Who doesn’t love the simple things in life? A shot of espresso in the morning, music, sunshine, a smile of a loved one, a walk with them holding hands, dipping toes in water or a kind word. I do. The simple things in life complete me.
I’ve recently had a look at the photographs from last summer (, I guess it’s my wedding photography break routine around Christmas time), and came across the album on my mobile which is dedicated to a monochrome app called Lenka. It’s all about the aforementioned simplicity here and what I love about it is the “what you see is what you get” approach. No messing around with filters (, which take longer to “choose” than actually to take the picture), basic view and design. It’s minimal. Like “dunes-desert” minimal it’s a pleasure to use. There’s more to it though. Created by Kevin Abosch, an atelier, the app is responsive, feels familiar because of its plain design and then, finally, there are the outputs. I have printed from Lenka and will still, they’re that good! The tonality is spot on right off the bat, at least for me and the gentle amount of grain reminds me of those shoe boxes I still use to keep my precious memories from the old days.
Less is more! Stripped off distractions there is no selfie mode as the app only uses the back camera, no editing (allowed), no post shooting time wasting but you can (and should) of course share the images to Instagram, Facebook and send them via iMessage or email. And then there’s this feature of even stripping the app from focusing - the app does it for you! See something, snap, move onto the next shot. Focus on composition and light, not on focusing. For me a win win!
The app is available for both iOS and Android. See the iOS description of the app here.
It all started with the waves. Crashing. Caught in rampage movement and vivid energy. I was instantly hooked. I had to reach out…
Jacob was a quiet one. I remember him listening, noting and most of all, thinking… Every so often in class he would start drawing. And it was amazing! Fast forward 5 years (?) I got in touch with him a couple of weeks ago, taken by his art and talent I coincidently spotted on Facebook and simply had to photograph him, the work he’s producing as well as the place he’s creative mind lets go. I was so glad when he responded with a “yes!”.
Currently at Northampton University, Jacob invited me to his world and we talked art, the ever changing inner-seasons and their influence on art, relationships and even the past we shared. It’s hard to describe the feeling when you’re so close to experiencing somebody’s talent first hand, especially without any distractions, as we had the studios to ourselves.
I felt it. And heard the sounds of the work I saw. And it stays with me…
With the roaring soundtrack to the Santa Pod’s lively engines and an occasional Spitfire fly-over, you’re likely to miss a little but how typically and beautifully English village of Podington. Adorned by classical and warming architecture of small cottages and tamed colours of autumn, our wedding documentary commenced with a short session of the flower girls, in Jo’s parents garden.
The reception took place at the Podington Cricket Club under a marquee which I loved photographing as it enclosed close friends and family in a beautifully decorated venue. And then the children! It had to be the wedding of this season where they took over with numbers and I couldn’t be happier in documenting their gazes, play time and, inevitably, getting into a bit of mischief:)
Joanna and Paul belong together. You feel it from the moment you meet them. Thank you both for entrusting me to report your wedding day. I couldn’t be happier for you both and for our paths to cross again. Have a lovely honeymoon and do stay in touch!:)
The recent assignment took me to Corby for a family and baby photo shoot of the tiny and lovely Eliana with her parents. Taking a bit of a break from wedding photography I not only got enchanted by the energy that these three projected, but also by the immersive aura that a tiny new person can produce. Baby photography is magic! It got me thinking and really observing the world around us. New life coming to this world and exposed to smells, visions, colours, shapes, people…These photo shoot assignments change you. And I feel so blessed to have had this opportunity to be a part of the memories created.
It was summer last year when we met for the first time properly to discuss Stephen&Jodie’s wedding photography. What followed was a very well pleasant chat about the day but also - teaching. Jodie and Stephen are both teachers and I envy those who have them as the leaders of their classes. Their warm nature and positive attitude make it comfortable and reassuring at the same time. So I’m sure your students cherish the time they spend with you both :)
Fast forward to August and we’re seeing the day unfold with laughter, anticipation and friendship aura so tangible during the preparations onwards. Jodie, your bridesmaids have been amazing and Stephen, you rock at ironing!:)
Jodie and Stephen’s wedding had all of my favorite things: creative DIY elements, interesting guests, a car to die for, a relaxed pace, beautiful light, lot’s of smiles, and a magician who absolutely left everyone with open jaws!
Thank you so much for letting me record your wedding Jodie and Stephen! I really enjoyed every moment of it!