I’ve been reading Just Kids by Patti Smith after a gentle reminder from Miranda on the Rock My Style team via this post. It was on my reading list for a while but just hadn’t quite gotten round to it. It’s safe to say, I’ve fallen in love. With New York, with the 70’s, with photography and with Patti herself.

The video above sums up that love. Hope you enjoy.

Firstly, please go to this link and play this song while looking through these images. It will change your experience of them. Plus, music always inspires us doesn’t it?

It was such an incredible honour to be part of these celebrations. Congratulations Ella & Cillian and we can’t wait to see you in New York next month xo


  • LOVE these :)ReplyCancel

  • Simplicity. Beautiful work. Like a still movie. Absolutely adore this.ReplyCancel

  • What a stunning wedding. Beautiful work Claudia and how cool to have a bride so relaxed about her dress!ReplyCancel

  • Ohmygosh what an incredibly beautiful, memorable and evocative set of pictures. I simply love them!ReplyCancel

  • Tommy Needham

    Well, the music certainly added another dimension to these gorgeous images. Although I wasn’t expecting to hear Charles Trenet… A great piece of documentary weddingism – Keep it up! :o)ReplyCancel

  • Evocative work. Love it.ReplyCancel

  • Absolutely beautiful Claudia. All the little preparation details you’ve observed really set the scene wonderfully. Then you tell the story as though you almost become the couple it’s so intimate. The frame of the bride coming down the steps is spectacular and I love that you got them to go in the river – in her dress! Amazing :-) I’ve got a wedding booked at this venue next year and these images have inspired me so much and made me so excited. Fantastic clever work.ReplyCancel

  • Lucy Turnbull

    I love these (see? I even wrote it up there the other day ;) )
    I love how you’ve embraced such a dark edit.
    And also how you you don’t pay slavish attention of the ‘traditional’ wedding elements but rather flesh out the edit with little fingerprints of the day.
    Deffo adore that B and G shot in the water. LOVE ITReplyCancel

  • I am revisiting this post for reasons known only to me and you :) Gorgeous imagery, beautiful storytelling, a wonderful narrative. It was also privileged to see the slideshow of the wedding so I was buzzing to see these and they did not disappoint in the least.ReplyCancel

  • your journalistic and unique style has been a great inspiration to me. I love the simplicity of moments captured in the post yes but in your work in general. Love the portraits too.. brave of you to get the bride in that water! Looks like a great day and you’ve captured in exquisitely xxReplyCancel

  • Paula

    These are inspirational images. (Your blog is inspirational too, love that you include a music link, makes such a difference to viewing it!) Looks like an amazing fun wedding day, captured wonderfully.ReplyCancel

  • Your street photography gives it a different flavor that I really like. The light and the little portrait moments of the couple during the ceremony are beautiful. They are so sweet and meaningful. The bride jumping shots are priceless and the ones in the river, well that got me speechless. Beautiful collection Claudia.ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for the music cue, Claudia – inspired, added an amazing Gallic flavour to the experience of looking at the set. And what a set! Utter gorgeousness is only to be expected from you, and these are stunning. The light in the walking down the aisle shot is something else. The portraits are inspired. A wonderful piece of work.ReplyCancel

  • Claudia, you definitely know how to shoot a bride in the most beautiful way! I love how you create such an incredible glow on the couple and the stars of the day. I love the photo of the bridesmaids all together before the ceremony, it’s such a perfect picture. You have definitely captured the light, the surrounding and the whole story of their whole trip. I can’t wait to second shoot for you in the future! xReplyCancel


Jesse, I haven’t written to you for a long time. It seems life just caught up with us and I began to make excuses. My Jesse and me blog, the one I had so much passion for, it had to be put second to paid work and to looking after you and taking just some time for myself as well every day and in the end there was no time left. I’m a little sad about it as I wanted you to have these letters as a way of documenting your developments and a way of seeing who your mama was before you could remember.

What can I say, you are well and truly a little boy. Full of determination and confidence and courage and stubbornness. You’ve taken a real shining to your dadda since you could say the word and it’s come to it where you aren’t bothered about me at all. To the point of crying and screaming at me when I try to have any affection with you. You hit and bite occasionally and are so passionate about making your little voice heard. I’ve googled so much about how to handle you and I really just feel in my gut that you are just figuring all of this out. I’ve brought you into this crazy world so I have to be patient while you work out how to be a human inside it. We do the thinking step with you and ignore your screams as much as we can (as much as it’s safe to do so!) and you start nursery on Wednesday at a beautiful Montessori preschool so I’m confident you’ll learn how to share and play nicely with others while developing your confidence in yourself too.

Your food tastes have changed; you love sweet corn and fish and bread and raisins and bananas and strawberries and raspberries but you won’t go near most other vegetables or meat and aren’t keen on the Ella’s kitchen veg pouches any more. You’ve taught yourself how to hold and eat with a fork and you love to feed yourself that way; you push us away when we try to support you to eat. You drink mostly water and your lactose free milk although I’m sure your intolerance has passed, it still doesn’t hurt to not drink the pure white stuff.

You can say ball and dadda and mumma and gog which is dog. You ADORE music and dance your feet and nod your head whenever anything with a beat comes on. It’s the most magical thing to watch. You’ve been walking now for around 3 months and I’m very excited to be able to buy you some awesome chunky boots when you’re a little older. For now you have Clarks navy ones with an airplane on the side. You screamed when we took you for your first shoe fitting but now try to put on any shoes you see; even if they are several sizes too big.

You are obsessed with balls and football and love to sit up with your dadda while he plays FIFA and pretend you are playing with an old controller. I dislike it that you’re learning what an Xbox controller is already and I have to find some balance.

We read quite often although I would like to make more of a habit of it. You try to turn the pages ahead of where I am reading from and get angry when you can’t hold the book yourself. It’s quite tough really being your mama at the moment.

You just have one nap a day, sometimes 30 minutes and sometimes 2 hours. You go to bed at 7 or 7.30 each evening and wake up around 7.30 or 8am. I aim to be happy every single morning I wake up with you and at the moment you cry when it’s me getting you dressed and not your dad. You’ll figure out soon who is in charge :)

Jesse, you are the hardest work and yet my greatest achievement. I love you all the world and I’m so excited for our life together. Mama xxx

  • Dear Jess’

    Mum loves you all the world as you can see. You are an incredible little chap. You are also a pain in the bum sometimes when you screech in the car. :) We love you all the world.

    Dadda xxxReplyCancel

Will & Becca’s wedding had to hold a special place in my heart. Becca’s bridal prep at her parent’s house is around a ten minute walk from where I was born, from where I spent my early years. Greenwich feels like home. Add some rain clouds, an impromptu blue parka to cover my camera and a boat down the river to the incredible Trinity Buoy Wharf and you have a wedding to have been proud of.


  • I actually really love rainy weddings, they’re so emotive and atmospheric. Gorgeous photos! NxReplyCancel