Looking for a London photographer who know’s this city inside out? Well…. hint hint, look no further! I’ve been living in the Uk for over 13 years. It became my favourite city to discover bold and pretty locations…Scroll down to see my top 5 shoot locations as a London photographer.
All about LONDON
Okay, well this needs an entire blog post by itself. Wait for it folks, it’s worth it… Believe me.
But first, as we’re moving to New Zealand in September we decided to travel the word this year. Being a London Photographer for a while now, I totally understand my style and where I fit into this crazy world of the Romantics. Me and my Boo will be working together on several London Weddings in July/August 2018. So excited to return to my most loved city and go photo crazy! Get in touch here for Lifestyle, Family, Engagement and of course Wedding photography. Wooh that’s a mouth full ha! Plain and simple, I do it all… well almost.
1. Well of course. My go to romantic destination for my couples who’s into the chic, pure whites and romantic feels.
Alberts Pink + White Bridge. Visit this street in Spring (April) for perfect pinky blooms. Right next to Rayman, 1 Redcliffe rd. Chelsea. All along Kings Roads, not so hidden streets. Walk and you shall find.
2. Wonderful, historical and classy. This location is for the not so shy couples. It’s always buzzing with the London rush, best to go at 10 am before lunch kicks in.
The Grind, very small but so photogenic and minimalistic. Outside the Royal exchange, the steps and pillars are to die for. Be quick though, the security will ask you to leave, but just opposite Grind and The royal exchange are some pillars as well that no one has ever told me off by shooting there! Again, this location is pure city feels. High buildings, old and new…Boutique / cafe feels.
]3.This is a goodie, not only my favourite luxurious location ever, but also the nicest city walk too. Gives you the opportunity to have a beautiful connecting chat with your couple while looking for THE SHOT.
Eden road, for sure! Go at sunset for the soft light to shine through the historical cream buildings. No 11 Plimlico rd cafe/ restaurant is so chic with it’s all black building decor and so editorial to photograph from the outside with a couple walking past. Imagine… create! Wild at heart flowers. Whats more romantic than flowers. The fine cheese and co cafe is just Tiffany dreams with turquoise and white’s.
Trafalgar square and Westminster.
4. It’s a Rome-ance for sure! It’s a beaut for those European vibes. Start your session early. Like really early to avoid the tourists. I start my sessions at 7 am sharp here for light and privacy.
Right by the Square, fountains, steps and street crossings. I always like to include a cute cafe scene, so many in this location to choose. Shooting on the street of the Corinthia will make you love natural light even more.
5. Keeping this one for last, it’s short and sweet! Marylebone. Stunning cafe’s and crossings and in spring/summer they have peonies flower stalls right on the street. Perfect prop for a session!
The whole Marylebone high street will give you enough inspiration.
I hope you enjoyed this blog as much as I did writing it! For full engagement session in Belgravia and Trafalgar square, click here.
Mystical dunes people, are you ready for the most gorgeous family session? Yes, I now call myself a Dubai family photographer. We will be returning to steamy Dubai early June this year! Would love to capture your special moments with the little ones, book your sunrise session here.
ABOUT THE STYLE
Oh my favourite topic to bring up! This is not a secret at all. I had a vision of the look, feel, colour and of course the time of day. Shireen’s (Mum) eyes sparkled when we put everything together. Blush and dreamy feels for the win! The kiddies are girly as they come, they were in barbie dress-up heaven. Oh and don’t forget to dress papa bear. A white shirt is always so beautiful and handsome on a man, so that one was easy.
To master the mystical feels I was going for it had to be sunrise.
ABOUT THE SESSION
This was such an incredible experience to drive past the Dubai dunes bright and early looking for the perfect location. But first breakfast. Always breakfast! Right? We made a little fire in the middle of nowhere (yes you can do that, so not in the Uk) and had bacon buns and coffee watching the sunrise peak. I had the privilege to photograph a family that’s so close to my heart. This was actually our 3rd session together, so smiles were flowing! What a joy it is taking pictures of 3 stunning sisters so close to mamma. It felt effortless, you can see the bond they all have. It’s hasn’t been the easiest journey to move from London to Dubai, but the Le Roux’s make every obstacle an adventure.
This is the prettiest Engagement shoot in Trafalgar square, London. Well, the prettiest that I have ever witnessed in person! Cecile flew from South Africa to visit her boyfriend, Ian as he recently moved to the big city. It didn’t take him long to propose in the most romantic way… He popped the question in Victoria park followed by a luxurious high tea at the one and only Sketch.
Well of course a London Engagement session had to happen!
