Coral & Trevor

Coral & Trevor

Coral & Trevor were wed at the lovely Maidens Barn in, Essex.  I'd had a wonderful pre-shoot with them and their lovely little girls last Autumn so I was really looking forward to the big day!  Coral wore Maggie Sottero with shoes by Pink Paradox with Trevor dressed by Grooms Room.  Corals bridesmaids wore a very flattering peach colour and the lace theme fitted perfectly throughout and the florals were simply divine - the bouquet, a crescent shape 'thrown together' style by the always amazing Springfield Florist.  The day was very much a family affair and we were made to feel so welcome by everyone - such a pleasure to document weddings like this!  Congratulations Mr & Mrs Sowter, you kicked off the year so beautifully!

Supporting Cast

Venue: Maidens Barn

Florist: Springfield Florist

Hair: Michelle Walker

Make Up: Debbie Lloyd

Cake: Baked with Love

Groom & Groomsmen: Grooms Room, shoes by Next

Brides Dress: Maggie Sottero

Brides Shoes: Pink Paradox

Bridesmaids Dresses: Chi Chi Clothing

Flower Girls Dresses: RJR at Debenhams

Magician: Darren Delaney

 

 

10 on  10 April

10 on 10 April

This month has delivered a couple of new arrivals!  We brought our new Ragdoll baby home, he's a seal mitted boy who just had to be named Hooper since he's Chief Brody's sidekick!  Also in March, 13 Years after witnessing my sister give birth to my eldest nephew, I was lucky enough to be present, and document the very swift arrival of my youngest (and probably last!) nephew. Parker takes our nephew count to 8!  Such an emotional and unforgettable day, I'm so thrilled to have been able to capture his birth story for my brother and sister-in-law, who was an absolute warrior! The other images of choice are just my favourites from in-between with second photo in being our one and only niece among all those boys!

Get your click finger at the ready and follow our blog group around, starting with a trip across the pond to Philadelphia to the wonderful Evelyne Lourenco!

E Family have a Spring Shoot

E Family have a Spring Shoot

Essex Family Documentary Portrait Shoot in the Park

Another of my returning clients, I love these guys - they are always up for trying something new and the kids energy knows no bounds - winning combination for portraits with personality!

The M Family Spring Mini's

The M Family Spring Mini's

Spring Family Portrait Shoot in Essex Park

I first photographed this little trio last summer so it was just lovely to see them again, they've grown!  I love that by shooting outdoors (or indeed at home), without the confines of a studio,  I can always get my little customers to relax very quickly and enjoy exploring their surroundings.  Guaranteed to capture Portraits with Personality - after all, I truly do believe, Real is Awesome!

The W Family at Marshalls Park

The W Family at Marshalls Park

Essex Spring Family Portrait Shoot

So finally, it looks like we've seen the back of Winter and Spring, is definitely in the air!  This lovely trio helped me kick off 2017 Portrait season in a lovely, quiet little park in Braintree and come on, are they not just the most gorgeous family?!

Baby E turns 1!

Baby E turns 1!

Family At Home Lifestyle session for Baby Girls 1st Birthday

I can't express how much I love shooting 'at home' sessions for families with babies and younger children and none more so than when its for returning clients like this lovely lot who were celebrating a certain little girls First Birthday!  Young children in their own environment relax into the session so quickly and provide an element of chaos from their unpredictable natures thats hard to replicate.  Each session is different and I love to see where they lead!

Spring Mini Shoots - Sunday 12th March

Spring Mini Shoots - Sunday 12th March

Spring Mini Shoots - natural Children & Family portraits shot at an outdoor location

Hello!!  Thanks for coming over!  For those of you not familiar with Mini Shoots - here's a quick explanation.  You choose a time slot by clicking here to head to the booking page, turn up at the meeting point (to be confirmed - I'll email you exact details the week before) looking fabulous in your Spring attire, I photograph you and your children in as many different poses and scenarios as we can fit into 20 minutes!  Its fast and its fun!  Feel free to bring along any favourite toys, your best silly faces and dance moves and we'll get those giggles captured forever!  

A week later (in time for Mothers Day!), I'll email you a link to your online gallery where you'll have somewhere between 50 and 100 images to choose from.  Included in the price of the Mini Shoot is 5 High Resolution, digital images to download - yours to print, share and create gorgeous gifts with.  You can also opt to purchase any extra images you might like directly from your gallery including digital downloads, prints of all sizes and finishes and various wall display options.

If the weather is bad on the day of the shoot - we'll need to use the back up date of 19th March - this is why I state it is very important you are available on both dates - whilst we can wish for a gloriously sunny Spring day, the UK weather doesn't always comply!!

The cost of the Mini Shoot + 5 Fully Edited, High Resolution Downloads is £80 - thats a saving of £75 off the regular price!!!

