Paris Engagement Shoot >> Martina & Leslie

Martina & Leslie are an absolutely gorgeous couple I met a few months back at The Photography Farm.   They’re planning their wedding for later this year, but we wanted to do a little something in the meantime.  I’m not sure how the idea of Paris came about (I think I watch too many old films), but I’m so glad it did!

You don’t need me to tell you how incredible Paris is.  Not only is it known for being one of the most romantic cities in the world, but I also found out that it’s known as the City of Light.  Both for good reason.  It’s just beautiful.  Winter sun is my favourite kind of light anyway, but pair that with the wide tree-lined avenues, beautiful iconic buildings and a gorgeous couple as much in love as Martina & Leslie? It’s a photographer’s dream.

It wasn’t an easy shoot. That I’ll freely admit.  The weather turned a few days before and it was a bitter  -8’c for most of the time we were there.   I remember looking at Ana, our fab make up artist, at one point and seeing that her fingers had gone completely blue!    It was windy too, and it kept blowing away the Kelly Spence hairpieces that Martina was wearing.  We spent a lot of time defrosting in cafes and taking refuge in the Metro to keep warm , popping up here and there to grab a few photos before it became unbearable again.   But the team rocked it out, and Martina & Leslie were so completely brilliant and totally committed to getting great photos. I can’t thank them enough for being such superstars.

(I’m secretly hoping you’re not even reading this, because you’ve skipped straight to the photos. )

Big thank you to Martina and Leslie for just being the most utterly gorgeous people inside and out, to Ana of IAmChic who did the most incredible job doing Martina’s make up WHILE WE WERE ON THE EUROSTAR (honestly, amazing!), to Cristina Rossi for being a fabulous assist and a bundle of energy, Kate Ruth Romey for designing some adorable LONDON-PARIS tickets, and to Kelly Spence for loaning us two utterly beautiful headpieces for the shoot.

Rock the Frock >> Lizzii & James’ Hong Kong Shoot

OK, there are probably 101 things on my To Do list which need attention before I blog this shoot, but you know what?  It’s got trams! A feather dress! It’s on location in Hong Kong! 101 other things can wait…

Engagement/couples shoots are BIG (I mean B.I.G.) in Southeast Asia and I’ve been wanting to do one on location there for absolutely ages now.  Lizzii and James got married this summer in China but didn’t have any photos done in Hong Kong where they live.  I was over visiting family and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to do a shoot in one of the most photogenic cities in the world!

Big thanks to Lizzii and James who are utter superstars, and honestly were so naturally lovely together I didn’t really need to do any directing at all.  Can we just have a moment to admire Lizzii’s two dresses?  My favourite one is the one with the feather train andwhich she DESIGNED HERSELF (talented, much?). I really hope you guys love the photos as much as I do.  Also big thanks to Karly Cox for being an invaluable assistant and all round megastar.  Right, enough chitchat….