A Serena wedding affair.

I did this wedding towards the end of December 2016 and boy i had fun. Nancy had already booked me a while back and had strictly requested for one photographer.

Normally as a service provider, you look out for your clients and get to advise them accordingly. I had warned her of the dangers of having only one shooter. She was willing to take the risk, not so much for me.

Either way, i agreed to her request to be her only shooter. The advantage about this ceremony is that it had only 100 guests, so that made my work easier. I took up the challenge and went with it.

I thought i was going to have a tough time but it was so much fun instead.

The wedding, photo session and reception was happening at the famous Serena Hotel, so time was not going to be a issueย at any one point. In fact, i was asked to come at the hotel at 12pm. I had another wedding the previous day which ended late but the late start to this one enabled me to have enough rest.

The groomsmen were in a different room but within the same building so i was able to dash to their room and capture a few shots.

Anyone know these 3 make-up artists? I do.

And they are quite the brand for that matter. Anyways, the bride was done and i dashed outside to capture more of her photos walking towards the ceremony.

Disclaimer: The bridal party are a selfie loversย so don’t be surprised by the number of times i captured them doing so.

You can imagine the back and forth i had to do just to capture every moment. Nothing was to be missed.

The bridal party were looking really good.

And the tense moments began to follow.

And the super tense moment..

While the couple were busy signing the certificates…what do you think the groomsmen were doing? You guessed it…taking selfies.

And it was a wrap.

For the photo session, i utilized every place i could find. This was the coolest bridal party i had ever worked with.

The pool area was my favorite, though we didn’t utilize it as we would have wanted to thanks to Serena but i shall rant about that another day.

These guys were just all kinds of cool, no denying that. I would work with them again and again and again.

We finished the photo session quite fast though, so we had to wait a bit for the guests to finish eating. After they were done, it was time to welcome the whole bridal party into the reception.

Normally, i would post quite a bit of the guests and the bridal party dancing but i feel it shall overshadow something special i am supposed to post at the end of the blog.

Now, here we go. The couple had rehearsed their first dance very well. I was blown away.ย 

It was very impressive. *slow clap*

The bridal party joined in and the dance just flowed.

As you can see, my work was clearly cut out for me. I didn’t struggle at any one point whatsoever and it went way better than i expected. I left the place a very happy photographer and i am glad she loved the photos.

Cheers to their future together ๐Ÿ™‚

A Soysambu Conservancy wedding affair

I remember how my November started with a bang, thanks to this particular wedding. It was my first time doing a wedding at Serena lake Elmentaita camp. The scenery was beautiful with an amazing view of the lake.

We left Nairobi at 4 am so that we make it early. The place is pretty cold though, but it’s worth it.

I had met the bride like three days prior to her wedding and we were in business. I didn’t really get a chance to give her a brief of my expectations as a photographer but from the look of things, she didn’t need one after all.

Makeup was by the one and only Sunshine balogun. She does some amazing work and you can check out her work here.

The bridesmaids were definitely ready to celebrate the day, and to celebrate they did.


As we headed to the venue, we enjoyed a brief game drive through the conservancy. It got even better during the photo session which you shall see a bit later.

Finally, the lady of the day walked down the aisle.

It’s always nice to see the groom excited. It’s something every bride desires to see and it just makes the awesome mood of the day complete.

Even when exchanging their vows, they couldn’t help but me ecstatic.



Just in case you are wondering why they were struggling to light that candle, it was very windy.

As you can see, it was very intimate and serene too. It’s a place i would definitely recommend for a destination wedding.

And yes, it had started drizzling but not for long. We had our game drive through the conservancy as we headed for our photo session. I went ahead to start the photo shoot, but not for long.

Why? That is because i am not the biggest fun of the midday sun. When i realized it was getting in the way of capturing good photos, i took them to shaded areas. I just like to control the lighting for my photos, not vice versa. I decided to start with the couple shots even as i waited for cloud cover.

The sun was gone and now i could capture more bridal party photos.

