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mosaics are fun

wedding photography mosaic

We updated our Twitter background for the first time in a million years. I’m not sure why we took so long getting around to it; making a wedding-y, family-y photo mosaic is gleefully fun. Hurrah.

Nice things people have said to us

 (September Pictures/©2014 September Pictures)

Lots of people have said lots of glorious things about our work. We’re very happy to share some of them with you:

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY TESTIMONIALS
• BABY + CHILD PHOTOGRAPHY TESTIMONIALS
• SPECIAL EVENT + PARTY PHOTOGRAPHY TESTIMONIALS

Friends and clients, if we’ve missed something magnificent that you’ve said – or you’ve got something new to say – please do let us know.

wedding thanks

We got married in January. We posted this on our wedding website, but we want to keep it forever. Roll the credits…

Super duper hairstyling for R, Helen, R’s mum, Sarah, Teresa and Alexis (as well as late-night djing and lots of generally being an excellent person) was provided by Adriana Rodriguez.

R’s post-ceremony pearl crown-y gorgeous thing was from Cult Gaia (thank you Alexis!)

No, we didn’t pay Isabella and Nicholas to perform Gangnam Style. They’re just naturally amazing. And no, R’s mum hadn’t rehearsed the new-mum-classic Single Ladies hand dancing; it was entirely impromptu. Also, Sonya suffered no lasting injuries from the bouquet-toss scuffle.

Melanie Leigh Wilbur and Jessica de Winter took digital pictures for us, and Teresa Michelle Lee was on party Polaroid duty.

The Eagle Rock Center for the Arts is the best wedding venue in Los Angeles.

The papel picado flags were from 100 Layer Cake, but they only occasionally stock them. They’re now folded semi-neatly at R’s parents’ house.

The delicious cakes came from Porto’s Cuban Bakery. They were red velvet cake, Cuban cake with pineapple custard filling, bocado de principe cake, dulce de leche Napoleon cake and strawberry shortcake cake. They were all brilliant.

R and Helen’s make up was expertly applied by Heather Cvar who is is excellent and lovely and beautiful. (The lipstick was MAC Lady Danger.)

We spent our wedding night (and the next night, and R’s night before) at the Langham Huntington Pasadena hotel, which serves up the most exceptional morning-after Sunday brunch.

PS: If you’re on Instagram, tag your pictures with #juarezcarr2013

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Congratulations, Y + O

 (Rachel Carr)

Wedding snapshot: congratulations, Yvonne and Olly. I’ve known them since we were young ‘uns at university and I lived with Von, and they’ve been together ever since (apart from that period early on when Y decided she should dump Olly for a fashion student.)

Their wedding at Stoke Newington Town Hall and reception at Abney Public Hall were just ridiculously lovely. The bride wore a vintage wedding dress from Fur Coat No Knickers and looked even more gorgeous than usual.

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Congratulations, R + L

 (Rachel Carr)

Saturday was a spectacular day of international wedding wonderment, as Rachel and Lewis brought Italy to Essex. Here’s a quick iPhone sneak preview while we edit the proper pictures.

There were clouds overhead as the bride made her way to beautiful Chelmsford Cathedral in a grand horse-drawn carriage, but the rain stayed away and the sun was beaming by the time she made her way down the aisle.

It was a pleasure to shoot. Congratulations, R & L! I can’t wait to get you your pictures.

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family portrait favourite: backlit

mother-and-child-baby

A FAMILY PORTRAIT FAVOURITE OF 2011: BACKLIT WITH A STEEL DRUM

I realise “mother and child, backlit with a steel drum” might be a bit too specific to count as a trend for 2011. But I’m bloody well going to try to make it a trend in 2012.

Usually I hate my pictures when they’re indoor shots with awfully blown-out windows, but this one taught me that I can learn to love them. Perhaps that is the trend — learning to like things I used to dismiss. If so, I like it.

(The real thing I like so much about this shot isn’t the pretty backlighting, lovely as it is, but the expressions. They’re dressed up fancy and all, but it’s a real mama-baby moment.)

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art deco wedding: the oviatt penthouse, downtown los angeles

oviatt penthouse wedding

AN ART-DECO WEDDING AT THE OVIATT PENTHOUSE, DOWNTOWN LA

Downtown Los Angeles is full of great 1930s buildings, and the Oviatt is one of the best. M & J were married on the roof, and it was brilliant.

The dress code was “psychedelic Art Deco”, which is basically better than every other dress code that’s ever been written on an invitation, and everyone looked gorgeous.

(This is another one of my very first weddings. I’m getting nostalgic now I’m suddenly no longer in my twenties. This was while I was in Los Angeles most of the time, instead of London, and I definitely wasn’t a wedding photographer. It’s also still my favourite wedding dress ever, so it’s definitely worth a revisit.)

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1930s wedding dress first-dance kiss"

1930s wedding dress first-dance kiss

1930s glamour, oviatt penthouse wedding

oviatt building special event party, downtown LA

oviatt building special event party, downtown LA

1930s wedding dress first-dance kiss

wedding: claire and clare

wedding reception at the royal geographical society

CLAIRE AND CLARE AT THE ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY

Claire and Clare had a gorgeous celebration in the map room at London’s Royal Geographical Society, next door to the Royal Albert Hall.

The brides were determined to have really natural coverage of their event, with none of the traditional stiff, posed portraits — just an unobtrusive photographer taking candid shots, which happens to be my favourite way to shoot.

Their family and friends gathered amid the map books and busts, and everyone’s table place setting had a specially chosen badge, ranging from “I

Congratulations, Cla(i)re Squared.

PS — I kept trying to decide whether I was more envious of Claire’s chic purple dress or Clare’s elegant royal blue one. I still can’t make up my mind.

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london wedding reception venue, royal geographical society

royal geographical society, london, special event photography

london wedding reception photography

wedding cake with real roses

map shoes in the map room, london wedding reception

london party toddler portrait

london's royal geographical society at night

london wedding reception dancefloor portraits

september pictures photography

At last, we’ve finished the website. Hurrah!

I’ve got tons of recent wedding photography to post as well as a ridiculous backlog of child portrait sessions (all international, oddly — and jetset-ly — enough.)

I want to tell you the stories behind a few shots from my family’s photo archive, too. I’ve always loved them, and I think they’re a big part of why I became a photographer years ago.

For now, though, here’s a quick portfolio sampler I made while working on a background for our Twitter page. Follow us! We’re @septemerbpics.

Anyway, I promise I’ll mostly write about photography and won’t ramble too much about airports and rum and the identity crisis inherent in being an Essex girl turned LA woman who’s just moved home to London.

¡Besitos!

—Rachel