I am very excited to have taken delivery of my new albums. I offer a range of products but I do particularly adore these timeless contemporary albums which I individually design using your beautiful images from either your wedding day or lifestyle session or boudoir session. These beautiful handmade, leather bound albums come with a choice of colours to match your taste and are printed onto thick archival paper and inks which will preserve the images from your special day for future generations to also enjoy. I hope you love them as much as I do…..
I was lucky enough to have been invited by my very dear friend to join her on a Spa day at the absolutely stunning Coworth Park Hotel & Spa in Ascot, Berks. The hotel is set in the most beautiful countryside surrounded by gorgeous fields of poppies and makes an ideal venue to host a wedding. There is a marquee in the grounds for the wedding reception or the use of the Barn and it is only 45 minutes from London. The spa experience itself was wonderful and we felt like we were in heaven – fantastic treatments, extremely tranquil and very relaxing. What a way to spend a Sunday afternoon – I have the best friends…..
I love all the seasons we go through each year but I particularly love the autumn – the crisp mornings, mist rising, amazing light, beautiful sunsets, the smell of bonfires smoke in the air and the stunning change of rich colours of the leaves…. The fashion for children is also really lovely at this time of year too with gorgeous chunky jumpers, mittens, stripy scalfs, timberland boots, duffle coats in rich purples, oranges, burnt reds and dark blues…. Why not capture this gorgeous season with your family and book a family shoot with your little ones over the half term – limited spaces – and have some stunning images to decorate your home with this Christmas and they are also wonderful as really personal gifts to give to your family this year…. Please contact me if you wish to book before the spaces go……
I met up with Lucy & Ross a while ago to discuss their intimate wedding in Bath in July at the Guildhall and with the reception at the gorgeous Bathwick Boatman restaurant which is one of my favourite venues in Bath and is situated above the old rowing boathouse directly on the river Avon. They were such a relaxed and sweet couple who have a gorgeous little boy called Rory – their day sounded so lovely that I couldn’t wait for it to come around. ON the big day Lucy got ready at home with her mum, son and bridesmaids and I met the wedding party at the Guildhall. Ross and his Best Man seemed extremely calm and all the guests settled in before Lucy and the wedding party arrived. It was one of the hottest days of the summer but everyone seemed relaxed but excited. Lucy and her bridesmaids look absolutely gorgeous as did little Rory. The beautiful peach colours of the bridesmaid dresses along with the gorgeous mint shirt of little Rory highlighted Lucy’s stunning Monsoon dress perfectly. After the service we all headed to Bathwick Boatman which has a warm, friendly, relaxed feel and was decorated with bunting and beautiful flowers that Lucy’s mother had arranged. There was a brilliant acoustic duo playing lead by Sam Eason as the guest arrived and enjoyed Pimms on the terrace over looking the glorious river Avon glistening in the sunshine. The speeches were extremely emotional and had everyone both laughing and crying. They are such a special couple and so matched everyone was just so happy for them it was lovely to witness. After the wedding breakfast the Bride & Groom had organised a river tour with the Bath Boating Company which took the party along the river to the weir and onto the centre of Bath which was stunning. Everyone had the most wonderful and happy day it was such an honour to have been a part of it….
A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to go along to Christine Maciocia’s second styled shoot. It was set in the gardens of a stunning Edwardian Mansion in Buckinghamshire. I was extremely excited as Christine is the most amazing event stylist and all her styling is always so beautiful but nothing could prepare me for the stunning scene that awaited. I arrived and headed over the a beautiful walled garden lined with rows of fruit trees set back from the main house but next to a lovely converted barn. When I saw the table Christine had created it nearly took my breath away – it was so romantic and beautiful and would make a stunning top table for a wedding or a vintage birthday party with your girlfriends or a christening or any special occasion – it was really a work of art and with the back drop of the old stone walls and the lines of fruit tress you could have been transported to a rural vineyard in France. The models arrived and two little twins called Rosie and Delilah and their big sister Lily along with two gorgeous little brothers called Joe & Sam who were all little stars throughout the afternoon and enjoyed dressing up and playing make believe in the magical gardens. I want to be transported back there now…….I hope you enjoy the images from the day….. Thank you again Christine letting us into your creative world……If you are looking for an event stylist for any occasion then I would definitely recommend you get in touch with Christine for a unique look to your event…..
