Portobello road Engagement.

This blog is about an urban style Engagement shoot with a wonderful couple who are due to get married in under a month.

I met Mike and Varshi to discuss the wedding plans over a drink in Finchley. 

The idea of a fusion weddings of two different cultures really appeals to me and a lot of my weddings i take on are mixed cultures and I felt honoured that they had offered me the opportunity to be part of their special day.

But obviously we had to plan the engagement shoot first!

Mike and Varshi wanted to incorporate an engagement shoot in and around Portobello market and the surrounding area as this was a place that was very special for them. 

We began in trendy Portobello road market.

We came across a stall that sold old vintage cameras and I couldn’t help myself.

Mike above searching for a letter M. 

The last time I went to Portobello road market was when I was a young child. I was around 6 or 7 years old and with my Dad, He dragged me around looking at old antiques and tools. I can see why it has a special place in Mike and Vasrhi’s heart, as I’m writing the blog this very moment I have unforgettable memories flooding back to me of my late father. 

We had a great time checking out all the shops and stalls before we moved on.

Next stop was Notting hill, this place is a photographers dream, multi coloured painted houses, awesome architecture in a very trendy part of London. 

There are beautiful mew’s in this part of town and finding nice spots to get images was easy, Although to be honest Mike and Varshi were my sat nav for the day and luckily they knew the area pretty well.

If your looking for ideas for an engagement shoot think about an urban style shoot, they are great fun and something different.

Mike and Varshi are one of the nicest couples a photographer could have the pleasure to work with and I very much look forward to the Sanji party and of course your wedding day!

Demos Soupashis

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Hampstead, A secret garden Engagement shoot.

There’s a hidden Garden in Hampstead that I have blogged about previously. It’s a popular spot for my couples wanting an engagement shoot. It’s on North end Road near Jack Straws Castle pub. 
It has some of the most picturesque landscapes in London and not many people know it exists. 

I recommended it to my lovely couple as an ideal spot for their engagement shoot and they agreed it was the place for them. 

Below are some images from the day. I hope you like them as much as I do.

Below shows of the Pergola at it’s best, stunning pillars and architecture.

For wedding enquires please contact me here

Thanks for reading

Demos 

Autumn Wedding at Burnham Tudor Barn.

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Autumn is a great time to get married, its not usually too cold and the colours are breathtaking.

The barn is situated just outside Burnham Village, near Burnham Beeches and is within easy reach of the M4 and M40. It was built approximately in 1505 and has been beautifully refurbished. It is set within about 6 acres of landscaped gardens and fields.

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I arrived at Burnham Beeches Hotel to start the day with preparation images of the Bride and the Bridesmaids getting ready.

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The staff working at the hotel were fantastic. I walked around scouting for somewhere where I could take a few additional shots and was shown around to various suites and rooms. I was looked after very well and I’m very grateful to the team there. Thumbs up!

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The hotel was a 5 minute drive to the barn. I arrived early to meet the Groom and Groomsmen for images prior to the Bridesmaids and the Bride’s arrival.

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The Bridesmaids arrived shortly afterwards wearing stunning dark blue lace dresses in the beautiful red Beauford Tourer car supplied by Tophat and Tiara Cars.

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The Bride travelled with her Mother and Father and arrived a few minutes later. She looked beautiful in her vintage style wedding dress.

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The Father and Bride slowly walking into the ceremony.

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The service went without a hitch and two of their guests each read a poem that complemented the ceremony wonderfully.

Straight after the ceremony we had the group shots and the photoshoot with the newly married couple.

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Some of my favourite images from the photoshoot with the Newlyweds.

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Everyone made their way through to the wedding breakfast. Every table was named after a tree and the barn had the feel of Autumn – it was tastefully done and looked great.

All the guests had a small jam jar with their name on it, a nice touch and even I had one, thanks guys!

I have to mention Debbie (Event Organiser) and the team at the Barn, they were simply a pleasure to work with. Debbie is wonderful and so nice . If you’re looking for a barn wedding then Burnham Tudor Barn is a great option and easy to get to.

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Speeches followed dinner. The Bride’s Mum started the ball rolling with a very funny and witty speech followed by the Maid of Honour and Bride. All were very emotional and beautifully read.

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The cake looked great and was decorated elegantly.

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The chairs and tables were quickly whisked away by the team and the barn quickly transformed into a disco (wow did I really call it a disco, I’m getting old) let me rephrase that the barn transformed into a nightclub experience.

