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Rowton Castle Wedding Photographer

Rowton Castle Wedding Photographer

If you are having your wedding at the beautiful Rowton Castle and are looking for a Rowton Castle Wedding Photographer, we are able to offer luxury wedding photography, worthy of your venue.

THE VENUE

Rowton Castle Wedding venue located in the heart of the Shropshire countryside, in Shrewsbury, Rowton Castle is among the most romantic and magical castle venues in the UK to celebrate getting married. Set near to Birmingham in Shropshire, this historical castle, also one of the West Midlands’ most exclusive wedding venues, along with its stunning landscapes and English gardens is perfect for summer outdoor weddings as well as white winter weddings, and is sure to mesmerise you, your loved one and your guests. With 17 acres of tranquil grounds, beautifully appointed hotel bedrooms, this 17th Century Grade II* Listed Castle makes for the most perfect occasion.

THE WEDDING

With that said Aishi and Faez were able to not only hold their beautiful wedding here on a sunny late summers day, but also have all guests stay in the hotel for the weekend. An all female photography team was requested. Lensi Photography were able to provide a full female team for this Rowton Castle Wedding.

We offered a very different style of photography as a Rowton Castle Wedding Photographer that they had already seen from other vendors, which is why they booked us, without a full consultation.

Their review can be seen here on our Free Index Profile.

Having photographed weddings all over the world. We would love the opportunity to photograph your wedding at Rowton Castle.

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Lensi Photography covers a range of genres from Business Headshots to Wedding Photography in Birmingham and beyond. If you are in need of outstanding images, contact us for a quote.

Book Your Pre Wedding Photoshoot in London, Paris or Vegas

Pre Wedding Photoshoot in London

Many couples now choose to do pre wedding photoshoot in London and other major cities across the world. Paris, Las Vegas, Venice and so on.

The demand for a particular type of scenic backdrop that is recognised by all drives couples to travel across the world for this.

Some couples do their couples photoshoots in London by getting up very early in the morning to be part of an eerily quiet London backdrop before the work commuters kick in.

Others climb up mountains after driving hours to again get a particular type of backdrop.

Others brave the stares from crowds bemused at wedding photography taking place away from the wedding on Tower Bridge or in front of Big Ben or St Paul’s Cathedral which are all favourites for pre and post wedding couples photo shoots with Chinese or Asian Couples.

In some cultures, such as with Asian (if you are reading this from the US or other countries around the world) or Chinese (if you are reading this from the UK) couples, the traditions is to have pre wedding photos before the wedding, often wearing the wedding dress and suit, with many couples having pre wedding photoshoots in multiple cities across the world; or even to have a couples photoshoot in your wedding attires months after your wedding has taken place.

Other couples do this as a post wedding shoot after the wedding.

Whether you call it a pre wedding photoshoot in London or post wedding photoshoot? You may ask what is a pre wedding shoot? It has been described as a couples photoshoot but on steroids! It shows the couple looking their best, their most loving, it shows a fairytale, scenic backdrops, hollywood lifestyles, suits and cocktail dresses, fun laughter ….all with a professional editorial photoshoot edge. It shows the couple as people they have seeing celeb lifestyle magazines; and creates that memory of them that they can preserve forever.

Brides also often have Rock The Frock Shoots alone with a chance to get to wear their dress once more, without all the stress and time restraints of the big day!

With excellent knowledge of these cities Lensi Photography regularly shoot pre wedding photoshoots in London and post wedding shoots, creating a very personal piece of art for the couples. We are booked by Bride and Grooms from the UK, as well as by Bride and Grooms abroad. We also travel and shoot all over the world.

We also have a fashion background and are one of the photographers for London Fashion Week which influences our Pre Wedding Photoshoot Photography.

Contact us via the website or our Facebook Page for more information about creating art for your pre wedding photoshoot.

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Fashion Photographer

Fashion Photographer

 

As a Fashion Photographer our job is to make your clothes look the best they can. It is a combination of good light, clothes, models, MUA’s and photographers. If one of these fall short you are in danger of underselling your clothes, and even the best Fashion Photographer will not be able to rectify this.

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We were delighted to shoot the catwalk for Sunderland born Gareth Pugh‘s return to London Fashion Week after a 7 year break. He is the type of designer that makes life easy for a Fashion Photographer. Again great models, interesting concept (the catwalk was littered with 1penny coins), interesting clothes to shoot, and just so well put together.