I was delighted to hear from Emma who was expecting a baby in early July. She contact me to ask whether I could come over a few days after the birth to capture a few images of her little ones first days so when I finally got the call last week to say that she had had a little boy called Bertie I couldn’t wait to pop over and meet the little man. I arrived to a very calm and peaceful house. Emma looked relaxed and happy and baby Bertie was sleeping soundly. I couldn’t believe how little he was – at just under 7 lbs he looked like an angel fast asleep, perfect features, lovely black hair and teeny weeny feet and hands. So gorgeous…… He was a little star throughout the shoot and I think I may have even got a little smile at the end…….. I can’t wait to watch this little man grow he is adorable.
Since the weather is so unpredictable in the UK and with the recent rain we had been having Jemma, the Editor in Chief at the Little Book Magazine and I were getting a little anxious about the beach shoot and so decided to have a second shoot in place in case the weather did intact stop play. Christine Maciocia was putting together a styled shoot for photographers at her house and so we decided to use this opportunity to have a little fashion shoot for the website.
The theme was to be a vintage tea party. Jemma and I met at Christine’s house and headed into her garden to find a magical vintage inspired tea party that Christine had created with a massive, beautiful cake she has hand make from various props as the centre piece for her table. The children were delighted and ran around squeaking while we hurriedly got them changed into some gorgeous clothes that Jemma has sourced from some fabulous children’s clothing ranges such as Mimo, Poppy Children, Vertbaudet and Monsoon.
The children seemed to be in the party mood and so we went with the flow and managed to capture the vibe and excitement of a beautiful, summers children’s birthday party.
We have also received some amazing feedback from the clothing companies about the shoot – here is on from Katie Hordern and the Vertbaudet PR team…”Wow that cake is AMAZING! I really love this shoot – it’s right up my street. Thank you for including so many pieces from Vertbaudet, we are thrilled”. And another from Bianca at MIMO “I have loved your beautiful coverage. Great pictures, great kids and I thought the trousers looked particularly good…..Thank you for including Mimo”.
Thank you again to the amazing Christine Maciocia for her fabulous and unique styling and props, Jemma from the Little Book Magazine for sourcing all the children’s lovely cloths, all the clothing companies and for Rebecca from Lilys Flowers who kindly donated all the beautiful flowers no the table. We hope you enjoy the essence of the party…..
I was delighted to be approached by Jemma, Editor in Chief of The Little Book Magazine which she started a couple of years ago and has grown the magazine to now cover Windsor, Eton & Ascot as well as a publication for the Henley & Marlow area launch last year and this year she also launched the magazine in Beaconsfield and Gerrards Cross areas. It is a gorgeous little families magazine that covers everything you need to know for your family in your area from lovely clothing boutiques, to fun days out, school information, hot topic discussions and many many more. In each issue Jemma likes to add a little fashion photo shoot to match the season and to make for a colourful and fun addition to the magazine.
We had a little meeting to discuss various themes for the shoot and came up with a summer beach theme although it would involved a lot of hard work to co-ordinate but would be ideal for the next issue.
I introduced Jemma to Christine who is a wonderful stylist – we discussed our ideas and she was excited to come aboard and help on the shoot with the props and styling. We all got together and sounded out our ideas and then arranged a date at West Wittering Beach in East Susses – a beautiful protect cost line with soft golden sand and gorgeous multi coloured beach huts. The day arrived and we all set off early to avoid the crowds. The weather had been touch and go but the forecast was fine so we took our chances and all headed off to the coast. On arrival Christine got to work on the styled shoot area down by the sea – she wanted to created a vintage ship wrecked look about the shoot and brought an amazing vintage cast iron children’s cot, lots of stunning props some of which she had hand made. Jemma arrived with the beautiful children’s clothes from designs such as Timberland, Hacket, Joeles, Poppy Children, Ralph Lauren, Jo Jo Maman Bebe, Mino along with some more props lent to her by Sarah, the owner of the gorgeous boutique gift shop in Windsor called Cocoa Bean.
The children were so excited and a little bemused at the scene being created by Christine down on the beach – it was also creating quite an interest from fellow beach gowers. The children got changed and couldn’t wait to get started. The were all so sweet and so well behaved. The morning was very chilly and so they did a great job in their little summer outfits not to freeze but by the time we moved onto an outfit change and different area of the beach the sun started to break through and they soon warmed up. The kids played piggy back races by the beach huts, hide and seek in the sand dunes and tag along the beach. The finally ended up sitting down for a vintage inspired picnic to finish off the perfect beach day out.