If you have any questions about the Mini Shoot, feel free to get in touch!  Really hope to be photographing your family soon!

10 on 10 February

10 on 10 February

A little of what we got up to in the last month....went into London to see a Star Wars exhibition and spend a little time just me and the husband for our 12th wedding anniversary, it was freezing.  Ava turned 10 so we partied the weekend before (twice!) and ate out after school on the actual day and it was freezing. Florence kept out the cold with her fox hat because, yes, you've guessed it, it was freezing! The cat found the warmest spot in the house and rolled around in it.  She wasn't freezing.  Hurry up Spring!

Pop on over to Kuala Lumpur (where I suspect it's marginally warmer than the UK!) to glimpse a little of the life of the remarkable Min Mohd!

Autumn Portraits with The Charles Family

Autumn Portraits with The Charles Family

A Family session on a stunning Autumn day

The Charles Family wanted an Autumn shoot, hoping for a crisp, clear day so they could dress up in stylish layers and get some colourful shots and we totally lucked out!  It doesn't have to be the middle of Summer to achieve great outdoor portraits.  Autumn lends the most wonderful light and as the sunsets earlier in the day, you don't have to wait until late evening to capture the perfect golden hour!  I love it when larger family groups come along to a session, its really sweet to see the relationships between siblings, cousins and each family unit so, if you are thinking about enquiring, why not ask Mum & Dad or maybe the in-laws if they want to join in?!

Come follow me, I'd love to have you on board!

 

Robyn & Ian

Robyn & Ian

A gothic inspired autumn village hall wedding.  Bride wears her Mother's vintage dress.

I first met Robyn & Ian last Spring when I shot their pre-wedding session and from the beginning they came across as very much in love and with very definite ideas about how their wedding was going to be.  Robyn had a magnificent Pinterest board with the theme, in her words 'Wild, gothic literature with a moody and dark colour scheme' and yet it was still such a thrill when I arrived at the hotel on the morning of the wedding to see the dresses and the incredible flowers and it just got better as the village hall was quite simply breathtaking. 

I think though my favourite images are Robyn putting on her dress - her Mum's dress from her 1980's wedding had been beautifully re designed and Mum's reaction was so wonderful, as was Robyn's best friends! So many happy tears at that point!

Robyn & Ian met at primary school in Year 3 so they really are childhood sweethearts, such a perfect love story!  They had involved so many of their friends on the day, it was such a wonderful, warm atmosphere at was plain to see not only their love for each other but everyone at their wedding were just so happy for them.

I think I'll stop there and let the imagery speak for itself.  I'm sure you'll agree that Robyn and Ian did a remarkable job bringing their together their vision and that wonderful little village hall was transformed perfectly!

Supporting Cast:

Venue: Rotherwick Church & Rotherwick Village Hall

Cake: Hannah Duncan at Oh My Crumbs

Caterer: Canapes by Yo Sushi, Wedding Breakfast by Big Pan Paella and Evening Food by Mission Burrito

Musicians: Etham Basden

Grooms Outfit: Simon Dowling

Bridesmaids: Choice of their own dress for a bohemian look

Brides Dress: Bride's Mum's dress, re-designed by Nortier Shallows

Brides Shoes: Handmade vegan ballet shoes

Flowers: Silwood Park Nurseries, Ascot

10 on 10 January

10 on 10 January

10 on 10. My family documented in photography 

I had to opt out on last months 10 on 10 and really missed participating with this incredible blog circle.  We've all been pretty poorly this month, but luckily recovered just in time for the Christmas festivities, still, we've stayed in the warm, and spent a lot of time with the ones we love.  The girls have played beautifully together with new toys and its been bliss to stay in bed late, watch old films in our pj's while we puzzled over what day it actually was!  Then, before you know it, its January and already Christmas seems like a distant memory.  So all thats left is to wish you a peaceful and prosperous New Year!  

Now, pop on over to Breanna Peterson in Alaska and follow the blog circle to see what the last month has looked like!

Lucy & Tony

Lucy & Tony

A champagne gold Autumn Wedding with a hint of Wales, hosted at Maidens Barn, Essex. Bride wears Justin Alexander & Jenny Packham.

I met Lucy & Tony in late summer to shoot a pre-wedding session with them and I knew their wedding would be alot of fun - they are both very warm, bubbly people who had a wonderful sense of ease with each other.  The wedding day dawned unseasonably warm but the colours of the season were still predominant, perfectly matching Lucy's champagne gold colour scheme.  I headed to The Saracens Head, Dunmow where the Lucy and her bridesmaids were prepping, they were already in full party mode!  Tony had left Lucy surprise gifts which had them all in floods of tears and howling with laughter - lucky girl had Kate Spade handbag, some incredible looking macaroons and, a trip to Paris (didn't that boy do well?!).  Meanwhile, the boys were getting ready at the couples home, where even their pet tortoise got in on the act!  Then, it was all off to the beautiful Maidens Barn, nestled deep in the heart of rural Essex.

