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A walk by the seaside and a chance for some {time out}

It’s been super busy lately. Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining at all! Taking beautiful and memorable images is part of my daily life and I decided, on this wonderful day full of sunshine, to take some time out … just for me. Alfie, my little Tibetan Terrier (boy has he changed since that picture …) joined me on the beach, just five miles from where we live.

And here’s what I saw …

As we walked along, it amazed me how much detritus there is on just a short section of the beach … but beautiful shapes and shadows and textures too.

And yes, that is a skull in the top left hand of the next montage …

I just took one lens with me, my lovely 85mm f1.8 … it makes you think more about setting up the shot rather than just clicking away …

And here’s an up-to-date pic of our little one …

He’s almost fully grown now and celebrates his first birthday in December. What a year it’s been … and it’s not over yet! Enjoy the sunshine wherever you are – it’s back to work for me now!

Free photo studio at All Nine Maternity at Chalkpit Farm Rural Shopping near Canterbury

On this gorgeous bright beautiful day, Christmas seems so far away. However, if you are stuck for gifts and would like to have some professional and fun photographs taken, why not pop along to my latest joint venture with All Nine Maternity. We have set up a studio and the session is free. Digital files are available for purchase on the day for £15 and there is absolutely no obligation!

All Nine’s website is here: and directions are all on the website.

Do pop by and say hello and whilst you’re here, you can visit all of the other shops and get some inspiration too!

Karen and Dan – the story of their wedding day

To see this sign waiting in reception made me a little bit sad …

You see, the day before had been quite glorious, but Karen and Dan’s wedding day dawned with drizzle. But there was a specific reason why they had chosen this day to celebrate their love. It was the fourth anniversary of the first time they met … there were photographs throughout the venue, memories of happy times together and family members no longer with us …

Karen and her gorgeous bridesmaids were in the throws of final preparations when I arrived. The boys were … late!

But the rings were in safe hands

And the boys were looking rather dapper …

But back to the girls … and THE dress!

Karen, you looked absolutely stunning!

And so did her bridesmaids, twin sister Fiona and best friend Vicki

The time for the ceremony was fast approaching …

And kissing …

And love … lots and lots of love …

And the bank of photographers for the signing of the register – there was a lot of competition!

Time for the formal photographs (inside because the light was fading fast and it was raining) and also some not-so-formal formals!

And then onto the wedding breakfast and time to circulate and chat to their guests …

And the speeches …

And the cake cutting (the cake was made by Karen’s mum and was superb!) …

And the first dance, and the sparklers … but one of my favourites was a quick grab shot of Dan’s guess at the dress …

And then to close, a final sparkler shot and time to leave the party, with a very popular photobooth in the corner and a great disco, I am sure that they partied long into the night.

Congratulations again to you both and hope that you had a lovely honeymoon – please feel free to leave comments for the lovely couple! xx

Outdoors photoshoot … {sneak peek}

I was asked by a good friend of mine to shoot her sons. In the nicest possible way … Michele didn’t want the cliched photographs in a studio against a white background. She wanted a representation of her sons … so we went to the woods …

Using a mix of available light and off camera flash, we had time to be a bit more creative.

I think we also managed a bit of “rock star photography” …

Different characters, different looks

So I hope that we fulfilled mum’s creative brief without a white background in sight! Thanks for all your help boys and for climbing that tree, too!

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Protected: Katie, Greg and bump – a maternity shoot {sneak peek}

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Karen and Dan wedding {sneak peek}

I now know that my blog is read on a regular basis. As I was leaving Karen and Dan’s evening reception, Karen’s mum took me aside and said “When will the sneak peek be up? I check your blog every day …”. So, Janet, this one is for you (and, of course, for Karen and Dan!).

It was windy and rainy during yesterday’s wedding, but it certainly didn’t put a dampener on the events. I felt so very welcome amongst the diamonds, pearls and kilts and thanks to everyone who pitched in to help, particularly Vicki, one of Karen’s bridesmaids and Howard, Dan’s best man.

I just couldn’t resist this pic either …

More will follow in the story of Karen and Dan’s day but Karen, you looked absolutely stunning and Dan, the poem was just perfection (even if it didn’t completely rhyme …).

Much love to you both and be in touch very soon.

xx

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