Best of 2021

Best of 2021

The year which had 3 years in 1

So my last blog post was 1 year ago (my best of 2020).  A LOT has happened in that time meaning that I wasn’t quite able to blog as much as I would have liked.  That’s not to say I’ve had nothing to share, I’ve had a LOT to share – just had to prioritise my clients in order to ensure they had the best support they deserved.

This slideshow could have been a 3 hour blockbuster with all the pictures I have taken and delivered.  This is just a small selection of some of my absolute favourite pictures.

So let’s start at the beginning.  Coming out of the shit show that was 2020.  A lot of moved weddings.  Smaller weddings.  Intimate weddings.  People considering if they even want an actual wedding.  2021 had all of that and more.  We had the full spectrum from lockdown/small weddings to the massive, multi-day large 100s of people weddings and receptions.

In amongst it, I pushed myself to be more creative.  By using the time I had at the beginning of the year to try new techniques and refine my craft.  And then use that learning into my photography.

It doesn’t mean this year was plain sailing.  It meant that I worked more weddings than I originally planned to do so.  But it also meant that everyone who booked me had my full attention and support.

I’ve been so blessed to have been able to photograph all these joyous moments.  I cannot thank everyone enough for sticking with me.  Hanging in there while I worked on a week by week basis to get from one wedding to the next.  Thank you to the other suppliers who were so accommodating to make these magical moments happen.  To my peers for having my back when there were days when I needed their support, you have been amazing.

To all my clients from this year.  You’ve been amazing.  Working with me and understanding that I am working my hardest to make your galleries as perfect as possible.  I’ve created some of my BEST work ever this year.  I am incredibly proud of it all.  And as I keep saying – you’re all like family.  So welcome!

To my clients in 2022… this year is going to be fucking amazing.  We are going to smash this one.

Finally, the biggest thanks go to both sets of parents, to my siblings, my nieces and nephews and of course to Sejal and Ronak.  You’ve all been amazing in supporting me and picking up the slack when I’ve not been able to.  To Sejal and Ronak – this Christmas is ALL FOR AND ABOUT YOU. Xxx

Signing out of 2021.  Enjoy the slideshow and the pictures.

BIG LOVE.

Nish X

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The pictures which made MY 2021


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Best of 2020

Best of 2020

So who honestly saw that coming?

From the beginning of the year to now, it’s been one heck of a journey.  There have been some incredible highs mixed with some of the deepest lows.  This is a post to share some of the pictures I’ve taken and to thank those who have had their plans changed and managed to get to the end of this year.

We started with so much optimism.  THIS WAS GOING TO BE MY YEAR.  I had a number of incredible weddings lined up as well as space for a few more in the 2nd half of the year.  And we started with a bang with the wedding of Sejal and Nai, a styled shoot in Stapleford Park followed quickly by a Prewedding shoot in Monaco with Avi and Shuby.  And then it all caved in.  Lockdowns.  Social Distancing.  Singing Happy Birthday as I washed my hands.  Sanitizing.  Face Masks… things I never thought would become normal life.

But we all got through.  We moved weddings.  We worked to find slots in diaries to make those hopes and dream come true.  I started doing videography and then portrait shoots as well as headshots for creatives and businesses.  This was the year where it all changed.  BUT we got through it.

I am looking forward to 2021.  Having learnt so much about myself as well as gaining new skills.  While I know it still is going to be rocky I still have your backs.

To my family, friends, clients and suppliers – I hope you have the most amazing Christmas and New Year.  And I look forward to seeing you all in person to hug, have a shot and celebrate together in 2021.


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Devan and Jigna's Hindu Wedding and Reception in Leicester

Hindu Wedding and Reception at Maher Centre.

I originally met Devan and Jigna at Nisha and Sanjay’s wedding at the Belfry in 2018.  Devan was one of Sanjay’s best men – but their friendship goes back so many years.  So it was naturally my honour to photograph their wedding events.

The Prewedding Shoot in London

I love a good prewedding shoot and we created some stunning pictures in London for Jigna and Devan.  With pictures at the stunning Barbican as a backdrop and ending with some cool images in the City meant we had a selection of beautifully composed and lit pictures.

The Civil Wedding

Devan and Jigna’s civil wedding took place the week before their main Hindu Wedding and Reception.  It was an opportunity for me to meet their family and friends before the main event and it really allowed me to create some cool pictures.  Their civil wedding took place at the Leicester Registry office in the town centre with their portraits at the local Botanical Gardens.  I’m definitely going to go back there!

The Hindu Wedding and Reception

Taking place at the Maher Centre this is a venue well suited for large weddings and receptions.  The morning ceremony was beautifully conducted by the local priest who ensured it was a beautiful mix of ceremony and sermon.  But working with other great suppliers made the day such fun.  With the fun we had during the ceremony to the portraits in the park ensured we got some incredible pictures.

