It’s that time of year again where I get to look back and reflect on what was good, what was bad and what was really, really ugly. Truth be told, 2013 has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride with many ups and downs. The first part of the year was quite difficult as I’d been struggling with my health, and although it was something I didn’t broadcast I was conscious that my business wasn’t moving as fast I wanted. I was diagnosed with an underactive thyroid and unfortunately two doctors had missed it, so for three years my symptoms had been growing to the point where I just couldn’t function. I never realised that left untreated it could cause so many problems. I’d got to the point where I just thought I was suffering from stress and also generally being a bit mardy! When I was finally diagnosed it was like a huge weight had been lifted – mainly because I realised I wasn’t being mardy AND it was treatable. High fives all round! By the middle of the year when my medication had kicked in I was finally starting to feel like myself again. This was also the point where I started to push my business in a whole new direction.Filed under: Boudoir, Commercial, Engagement, Film & TV, Headshots, Interior Photography, Photography, Pre-Wedding, Property Photography, Theatre, Video, Weddings | Comments Off
Earlier in the year Ian and I had the pleasure of photographing Maltkiln Cottage. A lovely one bedroomed self-catering property at Crook Hall Farm in Ormskirk, the farm is owned by Cliff and Claire Martland. With a variety of animals on the farm including chickens that you can feed, you will fall in love with the place! You’ll be greeted by their three dogs (three different generations of the same family), who are as welcoming as Claire and Cliff. And if fishing is your thing, they also have fishing lakes available.Filed under: Commercial, Interior Photography, Photography, Property Photography | Comments Off
On a weekend in September, in a pub in Manchester a group of people got together to shoot a short film.
Here are some stills and behind the scenes shots from the weekend……Filed under: Film & TV, Photography | Comments Off
Okay boys and girls. Listen up. Christmas is just around the corner and your wife / girlfriend / mistress / fiancée / boyfriend / husband, (please delete as appropriate) deserves an amazing present.
Yes, you could give them a fist full of cash, or another piece of jewellery, take them out for a night on the town or buy them some amazing lingerie.
Or you could buy them some amazing new lingerie and a gift certificate for a boudoir shoot, because the two compliment each other really well.
A boudoir shoot is one of the most liberating experiences you can have, and done tastefully, boudoir photography can create some amazing images for you both to treasure – which means everyone’s a winner!
Every client is different. Which means that every shoot is different. It’s tailored to meet each persons needs. Some clients prefer to start their shoot in some comfortable clothing, a bit like a lifestyle shoot, and other clients like to strip down to their undies and get cracking. By purchasing a gift certificate, you’re giving your partner the freedom of arranging their own shoot at a time that’s convenient to them. It also means I can chat to them to find out what they’re comfortable with.
Hair and make up will be professionally done by Natalie of Roberts Steel Hairdressing and you’ll also receive a complimentary bottle of wine to help you relax whilst you’re being pampered.
For further details or to purchase your gift certificate please get in touch.
Tel: 07583 230648 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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….bubbles, matching robes, matching socks, being front page of the newspaper, many amazing handmade details, a beautiful Charlotte Balbier dress and a suitcase of flip flops for people to change into so they could dance the night away! …..not to forget a cracking sunset! It could only be the wedding of Lucy and Barry.
Last month Lucy and Barry said ‘I do’ in front of all their family and friends at a pretty church in Marton, followed by a reception at Heaton House Farm.
So much thought and detail went into the big day and Lucy spent hours making so many pretty things for the wedding. From putting gems onto the back of matching robes for all her girls at the bridal prep, to hand painting the bride and groom cake-topper.
Thank you so much for choosing me to shoot your big day, and to all your family and friends for making myself and Julie feel extremely welcome. Big congratulations to you bothFiled under: Weddings | Comments Off
I’ve been quite lucky with some of the places I’ve shot this year. Here are some images from a recent property shoot in sunny Wales.
Brookway Lodge has 8 bedrooms, sleeps 18 people and comes complete with a games room and swimming pool. Anyone fancy a game of table tennis or a dip in the pool……?
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Last month I shot the wedding of Rachel and Rhys, and I have to say that these guys were possibly the most laid back bride and groom ever. I had a fab time shooting Rachel’s bridal prep while the lovely Julie Smith headed over to Rhys to shoot his groom prep.
