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Majken Kruse - Photographer and Photography Tutor / Teacher

 

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Surrey portrait &  wedding photographer and tutor Majken Kruse. Counties regularly served include London, Surrey and the Home Counties. Main towns & cities are London, Cobham, Claygate, Esher, Oxshott, Walton, Weybridge

Majken Kruse wedding, & portrait photographer and tutor  

Majken's main photographic practices have been in Surrey, London & Home Counties and the West Country.  She specialised in creative portrait (private and business) and wedding portraits  with a difference.

Majken taught professional and experienced amateur photographers by providing photography tutorials and mentoring - photographic tuition, 1-2-1. 

 

 

My style is flexible and I seek to customise my cover to your wishes. Much of my work is at a location of the client's choosing. For tutorials the content of each session is tailored to your needs and progression.

Good photography needs professional processing and printing. I work with digital photography and also offer both colour and black and white film and select my laboratories to meet the needs of the situation.  Most albums are custom built to your order.

When photographing a wedding or a set of portraits my aim is to provide a range of photographs that reflect your wishes. This can be a mix of formal, informal, creative and/or reportage style photographs. My relevant experience started as a model in front of camera and extended later as a photographer.  This dual background and my creative eye, enable me to help you to get the best photographs. Together we capture both carefully posed but relaxed compositions as well as those that arise spontaneously.  While a photographer needs to adapt to the location and  weather  (whether taking  portraits on locations or photographing weddings or social events) I always seek to make most use of natural light.

With my main practice in the UK - Surrey, London and the Home Counties, I carried out most of my assignments at your home, office or location suitable to you, in the region and occasionally the West Country. I also travelled to larger assignments outside those areas.

 

Majken Kruse is widely travelled having lived in Denmark and Canada as well as the UK.  Over the years Majken has travelled through Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and the Americas.  After an early modelling career Majken became a London professional photographer and has many years experience in photographing people - portraits, weddings, social events and PR.  She has qualified as an Associate of the British Institute of Professional Photographer (ABIPP), an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society and as a Craftsman of the Guild of Wedding Photographers.  Along side her work as a photographer Majken also helps / teaches developing professional and amateur photographers with tutorials (one to one master classes) / courses.  Majken has has broadcast on photography in California, USA . Majken is now based in Surrey, Esher.  See Awards and Client references to see further references to Majken's work as a photographer. See Publications and Press for information on Majken's contributions to photography publications and press cover of Majken's work.

Career highlights

Born in Denmark, moved to Canada with her family as a young teenager

Early career as a model in Canada and USA with international assignments

Moved to London, UK: Continued as a model and in films both acting and in distribution - started active photography

1987 Professional London Photographer - weddings, portraits, PR  - joined the BIPP

Moved with family to Somerset extending her photographic practice to the West Country alongside continuing her London and Home Counties practice.

Extended professional qualifications to Associate of the BIPP and the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) and a Craftsman of the Guild of Wedding Photographers

1998 Started giving photography tutorials / courses / tuition along side work as a photographer

Moved back to London / Home Counties arear.

Awards  

Majken Kruse has won both regional and national awards for her photography,  She brings to her work experience as a professional model and natural creativity as well as her expertise and years of experience as a professional photographer. Majken qualified as a Craftsman of the Guild of Wedding Photographers, an Associate of the British Institute of Professional Photographers ( BIPP) and an Associate of The Royal Photographic Society. 

 

Client References and Testimonials

The best recommendations come from delighted clients. The quotations below are taken from my clients and show their enthusiasm for my work:

Bride and Groom, Event and Portrait Client's:

"Great to see you on Saturday and I can say again that we’re really happy with our photos.  Thanks again and looking forward to having them [the larger photographs] up on the wall."

"I just had to let you know how much we love the album.  It is a wonderful record of our day and you have created something really special.  The large photograph at the end is terrific, so lovely to have it as a grand finale" 

"We wanted to sat thanks you so much for your wonderful photographs.  They are superb.  We couldn't have chosen a better photographer"

"I hate  photographers. I must tell you I enjoyed today’s photography because you made it fun"

“Just wanted to say a VERY big thank you for the gorgeous album.  It is absolutely perfect.  I love the little touch at the end of that picture of us by the Arch”  

"Our album is absolutely stunning. It’s everything and more than we hoped it would be. So many people have commented on the originality of the layout and the high quality of the photographs. Any opportunity to show it off to someone new is very welcome."

"The photographs are great – thank you. Everyone who sees our album says they are the best wedding photographs they have ever seen."  

 “Thank you for photographing our wedding so superbly.  The photographs arrived at the weekend and look spectacular.  We are delighted with the end results.”

We had a wonderful wedding day and you captured the day beautifully in the photographs, creating a fantastic diary of the day.  It has been incredibly difficult to choose which photographs not to include in the album”

"We are very pleased with the photographs and it has been a challenge to choose only a few favourites.  Your disciplined yet imaginative approach on our wedding day was a great success. We thank you for being an integral part of making our wedding day so special.".

