Hollie and Rich are from Hertfordshire, but decided to get married in Devon where they got engaged. And what an epic choice! We've all arrived a few days before the wedding so we saw it as a great opportunity to do an engagement shoot. Start Point is one of my favourite places in Devon. The views are absolutely stunning and the cliff walk takes you to a hidden beach. That's exactly where we headed to...photographing Hollie and Rich was an absolute delight, their chemistry was incredible, and we had so much fun!
I love summer. I love the late nights. I love the beautiful golden sunsets. I love the beach. And I love what I do.
We picked the most perfect evening and the location for Emily and Ross's engagement session. These guys rocked it! The chemistry between them is epic. I cannot wait to head back to Manor Mews in Norfolk in a few weeks for their wedding day!
When I met Alex & Will for the first time to look around their venue I thought what a gorgeous place it is. Large paintings, lots of red, gold, beautiful stair case, tall buildings in the background. It wasn't until I was driving down to London on their big day I realised just how different this wedding is compared to my rustic countryside weddings. This is a proper CITY wedding, and it got me even more excited!
Alex was getting ready at a beautiful hotel just down the road from the venue. When I looked out of the hotel window I realised how high up we were and it felt so unusual. I also absolutely loved seeing the tall buildings with offices across the road. We caught the cab to go to the venue, proper London style!
Considering it was end of January, we were very lucky with the weather, it was a gorgeous sunny crisp winter day. Alex & Will are a really cool & fun couple, and were a pleasure to photograph! I especially loved Alex's long veil!
I have known Amelia & James for over a year now, and I have watched them grow from a family of three to a family of four. I first met them when we did an engagement/family shoot with their daughter Daisy, I was then invited to do a shoot of Dylan when he was born. He is such a sweetie!
Their wedding took place at gorgeous Heacham Manor in Heacham, Norfolk. It was a November wedding and unfortunately we were unlucky with the weather, however Amelia & James were happy to sneak out for some photos as soon as there was an opportunity.
Amelia was a stunning bride! She is also an incredible mother! Herself, Dylan and Daisy were poorly on the day of the wedding, and she made sure her kids were okay throughout the whole day. They are such a wonderful family!
I have been so excited to share Kate + Aaron's wedding with everyone but had to wait months until it got featured on amazing Rock My Wedding website, and now I can finally blog it too!
First of all I have to thank Rosa for getting me and Kate in contact! I loved absolutely everything about this wedding - emotions, tears, laughter, Kate's jaw dropping dress, hilarious groomsmen, gorgeous bridesmaids, dancing, EVERYTHING!
The wedding took place at a beautiful venue in Kent - Mount Ephraim Gardens. We did the group & couple shots after the meal when everyone felt more relaxed, and we managed to catch the most beautiful light for the shots with Kate + Aaron!
As of this year I wanted to stop doing family & newborn sessions and only focus on weddings, however after the shoot with Caroline and her family I've decided to continue with the family sessions as they just melt my heart and make me smile!
I couldn't wish for a better way to spend NYE - we drank coffee, had fights with the foam swords, danced, chatted photography! Caroline is an amazing family photographer, so if you are looking to have some lovely photos done of you & your kids I can highly recommend her - Caroline Ann Photography.
I have found the above text a few months ago and it basically sums up my twentysixteen. It has definitely been one of the greatest but most difficult years. It was mentally exhausting but also soul-fulfilling. I'd like to keep this post quite upbeat so I'm going to skip the sad stuff and jump straight into all my adventures in 2016. My year started with a trip to Peak District in January with beautiful Katie Ingram Photography.
In the same month I was visiting South Devon and got a chance to explore a beautiful part of Devon coast - East Prawle. The cliffs, the sea, the views - I could sit there for hours.
After going on about how much I love Devon I decided to take my mother to Dartmouth in March and finally show her all the beautiful places - Start Point, Burgh Island, Salcombe, Bantham, Dartmouth Castle, Sugary Cove. We went out on a boat with Great Escapes Dartmouth, where I met the skipper Kye, who's also the man behind SkyworX Media, and also his lovely wife Rachael. They have welcomed me into their home with open arms ever since! Kye also got me involved with some amazing projects over the summer and it gave me a chance to spend even more time in Devon.
In April I did my first ever half marathon, and it was through Brecon Beacons, Wales. It was tough, but the BEST EXPERIENCE EVER! It was physically and mentally challenging, but I would do it all over again.
I then had a pretty busy summer travelling across the country shooting weddings. I met lots of amazing people and saw some epic places. In August I was invited to shoot a music festival in Cornwall - Boardmasters. I've only really shot music when I worked in a nightclub years and years ago, so I was a little nervous yet super excited. Sand, sea & music - perfection. It was the BEST WEEK EVER!
The below video was done by the absolute legends at FMLY CRTV.
At the end of August I headed back to Dartmouth for Dartmouth Regatta Week. I got to watch Kye (SkyworX Media) film the official aftermovie (below) for Dartmouth Regatta, and the best part was being able to see Dartmouth at a completely different angle - from the water.
And my final adventure of the year was to Snowdonia in Wales with my good friend Leah. We rented the cutest log cabin, climbed hills, had awesome food in cosy pubs with fire, drank mulled wine. It was the most epic pre-Christmas break.
