2015 was one of those years that won’t fade. It was a year full of experience, hard work and joy. Jake and I welcomed our daughter into the world at the start of the year, and I had my most full work calendar to date, documenting personal, beautiful celebrations and producing stunning fine art albums and print boxes for my wonderful couples. I really do feel incredibly lucky to be chosen by those that I work with. The moments that I have captured for them become memories I have witnessed and shared. They are, each one, very special. These people make my life richer.
This year, I am sharing my favourite images from the year with the comments my couples made for my entry into the 2016 Wedding Industry Awards, for which I made the regional finals. In this and a second companion post, I share comments from every single one of my couples. I was, needless to say, blown away with the sentiments they shared. I am very proud, and very grateful to have been a part of their stories.
“Ria Mishaal is extraordinarily talented. She was a pleasure and a joy to work with and truly understands how to capture “the moment”. She is very able to work in any condition by remaining discreet and inconspicuous during the ceremony while still being able to take control of the family and individual portraits. She is an outstanding documenter and storyteller. Unique and caught with such an artistic eye. The photos are light, elegant, heart warming, clean, evoking, joyous & innovative.”
“Choosing Ria and Jake was one of our first big decisions of wedding planning and one of our best. We have loved working with Ria, she was great throughout the whole process, has given us some incredible photos which we will treasure forever and captured the day so brilliantly. Ria was also a great person to have on the day, her incredible calm attitude and friendly personality made her a joy to have around whilst we were getting ready. Likewise with Jake for the boys. An amazing photographer!”
“Ria is an outstanding photographer. She captures moments in time which is unlike any other wedding photographer I have seen. On the day itself, you don’t even realise she is there. She is quietly capturing those most perfect moments which bring back such good memories. Not only is Ria an amazing photographer, she is also highly professional. She presents everything in such a beautiful and meticulous way. I cannot praise her enough. She surpassed our expectations in every way.”
“I honestly don’t think our wedding day would have been the same without Ria there. To capture such beautiful images of our wedding, whilst also going above and beyond to help in any way she could…words can not express how grateful we are. It was important to us that we had the best photographer; as these are moments we will never get to capture again. Ria has truly outdone herself and I can’t help but shed a tear when I look back at the photos of all the wonderful memories we had.”
“Ria and her husband (both of Ria Mishaal Photography), are without exception the finest photographers I have ever experienced. The quality of their work is impeccable, with such wonderful and innovative attention paid to the details that really made our wedding photos come alive and capture the essence of the day. The generous and outstanding service they offer (both online and in person) is second only to the patient and respectful approach they personally take to capture those precious moments”
“The process before, during and after our big day has been an absolute joy.”
“As the groom I was very apprehensive about the whole photo experience, however we met Ria and her husband in Cambridge and spent a very pleasant afternoon doing an engagement photo shoot and getting to know each other. Rias style was very relaxed and she encouraged us to relax and she would pick out the natural shots without us having to pose and smile which suited me. On the day she was the same and while we did the traditional shots the natural shots of us and our guests were our favourites.”
“We couldn’t have been more pleased that we chose Ria to photograph our wedding, From the start she made us feel at ease and the engagement shoot was a great way of ’breaking- the-ice’. Ria and her husband were amazingly helpful throughout the whole day whilst remaining inconspicuous. The photos are simply stunning with a great mix of natural and posed photos. Thankyou for capturing such wonderful memories of our most special day!”
“Ria provided such a personal service, consulting with us at every stage of the process. We found the engagement shoot extremely helpful in making us feel at ease in front of the camera before the day. On the day, Ria was highly professional and encouraging despite it raining all day on our July wedding! She helped us to feel at ease and embrace the weather. As a result we got some fantastically fun and memorable pictures that we will cherish for the rest of our lives.”
“Ria and Jake were totally amazing. From the first time we met Ria we felt at ease. She captures perfect natural photographs with a really organic feel to them which fitted in with the rustic feel of our wedding. The engagement shoot was a great way to get to know Ria and made us feel more comfortable on the day. Presentation of finished photos is just fabulous with a beautiful USB and lovely prints of a few images. Ria is very professional in every aspect and we would definitely recommend her!”
“We are beyond happy with Ria’s beautiful images from our wedding. When we look at them, we are transported back to our special day: the breeze and sunlight in the trees, the laughter and chatter of our guests, the subtle details, and all the moments of love and joy that were shared. Ria is a gifted artist and manages to convey these moments in an incredibly natural, authentic way. Her collection tells a beautiful, unique and detailed story of our day. We would gladly recommend Ria to anyone.”