BERCC Womens Softball Cricket

On Monday night, Burbage and Easton Royal Cricket Club held their first ever taster for women’s softball cricket. I went along to take a few pics, but also to take part! I have to say I was a little nervous … not only had I not really done any exercise other than walking since I found out I was pregnant (back in December… 2017!!!!!!!) … but I had this idea that I would feel really self conscious trying something new at the age of forty! I have to say though, I absolutely LOVED it. It felt so good to get myself moving, and learn something new!

After a warm up, Director of Cricket for the club, Owen Alsop, coached us in the basic skills of batting and bowling, delivering the session at the perfect pace for a group of ladies who were, on the whole, new to playing the sport.

Many of the ladies who attended were mums who drop their children off for training sessions at the ground, as the U9s, U11s, U13s and U15s all train on a Monday. As I heard one lady say “It’s about time us ladies got to play rather than standing on the sidelines!”. After a recent training collaboration it was also great that a few members of Pewsey Netball Club came along. It is great to see local sports clubs supporting each other!

With all the kids training, the women training, and the bar open for spectators, the atmosphere at the club really was awesome, and after the success of the session, a six week program is now commencing as of this coming Monday, 29th April.

If you fancy a go… COME ALONG! It’s FREE! All you need is yourself and some comfy clothes. All the training kit has been specially provided by the England Cricket Board to clubs around the county to encourage more women to get involved in the sport. You can contact Owen for more details or with any questions at doc@bercc.com


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

THE HAYWARDS - PART 2!

 

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!   http://www.emmachandlerphotography.co.uk/blog/documenting-real-parenthood

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....

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