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Windsor Family Shoot – Chris, Emma & Family 2014

Emma contacted me in December looking for something different to give her husband for Christmas and so brought a gift certificate for a family photo shoot which she thought he would love.  Emma contacted me again in the new year and we arranged a date in April.  I had met Sierra & Ashbury a few years ago when they were just toddlers so I was really excited to see them again and to see how much they had grown and changed.  The girls were really excited to go on a little adventure and enjoyed running through the field and jumping off logs with their parents.  We all had a really fun afternoon with lots of laughter and it was lovely to see these two gorgeous girls again.

 

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Venice 2014

This year we finally had a weekend away without the kids to celebrate our birthdays.  We picked Venice – the last time I visited Venice I was Inter-railing with my girlfriends 23 years ago but this beautiful city had a big impact on me and I always wanted to return and rediscover Venice again. When you arrive in Venice you feel like you have stepped back in time or onto a movie set.  Its like nothing I have ever experienced before – its so magical, mystical, beautiful and romantic and even after all these years I still felt my heart skip a little beat when we arrived.  If you havent been then put on your To Do list – you wont regret it.

 

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Guildford Wedding – Whimsical Wedding Styled Shoot by Christine Maciocia, Event Stylist

Every year Christine Maciocia, an event stylist and artist puts together a couple of styled shoots for photographers.  This year she chose the theme “whimsical wedding”.  It was set on a beautiful farm with a gorgeous couple in vintage clothing.  Christine styled a romantic table for two nestled in the orchard of the grounds as well as styling a vintage tractor which look amazing.  She managed to get two stunning ponies for the models to ride and a couple of chickens were also thrown it the mix.  Christine is so talented, she worked so hard to pull all the sets together from the clothing to the table setting as well as making many of the beautiful props herself.  It was the most amazingly creative day filled with beauty and it was great to spend some time with other fellow photographers.  I am already looking forward to Christine’s next styled shoot later in the year.

Credits: –

Stylist & Props:  Christine Maciocia, Event Stylist (http://www.christinemaciocia.wordpress.com)

Location:  Whipley Manor Farm.

Models:  William & Christine

Wedding cake:  Truly Scrumptious Chesham

Hair & Makeup:  Natasha Howden (howden.natasha22@hotmail.com)

Owners and horses: Caitlin Fahy’s dressage pony Moonshine Boy and Vicki Glynn’s show horse Red Rock

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Windsor Family Shoot – Tommy & Harry

I absolutely love these two little brothers.  I took these guys out a couple of months ago to take some photos for their mum as a surprise birthday present.  Initially a little shy they both come round and we all had a giggle – they were both little stars and I really enjoyed spending the afternoon with them both and was even more excited to hear from their mum when she received a large collage frame of her gorgeous boys on her birthday – best present ever….!

 

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Brett Florens at SWPP 2014

I am a member of the SWPP (Society for Wedding & Portrait Photographers) and each year I attend their annual SWPP conference.  I love this event as it gives me the opportunity to meet with fellow photographers, catch up with friends and to also be inspired by lots of top industry photographers.  This year I attended a one day course with Brett Florens, an award winning, Internationally renowned wedding photographer based in South Africa.  I love his fashion meets wedding approach to his photography and so was very excited to meet him and hear about his photography journey.  The group met at the the All Stars Bowling Alley in Bayswater which is a really cool venue and would make for a great night out.  Brett talked through is approach, his strategy, target market and style while the models were getting ready and then we practised what he preached.  Brett was amazing, great teacher and really inspirational – you can read more about it in this months Professional Imagemaker Magazine where an image from the day is on the Front Cover.  Here is a selection of my own favourite images from the day….

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Casablanca Inspired Styled Shoot

So excited that our “Casablanca” inspired styled shoot has been featured on Boho-Wedding blog today http://www.boho-weddings.com/2014/02/27/casablanca-a-styled-shoot/……Thank you so much Kelly for sharing our beautiful shoot and creative ideas…..

