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Wedding Engagement Photos on a Mountain in Iceland

Saturday, February 13th, 2016
wedding engagement photo in Iceland - location photography

Dramatic engagement photos in Iceland on top of a red rock.

This amazing couple from Canada, decided to get married in Iceland, and invited me to be their wedding photographer. Reel Life Photos is based in the UK – so truly international!  www.reellifephotos.co.uk

natural engagement picture in Iceland

Dramatic engagement photos in Iceland on top of a red rock

outdoor wedding in Iceland

Engagement photos in Iceland  with the bride in a red dress

Fun enegement and wedding photography

Fun engagement photography in Iceland

Bride in a red dress play fights with her groom by the rock they got married on in Iceland

Fun enegement and wedding photography

Fun pic of Canadian bride and groom play-fighting for engagement shoot in Iceland.

Fun engagement and wedding photography

Is the Canadian groom going  to end up in the water, as the bride pushes him hard during a play-fight for an engagement photoshoot in Iceland?

 

For more info contact Elaine of Reel Life Photos on +44799867958

 

 

Wedding Engagement Photos at Selfoss Waterfall in Iceland

Saturday, February 13th, 2016
Reprtage rather than posed engagement photos in Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

This happy couple met me in the UK when they stayed as guests in my house through Airbnb.  A few months later they contacted me to let me now that they were getting married in Iceland – secretly without any wedding guests at all.  I was delighted to be invited to be their wedding photographer – and their witness! Reportage rather than posed engagement photos in Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

Reprtage rather than posed engagement photos in Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

Reprtage rather than posed engagement photos in Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

Reprtage rather than posed engagement photos in Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

Reprtage rather than posed engagement photos in Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

Reprtage rather than posed engagement photos in Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

Reprtage rather than posed engagement photos in Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

Reportage rather than posed engagement photos in Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

Reprtage rather than posed engagement photos in Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

Reportage rather than posed engagement photos in Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

Selfoss waterfal on a rainy day in Iceland

Reportage rather than posed engagement photos in Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

 

For more info contact Elaine via Reel Life Photos Website

 

 

 

storybook wedding photography in Dewsbury Town Hall for a Nigerian-English couple

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

A lady called me from Nigeria to enquire about her wedding photography, but it turned out that she was actually getting married in the UK, in my home town of Dewsbury.  It was a beautiful wedding, with the tables dressed immaculately with a masses of flowers following a lilac colour scheme.  OK , like most African brides.she was nearly two hours late for her wedding, so its just as well it was in the middle of winter, or she may have missed out had the registrar been busy!

After the wedding she made an appointment to come and see her wedding photos, but somehow things caught up with her, and she forgot to contact me for nearly two years.  Her English husband was still working in Nigeria, but they had by now had a second baby, so also set up a home in Leeds, West Yorkshire.

Now she wants to surprise her husband with the wedding album under the tree at Christmas, but here at least is the album I designed from the photos she chose from a selection of over 600 images that I had already shortlisted for her.

Dewsbury wedding photos in storybook

Storybook cover

wedding photos designed in an Italian storybook with pictures from the wedding in Dewsbury

Storybook Pages002-003 with the cute white baby dress and shoes waiting to be worn

Italian storybook with wedding shoes and baby bridesmaid's flowers and pictures of the groom is getting ready before the wedding in Dewsbury

Storybook Pages004-005 wedding shoes and baby bridesmaid’s flowers in Italian storybook with the groom is also getting ready for their wedding in Dewsbury

Graphistudio wedding book design showing the groom and groomsmen getting ready for the multicultural wedding in Dewsbury

Storybook Pages006-007 groom and groomsmen getting ready – all smiles!

storybook wedding pictures of bride putting on her wedding dress and the baby chewing her white wedding shoes

Storybook Pages008-009 How to keep a baby bridesmaid happy while her mother is putting on her wedding dress: let the baby chew her new shoes!

How the wedding photographer keeps the bride's baby happy before the wedding in Dewsbury

Storybook Pages010-011 Novel way to keep the baby happy – with the wedding photographer’s expensive light!

wedding storybook design with the bride ready to leave for her wedding in Dewsbury

Storybook Pages012-013 – The bride puts on her pearl necklace and walks down the stairs holding her beautiful lilac and white bouquet.

wedding storybook design as the bride rushes into the limo to travel to Dewsbury Town Hall

Storybook Pages014-015 The bride carries her baby to the waiting limo with her female friends and family.

Wedding at Dewsbury Town Hall - storybook album design

Storybook Pages016-017 The photographer waiting outside in the cold for ages to make sure she didn’t miss the shot of the limo arriving outside Dewsbury Town Hall, but as the bride got out a car passed by, obscuring the limo and hurrying bride, as within seconds the bride was already inside the Town Hall.

