Photographer & Photography Tutorials
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
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
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.
Born in Denmark, moved to Canada with her family as a
Early career as a model in Canada and USA with
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
Extended professional qualifications to Associate of
the BIPP and the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) and a Craftsman of the Guild of Wedding
1998 Started giving photography tutorials / courses
/ tuition along
side work as a photographer
Moved back to London / Home Counties arear.
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.
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
"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
"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"
photographers. I must tell you I enjoyed today’s photography because you made it
“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
“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”
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.
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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
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.
Majken has been a UK guest contributor to the USA
based Photo Talk Radio
Majken's photographs have illustrated magazine cover of Esher and
its surrounds and many contribution have been made to magazines and press
Majken Kruse Wedding Photographer - Press Comment
Reviews of Majken's work by the press include the
|Abstract: An article from the Western Daily Press - Ruth
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
, 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
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
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.
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
, Majken lived in
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
London and the Home Counties
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