Phil and Helena | Chawton House Library | 01 Oct 2016
A little review and an ENORMOUS THANK YOU!x
Simply writing a review and saying thank you to Jacques and Natalie, who captured the love, life and soul of our wedding, doesn’t do them justice enough! Without doubt they were exceptional from our first meeting till now and we firmly believe we’ll remain in touch for quite some time due to they’re infectious spirit and passion for their work. Marvellously talented at finding the moments you want remembered, from the beautiful smiles of your friends who don’t know they’re being photographed, the Groom stealing a dance with Granny to an Usher doing ‘the worm’, they were there somewhere out of sight seeing and documenting everything.
There’s no need to be concerned about whether or not you’ll like your pictures, because genuinely it’s the story that they give back to you and the hours of fun looking through the bits you missed that will matter.
We loved their dreamy, nostalgic, landscape loving style that makes your venue and design choices look a million times more epic than you could imagine. As well as the glimpsed intimacy of clasped hands and secret looks that can never be staged.
If you choose Real Simple Photography you’ll be proud to have found a remarkable couple who will as be focused and committed to your wedding day as you are.
Thank you Jacques and Natalie for knowing more about our wedding day than we did and for guiding us through with caring camera lenses! It can’t be easy holding hopes and dreams in your hands each and every time you photograph a special day, yet you do it with such composure and tremendous skill.
Helena & Phil x
Nick and Stephanie | Lillibrooke Manor | 16 Sep 2016
Jacques and Natalie were fantastic. We were so happy with the whole process. From the gift at the beginning of the process, pre-wedding planning, obviously the wedding itself, and the gift and usb of all of our amazing photos afterwards!
The main thing that stuck out for us was their ability to pick moments when they needed to advise us on something, or recommend a great shot. I found myself (the groom) turning to Jacques and asking him what he recommends, and what happens next on a number of occasions. The experience of both Jacques and Natalie really shines through and they certainly know how to be available whilst not really being noticed, or in the way at any time.
We love how the photographs tell a story of our special day and manage to capture the emotions and feelings that were felt.
We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Jacques and Natalie, and are so happy with our fantastic memories!
Nick & Stephanie
Glenn and Edel | Farnham Castle | 11 July 2016
Dear Jacques and Natalie,
Being a passionate amateur photographer myself, I did not take the job of finding a photographer for our wedding lightly. I eventually ended up on Real Simple Photography, and couldn’t be more happy! There was two reasons why I chose them, and both reasons proved to hold true looking in retrospect: Firstly, Jacques is a dedicated and sympathetic person whom it is easy to like and whom I enjoyed working with, which is something that actually means a whole lot when you are going through the agony of planning a wedding. Jacques was very helpful all the way through, and provided added value to our overall wedding planning as well, with several tips that we ended up following. During the day they elegantly shifted between taking an invisible role, hiding away in the bushes (at times literally), and assertively taking charge when needed to ensure the proper pictures was efficiently secured.
Secondly, Jacques delivers consistently high quality on all his pictures. A key word here is “consistently”, because while Real Simple Photography may not be the most adventurous option (e.g. creative flash and smoke props, wind machines, HDR pictures, out of the ordinary staging, etc), they have created their own signature style, which you can easily identify if you browse through their portfolio: vibrant colored pictures using natural lighting in a documentary style (notice that no eyes are looking at the camera in any picture). In choosing photographer, I found a lot of comfort in knowing what to expect as my end product, and Real Simple’s consistent portfolio was a key reason for choosing them.
Looking back, this was absolutely the right decision. We couldn’t be more happy with our pictures. Flicking through them is experiencing the day all over again, as they have a great eye for moments, framing and obviously the beautiful, vibrant colors which they pull out during the post processing. The pictures appear almost casual, as if our friends captured them (to borrow words from their own website), but with the quality you’d really wish your friends’ photos actually had.
We highly recommend them!
Many thanks, Jacques and Natalie!”
Rob and Jen | Rownhams House | 7 May 2016
Dear Jacques and Natalie,
Thank you both so much for all of your hard work. We are absolutely delighted with our wedding photos. You managed to catch on camera so many special moments without being at all intrusive. Several people have said that they are the best wedding photos they have seen as they are so natural and make a welcome change to the more traditional posed photographs. They really capture the whole feeling of the day and I know will bring happy memories flooding back when we look at them in years to come.
Ben and Charlotte | Great Fosters | 26 March 2016
Jacques and Natalie
Thank you for all your wonderful work on our wedding day, you both went above and beyond to ensure we had the best experience and our photographs are truly magical and a joy to keep looking at over and over again! You were both so unobtrusive throughout the entire day and captured some wonderful photographs without us realising. Despite the weather you both were fantastic at discreetly taking us outside between rain showers and as a result we now have beautiful photographs outside that we weren’t sure we would be lucky enough to have! Everyone loves our photographs and we have received many compliments for them. Thank you so much.
Ben and Charlotte
Mr & Mrs Pudney
Pete and Kim | The Elvetham Hotel | 13 February 2016
We have indeed received the rather fancy USB together with the chocolate, thanks!