Bride walking down the aisle at Dewsbury Town Hall in wedding storybook

Storybook Pages018-019 The bride walks down the aisle and her groom gets the first glimpse of her in her wedding dress and fur shrug

wedding rings and kiss at Dewsbury wedding in the storybook photo album

Storybook Pages020-021 The bestman fishes the rings out of his pocket and before we know it the wedding is sealed with a kiss!

Wedding in Dewsbury by photographer Elaine of Reel Life Photos

Storybook Pages022-023 The register signing photos can be such happy ones if the photographer is quick and experienced.

Storybook Pages024-025 The witnesses and Reel Life Photos’ signature shot of the newly-weds’ hands showing their rings by the register with the bouquet for decoration.

wedding pictures in a storybook album by Reel Life Photos wedding photographer in Dewsbury

Storybook Pages 26-27 The groom’s father poses with the happy couple be the wedding register, as the bride’s best friend in the red dress looks on, before the newly weds look at each other as the link arms to walk back down the aisle together.

traditional wedding pictures in Dewsbury Town Hall in storybook designed album

Storybook Pages 028-029 The groom just manages to appear in one pic as the bride enthusiastically poses with all her friends. Well I don’t know many grooms who enjoy posing for wedding pics after all! That’s why I love natural wedding photos…

wedding tiara and Nigerian bride's wedding pictures in a storybook album by Reel Life Photos wedding photographer in Dewsbury

Storybook Pages030-031 Couldn’t resist adding in this background pic of the bride’s gleaming tiara along with the black and white photo of the bride sitting on the floor with her dress spread out.

wedding photography in Dewsbury Town Hall after the wedding ceremony

Storybook Pages032-033 The happy bride poses with her friends. The groom as usual manages to escape the camera!

wedding cake and tables laid with the starter for the wedding breakfast at Dewsbury Town Hall

Storybook Pages034-035 Traditional 3 tier wedding cake and the beautifully decorated top table al ready to begin the wedding breakfast

Italian wedding book photography and storybook design in Dewsbury

Storybook Pages036-037 Happy days as the bride poses with her friends and the groom’s grown-up son.

The wedding decorations are first class at this wedding reception in Dewsbury Town Hall

Storybook Pages038-039 The wedding decorations are first class at this intimate family wedding reception in Dewsbury Town Hall

Nigerian English wedding reception in Dewsbury Town Hall

Storybook Pages040-041 Its good to capture all the guest when its a relatively small family wedding!

Beautiful wedding pohotography in Dewsbury, showing the table layout with wedding guests.

Storybook Pages042-043 Its always lovely to see the wedding guests enjoying themselves, and to remember who was there at your wedding.

The groom's speech - wedding pics captured by Elaine of Reel Life Photos

Storybook Pages044-045 The groom’s speech

fun wedding speeches - the groom

Storybook Pages046-047 Guests cracking themselves up with laughter during the groom’s speech.

wedding cake and wedding reception wedding breakfast pictures at Dewsbury Town Hall

Storybook Pages048-049 wedding guests and the splendid 3 tiered traditional wedding cake

wedding photographer Elaine is pictured in this Dewsbury wedding too!

Storybook Pages050-051 wedding guests pose for the camera, and oh, even the wedding photographer is snapped in her African outfit, far right in this storybook design.

The groom's family - grandkids and the like and tasty dessert

Storybook Pages052-053 Oh that delicious dessert is making me hungry!

wedding toast captured in pictures by Reel Life Photos in Dewsbury

Storybook Pages054-055 Cheers! The wedding toast!

First dance wedding photography by Reel Life Photos in Dewsbury

Storybook Pages056-057 First Dance and more dancing!

Fun wedding photography in Dewsbury during the evening wedding reception dancing.

Storybook Pages058-059 Time for some fun dancing pics!

Tradiotional wedding cake pictures in as the cake is cut for real.

