2012 Begins!

January 12, 2012  |  Blog, My Blog  |  No Comments

Sometimes I have to pinch myself because I can hardy believe 2012 has arrived. I’m so grateful for all the wonderful opportunities & blessings of 2011 but I am most excited for 2012 to evolve. 2011 was a year of growth, a quick pace, new friendships, stresses and joys and a huge learning curve. Thanks to my lovely husband, I survived. Toby and I shot 9 weddings together this past season and I can say I’ll  never shoot another wedding without him.  We both live such busy lives as I also am a church life administrator at St. Paul’s Church while Toby studies at Reading and works at the head office for Waterstones.  2011 gave me a new flat, 2 trips to Italy, a reunion with a close friend in Spain, a team of close friends at SPH and a trip to America to visit  my friends and family. I can’t express how blessed I feel and how I feel God’s hand is on my life. I can’t wait for the adventures a head. Next week I have the privilege of travelling to Bolivia, South America to take pictures for World Vision UK a charity who dedicates their time with child sponsorships and awareness of the issues that are going on in countries of great need. I can’t wait to post those photos! But for now,  I must say thank you to everyone who made the last year such a joy! Life is so good!

Loving Life!

August 6, 2011  |  Blog, My Blog, Uncategorized  |  No Comments

What a fun week it’s been! In this new season I’m attemping to blog more frequently and share more of what’s going on behind the ”scenes”. I love writing and really miss it. I can sometimes be a bit random on the grammer but it’s more about the content that I’m worried about then being perfect. Perfectionism is merely a mirage so I’m just going to let it go now :)

Today I had the lovely opportunity to do an engagement shoot with a friend and a colleauge from St. Paul’s Church. I love engagement shoots because it gives you a greater opportunity to get to know the couple and see their ”real” personalities come out behind the lens. Usually people are pretty nervous the first 10 minutes but once they realise it’s easy they just let go. The spot we chose today (Richmond) a long side the river is one of my most favourite places in England. Most of my portfolio was built along the river back in the day so I feel like I know it really well-it’s quirks, it’s faults, it’s beauty and the ”hot” spots. Toby and I were looking at old shoots last night and laughing and realising how far I’ve come. I’m super humble, but just sooo blessed by this talent and ability that God has given me. Photography can sometimes be scary because it is an expression of art and interpretation. I love capturing real moments…. just makes me smile thinking about it!

Life is keeping us busy. Just booked a few more weddings for 2012 and trying to think of holidays for the new year. Any suggestions please pass them along. Since Toby has a Greek heritage I’d love to go there someday. Maybe I’ll do a wedding there some day… Would love that!!

On a fun note, I just finished Steven and Sunny’s wedding! I did their wedding when I was home in Seattle a few week’s ago. You’ve never met a couple so in love. What I loved about their wedding was that they were soooo laid back and wanted to make sure everyone was having a great time and enjoying the mood of the day. They also chose to do their photos before the wedding ceremony so that we could spend a good amount of time but also so they could transition into their reception without having to hold everything up with photos.

The next week few weeks are looking pretty busy so I’m enjoying this 3 day weekend of being at home, editing while drinking a glass of wine, sitting next to Toby in our joint office and resting in the calm in the storm. We have a wedding coming up, a family shoot and a few misc. shoots for people’s websites. We also leave for Italy in two weeks for our last summer holiday. EEEKKK sooo excited to be back in Italy as we were there earlier this year shooting a wedding. We are their for pleasure, but will definitely post a few pictures.

I’ll leave you with this last picture taken from my iphone…. Happy Hour today with my hubby :) I joke that I should change my profession to being a chef because I love cooking and entertaining soo much.

Have a fab weekend!!

Behind the scenes.... A glipse into the Kassanis world

Behind the scenes…. A glipse into the Kassanis world

July 30, 2011  |  Blog, My Blog  |  No Comments

It’s embarrassing how long it’s been since I last blogged on my website. If you follow me on Facebook or twitter then you should be pretty up to date.

Where to begin..

First off, this has been one of the most busy, crazy, most fun, fullfilling years of my life. I’ve taken on so many new projects, met so many amazing people and traveled to some of my dream destinations. I never thought I’d make it this far in photography and each day gives me more confidence that I’m heading in the right direction. I know I’ve made a ton of mistakes but people tell me I’m amazing so I keep going in hopes that this dream will grow into bigger and better things.

My biggest addition to my business has been my husband Toby to be my partner, second shooter and my best friend in crime. He’s the one that calms me down before the shoots, makes sure I have everything I need, encourages me when it’s pouring rain and the bridal party is running for cover, runs to a local shop if our batteries go bust, etc. etc. He has transformed how I shoot and has made this dream more of a reality. We are in the process of re-branding my company and really pulling out these concepts as working as a team, destination travels and building genuine relationships with our clients.

