December 1, 2014

Best Wedding Photographer – Regional Finalist 2015

Best Wedding Photographer – Regional Finalist London & South East 2015.  The Wedding Industry Awards take place every year, raising standards and recognising and rewarding excellence in the industry for all key wedding industry suppliers from hair and MUA’s to florists, caterers, even DJ’s and of course, wedding photographers.  The awards event for the London & South East Region was held last week at Farnham Castle and even though I didn’t win, I’m still happy! Let me explain…

I’m not big on competitions, but this year I was totally thrilled to have been shortlisted as a Regional Finalist in TWIA. The great thing about it all is that my clients were absolutely central to the process – they voted for me, they commented on why they chose me, my work and how I do what I do.  TWIA Judges look at your body of work as well as what your previous clients have to say – its not a removed process judged by industry experts sitting on a panel but based heavily on actual bride & groom feedback.

Client comments and scores are anonymous and I didn’t get to see them until after the ceremony. Needless to say, even though I didn’t win, I was overwhelmed with their kind words and really chuffed to receive such amazing feedback directly from my clients who took the time to vote for me. My wedding photography is all about the couples I work with, giving them a very personal service with lots of attention to detail, and providing them with a set of beautiful, natural and creative images they love. Getting these amazing comments makes what I do even more worthwhile. You can read some of the comments below…. To each and every one of you – thank you so very much x “We are so thrilled with the photos of our wedding. Mona takes such beautiful photographs and we were amazed at the quality, number and variation in the types of pictures she took, especially in our short evening wedding. We are not fans of posing for photos but she got the balance perfectly between some naturally posed and more relaxed shots, and made us feel really comfortable. The photos she took captured the mood of the day perfectly. We would highly recommend her to anyone for their wedding!” 

“Our wedding pictures were truly the highlight of the wedding experience. Artomedes Photography captured so many moments of our day that were special for us and our family. Mona has the ability to blend into the background and make us all feel at ease. When all you have of your day are the memories it’s important for the photos to be perfect and with ours they were. These photos have now gone all around the world to family and friends who were not able to be there.” 
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“Mona absolutely captured exactly what we wanted from the day. From the moment we met at a wedding fair we knew she would be the perfect person to photograph our day. She completely put us at ease and we trusted her 100% and let her do her thing with amazing results! Very professional and smart. Very friendly. Great communication. Quick with our final photo’s. Would totally recommend to anyone 110%. Brilliant” 

“Mona is extremely professional. By viewing some of her previous work we knew that her calm artistic approach was just what we were looking for. Other than the few group photographs we requested, Mona has the ability to be there without encroaching on the day. As a result we have many natural photographs rather than staged which is a wonderful way to capture your day and the moments that the Bride and Groom so often miss as it passes in a whirlwind. The pictures captured our day like a story unfolding. Wonderful” 

“Mona was very professional, calm and down-to-earth. She was prompt with her communication with us at all times, and was very accommodating with any requests that we had. She adapted to the wedding party and was not intrusive in any way. We were so pleased with our photographs.” 
“After viewing Mona’s website and then meeting her we knew she was the photographer who would capture our special day exactly how we wanted it. She has a wonderful artistic flare and definitely has a passion for her work”
“Mona has a professional but very friendly persona. She knows her stuff and this was apparent to us at our initial meeting which reassured me that Artomedes was the right photographer to go with and I do not regret my decision! I needed someone who I felt comfortable with and we definately felt just that when around her”
“Mona has a lovely way of capturing moments of connection and love that other photographers just don’t see. She gives her photographs so much time and attention and you can tell each one is carefully considered and completely understood. You can see this in all her previous weddings and most definitely in ours!”“An excellent service from start to finish. Mona is professional, polite, punctual and efficient. In planning, she quickly grasped our ideas and tailored her work to our personalities. The mix of photos captured moments and memories of the day. She organised the groups well for the formal photos, but was otherwise very discreet. After looking through the photos, my 94 year old grandmother, who was not well enough to attend the wedding, said she felt like she had been there”

“We wed in Saint Lucia, and wanted the colours, light, and candid shots captured in our photography. I ’d seen Mona’s work and decided to use her to remember our special day. I was impressed with how she caught so many moments: dressing, outside church, the service, caribbean sea and the reception. Everyone spoke about the professionalism and relaxed nature of our photographer. Distance was no object, emails and visits to the locations plus rehearsal shots, she really made the whole day special!!”

“From start to finish, Mona has been an absolute godsend to us. She was there to offer moral support, guidance and advice throughout the day. There were a few problems with the event people and she rolled up her sleeves, helped where needed and produced absolutely amazing photos, that have helped me to feel that even though there were problems at the start, the day was a success. She was a pleasure to have at our wedding and I would recommend her to absolutely anyone xx”

“We asked a friend of ours (who is a photographer) to look at a few wedding photographer’s websites and help advise us. He thought Mona’s pictures were the best! After viewing her work and then meeting her we knew she was the photographer who would capture our special day exactly how we wanted it. We had an instant rapport and she made us feel so at ease. We knew we were in good hands as Mona has such a passion for her work”

 

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Mona, excellent news and a well deserved nomination. Just think what 2015 could bring!! Well done. Sal x

Ah thanks Sal, its been amazing hearing from all the brides & grooms more than anything! Thanks x

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