Sunday, 24 February 2013

Wedding photographer Positano Italy / Amalfi Coast wedding photography Italy















Amazing seafood, incredible pizzas, limoncello liquor and buffalo mozzarella – these are often among the charms of Italy. But when you add romantic little streets Italy becomes the appealing place not only for tourists but also for couples choosing to get married abroad in a destination wedding in Italy. Sunshine, stunning ocean view vistas and the eternal blue sky are among the right ingredients for a perfect wedding day. And nowhere the oceans views are more stunning than in Amalfi Coast.

Amalfi Coast is something you have to see and experience yourself. The breath-taking main square of the town of Amalfi is an idyllic setting for creative wedding photography in Amalfi coast. The amazing cathedral dominates the entire town with its imposing stairs and panoramic views. Everywhere you turn there is an impossibly blue sea. The nearby enchanting Isle of Capri is only a boat ride away and also famous for a destination wedding in Italy. However Positano is the heart of the Amalfi Coast. The town is surrounded by magnificent coastline, white Moorish-style houses cling to the flowering cliffs, everywhere you look there are bright bursts of purple and red bougainvillea flowers.

And Positano is where this beautiful young Japanese couple decided to celebrate their wedding among close family. The couple contacted me via Rieko who is the director and wedding planner in Italy of the El Maestro (www.le-maestro.com) wedding planning agency. Based in Tuscany Rieko is a master in organizing destination weddings in Italy, France and UK. I have already worked with Rieko as a wedding photographer in Cotswold for one of her clients who got married in the UK and I was thrilled to be recommended as the wedding photographer in Italy for this client. 

Most Japanese couples getting married in Italy have only civil ceremony; however this couple was Catholic so there was a civil ceremony as well as church ceremony. The civil service ceremony took place in Positano City Hall which is perched high above the town and provides a stunning view of the Italian coastline. The ceremony was conducted on a small balcony with a romantic sea view which was a perfect location for some wedding photography with Positano and the colourful houses in the background. The church ceremony thereafter took place at The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta which is one of the finest churches on the Amalfi Coast.
Following the beautiful intimate Catholic ceremony the couple and the family got some exquisite canap├ęs and champagne at hotel MURAT. In the centre of Positano, tucked away in a botanical garden, hidden among tiny, sunny roads full of flowers this hotel used to be an eighteenth century palace. And what a location the wedding planner has chosen – the beautiful botanic garden was directly facing the doom of the Cathedral which was a perfect backdrop for some stylish wedding photography in Positano. 

Following the cutting of the cake the newlywed couple, myself and the Japanese stylist embarked on an hour adventure of wedding photography on the cute little cobbled streets of Positano. Italy is the most romantic place for destination wedding for couples, but equally it is the Mecca for a destination wedding photographer. However when the wedding takes place in the middle of the day and the wedding photography follows straight after in a busy touristic town like Positano it’s not always so easy to get those romantic photos that one captures when photographing a wedding at a wedding venue exclusively rented by the couple. So often it makes sense to just incorporate the hustle and bustle of the streets as part of the photos. 

The fact that the wedding was right in the middle of the day meant harsh direct sun but the positive side was that the square in front of Church of Santa Maria Assunta in the centre of Positano was pretty empty and allowed for the lovely wide angle photo of the couple and the church. However my favourite photos are the ones on the bright red wall. I believe it turns the photos into this creative wedding photography with a touch of glamour. I was certainly flattered when the wedding planner told me that the couple were so pleased with the photos that they asked their Japanese wedding photographer who photographed their wedding back in Japan to recreate some of the photos from my wedding photography in Positano. 

It is always a privilege to be chosen as a wedding photographer for the couple’s wedding but I really feel honoured when a couple requests my services for destination wedding photography. And you can’t ask for more when you are invited to be the destination wedding photograper in Amalfi Coast wedding  – one of the most romantic placesin Italy for a destination wedding.


For further information on wedding photography in Amalfi Coast Italy and to view our portfolio of wedding photography in London, Europe, France, Monaco, Italy, Cyprus, Greece, Portugal, Zurich and Russia please visit www.NeliPrahova.com or contact Neli on nprahova@gmail.com.

Friday, 15 February 2013

London Children Photographer / Baby Photography London / Christmas baby studio photo shoot











I love Christmaas not only for its religious meaning but because for baby studio photography this means putting on some props and doing some fun stuff. And here are some photos from the London Christmas children photography session of Leo in the photography studio in Wapping. This is another baby portrait photo session in London and as always Leo was perfectly behaved. Children photography and baby photography is often based on luck and at the mercy of the child’s mood. Baby Leo was generous on smiles during the baby studio photo session but it certainly helps to have some nice props for any children photography shoot. We started this Christmas London baby photo session with a simple Christmas hat, then moved on to the cute winter hat and boots and then a basket and Christmas decorations. I can’t decide which of the baby photos from this East London baby shoot is my favourite but I do love the big bear. Leo definitely loved it! He looks so tiny next to it but after all it’s a pretty big bear… It was a good investment to buy it as I’m sure any baby and child will love it. It’s such a nice toy to have for baby photography and toddler photography shoots.
The next session which I’m currently editing is another Christmas session of London baby photography where Leo is in a Santa outfit. 


