Diep and Dzung wedding banquet

Diep and Dzung started the celebrations for their wedding before the ceremony. Why have only one wedding day when you can have several? 

I met with the bride and groom at a Holliday Inn in East London where they were getting ready. Some of the groom's closest relatives were there to help and Alicia Vu was doing Hair and Make up. 

The party headed to Regent's Park, North London for a photoshoot and then to the amazing Yi-Ban for a most sumptuous banquet. 

Portrait in Lisbon

I met with Sofia Tonicher, Head of Production at Midas Filmes for lunch at the recently renovated Palácio Chiado in downtown Lisbon, Portugal. 
We've been friends for many years and it's not the first time I photograph her. 
I saw an opportunity for a portrait when we saw the frescos. Such a classic setting with beautiful yet low key natural light, I had to take that chance.
We had been talking about Portuguese cinema and I think I took that as an inspiration.

 Sofia Tonicher posing next to a fresco in Palacio Chiado, Lisbon — all rights reserved 2016©Joana Saramago
  Sofia Tonicher posing next to a fresco in Palacio Chiado, Lisbon — all rights reserved 2016©Joana Saramago

J + J — Wedding shoot

Everytime I think London has shown  me everything, I discover new people and new cultures.
Two weeks ago I partnered up with Alicia's Bridal to shoot this young and traditional asian wedding.
I know I keep saying this, but being among happy families just fills my heart with joy. I love family shoots and celebrations and this one was a lot of fun all through out the day.
J. and J. are such a cute couple, I wish them all the luck in the world!!

I'm available for Wedding photoshoots in the UK and abroad. Just use the contact page to get in touch and book your own. 

Emotions and sunshine!

"Adoroooooooooo todas!!!!!!!!!!!! Estou um pouco emocionada!"
"I looooooove all of them!!!!!! I'm even a bit emocional!!!"

When the first feedback you get from a family photoshoot is this, you know you did a very good job!
I met with Patrícia and her beautiful family in Lisbon, Príncipe Real Garden and then walked with them to the University Botanical Gardens that are absolutely amazing.
The day was warm and the sun brought happiness to all. The family coordinated outfits for the shoot and they all looked fab!
Little princess L. set the pace of the shoot and became the star of these photos!
We ended the shoot with a couple of portraits of beautiful Patrícia to celebrate her birthday.

I'm available for family shoots and portrait sessions in the UK, Portugal and other countries (I will travel to meet you).
Just use the contact page to get in touch and book your shoot!

Corporate Headshots

A few weeks ago I headed to the London office of Virtual Clarity, an IT consultancy based in London and New York, to photograph their headshots.
The job was done in two days and it was amazing to have a chat with most part of the staff. 
I always talk a lot when shooting portraits. I try to know a little bit about the person I'm shooting, I ask where are they from, what's their role in the company, if they have any hobbies and what are their happy thoughts. 
This is because I am curious about people but also so they relax and feel more confident in front of the camera.

For this particular job, I used a beautifully hand-painted Hapaca backdrop. 

When the sun shines in London

On an unbelievably sunny day in London I knocked on the door of the M family.

I was greeted with a big smile by both Mum and the baby. We had a chat before the shoot and as I held the baby in my arms he smiled at me. I knew then that the shoot was going to be amazing! The Dad joined the shoot not that long after we started and later we went out to do some more photos outside. 

This gorgeous baby was mesmerised by the sound of the camera shutter. He loved the photo shoot and behaved so well!! 
It was an absolute delight to meet the M family and to capture their love and happiness!

If you’d like to book a photo shoot for you and your family, I’d love to hear from you.
Just send me a message and I will contact you shortly after.

Family photoshoot in the beautiful Surrey lavender fields

As soon as you step a foot outside of London, you find beautiful places like this lavender field in Surrey — the spot chosen by this lovely family for their photoshoot.
The temperature was warm, but England being England, the sky was cloudy and the occasional raindrops fell upon us.

The scent and the colour of the lavender made this photoshoot very special. It was like happiness was in the air... The kids were running around, playing hide and seek and the bumble bees were bumping into us a lot! 

It was an amazing afternoon spent at an amazing location. A pleasure to shoot!

Get in touch if you would like a photo shoot like it.