Jai Eastwood Photography

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Storytelling style photographer , with a manual camera and rolls of film, yes I actually said that.. looking for the shadows as much as the light, based in Wales will travel anywhere..
Pricing & Costs

Prices start at

£1895
Details

Photography Style

Reportage / Documentary
Artistic

Products and Services

Bridal Prep Shots
Back-Up Equipment
Photo Printing
Flexible Hours on the Day
Last-Minute Orders
Stay Through Speeches
Stay Through Dancing
Online Shop
Thank You Cards / Photo Stationery
Second Shooter Available
Wedding Albums
Personal Online Gallery
Pre-Wedding Venue Visit
Pre-Wedding Consultation
Digital Editing / Airbrushing
Shoot with Film
Images on USB
Full Description
I am a storyteller photographer DOCUMENTARY style .. black and white features heavily and with dark and moody film colour ..and as with all good stories your gallery is shot to have a beginning, middle and end ..which invariably comes your way as a beautiful film of images set to music.. it may be your WEDDING day, or a regular day in the life of ..the FAMILY, your BUSINESS, celebrations.. it is all worth treasuring, to have someone talented who knows about light, anticipating people, and with HEART, who has privilege accounts with FINE ART suppliers..... ...............WHO do I imagine would be drawn my way ? ..........probably someone who actually lives on their iphone .. those pictures and clever filters are brilliant .. I know ! someone who LOVES photography..who has probably even QUESTIONED if they even NEED a professional photographer or not ..feeling that between themselves and their friends and family they will have it covered .. and I agree with you..they will have, if this is you........You will also have thoroughly delighted in planning and designing and researching every atom of your wedding ..it is SO you .. lots of the unexpected , very personal and maybe even a bit random ...... you don’t particularly want an almost stranger (although I am very nice) coming in at the end telling you what to do or organising or time watching or gathering people ....... and I don’t want to be THAT photographer .. now if your amazing bridesmaids were sorting you into groups and telling grandpa to pull his socks up and teasing the best man and the whole family were taking those pictures..then superb..I want to take THOSE images ..the STORY of it happening .. the personalities..the laughter ..the nice calm presence watching ON YOUR BEHALF..whilst you are busy having the day you imagined ... xx

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Jai
Fabulous to hear from you , I know there are SO many choices , hopefully you have looked at my images and got a gist of who I am, not all the photographers are the same and not all clients are looking for the same thing...I am here to help .. and if you are looking for someone who is OVER enthusiastic and completely heartfelt, DOCUMENTARY style, then you have come to the right place , the next best thing is and have a casual coffee, a notepad and pen can all be worked out , see you soon, Jai xx

Experience

Year Business Was Established
2003
Public Liability Insurance
true
No. of People In Team
4
Reviews
(1)
Charlotte and Rhodri
Wedding: July 2011
March 2020
One of a kind, special, talented Jai. Once met, never forgotten.
Jai was the photographer of our choice when we chose to get married almost 9 years ago. She is truly wonderful at what she does. I'd say when choosing a photographer for your occasion, it's a case of when you know, you know. Reading her profile will give you a good idea of Jai's style but you really must take the time to meet her, you won't regret it. If you like what you see just sit back, relax and put your trust in this extraordinary lady. We have since introduced three little lives into the world and Jai was the only option to capture their first professional images.
Location & Contact Details

Address

Dyffryn Road, Alltwen, Neath Port Talbot, SA8 3BY, Wales

Travel Notes

Nearest Town

Swansea

Nearest Motorway & Junction

Nearest Train Station

Nearest Airport

Cardiff

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FAQ
(10)

What is your most memorable wedding?

A young madly in love couple, she was 19, delicate and willowsome, he just adored her, she was 4 months pregnant, just showing .. they had a total budget of £500 (?!) and yet this wedding remains a fond favourite.. she bought her beautiful ( silk) ivory empire line wedding dress from ebay for £25 (!!) ..wore cute flat shoes, all the girls from college went round to mum’s the night before and they dug in making oversized cupcakes to fill a cupcake tower which was to be her tiered wedding cake, they were married in the City Temple Swansea, with guitars and lots of clapping and hugs, and the ladies of the church put on a tea (the old fashioned way), everyone doing their bit . I waited for the bride to arrive, she was running a little bit late, but no worries, the clapped out camper van with her mum driving came over the hill, it really was the vision you are now imagining and I may have laughed outloud, the one working wiper going and the faulty lightbulb was flashing..the bride looked so sweet with her natural flowers and white fur bolero..full of confidence she marched straight in barely time for photo’s.. leaving her mother with me..asking for 2 minutes whilst she flicked her long wavy blonde hair out of the way whilst fishing for and putting on an erstwhile stocking and with her spare hand expertly applying her cerise pink lipstick at the same time. the mother is a best friend of mine, I contributed the photography and everyone else did the same in one way or another..their favourite coffee shop by the sea, The Junction, hosted the reception..the dad brought a tin bath full of ice and champagne bottles and set up on the lawn outside, and as the afternoon speeches went on with the sun setting in the background, the sound of the calypso band beckoned from inside for a night of dancing, goodwill and laughter ...

Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

moody, strong, grainy, intuitive , observational

What about your business are you most proud of?

That 17 yrs down the line I am still here, and because I have never followed trends that my images from back then are still relevant today ..and I do not advertise, that all my clients are recommendations, the greatest joy seeing where I have become their family photographer, the go to for every important occasion AND that 4 babies now have the name Jai because of my time with their parents .. I know ! humbling or what ! p.s if we work together it is NOT part of the contract that you do the same, you really can give your child any name you like .. honestly

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Do not rely on a price guide to be the measure of the quality of your supplier, if it is a heartfelt service they are supplying they are probably putting a bit of themselves in there ..so your photographer, florist, dressmaker, baker, room stager ..meet them .. just say hello and have a coffee .. how we get on with someone and a shared vision matters so much more than being over the finish line of choice because of a few pounds less ... that really is just money and that can be sorted out , go for who you trust with your vision and who has experience to be relied on no matter what obstacles can pop up ... follow your heart.... xx

What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?

An uncle hand carved from a solid block of dark walnut a ... dark walnut .. the outside was smooth and polished, it was the size of an acorn, and with a little twist it came away in two halves and inside were held their matching polished steel wedding bands ... I had an entire photoshoot with that little acorn, the groom was searching for his missing matching sock at the time so I was n’t missed ... there is a picture on the gallery ..

Describe your typical process with a couple.

We meet for a coffee , I love to know your plans, a casual chat, where you can ask me absolutely anything, I can get a feel for what you need , which sometimes actually is n’t me..I know imagine me saying that .. but I am not intending to be everyone’s cup of tea, however I run photographer’s group so I could easily link you up with people I think would be ideal , if however you are pleased, we would also go through pricing options, I am a photographer for hire, and you book me for what you need, so if it is a special 2 hours or a whole day you will be in control of that, I literally have an hourly rate, simple, I have no minimum criteria, I am just as thrilled over a small session as well as a full one, before the day I will have gone for a look and a plan, and after the day a sneak peek usually puts the clients on until the big reveal , my prices are all inclusive, so there is no choosing, just enjoy the journey and enjoy the collection.

What is the No. 1 photo that you think every couple should take?

Mm well you will never be that young and gorgeous again .. so be carefree, let it go, do whatever your full heart and a glass of Prosecco would have you do ...

What is the most original photo you’ve been asked to take at a wedding?

I have never actually had that request, my clients just know to leave me to it , it is not for them to even be aware of photo’s really, it is about the emotion and joy of the day, be in the moment after all that planning , plus if it is a really quirky request you can rely on the best man to whip out his Apple phone quick as a flash..

What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?

A sense of humour and a devil make care attitude .. embrace the rain.. make it work.. it was good enough for the Notebook film.. (how romantic) ?! ..the bridesmaids can put you back together later xx p.s. and grin when you see the photographer shooting through a plastic carrier bag .. she has to protect her Nikon somehow ;)

Describe how you got into photography.

I was designing and making silver and gemstone jewellery and showing at the large tradeshows, which needed therefore very high end brouchures and therefore great images ..so point and shoot would n’t work, those moonstones needed very careful treatment to remotely look good, so I took a manual photography course, I would talk away to the visitors..until one year a lady asked if I had ever considered photographing children .. I might have actually pulled a face, however she offered me a JOB ! and for the next TEN years as a school photographer I photographed 250 children a day with every hilarious mishap you can imagine .. now that is an apprenticeship .. I earned my stripes ..eventually I had to go alone, because digital was in and the images I was having to delete at home before sending off for print were the ones I knew the parents would absolutely love but were not in the remit of school photography .. I know ! heartbreaking ! ..however my vintage colourful studio in the heart of Swansea valley thrived for 7 years, causing great distress to the locals when I had to move on because I had outgrown it ..the theatrical windows are still talked about .. but now I am fully storytelling in any location and setting needed , from a Sunday morning at someone’s house to a baby coming into the world to a special occasion and ceremony ... after all those school years there is nothing I actually can’t handle .. nope ..can’t think of anything .. well maybe the embarrassing tears ..