Well, my first name is Jo (as you know by now) but my last name is “Szymkiewicz”, a Polish surname that’s difficult for lots (and lots) of people to pronounce. The plus side of using it is that the domain name would almost definitely be available but it’s just not as snappy as it could be. Secondly, my brand used to be “Oasis Photography” which at the time I thought was totally original and fresh-sounding. Turns out...it is neither of those things. Just Google it and you’ll see what I mean. So Joasis it is! That’s that one cleared up.
A mix of reactive documentary photography and urban artistic portraiture. I like to treat my photos like pieces of art (I know that sounds a little outré but stay with me) in that I try to look for unique, beautiful, unexpected shots that’ll take your breath away. I am heavily influenced by street and analogue photography. It’s gritty but pretty, you’ll find me there! I also like to think of myself as a “true” documentary photographer: I capture what unfolds naturally in front of me. You won’t catch me asking your guests to pose, or bossing anyone around.
I don’t insist on one, but I find that most weddings benefit from having two pairs of eyes. A second photographer covers the moments that I might miss, groom/other partner's preparations, alternative angles to the ceremony, candid shots of guests during the couple portraits and so forth. I have a pool of regular assistant shooters who I love to work with and will offer a small saving when you book two of us.
Get in touch, we’ll have a chat, sign a couple of docs, then we’ll sort out your 30% booking fee and you’re done. I’m all yours.
Couple sessions are handy in that you get to work with me before the big day, so you can get used to me and how I work and I, in turn, can get to know you, which will make for better photos.
You’ll have over 40 beautiful high res images to take away with you and the whole thing is a great confidence boost before the wedding day.
I usually offer pre-wedding shoots in London and on weekdays (my weekends are full of weddings as you can imagine!).
My engagement shoots cost £250 when booked with a wedding package or £350 otherwise.
I make a BEAUTIFUL album. And they’re such a wonderful heirloom to keep.
Here are a few key details:
I offer fine art matte albums. They are weighty and lovely, the paper boasts a beautiful texture and my albums arrive in a stunning and sturdy matching box.
Available in four sizes:
8x8” | 10x10” | 12x12”
- They usually have 30 or more pages.
- A selection of covers: linen, velvets premium linen, leather and faux leather.
- Vast selection of stunning colours.
If you order your album at the booking stage, you can snap pre-order prices! Identical “parent” copies come with a nice 30% discount, just so you know.
You will get a dedicated web page that contains a slideshow with highlights from your wedding and a link to your online gallery. I can send you a bespoke USB in a presentation box too if you’re feeling retro (this costs a tiny bit more).
During wedding season, I shoot weddings every single week. I choose and hand-edit every photo myself and spend a considerable amount of time working on them so that they’re perfect (you get around 500-700 images...so it takes a while!). I focus on delivering the highest quality images, so it takes us up to 7-9 weeks out of season and 9-12 weeks in season to deliver your online gallery.
A handful of preview images (perfect for thank you cards!) will be available a few weeks after your wedding. I normally share a few on Instagram and Facebook straight away or make a mini blog feature.
If you’ve got a date in mind, do get in touch swiftly. I only book in around 25 weddings a year and the popular dates (May - October) get snapped 12-18 months in advance. So the sooner we get you booked in, the better!