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San 'Sanshine' Shawe, an internationally published Fine Art wedding photographer, specialises in high end bespoke wedding photography, offering a non-obtrusive and relaxed style of wedding coverage with a friendly and helpful attitude that will help you enjoy your special day.
From the personal pre-wedding consultation throught to the unique service of tailoring the style of your wedding photographs to match your personal preferences, Sanshine always cares about you while producing striking images for you to keep forever.
Sanshine Photography studio is located in Watford, Hertfordshire and is managed by San Shawe, an internationally published contemporary style photographer.
Available for destination weddings, covering Algarve (Portugal) and other locations.
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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 partner's shoulders to get the right shots. It was like a paparazzi totem pole!
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 her to work out who was who and who was with who.
I am not in general a very smiley person, so I was surprised to see I was smiling in the photos, 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. It was amazing!
Our wedding day went by far too fast and I was surprised at some of the things we missed - 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.
Once we had decided to go with San, she took time to ask us about all the details of our wedding, our personalities, theme, colour scheme and how everything tied together. She was very thorough, and I was impressed by this attention to detail, which shows on all our wedding photographs.
On the day San and Mike were very warm and friendly with everyone, putting both Graeme and I and our guests at ease. They were very unobtrusive which allowed them to get some genuinely personal, spur of the moment photographs. We went for a vintage theme and wanted the post production of the photos to reflect this. My husband has a photographic science degree so he was very precise and San was able to deliver to even his exacting standards! We are thrilled with our photographs, they are soft and warm and beautiful and really hold the essence of the day. Many many people have commented on how wonderful the photographs are, and I know they will become an heirloom for our future family. I would not hesitate to recommend SanShine photography for any occasion and I hope to use San again to capture other important milestones in our life ahead.
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 the pictures 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.
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 group 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 I as the bride couldn’t even do.
She wanted perfection from every shot, she really cared about us, and that was so clear! Her love, as well as our own, is 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!!!
We have just blubbed. They are sooooo nice! Thank you so much. :) xxx
We had an engagement shoot with San, and as we are not generally very comfortable in front of a camera it was a great way to get used to being photographed. She was extremely professional yet personable and showed a genuine interest in us and our preferences. She offered great advice and suggestions, helping us to decide on the style and finishing we would like for our wedding photos, as well as planning for the day itself.
When it came to the wedding day, having San there was like having a friend there looking out for you, she went above and beyond our expectations. San and Michael make a great team and ensured they got all the shots we had requested.
We have since received our beautifully presented, personalised ‘wedding box’ and we are delighted with the beautiful images. Our friends and family have been impressed with the quality of the pictures and we have received many compliments. San was able to capture the beautiful moments from our special day and we are eternally grateful to her for giving us such stunning pictures to look back on. We will be lifelong fans of her work and would not hesitate to call on her again to capture any future special moments!
Such a great job, thank you for all your hard work and the care that you put into putting the box together!
Many many thanks!
I can't even explain how happy we are! Thank you so so much!!
You are by far the most talented photographer ever!!! Thank you for being so amazing in every way!
and so extremely happy with our beautiful pictures!
Thank you so much!
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