The DJ for the night was Greg Valentine. Greg was on point with all the music, absolutely awesome. He also sings and has an amazing voice.

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Check him out if you’re looking for a DJ he will not disappoint. He has an amazing lighting set up that will make your party look and sound great.

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It wasn’t long before everyone was dancing and boy could these guys dance. Friends of the couple had secretly rehearsed a dance routine Bollywood style and they raised the roof!

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Below are some more images.
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I Wish you both the best of luck in your married life, you’re a great couple and true soulmates!

All the best
~Demos~

Greek Orthodox Christening at St Demetrios Church Edmonton London

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I was recently booked to document a Christening that I was recommended for by a previous client for a little lady at St Demetrios Church in London. Being a Greek Cypriot myself I was surprised that I have never been to this church previously for a function or to photograph an event prior to this occasion? Where have I been???

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St Demetrios is a beautiful church and impressive. It has a good amount of light and is not to dark inside.

The priest in charge of the parish is Fr. John Hookway  and he is assisted by Fr. Evangelos Liassi.

The Christening started later than expected due to typical London traffic on a Saturday afternoon and a big match at Tottenham but everyone made it and the Priests were very accommodating. I think they may have been spurs fans!

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I had 5 minutes to take some shots of the Christening gown and some other details, normally 15 minutes is ideal to display the items and shoot them but time was short so I sneakily had to get the job done while everything was being placed on arrival. Just look how cute those little shoes are!

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The Ceremony started with both parents looking on with heaps of pride, and who wouldn’t on such a special event!

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The Priests were very helpful allowing me to roam freely in order to get the shots that I needed and I honestly can’t tell you as a Photographer how much easier this helps with nailing the important moments. It’s always a good idea to be respectful to the Priests and arrive early and build good rapport. By taking time to get to know them i also found out that Father Evangelos Liassi was a very keen photographer himself and only agreed to let me have so much freedom if I was a Canon shooter and not a Nikon one, lucky for me I was!

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It was time to prepare for the Baptism so we moved over to the preparation area where YiaYia (Gran) and Great Gran (I actually don’t know the Greek word for great Yiayia) helped to dress Demetra and help Michael the Godfather get ready for this special moment.

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Below are images of the Baptism. It’s a bonus when a baby is so relaxed and settled. Nothing fazed her and only a little tear was shed once she was taken out and placed in the towel towards the end.

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The first part of the Baptism could not have been any smoother and the time had come to put the Christening gown on and continue through to the final part of the ceremony.

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It was an emotional and proud end to the ceremony for both parents. Michael done a fantastic job throughout and again I can not praise enough the Priests Fr. John Hookway and Fr. Evangelos Liassi.

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We took some group photo’s at the end and moved on to the party!

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The party was held in the function room at the Laura Trott leisure centre the food and drink was excellent and everyone had a great time celebrating the Christening.

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The cake was awesome and it must of taken a long time to make looking at the amount of detail and effort that went in to it. The cupcakes were a nice touch as well as the sweets for the kids.

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I met some wonderful people along the way and everyone was warm and welcoming. In the Slideshow the music was performed by Demetra’s Godfather Michael Angeli please have a look at his Youtube channel, He’s a very talented artist. You can view the Slideshow among others and if you would like to book my photography services please contact me via the website.

Demetra’s Christening was beautiful, Such a happy baby and took everything in her stride as did her lovely parents Michelle, Demetri and Michael. St Demetrios Church is a great church for a Christening and the Priests were fantastic throughout the entire ceremony.

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I wish you all the best of luck and thank you for allowing me to be part of your special day and capturing your special moments.

Demos

Beautiful Wedding at Wellington Barn Devizes Wiltshire.

Beautiful Wedding at Wellington Barn Devizes Wiltshire.

Recently I was fortunate enough to shoot a Wedding at Wellington Barn located in the beautiful countryside of Devizes in Wiltshire. The barn is a luxury venue beautifully designed and spacious enough to hold approximately 200 guests. The staff and management … Continue reading

Engagement Shoot at St Dunstan in the East Garden London

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It was a hot sunny day on Saturday the 18th of July and i had seen St Dunstans Garden on the Internet a while ago and immediately knew this would make a great location for a shoot. So when Miran and Yas contacted me for their wedding photography I knew I wanted to use this for their engagement images.

Some info on St Dunstan,
The church was originally built in about 1100. A new south aisle was added in 1391 and the church was repaired in 1631 at a cost of more than £2,400.

