I first met Alison and her family during one of my school photo retake sessions, they were such a fun-loving bunch that I knew I was going to enjoy our longer session together.
We met at Cuttle Brook nature reserve on a frosty morning. The sunlight was gorgeous but we had to keep moving to stay warm!
The seasonal headwear certainly made me smile (and kept a few heads warm too!)
The dogs really enjoyed being out in the nature reserve, there were lots of new smells for them to investigate.
But no one had more fun than the boys when they found the rope-swing over the stream!
A huge thank you to Alison and family for the fun, I hope you love your photos!
You might have noticed by now that one of my favourite things to do is take a family for a fun session at Coombe Hill. There is so much space to run around and keep the children entertained, which was particularly important on the cold, sunny day when I met up with Caira and her family!
It was a large family group, with 8 adults and 3 children (including 1 newborn) and we enjoyed a brisk walk around the pathways, trying to keep warm in the chilly wind.
The 2 bigger kids were so much fun, they obviously love each other to pieces and they were determined to have an adventure together. I especially loved the little boy's bear hat, how cute is that?!
We didn't stay long on the exposed hilltop as it was so cold but we did manage to get a couple of group shots before we headed into the woods for some shelter.
The playground in the woods is always a good spot to head to when it's too cold out in the open (and the kids need more exercise).
A huge thank you to Caira and family, I hope you had as much fun as I did and you love your photos.
You might remember Amanda & Luke from their fun (if rather muddy) engagement session earlier this month. We had a great time and I knew that I was going to enjoy their wedding.
The forecast for the wedding day was a bit worrying, Storm Brian was due to hit overnight Friday and the entire area had a weather warning for wind. It was certainly gusty as I arrived at Amanda's parents' house but the sun was shining and there was lovely light as I took photos of Amanda getting ready.
Amanda's family were very excited but she was amazingly calm!
Before we knew it, it was time to leave for the Church (Long Crendon Baptist Church). Amanda looked completely beautiful in her wedding dress and was ready to travel in her amazing vintage Rolls Royce.
At the Church, the bridesmaids were waiting patiently in the entrance and Luke was inside with his groomsmen.
They didn't have long to wait before Amanda arrived with her Dad, Charles.
We took a quick photo on the Church steps before Amanda made her big entrance.
Charles was beaming with pride as he walked his daughter down the aisle.
Luke looked so happy to see his beautiful bride and I couldn't help but notice how proud their pastor, Paddy, looked too. He's known Amanda for years and was obviously thrilled to share her special day.
The ceremony was wonderful and full of laughter.
We used the balcony to get a shot of everyone together in the Church before heading outside.
The weather was challenging at this point, rain showers kept passing by and there were some very strong gusts of wind but we managed to get a shot of the couple on the steps before attempting some confetti shots (the wind blew most of the confetti away before it fell!)
The party then moved to the gorgeous Manor Farm Barn, our plans to take some photos in the garden were spoiled by the heavy rain showers and strong winds so we stayed inside the lovely warm barn instead.
Amanda and Luke had added lots of personal details to the barn and it looked wonderful!
The cake (by Cakes by Kit) and flowers (by The Flower Shed, Oxford) were stunning and made real centrepieces for the event.
The guests were very well cared for by the staff and soon it was time for the speeches. They were very funny and there were lots of reactions to capture, especially when the Best Man was sharing stories about Luke!
Then came the cake-cutting before the band arrived and the dancing started!
Thank you so much to Amanda, Luke, their family and friends for a wonderful wedding. It was a truly uplifting day and it an absolute pleasure to be a part of it.
SSNAP (Support for the Sick Newborn and Parent) is a hugely important charity to our family. Our youngest son spent the first 2 months of his life in the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford and while we were there we experienced the hard work of SSNAP and the difference it makes to those who have sick babies in the NICU and SCBU.
Lara and Andrea have organised several events to fundraise for SSNAP and, when they approached me about providing photography for this year's charity ball, I was more than happy to participate.
The theme for the ball was 'The Great Gatsby' and everyone seemed to really relish dressing up in style.
The guests enjoyed a 3-course meal before dancing the night away to music from Solly's Discos
In all, the evening raised over £2600 for SSNAP which is a wonderful achievement by all. I'm sure this money will be well used to help sick babies and their families.
I've known Amanda's family for years but hadn't seen Amanda since she was a young child so it was lovely to catch up with her (and meet her fiance, Luke) during our pre-wedding session at Coombe Hil.
It had rained quite a bit during the week before so it was muddy in places, we definitely needed our wellies. I think they add a fun element to the photos!
We had a great time wandering through the woodland and enjoying the views from the monument.
What really struck me about this gorgeous couple is their sense of fun, I think we're going to have a good time at their wedding later this month!
A huge thank you to Amanda and Luke for braving the mud with me, I hope you love your photos.
You may remember Chelsea & Tom from their engagement session back in June (and the front cover of August's Look Local magazine) and how much I was looking forward to their wedding day. It was clear just how much they loved each other and getting married really was the icing on the cake for them.
The big day was beautifully sunny and warm. I arrived at Beaconsfield Registry Office a little early and waited in the street for Tom to arrive with his son and best man.