The reception took place on the same day with my highlight being the amazing speeches from Jigna and Devans friends and families.  It was one amazing party where everyone took part in celebrating the wedding union that took place.  It culminated in an epic Groomsman shot being sprayed with champagne!

Mahar Centre - Hindu Wedding and Reception

“Just want to say thank you for being part of our wedding and how glad we are that we chose you to capture our special week. From our preshoot session to just meeting and getting to know us, you made us feel comfortable and reassured us you knew what you were doing and given our very tight schedule gave us confidence it could all be done which in the end it was.
From being a couple who aren’t used to having photos taken you showed us how to feel comfortable and confident throughout. Your experience and vision instantly showed when we were doing our preshoot in locations you were new too but still were able to get some amazing photos using your unique techniques.
We were also pleased with the way you and your team are able to work with other suppliers we had such as the videographer and work collaboratively to capture the wedding day and also the way you managed our family members so you were able to be at the right place at the right time to get that right photo. When it came to the LONG list of family/friend group photos you were able to organise the situation in a friendly manner very quickly which I was impressed with. Even our own family members told us how chilled out and nice photographer you were.”
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Yogesh and Suniti's Hindu Wedding at Fennes

Fennes - Hindu Wedding

What can I say about Yogesh and Suniti?  They’re fun, funny, well matched, intelligent, homely, great morals… they’re two wonderful humans.  Just great people.  And I was the lucky person who got to photograph their wedding events.  Yogesh is a keen photographer himself so the pressure was really on to make sure I delivered.

The Prewedding Shoot in India

As with all my clients, I try to organise a prewedding shoot to allow me to get to know them better.  Yogesh and Suniti’s happened to take place in Ahmedebad, India.  It just so happened that we were going to be there at the same time so it gave us an opportunity to do something super creative.  Yogesh and Suniti had told me about the Step Wells, but with the assistance of google, google maps and tripadvisor – we managed to plan a day shoot in around Ahmedebad taking pictures in some incredible locations!

The Civil Wedding and Mehndi Night

This took place in Harrow.  The guys had hired the Great Barn which makes a great backdrop to a wedding event.  It also took place on one of the hottest days of the year.  This was one of those days where a shirt change was recommended!  Suniti looked amazing in her white dress in the morning, but her evening outfit was even more stunning.  But not to be outdone, Yogesh arrived in an equally show stopping outfit.  Style was the key at the mehndi night and these guys had it in spades!

The Hindu Wedding

The wedding took place at the stunning Fennes estate.  If you don’t know Fennes, it is a Georgrian Manor House set in 100 acres of rural North Essex Countryside.  Its a beautiful venue from the long drive in, the iconic White Bridge to the cool large tree stump (you’ll see it in the pictures!).  We had the luck of the weather meaning an outdoor wedding conducted by Milan Mehta and backing music from Shiv Gopal – always a pleasure working with these guys.

The wedding started with Yogesh’s arrival – but there was a twist.  A stand off (or should that be a sit down?) between Yogesh and Reena (Suniti’s sister).  Reena wanted his shoes and wasn’t going to let him past until she got them!  This was going to take a while… When we eventually got into the Mandap, we had a beautiful ceremony conducted by Milanbhai.  I especially loved the moment when Suniti and Yogesh had the verbheri placed over them and they were joined on stage by all their family and friends.  I say every wedding is different and this moment most definitely stood out for me.

We created a collection of beautiful portraits of the couple including an impromptu idea of having them both stand on a 5 foot high tree stump holding coloured flares.  Something a little different in this world of conformity!

And we ended the day just how we started.  A fight over the groom’s shoes (see if you can spot Reena’s hands in the shoe fight picture – #crazy)!  And some extremely tender and loving moments between Suniti and her family as she left with Yogesh.

I hope you enjoy the selection of pictures below and if you would like to see or know more about what I do then please do not hesitate in contacting me.

Fennes - Hindu Wedding

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Venue: Fennes
Videography: Vinay Bhudia
Mandap and Decor: Gayatri Weddings
Wedding Music: Shiv Gopal Music
Priest:  Milan Mehta
Bridal Makeup: Roshni Hair and Makeup

“Where do we begin! From the moment we first spoke to you it felt like we became friends instantly. It was an absolute joy having you as our photographer.
You’re not only an extremely talented and professional photographer but you’re also just a fun person to be around.
For two people who hate to be on the opposite end of the camera lens, you made us feel very comfortable. Our photos came out natural rather than a chandler like engagement shoot!
We were also very fortunate to have the chance to do our pre photoshoot in India. We really enjoyed zooming around Ahmedabad taking some amazing photos but also getting to know each other! By the time the wedding day came you just blended in with our families – they all loved you!
Thank you for everything you’ve done for us Nishit, especially all the tips and tricks for when we were booking wedding things and thank you for being a part of our big day.
We could not recommend you more highly!”
Yogesh and Suniti

