Chris and Laura's Wimborne Wedding

Well this blog has been a long time coming, and has been in the making for about eight months (insert facepalm emoji). But here it finally is!

Laura and Chris got married in April of last year in Wimborne, and bridal prep for Laura was at 1777, a gorgeous boutique hotel in the town where she was joined by her close family. We then took a short trip up the road to the town hall where the wonderful “I do’s!” took place and Mr and Miss became Mr and Mrs! The town hall has cute gardens out the back which are lovely for photos, before Laura and Chris headed off in style another very short journey up the road to the Millstream Bar and Bistro for their reception. The Millstream Bar is such a gorgeous venue for a small wedding - it was the perfect location for some engagement photos I did with the guys before their wedding too! (Another thing on my list to do is to put together a gallery of engagement pics so keep your eyes peeled : ) …. )

Laura and Chris are one of the sweetest cutest couples I have ever met and it was an absolute treat to capture their wedding day for them. Here are a few pics from their day : )

A day with BERCC - nearly but not quite!

On Saturday I joined the Rangers early to capture some team photos of the boys in their new season's kit, and to showcase their main sponsors - Thrings Solicitors, Tale of Spice Pewsey and Fowlers Planning and Architecture.    Without the generosity of the club sponsors, a lot of what the club achieves could not be possible.    

It was close game on the day against Corsham, with the match going down to the final over.  Sadly Burbage came out on the wrong side of the result, narrowly losing.   Some hilarious fines and items of the week followed, with the night ending with some air guitar... on a ladder.... : )

A Saturday with BERCC

A few weeks ago I was there to watch Burbage and Easton Royal 1st XI beat Trowbridge CC.     I'm afraid I was a bit slack during the game with photos this day, choosing mostly to sit and watch ... but in the evening a special guest appearance from David "Elton" Cope prompted the camera to come back out again.   And I was feeling in a black and white mood for my edit this time!

Love this team.  Love this club.

Farm wedding pre shoot!

My wedding couples book me because they know I will capture their wedding day in a documentary story telling way.    I will spend my time photographing all the little details and the day as it unfolds, so that they have a set of images that tells the story from the beginning to the end.    This is, apart from the normal small selection of "formal" group photos, and also any time that I can spend just with the bride and groom.   My aim with the couple is to give my couple a beautiful, natural looking set of images, and sometimes, this just needs me to give a little direction, which, if I am honest, is often no more than asking my couple to move into a lovely little spot of light and give each other hug!      

But a lot of my couples still tell me that they are nervous about having their photo taken, and you know what, I get it.   Totally.    And there is one way that you, yes even YOU, can you get over this fear, and that is to have a practice/pre/engagement session - whatever you want to call it!    This doesn't have to be about getting dressed up in your best clothes, having perfect weather, and finding the perfect spot, this is about you getting to see how I work, getting used to me snapping away, and for you to see that you CAN get over those worries!     And this means, that yes sure we can go find a pretty spot somewhere, but I can also meet you somewhere you are at home... whether this is your actual home, your favourite coffee shop, the place you go to walk your dog, or where you work!

So when farmers Vicky and Jack told me they weren't feeling that confident about having their photos taken, I suggested I met them on one of their farms!  I spent a little while photographing them at work, then we did some couple shots!   And you know what, I LOVE these photos.    More importantly, what did Vicky say?  "Awww they are lovely considering the weather we had and our work clothes!"

I love these sessions so much.   And you know what, you don't need to be getting married to have one done - let's do some anyway!  : )

Hope you like the pics : )

Back with Burbage and Easton Royal CC

Saturday 12th May 2018 was my first day of the season back with BERCC 1st XI.    I am chuffed to bits with my logo on the new hoodies!     The team showed real spirit and togetherness as they defied the odds, successfully defending 110 by bowling Westbury all out for 75, going on to celebrate their win in true Burbage style!

Here's a few pics from the evening  : )

Sue and Steve's Wokingham Town Hall Wedding

We absolutely love the wonderful pictures of our special day.   Emma is certainly the very best, thank you Emma, Love Sue and Steve xx

When you are planning a wedding, there are a few things that are beyond your control, the weather usually being the main one...    Unfortunately, the major town renovations are also something that you really can not have any say in, even when the original plans were set to have them all done in time for your wedding day!   

