So that was 2016 and this is a round up of how the year panned out for me & my photography. While it may have been a pretty dodgy year in many respects (Brexit, Tr*mp & the passing of many talented actors, musicians and local friends) my partner, Leanne, pointed out to me last night that it’s actually been an incredible year for us with many adventures around the British Isles and a full and varied year of photography for my business so I will try to distill it down into two blog posts.
There is so much I’d like to include that I found it a bit overwhelming as to how I would order it, rather than breaking it down chronologically I will split it into three posts:
1) Press coverage and Personal work.
2) Commercial work & Events.
3) Weddings & Lifestyle portraits.
So here goes Part 1…the year started well for me with the news that I had won two prizes in a national competition for aerial photography with two aerial images of North Norfolk which got a full page in the Eastern Daily Press…
As a professional property photographer I’ve been lucky enough to photograph many incredible properties for Wilson Hotels and Wilson Development Ltd over the past few years including Byfords, The Pigs, The Assembly House and The Dialhouse. All are finished to a very high standard and beautifully decorated, furnished & styled.
When Iain called me to ask if I would photograph three new holiday apartments they have developed in Sheringham I knew the interiors were going to be stunning but when I saw them they were better than I even imagined.
Beautifully decorated and styled by the very talented interior designer Annabel Grey, these are three double occupancy dream getaways by the sea. And when I say by the sea, they are literally metres from the sea and all with off street parking which is going to be very handy in the Summer!
When I went to shoot the interiors last week it was a grey, stormy day (good for evenly lit interiors, not so for exteriors) so rather than show a disappointing grey view from the windows I will wait to show the location & exteriors in another blog post in the near future.
The first few shots are of Apartment 1, as with all of my interiors photography I like to capture the feel of the property through a range of wide-angle shots and detail shots of the features which make each place unique, these holiday lets are certainly rich in details…
In honour of the forthcoming Remembrance Sunday in which we remember and support all those that have given so much for our country (both historically and more recently) I will donate the scanning fee (£5 per scan) of any old prints or slides scanned between now & the 13th November to the Royal British Legion.
The photos do not have to be military-based but if you have any old photos you’ve been meaning to get preserved now may be a good time.
(There may be additional restoration fees for badly damaged photos and to get prints made of the scans but the scan fee does include supply of the digitized image file with colour, contrast & brightness corrections and basic dust/spot removal).
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Last year I was lucky enough to photograph Becci & David’s gorgeous North Norfolk wedding and this week I was lucky enough to photograph their even more gorgeous baby girl Amelie!
With family lifestyle portrait shoots I like to capture a snapshot in time and with really young families these are best done at the family home, I like to get lots of little details of the nursery and of course the tiny little toes and hands!
This shoot was particularly lovely as all of the proud grandparents came along too so we got a collection of shots of them all with Amelie. Below are some of my favourites from the shoot…
Ah, back to early August for Laura & Ashley (aka Woodsy)’s wedding in Brampton, Norfolk, a lot warmer than it is here right now!
They held their marquee wedding reception in Laura’s parents’ field, overlooking the pasture fields and tributaries of the River Bure. I started the day’s coverage with some shots in the marquee before wandering over to the house to get some shots of the preparations, it was all happening!
Back to the wonderful Norfolk Mead Hotel in Coltishall and once again the weather was lovely at this stunning Norfolk wedding venue!
After a few quick prep shots I met up with Nigel and his best man Greg as they welcomed the arriving guests with some time to spare for drinks in the sunshine.
I always enjoy photographing at The Norfolk Mead, the Garden Room where they hold the ceremony has great light from the huge windows and the room next door where they generally hold the wedding breakfast light & airy allowing for some great speech photos and shots of people enjoying each other’s company…
Wow, what a wedding this was!
Set amongst the wheat fields at Banham, Norfolk, Christina and David’s reception was a sumptuous affair yet retained a rustic Norfolk charm with many lovely details, typified by the below shot of a beautiful bucketful of flowers!
After a nose around the marquee to get some initial detail shots I headed off to find the girls getting ready at a house just down the road…
Back in 2012 I photographed the wedding of Gemma’s twin sister Vicky (to James) so it was really lovely to be asked to photograph Gemma and Jason’s wedding four years later, I must be doing something right!
Someone else who is doing lots right is the talented Rowan Banks of Apricot Weddings – wedding videographer and all round lovely bloke – Rowan has a very unobtrusive style, always a pleasure to work with and my number one recommended videographer for Norfolk weddings.
We started the day’s coverage at Gemma and Jason’s house in Hevingham, a hive of excitement and activity…
After spending a lovely hour or so at Blickling Hall with Clare & Joel for their pre-wedding shoot I was looking forward to photographing their wedding, we got on really well and I knew it was going to be a fun, relaxed day.
I started the day in glorious sunshine at Clare’s parents’ home, the gardens were looking immaculate and I have to say I fell in love with their swimming pond, if only I had a bigger garden!
Sadly the sunshine was forecast to give way to rain later so I put the drone up for some aerial shots while I could…
It was third time lucky for Alison, Dan, Emily & Harriet – we had to reschedule their lifestyle portrait shoot twice over the summer due to poor weather but it was definitely worth waiting for – you couldn’t get shots like these on a wet & windy day!
Emily and Harriet were an absolute joy to photograph (as were Alison & Dan!), so polite and friendly with great smiles and confident in front of the camera. They really made my job very easy!
Below are a handful of the shots taken that afternoon/evening. I had a really lovely email from Alison this morning after she had viewed the images for the first time…
“WOW WOW WOW!!!
I literally feel that words are going to fail me here!! AMAZING!! So utterly thrilled with the photos, I can’t put it into words! They gave me goose bumps. It’s going to be near impossible picking our favs – but I’ll have a good go!
You have captured all my favourite things – I don’t know how you do it when it was all so quick and relaxed!”
Kind words indeed!