25th November 2011 | 4 comments
"Is that her?" As I peeked into the hall where Antonia and Sam sat holding hands, it took me a moment to recognize the glamorous bride with her smokey eyes and loose curls. I'd met Antonia and Sam when I did their Oxford engagement shoot, so I already knew that Antonia was naturally beautiful, but I was still floored when I saw her in her blue wedding dress. She'd gone from fresh-faced girl next door to total gorgeousness. And yes, I agree with everyone who commented that she bears a resemblance to Katie Holmes! Little wonder then, that it took Sam 5 hours to work up the courage to talk to Antonia when he first met her!
She knew they were right for each other when she injured her leg playing netball one day. She was rushed to the A & E, where she found Sam already there, anxiously awaiting her arrival. Then came a four hour wait. Despite the intense pain (and yes, it must've been intense because she had to have surgery!), at some point, Antonia realized that hey, I'm sitting in the A & E with a busted knee and I'm having fun! After this realization, she reasoned that if Sam could make this fun, then life with him was probably going to be just fine.
Their wedding was nothing like the usual wedding. They arranged for me to arrive at the end of the ceremony (photography wasn't allowed during the ceremony) and requested that I shot mostly candids. We did manage to sneak a few portraits in, but Antonia and Sam spent most of the day having a great time with their loved ones. The result was a set of the happiest wedding pictures I've come across. I could not stop smiling as I looked through the viewfinder at the end of the day, and more than once (when I came to pictures of Sam's dad, for example, who's hilarious) I found myself laughing out loud, which was somewhat embarrassing and made passersby avoid me. (Read more...)
22nd August 2011 | 2 comments
Kerry and Rick's wedding was full of unforgettable moments. Kerry was a spirited bride with a bubbly smile that's just irresistable, and to top it off, she was surrounded by the cuuuutest little flower girls who would giggle and twirl every 5 minutes. The ceremony took place in one of the prettiest churches I have ever been to: St Edwards Church in Netley. I have the good fortune of living in Oxford, which is surely one of the most beautiful places in the world, but even then, I felt honored to be able to photograph such a beautiful location. It was a completely fitting venue for a couple like Kerry and Rick. (Read more...)
22nd July 2011 | 5 comments
Cass and Josh tied the knot on the 16th of July 2011 in a little church in Gloucester, and there were more than a few sniffles as the two said their vows to each other. I don't have to tell you how beautiful Cass looked because you can see that for yourself, but what the images don't tell you is that Cass is one of the sweetest brides in the world. Following their touching ceremony, there was a reception at Hatton Court, a charming hotel in the Cotswolds that has lush ivy curtained over its facade. It was the perfect venue for our stylish bride Cass!
13th July 2011 | 0 comments
Here's a wedding I've been just dying to share! Sue-Anne and Dom had their beautiful wedding in Kent a couple of months ago, and I simply could not stop staring and gushing at all of the beautiful details that Sue-Anne had poured into making her wedding simply amazing. From soft pink peonies adorning the reception rooms at Sundridge Park Manor to the pristine ivory cake, everything had obviously been planned and executed to perfection.
Obviously I don't need to tell you just how pretty Sue-Anne was. My camera loved her to bits! Dom, ever so suave in his spotless tux, was also a joy to work with. He slipped into all these dashing poses effortlessly...which is quite a rarity amongst men. ;) And augh, I could NOT get enough of the three little pageboys...they taught me quite a bit about posing and shooting kids, so I will have to do a techniques post on them soon. Sue-Anne and Dom, you guys were just so lovely, and your friends and family were the friendliest bunch of people I've met. I hope you two had a wonderful and relaxing honeymoon, you completely deserve it!
27th June 2011 | 2 comments
Can you believe that this girl is not a professional model?? I had the best time shooting my dear friend Basia last Saturday. As you can see, not only is she insanely pretty, she is also super photogenic and a total treat to photograph. She didn't mind slogging through waist-high wild grass to get into just the right position and never stopped posing for the camera. Like I said, a total dream to work with.
I will do a techniques post on this shoot sometime this week because I've learnt so much from it, but for now, I'm pretty satisfied to sit back and enjoy the fruits of our labor. :) Happy Monday!
15th June 2011 | 0 comments
On days like these, I feel wonderfully fortunate to have friends like Vivian, who not only has THE cutest lil boy everrrrr, but is also patient enough to let me snap hundreds of pictures of him whenever we meet up. On this particular day, Vivian drove us to a garden shop outside of Oxford, and it made for a laidback afternoon spent pointing at apalcas (alpacas? I never know how to spell it), picking out potted herbs, and of course, snapping hundreds of pictures of YangYang.
Even as I edited YangYang's pictures, I couldn't help but squeal every 2 minutes about how adorable he is. How can one little boy be THAT cute! Auggh, okay I really need to stop writing because I'm about to go into full-blown squealy mode...you know, the kind of thing people do when they see wriggly puppies trying to roll off their backs, say, or hamsters on pianos. And Mike's already giving me warning looks, so for the sake of his sanity, I'm stopping here and hitting the "post" button now. Happy Friday!
21st May 2011 | 1 comments
Introducing Mike, second shooter of JQ Photography. My long-suffering husband is not only my second shooter, he's also my model, my chauffeur, my website designer, and my equipment camel. He knows how I hate travelling alone, so whenever he can, he'll accompany me anywhere...down the street to shoot the newest buds that're just beginning to bloom, or even all the way to Kent just to drop me off at a wedding. Without him there is no JQ Photography!