Well, Sue and Steve did not let Wokingham town's works bother them one bit on their day, and I think their smiles are testament to this.      Sue looked stunning in her long beaded dress, and I have honestly never seen a more smiley, beaming bride!    

Having grown up in Wokingham, I hadn't actually set foot in the town hall's amazing banquet room until the day I first met Sue and Steve for a pre wedding coffee a few months back.   It really is quite a stunning setting for a wedding, and the big windows with the sunny day made for a light, bright and airy ceremony and meal.    It really was quite a special intimate day.

Here are a few pics from the day.   Feel the love and happiness right here : )



Burbage and Easton Royal NatWest CricketForce Weekend

This weekend it was NatWest CricketForce, a national scheme set up to bring the club and local community together to get the grounds and facilities ready for the new season.  I joined a team of willing volunteers at Burbage and Easton and Royal Cricket Club to help out and capture some of the hard work that went on.    It never ceases to amaze or impress me that the same people come together every year to decorate, clean, update, and improve the grounds for the benefit of the whole club.    By signing up to the scheme clubs nationwide benefit from a Jewson Privilege Account that entitles each club to credit at Jewson, so I joined the early morning run to pick up some supplies.  It was then off to Choppers for Cafe for a filling brekkie to keep us going!     As soon as we arrived at the club, the list of jobs to do came out, the music was turned on, and everyone cracked right on!     I helped out painting some tractor parts and with a big sort out in the shed whilst capturing some of the work that went on.    Massive thanks to Matt and Fiona Kellow of Thrings Solicitors, the club's main sponsor, who came down and got stuck in too!      This year a lot of work has gone on to attract new sponsors for the team too, and it was great to see the new advertising boards going up around the ground, including Macer Cricket and Fitness Space in Marlborough.

I am really proud to Sponsor BERCC, and I am massively excited about the season ahead!!!!

Here's some pics from Saturday  : )

Burbage and Easton Royal go to the races!

Every year Burbage and Easton Royal CC take an annual trip to Windsor races.   I admit this blog is a tad belated, but I thought the sunny pics would be nice to look back on with the return of this chilly weather!!   

There is a coach pick up to get everyone to the racecourse, where lunch and drinks are whipped out like a military operation before heading into the races.     I didn't take quite as many pics this year... which has something to do with me emptying a pint of berry cider into my bag whilst trying to keep both the pint and my ice cream upright whilst still taking photos.. I failed! Ha!

Hope you like the pics : )

Burbage and Easton Royal CC Kit Night

On Friday night Burbage and Easton Royal cricket club met to try on the new season's kit, being supplied by All Rounder Cricket.    There was a real buzz in the room with everyone really keen for the season to begin.   I am really proud to be sponsoring the club again this year, and can't wait to see the new hoodies with my logo on them!     Macer Cricket were also there with their range of senior and junior equipment ... I did my own spot of advertising with their new snapback, a look a shall be sporting more at the cricket than at my weddings this year : )     After all the guys were measured up, we went for a curry at The Tale of Spice in Pewsey, who are another of BERCC's main sponsors this year.    The great food and service topped off a memorable pre-season gathering!

Here's a few pics from the evening!

A day in the life - documentary family photography



So here we go, part 2 of my brilliant 24 hours with The Haywards!     If you haven't seen my Part 1 you can find it here!

Our day started just after 6.30.    I had already woken, and could hear hushed noises around the house, and then my bedroom door slowly opened as Elsie creeped in to say hello  : )

So I was up, still in PJs, but with camera in hand, and that's when I started snapping!    We had sleepy morning hot drinks, breakfast, a concentrated dressing session (then a change), and then it was off to the park in the sun.   Such great, NORMAL, special family times; all captured.

Here are some of my faves from the morning hope you enjoy them.

And do let me know if you are interested in something similar for your own family.   They won't be little for long....