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If you are looking for a Fashion Photographer, who is experienced in shooting fashion shows, and catwalks with some of the top designers and models contact us for a quote. Having worked on some of these leading shows, we can advise you on your lighting and other things that is needed to make your Fashion Show the best it can be. If you are looking for a House Photographer for your show, we can get your catwalk or presentation edited and uploaded within 10 mins of your show ending for maximum marketing exposure.

Corporate Event Photography

Corporate Event Photography

If you are looking for Corporate Event Photography for your Corporate Event in Birmingham or further afield we are the company you are looking for.

We offer full coverage of your event :

  • including roaming shots from drinks receptions,
  • full coverage of the event and speakers,
  • portraits of Awards Winners / Sponsors / Key Players / Speakers
  • 12 hour turn around of up to 20 key images for social media or marketing release
  • Real time tweeting of images from the event from the professional images taken
  • Social Media Upload onto Twitter or Facebook Accounts
Same Day Turnaround Corporate Photography

Social Media Upload Corporate Photography

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Same Day Tweeting

  • Digital Copies of images for your own Business Use
  • Voxpops from delegates
  • Pre Event Interviews and Video Clips

We were commissioned to cover the  Corporate Event Photography for The Future Faces Annual Dinner and Awards, part of the Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, held at Edgebaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham,UK.

A fantastic Corporate Event in Birmingham to recognise the ‘Future Faces’ of Industry in Birmingham.

Venue : Edgebaston Cricket Ground

Audio and Visuals : LNP Sound

Event : Birmingham Chamber of Commerce

Event : Future Faces

Event Decor : Mahirs Experience

Entertainment : Ed Gamble

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Corporate Event Photography Birmingham

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Edgebaston Cricket Ground

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Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony

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Delegate Images

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Corporate Events - Real Time Tweeting

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Networking Events Birmingham

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Annual Awards Photography

Future Faces Annual Dinner & Awards 2015

Edgebaston Cricket Ground Events

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Corporate Event Photography Birmingham

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Edgebaston Cricket Ground Events

Future Faces Annual Dinner & Awards 2015

Edgebaston Cricket Ground Events

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Awards Host - Jack Woodward

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Event Speeches Photography

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Photography of Events at Edgebaston Cricket Ground

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Award

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Ed Gamble Comedian

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Ed Gamble

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Awards Winners

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PhotoBooth or Event Studio’s

PhotoBooth or Event Studio’s

Whether you call it a Photobooth or Event Studios, what we are talking about are portable photography studios that are set up at your event, that provide instant prints for your guests to be able to immediately have printed, ready to take home on the same day.

These are suitable for all kinds of events, from Weddings to Charity Events, Birthday Parties Proms and more. These are a few photos from a photography PhotoBooth or Event Studio’s (as we prefer to call these) from a Sikh / Indian Wedding held at Bolts Country Club in Nottingham.

It is always a great opportunity to get images taken with family members that would otherwise be really difficult to coordinate everyone being in the same place at the same time.

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Wedding at Aston Villa

Wedding at Aston Villa

If you are thinking of having your Wedding at Aston Villa, and are looking for photography and cinematography, consider our team.

We covered the beautiful wedding at Aston Villa of J&A, in the main Holte Suite, with photos at Aston Hall across the road.

At day that started at 10am and ended a little after 10pm.

 

BRIDAL PREPARATIONS

We started with bridal preps at the house.

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THE CHURCH

Then moved onto The beautiful Church of St John and St Peter’s a hidden away gem in Ladyhood, Birmingham, with many of the features people look for in a church to get married in. A long aisle, big stained glass windows at the alter and Ministers that understand the importance of photography in this special moment for the couple.

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THE RECEPTION

When you have a Wedding at Aston Villa or Villa Park as it is known to some, the steps leading to the stalls is an ideal place to have a group photo where all your guests can easily been seen, and the tiers will hold big groups of people.

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When you hold your wedding at Aston Villa, Aston Hall is right across the road, and ideal for your couples and bridal shots images.

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THE PARTY

We ended the day with reception games, and of course the party … which the bride took very seriously …

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When we cover your event, we provide true all day coverage. We tend not to miss out bits that some other photographers do when they leave early, after a mock cutting of the cake. We cover the emotion, the love, the fun and the people. Everything you want to remember for years to come.

Contact Lensi Photography if you would like a quote for your wedding at Aston Villa.

Event Photography at The Color Run

Event Photography at The Color Run

 

Event Photography at The Color Run (yes with the American spelling) was a different kind of event for Lensi. We have a whole host of cameras and lenses but have heard so much from theory photographers about the colour particles and power getting everywhere and wrecking your camera /lenses

With this apprehension in mind we decided to use our   7D’s they started out wrapped in cling film (with holes in places where it was needed) for protection, however …. misguided by seeing other photographers with bare cameras, this got taken off.

