying attention to a few details, posing can be really simple and eventually (usually after the first setup/location) the ice breaks and we can roll on with the photoshoot.


We had a great time at the portrait session and my models ;) did brilliantly on the day. Iwona and Arek can proudly tell the story that bystanders were thinking that this was their actual engagment session. They were astonished to find out that this is their 20th wedding anniversary. :) Indeed, they don't look like they have 20 years worth of marriage experience.

Engagements, or post-wedding sessions are fun, but there is also something timeless about capturing a couple’s love years down the line. It's easy to get married but staying married is the real challenge. :) Well done guys. I'm proud of you sister.


Nepal fundraising photoshoot

Natural disasters are extreme, sudden events caused by environmental factors that injure people and damage property. Fortunately when it happens humanity from all over the world unites trying to bring help by every possible way. When an earthquake in Nepal had happen we all watched with terrified faces images of death and destruction. Sometimes however, it is easy to forget from comforts of our cozy homes or be distracted by colourful, shiny things that screams "buy me!" from shelfs of ever surrounding shops or markets that there are those who need our help. In time of need we can't stay idle, we should do at least little something...

When Natan and I, found out about this great idea to rise funds for victims of Nepal disastrous events through something what we both love we didn't hesitated a moment. We packed our gear and went to Rochdale SCP studio on this well organised charity photoshoot. We had a few great looking models to work with, couple of makeup artists and well created, hand made jewerly provided by our good friends from Destreza Designs. Also worth noting are well though out outfits that our models wore. We very much enjoy ourselves throughout whole day of shooting with fine company of enthusiastic people.

Here are few shots:

Cara

Kate

Stacey

Maja

All makeups was made by Gosia and Ola.