My aim for this year is to definitely explore more! I'm dead excited for all the twentyseventeen adventures! I now also have a travel buddy - Moka the spaniel. I cannot wait for him to grow a little more so we can finally hit the road!
Here's to more adventures, mountains, narrow country lanes, beaches, cliffs, sea, camping, exploring, early mornings & fresh coffee!
Well...I'm not quite sure where to start. What a year, eh!
When I did my first ever wedding in 2009, I certainly didn't think I'd be doing wedding photography full time. Leaving my office job to throw myself into photography was the best decision I have made this year! And I am so so lucky to see my little photography business grow from a few weddings a year to being fully booked for 2017, and already half booked for 2018.
My work has been featured on the most incredible websites, blogs & magazines including:
- Rock My Wedding
- Festival Brides
- Norfolk Brides
- Coco Wedding Venues
I used to look at Rock My Wedding for inspiration and now my work is on there to inspire others. Feels unreal!
This year I have collaborated with some incredibly talented people and suppliers. A special thank you to the following people for constantly inspiring, motivating & supporting me:
- Penny at The Little Lending Co
- Megan & Michelle at Swaffham Florist
- Godwick Hall & Great Barn
- Candice at Fishley Hall
- Luke Pinner Photography
- Victoria at The Bottom Drawer Bridal
- Dalia at Norfolk Brides
- Sophie at The Confetti Cakery
- Rob at King's Lynn Website Design
And a HUGE thank you to the other wonderful people I have worked with & met, and also all of my couples this year! You all have been so amazing, and it's because of YOU I love what I do.
Photography has taken me to some amazing places this year, I shot weddings in Dorset, Kent, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Nottinghamshire, and next year I'll be going even further - Wales, Devon, Cornwall. SO excited!
Thousands photos, litres of coffee, hours & hours of travelling, successful sparkler exits....and not so successful sparkler exits, laughter, tears, love, long nights editing, getting dragged on to the dance floor, climbing trees, hanging out of the windows. Incredible 12 months. And here are some of my favourite twentysixteen shots:
December didn't start well and I was desperate to get away for a few days to clear the head, breathe in fresh air, bond with the nature, explore. Myself and my friend Leah talked about a road trip for a while, and we decided to head to Snowdonia as neither of us have been before.
We booked a cosy log cabin through lovely Beth who owns Garthyfog Farm, and I can't recommend her enough! The cabin had everything you need, from a measuring jug to a cafetiere, Beth was very friendly and recommended lots of interesting places to explore. We were so lucky with the location as we had mountains on one side, and the coast on another!
The scenery was beautiful, we visited cosy pubs with fire, watched the stars, chased the sunsets, drank mulled wine, got woken up by the sheep galloping up and down the veranda. The best part there was no Wi-Fi or good signal, so we had to use the map to get to places. It was amazing!
Kelly's chosen location for the family shoot was Wells-next-the-Sea in Norfolk and I couldn't complain as Wells is just beautiful! We had such a wonderful afternoon! Kelly and her family are so friendly and relaxed, the boys were doing backflips, climbing trees and we were all having a good giggle. You could see such a good & strong bond between them all and it showed through the photos too!
I knew we were expecting a beautiful sunset one Sunday evening, so I was dying to get out with my camera. I thought of Ren & Inesa as they are just a gorgeous couple and absolutely in love. I haven't seen Ren for a while (we've known each other since school!) and I haven't met his girlfriend yet, so I thought it'd also be a perfect opportunity to catch up with them!
They probably thought I was crazy when we parked in this tiny muddy space near the woods, then walked for miles and I kept saying it'll be worth it, and damn right it was. We got there just at the perfect time to catch the sun setting as we stood on top of the hill. They couldn't believe how peaceful and gorgeous it was, and they were in their element! I loved photographing them!
The last time I photographed music would have been at least 4 years ago. This year I had a great opportunity to shoot Boardmasters festival in Newquay, Cornwall. It was THE BEST WEEK EVER! Sun, sand, surf & great music. What else can you ask for! When it got to Sunday, James Bay was headlining the main stage and I managed to get some snaps - 1 he was epic live! 2 he was also pretty epic to photograph! So here we go....
Back in April myself and my two good friends Lucie & Luke headed to Wales. Luke & I decided it would be a great idea to run a half marathon through Brecon Beacons...and it was my first ever half! It was quite an experience, but an experience I will never forget. A huge thank you to Trail Evenings Co for hosting such a great event!
The race was on a Sunday so we decided to make a weekend out of it. We should have been resting, but instead we headed out with our cameras, hiked through deep mud to see a waterfall, climbed icy hills, but it was so worth it! Thought I'd share a few photos with you!
And of course a few phone shots from our actual race... :D
Abi & Toby are such a lovely and perfect couple. We clicked from the day we met, and it was such an honour to be a part of their special day. The engagement shoot we did was absolutely incredible - chemistry, love, happiness, everything!
Their wedding was also featured on the most amazing blog Rock My Wedding, so for more details, please have a read here.
Once I finished shooting their wedding, we ended up sitting by the fire watching the stars and chatting away, I honestly didn't want to leave, and was even offered a spare tent to camp in by some of the guests who were also camping there.
Anyway, I'm just going to fill this blog post with lots of lovely images! :-)