And a few more of the couple once again with the lake view backdrop.

From here on it was celebration time.

And more dancing commenced into the evening.

We are truly grateful to this client for giving us the opportunity to capture their memorable day despite the short notice. We had fun and are super excited to capture many more in 2017. I hope you enjoyed the post. Till next time, God bless.

Ps: The unwatermarked images are from my second photographer ๐Ÿ™‚

A Rolf’s Engagement session

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Bridgette and Tom were quite the cool couple. Yes, cool. When you notice what is written at the back of their respective jerseys you shall understand. This was my first time doing an engagement shoot lat Rolf’s place and not in the way i had planned.

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The initial plan was to shoot from 4pm when ambient light is just right, plus the sunset would have been a nice addition. Traffic that day was a mayhem though, so they ended up arriving towards 6pm.

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By the time they were ready for the session, it was already nightfall. At first, i had suggested that we postpone to the next day but instead, we decided to do a night shoot instead. I simply adapted, something i have had to teach myself over time. It gave me a chance to create something unique and different.

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I love to capture ambiance. The ambient lighting here added for an awesome feel to the images.

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I love it when a couple just get silly and let loose like above, provides amazing moments to capture.

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I hope you loved the candid moments i just shared with these two. Oh wait, there’s more…

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Thank you for your time and please let me know what you think in the comment section. Enjoy your weekend and look out for our next post next week ๐Ÿ™‚

A Rugby Engagement?

Hold up! Not so much the engagement itself, more of the engagement shoot. Part of my wedding package is usually a free engagement shoot. It gives me a chance to familiarize with the couple and get to study and understand their chemistry.

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This particular engagement shoot was one of a kind for me since i had never done a shoot at the rugby grounds on Ngong road. Anthony is a rugby player so getting permission was not a challenge at all. The sun was just right as i started shooting from 4pm.

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Engagement shoots are very particular for me as it’s a form of bonding session between the couple. My work is to capture that and the chemistry between the two.

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The chemistry Anthony and Diana evoked was just magical. I enjoyed shooting every part of this.

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Now you see why some photographers advise to do sunset shots, like me lol. It’s an idea i never hesitate to suggest to the couple.

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We then headed for the bar for some few indoor shots.

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Aren’t they quite the cute couple? The beauty about them was just capturing them in their moments.

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Date night too could not be missed ๐Ÿ™‚

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I shall be blogging their wedding soon so keep it here.

 

A Penina and Silas wedding affair

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I met this wonderful couple at Kempinski, where their photo session and reception was going to be. In other words, it meant they had already made up their mind and that was a score for me.

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I am a lover of reflections. I use every chance to shoot through reflections whenever i get a chance.

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The Jubilation that filled the air was real that I almost joined in, but i was there to capture that instead ๐Ÿ™‚

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We then headed to church to make things official.

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Silas was looking forward to this moment, and indeed he was pleased to see her.

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And it was finally official ๐Ÿ™‚

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At this moment, i always start preparing my mind for the main session: The photo session. So the immediate group photos at the church is usually the responsibility of my second photographer.

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This was my first time to shoot at Kempinski. So it was definitely a thrilling experience for me. I am always particular about my lighting during the photo session, natural light does not really work for me, unless of course, the couple would want it.

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I direct and pose the bridal team unless otherwise. Suggestions too are usually welcome.

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I didn’t shoot much of the couple as we were going to have a second session in the evening.

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Decor gets me. I remember walking into the reception area and i was dumbstruck. I loved the decor, done by All Divas Weddings. Check them out for all your wedding needs, you will be impressed.

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And my favorite part finally reached, cake cutting :-).

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The wedding was finally over, not so much for the shoot. At around 2000hrs, we embarked on the final shoot.

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Kempinski has quite the ambient lighting for a shoot,ย i made sure i captured that too.

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August is here with us. Looking forward to blog more weddings.

A Njeri and Kavi Wedding affair.

