Elif Köse Bridal Dress Designer

Interview  By Nelly Ajvasi

Nelly Ajvasi : What makes your wedding dresses so special?

Elif Köse : It’s handmade, touched by glamor and inspired by our brides! So they are all very
special.

Model Name : Talia Oatway , J&I Photography

Nelly Ajvasi : Do you have dresses for any wedding style?

Elif Köse : We have few samples in our boutique to show to potential brides to be. We make each and every gown individually to suit the client’s specification. Each bride is special and has to have a unique personal touch.

Nelly Ajvasi : Is there a trend colour now except white?

Elif Köse : Ivory, powder or vintage cream seem to be quite popular colours.

Nelly Ajvasi : How do you know the perfect dress for the bride has been found?

Elif Köse : Ohh you just do when you see them in it! That you can’t describe with words. I am sure every bride will agree with me 🙂

Model Name Katie McClane J&I Photography

Nelly Ajvasi : What accessories do you offer?

Elif Köse : We offer head pieces, veils, and belts that will complete a gown.

Nelly Ajvasi I have heard that you want to sew Pippa Middleton’s wedding dress, will the end
result look the same or is it different?

Elif Köse : I was inspired by her dress to make a similar looking one which is in my window now. It is made with different techniques but it looks very similar. I like to show my potential clients that we can deliver any kind of dresses but also with our own unique style.

Nelly Ajvasi : How much do your wedding dresses cost?

Elif Köse : Cost of a wedding dress starts from £1200 and can go up to £8000 depending on the materials and the workmanship.

Nelly Ajvasi : Where do you get your inspiration to design a new wedding dress?

Elif Köse : Since I am a designer and could be working on up to 7 projects every week, my source of inspiration is constantly changing and evolving. For each project, the client and I create an inspiration board, and it helps if I wait around 1 week to even start sketching to allow the inspiration to sort of sink in. Sometimes I’ll infuse a source of inspiration from one project into the next and the outcome is so much more developed.

A brilliant wedding photographer team

Aurora Ba

Nelly Ajvasi : What was the reason you decided to work together?

J&I Photography : Joanna and I met when our daughters were 2 years old in a playgroup and got chatting. it soon became clear that we both had a passion for photography. There was never any time to really develop this interest until our children got older. We were invited to take photos at a wedding for a friend and after that we felt that this is what we would love to do more of! We found that we both have different styles and approaches to photography, Joanna has an amazing eye for capturing details and composition, I am the bossy one, good to get people together and pose in a way that we want to get the best shots. We are really good friends, respect each other and work well together. We have complete trust in each other and really enjoy what we are doing.

Nelly Ajvasi : Which projects have you already made together?

J&I Photography : We have done a few weddings both of couple known to us and strangers. We have done portrait sessions, commercial photos for products and clothes. We are about to photograph a newborn baby for the first time this weekend, which we like to add to our repetoar, and we are really looking forward to it. We also collaborate with other photographers, models and MUA’s and set up photos session which we us to learn about lights, different settings, different ideas various technics we can’t try out on paid jobs. It’s a great way to get to know models and to find a bunch of people you like to work with We all share our ideas and teach each other. These projects are really fun and rewarding.

Nelly Ajvasi : What would you see as an advantage from the other?

Bridal Dress by Elif Köse, Model Talia Oatway

J&I Photography: For me Joanna is my rock. I know her photos are brilliant and she moves around seeing details I might miss. She is always calm, patient, smiling and just looking at her calms me down if I am felling rushed. We are very different and for that reason I feel we complement each other so well. She loves full figure shots with lush background and I am more of a portrait photographer – between us, we tend to produce a vast variety of photos for our customers.

Nelly Ajvasi : How do you create a relaxed atmosphere while photographing?

J&I Photography : My best way is to start taking lots of pics saying that I am just checking the light so no need to pose or do anything, this get the subjects used to the clicking noise of the camera. Then general chatting, directing and lots of praise and smiles puts everyone at ease. To keep on talking to the models/couples is a great way to make everyone relax, I can’t resist to crack a few jokes….but I always do that anyway, so it’s not something I put on. Joanna is quieter but has a calm face on an angel and people feel relaxed just seeing her!

Nelly Ajvasi : What are your plans as a team for the future?

J&I Photography: Our plans is to expand our wedding photography. This is our first love. We would also like to get into commercial photography more, working with models and designers. You can find J&I Photography here : http://www.jiphotographyforalluk.com