It was severely damaged in the Great Fire of London in 1666. Rather than being completely rebuilt, the damaged church was patched up between 1668 and 1671.A steeple was added in 1695–1701 to the designs of Sir Christopher Wren. It was built in a gothic style sympathetic to main body of the church, though with heavy string courses of a kind not used in the Middle Ages. It has a needle spire carried on four flying buttresses in the manner of that of St Nicholas in Newcastle.The restored church had wooden carvings by Grinling Gibbons and an organ by Father Smith, which was transferred to the abbey at St Albans in 1818.

More info Available here.

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Initially Miran and Yas didn’t have an engagement shoot in mind but I managed to convince them. I can’t emphasise on how important having one is. The main reason for this is that there’s nothing more important to me than getting to know my clients on a 1-2-1 basis. This helps with me being able to explain the way I work and to help give direction and build the foundations for their wedding day.

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People who know me also know that I also shoot fashion photography, so it’s awesome when people arrive and have style! I knew this was going to be a creative and fun shoot. Yas looked lovely in her dress and Miran I’m seriously going to get a hat like that!

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I love using a snoot (a tight beam of light) to highlight my subjects and give a 50’s cinematic look to my images. An example of what I mean is shown below.

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The great thing about this location is the gothic feeling you get when you walk around and look at the details of the building especially the arched doorways and windows, very medieval looking.

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I walked around like a child in hamleys looking at other nooks and crannies we could get more shots and to capture the couples loving relationship. Below are some more image’s.

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The sun was beating down and it was getting hot the shoot was coming to an end and It was a fun day with a really fun loving couple that were chilled and they just let the day roll on. I can’t wait for their wedding!

To end with some final shots.

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If your interested in booking your engagement and wedding with me please visit http://www.demosphotography.com for packages and prices.

Next blog coming soon from Devizes in Wiltshire for a beautiful Barn wedding!

Thanks for reading!

Nav & Harriet engagement shoot Hampstead.

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In this blog I talk about one of the most tranquil places in London an engagement shoot and the Clothes Show?

Engagement shoots for me are one of the most important aspects of Wedding photography. It gives me the opportunity to meet and interact with my clients face to face prior to their big day and disover what they like and dislike for their photography needs. It’s also a good way to help remove shyness or awkwardness before the wedding day. Every couple is unique!

I had the location in mind from a previous shoot that I had done and immediately knew this was a hidden Gem. The location was Hampstead Pergola or the secret garden as it’s known locally. The history of the Pergola goes back to 1904 when Lord Leverhulme, a wealthy philanthropist and lover of landscape gardening, purchased a large town house on the Heath called “The Hill”.
Over the following year Lord Leverhulme expanded his estate by acquiring the surrounding land, and with this new found space he decided to build a legacy: The Pergola.

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Nav and Harriet made a day of it before they met me, they spent their day shopping and sipping wine and I was lucky enough to see his outfit before the big day. It was around 6 o’clock so we could shoot around the Golden hour and get some beautiful light hoping that the overcast day would finally allow the sun to break through. Luckily it did for a while and I got what I had planned for.

Nav is a creative running
IB&G Design Agency where he does Branding for companies and commercial photography. There’s nothing more complimentary and satisfying than being asked to document another photographer’s special day I might add.

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What’s great is that the Pergola has amazing spaces everywhere and can give you many perspectives and allow you to create so many different looks.

Upstairs there’s a small room with arched windows on the left and a balcony that overlooks part of the rear garden. Catch this on a bright or even overcast day and light bounces around the room.

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Harriet and Nav really hit the nail on the head with their choice of outfits. Nav looked very dapper in jeans and a blazer and Harriet looked stunning in a maroon colour top and jeans, and boy are these guys tall! Myself at 5″6 was dwarfed by them and we still debate on exactly who’s the tallest. Nav won’t like me saying this but I think it’s actually Harriet.

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I got to know their needs very well ahead of their wedding shoot.
I also discovered Nav was on the Clothes Show in 1988 and actually done some modelling, so as you can imagine the banter started! It was a great day and loved how easy going they were.

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I showed them around the Pergola finding different places to shoot and where there was nice light. I would gently remind him that he was a clothes show model back in the 80’s just so we could get a laugh and for Nav to come out with an intellectual come back, but more importantly of all to capture them both smiling and laughing together so their images were natural.

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The day was coming to an end but I had one more shot that I had planned in my head and knew they would love it. I asked them both to stand together in anyway that made them feel comfortable and framed my shot. It was something a little different to the normal style of engagement images and more of an environmental portrait. I hope you like it as much as I do but more importantly as much as Nav and Harriet do!