Thank you to Christine for the styling and props, to Jemma from The little Book for the wonderful fashion styling, all the clothing companies and to all the brilliant children that made the shoot so special….
The Little Book Magazine summer edition is out in Windsor, Ascot, Henley, Marlow, Gerrards Cross and Beaconsfield and is a gorgeous little families magazine which is information on every aspect for family life – you can pick up a copy in most of the Waitrose shops in these towns. I hope you enjoy the shoot as much as we enjoyed putting it together. Here are a few images from the shoot……
I have worked with Christine Maciocia many time and was excited to hear she was putting together a styled shoot for Photographers – she puts these together twice a year for Photographers to have some fun and take some really different and sunning styled shoot photos. Christine is an established artist specialising in vintage textiles and event/room styling. She creates amazing bespoke book art for families, vintage framed products of your children or loved ones printed onto silk and cleverly uses various vintage textiles to create a real heirloom as well as putting together lovely styled shoots for photographers. Her house is an Aladin’s Cave and every corder has a stunning hand made vintage lampshade, or book art or painting – it is a real feast for the eyes and she has such a unique talent. Christine had spent weeks sourcing props and hand making most of them including the centre piece for the table which was an over sized stunning cake made she says from items she found at home……! I wish I was that clever….! Her garden has a magical feel and she has created three little areas where we could photograph the children she had arranged to come along and model for us for the day. One was the beautiful turquoise birthday table, there was also a hammock and a tree house, then the den where she has made for the boys with vintage trains, old suitcases and books and creative table where there was a vintage typewriter with little props on the table. Christine had brought 2 outfits for the children to change into and the girls arrived first in these amazing blue summer dresses which matched the table perfectly and the little boys in cute shorts and white shirts. All the photographers had fun with the children in the different areas they wanted to play in before we stopped for lunch and the children changed into different summer dresses for the girl and baker boy trousers with braces and caps for the boys – they all looked so cute and they were all so well behaved considering there was a lot going on, a lot to look at and a lot of unfamiliar faces. I had an amazing day – it was lovely to spend the day being creative with a group of like-minded photographers and share knowledge, chat about our businesses and exchange funny stories. I can’t wait to see what Christine creates for her next styled shoot on Sunday 21st July….
Big thank you to all the little models – Charlie, Imogen, Ella, Dylan, Poppy, Jesicca and to Rebecca from Lilys Flowers who supplied the lovely flowers on the tables and to Chervone from Hobbs Salon in Northwood who worked on the girls hair and made them look so pretty and to Christine for creating such a magical day for us all….
I was recently commissioned to produce a romantic image for a wedding present. The brief was a romantic picnic for two and had to include an old vintage bike in a field….. gulp….was my first reaction – where am I going to find that…?? I spoke with an old neighbour who luckily had kept an old bike from 30 years ago – it was perfect. I then contacted the lovely Christine who lent me some props and we headed over to an old orchard behind my house and set up the scene. I think if you had been passing by the field you would think there were a couple of crazy ladies in the orchard as we tried to carry the vintage suitcases, china tea pot and cups, flowers, cushions, hamper blankets etc over the fence and across the field – how we managed to get the bike over I have no idea but where theres a will theres a way – anything for Art….!!! It all looked so pretty it was a shame we had to pack it all away but I hope you enjoy some of the romance in these images – you may need to view holding a glass of champagne. My client was thrilled with the finished print.
I was so delighted to be featured on Under the Vintage Veils blog today with a styled fairy wedding shoot collaborating between myself and some of my talented friends. I hope you enjoy this magical, whimsical fairytale as much as we enjoyed putting it together….. Thank you Sara for sharing – it was such a magical day for us all…..x
Here is the link
This morning, we are swooning over this dreamy delighthttp://underthevintageveil.com/2013/07/fairy-shoot-whimsical-wedding/
Neil Thornton from Le Papillion Patisserie contacted me to ask if I wouldn’t mind if he used one of my images of his amazing cakes in his new brochure……how could I say no. Neil creates the most beautiful cake – take a look at his website if you need any inspiration for your special day or special occasion.