The story unfolds with Rick entering “Ricks Café” not knowing that his long lost love is inside.  With the use of dramatic lighting we are able to encompass Rick’s loneliness as he sits at the bar lost in thought while Ilsa waits anxiously inside also feeling lost without Rick desperate to meet him again.  Then the intensity of the couple finally meeting for the first time in a years and their passion dramatically re-ignites.  Finally, Rich & Ilsa embrace and passionately part at the end.

It all started with a concept, a really creative mindset and an amazing team who all wanted to work together as a collaboration of talent using our individual skills to create a stunning styled shoot to inspire Brides and Grooms with their own wedding day.  Firstly, Christine Maciocia came up with a theme “Casablanca” and found the amazing location for the shoot.  Kate Hopewell-Smith and I were then brought on board – we loved the concept of movie and this great Hollywood era so pulled together a really wonderful creative team to help us with our vision.  The team including photographers, (Kate Hopewell-Smith and myself), an event stylist & props (Christine Maciocia), a make-up artist from Makeup for Brides (Cat Fransham), a beautiful designer bridal dress maker, a vintage accessories company called Cherished Vintage (Abby Gadd), a fabulous florist (Penny Hunter), a stunning vintage car and props supplier (Jeremy Pratt) along with a very beautiful modern day couple and together we went about creating a really special shoot with the overall aim to inspire Brides and Grooms to think about a different take on their own wedding day plans.We wanted to put our own creative spin on this story and as a team we worked hard to capture the essence of the movie with all the passion and drama of the story.   We hope through our imagery we have transferred this into something that the modern day Bride and Groom can be inspired by and incorporate into their own personal wedding day.  We consciously decided to use young models so that people could connect to our vision but overall we hope that we have done justice to this romantic concept and visually stunning old Hollywood classic.

We wanted to re-create the Hollywood Film Noir look and so the lighting was key to setting the classic cinematic tone for the couple shots and to invoke different moods to the scenes and the characters.  We achieved this by incorporating different lights and lighting effects which helped replicate the intensity and romance of the movie while showing Brides and Grooms how to use similar set ups and poses to achieve this beautiful style in their own couple shots on their wedding day.

The Moroccan theme also plays an important part – wanting to create an impact for your guests with the use of strong, rich colours for the table settings and seating plan, the clever use of props, vibrant table clothes, vintage table accessories (menus, table numbers, table settings) and added to this the vibrant use of beautiful flowers on the table to compliment the look and to tie in with the gorgeous bridal bouquet again with the use of stunning colours looks truly striking against the bridal gown.  In terms of the hair and make-up, we wanted to replicate this flawless Hollywood look from the movie that is both soft and classic with a touch of glamour to make any Bride feel extra special on her big day.  We had a different take on the traditional Bride and Groom’s choice of dress incorporating a contemporary and elegant look for the Bride with a stunning timeless designer Johanna Hehir silk and lace gown together with some gorgeous vintage accessories for the hair and pieces of vintage jewellery to compliment this romantic style.  We loved the idea of white-tie for the Groom instead of the traditional black-tie that is so often used – we felt this will set you apart from other weddings.  Finally, to set the scene and arrive in true Hollywood style the stunning vintage car that will add a real touch of class to any big day.    A massive thank you to all the amazing team that worked so hard to make this beautiful shoot happen.  We hope you enjoy it….

Now to introduce you to the wonderful creative team that made it all possible…..

Kate Hopewell-Smith
Photographer
website:  www.katehopewellsmith.com

Nikki Sheffield
Photographer
website:  www.nikkisheffieldphotography.co.uk

Christine Maciocia
Set Stylist & Props
website:  www.christinemaciocia.wordpress.com

Jeremy Pratt
Vintage Wedding Car & Props
website: www.firstchoiceweddingcars.co.uk
www.jeremy@la-maison.co.uk

Cat Fransham
Hair & Make-up
website:  www.makeupforbrides.co.uk

Penny Hunter
Florist
website:  www.penelopehunterflowers.com

Johanna Hehir
Designer Bridal Dresses
website:  www.johanna-hehir.com

Abby Gadd at Cherished Vintage
Vintage Accessories
website: www.cherishedvintage.co.uk

Marie-Francoise Wolff & Christopher Price
Models
website:  www.marie-francoise.co.uk