Storybook Pages060-061 Cutting the cake – all traditional like!

wedding photos on the stairs of Dewsbury Town Hall

Storybook Pages062-063 bride and groom on the stairs of Dewsbury Town Hall

wedding photography in Dewsbury at the Town Hall

Storybook Pages064-065 wedding guests and the groom (!) pose for pictures at Dewsbury Town Hall

confetti pics in Dewsbury in wedding storybook

Storybook Pages066-067 Confetti pics

happy bridemaid after catching the bouquet at wedding in Dewsbury

Storybook Pages068-069 The groom’s son is pretty merry as he hug and kisses his father and jubilant bridemaid after catching the bouquet .

last page of Graphistudio wedding book storybook album as the bride shows off her garter

Storybook Pages070-071 the garter and last few wedding pics

To contact Reel Life Photos full time experienced professional wedding photographer in Dewsbury call 07990867058 or visit our website:

http://www.reellifephotos.co.uk wedding photographers in Dewsbury

natural and artistic pics by international wedding photographer Elaine

Monday, April 27th, 2015
natural wedding photographer

Wherever your wedding, be it on the beach in an exotic location, a church or simple hall, we can help create your memories, with snippets from your wedding day.

Everybody would love to have perfect wedding pictures and not to have to pay much.  We are not talking about getting friends on their mobiles or even friends with a nice camera to take them,  but to have an experienced professional with a great eye and creativity to fit in with you and what you want and maybe even to think of something you didn’t even know you would like.  I mean – how much experience do most brides-to-be have of contemporary wedding photography?  Most images from weddings are those they see on their friend’s Facebook pages the day after or even on the day of their wedding,  or have seen in older-styled wedding albums.  Not every picture is an award-winning shot, but combined together they tend to form a bridge between the actual event and wedding day memories that fade over the years.

See more on http://www.reellifephotos.co.uk or visit our Facebook page to see more than 20,00 photos! Enjoy! xx Elaine

Great wedding ideas – unusual wedding picnic in West Yorkshire

Friday, January 23rd, 2015
wedding picnic ideas

Wedding picnic in the grounds of Grouse Inn, West Yorkshire

unusual wedding photography

wedding picnic sitting on hay bales

wedding picnic

wedding picnic fun

Great ideas for a wedding on a budget

perfect outdoor wedding party decorations

summer wedding ideas

perfect weather for a summer wedding!

British wedding picnic

Great British picnic!

Wedding picnic fun

Summer wedding fun!

summmer wedding ideas

Just beautiful!

summer wedding picnic

summer wedding picnic at The Grouse Inn in West Yorkshire

 

wedding picnic ideas

 

See more wedding pictures on Reel Life Photos site and Facebook Page.  

xx Elaine

Questions to ask your wedding photographer – before you book them.

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Asian wedding in West Yorkshire

As an experienced wedding photographer, I know that the first question EVERYONE asks is “How much? ”  Of course that’s important , and its what we all do when researching a product or  service online.  We recently needed to buy a new microwave, after the one we bought just months before ceased to work.  Crazy I know, but I spent hours and hours with my mental list of what was important to me, comparing products and prices.  The prices bit was easy, as once I’d chosen the make and model, it’s a like-for-like straight forward search.

Wedding photographers though are human beings, so each and everyone is unique.  OK you can compare “packages”, but even if the  album on offer is from the same supplier, the number of pages, the cover and the number of photos included, let alone the care  taken over the design – how many revisions – and any additional charges  and the style – could all result in a totally different vision.

One of my hard drives failed last week – but fortunately the client’s data was safe, as I always back up the original files shot .  However, even though I had only had the drive for three weeks, I learned a valuable lesson.  I had chosen the cheapest possible drive of that size!  When I contacted the data recovery company so I didn’t lose the extra work I had done, they told me that 75% of the drives they get sent, were all the same as the make I had chosen – (a Seagate Barracuda ) .   Had I spent just 25% more I could have avoided this situation and the extra my mistake.  If only I had checked the REVIEWS!  It turns out that 25% of all reviewers complained that their drive failed – and gave it 1 star only –  so the average rating was a mere 3 stars.

We all would like our wedding photographer to be the best we can afford, so the moral of this story is to check reviews of your prospective wedding photographer before even contacting them to check they have the date available, and choose the best rated that suits you!

SO…..

1-Check what others are saying about your wedding photographer before you book.  Do a Google search to see what you can find. about them.

natural wedding picture

2 – Check if the person taking your photos is actually the person you thought it was, as many companies use freelancers with varied experience

3 –  Check how long they have been in business, as most of the avoidable mistakes are made when the photographer first starts up.

4 – Have a look at samples, both online and in person – if at all possible – and not just the 20 best photos they have ever taken – but ideally the full spectrum of a complete wedding.  Bear in mind though that from the original photos taken, the personal choices of the couple may be different from what you might have picked from the variety of pictures taken.

