21st February 2012 | 9 comments
You know those mythical women we see in the movies? The ones who excel in their careers, are effortlessly beautiful, and in addition to all that, are also extremely kind and lovable?
Well, here's one of them in real life. When I first met JJ, I was struck by her porcelain skin, her perfect features, her easy smile. Next to her, I felt like a total troll. But then I started chatting with her and found out that beneath the movie-star looks lies one of the most down-to-earth, super intelligent (she's a graduate of Oxford Uni), humble people ever. And to top it all off, she is engaged to the warmest, kindest guy in London, Leo. Between Leo's enthusiasm for photography and the couple's easy-going nature, I was in photography heaven.
Leo and JJ came across each other in their professional lives. Both of them work in finance, and a few years ago, Leo came to her as a client. He was immediately pulled to her, of course, but it took another 6 months before he finally asked her out. Thank gawd he finally did, because it's obvious how right for each other they are!
We took these pictures at freeeezing weather (about 5 deg C), and Leo was the perfect gentleman the whole time, carrying JJ's coat, always ready to wrap her up warm once we got done with the location. For her part, JJ braved the cold without complaint, going into various poses without skipping a beat even though she must've been close to being turned into a human popsicle. Throughout the weekend, we traipsed all over Oxford, starting first at the Randolph Hotel before going across the street to the Ashmolean museum, then continuing on to Blackwell's, the Radcliffe Camera, the Covered Market, Exeter College, New College...finally ending our two-day session at St. Hilda's College, JJ's alma mater. Talk about great wedding venues! The Randolph Hotel was especially so beautiful...here's to hoping I get to photograph a wedding there sometime in the near future! It was a long, exhausting weekend, but being around Leo and JJ was such a treat that I didn't feel like I was working. JJ and Leo, I am so honored to have been able to photograph your prewedding shoot, and I hope you enjoy these pictures as much I enjoyed taking them! Part Two to follow in the coming days...