Jolliffe & Co
Suite Hire Company
website:  www.jolliffes.co.uk”>www.jolliffes.co.uk

Alexandria Lindo
Wedding Invitation & Menu
website: www.backthroughtime@embarqmail.com

Michelle Stewart
Table Rosettes
website: www.backthroughtime@embarqmail.com

Sandy Bahrich
Match Boxes
website: www.fireflynotesonline.com

Heidi
Printed Rose Petals on the table
website: www.burlapandblingstudio.com

 

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Happy New Year……

I honestly dont know where the time goes as I sit here again on New Years Eve thinking back on the last 12 months.  I have met some lovely families, gorgeous babies and photographed some fabulous weddings.  It is easy to forget all the big things as well as the little things that we achieve over the year and so this afternoon I will sit down with my family and we will dust down our Jar of 2013 and remind ourselves of the fun and successes we have had together.  I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the amazingly creative Christine Maciocia for allowing me to photograph so many of her creations, the wonderfully talented Kate Hopewell-Smith for taking me under her wing this year and being my inspiration, to my lovely family for your continued support and of course to all my amazing clients for allowing me to capture so many special moments in your lives……  Here’s to what 2014 has to offer……HAPPY NEW YEAR…..xx

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Caswell House – Christopher & Anna’s wedding

Second Shooting for Kate Hopewell-Smith at Christopher & Anna’s Wedding – Caswell House – Sat 6th July

The forecast was set to be hot hot hot and it didn’t disappoint.  I set off early to second shoot for Kate Hopewell-Smith at Christopher and Anna’s wedding which was going to be an outdoor ceremony set int he gorgeous grounds of Caswell House in Brize Norton, Oxford.

As I drove up the long, windy tree lined drive to Caswell House situated amongst beautiful Oxfordshire countryside I knew I was in for a real treat today – it was a quintessentially English affair.  I met up with Kate and we wondered though the main entrance of Caswell House and stepped into a fairytale – beautiful lavender lined gardens, climbing roses set amongst old stone walls and the quaint covered area where the ceremony was to take place.  After taking a little look around we then wondered back to meet up with the bride.  Anna  had chosen a short 50’s style dress with layered lace – it was so cute and the bridesmaids dresses were in a similar style with a lovely bold floral design.  Anna couldn’t wait to get into her dress – she was helped by her mother, sister and two bridesmaids.  She looked so sweet and glowed with happiness.

Kate and I left the bridal party to get organised while we ventured off to meet up with the Groom, his Best Man and Ushers.  They were in full suites and it was starting to get quite warm but they were all cool and were not worried about the heat.  I stayed with the Groom while the guests started to take their seats while Kate headed back to meet the bridal party.  We then all waited excitedly.  Anna walked in through the barn and out onto the lavender lined path and looked gorgeous.  The guests had their sun umbrellas up and fans wafting as the garden heated up but the Bride & Groom seemed lost in each others company.

The ceremony was very sweet and after the initial attempt to get the ring on the Brides fingers it all went really well and before we knew it the confetti was being throw to a loud cheers and the Pimms and Champage started to flow as the guests enjoyed their drinks on the lawn and games of croquet and skittles.

Kate and I took Chris and Anna off for some couple shots around the private gardens of the house and the amazing barley fields outside.  Kate has such a skill in directing couples and makes it so seamless.  Chris & Anna looked so in love and the setting was extremely romantic.

The band arrived so the couple cut their amazing Lego themed cake and headed into the barn for their first dance which was very rock n roll followed by the rest of the guests on the dance floor – not even the heat could stop this wedding party dancing……What a wonderful day in a picturesque setting….for more on this wedding go to Kate’s blog www.katehopewellsmith.com

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Blenheim Palace – Richard & Sarah’s wedding

Second shooting for Kate Hopewell-Smith at Richard & Sarah’s wedding – Blenheim Palace – September 2013