Today I spend with a very dear friend of my doing a beautiful and femmine boudoir shoot for her birthday. She was very brave as it is always a little daunting and intimidating when you start to think about a Boudior shoot and actually getting to feel comfortable infornt of the camera in your underwear but she did an amazing job and after a few initial nerves we managed to create some lovely images which represent her gorgeous line and female form. It was a real pleasure to do and makes my job really worthwhile when you gain fantastic feedback and help to grown someones inner confidence.
Happy Valentines Day
I popped over to see Christine Maciocia a fabulous Artis and Event/Room Stylist for the morning. When I arrived she was busy putting the finishing touches to a beautiful and romantic Valentine’s Table ready for a romantic couple to enjoy a beautiful evening together. Love was definitely in the air that day…..It was so beautiful I wish I could have picked it up and taken it home with me. I hope you enjoy the images and that it inspires the romantic in you…..x
Last year I photographed a really special out door wedding of Gary & Pauline at Herons Farm, Pangbourne and I was extremely excited that Kelly was kind enough to feature their very special day on her Boho wedding blog. It was such a colourful, personal and happy day – I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed photographing it….. Here is the link…..
I have spent the last few months redesigning my website and hopefully making it more user friendly. I was very excited when it finally went live after lots of late nights getting it all together. Please take a look – I hope you enjoy it and feel free to get in touch if you wish do discuss your wedding plans or to chat about a family shoot – I would love to hear from you…… www.nikkisheffieldphotography.co.uk
Marissa used to work in the Montisorri nursery my children used to go to in Windsor and she was the most adorable teacher you could wish your children to have when they first start those school years – she makes everyone feel so welcome, relaxed and happy as her sunny personality radiates and she just makes you smile. I was thrilled to hear from her last year for the first time since my children had left and was delighted to hear she was getting married to Ed and that she would love me to be her photographer…..I was truly touched and honoured to be asked. Fast forward a few months and we set a date for their engagement shoot. Marissa loves Bluebells and so asked if I could find a bluebell wood for their shoot. I decided to take them to a gorgeous little wooded area I had know as a child and visited many time in a village called Hedgeley in Buckinghamshire. We all met one morning and headed off on a little walk. I had been a couple of weeks earlier but due to the terrible rain we had over the last few months the bluebells were not fully out and so I had my fingers crossed that the dry smell from the last few days had managed to help the bluebells come into full bloom. We headed up the path and passed the beautiful Church at the top and then in further into the woods behind the church. We were chatting about their plans for their big day and how they were feeling when we turned the corner and in front of us was a blanket os bluebells – it was just a see of blue…….Marissa was so excited and I was pretty blown away as it looked so pretty and magical. Ed is a music teacher and so had brought along his guitar as they often go for picnics and he brings this along with him on their days out together. I thought it was extremely cute and so I took a few photos of them with the guitar and then some amongst the stunning bluebells before heading out into the fields. I am so glad I had this chance with Marissa and Ed to see them relaxed and excited about their forthcoming wedding and I am now so excited about their wedding in September – it will be the most wonderful day……
I absolutely love Italy and one place I have visited on a number of occassions is the Amalfi Coast from Possitano, Almalfi, Sorrento and the beautiful hill top town of Ravello. If you are looking for a romantic break, a wedding or honeymoon destination then I would definitely recommend this part of the world. I would love to one day be lucky enough to photograph a wedding in one of this stunning locations. View full post »
I was introduced to Rebecca, the owner of Lily’s flowers through a mutual friend and last year and we got to chatting about our businesses and so took the opportunity to take a trip over to see Rebecca and her wonderfully creative team at work.
On arrival the girls where busy getting flowers ready for a wedding and so the room was filled with the most heavenly scent. All ll around the girls were blooms and blooms of gorgeous flowers, ribbons and accessories to create the Brides bouquet, the Bridesmaids bouquets, table centres for the reception and arrangements for the church. Everything looked so pretty I couldnt resist taking a few shots of the finished articles.
I was also lucky enough to take some photos for Rebecca at Oakley Court for her advert in the Oakley Court official Weddings Brouchure. Rebecca styled a stunning wedding banquet table in one of the large pannelled rooms over looking he gardens and river. The Oakley Court Hotel is such a stunning setting for a wedding reception, situation right on the river and accessible via boat so you could arrive to your reception in style. Rebecca is so knowledgable and friendly and I wouldnt hesitate to recommend her company to anyone looking for a florist for a special occasion or event. For more information take a look at her website http://www.lilysflowers.co.uk/