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Three weeks to go..

…until this lovely couple get Hitched. With camera nerves out of the way it should go like a dream.

 

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Taking a big step at Camden Registry

A lovely intimate celebration last week. Congratulations to Monika and Mark and thank you for choosing me as your photographer.

 

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A great time in the studio!

 

I’m really pleased with these tests shots and looking forward to working with Josie again soon. Expect to meet Buster the bulldog in the next shoot!

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Great to see my photo story in Russian Life this month

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I captured the Saint Peter sailing back to Solovki after it’s first long voyage in the White Sea. I had crossed over the bay to photography the monastery and by chance this beautiful ship sailed in front of the monastery walls. This is a very quiet place so I was surprised to witness something like this. A small crowd had gathered on the jetty to greet the crew and judging by all the cheers and hugging this was obviously an important event. Later on in the day I went back and spoke to the crew and found out that 12 boating enthusiasts had spent 10 years building the Saint Peter, a replica of a ship built for Peter the Great in the 17th Century. She was built in the Maritime Museum which sits near the jetty as part of a working exhibition so visitors could watch every stage of the construction. The guy in the picture is Evgeny, a carpenter and he told me they had sailed the same route as Peter the Great when he came to the islands, only in reverse. He proudly showed me his tool box and pointed out a knife he has which was made in Sheffield.
At only 150 km from the Arctic Circle this is the furthest north I had ever been and it’s a formidable place – fog and wind prevent any access to the islands for several months of the year. I asked Evgeny how rough it had been out in the White Sea and his face lit up saying it was wonderful to ‘play’ with the wind.
Future trips are planned for The Saint Peter but as Evgeny pointed out she is intended for research expeditions not for commercial use. I left this place with a real sense that something worthwhile had been created..

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Anna & Jun

Anna and Jun tied the knot near Albert Bridge so we squeezed in a shot before dashing to the reception in Mayfair. More pics to come..

 

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Highlights from my last wedding of 2015

Guy and Christine were married in the beautiful Sacred Heart and St Catherine of Alexandria church in Droitwich Spa which has stunning mosaics inside. This really was one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve been to and an absolute pleasure to photograph. There were so many special touches like the pumpkins grown specially for the day by the bride’s father, the unique and wonderful cake stand made by the groom’s father Master Basket maker John Galloway. John also made the lampshades for the reception which were simply stunning. John’s girlfriend Joy Gilder, a freelance florist, made all the flowers and it was wonderful to see some deep rich colours again. The reception was held at the Red House Barn in Bromsgrove which was the perfect venue and looked stunning. The only dampener was the rain which persisted all day and prevented us going out into the lovely grounds but we got some lovely shots inside then some fun pics later on in my pop-up Photo Booth.

 

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Chantal & Aaron at Millbridge Court

It rained non stop right up until the day before but as always when I shoot a wedding (Zoe and Tom!) the sun came out and the ceremony took place outside like the couple wanted… with some tippy toe going on but no one needed wellies. As you can see it was a very emotional wedding (Tom?) but everyone had a great time. My personal highlight was after the first dance when everyone got up to Candy..!

 

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Camden Engagement Shoot

Emma and Kha chose Camden for their engagement shoot. We knew it would be busy and the weather was fabulous so it was absolutely packed but it didn’t stop us getting some really nice shots. We walked along in the heat to King’s Cross where kids were splashing in the fountains outside Central St Martins. I’m looking forward to covering their engagement party in July.

 

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Crystal Palace works its magic

Last week took me to Crystal Palace for this lovely pre-wedding shoot with Chantal and Aaron. I hadn’t been there for years and had forgotten about the dinosaur lake. These giant sculptures date back to the 1850’s! We covered quite a lot of the park during the shoot and had amazing luck with the weather. A few pics from the day…DSC_0009DSC_0062DSC_5760DSC_5887DSC_5866DSC_0090-2DSC_5787DSC_5737DSC_0043DSC_0110

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One Log Hippo

A short film written by final year student Chris Hargrave about a beard and a man. The man shaves off his beard and finds that no one recognises him any more. This scene is being shot on my boat. He comes home to find neither his dog nor his girlfriend know who he is… Buster stole the show as usual!DSC_5348 DSC_5343 DSC_5340 DSC_5320DSC_5402 DSC_5389 DSC_5364 DSC_5360 DSC_5352 DSC_5351 DSC_5350DSC_5403 DSC_5444 DSC_5441 DSC_5438 DSC_5417 DSC_5416 DSC_5411 DSC_5405DSC_5427

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