I was delighted to be second shooting for Kate today as the venue was the stunning Blenheim Palace – a venue that needs not introduction.  I met Kate at the gates and we headed over to meet Sarah at the hotel in Woodstock where she was getting ready with her mother and sister.  The room was buzzing with activity but Sarah sat cooly by the window having her make-up applied by Cat the amazing make-up artist.   Sarah’s dress and accessories were in her mothers room so Kate and I headed upstairs to take a look.  Sarah’s dress was just breathtaking with so much detail and all her accessories looked stunning too – we couldn’t wait for Sarah to put it all on.  Kate headed off to see the Groom and I headed off to the Palace – the couple had decided to get married in The Orangery inside Blenheim Palace itself which was so exciting.  On arrival the room was having the finishing touches put in place and Richard waited nervously at the front while all the guests arrived.  The room was simply beautiful and then Sarah entered to a string quartet playing – she looked so happy and relaxed.  The service was really heartfelt and they looked so in love.

After the service, drinks were served in the courtyard and Kate and I took the newly weds off for a few couple photos in the grounds of the Palace.  Kate is one of a few selected wedding photographers for Blenheim Palace and so has some special places to take the couple for some romantic shots – Kate is an inspiration to watch – how she interacts with the couple and how she uses the light.  It was the most glorious sunny day, as the sun struck the palace it turned a golden colour.

The couple then took to the receiving line and welcomed all their guests before the wedding breakfast.  After, Sarah’s mother made a sweet speech then Richard’s father, Richard and his Best Men all delivered very funny speeches which had the guests all laughing.

After the wedding breakfast, the guests make their way to the Great Hall for a special drinks reception and private guided tour of the Hall which was amazing before they all headed back to the Orangery for the dancing.  It was a real day to remember set in such splendour.  To see more of this wedding head over to Kate’s blog http://blog.katehopewellsmith.com

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Thyme at Southrop Manor Cotswolds – Jody & Sarah’s wedding

Second shooting for Kate Hopewell-Smith at Jody & Sarah’s wedding at Thyme at Southrop Manor in the Cotswolds – August 2013

I was delighted to be second shooting for Kate today as I love the Cotswolds and this wedding sounded so beautiful.  Jody & Sarah had chosen to get ready at the beautiful Southrop Manon in Southrop, Gloucestershire – a gorgeous cotswold clad building decorating beautifully inside with the service at the sweet little Saxon church also on the grounds overlooking the glorious Gloucestershire countryside and their reception at Thyme Manor itself also on the grounds of this gorgeous estate.

I met up with Kate at the Manor house where Sarah was busy with her Bridesmaids getting ready – she was the smiliest bride I have ever seen – filled with joy and excitement – she was just glowing.  Kate and I took her amazing dress downstairs to photograph along with the shoes, flowers and bridesmaids accessories.  I absolutely adored the feminine lace dress with the beautiful pink flower on her dress – it was breathtaking.  We then whizzed upstairs where Sarah was ready to get dressed.  She spent the whole morning smiling from ear to ear and looked simply beautiful.  Kate stayed with the bridal party and I headed over to the church to meet with Jody who was greeting the guests as they arrived at the quaint church.

Sarah led by her father and followed by all her bridesmaids made their way up to the quaint little Saxon church and when she entered Jody could hardly contain his emotion.  It was very overwhelming.  The service was lovely and full of atmosphere and excitement.  After the service the newlyweds led the guests to the drinks reception where a string quartet played as they drank champagne.  Kate and I took this opportunity to take the couple off for some romantic shots.   Kate is such a talented photographer and can see a location and know how to capture it perfectly – she is an inspiration to watch.

The guests were then led into Tithe Barn for the wedding breakfast.  The speeches were extremely touching and had most of the bridal party in tears.  The best men played a little film of their day and also of the Stag party which was brilliant.  As the sun was setting we took the couple outside one last time to get the golden hour before heading in for the cake cutting and first dance.  It was a really special day and I was honoured to be a part of it.  To see more of this wedding head over to Kate’s www.blog.katehopewellsmith.com

 

 

 

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Old Worleys Henley – Jonny & Bec’s Wedding

Second shooting for Kate Hopewell-Smith at Jonny & Bec’s Wedding – Worleys Farm, Henley – June 2013

I was thrilled to be second shooting again for Kate Hopewell-Smith and today I was very excited as the wedding reception was going to be at one of my favourite venues – Old Worleys in Henley.

