Time for a break from wedding blog posts so I thought I’d share something else I made this summer…
It’s always a pleasure to go along to our flank station at Cromer Lifeboat and film their Tamar and D-Class lifeboats in action. For this year’s annual lifeboat day I took the drone over and made a short film showing the Cromer boats plus Sheringham Lifeboat putting on a display for the crowds on Cromer pier.
If you’ve been watching the current Saving Lives at Sea series on BBC2 about the work of the RNLI around Britain you’ll have seen some of my aerial video work in there too.
You can’t beat the drama of an RNLI All Weather Lifeboat launching directly into the sea from a slipway, enjoy!
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The lovely folks over at Cley Mill are kind enough to recommend me as one of their preferred suppliers and as a result I get to shoot lots of intimate weddings at this unique North Norfolk landmark.
Kimberley and Gareth’s was such a fun and relaxed wedding, a truly lovely couple with genuine warmth which was reflected in the service and the whole vibe of their wedding day.
It was a fairly short coverage since it was a small wedding so no preparation shots this time but I really enjoy shooting the short weddings at Cley Windmill, so many amazing views and shot opportunities, including a chance to get some nice aerial shots using the drone when the weather allows.
Kimberley and Gareth had hired one of Simon & Hannah’s awesome VW camper vans from Retro Campers, they had the van called Mr Blue Sky (love a bit of ELO!)…
If time allows it’s always great to head to the beach for a Cley Mill wedding, Cley Beach is only a 3 minute drive from the mill and even though it’s not the most glamorous of beaches we always get some interesting shots…
Simon kindly gave Gareth & Kimberley a bottle of champagne which they opened at the beach car park and promptly gave Mr Blue Sky a champagne car wash!
For more information about my wedding photography at Cley Mill please email me at email@example.com, I offer reduced coverage for Cley Mill weddings since they tend to be smaller weddings due to the size restrictions at the mill.
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After a shamefully long time not posting any new blog shots I’ve finally caught up and got to the stage where I can start sharing some of this year’s beautiful weddings.
I first met Molly & Jonathan last year at Jonathan’s sister’s wedding (Clare & Joel) and was thrilled to be asked to photograph their wedding this year.
We started the day’s coverage at a beautiful AirBnB cottage attached to a large farmhouse (The Buttery at The Grove) not far from the church where Molly and her bridesmaid Jess and family were getting ready…
Preparation shots complete I headed off to St Michael the Archangel’s church at Booton in the depths of the Norfolk countryside. A stunning 19th century french gothic style church with beautiful stained glass windows and huge carved angels in the ceiling.
Church service and confetti completed it was off to Jonny’s parent’s house also in the village for the reception and thankfully the weather was better than Clare & Joel’s day (same location) although we did see some extremely heavy downpours but thankfully the worst of it held off until everyone was safely under cover in the marquee.
After the speeches it was time for the party to start with the live music provided by a one-off collaboration of Molly & Jonny and their friends, great fun and they certainly got the marquee pumping!
So there it is, the highlights from another cracking Norfolk wedding, I have plenty more up my sleeve and will be producing regular blog posts highlighting my favourites, watch this space!
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Today was one of those days you never forget – a morning filming & photographing the HCMR on Holkham beach from the drone – as far as I know this is the first time this has ever been done.
I had been asked to film for BBC News and Martin there (broadcast legend that he is) sorted out the permissions from the cavalry and the kind folks at Holkham Hall.
The sun was shining, everyone was in good spirits and the chaps (and their horses) looked spectacular.
The priority for me today was video footage so I didn’t get as many stills as I would have liked but I’m really happy with the video…
Here are some of the stills…
I had been looking forward to photographing Pollyanna and Paul’s wedding at the legendary Rocky Bottoms seafood restaurant on the cliffs at East Runton. Owned by Pollyanna’s parents, Richard and Alison, Rocky Bottoms has an amazing reputation as one of the best places to dine on North Norfolk’s famous crabs & lobsters, the seafood caught by Richard himself.
As the day approached we had all been keeping a keen eye on the weather forecasts, this was one wedding that really needed good weather since much of the day was due to be al fresco and we weren’t disappointed!
Pollyanna and the girls were getting ready upstairs so after a few quick shots taking in some of the details and the beautiful outdoor set up for their ceremony (complete with deckchairs) I headed up to photograph the hive of activity…
Meanwhile Paul and the lads had arrived, looking great in their wedding gear…
The ceremony was conducted by local legend Brian Hannah, with plenty of laughs and some beautiful readings…
After the ceremony the party began with music provided by a surprise band Pollyanna had laid on for Paul, there was certainly no hesitation in getting the dancing started and delicious canapés coming from the kitchen of head chef James Fitzpatrick and his talented team…
I decided to bust out the drone for a few aerial shots, something I am always happy to do at a wedding, it doesn’t take long (and there’s no extra charge for it) but I think it really adds to the coverage to get some different angles from above…
Myself, Pollyanna & Paul and Polly’s brother Hector then headed to the beach for fifteen minutes to get some shots taking in the scenery North Norfolk is famous for, drawing people from all over the world. They had certainly come from far & wide for this day since the bride & groom and many of their friends had come over from Dubai!