 References from businesses and from professional and amateur students

Having personally used Majken for several photo sessions and been so pleased with her work, Majken was first choice for the photographs we needed for our Association.

As the No1 Online Party Directory for every type of party we believe that for the best ever time you need the best products and suppliers, at the best possible prices. That's why PartyPages believe that Majken Kruse ABIPP ARPS Photographer is one of the best in the industry. Offering the best money can buy, Don't bother contacting anyone else until you have spoken to Majken Kruse A BIPP A RPS Photographer. We are sure you will not be disappointed.   Iain Gallacher  MD PartyPages.co.uk

Just a brief note to thank you for an inspirational day and may I say what a great teacher you are  - re photography tutorials

Publications & Press

Surrey, London and home county wedding photographer with portrait & PR practice

Publications

While Majken mainly works on an assignment basis, her work has also been selected for illustrations in magazines and books including several publications on photography and to illustrate articles and web sites.

Broadcasting

Majken has been a UK guest contributor to the USA based Photo Talk Radio

Press 

Majken's photographs have illustrated magazine cover of Esher and its surrounds and many contribution have been made to magazines and press articles.

 

Majken Kruse Wedding Photographer - Press Comment

Reviews of Majken's work by the press include the following article:

Abstract: An article from the Western Daily Press - Ruth Wood

Majken Kruse Wedding Photographer and Photography Tutor


BRIDES bored with conventional “say cheese” wedding pictures are turning to top photographer Majken Kruse for a touch of magazine-style glamour, writes Ruth Wood.

A WHIRL of confetti showers the happy couple as they walk hand in hand into the glorious sunshine.  It is a magical, unforgettable day. Only the wedding photographer appears stressed as he tries to shepherd 101 guests into a dignified pose on the church steps.  When everyone has been squeezed into place, he utters those immortal words and the grinning guests repeat through clenched teeth: “CHEESE!”  

Two weeks later the photographs arrive in the post.  The bride looks radiant, of course, but the groom is squinting at the sun and the best man is masked by a feather sprouting from a mother-in-law’s hat. One of the bridesmaids has disappeared up the bride’s gown and the pageboy is picking his nose.

If this sounds familiar then you obviously didn’t book photographer Majken Kruse for your big day.

Majken, who lives in Wells **, Somerset , is the West Country’s best wedding photographer according to the prestigious British Institute of Professional Photographers.  When she scooped the title this year, it was the latest in a string of regional and national awards, books and magazine articles to add to her name.  [ ** Majken has since moved her main base to Esher on the Surrey - London borders ]

Although Majken’s wedding photos are mostly for private clients, they wouldn’t look out of place in any number of glossy bridal magazines.  ”A bride wants to feel like a model on her wedding day,” said Majken, who began her own career as a model. “This is her chance to look the best she has ever looked in her life. I think more and more brides-to-be are looking at the glossy magazines and the glamorous celebrity wedding pictures for their inspiration.”

“They don’t just want the conventional wedding album where the photographer meets the party at the church, goes snap, snap, snap, and ends up with these boring formulaic shots where everyone looks stiff, self-conscious and unnatural.”

The last word you could use to describe Majken’s technique is ‘formulaic’.  ”I like to do something different each time, to be more creative and imaginative,” she said.

Some of the prints are pure sepia-coloured nostalgia and classic black-and-white Marilyn Monroe glamour. Others relish in the vibrancy of crimson velvet, midnight blue satin, bridal white through a window reflecting golden sunlight and summer leaves.  Majken’s pictures capture the romance of a wedding, particularly the special bond that drew two people together long before they entered the church or registry office. A couple shares a tender embrace behind the opaque privacy of a bridal veil, a laughing bride stoops to rub noses with her beau who sits on a garden wall reaching up to touch her cheek. A groom leans against a tree in a park watching his beautiful bride approach, her skirts swirling around her.

 ”Some photographers pay all the attention to the bride,” said Majken. “It’s important to me that the groom looks great too, that he looks relaxed. It’s the same with group shots; if people feel happy and natural they immediately look better.”   

Originally from Denmark , Majken lived in Canada and London before she moved to Somerset seven years ago with her son Keanan, now 16.  As well as being a Craftsman of the Guild of Wedding Photographers, she is an Associate of both the British Institute of Professional Photographers and the Royal Photographic Society.  Earlier in her career as a photojournalist, she photographed such stars as David Bowie, Michael Keaton, Margaret Thatcher and George Bush senior.  Today Majken specialises in weddings, social events and PR material.

“It’s ironic really because my university careers advisory test showed that I should be a photographer or a journalist,” she said. “But I ignored the advice and became a model instead. For many years photography was just a hobby until my friends started to say ‘You know what? You’re pretty good at this.’  I’ve never looked back.”

Majken’s practice covers Surrey,  London and the Home Counties - Photography and Tutorials in Photography - based from Esher, Elmbridge

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