Toby shooting at a recent wedding

We have had the AMAZING opportunity to travel to Italy and California to shoot two destination weddings just in the last few months. I can’t begin to describe how much fun we had and how much we learnt about each other and photography. As glamourous as weddings are; from a photographers point of view they can sometimes be very stressful depending upon weather, lighting and flow of the day. Toby has no photography background but he has picked it up almost supernaturally. I am soo blessed to have him.

Photo taken by Toby Kassanis

We have so many things going on and it’s a matter of balance, planning and prioritising. Toby has one more year left at Reading University studying International Relations & Economics full time, while working at the Waterstones Head Office and part-time at Holy Trinity Brompton as an IT person. I also work as a Church Life Administrator for St. Paul’s Church in Hammersmith. My job at St. Paul’s has given so many skills, introduced me to so many fabulous people and has given me the opportunity to shoot beautiful pictures of what happens at church that people may never document.

Our associate Vicar Ash washing the feet of a member of our church on Maudy Thursday

I feel like God has blessed me so much this year with working at a church with people who I love while cultivating and building my wedding photography business. I get wedding bookings mainly from referrals and I feel like the brides I work with are ones people would dream of working with. I can’t wait to see why lies ahead and what new things come our way. One things for sure, I love what I do, I love being married to Toby and figuring out life, our faith, our business and I love that each day brings opportunities and challenges.

Behind the scenes of our shoot in California with Dave & Danielle

Shooting the lovely Katherine & Tom :)

I look forward to sharing more of my life…


Destination Wedding- Italy- Bellorini’s

April 17, 2011  |  Blog, My Blog  |  No Comments

I can’t wait to spend some really describing the experience I had shooting a destination wedding in Italy with Sarah & James. As a wedding photography this will definitely be a highlight of my photography career…

Be back soon!

Customer Service, Starbucks & Creativity

Customer Service, Starbucks & Creativity

October 19, 2010  |  Blog, My Blog, Recent  |  No Comments

I thought in this post I would share a behind the scenes overview from my shoot from last Friday. Can I just say, ‘WOW and a few tears!” I had the opportunity to shoot for the Spine and Wellness Centre in Stevenage for an old colleuage and close friend. He was needing some stock photography for his website, as well some team photos for his practice. Little did I know that the morning leading up to the shoot would be one of my most stressful photography days yet. What I learnt in that morning, will forever prepare me for more challenges a head.
The morning started with me having to pick up my rental flash (Canon Speedlight 580EX II) at Fixation because mine is in the shop for repairs. Might I just say that Sam at the customer service desk was awesome. Fixation is quite an interesting place… they only really market themselves to high professional photographers hence there are no big flashy signs outside their store. I actually had to call because I couldn’t find it and to be honest was a bit nervous going in because it seemed a bit random not to have a huge store display window. When I walked in, I realised, “Wow, this is a cool place and great customer service.” I’m looking forward to renting future gear with them and getting to know the staff.

After picking up my flash and heading back to Vauxhall station, I was super excited to grab a Starbucks because there isn’t one near my house so having my beloved Grande Soy Chai and Steak and Cheese panini was such a treat. While managing my ShootSac (brilliant creation by Jessica Claire), my tripod bag and my Starbucks I sat down to situate my gear and then proceeded to the train station. After sitting on the train and sipping on my Chai Latte, I literally had a PANIC moment, “Oh crap, where’s my tripod bag???” Maybe a few other choice phrase words, but we won’t get into that ;) Now my Londoners know that you don’t get mobile reception while being in the ground, I had to wait 22 minutes to call my husband to call Starbucks to track-down my gear. Sadly, I didn’t even get to enjoy my favourite Starbuck’s beverage because I was so worried I’d lost my gear and was nervous that I wouldn’t be able to perform properly at my shoot since I was doing my first VIDEOGRAPHY session! Luckily, my husband tracked it down and one of my close friends picked it up for me and brought it home safely.
To make things even worse, I was reaching for my headphones in my Shootsac to find that I didn’t bring my spare batteries for my Canon 7D. I was thinking, “Geez maybe I’m just idiot today!.” Praise the Lord for the iphone as I was able to research the nearest camera shop to my shoot to HOPEFULLY cross my fingers find a cheap, yet functional tripod and a spare battery! Luckily, I did!. Thanks to Digital Depot and my taxi driver, I was in and out less than 10 minutes. They are the FIRST camera shop that I’ve come across that sells FULLY charged batteries for high end cameras. I wanted to give the sales guy a hug! Seriously, Jessops and Calumet have lost my vote. The taxi driver informed me it was only a 20 minute walk to my shoot location. I figured I needed to blow off some steam of frustration and get in a better mood for my shoot.