 

The remit for the images was to get images full of colour and fun (it is dubbed the happiest 5k run on the planet #Happiest5k. The Color Run is also a diverse family event, so again this was something to portray in the images.

 

I decided to not attend the first two colour points, so that runners would already be quite colourful, and decided to get them at the pink colour station, just because it is a bold bright colour and personal favourite.

The earlier decision to take off the cling film was very much misguided, even though at no point was i actually in the thick of the colour throwing, everything was covered. The lens struggles to fucus in the haze of dust, and you can actually see articles of dust inside the lens, anyone that tells you this will not happen …. well I think it would be difficult to prevent it. The camera bag on my back, clothes, cameras, hair, face, glasses … covered in powder.

 

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However, it is great fun, with great images. Images from this Color Run can be licensed at Demotix News Agency and Alamy News Agency.

These are some of the results of our remit : family event, happiness, fun, colour.

Some of the 8,500 runners to take part in the Birmingham Color Run

Some of the 8,500 runners to take part in the Birmingham Color Run

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If you need a photographer for Event Photography at a Color Run, or any other type of event, please contact us via the contact form on the website.

Jago / Jaago Ceremony Photography – Sikh Punjabi Wedding Tradition

As a Female Wedding Photographer in Birmingham, who also covers Asian Weddings, even though I am not Asian, I often have anxious photographer colleagues who are covering their first Asian Wedding approach me for advice and information; knowing that as I too shoot Weddings from Culture’s and Religion’s different to my own, I would have at some point been in the same position.

After having to have done this a few times, it made sense to write a few blog posts on aspects of Asian Wedding and Asian Wedding Photography.

Jago / Jaago Ceremony Photography – Sikh Punjabi Wedding Tradition

This is a ceremony that happens before the main wedding, often part of a pre wedding party. Often held in a hall, but lower key than the main wedding.

 

Jaago means “wake up”. Before the days of Wedding Invites and Interactive Wedding Invites relative of the Bride and Groom used to go around their village the night before the wedding days carrying candle lit pots  – before the days of electricity on their heads singing songs as a way of telling everyone that a wedding would be taking place the following day and as an open invitation to attend.

The traditional folk song is “jaago”, so they would encourage people to wake-up and join in the festivities.

The modern day conversation of this will see the family gather at a venue before the wedding, for a pre wedding party. At some point during the evening the main family members will disappear to another room and re enter the main room carrying Jaagos (pots with decorated lights) and Jaago sticks (decorated sticks) , which will be passed from person to person, who will carry them for a little while.

 

Traditional songs will be sung …and then …its time to PARTY! During the Jago / Jaago – Sikh Punjabi Wedding Tradition people will also share a meal, but then hit the dance floor (and also bar) hard. It is a reason to celebrate and people will do. As a Wedding Photographer, photographing a pre-wedding party, you will be expected to capture

  • Guest entering and being greeted by the family
  • Group shots of as many people at the event as possible
  • Roaming shots of what is going on
  • Venue Shots
  • The procession coming into the main room for the Jago, close ups of the pots and sticks
  • Shots of each person that has the Jago on their head
  • Shots of all the close family members (siblings, parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents)
  • Then Party Shots, stopping people on the dance floor periodically to get a shot of them posing for the camera.

Photographing a Wedding or Pre Wedding Party or event such as a Jago / Jaago from Cultures and Religions different to what you are familiar with does not need to be daunting, its simply about the familiarity. There are no restrictions on photography, after having done a few you will look back and wonder what al the anxiety was about!

 

If you are looking for a Wedding Photographer in Birmingham to cover your Wedding or Pre Wedding Party such as your Mendhi, Maiyan or Jago, contact us for a quote

 

 

 

No Photos in Church Please – Wedding Photography

“No Photos in Church Please” – Wedding Photography

 

As a wedding photographer this may seem like a crazy statement to see or hear, Wedding Photography is all about taking photos in Church or a Gudwara or any other religious place, but this has literally been what we have ben told in some churches when covering some weddings “No Photos in Church Please”.

 

You may be reading this with a puzzled look on your face, I certainly thought that the first time I was told this by a Minister.

 

Some churches (and I find this is common in churches of a certain denomination – naming no names, I have never had this in any other religious ceremony) and I cover all kinds of Weddings in Birmingham and beyond, from Muslim Weddings to Sikh Weddings to Christian Weddings to Hindu Weddings.

This seems to have been a topic in many forums, with wedding photographers firm on each side.

