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Last weekend I undertook my first wedding shoot. It wasn’t a big old white wedding with 45 bridesmaids and 400 guests. Instead it was rather a informal – formal affair in central London. In a stunning church in Marylebone, followed by transport in the form of the old route master bus with a reception afterwards.

I had been asked to work 8 hours. I was asked a few months ago and worked out I’d be 26 weeks pregnant and decided that 8 hours on my feet would be far to much. I desperately wanted this. I’ve been trying to get into wedding photography for a year or more.

Being a photographer already, really (obviously) put off wedding photographers when I asked to be a 2nd shooter, even when they were asking!

I proposed an offer and totally sold myself and sat in utter anxiety for a few days. And got an email back. I sat and looked at the subject line for ages, not wanting to open it, not wanting to read, ‘thanks but no thanks’ I just hate rejection. I clicked it and the first line I read was

“we love your proposal and we want you to photograph our ceremony” I was over the moon I wanted to scream except it was 5am and everyone was asleep. I went and looked at hubby but he really was very asleep.

I arrived at the church an hour early, I have a thing with being early, yes even with two kids I am always early. I scoped out the church looking at all the lighting and sat down and took it all in. I felt calm and suddenly I felt incredibly tired. I was so, so tired. I didn’t have lunch. OOPS I had some water and went around photographing the church. Got the low down from the priest, who was pretty scary and told me. If I messed up he wouldn’t hesitate to stop the service and let me know.

That REALLLLLLLY helped I wasn’t anxious but now I was.

It all went incredibly smoothly and despite my lack of knowledge of wedding photography I’ve walked away with more work and a real boost to my confidence.

So if you live in Kent, London and you are getting married or know someone getting married get in touch. Rates are good right now!

Nataliya Photographics

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Friends

Friends

Over at Sticky Fingers it’s week 13 and this weeks theme is Friendship. I am not sure my friends would like me posting pictures of them, so I’ll stick to my comfort zone!

Good friends

Best, best friends

My Best Friend

BFF

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My children are the worst enemies and the best of best friends.

When I heard the theme this week for Tara Cains Gallery was “Portraits” I felt like I could pick a 1000 pictures. Instead I took a sequence of shots which turned out really nice. I shot them on the Leica M9 with the Notctilux lens which is notoriously fiddley to focus and I knew I would be lucky to get one shot in focus. I managed 5 out of 15 shots Not to bad I thought!

Perfect for a story board

I hope they are always there for each other

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My children are the worst enemies and the best of best friends.

When I heard the theme this week for Tara Cains Gallery was “Portraits” I felt like I could pick a 1000 pictures. Instead I took a sequence of shots which turned out really nice. I shot them on the Leica M9 with the Notctilux lens which is notoriously fiddley to focus and I knew I would be lucky to get one shot in focus. I managed 5 out of 15 shots Not to bad I thought!

Perfect for a story board

I hope they are always there for each other

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At photography that is, everything else I am (insert your own slang) fabulous

Here’s a picture I took of Eliza the other week. I’m trying to get her 4th Birthday Portraits done. I don’t want “oh look at me all pretty” I want *her* Very hard to get her having a tantrum because I am usually in another room counting to 10. So I am getting her cheeky side which is how she is MOST of the time like most four year olds.

Before

And after 5 minutes in photoshop

Usually when I take photographs I shoot  the way I was taught which was on 35mm film. I shoot to get the final result, that’s the photo in print in a frame on a wall. I really shouldn’t have to do what I have done here, aside from the actions I have applied. Using digital really makes me lazy.

But really, really helps me have some me time at the end of a long day.

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At photography that is, everything else I am (insert your own slang) fabulous

Here’s a picture I took of Eliza the other week. I’m trying to get her 4th Birthday Portraits done. I don’t want “oh look at me all pretty” I want *her* Very hard to get her having a tantrum because I am usually in another room counting to 10. So I am getting her cheeky side which is how she is MOST of the time like most four year olds.

Before

And after 5 minutes in photoshop

Usually when I take photographs I shoot  the way I was taught which was on 35mm film. I shoot to get the final result, that’s the photo in print in a frame on a wall. I really shouldn’t have to do what I have done here, aside from the actions I have applied. Using digital really makes me lazy.

But really, really helps me have some me time at the end of a long day.

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Silly billies

The kids & I were having some fun with photography yesterday.

I can’t tell you how much she frustrates me some days. I also can’t tell you how when I go to bed at night and think about her starting school in September how much my heart is going to ache at her not being here to frustrate me.

But never fear I have this one

Who isn’t as frustrating just yet, but is teething MAJORLY

I have a very large forehead & my first sign of wrinkles on the old eyes there. (must remain gormless to stay young, repeat after me)

My husband asked me if I was taking pictures of myself and the kids to see how alike we look, you’d never know they are half Turkish!

Wonder what the next one is going to look like?

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