 

sunset wedding picture in the Gambia at Coco Ocean by the sea

I once received a phone call from the bride’s mother – who had been the one actually paying for the album – saying “I don’t like the album!” “Why”,  I asked – “what is it that you don’t like about the album? ”  “It doesn’t have any pictures of my sisters in it”.  I explained to her that although I had definitely taken several shots of her with her 3 sisters, that the choice of images was entirely up to the couple concerned, and that although I shoot everything and everyone – both natural and posed pics – the only thing I could do for her was to design a different album  – just for her – with the photos that she really wanted to have in it.   The result was an entirely different wedding album!  The style and layout were different too, so it wasn’t just in the choice of images, to reflect her personality and tastes.  She paid me separately for this of course, but at least I could make her happy.

The link below is from an independent blog post I came across on Linkedin today, and it clearly outlines all the points I  think are important to you.

http://www.theparty.net/theparty-blog/wedding-planning-questions-for-your-photographer.html

 

If you want to see some of my work – and there is absolutely tons to see look on our websites:  http://www.reellifephotos.co.uk

http://www.leedsweddingphotographers.com

http://www.weddingphotos-video.co.uk/blog

and over 15,000 photos on our Facebook Page

top table with flowers at Holdsworth House wedding

top table with flowers at Holdsworth House wedding – storybook pages 46-47

 

Woodlands wedding in storybook of pictures

So cute the little ones shoes.

sisters-in-patch-of-light

Natural black and white wedding photography

Natural black and white wedding photography – shows off the smiles and emotions.

horse-drawn carriage for weddings

the bride and groom leave the wedding in their horse-drawn carriage

storybook wedding album West Yorkshire

Front and back cover of storybook wedding album

Urban wedding photography

Love London weddings – even street scenes work well

 

fun black and white wedding photography in the Gambia at Coco Ocean at night

Such a happy picture!

fun wedding pictures

Bride’s father having fun with his granddaughter

 Somali wedding photographyby female wedding photographer

My lovely Somali bride is laughing because I insisted on taking her photo her!

fun-wedding-pic

Time to dress up and have fun!

Bolton-Excellency-wedding

black and white wedding photography

Touching black and white photo.

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Bridesmaids jumping for joy inside Dewsbury Town Hall

romantic-wedding-at-sunset

bride and groom by sunflowers

bride in 1950's wedding dress.

bride in 1950’s wedding dress.

Belly Dancer at an Iraqi wedding

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
wedding belly dancer

The belly dancer’s grand entrance.

belly dancer performing at a wedding in Manchester

happy belly dancer

wedding photography in Manchester,

belly dance performance at an Iraqi wedding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the second or third time I’ve seen a belly dancer performing at an Iraqi wedding.  Such a lovely idea for wedding entertainment.   We have over 15,000 photos on our Facebook Page too so hope you like looking at pictures!  If you are planning your wedding  get in touch with Elaine at Reel Life Photos . xx

 

Bengali wedding photography in Leicester

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015
natural pics of Bengali wedding in Leicester

Bride’s family about to set off for the wedding

Bride is about to leave to go to the wedding

 

Last minute details Bengali wedding

Time to fix on the buttonholes

Bengali wedding in Leicester Bengali wedding in Leicester Bengali wedding in Leicester

Stretched Ferrari for Bengali wedding

Stretched Ferrari!

Inside a stretched Ferrari at Bengali wedding

Inside a stretched Ferrari

Inside a stretched Ferrari !

 

Bengali wedding stage in Leiceste - The Platinum Suite

Asian wedding stage inside The Platinum Suite in Leicester

Picture of the Platinum Suite in Leicester

Inside the Platinum Suite in Leicester

The groom arrives with his family

Entrance of the groom

floating candles

Floating candles

Groom’s entrance.

huge Asian wedding venue in Leicester

The Platinum Suite in Leicester with all the tables nicely presented

large capacity Asian wedding venue in Leicester - The Platinum Suite

This wedding venue is massive

large capacity Asian wedding venue in Leicester - The Platinum Suite

Inside The Platinum Suite

The wedding videographer showing the bride some of the video footage

Bengali bride

Asian wedding photography

Bengali bride’s bracelets

Bengali bride

Bengali wedding photography

Bengali bride’s bracelets

Bengali wedding dress

Detail of the bride’s lengha

Detail of the bride’s necklaces

Bride adjusting her earrings

Indian bride in all her finery

Bengali wedding Taal

Bengali Taal

Bengali wedding food - the traditional taal platter

Bengali wedding food – the traditional taal platter

Indian wedding food

Indian wedding food

Bengali wedding food

Indian wedding food

Asian wedding at the Platinum Suite in Leicester

Asian wedding at the Platinum Suite

Bengali wedding reception in Leicster for a thousand wedding guests

I lost count of how many guests there actually were.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black and White wedding Photography

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

I am, above all else, a colourist.  From way back in the days I started out as an artist, living and painting in Greece, colour dawned on me like a thunderbolt: strong ultramarine brush strokes, vibrant reds and contrasting areas of light and shade became my trademark.  Yesterday however, I was challenged to post a series of black and white photos on my Facebook site, to show off the potential of that medium.

