Ana Luisa is Lauren’s roommate. She also happens to be a wedding photographer. Ever since I set foot in their home (The Burrow as they would call it) they have showered me with warmth, hospitality and Marmite. Not only did Lauren make us Marmite and toast for breakfast, she also bought me my very own custom made Marmite with my name on it. I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s one of the coolest gifts I have ever received.
On Saturdays we went to the market in Crystal Palace. We would rummage around the junk market and look at all the odd and interesting trinkets, wondering what their history could be. Ana showed me a bunch of nifty tricks for making my photographs more creative. She even used some of the objects at the market to make the most gorgeous effects. In that moment I realised that I’m too safe in my craft and I never allow myself to play. Since then I made it my mission to play and experiment more and to be unafraid in my craft.
We would also grab ourselves the most amazing crepes in the world from a stall owned by a gorgeous Brazilian couple. Lauren and Ana would get the savoury crispy cheese crepes and I would always get the homemade nutella one. We would then grab a coffee from a quint little coffee shop and strike up a conversation with the quirky barista. She made the most hilarious jokes and got really annoyed with herself when she forgot someone’s order or made a mess. With coffee in hand, we would then proceed to a spot in the sun and just hang out. I miss these outings the most out of my whole trip. Just laughing and sharing stories in the sun. What a life.
Ana and I also planned to do a styled shoot. Our theme was Alternative Brides. The idea was to dress up as something totally different than what a bride would normally wear. Ana’s theme was a pink, tribal bride. My theme was blue and glitter-freckled bride. Being brilliantly talented at doing make-up, Ana made us look gorgeous and colourful. She also made the most beautiful bouquets with the flowers we got at the market.
We went to the area where the market usually is since it has a bright and colourful graffiti wall. Ana gave me a ton of tips on posing and organising styled shoots. She also took the most gorgeous pictures of me for which I am so very grateful. I even used her photos on my website. To check out some of her stunning work, click here. Thank you, Ana for all your knowledge and kindness. I look forward to our next shoot one day.