My 14 quid make shift tripod with duck tape! Brilliant!

Thankfully, I was greeted by a happy cowboy Dr. Nabeel Alsaadi in his beautiful practice and smile on his face. It was like the stressful morning had never existed and I realised this is why I love my job. Getting to help people and take their photos. Moms always say they forget the labour pains after the baby is born. Maybe it’s kind of like that, I dunno…

Anyways here are a few images from the shoot!

As a side note, if you have any aches, pains or back/neck troubles I would highly recommend Dr. Nabeel. He has been treating my back now for over a year and I couldn’t be more pleased. As a photographer, I like to keep my body in balance as it effects my overall health. His Spine and Wellness centre also offers nutrition and massage.

4am Wake-Up Call!

4am Wake-Up Call!

October 7, 2010  |  Blog, Recent  |  3 Comments

While on my visit to the states, I received a phone call at 4am. I assumed it was my husband calling me from the UK because sometimes we mess up on the time differences, but to my shocking surprise and jolt out of bed it was a new client calling to make an enquiry. I literally went from sleepy head to wide eyed and bushy tailed. David kindly introduced himself and said I had been referred by another client Rodney. That made me smile.
The project he needed was for a wedding gift to a close friend and also members of the Twickenham Society. He wanted some photos taken of Twickenham Green and framed for the newly married couple’s home. I had never done something like this so I was up for the challenge. After two attempts with the green to get the weather and light right, I was able to capture some beautiful images. Although, I much prefer capturing people I was really happy with how the project turned out. Both David and Rodney who needed the gift were very happy after I presented it to them over 3 cups of ordinary tea at a local pub. I love challenging myself and trying new things with my photography. Hope you enjoy these!


October 6, 2010  |  Blog, My Blog, Uncategorized  |  No Comments

Can I just say, “I can’t believe it’s Oct. and Christmas is around the corner!” What I love about the fall is the leaves and the crispness of the air. Over weekend I had a chance to shoot a very beautiful couple and I told them I wanted to incorporate leaves into their shoot. We got really lucky to find the deep red ones, which are my absolute favourite! It always fascinates me that the leaves know when to change colour and then to fall off. The process in which the leaves die is so beautiful.

On a more random note, I’ve really been enjoying life. At the moment, we’re hosting a good friend from the states and her and I had an amazing meal tonight at our local Persian restaurant- one of my favs! It was so lovely catching up with an American friend, spending 4 hours in the place and watching the staff stare at us because they didn’t know when to bring our bill. I think we drank about 5 glasses of ice water each. It was just so fun to talk about our lives, our joys and our struggles. I wish more people could be more open about their life to see that we all struggle and usually with similar things. I was super blessed by her company.

I would encourage my readers to live life to the fullest… enjoy long meals with close friends, be excited when the leaves change colour, love extravagantly and pursue the things you love, even if you think you don’t have time for. Life is just too short to let it go by so quickly you missed all the special little moments that were so meaningful.

Baby tigers, yes!!!

Baby tigers, yes!!!

September 18, 2010  |  Blog  |  1 Comment

Never in a million years did I imagine myself playing in a tiger cub pen in the middle of Oregon, USA- no offence to Oregon, but I thought you had to pay loads of money or go to Africa to do something crazy like that! Luckily on my road trip from California to Washington State, I talked my mom into letting me stop at what the sign said to be “America’s Largest Petting Zoo.” I’m a sucker for these kinds of things and I figured my legs needed a good stretch anyways. So for $36.00USD my mom and I enjoyed Noah’s Ark in real life as we got to play with wild animals (without cages!!) My utimate experience was the baby tiger brothers who were only 12 weeks old. One decided to play a little rough and bite my mom in the back of the head (luckily as a photographer I was able to capture that hilarious moment!) All in all, what an AMAZING EXPERIENCE!! I totally recommend it if you’re in Southern Oregon to stop by the Game Park Safari.

Ok, I’m totally ready to shoot for National Geographic now!!

yep, that’s me! Don’t worry, I didn’t let the donkey drool on me!! (GROSS!)

Ruijina & Kamren Ceremony

Ruijina & Kamren Ceremony

September 17, 2010  |  Blog, Weddings  |  2 Comments

Martyn & Cristina Wedding

Martyn & Cristina Wedding

September 17, 2010  |  Blog, Weddings  |  No Comments

I got a phone call on a Friday afternoon from a friend asking if I could be a last minute photographer for her good friend’s wedding the following Monday. I was excited to be asked and said, “ok!” I literally met the bride Christina as she arrived to her wedding. They had such a lovely ceremony and I felt very honoured to capture their special day!