 

CAMP A

There are photographers who believe that the Minister’s wishes for his / her church are paramount, and will happily sit at the back of a church for the whole ceremony, and only get shots when he bride is walking in, walking out and signing the register, which is what is allowed by that Minister.

 

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There are other photographers who believe that their clients (the Bride and Groom) wishes are paramount, and if they want images of their ceremony, even if that means going against the Minsters wishes, so be it

 

I genuinely find that many couples do not know that some churches do not allow Wedding Photography or are not friendly to Wedding Photography at their venue. I photograph a lot of Asian Weddings where it is common for at least 4 photographers and cinematographers to be at one wedding, but not uncommon for their to be as many as 8 staff capturing the day.

So what are the reasons for this, these have been ‘reasons’ we have been given:

1. Some cite over zealous previous photographers, rolling on the floor etc to take photos, I have never personally seen this, or know any photographers that have personally seen this at a wedding, and I have a lot of photographers in my circles. I have however seen these clips on YouTube

2. The couple need to concentrate on the vows they are making before God. You have to question if having pictures taken make them think any less about what they are undertaking.

3. It distracts the guests / couple. Wedding Photography and Cinematography are now such a normal part of a Wedding Day, again I would question who it distracts. I know that when I photograph weddings, I wear soft loafer shoes (as do my other staff), and dress in all black, a ninja would be hard pressed to be more slight than me. I find guests phones pinging, children crying in church, and guest photographers with iPhones and iPads that need to go right up to the Bride and Groom to get a shot, much more distractive.

4. The couple will remember it better if they concentrate on what is happening. I find that for many brides especially the day goes by in whirlwind, they have been planning their wedding day for years, and before they know it, their wedding day is over. So what do they have to remember their wedding day by? Their Wedding Photography and Wedding Cinematography.

5. It is Gods House and it is disrespectful for be snapping away or moving about the place. Some churches stream church services, some churches have no problem with wedding photography, so it makes you question what is it about the churches that do not see it in this way? We live in a world documented by images, and sharing so many parts of our lives. Imagine one of …if not the biggest day of your life, and whole chunks of it are missing, because the minister was not happy with it? In fact you have more photos from your works trip to Nandos than you do of your wedding ceremony?

6. Data Protection (especially when signing the register). Is the data that is being protected the data of the Bride and Groom whose wedding you are photographing for them? of them signing a register that later becomes a publicly available document that can be looked up in any library or obtained online for a few pounds? This month we photographed a Wedding at the fantastic New Testament Church of God (George Street Church whose Minister suggested a shot where the Bride and Groom hold up their register towards the camera to get a shot.

7. We simply do not allow it! No Photography in Church please! The couple have paid for a photographer to deliver a service. The couple have paid to have their wedding at a church and a Minster deliver a service. If one obstructs the other and stops them delivering that service, are they doing the best for their customer? The Bride and Groom. The guests on the other hand, can snap away at any point, and more than a few with have DSLR cameras …. for all of us at Lensi, the Wedding is always about the Bride and Groom, we will advise  so that they get the best from their day, and always do our best for them.

 

Now this is not meant to sound like a moan about churches, we have worked with some fantastic Ministers and Churches, in fact most of them have been, but just a short post for you to consider when choosing a church for your Wedding Day. It is something most Brides and Grooms do not know, so its useful information.  This has genuinely only happened at weddings I have photographed a few times, but when it has happened the Bride and Groom were not made aware of this rule about wedding photography.

 

Their photographer has either had to ignore the Minsters wishes, much to their disdain. Debate with the Minster, again also much to their disdain, or not get any pictures during their ceremony, only images of them coming into church, walking back up the aisle, and signing the register! And thats it!

 

So when you are looking at a venue for your Wedding Photography, consider all the things you normally would for your wedding day. The sentimental links that church may have to your family, its location, how beautiful it looks, if it can hold all of your weddings guests, how far it is for you to travel….and also if they have problems with photography!

 

If you are happy with limited images during your ceremony, none of the guests or mom and dad smiling or crying during the service, no close ups of the special moment when a ring is placed on a finger, none of the bride looking into the yes of the groom or vice versa, this is fine.

 

If not think about asking the question on their approach to photographers in the ceremony! And decide if you want photography or not, it may be such an issue where you have to consider changing your venue (if you want Wedding Photography!)

 

We are a Photography and Cinematography Company in Birmingham, lead by a Birmingham Female Photographer. We cover a range of genres of Photography. Contact us for a quote if you are getting married and are looking first for a Female Photographer in Birmingham, a Photographer in Birmingham or Photography in other parts of the UK! (We travel!!)

