London family portraits | Islington

I photographed Jo and Manoj’s wedding about six years ago and since then, they’ve had two delightful daughters – Isabel and Ava. We recently did some family portraits of them in and near their London home in Islington.  They had a selection of reportage style photographs of them reading stories and playing games and and some more formal portraits of them in a nearby park.  Here are some of my favourites.

Greek Orthodox Christening | Cathedral of St Sophia

I have just finished editing a Greek Orthodox Christening from last month and although don’t have permission to post photographs of the family, really wanted to share some images of the stunning Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St Sophia in Moscow Road, W2. I have worked there before and it’s dark – so tricky to photograph and definitely somewhere to use specialist equipment – the rich woodwork, mosaic tiles and precious metals and stones glint with a dull beauty. This collection includes perhaps my favourite photograph from 2010 – can you guess which one it is?

St Sophia's at Moscow Road, London W2 - Greek Orthodox Church St Sophia's Greek Orthodox Church London - venue of a Greek Orthodox Christening with traditional ceremony. St Sophia's Cathedral Moscow Road, London W2 - mosaic ceiling details including its dome. Carved wooden seating at St Sophia's, London W2. It is the venue for many London Greek Orthodox Christenings. The font fills with a hose for a Greek Orthodox Christening at St Sophia's in London, W2, Moscow Road. A white Christening layette awaits the baby in St Sophia's Cathedral, Moscow Road, London W2. Lit candles glowing in the dark at St Sophia's Greek Orthodox Church, West London. A priest holds a Christening cross gold necklace ready for a ceremony - St Sophia's Cathedral.

Westminster Register Office wedding | Vanessa + Will | A single

Here’s a single from Vanessa and Will’s wedding yesterday at Westminster Register Office. It was taken as we were doing some portraits before the ceremony and noticed Paul standing near us on the footpath with his copy of The Sun tucked under his arm.  The local character was very happy to be photographed with Vanessa and Will and made their London day even more special. More to come next week, when the rest of the wedding is edited.

Oaks Farm wedding | Laura + Nick

The Oaks Farm wedding of Laura and Nick very much reflected their personal touches and design industry careers – so style and downright prettiness was the order of the day.

Oaks Farm table decorations and cakeOaks Farm wedding cupcakesOaks Farm wedding rings

Oaks Farm vintage wedding seating plan

Oaks Farm wedding cupcakesOaks farm wedding flowers in mason jars

Nick spent a few minutes making sure he looked his best then it was time to get married to Laura.

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Oaks Farm bride and groom kiss

The sky was overcast, which meant gentle light for their wedding portraits in the Oaks Farm grounds.

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Oaks Farm wedding couple photo

Their young guests had gone to some effort to look the part …

Oaks Farm flower girl

and after some deep concentration and thought …

Oaks Farm flower girl and pageboy

… produced a bride and groom on-the-spot portrait.

Oaks Farm wedding portrait

After a little more time capturing their guests and reception, I finished with some details of Oaks Farm while Laura, Nick and their guests sat down to dinner.

Oaks Farm garden detailOaks Farm fenceOaks Farm nettles and fenceOaks farm rustic wall

Anthropologie London dog event

Chelsea’s Anthropologie store hosted an afternoon for dogs and their owners to raise money and awareness for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home on Thursday.  With prizes for the waggiest tail, snappiest dresser, niftiest trick and one looking most like its owner, there was a VERY cute turnout from regulars and some entries from Battersea’s staff dogs. New friends were made, smart coats and scarves showed off and doggie treats made their way into appreciative mouths.
The store has a jar of different sized treats on its till desk for its canine visitors, in keeping with Anthropologie’s dog-friendly attitudes; apparently staff are able to take their dogs to work in its US head office.