This was a very personal wedding. I had the priviledge of shooting for a close friend and former schoolmate of mine. A match made in heaven, this particular couple are hilarious. So stay with me.

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One of those must capture shots when the bride has entered the car. If i can capture it through the rear door window, even better.

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The groom was ecstatic, and ready to have fun too.

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The wedding venue was at a hall at lion’s place loresho. The room was a bit cramped up but i always choose to adapt and capture the best.

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It got a bit emotional for the bride at some point.

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And the stunts started ๐Ÿ™‚

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After the wonderful ceremony, we headed for the photo session. I have to admit that this session was one of a kind. It was one day and they really made it count.

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The one thing that we did and still have in common with the groom is disk jockeying. Yes, i have been a DJ before and my interest has never changed. Story for another day.

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They really love dancing.

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And dancing they did.

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We didn’t have an evening photo session but they made they afternoon session count. I would like to thank the Mwakavi’s for the awesome opportunity to shoot their wedding. May God continually bless your union ๐Ÿ™‚

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A Christine and Emmanuel wedding affair.

The month was October,2015. The weather seemed perfect, at least to me. Below is a story on one of my most exciting weddings to ever cover.

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I had not met the bride before but we blended immediately. I know some photographers who can’t shoot without having met the bride first. Let’s just say I’ve learnt to adapt.

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She was excited already and that was an indicator that it was going to be a good day.

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The family from the groom’s side finally arrived. It was go time!

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The ceremony was held at Consolata shrine. Apparently, they had already put in effect a new rule for weddings being covered at their church. Only one photographer and videographer were allowed to cover the ceremony in the church. The bride had told me prior so we had made preparations with my second photographer.

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The groom was clearly elated as you can see. That is a good sign for things to come. As with many catholic weddings I have covered, the main service happens first before the vows and signing of the certificate follows.

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The bride had earlier on fronted an idea to me and the videographer about shooting on the road on our way to the reception. Truth be told, i took up the challenge. Every time a client has challenged me on something seems to make me better. For every client who has done that, thank you. On the downhill towards Windsor, we found the perfect spot.

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The weather was just perfect. I wanted to get the cloud detail and that was achievable. Over the years as a wedding photographer, I’ve learnt to not only study the body language of the bridal party but also mingle with them. It helps with the posing so that they are not too stiff and get to feel awkward like a stranger is shooting them.

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After the brief photo session, off we were headed for the reception.

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The dance was quite eventful. At some point, the groom’s men were asked to dance alone.

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Then the bridesmaids gladly joined them.

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Then the old folk had to show them how it’s done. Their dance moves were definitely impressive.

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The speeches followed then my favorite part of the reception: The cake cutting ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Any single ladies out there? Of course there were.

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I love doing the photo session after the wedding ceremony. Like nature would like to dictate, the weather is usually quite perfect at that time.

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I loved the flow of everything and how co-operative the whole bridal team was.

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Christine and Emmanuel, it was such and honor covering your wedding. Thank you for the opportunity.

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I’m taking bookings for the year for wedding photography. My email is info@leonmuli.com just in case you have an inquiry.

Hope you enjoyed. Have a comment? Kindly don’t hesitate to let me know what you think in the comment section.

A Joyce and Swaleh Wedding affair

I love wedding photography. I love the experience and exposure that i get with it. For example, this was a Muslim wedding. I had never done one before so this was my first time. It happened in a duration of two days.ย DSC_1538

The first day was at the house and it was actually the main ceremony where the certificate was signed. The second day was pretty much a celebration of sorts.

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On the second day, the morning preparation happened as usual. We didn’t start as early as i am used to. For most weddings, i am usually requested to be at the bride’s place by 6.30 am. Not this one though.

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Joyce was my school mate at USIU. So it was easy for us to converse and just familiarize.

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It was my first time working with Jazanda films. They were a wonderful crew to work with and we always looked out for each other.

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She pulled quite a surprise on me. I don’t know whether she had rehearsed her poses but she worked it well. I was quite impressed.