 

To see some of the weddings  that we have been able to photograph freely, creating lasting memories for the Bride and Groom, see our Weddings Gallery, when we meet of a consultation we will also take you though a whole days coverage of our Wedding Photography.

 

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UK Based Destination Wedding Photographer

If you are looking for UK based Destination Wedding Photographer, to travel to cover your wedding internationally, then look no further than Lensi Photography.

We have covered weddings, pre and post wedding shoots in many countries with the furthest away being 6,500 miles away in Rwanda, Africa. If you are marrying abroad or living outside the UK we can still photograph your wedding.

This is a short blog about being a UK Based Destination Wedding Photographer covering a Destination Wedding in Africa.

So you are looking for that special wedding photographer to photograph your wedding, but they are based in another country from you, is this a problem? For most photographers this is not problem, as it wasn’t for us. It may cost you a bit more, but you will be getting exactly the people you want to document your wedding and create the images you want to remember your day by.

How to choose you wedding photographer

see our blog post on this Choosing your wedding photographer

For the photographer – What to bring?

You will have to travel a bit lighter than when you are covering a wedding at home, but travelling with a good airline will allow for a decent baggage allowance. Put anything you need, can be broken easily and cannot do without in your hand luggage. You have to allow for your baggage not arriving, and IF it does not, what do you deliver to your client? Not all countries have easily available shops that equipment can be rented from. This is exactly what happened to us (but that story is for later). Between the first and second photographer we bought, four bodies, 8 lenses, a range of flashes, umbrella, batteries, video lights, boom arm, and reflectors. For a wedding in the same country would carry Quadra Ranger Packs and Ice Lights (but as all of these looks could be replicated with other lights) we opted not to carry these.

 

Preparation – before the wedding

Being a UK based destination wedding photographer, all the normal pre planning is required, and possibly meetings over Skype. In addition to this you may have to get additional jabs that you may need to factor into your wedding expenses. We had to get Yellow Fever vaccination at £70 so not cheap.

 

Travelling

Some countries will need you to state that you are going there to work, which may cause some extra administration and incur extra money and problems. some countries also do not allow you to do jobs as a foreign person that can be delivered by their own citizens, such as Canada. This is all worth checking out before you travel.

 

Plan B, C and D

As you are UK based working in another destination will mean that you do not have easy access to your usual back ups should something go wrong, so have a plan B, C and D. Ours was to travel with four bodies, in hand luggage, and only to have reflectors and stands on the main suitcases. Very lucky considering as the lead photographer, my cases did not arrive! And did not arrive until the day we were returning home, I literally went to the airport collected them from arrivals, walked to the other part of the airport and checked them back in to come home. But due to pre planning our client we still able to receive a quality product. Hiring Equipment in Rwanda is impossible, equipment is expensive so very precious to local photographers, and has to come all the way from South Africa or further afield. We needed to borrow a reflector, and ended up hiring one from a local studio twice the price of the cost of buying one in the UK.

 

Leading Up To The Wedding

Rwanda and Kigali was not what we expected, but getting to know the area a little before the wedding, gave us time to plan for pre / post wedding shoots should there be time. Our couple were extremely busy people, and this was always only a possibility even though we are in the country for a week. It is a beautiful country, although most people still (20 years later) only associate it with the Rwanda Genocide.

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I had the opportunity to go  Gorilla Trekking with Wild Gorilla’s (6 feet away from a wild silverback and its family Gorilla in the Wild by Lensi Photography visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre and got to experience a side of Africa that we are rarely shown in the Western World, beautiful homes, trendy wine bars, posh restaurants, thriving town city centres, with sky scraper buildings, and lets not forget the motorbike taxi’s….which were scary for a car driver, but very economical!

 

On the Day of the Wedding 

Rwanda Weddings are very similar to Indian Weddings in many respects. Much of the ceremony involved the families, gifts are exchanged between families, outfits are very similar, there are even ceremonies involving milk. As in any other wedding ensure everything is charged up and your back ups at hand in cars / rooms nearby if possible.

As our luggage did not arrive, we were not dressed as appropriately as we could be… however the most important thing was creating the images we had been hired to create!

 

After the Wedding

The issue of how to get your products to your couple. We use online viewing platforms for the images, and biased via Skype and whatsapp. Postage of our album would cost about £50 but our couple travel so frequently that we were able to meet them in Birmingham and hand their album to them in person.

 

If you are looking for a UK based Photographer to cover your destination wedding, look no further than Lensi Photography.

 

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