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Bhav and Vik's Hindu Wedding and Reception at Dunchurch Park

Dunchurch Park - Hindu Wedding and Reception

Referrals are important to me and my business.  But in this case, this was FAMILY.  I first met Bhav at Shak and Anj’s wedding in 2016.  She is Shak’s sister and I got to know the family at that wedding.  Plus… she’s a Parmar.  This was a no-brainer!  Vik, he is new, but you know what, he’s alright. A really cool guy who compliments Bhav so well and the two of them make one amazing couple.

The Hindu Wedding

The wedding took place at the stunning Dunchurch Park where I have worked at previously.  Knowing the other suppliers just made life really easy for everyone.  Bhav was helped in the morning by Anu Mahli while Vik was coming from home.  Upon his arrival, his family made it known they had arrived.  Either sat in the boot of his car or standing through the sun roof – this was a really fun entrance.

The wedding rituals were once again completed by Shak and Anj eho had the honour at Nisha and Sanjay’s wedding the previous year.  Bhav’s entrance was beautiful.  She had arranged for a voiceover (it’s what she does) to be played prior to her entrance thanking everyone and giving praise and thanks to Vik.  There were a few tears.  It was just so perfect.

Following the ceremony we spent some time taking Bhav and Vik’s portraits in the stunning grounds.  On such a hot and warm day we had to use this to our advantage and boy, I think we did!

The Civil Wedding

The following weekend it was the Civil and Reception.  With the Civil wedding taking place in Solihull we then made our way to Dunchurch Park to take the couple portraits and really use the venue to its fullest.  Bhav looked stunning in her white dress and I am sure I caught Vik have a moment as he saw her for the first time.  The portraits were something special.  We wanted to use some coloured flairs and we grabbed some incredible pictures with the flairs in the trees with the light filtering through.  Just some of my favourite pictures.

The Wedding Reception

We ended the day with a fun, crazy, loud reception party.  From the speeches, the dances, to the games and finally the party.  The DJ on the night was Harvey from Birmingham Crew DJs (such a cool guy).  But it was really down to the family and friends who really made this one heck of a party.  I really loved the family speeches – it was heart warming to be enveloped in the love which radiates from everyone.  One thing I will never forget was the heat… this reception took place on what was the hottest day of the year and I was glad I had a spare shirt!!

Dunchurch Park - Hindu Wedding and Reception

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Venue: Dunchurch Park
Videography: Paskali Films
Mandap and Decor: Big Top Decor
DJ: DJ Harvey – Birmingham Crew DJs
Bridal Makeup (Wedding): Anu Mahli
Bridal Makeup (Reception): Anisha Shah
Cake: Eat My Muffin Bakery
Photobooth: Signature Booths – Magic Mirror
Magician: The Great Adamos

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Asha and Jesal's Hindu Wedding and Reception in North London

Kadwa Patidar Centre - Hindu Wedding and Reception

It was Jesal’s cousin Meera who recommended me to Jesal and Asha after meeting me at a couple of previous weddings I had photographed.  Jesal and Asha were an incredible couple who have become wonderful friends.  We got to know each other in a crazy month prior to their wedding – but I am so glad we did.

The wedding day itself was so much fun.  It was a mid May wedding so the weather was a mix of warm, cold, wet and dry!  The wedding took place at the Kadwa Patidar Centre, also known as the KP Centre.  Its a beautiful banqueting venue in North London very close to Harrow Town Centre.  The magnificent spacious main hall makes for a stunning space for any wedding.

The Hindu Wedding

Asha’s makeup was completed by the wonderful Leena.  We were lucky enough to have a lot of time for Asha’s portraits.  Asha looked beautiful in her red lengha.  And as she waited for Jesal’s entrance, I asked her to sneakily watch his entrance in the hope I could capture a picture of her in the background without anyone noticing.

The decor and mandap was setup by the wonderful team at Gayatri with flowers from Bella Petals.  Manishbhai was the priest who ran the wedding with a nice mix of fun and discourse.  He had the authority to keep everyone and everything in check so that we had a beautiful ceremony for everyone to enjoy.  From the Asha’s entrance to feras and finally the happy couple’s exit – this was a fun and beautiful Hindu Wedding Ceremony.

We popped into the neighbouring park for Jesal and Asha’s portraits.  And with some imagination and help from Andy (my second shooter on the day) we got some of my favourite portraits.  Standout for me was me, Asha and Jesal being spun around on a roundabout… it got quite dizzy!