In the morning I met Kate at Bec’s parents house where there was a hub of activity, the Bride was getting hair and make up done and the Bridesmaids were making sure everything was running on time.  While they were all finishing off their hair and make-up Kate and I took this opportunity to see the dress and take all details shots first – we were blown away when we saw the Sassi Holford dress along with all her gorgeous jewellery.  One by one the girls were ready and they came into the room to see the dress – then her mum entered and was moved to tears which nearly set us all off……!   Bec looked amazing – it was very Grace Kelly and I loved it.

I headed off to the church to meet the Groom, Best Man and Ushers and to photograph the guests arriving on vintage busses.  Everyone seemed in high spirits and excited about the day.  The church was in Sunninghill, Ascot close to their home and was very beautiful with amazing stain glass windows to the front above the alter which lit up as the sun hit it.  All the bridal party arrived with Kate on the fabulous vintage buses – the Bride arrived with her dad and looked radiant, elegant and graceful.  As the music started I could feel the tension building but everyone managed to hold it together and the hymns raised the roof.

After the ceremony the guests climbed back onto the vintage busses and headed onto the reception at Old Wosely Farm in Henley.  On arrival to the venue you are struck by the rolling hills and stunning countryside.  The marquee was set up on the hill with nothing but views from every angle.  The marquee was open at the front to allow the feeling of being outside in a field in the middle of nowhere and the roof was glass to allow the light in and the amazing colour of the sky.  The tables were delicately decorated and a huge glass mirror was used as the table plan with all the guests names written on it.  The cake was a layered cream and berry fruits which looked delicious – it couldn’t be more perfect even if you had dreamt it…..

The happy couple arrived and the guests enjoyed drinks outside in the glorious sunshine.  Kate and I took the couple off for some photos in the long grasses and their really sweet dog called Winnie joined us too.  The house is privately owned and we were kindly allowed to use part of their lovely rose garden for some of the photos which was a delight – the perfume from the flowers filled the air.

The guests stat down for their wedding breakfast and the Bride had arranged a special surprise present for the Groom – Jonny was given a little box and when he opened it he was in total shock as Bec had placed some photos of a new puppy she had brought and named Wosely after the venue  – he has always wanted a second dog and so he was almost moved to tears – what a wonderful present.

After dinner the Father, Groom and Best Men delivered very funny and heart felt speeches.  Afterwards, Kate and I took the opportunity to take the Bride and Groom out into the field one last time as the sun was setting to take some lovely romantic photos in amongst the grass.

The cake was cut, the band started to play and the Bride and Groom took to the floor……It was such an amazing wedding – everything from the dress to the vintage busses, the flowers, the details on the table and not to mention the stunning venue made for a really memorable and happy day I am sure they will remember for the rest of their lives.  For more on their wedding go to Kate’s blog http://blog.katehopewellsmith.com

 

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Blenheim Palace – Nick & Isabel’s Wedding

Second Shooting for Kate Hopewell-Smith at Nick & Isabel’s wedding – Blenheim Palace – May 2013

I was so excited to be assisting Kate Hopewell-Smith at the wedding of Nick & Isabel at a gorgeous Saint Mary Magdalene church in Woodstock followed by the reception at Blenheim Palace.  The weather forecast for the day was going to be gorgeous and sunny.  I arrived in Woodstock and all the spring flowers were in bloom with beautiful wisteria decorating the gorgeous stone houses along the sweet market town -it was picturesque and quaint.

Kate and I headed straight over to Hope House Hotel where Isabel and her bridesmaids were getting ready.  There was a flurry of activity and excitement for all the girls as they giddily moved from room to room making sure they had everything organised.  Isabel was very calm and cool and was taking it all in her stride.  She looked absolutely stunning as she put the finishing touches to her make-up.  She couldn’t wait for her bridesmaids to see the dress which had been kept a secret – Isabel called the girls into her room to see the dress and they stood gasping at it and how stunning it looked.  The girls all seemed so close and so happy for Isabel it was really sweet to witness.  Kate and I photographed Isabel getting into her dress and then I headed off to the Church to meet Nick.