We planned our morning bright and early to avoid the morning London rush. Somerset house definitely played the most romantic role to start off our day. The lamp posts were still shining bright, making me one happy photographer. We made a quick stop at my favourite place, Covent Garden just to get my couple in the mood for what’s ahead! I love adding at least 3 different locations to keep things interesting and of course with that comes an outfit change. Who doesn’t like a variety? At this stage we were an hour in and in my opinion this is when the true authentic magic begins… My clients feel at ease in front of the camera just to be themselves and enjoy each other. Never ever have I even thought about using Trafalgar Square as a location but boy did it deliver, little Rome vibes for sure!
Last but definitely not least we ended our amazing morning at Belgravia, beautiful chic victorian houses perfect for the passionate moments, it’s quiet and oh so elegant. I love London with all of my heart, it’s challenging me every time to go out of the comfort zone and try new things. I will be travelling abroad for six months being a Destination Photographer all over the world. Read my blog here for travel dates and bookings for Nkima Photography here.
YES, you heard right, me and my partner in all things FUN will be travel photographers in South Africa and Bali the next 6 months! Life is an adventure and boy I’m definitely not meant to live in one place. Although London has been so good to me in many many wonderful ways. It’s time to spread the wings and fly baby, literally.
Why you may ask and where exactly?
First stop | Durban 10-15 November
I will be jetting off to Durbs for the very first time to photograph a beautiful destination wedding on a farm, think boho chic! I will be here for two days and have some spots open for shoots, so get in touch people!
Joburg + Pretoria | 15-20 November
This will be a fantastic time to book in some shoots as I have 3 dates open for availability! Let’s play and have fun. I promise not to bring the London rain with me!
20 November – 3 January | Cape Town
Oh boy this is a goodie! Some time with the family over Christmas and New year but SO MANY open slots for some creative content to be created. As a photographer I’m so lucky to be able to work wherever I go. Cape Town is such a gem and photogenic as it comes. I have many plans for styled shoots and open to family and lifestyle photography, book your session soon to avoid disappointment, I would love to capture sweet, sweet moments while I’m there and make the absolute best of my trip.
3 January – 3 April | Bali + Philippines
This was not easy people. My husband is an accountant, so convincing my realist of a man was hard work. It took some planning, some home cookin’ and of course a lot of you tube videos to get him on board. At the end of the day we will never look back and say we shouldn’t have done that. It’s always been such a big dream of mine to travel the world and meet different people. I’m working on my newest project Nkima On Style where I will share loads of my traveling images and of course blog all about it! Aka. I’ll be a lifestyle / travel blogger. FUN RIGHT!
The first two months we will be working as freelancers in Bali and open for business! I will be miss trigger-happy and my boo will be working on his trading. The 3rd month we will set of to the Philippines for our last month of FREEDOM, as I like to say. I feel like this is the time in our lives to take chances. Be totally happy with your surroundings and take it all in, experiences is the best education.
Have I sold you on it yet? Hahaha. Because our minds are set.
Here’s a treat that will inspire a little trip abroad to France featuring Rita on a recent Boudoir session.
I love everything FRENCH and what better way to celebrate that kinda feeling with a Sunday morning, rain is falling vibe. We turned my ALL WHITE bedroom into a studio heaven. And yes. She woke up like this… she’s flawless! Rita is a fashion designer herself and fully understands the essence of detail, story-telling and being a girl embracing womanhood over breakfast. This shoot was inspired by our big move from the city of London to a more peaceful environment in Wimbledon. The city drew me in like a wave over the ocean but as soon as I started working as a full time photographer I needed a place to call home. This shoot represents how my heart feels living on the other side… FUN, QUIRLY, SEXY & CONFIDENT and my hope is to inspire other woman out there to be yourself as a strong confident individual who can take life’s challenges one croissant at a time!
This story is about a young South African loved up couple. Hanri is dear to my heart and Pieter to hers… We traveled from Los Angeles, 3 hours in the heat of the desert in a old vintage Ford Mustang convertible, thinking we’re too cool. Believe me it was an experience… Cameras overheating, leather burning like fire we just knew. It will all be worth it as soon as we get to our destination.
We had about 40 minutes of golden hour and boy was it GOLDEN. Hanri & Pieter are the easiest couple to photograph as their authentic cute moments need no planning at all. They are just comfortable with each other and made the most out of this amazing experience being the only ones by the side of the road just breathing life in, together. Roxette (Joyride) kept on playing in my head. You can’t get more road-trip vibes than this.
Dust in her hair.
Lipstick on his cheeks.
Tyre marks in the sand.
We made history that day.