12th July 2013 | 0 comments
I couldn't stop smiling as I edited Abbie and Omar's engagement pictures. The day of the shoot, their bubbly nature rubbed off on me and I laughed so hard my cheeks hurt. Honestly, I dare you to look at their pics without smiling!
Abbie and Omar live in Bangkok, Thailand, but met in Oxford. This weekend they will be tying the knot in what is undoubtedly going to be a beautiful ceremony in Worcester College. I can't think of two people more well-suited for each other.
8th July 2013 | 0 comments
A few weeks ago, the flowers in University Parks began to bloom. Wildflowers sprouted everywhere, covering whole fields in pools of yellow and purple. Cherry blossoms adorned the trees, and daffodils swayed in the breeze.
Elated by the beautiful sight, I asked Jenny if she'd like to take her engagement pictures then. She said yes! We arranged for a time to meet up and awaited the day patiently (somewhat impatiently, in my case). The day before we were due to shoot, the BBC weather forecasted rain. Jenny sweetly agreed to reschedule, but the same thing happened. Rain. Clouds. Mud.
I was beginning to panic. The flowers wouldn't last too long. Should we forego the golden sunlight and suck it up? Well, last week we finally managed to catch one of the few sunny days Oxford has to offer, and although the flowers had come and gone, I realized then that Jenny and Alex are two ridiculously photogenic people who don't need no flowers to make them look amazing. I mean, just look at them! I swear they just stepped out of a fashion catalog.
29th February 2013 | 0 comments
What a great way to kick off 2013's wedding season! It was absolutely freezing when I met up with Laura and David at the Christ Church Meadows, but, cheesy as this is to say, the two of them made the cold bearable.
One of the things I love so much about being a wedding photographer is the chance to meet the quirkiest, sweetest people and hear about their love stories. I love couples who, buffetted along on the whims of life, bump into each other. A love story that might never had happened if not for the unexpected quality of life.
Laura and David are one such couple. Laura, a Canadian, met David, a Chinese-Malaysian, while studying in Oxford. Over the years, as their relationship deepened, he took her to Malaysia, where they celebrated Chinese New Year with his family. In return, she took him to Canada, where they skied until it hurt to walk.
22nd November 2012 | 0 comments
Phew! Folks, unfortunately we have come to the final part of Yuli and Ardyan's shoot. But talk about ending on a high note! As before, they went all out and prepared everything you could think of for a picnic engagement shoot. Yep, complete with a soft wool blanket, champagne, and all sorts of pastries. Have I told you how much I loved working with them?
We started out by taking a few pictures around Oxford before finishing with a picnic at Christ Church Meadows. To say it was freezing would not do justice to the teeth-chattering, bone-shaking cold that plagued us throughout the shoot. Wrapped in my thick winter coat, I still found myself shivering and stamping my feet every five seconds so they wouldn't go numb...so I can't imagine what it was like for Yuli and Ardyan to have to take off their coats for the pictures. But they did not complain once. I just wanted to put them in my pocket and keep them forever.
Without further ado, here is the final part of Yuli and Ardyan's engagement session.
15th October 2012 | 3 comments
2012 has been a great year for JQW. I've met many awesome couples, did an engagement session in Paris...PARIS! I'm still pinching myself over that one. But I have never, ever done an engagement session like this one.
The title of the post says it all. Yes, Ardyan actually popped the question to Yuli DURING the engagement session. It was literally an engagement shoot!
Ardyan contacted me about a month ago, wanting a "couples shoot". Along the way, he realized that he and Yuli would be in London, dressed to the nines...what better time to propose? He told me his plans, arranged for a couple of their friends to come by with champagne and flowers after the proposal, and we all waited with bated breath for the day to come. Talk about nerve-wracking!!
I'm sure I've mentioned before about how easy it is to fall in love with Yuli. She of the doe eyes and sweet nature. Having met her for five minutes, you just want things to go well for her. I saw the way total strangers smiled at her, and I knew Ardyan was wise to, as Beyonce says, "put a ring on it"! We started off the evening shoot with a few pictures at Peggy Porschen, surely the prettiest cafe there ever was...
8th October 2012 | 1 comments
Guys! Guys. I have been so excited to share this three-part engagement session with you. That's right: THREE parts! Ardyan and Yuli booked me for two days, the first of which we spent in London and the second we spent in Oxford. When they first contacted me and told me about their ideas for the shoot, I thought I'd died and gone to heaven.
Yuli and Ardyan met in Jakarta, over dinner with friends. Throughout the dinner, they paid little attention to each other, spending the mealtime chatting with other friends instead. It wasn't until afterwards, as they walked off the heavy meal, that the two found themselves gravitating to each other. At the end of the night, Ardyan worked up the courage to ask for her Blackberry PIN, and it was downhill from there.
I usually prefer to give my pictures the smallest tweaks to balance out the light and have the colors remain natural, but when Yuli, with her doe eyes and sweet smile, asked me to give Part One of their engagement shoot a vintage wash, I found that I could not say no. And I'm glad I went in this direction, because there's something about the vintage colors that's just so...uniquely them.
22nd September 2012 | 2 comments
It is no secret how wedding-obsessed I am. I spend most of my mornings looking through wedding blogs, and more often than not, whenever I see a beautiful engagement shoot published on a wedding blog, there will always be comments along the lines of "I wish my hubs and I thought of doing an engagement shoot before we got married!" Well guys, maybe it's true that "engagement" shoots can only be taken before your wedding...but guess what: It's never too late to have beautiful pictures of you taken as a married couple! This is precisely why we have wedding shoots. Some photographers call them Beloved sessions, others call them wedding or post-wedding shoots. I call it "grabbing life by the cajones". ;)
Yvonne and Luke tied the knot last year, but didn't have a chance to be photographed in their wedding outfits. Rather than giving up the thought of being photographed in her luscious wedding dress, Yvonne arranged a time for them to have a wedding shoot after the wedding. Not only that, but after the shoot, they arranged for a wedding lunch with their friends and family. You see, Yvonne is from Hong Kong, and Luke is from Witney. They now live in Dubai, so you can see what a challenge it is for them to get their family and friends all together to celebrate their union. But they grabbed life by the cajones and made it happen.
Boy, was I ever so glad they did. I'm certain that Yvonne and I will remain friends long after their wedding shoot. Easy with her smiles, Yvonne has one of the most infectious laughs ever. Every time she laughed, I couldn't help but laugh along with her. And although she'd warned me that she's not very photogenic, once I saw her in person, looking like the personification of the word FABULOUS, I knew we were going to be juuuust fine.