Lucy and Tony's ceremony was, well, just joyful - look at their faces! These are two people very much in love.  Once they were Mr & Mrs, we went off for a little stroll around the grounds to get a few portraits.  They were both really relaxed, partly I think because we'd had that practice run but mostly because they were simply very much caught up in the moment and so I adore what we captured together in that time.  Then we moved onto a few group shots, again, this wonderful lot made it very easy and thoroughly enjoyable - I love the character in some of these captures!  

After dinner (might I add the food is always top notch at Maidens Barn!) we went straight into speeches, and these were rollercoaster speeches, hilarious to emotional and right back to hilarious again. Then the real partying ensued.  This bunch know how to party - that dance floor was hit hard from the very start and I'm pretty sure they carried on way after Id said my goodbyes!  

Bravo Mr & Mrs Hardy, what a lovely day for a very lovely, warm and welcoming bunch of people!

Supporting Cast

Bride's Hotel: Saracens Head, Great Dunmow

Venue: Maidens Barn, High Easter

THE Dress: Justin Alexander

Brides Shoes: Jenny Packham

Rings & Brides Bracelet: Tiffany & Co

Groom & Groomsmens Outfits: Ted Baker Lizard at Moss Brothers

Hair: Albina Colella

Make Up: Jenni DeFalco

Flowers: Springfield Florist

Cake: Egg & Moos

Bridesmaids Dresses: Biba Dresses

Videographer: Three Cheers Media

Weddings - "Best of 2016"

Weddings - "Best of 2016"

Some of my favourite Wedding images from 2016

Well, 2016, weren't you a blast!?  I've continued the trend of increasing my weddings this year and have broken my record again in 2016.  I can honestly say that every single one has been unique, beautiful and a just a joy to shoot.

A few things have happened this year to friends, to loved ones, to clients that have made me consider what I do and led me to believe even more, what a powerful thing photography is.  Photographs matter because the people in them matter - at the core of the images I take are real people, living real stories. They love, change, laugh, cry, win and loose.  What I can do is capture the truth of their story and those images will matter infinitely to the incredible people I have the privilege of photographing.  And I really do consider it a privilege.

So while 2017 is looking even busier and promises to be another stellar year for me, I'd really like to say a great big thank you to all my glorious couples - past and future - who invite me in to be a part of the biggest day of their lives and trust me to tell their story through my eyes.  

For me, capturing love will never get old.

Portraits - 'Best of 2016'

Portraits - 'Best of 2016'

Portraits & Lifestyle - a round-up of my faves this year!

Just that really!  So hard to narrow it down from this year but all my faves are the wonderful, natural moments when all these gorgeous little people and families let their guard down and I see a little bit of their character and how relationships work together.  That to me is far more beautiful than a row of faces saying 'Cheese', because, lets face it, Real, is awesome!

Emily & Stephen - a Pre-Wedding shoot

Emily & Stephen - a Pre-Wedding shoot

An urban love shoot in Shoreditch for a very modern couple.

When Emily and Stephen said they'd be up for an urban pre-wedding shoot, I have to say, I bit their hands off!  Don't get me wrong - I love where I live, I love where I shoot weddings and portraits - big skies, rolling fields - yup, thats for me.  But shooting in the city shakes things up and I like that too.  Its vibrant, its bustling, theres limitless opportunity for use of light, shade, lines....I could gush on.  Anyway, its safe to say we had alot of fun and just how cute are these two?!  They laughed all the way through and its obvious they are very much in love.  I can't wait until Spring for the wedding.....                                                     

Coral & Trevor - a Pre-wedding shoot

Coral & Trevor - a Pre-wedding shoot

Pre-wedding family portrait shoot at Maidens Barn, Essex

This gorgeous four-some are Coral, Trevor and their two wonderful girls.  We shot their pre-wedding session at their wedding venue, Maidens Barn in October as Coral just loves the colours of Autumn.  They, and the girls were brilliant whilst I photographed them and I left feeling like I had two lovely little new friends who are going to be super-cute bridesmaids to their Mum and Dad in the Spring!

At home with Baby O

At home with Baby O

An at home lifestyle session with newborn baby boy.

There's no better reason than a new family member to have a lifestyle session.  Informal, relaxed, I'll photograph you just as you are, capturing those precious, fleeting moments after you've brought your gorgeous new baby home from hospital.  Before she knows it, Mum to lovely little baby O here will have three boys tearing up her home, but she'll always have these photographs to take her right back to these first few days....