After a few photos, they were all rushed inside to wait as Chelsea didn't want Tom to see her before the ceremony!
Shortly afterwards, Chelsea arrived. I know I say this about all of my brides but she looked absolutely STUNNING in her gorgeous lace gown.
Soon, it was time for the ceremony to begin. First to enter the room were the gorgeous bridesmaids (I think little E stole the show!)...
... and then Chelsea made her big entrance, looking very excited (I love this photo)
The ceremony was simple and heartfelt with laughter all around.
Soon we were introduced to the new Mr & Mrs Carter!
After the obligatory confetti shot, we moved on to the The Ivy House in Chalfont St Giles, it's the most beautiful little pub with lots of interesting details. They had done the most amazing job with the table setting, it was breathtaking!
We used the lovely outdoor space to take some more formal photos (and to enjoy the bouncy castle!)
I then left the new Mr & Mrs Carter and their friends and family to enjoy the rest of their day. Many congratulations to Tom & Chelsea and thank you for letting me be part of your celebrations.
You may remember that I tried another of Saal Digital's products earlier this year - the Alu-Dibond wall decor - and so I was keen to experiment with their range of photobooks. As mentioned in my review of the wall decor, it's hard for photographers to try out potential products without investing substantial amounts of money and the scheme with Saal allows me to try new products for minimal cost.
I looked through the range of photobooks offered in Saal's design software and decided to the try the 10 page 19cm x 19cm Photobook XT. I already offer larger, more expensive photobooks to my clients and wanted to investigate a more affordable option. The software was easy to use and I was able to quickly add photos and text to my design and complete my order. I was very pleased to receive the book just 4 days later, a very prompt service with an hour's delivery slot advised beforehand.
The colours are bright and true to my original photographs and the glossy finish is very attractive.
I deliberately placed some photos across the centre fold as I wanted to check if the pages truly were "lay-flat" and I was satisfied with the result.
The photobook was a brilliant way to see my photos in print and to be able to tell the story of my wedding photography. Again, I am very pleased with this product from Saal Digital.
I've known Kerry for a few years now so I jumped at the chance to photograph her wedding, she's always a fun person to be with and I knew her wedding would be a wonderful occasion to be a part of. I'd only met Jay a couple of times but I knew how thrilled they were to get married and how much they dote on each other.
The day started with Kerry and the 3 boys at the family home. She was unbelievably calm considering how much planning and hard work she'd put into the big day. She enjoyed having her hair and make-up done and squealed with joy when she saw herself in the mirror!
Her Mum was on hand to help everyone get ready for the big day, the boys looked adorable in their matching suits!
Once Kerry was in her gorgeous dress, it was time to leave the house for the ceremony.
We soon arrived at the Registry Office where the excitement was contagious!
The guests were ready and waiting, including Jay's Dad dressed as a chimney sweep for good luck.
Jay and his groomsmen were chatting nervously in the ceremony room, they didn't have long to wait before Kerry made her grand entrance.
The ceremony was simple and full of laughter, soon the happy couple were declared to be man and wife - such a joyous moment!
We left the Registry Office and had the obligatory confetti moment on the steps.
The next venue was Thame Football Club for the Reception. We were really lucky to be given access to the Stadium itself and we had fun taking some unique photos there.
I don't know many brides who'd be happy to run around a football pitch in their wedding dress but Kerry was most definitely up for it!
The room itself looked amazing and was filled with lots of little details that Kerry had organised herself.
My favourite item was the fantastic LOVE sign, we had to get a photo in it!
After the delicious meal, the happy couple cut the cake and did their first dance together.
I then put my camera away and enjoyed the evening as a guest myself, a new experience for me.
A huge thank you to Kerry, Jay and their family for an amazing day, it was a joy to be part of it.
I first met Lianne and her family just over a year ago where we spent a wonderful hour enjoying the bluebells and views at Coombe Hill (blog post here). This time I got to meet the other side of the family (including their gorgeous newest addition) and to discover a new location - the beautiful Ashridge Estate.
We met by the Monument and found a very useful wooden bench nearby where all 4 generations of the family could pose easily, very important for Lianne's 93-year-old grandmother.
We then moved into the local woodland, discovering lots of spots for photos as we walked.
Keeping Master W entertained was a challenge but his Grandad proved very useful in making him laugh at just the right moment. He obviously loves his Grandad very much!
A big thank you to Lianne, Peter, Willoughby, Flynn, Heidi, Jol, Heather, Richard and, of course, lovely Granny!
I'd been looking for a camera harness for a while, I loved the idea of having something that would help spread the weight of 2 cameras and lenses during my event work but couldn't justify the £200+ price I'd found online.
A friend suggested I try Etsy and a quick search found Erik's shop, known as Pretty Dead Cow. I looked at the more traditional colours of leather but when I found the plum / boysenberry option I was totally smitten! It also helped that this handmade item was half the price of the others I'd seen.
When the harness arrived a few days ago, I was keen to try it out.
The concept is very simple - there are 2 loops that cross in an X behind your back.
Hanging from the bottom of each loop is an extension that screws directly into the tripod fixing on your camera (there are also nylon security straps, not pictured here).
I'm looking forward to using the harness properly at my next wedding (in 2 weeks). I'll be share to get some photos of it in use and share them :)