In the years since I founded it, Gomes Photography has gone from strength to strength. The vision of one man with a passion for taking photos, it has given me the chance to contribute in some small way to one of the biggest events in the lives of many of the people I’ve worked with: their wedding days.
Days of celebration and happiness for my clients, they have been times of joy for me too, giving me the opportunity to not only do something I love for a living but to perform the privileged task of helping others to remember their weddings for years to come.
This has provided me with opportunities I could only have imagined, and taken me to some of the UK’s most exquisite and exciting wedding venues throughout the course of my career, from St Paul’s Cathedral to Skibo Castle, The Ritz Hotel, The Painted Hall at the Old Royal Navy College, and even The Sydney Opera House, all of which have been utter delights to photograph.
So you can imagine how proud I am to share with you my latest achievement: being featured in a book on my very favourite subject. Authored by the founder and photographer of SHOTKIT, The Lighting Secrets of the World’s Best Wedding Photographers is a fantastic insight into what I and my fellow professionals do to create the pictures you deserve on your big day.
It’s my job to utilise my experience and creative thinking to make every moment of your wedding nuptials look picture perfect, and it’s the tips, tricks, and expertise that help me do this that I contributed in this book. It was a great chance to discuss with other like-minded enthusiasts the skills that I’ve gained over the years, especially because I got to go into details about one of the areas of photography I’m most passionate about: lighting.
Having a portfolio so heavily focused in the UK, it has been essential for me to get to grips with working in low light situations, which means that I’ve become something of an expert on the topic. Able to capture the events of the day without cluttering it up with huge lighting rigs, I specialise in using small flashes, which are usually placed on high and kept discreetly out of the way.
It is the perfecting of these techniques that allows me to capture such crisp and clean shots; ones that will truly stand the test of time when presented to my clients. And it is this that made me so excited to have the opportunity to participate in such a project.
It’s not every day that you get contacted because someone believes you to be one of the world’s best wedding photographers, and my involvement with SHOTKIT in the creation of this book has been a true pleasure from start to finish – I only hope that its future readers find it as interesting and useful a resource as I have.
Thank you to Mark from SHOTKIT for the hard work to produce such a wonderful book, which you can purchase here here. Or for more about my services, get in touch with me today. I’m always happy to hear from those who share my passion.
Eltham Palace Wedding – Joey and Christopher chose one of my favourite wedding venues in London to get married, the historic and picturesque Eltham Palace.
I’m extremely proud to be one of the recommended Wedding Photographers at Eltham Palace and enjoy working alongside the talented suppliers that help to make weddings there so special. Mimi Fleur provided the stunning flowers for Joey and Christopher’s wedding.
Here’s some of the photos from what was a lovely wedding.
If you’re getting married at Eltham Palace and you’re looking for a Wedding Photographer please do get in touch.
Hotel Café Royal
The Hotel Café Royal is a beautiful and grand wedding venue with some of the most luxurious rooms you’ll find in London. Trust me, as a London wedding photographer, I’ve worked at a few venues. The contemporary but elegant look achieved at the Hotel Café Royal is second to none. Plus, being in the heart of London the surrounding views are spectacular.
Rebecca & Kay
When my team and I arrived at the Hotel Café Royal, we first visited Rebecca. It turns out that she had been up graded to what the Telegraph had described as the dream suite. The Dome Penthouse suited Rebecca perfectly. Enjoying the views over London, she prepared herself for the ceremony. The room dominates the skyline in central London. Joined by her ever helpful bridesmaid and two darling flower girls, she took the morning in her stride. My second photographer joined Kay and the rest of the boys for their preparations. As they were getting suited and booted, you couldn’t fail to notice the impeccable taste in style that they all shared. Kay even had is name embroidered into his shirt cuffs.
The wedding ceremony took place on the 2nd floor, in the stunning Pompadour ballroom. Every mirror caught the light from the large windows and lit the room up. The tall vases holding the delicate flowers were arranged just so and all the guests were in their seats. Everyone held their breath, waiting for Rebecca to enter.
Kay turned to see his two little girls, the flower girls, enter and everyone that thought they could hold in a tear, instantly lost it. I’d seen them both already and knew what the reaction would be. As soon as everyone else laid eyes on them, everyone smiled. Rebecca made her way through the doors and looked stunning. I don’t think Kay realised just how amazing she was going to look in her dress. It was a truly beautiful ceremony and Rebecca and Kay had even written vows for each other. From where I was stood, I could see Rebecca’s mum struggle to fight the tears. It was magical. It was lovely to see so many faces light up as the couple laughed together, enjoying their moment.
Speeches and Photos
The room was quickly prepared for the wedding breakfast and all the guests joined me for group photos. When we returned, the room looked fantastic. Rebecca & Kay’s guests made their way into the ballroom for the Wedding Breakfast and I stole the couple for a few photos. We focused on the Hotel Café Royal’s grand stairs before heading back in to join the party.
It was an amazing wedding and everyone was so happy for Rebecca & Kay. It was amazing to see them happy and to know that after all the fun, they were going to head back to their fantastic view as King and Queen of London for a night.
“I am absolutely thrilled with images, everyone is commenting on how they are the best pictures they have ever seen.
Thanks again Iain I’m so so happy, Rebecca”
London Wedding Photographer
If you want to book me to photograph your upcoming wedding at the Hotel Café Royal or any London wedding, visit my contact page. We can discuss all your needs and tailor a package to suit your wedding.