Social Impact Careers Conference

When I am not taking portraits, or dreaming to travel around the world writing about its people and wonders, I am more than happy to cover events and conferences like the one I had photographed last May at the Said Business School, in Oxford. The Social Impact Careers Conference was indeed a great event that gathered together both students and professionals to talk, share, build networks, think about the future in a positive light. I have definitively learned so much, although simply hidden behind a camera.

©2018 Flavia Catena

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Wedding at Macdonald Randolph Hotel – Jessie + James

My wedding season has started, and I could not ask for a better couple to work with! Jessie and James celebrated their big day last June in the beautiful location of Macdonald Randolph Hotel, in the heart of Oxford, just opposite one of my favorite photography spot: the Ashmolean museum. They had both the ceremony and the reception in the hotel, and every moment I had the honour to photograph was moving and at the same time full of smiles and laughts. It was great to see these beautiful people surrounded by so much love (Jessie’s family came for the occasion from Singapore to England and some of Jame’s friends from Australia!). This is what makes a difference in a wedding, this is what makes my work every time new and every time special.

Thank you, and a very happy life together!

©2017 Flavia Catena

Sophia’s Christening

A new year has just started, and I am already filling my diary with ideas for upcoming photo shoots and little dreams I would like to become reality. But before dedicating my all free time to future projects, I still have some old work I would love to share with you. Among these, a christening I had the pleasure to photograph last November in the Holy Trinity Church (Oxford). Sophia was lovely in her white dress. She smiled and looked at everything with curious and shiny eyes. It was a joy to watch her and to photograph such precious moments. I believe the first post of the year could not be anything less merry than this.

©2016 Flavia Catena

Amanda & Billy – A countryside wedding

Amanda and Billy got married last summer in the lovely village of Wytham (Oxfordshire). I had the pleasure to work and collaborate with Amanda the year before, and I was very happy when she asked me to photograph her wedding, treating me as a friend and really trusting my vision and style! The ceremony, celebrated at All Saints church, was a very heartwarming one, and it was followed by a reception in the Wytham Town Hall. Everything, from the cake to the decorations and the childrens’ games, was handmade (families and friends worked hard on that) and beautiful. Speeches were hilarious, funny and moving. I could not expect anything better from a couple in love! Everytime I photograph a wedding like this, I feel blessed to work with such lovely people. So, thanks again Amanda and Billy, and all the best in life!

©2016 Flavia Catena

 

Emma – A play in Oxford

This, for sure, was one of the most exciting experience I had this year, speaking about my photography work! It was such a joy to take photos to the cast of “Emma” (yes, the Jane Austen’s one), a play by Thistledown Theatre. The team who worked on it is great, as all the actors. Don’t miss the show, if you are in Oxford this August! More information about it on the Company’s website: http://www.thistledowntheatre.com.

©2016 Flavia Catena

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Le Petit Prince -A French Play in Oxford

It is time to go back to our childhood memories with the moving and romantic story of “Le Petit Prince”! But instead of looking for the old book we probably left in the dusty grandma attic, this time we can follow the Prince’s adventures on the stage!

I took the photos you can see below from The New French Play in Oxford: Le Petit Prince, performed in May 2016 at LMH Simpkins Lee Theatre and directed by the talented Elsa Perault and Rebecca Wood. In the cast: Alexander Bridges, Caitlin Jones, Danielle Green, Georgia Crump, Heather Barr, Krishmeela Rittoo, Lydie Sheehan, Martina Kavanová, Niccolo Pescetelli, Serena Yagoub, Serin Gioan, Zoë Sandford.

©2016 Flavia Catena

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Engagement party – Oxford Isis Farmhouse

I have been silent lately, but that is because of the big amount of work I have (of course this means that lots of new pictures are coming soon). However, today I am glad to share with you some of the photos taken to a sweet couple last July. They celebrated their engagement party with a few friends at the Isis Farmhouse in Oxford. The pub is lovely and the river that flows just in front of it gives a magic and relaxed atmosphere to the place. The event itself was inspired, funny and enjoyable. There were games to play with, delicious cakes to eat, props and decorations. The sunlight was a plus, a pleasant one. And I could really feel the happiness, love and enthusiasm of the guests, wishing all the best to their affectionated friends soon to be married.

©2015 Flavia Catena

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