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Saturday was simply a dream for a documentary wedding photographer! Sophie + James tied the knot at a beautiful local church and then partied the day and night away just a stone’s throw away in a marquee in the field next door. Not only are my couple gorgeous both inside and out, they were surrounded by so much love and joy from their friends and family… oh gawd, pass me the tissues again!! The day ran like clockwork thanks to awesome event planners Peri Peri, some of the most adorable children I’ve ever met increased all the smiles tenfold, the family dog attended and all in all it was a bloody good day! Here are some of my favourite moments… Enjoy!

family photography in a london park

In this wonderful job of mine I get to meet a lot of lovely families and it’s super duper special when I get to shoot your little one at a few days fresh and then again a year later in a family photo shoot. The changes are so incredible, their gorgeous smiles, a couple of teeth, the snuggles and cuddles, their little personality just shining through. So I was chuffed when after our lovely in home newborn shoot my client wanted to mark their daughter’s 1st  birthday with another session. This beautiful summer has been perfect for family photography in a London park so we decided to meet in the incredible secret garden at Hampstead Heath (shhhh, hehe!). Here are some of my favourites from the relaxed and natural family shoot. Follow this link to see more images from my family photography gallery and feel free to get in touch with…

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lesbian wedding photography

Surrounded by family, friends, orange, pink and purple, Rachael + Louise tied the knot at The Barn at Redcoats on Saturday with a beautiful wedding ceremony and one heck of a party! As their documentary wedding photographer I was there to capture all the emotion, the fun and laughter… and let me tell you, there was a lot! Ooodles of giggles and grins had me smiling from ear to ear too – a definite perk of the job! Shooting lesbian wedding photography is a pleasure and a privilege and if I can help you (dear blog reader!) celebrate your love and make some awesome memories please do get in touch. To The Smirths, the hugest of congratulations to you both, here is just a snippet of your amazing wedding day and I wish you (and know you will have) a lifetime of happiness together xx  

intimate essex wedding photography

My goodness, it is such a privilege to shoot weddings! My clients are looking for relaxed, natural and unobtrusive wedding photography and one of my favourite styles of wedding to shoot are small, personal celebrations. Like this one when Caroline + James tied the knot in September at a beautiful Essex church and with an awesome party in their own back garden. They wanted intimate Essex wedding photography for their midweek wedding and I loved every minute I spent with them all. The styling was all down to the extremely talented Samantha Latham and I cannot wait to shoot one of her weddings again… so beautiful! Shout out to the beautiful cake from Avec Amis too 🙂 Caroline + James, I wish you a lifetime of happiness together. Lots of love, Elyse xx

family shoot in a park in Essex

One of the best things about being a family photographer is getting the chance to see the little human beings that you created grow up! I did a newborn session for the Lyon family just days after their first born made his entrance to the world and this summer I joined the now extended brood for a family shoot in a park in Essex. The weather played ball, there were swings and ducks and all sorts of fun!! This blog post shares some of my favourite images from the session. If you’d like to find out about having a family shoot with your family, take a peek at my family shoot page and let me know if you have any questions. I hope to join you for some park shoot fun very soon!

natural family photography

When I found out an old school friend was going to be in beautiful Barcelona at the same time as me, I HAD to take advantage of the amazing city beach and spend some time catching up, reminiscing and having some fun natural family photography with them. Here are some of my absolute favourites from the session!

documentary wedding photographer

Wowee, what a wedding day! Full of fun, family and friends, Anna + Jamie celebrated their marriage with a superb celebration at Rudding Park Hotel in Harrogate. They knew they wanted a documentary wedding photographer so they could relax and enjoy the day making real, amazing memories with all of their loved ones. Oh gawd, I’m tearing up just thinking about it!!!  Here’s a little of what we all got up to…

barn wedding photographer

Oooh I loved re-living this amazing wedding choosing my favourites for this blog post!! I have known Matt and Claire for many years and helping them make these wonderful memories was super-fun!! My lovely bride and groom were happy for me to do my natural, relaxed, documentary thang. They chose a dream venue for a barn wedding photographer – the beautiful Hazel Gap Barn. A light-drenched wedding breakfast room, forest and fields for epic bride and groom portraits, enough dance and seating space for all your guest’s needs! Perfection 🙂    

family portraits in a london park

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anniversary party photographer

Jack + Jean celebrated 60 amazing years of marriage aboard the awesome HQS Wellington on the River Thames surrounded by family, friends, water and a whole lotta love! There were certainly more images in their final gallery from this celebration than the one 60 years ago and it was my absolute privilege to be their anniversary party photographer. Here are some of my favourite shots from their special celebration!

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