The church was a short walk from the hotel and the Groom, Best Men & Ushers were all ready and welcoming the guests as they arrived.  Nick seemed to be as cool as a cucumber and was really taking the day in his stride.  We all headed inside as Kate walked with the Bridal party through Woodstock to the church for the ceremony.  Everything was in place and she looked just perfect.

The service was very sweet and heartfelt and the choir almost moved me to tears they sang so beautifully.  After the service, Nick & Isabel raced off to Blenheim Palace in an open top car while the guests walked the short distance front the village along the sweeping drive up to Blenheim Palace.   At the reception the guests drank champagne and listened to a string quartet while Kate and I whisked the happy couple off for a few lovely shots along in the amazing grounds of this stunning Palace.  Kate is one of a select few Blenheim Palace wedding photographers and so she knew of  all the really lovely places to take the couple for their romantic couple shots.   It was truly a wedding fit for a Princess and Nick told us while we are going off that Isabel has said she wanted to get married in a Palace so it really was her dream come true.

The whole day was unbelievable.  The lighting was just perfect as the afternoon sun hit the Palace it almost illuminated it with a golden glow.  The guests all sat down to the wedding breakfast in the Orangery and after the well delivered speeches the couple took to the dance floor for a very cool first dance and perfect end to a perfect day.  For more on this wedding pop over to Kate’s blog http://blog.katehopewellsmith.com

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Hampden House Great Missenden – Graeme & Amanda’s Wedding

Second shooting for Kate Hopewell-Smith at Graeme & Amanda’s Wedding – 22nd April 2013

I was thrilled to be second shooting again for Kate Hopewell-Smith at Graeme and Amanda’s wedding.  It was a sunny April morning and I headed over to Graeme’s mum’s house where I met up with Kate.  We photographed the boys getting ready and Graeme opened a little gift Amanda had left for him.  The boys were having lots of giggles in the garden and enjoying a glass of champagne.  We then both headed over to Amanda’s parents home near Wendover, Bucks.  On arrival Amanda was excitedly getting ready with her beautiful bridesmaids and her parents.   Amanda had a lovely eye for detail and had chosen a stunning dress, shoes and accessories along with beautifully coloured flowers for all the bouquets.  Kate and I went about taking all the detail shots while Amanda was getting her hair and make-up finished before she was helped into her dress by her lovely mum.  She looked amazing – the white dress looked stunning next to the Bridesmaids.  A gorgeous vintage car arrived and we headed over to the Church for the service.

Graeme, the best man and all the ushers were rallying all the guests into the church as I arrived and once inside Graeme looked a little nervous but his Best Man and ushers kept him laughing.  Amanda entered the church to a choir singing and the emotion of the day was seen on many faces including the Bridesmaids who were very overwhelmed.

After the service Kate took all the group shots in the grounds of the beautiful old church and then we all headed off to the reception at the gorgeous Hampden House in Great Missenden, Bucks.  It is a quintessentially English country house estate situated in the heart of the beautiful Chiltern Hills.   A harpist played as the guests arrived and drinks were served on the lawn.  The reception room was absolutely stunning with every attention given to detail and colour scheme – it all looked so stylish.

Kate and I took the couple off on their own for a few romantic shots in the grounds of this beautiful Manor before the guests sat down to enjoy the wedding breakfast.  The speeches followed and they were very emotional and heart felt.  Afterwards the guests mingled and enjoyed the fun Photo Booth, a sweetie table was set up and the disco started.  Graeme and Amanda finished their wonderful day with a lovely first dance.  It was a very beautiful wedding and a joy to have been a part of.  Kate is a wonderful and talented photographer – to see more of the wedding head over to Kate’s blog http://blog.katehopewellsmith.com

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Little Chalfont Family Shoot – Mair & William