Black and white used to be the only medium available for photographers when I first started out.  I spent hours and hours with my Brownie Box Camera – a present from my father for my first ever school trip to London when I was 11 – sticking the family photos I shot into an album, using gold photo corners and labelling them in white ink on black card with a dip in pen.  Sadly these photos albums no longer exist, as my parents, blessed with a large family – of whom I am the eldest – completed various moves after I left home, so I guess they were abandoned in an uncleared loft space loft space, or found their way accidentally, in the bin.  I do however, still have the photos my grandfather took of my parents on their wedding day, and two pictures of me with my grandmother, as a baby.

So, now my art has come fill circle – allowing the images to speak for themselves, not from lack of colour, but from the unconstrained and uncluttered emotions, that become the focus of pure black and white.

 

Natural black and white wedding photography

Natural black and white wedding photography – shows off the smiles and emotions.

nature black and white wedding photography in Yorkshire - the champagne

Black and white wedding picture of the froth flowing from a freshly popped champagne bottle

An emotional moment captured ina black and white photo, as a little girl hugs her cousin during a wedding.

Hugs from the bride;s son to his little cousin, – an emotional moment in time.

 

Coincidentally. these three wedding pictures are all from the same wedding story.

 

xx Elaine Borges-Ibanez

 

http://www.reellifephotos.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/destination.wedding.photographer.uk

Beautiful Asian bride marries a charming Indian

Sunday, August 24th, 2014
Asian bride's wedding portrait in Leeds

Stunning Pakistani bride putting on her earrings before going to her wedding in Bradford

Inter-racial wedding at Bradford Register Office.

This love match can now go ahead, so the jubilant groom sees his bride arrive for their wedding ceremony at Bradford Register Office.

bride and groom pics in dramatic light at Lister park in Bradford

bride and groom pics in dramatic light at Lister park in Bradford

Pakistani Indian Hindu Muslim wedding Bradford in Manningham Park

The storm clouds and brilliant sunshine on the flowers really make this picture!

Asian bride and groom in traditional Indian dress against modern sculptures in Bradford

Asian bride and groom in traditional Indian dress against modern sculptures in Bradford

Hindu groom in Bradford after his wedding ceremony

Smiling Hindu groom in Manningham Park, Bradford, by colourful, modern sculptures

 

picture of Asian bride after her wedding in Bradford, sitting on a bench in Manningham Park.

picture of Asian bride after her wedding in Bradford, sitting on a bench in Manningham Park.

 

Natural Asian wedding photography in Bradford

Dramatic Asian wedding picture with stormy skies and strong sunlight in Bradford park with a ceremonial sword on the bench by the Hindu groom. as he chats to his Muslim bride.

 

Traditional posed Asian wedding picture in Bradford with dramatic light

Traditional posed Asian wedding picture in Bradford with dramatic light.

 

Happy natural Asian wedding picture in the park in Bradford

Happy natural Asian wedding picture in the park in Bradford on their wedding day.

Cinematographic wedding pictures in Bradford

I have this wedding picture on my wall , as love the light and composition!

 

Well this week  we have Asian  weddings every day, for video and photos, so not much time left to even breathe!  This lovely bride was just getting ready to go to her wedding in Bradford, having been getting her hair and make-up at a salon in Leeds, but time was running out. At  9.50 am  there was still no sign of the bride, and only one guest had made it to the Register Office at that point, so it was increasingly looking like they would miss their slot. Register Office weddings on Saturday’s in August are like gold-dust, so if they didn’t get there pretty soon they would then have to wait till 4.00pm!  The guests for the next wedding had already been ushered in, so it was looking very unlikely that this wedding would happen…. Then the bride arrives, with the groom, but she is not getting married without her mum and dad there.  I keep liaising with the Registrar’s assistant, as the tension mounts.  The guests have by now managed to get there so it would  be a huge shame if the wedding couldn’t go ahead.  I go outside to look and a white car is pulling up spilling out the bride’s family, as they clatter quickly across the tarmac.  By the skin of their teeth the wedding can go ahead!

 

After a few family photos, we drive to Lister Park, and midst dramatic light and brooding skies just get the pictures we want before the rain starts to fall.

 

See more pics by multicultural wedding photographer Elaine on http://www.reellifephotos.co.uk