A Family Day Trip to Legoland

I LOVE theme parks, and as of this summer I still hadn't had the chance to go to Legoland even though it is only down the road from me!     I'm not lying when I say I was probably the most excited person in the park the morning I set foot in Legoland with one of my best friends and her amazing family.    Not only did I get to spend the day going on all the rides I'd never normally have a good excuse to go on without a child in tow, but I also got to document it!   WIN WIN!!

The awesome thing about photographing kids when they are somewhere they love is that there is a constant stream of inquisitive, curiousness, play and laughter to photograph, interspersed with spontaneous hugs!   Okay so I did witness quite a few tantrums going on around us, but hey, what's a family day out without a mini tantrum right?   

Here's some of my favourites!

Going on a day out or an adventure with your family?    Let me be part of your family for the day and photograph it for you!

Highclere Castle Vintage Garden Party

On Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September, Lord and Lady Carnarvon hosted a fabulous Vintage Garden Party, and I was privileged to attend and photograph the first day of the weekend.    Both guests and staff entered into the spirit of things by wearing 1920s outfits, and I could not help but notice how many visitors had travelled from abroad to visit the Castle for the special occasion!

The Gatsby Girls entertained everyone with their Charleston steps, and many visitors got to their feet to learn a fun routine taught by the girls and guys.    With a fabulous vintage carousel, a little Citroen van serving cocktails, croquet on the lawn, a classic car display, a brass band, a best dressed competition judged by Lady Carnarvon, and in true British fashion, a display from the Yateley Morris Dancers, the rain clouds couldn't dampen anyone's spirits! ... they did make for some dramatic backgrounds!

Inside the Castle, a pianist played on the Steinway in the dining room, and there was a display of historic clothing.    As photography for visitors is not permitted within the Castle, I won't be sharing any of my images from within side (they are for the use of the Castle only).   There is only one thing for it... you will just have to make a visit so you can see the grandeur and splendour of Highclere Castle for yourself!

So, with Lady Carnarvon's kind permission, here are a selection of images from the day!

A day in the life - documentary family photography

The Haywards - Part One!


I LOVE family photography.    Not cheesy, posed, set up shots, with uncomfortable smiles and bribed children, but real, raw, truthful family moments, captured as they happen.    How often to parents get to be in the photos themselves... particularly all you mums out there...    How many photos do you actually have of of those little moments with your babies and children?   You know the ones I mean... their laughs, the reassuring hugs, the helping hands... and yes... the tantrums!    

So most of my family shoots are a couple of hours at a time...   sometimes at home, sometimes out walking, maybe at the beach....   but I'd been wanting to do a day-in-the-life shoot for aaaaaaaaages.    So I got thinking.   Who did I know who would entrust me to come into their life for a full 24 hours, to capture family life and parenthood in its true reality?     Mrs Hayward that's who.    If you are a mum (or a wanna-be-mum who fancies reading about the times to come!), you should check her out.    She won Top London Mummy Blogger 2017 you know!

Allowing a photographer into your home is a big thing.  At any time.    To allow a photographer into your home, "access all areas" is an even bigger step.    I know Mrs H was a little apprehensive about me popping my head around the bedroom door, and photographing her makeup free (even though she is gorgeous).  I GET it.   But the thing is, this allowed me to photograph some really special times with the kids.   Times I don't think would ever normally get captured....

So a date was set, and I arrived Friday afternoon with cameras in hand and an overnight bag.... and just got snapping.    There was no more than a couple of minutes of uncertain gazes from Mrs H's beautiful girls, and then we were besties!     The Haywards just cracked on as they usually would...  playtime, dinner, bath, bed, breakfast, getting ready to head out, park time... and I was with them to document it all!

Needless to say, I took a LOT of photos.   I've been told before not to overload a blog post with images, because people just get bored looking through the photos, and it means so much to me this family session, that I reaaaally don't want that to happen!    But I have struggled to pick my favourite images, in a way that still reflects this family's story.     So I have decided to split this blog post in two...   today you get to see Friday, and soon... you get to see what happened Saturday!

I do hope you enjoy the photos...    this family ROCKS.