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Tom and Carrie – Wedding at Gosfield Hall

May 19, 2009

Saturday dawned as a bright and blustery day, but this didn’t dampen the sense of excitement when Carrie, Lindsay and their Mum Kathie arrived at Gosfield Hall to get ready for the big day! Amongst a million hair pins and a suitcase of make up, the girls set about their excited preparations.

Gosfield Hall is a stunning Essex Wedding venue, with the most amazing and extremely large Bridal suite! (seriously it’s bigger than most people’s houses!) The stunning bridal bouqet was Orchids and Calla Lillies, made by the fantastic Tolly’s Flowers.

It was a lovely relaxed day, with guests travelling from as far away as the USA to join them and a real contented feel. You only have to watch Carrie and Tom together to see the total love and commitment between them. It’s in their eyes and smiles for each other.

Taking pictures with these two is a real treat, both of them can’t be serious for more than about two seconds, so there is always plenty of laughter and antics.

Here are just some of my favourites:

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Toby and Maja – Engagement

May 15, 2009

Last weekend I travelled to Somerset to meet up with my brother and his fiancee Maja.

Toby and Maja are getting married in September, in Gdansk, Poland. From the pictures I have seen on line it’s a stunning old city, and the in side of the church jaw dropping.

It promises to be a great day and I am really looking forward to shooting their wedding pictures, although my Polish needs some extreme work before then!

Talking to Maja last week, I learnt a lot about weddings in Poland. They seem to start very late in the day, and go on all night! Some of the key celebrations taking place after midnight so I am sure it’s going to be a great night.

My brother is like me – not keen on being in front of the camera, so we spent lots of time messing about, another thing that happens when we get together. We did however manage to get some great shots and these are just some of my favourites:

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I love the sun and vintage feel to this one! My Favourite!

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UK [b] School GTG 29 April 2009

May 5, 2009

I’m a bit behind with my blogging so this is a little late. (Sorry all!)

Last Wednesday saw the first get together of the UK [b] School contingent.  We met at the Broadlands Hotel near Barnsley in South Yorkshire. This was a midway point as we are all very widely spread throughout the UK.

For those photographers amongst my readers who haven’t come across the [b] school…. The [ b ] School is all about helping photographers connect with one another on line and in life. Perhaps the photographers in your area aren’t real keen on helping each other out, well… we are looking to change that with the [ b ] School by helping you connect with other like minded photographers, check it out.

It was great to meet:

Stewart Randall

Rebecca Honeywell

Peter and Laura Lawson

Susie Lawrence

James Pearson

Stuart James

Here we all are:

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All of us have a common approach to sharing knowledge and advice with each other. So as you can imagine at our first meet up there was lots to talk about. Many of us having travelled a great distance, we made the most of it with a full 4 hours of non stop chatter about photography.

James, Rebecca and Peter and Laura brought some albums with them, from a variety of different suppliers so it was great to see not only each others work but also share feedback on the many different album suppliers, here’s a peek of the album viewing.

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The album is a stunning Kiss Album

We also shared a number of great resources and other album providers: (Guys if I have missed any please let me know and I will add them in)

Photomechanic

Design Aglow

Kiss Albums

Finao Albums

Animoto DVD slide shows

I am in the process of organising a UK [b] Scool trip to Blackpool for late September early October. We are intending on having some speakers and then going out to have some fun with our camera’s along the sea front and amongst the bright lights and fairground no doubt. If you would like to come and join us please get in touch. For those of you who are already members of the [b]school I will be posting details in the UK Forum, shortly.

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Gemma and Claire – Beach portraits

May 5, 2009

At the weekend I had the absolute joy of photographing Gemma and Claire at Hopton on Sea, Norfolk.  These two knew exactly what they wanted and how to pose for the camera. It felt like a session for America’s Next Top Model!

Choosing my favourites was really hard, but I just love these images in black and white.

We had so much fun, Gemma and Claire you were real super model stars!

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Anthea – Portraits

May 5, 2009

This session has been unwraps for weeks and I have been bursting to share it with you.

Anthea wanted a really special present for her partner Hector who is currently away in Japan for TWO YEARS!! Because my blog also links to Facebook and twitter we didn’t want Hector having any chance of a sneak preview, so I have had to wait to share these with you.

Anthea has just come back from a trip out to Japan to see Hector for a couple of weeks and I have the green light to share these photos from her session with you.

Anthea is a real ball of energy as anyone who attends her Jazzercise classes will tell you. This was altogether a more relaxed girls afternoon, lots of outfits, feathers and fun.

Anthea you were a dream to work with, hope you have a fab time in Japan with Hector.

So here’s a sneaky glimpse:

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A tear jerking surprise

April 21, 2009

I was completely bowled over yesterday to come home and find a huge box by the back door.

What was it?  I hadn’t ordered anything. I wasn’t expecting anything. Had they got the right house? Label check, having dropped all my bags all over the path in a hurry, showed that yes it was indeed for me and therefore at the right house.  

I do love a good surprise, and I am always curious and excited when I get one, so as you can imagine I didn’t hang about in opening the door so I could get in and open the box.  So excited in fact I left my bags in a heap on the path, opened the door, picked up the box and carried it carefully inside. At this point I should say that the box was 2/3rds the size of me!

What on earth could it be?

Carefully prising open the top of the box I was met by the most wonderful smell and sight of a stunning bright yellow flower arrangement. Mouth now open and tears welling up I carefully lifted them out of the box and hunted for the card to see who was sending me flowers…..

What I found was a lovely message of thanks from Sally and Jon that tipped those tears over the edge and left me speechless.

Sally and Jon, thank you so so much, the flowers are gorgeous and completely unexpected.

Here’s a peek at the glorious yellow flowers in the stunning April sunshine.

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Emma and James Engagement Session

April 20, 2009

In complete contrast to Thursdays wedding, the sun was out brightly on Saturday for Emma and James’ engagement photos.

We made the best use of the fine weather and took Megan, Charlie and Dexter the dog to the park in Ely. What an amazing park area for kids, they could lose hours in there! (I could have lost hours there, all the play equipment was big enough for the big kids too!)

Emma and James are getting married in August and I am really excited to be shooting their wedding. It promises to be a really close intimate family day.

Here are some of my favourites from the weekend:

First Megan in action

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And Charlie, eyes full of mischief

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Not forgetting Dexter

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And finally, but by no means least, Emma and James

Some high key love

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Bright green grass

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and finally just somewhere far away

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