Rain doesn’t stop play

Half-term was a busy time for me with bookings everyday for 10 days – a risky strategy with the weather being as it is at this time of year.  If one day is a wash out it’s then a matter of juggling available weekends… and leading up to Christmas that isn’t easy.  On the whole the weather, lovely autumn light and colours were fab.  However, that wasn’t so for this family but they, like me, were not going to let a spot of rain ruin the day.  So, we put on wellies and went out and about around Hinton Ampner Gardens, and got wet.   I LOVE the results – especially in the shots where you can clearly see the rain.  Being boys, both children loved it, nothing quite like getting wet and muddy. Luckily, my clients loved the results too – everyone’s happy!

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A plan comes together

I’m sure, like me, you are always meeting people that fill you with energy, make you smile and just click with.  The lovely Fran is one of those people.  Fran runs a superb beauty salon in Southsea called Chocolate (on the basis of a little of what you fancy does you good – SO true!).  Having an hour with Fran, whether it’s a full body massage, or a manicure, is an hour spent in heaven.  Imagine my delight when she and I had one of our conversations and realised we could help each other out.    Fran has decided to offer special treatments for pregnant ladies and is really keen to promote them.  I love photographing women in the later stages of pregnancy – it’s such a special time and one that disappears so quickly once the baby is born.  So, in return for a much needed treatment or two I photographed a  client of hers, the lovely Lisa, to provide her with some promotional images.  We had a fabulous time in Lisa’s home capturing these shots – Lisa is delighted, Fran’s delighted….. and I’m delighted!

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Half-term in the Forest

It’s been a busy half-term for me with lots of families wanting lifestyle family portraiture sessions taken – ideal for Christmas presents (I know, the dreaded ‘C’ word).  This lovely bunch and I spent a fun 2 hours in the New Forest jumping on logs and swinging across streams… a child’s dream come true! Hope Dad’s going to be pleased when he opens his presents on Christmas morning.

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Being invited to photograph a couple’s wedding is a privilege and an honour and a good photographer knows the importance of recognising this.  It’s not to be taken lightly – after the vows have been spoken, the dress admired, couple toasted, champagne drunk and guests have left, all that remains of the day itself are memories… and the photographs!

The photographs that will mean the most to the couple, and can be the difficult ones to get, are those that show the true chemistry between the bride and groom.  The image that captures a moment that passes between them – a look, smile, laugh or thought…. here are  a few of the couples I’ve had the privilege of photographing.

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Hamish & Jess

The lovely Hamish and Jess are getting married in New Zealand in February so before the weather turned we headed down to Bucklers Hard in the New Forest to snap a few pre-wedding shots for them.  Not quite the South Island but a gorgeous setting all the same.

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Freya Natural Therapy

I was approached at the beginning of the summer by a lovely company called Freya Natural Therapy.  Freya specialises in aromatherapy products and massages and having been a client of hers myself I can vouch for both.  I was thrilled therefore when she asked me to help her create a new brand – this meant images for her website and marketing – starting from scratch.  The result is fantastic and credit must given to Freya who knew what she wanted and worked hard to ensure no compromises were given.  Some of the images are show below but take a look for yourself at the website to get the full effect www.freyanaturaltherapy.com.

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Amelie & James

Remember that lovely hot week at the beginning of September?  Amelie & James chose a day right in the middle for their engagement shoot.  How lucky were they?

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Lychees to Local

If you asked me to name my 3 top passions in life there is no doubt that it would be great food, great photography and the South Downs (not always in that order). Imagine then my excitement when I was invited to attend, and take photographs of, “Lychees to Local”, a food event being hosted by West Dean College – right in the heart of the South Downs… what a privilege.

These shots are of the event, some of the food we ate and the gorgeous gardens around the college at the moment – if you’ve got time it’s well worth a visit.

Sheila Dillon of Radio 4’s Food Programme, facilitated a discussion between 3 members of the Guild of Food Writers, Katie Stewart, Colin Spencer and Xanthe Clay. Rosemary Moon, self-acclaimed food activist and well-known cook in this part of the world, was present as co-host alongside West Dean but also laid on the most fabulous lunch of locally sourced food – proving that this area is ‘right up there’ with the best in food production.

There was too much discussion to write about but the panel touched on how food, and more importantly, cooking, has changed over the last 20 to 30 years. They discussed how food photography has changed (everything used to be in black and white!) to the introduction of Nouvelle Cuisine and onwards to the current effect of celebrity chefs. What was paramount was in the middle of all these goings on we somehow missed a generation of foodies – the ready meal being the problem. However, right now our passion for great food is back and growing and the more we can do to shout about buying British, buying local and encouraging and teaching the young of today the better. There are many obstacles to overcome yet – price being the top one in my opinion. In the current economy, just having enough money to feed a family can be a struggle, let alone worry about where it’s all come from….. (a good read about all of this is the newly published How the British fell in love with Food, compiled by Lewis Esson)

I’ll leave it there but one slide in particular summed up where we need to be going in our approach to food and I believe if everyone did this the world would be a better place, and we’d all be a lot healthier

Eat one meal a week knowing where the ingredients come from
Plant a fruit or nut tree
Eat less meat
Eat seasonal
Teach a child to bake a cake

Who’s with me?

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Painting the Countryside Yellow

If you drive anywhere in the UK at this time of year, you can’t help but see miles and miles of yellow fields – Oilseed Rape as far as the eye can see. It’s a true sign of spring and always brings a smile to my face. I was walking in West Marden last week and strolled to the top of Jubilee Clump where I took this lovely lot. It’s in the heart of West Sussex with views down to the Solent and Isle of Wight – spectacular on a clear day. It’s interesting that you’d imagine the best results would come with the sun out but it actually made the exposure extremely difficult. I’m still quite pleased with the results though – what do you think?

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Spring fun on the beach

The sun has finally come out this April bringing with it flip flops, t-shirts, sandy feet and happy children (big & little). The first hot weekend of the year just happened to coincide with a family lifestyle shoot that’s been in the diary for ages. I grabbed the opportunity to take them all to the beach and took this lovely lot of informal shots. I was so pleased with the results because it actually wasn’t that warm when we got there but luckily these kids didn’t mind one little bit. Wittering Beach, just east of Chichester is a fantastic place to visit at all times of year and is right up there on my favourite walk list. At the very end of the beach is East Head with old wooden piles to climb all over and lovely sandy dunes to roll about in. I really like the results and can’t wait to get back there one evening this summer for the lovely soft light and amazing colour you only find on the coast. All comments welcome!

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