We have spent two evenings going through them all, reminiscing over the day and seeing what each other were doing at the start etc and are very pleased with the photos. It was a pleasure to have you both at our wedding and we loved the way you captured our day, were firm enough to get everyone looking the right way in the formal pictures and subtle enough to blend into the background to capture everything in a natural style.
Pete & Kim
Martin and Rachel | Farnham Castle | 2 January 2016
Jacques has been amazing from start to finish! In the run up, Jacques went through the options and spent time listening to what we were after. Natalie and Jacques were a pleasure to have at our wedding, they took stunning photos that capture how special the day was to us. I highly recommend opting for the package where you get both Natalie and Jacques we wouldn’t have got our favourite photos from the ceremony without both of them to get the different angles. I couldn’t believe Jacques was posting photos the next day using our instagram hashtag and on his site, we got the print outs and the memory stick within a couple of weeks which was fab. We opted for having an album made which was a brilliant decision! It is a truly beautiful album, Jacques chose great photos to complement the ten we picked out. Our pictures are truly beautiful, we couldn’t be happier – they have been featured on a wedding website and I’ve had friends asking for Jacques details. Can’t recommend Real Simple Photography highly enough!
Martin & Rachel
Mahdi and Louisa | Chawton House Library & Bonhams Barn | 10 October 2015
Jacques was amazing from start to finish. From the moment we booked him, he sent us a lovely treat in the post and from then on really helped us to build the hype around our special day- from a pre-wedding shoot a few weekends before, to fun mentions on social media. It was all so exciting and he was definitely part of it. On the day, Jacques’s lovely wife Natalie came to photograph me and my bridesmaids getting ready. She was so helpful, kind and professional. Jacques photographed Mahdi getting ready indulging him in some funny poses etc which my husband loved!!
One of my favourite parts of the day was when we had our own couples shoot and wondered up into the grounds of Chawton House where we got married. Jacques and Natalie made us feel so comfortable. We had lots of fun and laughs with them and the photos are just stunning. All the photos of the day are amazing- we were so thrilled as they really captured the emotion and atmosphere and all our friends and family that attended agreed.
Jacques and Natalie were super dedicated, staying far later than they planned, to capture a particular surprise we put on. The dancing photos are unreal! Thank you SO much Jacques and Natalie. We loved having you as part of our day and absolutely would recommend you to everyone for your professionalism, fun nature and huge talent. We also really wish you were our friends!
Mahdi & Louisa
Tom and Tasha | Beccles, Suffolk | 15 August 2015
From first enquiry to delivery of our photos, we could not have been more impressed with Real Simple Photography. Jacques took time to go through the day with us in advance, carefully ensuring expectations were clear and putting out minds at ease. In the run up to the wedding, with everything going on, photography was one thing we were not concerned about in the slightest!
On the day, Jacques and Natalie were brilliant! Friendly, approachable, easy going, they just fit right in. They captured all the ‘moments’ you want a wedding photographer to get, as well as the small details you would forget unless they were immortalised in photo form. When getting ready they felt like friends, not getting in the way but appearing to enjoy the time with us. The classic family shots were taken quickly and came out superbly and the casual documentary-style photos of guests caught the day exactly.
Jacques and Natalie gave us time and space to ourselves in the couple shoot and encouraged us to take ‘time-out’ which was so greatly appreciated. The photos we received (very quickly and beautifully presented) have made the memories so real and have printed perfectly. We could not have been more impressed with Real Simple Photography; they were everything we wanted and more, we could not recommend them more highly to others. Thank you Jacques and Natalie, we are so very grateful.
Mark and Lydia | Prestbury, Cheshire | 18 th July 2015
I just wanted to say how thrilled we are with the photos!! We just literally couldn’t be happier 🙂 We loved all the little touches too, the magazine and chocolate in the run up to the wedding and the beautiful prints you sent with the usb, everything was so SO appreciated! We loved having you both there on the day, you made us feel so relaxed and lots of people commented on how lovely you both were and how discreet the photography was. We have suggested you to 5 of our friends who are getting married next year – now they have seen our photos I feel they will be fighting over the dates!!!
Thank you both so so much again!
With much love, Lydia and Mark x
Glen and Emma | The Green House Hotel, Bournemouth | 11 th July 2015
Choosing a wedding photographer to capture every special, treasured moment should be difficult – but with Real Simple Photography it’s the easiest decision you’ll make! Jacques and Natalie’s talents know no bounds. Not only are they staggeringly talented as photographers as evident by every single photo we received, they are an absolute pleasure to have on your day. They are discreet, fun, professional, reliable, trustworthy – you name it! From start to finish they have been perfection!
We cannot recommend them enough – in fact we’re trying to come up with an excuse for another photo session!! From the bottom of our hearts we would like to thank you for capturing the most special day in our lives in your incredibly beautiful, unique way that we will treasure forever.We mean every word of it. Other than picking each other – you were the next best decision of the whole wedding!!