Juliet contacted me to discuss taking some images of her 3 year old daughter called Mair and her 3 year old nephew William.  They were extremely close and she wanted to capture some fun and candid images of them playing and just being little.  Juliet said she had been meaning to do this for sometime and like a lot of things it can get lost on the to-do-list and she wanted to get it booked in otherwise she was worried she would have missed this little window.  We discussed the shoot session and Juliet said she would like some of Mair & William playing in the woods and then to head over to the stables to have some photos of Mair with her horse.  I was a little nervous but really excited to see how this would pan out – working with little ones and animals would certainly be a challenge…..  I met up with everyone in the car park of the woods near Little Chalfont, Bucks – Mair was very bouncy and chatty while William was initially a little nervous but soon overcame his shyness and they were soon both jumping around so we headed off on an adventure giggling and darting all over the woods.  Mair & William were so sweet together like little kindred spirits running around the woods playing happily in the autumn sunshine.  Before it got too late we all headed back to the car and drove over to the stables where I got to meet their beautiful black beauty called Jester….What a gorgeous and calm horse – Juliet has such an affinity with horses it was lovely to watch her gracefully guide Jester over to Mair and see how they all interacted so lovingly.  I took a few more shots of the children playing around the grounds of the stables before the sun started to set.  It was a really magical afternoon and I am thrilled I managed to capture such sweet moments of the two little ones together at such a cute age…

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Windsor Family Shoot – Willow & Bertie

I was asked to photographer little Willow by her parents and to also capture some images of their little son who was 10 weeks old.  We headed into a field filled with gorgeous purple and pink flowers and burnt grasses and spent some time playing in the field while the evening sun gently started to set.  It was a really fun couple of hours and I cant wait to capture some more of little Bertie as he begins to grow.

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Marlow Family Shoot – Millie & Max

I was contacted by Sarah for a little last minute shoot before Christmas of her two adorable children Millie & Max.  As the autumn weather has been so glorious I was delighted to have the chance to use this beautiful light and the stunning colours of the season and photographer two really cute little ones.

I met Sarah and her family at their house in Marlow and we headed over to a near by park.  I had brought a couple of props along as you never know if they will come in handy and also because little Max wasnt yet walking so I have brought some things he could hold on to along with a picnic rug and a trailer.

Millie was very excited and was full of energy and little Max was rather inquisitive by all the interest.  They were both really sweet and despite it being sunny it was pretty chilly and they both did really well.  They were an absolute delight to be around – what a lovely way to spend an autumns day…..

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Windsor Wedding – Ed & Marissa

I was delighted to be asked to photograph Marissa & Ed’s wedding which took place in the beautiful Windsor Town Hall with their reception at the gorgeous Queen’s Eyot which is a secluded four acre island on the Thames, a few miles upstream from Windsor and used to be the old Eton rowing club house only is accessed by its own private ferry.  I hadn’t seen Marissa & Ed since their engagement shoot in the beautiful bluebell woods earlier in the year so when we met at the Queen’s Eyot to run through the day there was lots to catch up on.

On the morning of the wedding I popped along to Brides parents house in the centre of Windsor.  Marissa’s two brothers, their partners and children had flow in from Greece so the house was a hive of activity.  Marissa was very calm as she sat having her hair done by Jess with the two little bridesmaids sitting nervously waiting for their turn.  The gorgeous bouquets supplied from Lavender Green in Windsor, the family prepared to leave and Marissa slipped into her beautiful dress from Monsoon.  I jumped in the amazing vintage car from Henley Classic Car Hire along the bridesmaids and headed over to meet Ed at The Town Hall while the car went to fetch Marissa and her father.  It was just after the changing of the Guards by Windsor Castle and we were worried about the traffic but it all cleared and we made it in good time.  The little bridesmaids giggled excitedly in the back.  All the guest were starting to file in while Ed and his Best Man sat anxiously waiting at the front for Marissa’s arrival.

The time had arrived, Henry (a family friend) played the piano as an excited Marissa and the Bridesmaids entered the room.  It was a very emotional service with two lovely readings from both Marissa & Ed’s sisters and a solo piano piece played by Henry at the signing of the register which was beautiful.

After the service, the guests walked down to the river where they were greeted by a glass of champagne and boarded one of the French Brothers boats for their journey to the Queen’s Eyot.  Ed is from a musical background and both he and his father sing and play many instruments and have many musical friends one of which was on the top deck playing the saxophone beautifully while we sailed off along the Thames.

