The Sanshine ShoneI’ve known San for many years, I knew her when she was just starting out taking photographs, and her talent for it was clear back then. When my, now, husband proposed to me two years ago I knew that she was my only certainty- Sanshine would be at my wedding capturing the most important moment of my life.
San went above and beyond even before the day. She asked about the colour scheme, if there were any elements of the wedding that where important and needed to be captured, and unlike other photographers (who will try to get as much money from you as possible) - she pointed out the shots that wouldn’t really be needed and those that would be really important.
On the day she was the first face I saw as I exited the wedding car with my father, she was a breath of fresh air and my nerves melted away- she was a calming force, and made us laugh. She started as she meant to go on, she was running everywhere, and was consistent- she was even the one who told me I needed to meet with my registrar!
During the service I was unaware of her presence, but I have seen a shot from the ceremony, and she was there! Capturing the moments you would be unaware of- and the shots are stunning. She did not overpower a single element of the ceremony, the memories from the service are of my husband, she was like a silent assassin armed with a camera and flash.
San did warn me of the time (our service was late, so we were losing light) and ever the perfectionist she directed those that needed and managed to get us into the gardens for our “posy” shots. This is where Sanshine shone! She was acrobatic, climbed and threw herself around taking candid pictures as we chatted. My family were disorganised, and she organised them, something me as the bride couldn’t even do.
She wanted perfection from every shot, she really cared about us, and that was so clear. I know her love, as well as our own, will be captured in every picture. She did not stop, and since the wedding every single guest has commented on Sanshine, their glow, professionalism and attention to detail.
If you are trawling sites now looking for the perfect photographer STOP I can suggest no better to capture the best day of your life!
Thank You San
Hayley Igbokwe x
October WeddingI was so confident about Sanshine that I was going to writing this review before I get the photos. Based solely on the experience with Sanshine on the day, and a sneak preview slideshow we got given as a nice surprise and teaser, I knew the photos were going to be amazing, and they truly are. In summary, I couldn't have been happier with the photos. We have a great mix of formal/family, candid, and some stunning funny posed shots. You imagine these shots would take hours and hours to do, with 5 people and 3 tonnes of equipment behind the camera, but somehow, Sanshine managed to make even us look like movie stars with just a two cameras and no other props at all. She even climbed on her partners shoulders to get the right shots. It was like a paparazzi totem pole :-D
We had a small intimate wedding with around 100 guests. With this small number, any other people who are there are kind of obvious and tend to stand out. I was concerned that there would be a divide between the guests and the photographers, who would just stand at one side and ask people to pose. How wrong I was. Sanshine was there from quite early on in the day to capture us faffing around and getting ready, and by the time the guests arrived, she was as much a part of the wedding party as anyone else. Sanshine mingled with the guests before the ceremony and I think this allowed him to work out who was who and who was with who.
I am not in general a very smiley person, so I was surprised when I got the photos back to see I was smiling, and even laughing in some of them :-) I realize now the reason for all the smiles is that I was bantering back and forth with Sanshine while she was taking the photos. Although she was running around grabbing every angle, everything just felt very easy and relaxed. Even during the formal photographs Sanshine had everyone in stitches laughing and that shows through in the photos "More touching, More touching !!" was her cry. It was amazing :-)
Our wedding day went by far too fast and I was surprised at some of the things we missed. (My wife Hayley never got to see any of the food before the ceremony, I personally never got to see the flowers on the ceremony chairs) but everything is there in the photos; A benefit to having two photographers.
Some other points that are worth mentioning :
We ran over our allotted time but Sanshine was very flexible in making sure we got all the shots we wanted. It would have been very easy to just send me a bill for more time after the event, but Sanshine made sure I was aware of where we were with regards to time and in the end we got everything done almost to time.
I was constantly complaining on the day about the weather because it wasn't as sunny as I had hoped, but Sanshine calmed me down by telling me how the photos would still turn out right.
To summarize..... when you think about it, there's very little remaining of your wedding day one month on. The flowers have gone, the guests have flown home, you are back at work :-( About the only thing that remains is the photos, so I think it is a great investment to get the absolute best, and for that I would recommend Sanshine every time.
Fabulous experience!If you’re looking for some stunning pictures of yourself, Sanshine Photography is exactly what you need! My experience was amazing – though I’m not a big fan of modelling and normally get disappointed with how I look on the pictures, this just wasn’t the case the time! San was keen to know what I wanted from the shoot, how I saw myself and what images I’d like to try. Though I don’t think I was clear on my wishes (as I wasn’t sure what exactly I wanted), they were fulfilled perfectly well! Professional makeover – and I feel like a Hollywood star. Pleasant music and relaxed atmosphere – and I feel free to be myself. With the shoot I got not only fantastic pictures, but also a great experience! And when I saw the pictures… it’s impossible to express – even I was surprised how different and beautiful I can be! I’d definitely recommend Sanshine Photography to anyone I know and no doubt will be booking another fantastic shoot myself!