THE MEETING

Being a wedding photographer in London means I get the chance to meet and photograph a  variety of remarkable people. I find this incredibly exciting. So, when Matt contacted me via One Love Wedding Show,I was thrilled.

The meeting with Matt and his partner Dan was set up in a delicious French café near Victoria Station, Le Pain Quotidien, on a chilly November evening. I was truly mesmorised by the calm and relaxed attitude that they both showed.

By mid October they’d decided on a date for their Civil Partnership and only a few months later, 3 January 2014, the event will take place.

They spoke with excitement, and no stress, contentment, but no worries…

Now, how refreshing it is to have a stress free couple. With only a few weeks left until the Civil Partnership Ceremony, we had to decide the where and when for the engagement shoot. My first step was to set up a Pinterest board.

St Katharine Docks

Sunday 15 December, 2013. Feeling butterflies in my stomach. I’m about to meet Dan and Matt for the engagement shoot at St Katharine Docks. Nice and early for a Sunday morning. The sun is shinning but rain is predicted for the afternoon. The city makes me nervous, it’s like you’re being watched constantly, and carry a professional camera is asking for trouble nowadays.

THE PARTNERS

Matt is Australian and Dan is from the north of England. After meeting up, we wondered along the river deciding on where to stop. Despite the early start, many tourist were already wondering in the around.

The beginning of an engagement photoshoot is always a little nerve racking, and this is exactly why I decided that for me as a photographer is an important part of the wedding package.

It’s a fantastic way to get to know the couple before the big day. The location chosen by Matt and Dan, means a lot to them as one day they would like to buy an apartment here. They’ve spent many hours walking along the river, and therefore they know the area very well.

Christmas is in the air, but it feels very peaceful and tranquil around here. The sun is gone and the clouds have taken over, but Dan is very outgoing and is filling the air with excitement. The session is coming to an end, it’s time to say good-bye, and wishing each other Merry Christmas. January 3rd is only a few week’s away now.

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  1. Daniel Tanswell /

    A photo shoot is a great way to feel at ease with the photographer and camera before your big day. Both of us felt self-conscious and nervous about having our picture taken. We found Paola’s guidance and approach a great way to help us get used to the lens!

    We are really very pleased with the relaxed and atmospheric pictures that Paola has captured on our photo shoot – we think they are great!!

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