The Reception

The reception took place later that same day.  The evening decor looked incredible and the entertainment provided by the team at Swaha Music.  During the canapes, Asha and Jesal had hired the Silvermere Duo to provide some beautiful live background music.  And finally the cake by Cakes by Cynthia.

Asha once again looked stunning in her evening outfit with Jesal looking the incredibly good looking groom.  These guys were the definition of a power couple.  I will never forget their entrance where they were advised to enjoy it, take in every moment, this happens once… and as they entered, the music cut out!  It was most memorable – and these things happen!  But Asha and Jesal took it in their stride and didn’t let it dampen their mood.  Speeches by their nearest and dearest were a beautiful mix of love and fun.  Dad’s speech was just so touching.

Finally, the party.  Or should we say the Jaegers?  So many jaegers… and cakes!  The party was so much fun.  Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, got involved.  It was real fun and a wedding party that I will not forget.

Thank you for having me!

Kadwa Patidar Centre - Hindu Wedding and Reception

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Venue:  KP Centre
Make Up Artist:  Make Up By Leena
Wedding and Reception Decor:  Gayatri Weddings
Florist:  Bella Petals
Catering:  La Freshco
DJ:  Swaha Music
Live Music:  Silvermere Duo
Mr & Mrs Sign:  Word is Love
Bar Hire:  Brooks Bar Hire

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Vicki and Jays Fusion Wedding at Russets Wedding Venue

Russets Wedding Venue - Fusion Wedding

Please allow me to introduce you to Vicky and Jay who got married at the awesome Russets Wedding Venue in Surrey. I’ve known Jay ever since I photographed his cousin’s wedding a number of years back. Jay and Vicky came to me in their early days of planning a Civil Wedding with a Reception.

The morning started with Vicky getting ready with her family at the venue. Surrounded by her family and friends, the morning was filled with fun and happiness and Vicky looked stunning in her White Wedding dress.

Jay looked dashing in his Indian suit. It brought an element of his heritage to the ceremony. The wedding ceremony was conducted with much happiness. But this turned to laughter with Vicky’s nan giving some advice just before the ceremony started. It allowed everyone to relax and enjoy listening to Vicky and Jay say their vows and then exchange rings.

Following the ceremony and into the Wedding Breakfast where the speeches had an equal mix of fun and tenderness.

Into the evening and the party really began. With the Boomerang Booth making its debut in the corner and the DJ playing a number of songs which got everyone onto the dance floor throughout the evening. I especially loved the Father and Daughter dance and the specially arrange Dhol players.

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Wing and Deans Fusion Wedding at Cooling Castle Barn

Cooling Castle Barn - Fusion Wedding

Family.  Thats the only word I can use to sum up this wedding.  Wing I have known ever since I photographed her sister Michelle’s wedding a number of years ago.  Michelle was one of my first clients and I was so honoured when Wing called me to tell me she wanted me to photograph her wedding.

And then she told me the location, the plans, the ideas and I was most definitely going to photograph this wedding!  We started early in the morning with Wing and her bridesmaids while my second photographer was with Dean and his family.  Wing had hired Zara for her makeup and had the most amazing, show stopping and incredible white dress.  It really stopped Dean in his tracks.  In fact, it stopped everyone.

Following the ceremony, Wing and Dean conducted a private Chinese Tea ceremony for the family.  It was so fun to watch and photograph this important ritual.  But especially the respect with which they completed this important ceremony.

The Wedding Breakfast was full of fun (shots of alcohol with every guest/every table – you need to see it to believe it!).  And then some of the most beautiful speeches including the one from Michelle which had everyone in tears.

Moving onto the reception party and the first dance which was soon followed by the father and daughter dance to one of my favourite songs – You’ll Never Walk Alone.  Which was so perfect as weddings should bring people together so they do not walk alone.

If you are getting married and looking for a photographer then do not hesitate in contacting me.  I would love to hear about your wedding plans!

Cooling Castle Barn - Fusion Wedding

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Venue:  Cooling Castle Barn
Make Up Artist:  Hair and Makeup by Zara
Dress by:  Justin Alexander
Florist:  Danny Watchorn Designer Florist

“Dean and I got married on 24 March 2019 and we had Nish and Andy as our photographers for the whole day. From the start, both of them made us feel at ease, we had fun and plenty of laughter throughout the day. They were also professional, working together with our MC, making sure the photos we wanted were taken on time and smoothly. Nish listened to our requirements and he took our suggestions on board. Our main thing was to have natural photos taken and to not constantly have cameras in our faces, they done this so well that we forgot they were there! Nish and Andy – thank you so much for being a part of our big day. We certainly had fun!”
Wing and Dean

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