For further information about London baby photography and to view our portfolio of pregnancy photography, newborn photography, baby photography, family portrait photography, maternity photography and portrait photography please visit www.NeliPrahova.com or contact Neli on nprahova@gmail.com.

Sunday, 3 February 2013

London wedding photography Carlton Club / Wedding photographer London












Last year I had the amazing opportunity to do the central London wedding photography of a lovely couple Rachel and Dario.  And what a location – you can’t get more central than that for a wedding photography in Central London. The wedding reception took place in the Carlton Club which is just round the corner from the Ritz Hotel and the wedding church ceremony took place at All Saints Margaret street church near Oxford street.
The day started at the Carlton Club where the bride was getting ready. I’m proud to say the Carlton Club (www.carltonclub.co.uk) is the latest London wedding venue where I am one of the preferred wedding photographers thanks to the lovely Selina who is the Private Dining & Events  coordinator for the Carlton Club. Just like the Lansdowne club, where I’m also one of the recommended wedding photographers, the Carlton club is an old gentlemen’s club. Founded in 1832 in the aftermath of the victory of the reforming party, The Carlton Club was designed as a party political organisation, just as other clubs after the Napoleonic War were founded to satisfy particular interests. Now the Carlton Club is able to offer a full range of facilities including private function rooms for lunches, dinners, events and certainly a wedding reception in Central London. The Georgian building offers one of the most prestigious wedding venues in the West End. The unique charm and elegance of the Carlton Club are second to none combining style and traditions with modern facilities and resources.
From the Carlton Club my assistant and I jumped in a black cab and headed to the church. Being a wedding photographer in London is not easy in terms of parking so when I have such a Central London wedding photography job I often just get a cab or share the transport with the guests. I love to be a wedding photographer in Central London as very often even the bride takes a black cab. And with All Saints Margaret Street church being only 5 minutes drive from the Carlton club it certainly made sense for Rachel and her father to do exactly that – arrive in a traditional black cab which is a signature of London and makes a perfect addition to a wedding photography in London.

All Saints Margaret Street church (www.allsaintsmargaretstreet.org.uk) is a unique church in the heart of London. Before I met Rachel and Dario I didn’t even know about its existence despite the fact that the church which is just a block away from Oxford circus. The church had an extra special meaning to Rachel as her parents also had married there. The church is a true hidden gem and is very different from anything I’ve seen in London. It’s not surprising as it is regarded as one of the foremost examples of High Victorian Gothic architecture in Britain. It was designed in 1850 by William Butterfield, an architect strongly associated with Gothic revival church building and the Oxford Movement.

As the church is nestled among other buildings in this densely built-up area of central London there was hardly any light in the church. Luckily my newly bought camera allowed for the use of a very high ISO and the interior of the church’s rich colours came out magnificently. The colours look amazing when I visited the church with Rachel and Dario but on the wedding day they were gorgeous and provided a real treat for a Central London wedding photography. Following the wedding ceremony we had a very short time to do some of the group formal wedding photography photos in the church courtyard as the light was disappearing fast. Luckily the interior of the Carlton club is a glamorous setting for wedding photography so I wasn’t too worried that the creative wedding photography session of Rachel and Dario at the church was indeed a short one. Once we finished with the more formal family photography in one of the Carlton clubs rooms I spent some additional time with Rachel and Dario to capture some more formal wedding photography shots by the fire place as well as some more traditional wedding photography images on the beautiful stairs of the club and we finished with some more creative wedding photography photos where I shot Rachel and Dario on the stairs from above.

The whole wedding photography in the Carlton club including the family photos didn’t take more than 45minutes and Rachel and Dario joined their guests just as people were getting relaxed with a glass of champagne. While Rachel and Dario enjoyed time with their guests I rushed to the dining room to photograph all the table set ups and detail shots of the favours and table decorations. The wedding reception room was truly glamorous with rich red walls which perfectly complemented the colours of the church earlier in the day. I could already see how perfect it will all look in the wedding album.

The beautiful dinner was followed by more drinks and nibbles when more guests arrived at the Carlton club to enjoy the first dance of the newly married couple. When I originally met with Rachel and Dario we have discussed that after the first dance we might venture to the Ritz Hotel and take some more romantic and creative wedding photography but as Rachel and Dario were enjoying their party I decided not to take them away from their guests. However when I saw that they are taking a break from the dance floor I pulled them away for a couple of minutes to take a few photos of a more creative wedding photography. The wedding photo of Rachel and Dario in front of the red wall what is probably my favourite shot at this Central London wedding photography in the Carlton Club. It is certainly a perfect venue for any high end luxury wedding as it provides everything even the most discerning bride and groom could wish for: a splendid location in St. James’s in the heart of Central London, beautiful reception rooms and a spectacular grand staircase to descend in true style. A wedding like Rachel and Dario’s in this beautiful Central London wedding venue is a gem in the portfolio of any wedding photographer in London.


For further information on London wedding photography and to view our portfolio of wedding photography in London, Europe, France, Monaco, Italy, Cyprus, Greece, Portugal, Zurich and Russia please visit www.NeliPrahova.com or contact Neli on nprahova@gmail.com.