Brighton Photo re-brands to Eclection Photography

Please head over the the new site Eclection Photography for our latest work and wedding and portrait portfolios. As one can see Brighton Photo’s website is a little old and has not been very loved in recent months….  We wanted to re-brand to a new name that reflected our distinctive and eclectic style.   Further, as we are take on more commissions in London and more destination weddings we wanted a name that was not connected to a single place.    We are still photographing lots of weddings in Brighton and I am indeed based there at least 4 days per month and happy to meet up to discuss any Brighton and Sussex weddings.

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Stoke Newington Town Hall Wedding | Ruth & Matt..coming soon

A sunny Stoke Newington Town Hall Wedding with Matt & Ruth on Saturday 6th June …coming soon. StokeNewingtonWedding10 StokeNewingtonWedding09 StokeNewingtonWedding08 StokeNewingtonWedding07 StokeNewingtonWedding06 StokeNewingtonWedding04 StokeNewingtonWedding03 StokeNewingtonWedding02 StokeNewingtonWedding01

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Shoreditch Portrait Shoot | Ruth & Matt


Shoreditch Portrait shoot/Nearly Married/Pre shoot.. a wonder around East London with a camera and stopping for a pint with Matt & Ruth.  Matt and Ruth get married in June in Stoke Newington.

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Rotherwick Village Hall Wedding | Amy & Will…coming soon

Rotherwick Village Hall wedding …coming soon

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Asylum Wedding | London | Lizzie & Tom

Winter Asylum Wedding

After shooting this Baroque bridal shoot at Asylum in March 2014,  I shot my first Asylum wedding on a crisp and sunny December day.  What a delight.  The Asylum is a crumbling chapel (bombed during the war).  It was resurrected as an art space by Mavericks Projects and now has a wedding licence.  It’s like an oasis in the dessert located just off the busy Old Kent Road  in Caroline Gardens, Peckham, South East London.

The wedding of Tom & Lizzie began in East London with Lizzie and her 4 sisters all getting ready in one room..

The ceremony was early in the day to catch the winter light.  I love a winter wedding because the sun is low in the sky and casts the most amazing shadows making totally unique photographs.  And if you don’t get the sunlight there so many ways with lighting and magic tricks to make totally unique photographs.

We left Asylum in the evening after the speeches and headed back to East London to the Old Cholmeley Boys Club in Dalston.  A very unique and eclectic venue – it is like someone’s living room because it actually is someone’s living room!

As winter weddings can be quite demanding with lighting and with time constraints of the sunset it’s always good to come prepared and not alone and I was assisted on this wedding with photography, lighting and support by the lovely and talented Lisa Jane Photography x

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Peak District Winter Wedding | Clare & in progress.

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Alternative Wedding Party Group Photo|Sasha & Vinnie |Wotton House

And their very up for it bridal party.  Photographed on a very cold day in December at Wotton House in Surrey

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Shoreditch Studios Wedding | Sophie & Steve

Shoreditch Studios Wedding with Sophie, Steve & little Mylo.  A crisp and sunny late afternoon winter wedding on December 6th in East London starting off at the Ace Hotel and then onto Shoreditch Studios. Marrying under a disco ball and creating a big party was what Sophie and Steve are all about.  And what a dress by Caroline Castigliano !   The ceremony was at 3pm and the sun set at 3.45 that day so the photographs I captured of the couple are all lit by flash and I worked on evoking 1950’s  style Hollywood lighting.  This wedding has been featured on Love My Dress and all the details of the fab people who worked on this wedding are listed at the end of the post.

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Production – Jar London
Venue – Shoreditch Studios, East London
Wedding Dress – ‘Hepburn’ gown by Caroline Castigliano
Veil – Caroline Castigliano
Shoes – Diane Von Furstenberg
Accessories – Anthropologie earrings
Bride’s Scent/perfume – Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf
Groom – Ted Baker suit, shirt and bow tie + Hugo Boss shoes
Groomsmen – Moss Bros suits & ties
Bridesmaids – Alfred Sung dresses from Les Trois Soeurs + Uterquё shoes
Page Boy – H&M Kids suit + Etsy bow tie + Vans trainers
Florist – Palais Flowers
Decorations – Illuminated Letters by Vowed & Amazed
Cake – David Wright at The Cake Shop Bakery in Woodbridge, Suffolk
Entertainment – Wraggle Taggle ceilidh band + DJs Dan Savidge (Bad Zuke), Duncan Turner (Sombrero Soundsystem) + Mark Hume (Cadillac).
Rings – Ruberg
Catering – Purple Grape Catering
Stationery – Sophie O’Connor
Hair Stylist – Emma Charlton of The Lounge, Soho
Makeup Artist – Kate Balding

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A Year in Review | 2014

2014 was a successful year both as Brighton Photo and with my personal and commercial/editorial work as Heather Shuker.   Highlights from the other side include seeing my Moscow Series being exhibited in London, the Brighton Photo Fringe and being published on the BBC and the Guardian.   Editorially I continued to work and create with Things & Ink Magazine and together with portrait shoots, I art directed and photographed my second cover for the Stripped Back Issue.

For Brighton Photo I photographed 25 weddings (as planned) including weddings in Thailand, Croatia and France.   Within the UK I shot weddings in London and the South East with a few Northern road trips to Newcastle, Manchester and ended my year in the snow covered Peak District on the 29th of December.

I only shoot 25 weddings as I like to have time to create in other areas of photography.  I loved all my weddings and my couples and their love letters are a testament to our relationship, before the wedding, on the day and beyond.

I have made a small selection of photographs below and an extended selection on the slide show.   As a creative arts photographer I make beautifully composed photographs using light/shadow, line, shape and of colour.  At a conscious and subconscious level I bring these core elements of design into my work.    At the same time I capture life as it is and it’s all about aticipating and reacting to capture the emotion, laughter and happenings  just at the right time.   As Henri Cartier-Bresson said “Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera.”

In 2015 you will continue to see me refine my style more – with a determination to dig deeper into my subconscious mind to make unique images and reference classical painting and light.

Highlights for 2015 for Brighton Photo will be the re-brand with a new website coming soon!    August I will be photographing the winner of the Things & Ink Wedding Competition Roxanne and Greg pictured below.

Commercially I will also be launching a new company for my branding and event work. Personally I will be making a second trip to Eastern Europe with photography collective Map6 and working through a number of portrait projects closer to home.

Finally, I am working on another exciting project with my former class mate from Central St Martins Caroline from The Twins all about and on wedding photography this space !



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A Year in Review 2014 |Eclectic Wedding Photography

I shot shot my last wedding of 2104 on 29th December.   My Year in review of eclectic wedding photography coming this week. Brighton Photo

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