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I have to admit that this was my longest photo session ever. Yes, it took over 5 hours. Partly due to the fact that it was day two and what was to follow was the reception so expect quite a number of photos from the photo session alone.

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I rarely do this but when i have time to shoot single portraits of the bridal party, why not. The house i was shooting from had a massive mirror that i utilized. It provided for very clean reflections.

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The groomsmen were not looking so bad either.

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After that, i went to shoot outside since the place was quite spacious.

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DSC_2215We had exhausted the outdoor bit so i opted to shoot the bride and groom indoors once again.

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The reception was at lions place. That is the one day i realized decor matters a lot. It can really makes a difference on how your photos come out. We then went back to the house for the final photo session.

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I love to capture ambiance at night, as evidenced in the photos above. I believe it does add quite a bit of character to an image. But there can be limits on getting that at night sometimes.

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Have a great week everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

A Carol & Edward wedding affair

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I did this wedding ย a while back, and by that i mean a year and a half ago. Ladies and gentlemen, i present to you Edward and Carol.

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The beautiful ceremony was happening at the famous Enashipai hotel in Naivaisha. This was not my first time there though so i was quite familiar with the place.

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The hotel is pretty big so they utilize golf carts to carry luggage and guests around. Yes, the bride was a guest too ๐Ÿ™‚

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DSC_3370Normally after I have met the couple and them having reserved the date, i like to brief them on some do’s and things to avoid at their wedding. They really took my adviceย  well.

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DSC_3546I really love it when the bride and groom have their own moment and get caught up in their own world. Those are moments i really like to look for during the ceremony.

DSC_3571And it was a wrap. More celebration time.

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We then did a brief photo session at the grounds. The positioning of the sun as at that moment was not bad at all so i decided to utilize the ambient lighting it provided while i could.

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The running and jumping shot may have become quite cliche. I have to admit though that i loved how the bridal party nailed it. They hinted the idea and i went with it. I tend to welcome ideas from anyone really. The variety you can achieve from those ideas are quite diverse.

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I thought we were done with the jumping. Well, not just yet people.

DSC_3785 DSC_3803Naivasha can get cold. I love the fresh air from there but the cold did not spare us that day. On the events leading to the cake cutting, the bride was freezing but as you can see, the groom was kind enough to lend her his blazer. Nothing but love right there.

DSC_3911 DSC_3915 DSC_3922We finally headed near the lake for the final photo session. I would actually say the weather at that time was perfect. The sun was setting meaning i pretty much was going to call the shots on lighting.

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Hope you enjoyed the post. Blessed week everyone.

Showers of blessings maybe?

DSC_6848 DSC_6901Yes, the floodgates of heaven opened up on this particular day. We didn’t exactly see it coming despite the wet morning.

DSC_6967 DSC_6990Anyways, i was excited when I was contracted to do this wedding. Why? I shall explain shortly.

DSC_7027 DSC_7038The crowd was from my church pretty much. You can imagine the excitement when i got to the venue. So many people to say hi to, but i had to work too.

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DSC_7228 DSC_7243 DSC_7253And the beautiful bride finally walked down the aisle. Aren’t they just cute together?

DSC_7284Initially, the rings went ‘missing’ and the groomsmen were tasked to find them. And yes they did or rather, someone had them…

DSC_7294 DSC_7304 DSC_7312They finally said their vows and now they could live happily ever after but wait….not just yet. It was that time *cough cough*

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DSC_7352It was a wrap and they were excited. Disclaimer: They love to dance and when i say they, i mean the whole bridal party.

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DSC_7624We survived though despite the mud. The condition of everyone’s shoes was well…errr….not the best. Now for the cake munching ๐Ÿ™‚

DSC_7729 DSC_7773In many ways the bride was super entertaining. why?ย Let us see.

DSC_7963 DSC_7971 DSC_7974I hope you enjoyed the post. Enjoy your week everyone ๐Ÿ™‚