Then it was on to the speeches – so lovely to be able to photograph the speeches outside. Paul, being a Wolverhampton-man originally kindly gave the dads and Polly’s brothers a Wolves football shirt each, they sportingly put them on but if there are any wolves fans out there wanting a worn-once team shirt I think there maybe some going cheap on ebay about now! 😉
Apologies to the hundreds of bride and grooms that have been kind enough to feed me over the last 12 years but I have to say that this was one of the best wedding meals I have ever been served (definitely on a par with the Michelin-starred meals I have had at the weddings I shot at Le Manoir aux Quat Saisons). A whole North Norfolk lobster baked in garlic butter plus there was a huge bowl of chips, what’s not to love?!
And finally (for the wedding photography coverage at least) it was onto the first dance and live music provided by the fabulous Groovalicious…
A big thank you to Pollyanna & Paul and their families for having me as their wedding photographer. It was such a fun day and I hope that comes across in the photographs. This was the first ever wedding hosted at Rocky Bottoms but hopefully not the last, it lends itself to weddings so well and what a great location!
For the full gallery of Pollyanna & Paul’s Norfolk wedding photography, please follow the link below, all reprints are 50% off for the next 7 days…
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This week I was lucky enough to visit the fully refurbished The Ffolkes near Kings Lynn in Norfolk to take a range of photos of their new rooms.
Created by the team that brought you Byfords of Holt, The Dialhouse in Reepham and The Pigs at Edgefield and the hospitality/rooms at The Assembly House, Norwich amongst others, I knew this was going to be an impressive place to photograph. I was blown away.
The level of detail, quality of materials, design skills and thought that have gone into the rebirth of this 300 year old coaching inn is beyond anything I’ve seen before, it really has to be experienced to be believed.
I will be heading back a few times over the next few weeks as the remaining work is completed to capture more images of this incredible asset to Norfolk but in the meantime below are some shots of the rooms and a few of the dining area which I hope will give you a flavour of the place. They are open for business and have a stunning bar & really interesting menu so get in there and experience this fantastic place for yourself, you won’t regret it!
I recently asked the owner & mastermind behind all of these businesses, Iain Wilson, for some feedback to use in marketing my property photography and commercial photography, below are his kind words…thank you Iain!
“Chris confirms the theory that get what you pay for! We used to try and capture our locations on a shoestring and although the results were ok, the service Chris offers as a specialist is in another league. Combine with this a flexible approach, quick turnarounds, a real good eye for matching images with what the location is trying to portray, you have a real winning formula and one I would not hesitate to recommend.
Iain Wilson, one of the many hard working people behind Byfords, the Pigs, Assembly House, The Kings Head, SPONGE, The Dial House, Back To Your Place, Wilson Development and The Ffolkes.“
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A while back I was commissioned by Sheringham Golf Club to photograph the course and produce a short film to encapsulate what this stunning links course offers from the beautiful greens & fairways themselves to the proximity of the beach, the nature and the North Norfolk Railway steam engines passing literally right alongside the course. It’s taken a while to get some decent weather for it (what a rubbish spring it’s been so far here!).
Below is the result of a day’s filming from dawn till dusk using the drone, time-lapse cameras and filming using the Canon 5d DSLR, I hope you like it! I will be heading back to get more stills of the course and hole by hole flyby’s of all 18 holes, hopefully won’t have to wait so long for the right weather this time!
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Last week I was down at the RNLI Lifeboat College in Poole for a course (a refresh on the methods of commanding a lifeboat & the various anchor/towing/navigation/search & rescue drills). While down there I had a meeting scheduled with the Film & Stills team to discuss working with them on RNLI drone film projects in the future.
A few months back I was pleased to be successful in applying to be an approved RNLI drone operator but while at the meeting I discovered I was the first accredited RNLI drone operator in the world which I thought was pretty cool!
Between the course modules I was able to put the drone up for some shots of the amazing Lifeboat College and the adjacent All Weather Lifeboat Centre where the all weather boats are built and maintained, below are a few shots showing the buildings and Poole harbour in the background.
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For the last 12 years I’ve been fortunate enough to photograph many of Norfolk’s top places to eat, drink & stay. From the famous Burnham Market hotel – The Hoste, frequented by royalty & celebrity alike, to ‘the higgledy-piggledy world of pleasure’ that is Byford’s in Holt. It’s not just hotels but also many of Norfolk’s top restaurants, pubs, guest houses and holiday lets. There are so many hidden gems that really deserve good quality photography to allow their websites & print advertising to do them justice and bring in the appreciative customers!
Below is a handful of example shots I have produced for some local businesses. The service I offer is completely flexible and custom-built to each business with a mix of interior shots, exteriors, detail shots of all unique features and if needed: food, drink & staff shots. Not forgetting some aerial photography if relevant, I am fully insured and licensed by the CAA for commercial operations with a drone and using my photography experience I can ensure the best quality images. I’m not just a guy with a drone, I’m a PHOTOGRAPHER with a drone, there is quite a difference! For more information about my aerial photography in Norfolk please see my AeroVisuals site here.
Below are a few shots from one of the recent day shoots at The Hoste, as well as the food & rooms we have tried to capture an element of the lifestyle in some of the shots, for more of my work there visit their website.
One of the perks of being a wedding photographer in Norfolk is that I get to shoot lots of lovely farm weddings!
Rowan & Jordan’s wedding was in late summer last year, I’ve held it back until now to spread a little sunshine at this cold, grey time of year.
Theirs was only a short wedding coverage so there aren’t any preparation shots or speeches/first dance, this was arrivals at the wedding ceremony up until they sat down to eat.
Lots of lovely rustic details, a very relaxed & fun wedding to photograph…