At the reception the guests chatted on the veranda and the children played with the garden games on the immaculate lawn before heading in for the wedding breakfast.  The room was awash with the most beautiful floral arrangements I have ever seen which were supplied by Lavender Green in Windsor and looked just stunning. The amazing cake supplied by their friend Lyn stood proudly in the corner while the guests tucked into a delicious hog roast feast.

After the meal Ed, Marissa’s father, Ed’s father, Ed’s sister and the Best Man all delivered really heart felt speeches which were very emotional.  The couple cut the beautiful cake and headed onto the dance floor for their first dance sung by Ed’s Father and a few of their talented friends.  It was a perfect end to a perfect day.

Thank you to Tori Deslauriers  for all your hard work and assisting me on the day.

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The Little Book Magazine – Funfair Fashion shoot

I was very excited about photographing the fashion shoot for the winter edition of The Little Book Magazine which is a gorgeous local families magazine that focuses on family talking points, local events and things to do in your area along with lots of interesting articles about family holiday, local restaurants and much more useful information.  The magazine covers the Windsor, Eton, Ascot, Marlow, Henley, Beaconsfield and Gerrards Cross areas.   Jemma Slevin, the Editor-in-Chief of The Little Book Magazine and I had a meeting at the end of the summer to discuss ideas for this issue – we both wanted to incorporate the rich colours of the autumn children’s fashion this year  in a fun captivating environment so came up with the concept of shooting it at one of the gorgeous Carters Vintage Steam Fun Fair which travel around the country throughout the year.  We picked a date and headed off to the Carters fair in Engleford Green.  Our models for the day (Henry, Sophie, Charlie & Willow) were absolutely brilliant – there was a lot of temptation around with all the rides and candy floss but they happily tried on the different outfits and smiled throughout the session – enjoying a few of the rides as we wondered around.  Jemma styled the shoot with amazing clothes from I Love Gorgeous, Aquscutum, Zara kids,Daniels Department Store in Windsor, Joules and Marie Chantal.  It was lots of fun and I would highly recommend visiting the gorgeous Carters Steam Fair if you havent already – its a great day out for children and a trip down memory lane for parents.  The Little Book is available in many local shops along with all the large Waitrose stores in Beaconsfield, Gerrards Cross, Windsor, Marlow, Henley and Ascot.

 

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Windsor Family Shoot – Mark, Tizzy & Family

Last month I arranged to meet a lovely family near my home for a family photoshoot.  It had rained in the morning and I was worried we would have to cancel the shoot however, it cleared up and by lunch time it was perfect light conditions.  Mark & Tizzy’s children are a little old than most of the families I photograph so I was excited by the challenge of capturing young teens.  We met at the pub and headed off on a walk passing a gorgeous pond with beautiful weeping willows and then into an old orchard and into a lovely field.  The children were absolute stars and overcame their initial shyness quickly as we laughed our way around the field stopping to capture some fun along the way.  Everyone had a wonderful afternoon and I was so please that I managed to capture this gorgeous family in such great light.  I had a call from Tizzy the day she received the images to say that she loved them so much they reduced her to tears and for me that it why I love this job so much – it is about being able to capture those one off moments and freeze them in time so that you have some really lovely images to cherish for many years to come…….

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The Little Book Magazine – Autumn Shoot

A couple of weeks ago Jemma (Editor of The Little Book) and I headed over to the Carters Vintage Steam Funfair in Engleford Green Berks where we met 4 beautiful and very excited children.  If you haven’t yet discovered the Carters Vintage Steam Fair it is well worth a look.  The families that own it are all so lovely and the fair itself is just beautiful – it really takes you back in time to the old school rides and allows you to be a big kid again.   I have been working on all the images and yesterday Jemma came over to pick the final images for the autumn edition of The Little Book Magazine  which is a local families magazine covering Windsor, Eton, Ascot, Marlow, Henley, Beaconsfield and Gerrards Cross.  Here is a little taster of the gorgeous fair….  I cant wait to share all the images with you once the book has gone to print in a couple of week……watch this space…….

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