The ceremony took place over at St. Mary’s church in Cefn Meiriadog, followed by a reception at Rowton Hall in Chester. To keep guests occupied between the meal and the evening reception there was a pub quiz, so Julie found herself in her element going from table to table helping people. Sssshhhh….don’t tell Rhys! Rhys’s best man, who also happened to be his brother, gave a fantastic speech complete with images of Rhys from his many stag nights in many different outfits, much to everyone’s amusement. Although I have to say, he didn’t look anywhere near as good as Rachel in her amazing dress. ( Sorry Rhys! )
Congratulations guys and thank you for letting me part of your big day!Filed under: Weddings | Comments Off
Back in July I shot some production stills for a short film called ‘The Big Day’, which was being entered into the Virgin Media Shorts. The rule is that all entries have to be no longer than 2 minutes 20 seconds – including titles and credits. Yikes – no pressure then! Out of over 860 entries, ‘The Big Day’ written by PurpleCoat Productions, has now made it to the final 13!!
Between now and October 21st, all of the final films are being shown at hundreds of independent cinemas nationwide, which means that 1) I’m gonna get my name on the big screen (high fives all round), and 2) we really, really, really, need you guys to vote for us! To get this far out of so many entrants is amazing.
The votes are cast through the power of social media, on Facebook and Twitter. To vote on the Virgin Media Facebook page, please hit the vote button next to ‘The Big Day’.
To vote on Twitter, your tweet must include the films name, followed by #VMShortsVote = (The Big Day #VMShortsVote)
I know that Karl and the gang at PurpleCoat would really appreciate your help – so please help us to spread the word, tell all of your family and friends and ask them to vote, it would be really appreciated!Filed under: Film & TV | Comments Off
….last month I posted a status update on Facebook that read: ‘……sometimes all you need is one person to take a chance on you, and when they do, it opens up a whole world of possibilities’. A fair few people hit the old ‘Like’ button, and it’s something that I’ve been thinking quite a lot about recently. (The status, not the likes, although they were much appreciated!)
In one way, the status was quite cryptic, as in what I was referring to. In other ways it was quite obvious, because sometimes, that’s all it takes – just one person to believe in you and take a chance on you. And I think many people can relate to that.
When I approached Jennie with information about my photography services for her luxury apartment in Manchester, she felt her property would sell better using video. At that time, I had one video in my portfolio. Something completely unrelated to property. It was a nightclub video that Ian and I had shot last year. She asked to see it, and I sent it to her. At first I thought I’d blown it, because watching a bunch of people glowsticking on a Saturday night in Blackpool was something so far removed from what she wanted. But Jennie could see that between Ian and myself we had the skills, along with a whole bunch of ideas of what we could offer her. I told her we could do it, that we could give her what she wanted…..and she took a chance. Without going too much into Team America mode, the night that I wrote that Facebook status, I was feeling pretty grateful for a lot of things. One of which, was that someone had been willing to take a chance on me. And as it happened, Jennie realised she needed photography and video to sell her property with…..
Off the back of this one video alone, we’ve booked multiple jobs, and I’m super happy to announce the launch of this new product. Working together, I will be doing the filming, while Ian works on the post production side of things. There are also other projects that we’re currently working on that will be revealed in the next couple of months hopefully. I realise that the blog has been a little quiet lately, but that’s because I’ve been busy beavering away in the background.
Introductory rates are available on the property video until the middle of October 2013, so please feel free to give me a call to discuss your requirements. We also have packages available that combine photography and video as you may realise that your property will benefit from both, just like Jennie did.
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A couple of weeks ago, I headed over to Lyme Park to meet Lucy and Barry for their pre-wedding shoot. In the days running up to the shoot we had been treated to some lovely sunny weather along with clear blue skies. Rubbing my hands together as if creating a cunning plan, I arranged an evening shoot so that we could make the most of the hazy evening sunshine and beautiful orange skies. In theory it was brilliant, in reality my plan didn’t quite work out like that, as the one thing us photographers can’t control is the weather. In the end we moved the shoot to the afternoon as the weather wasn’t looking too good. We may not have had the sun we were all hoping for, but we still managed to have a lovely afternoon drinking coffee, chatting about the wedding details and of course wandering around Lyme Park taking photos.
Lucy and Barry have been together for 9 years and met while both working as holiday reps. Lucy was looking after families and children, while Barry had the more extreme role of working on the 18-30′s holidays! I think Lucy is the most organised bride I’ve ever had and Barry has one of the most infectious laughs ever – I defy anyone not to smile or laugh in Barry’s company! I’m looking forward to shooting their wedding next month…..Filed under: Engagement, Pre-Wedding, Weddings | Comments Off