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Stay tuned for their wedding blog, a British and Asian fusion of awesomeness.

If you’re looking for a wedding and engagement shoot and would like to get in touch with me I offer 4 different packages and have engagement shoots included with 3 of them.

You can contact me by visiting my website www.demosphotography.com

Thanks for reading.
Demos

Westminster boating base Wedding in Grosvenor Road Pimlico London.

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If your looking for some ideas for a wedding location in London then there is a hidden gem in Pimlico overlooking the River Thames. Westminster Boating Base is a superb venue with stunning views of London.

The wedding began at the bride and groom’s boat house in South London. The bride along with family and friends were preparing for the big day ahead.

It was beautiful day and there was a constant stream of sunlight beaming through the port holes of the boat making the preparation shoot bright and airy.

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After the preparations I grabbed a black cab to St Mary’s Church in Battersea where the ceremony was held. I arrived in good time ready to get shots of the groom and groomsmen as they arrived. The different personalities were apparent with some “hipster” fashion going on and I knew at that moment that this was going to be a super cool wedding!

Couples can prefer traditional wedding attire and there’s nothing wrong with that as the day looks elegant and timeless but it’s also nice to shoot a day with people opting to come dressed looking unique as this goes against complete tradition and screams this is a different type of wedding and people do like to be unique or dare I say cool!

Whatever your preference is I think it’s important to think about the atmosphere of the day and how your images will look with whatever you choose to go with.

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The ceremony was also unique complete with a trumpet player and singer. A first for me to see their lovely dog as the ring bearer. It goes without saying it was emotional but it also had a real fun element to it.

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After the ceremony the register was signed, you can see in the image below the bright sunlight streaming through the window giving me the opportunity to capture it flooding the bride with a smile.

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Finally the newlyweds walk down the aisle together as husband and wife and my opportunity to grab those all important confetti shots so I made my way to the rear of the church and waited patiently for them to arrive outside.

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A handful of routemasters were laid on for the trip to Westminster and nothing goes down better than a good sing along for the journey.

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As for the newlyweds it was a speed boat trip to the venue, very 007!

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I waited on the pier patiently pondering the best location to capture the arrival and then I realised that this was a striking looking pier. It looked like one of those bridges you get in an American movie with all the crisscross girders holding it together. I could see all the shadows falling to the floor and I immediately thought this would look great as they walk towards me and so I took my position made sure all the settings were right on the camera and fired off a few images as they walked towards me, oblivious that I was even there.

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Some shots of the details just before everyone came in for speeches and dinner.

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Once everybody was in and in their seats it was time for some emotional speeches and some family stories read by the mother of the bride.

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Just after the wedding breakfast time was set aside for some images of the couple on the grounds outside. Luckily the sun was starting to go down and wasn’t too harsh or bright and we managed to get some beautiful images.

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The day was almost over and and the party was in full swing. Some final images of the couple’s first dance along with some of the guests giving it there all on the dance floor.

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The Wedding had come to an end and so I said my goodbyes and congratulations to the newlyweds letting them enjoy their final moments with friends and family.

What I enjoyed most about this special day was the easy going atmosphere of a group of people just wanting to have a good time and I think that’s what made this a great wedding. In the end it’s about love, laughter and having a good time that counts so why not just roll with it and have a great day!

To view the day with one of my stunning slide shows please click here

For availability and prices please contact me on 07711-141-550 or visit
www.DemosPhotography.com

Hendon Hall Wedding Shoot

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Hendon Hall is part of the Handpicked Hotel selection and is based in Hendon North London. Being one of their listed photographers I know the hotel very well. There are stunning gardens that surround the hotel and the rear garden is a tranquil area and perfect for a summer wedding.

My client wanted timeless images that were in a documentary or reportage style with family portraits. This style of journalistic photography has become very popular over the past years so I went with a classic theme of a monochromatic style and colour images. Here are a few as we were waiting for a coach of guests to arrive.

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Once everyone had arrived the guests made their way in to the Hogarth suite for the ceremony followed by the Bride, Groom and their Daughter.

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The ceremony and the signing of the register followed.

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Once the ceremony was over it was time for a few drinks in the garden while the hotel was preparing the Hogarth for the wedding breakfast and the perfect time to get some family portraits.
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Dinner is served with speeches.
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The full slideshow is available.

Thanks for reading, please visit http://www.DemosPhotography.com for prices and availability.