It’s been an absolutely crazy year so far, definitely my busiest in the 14 years I’ve been in business. So far this spring I’ve photographed a huge variety of subjects from supercars, shepherds huts, lifeboat crews, solar farms, and stunning beachside Norfolk properties to the many wonderful weddings. I’ve been so busy I haven’t had a chance to stop & blog anything for quite some time so I thought I’d do a quick round up to bring my blog up to date and then we can get back to business as usual.
I’ll start with a handful of the North Norfolk holiday properties I’ve photographed, beginning with this beautiful new offering from the legendary Cley Windmill. Recently nationally recognised as one of the most romantic places to stay in the UK by the Telegraph and Top 50 Cool Places by the Times, and deservedly so. Their newest room is The Old Cart Shed, beautiful oak-beamed ceilings and styled to an extrememly high standard, this is now one of my favourite rooms at the mill along with the quirky Wheel Room right at the very top of the mill.
I’m always impressed with the high standard of some of the holiday lets coming onto the market in Sheringham and the surrounding area of the North Norfolk coast. Rosehaven is no exception, fully refurbished to the very highest standards, this property is absolutely gorgeous, so many incredible details.
On a similar theme of beautifully renovated holiday cottages is Cliff Cottage, again in Sheringham, very close to the beach and decorated in my ultimate theme – the coast and lifeboats. Small but perfectly formed, the thought and time that has gone into making Cliff Cottage is astounding.
Away from the coast this time – Clippesby Hall, in the heart of Broadland, a camping & touring site with a brand new bar & restaurant area called ‘Base Camp’. While there to get some initial photos of Base Camp they also asked if I would photograph this charming little shepherd’s hut they also have on site. How cute is that?!
No blog post would be complete without some aerial shots. I’ve been busy with the drone this year on many stills and video commissions but I still always love to take the drone up for some aerial shots for pleasure when I get a chance. This is a scene I have shot many times with the drone – my home town of Sheringham. It was a lovely still, sunny evening so I grabbed some shots of the cliffs as the sun went down.
Also on an aerial photography theme I had a commission just inland of Cromer to photograph & capture video footage for a local company providing a nationwide service – Solar Farm Cleaning.
Now to an annual event which I have phoptograhed for the last 6 years – The Hoste Classic & Supercar event at Burnham Market. It’s always a pleasure to see the regular guests who bring along their stunning machines. The highlight for me this year was seeing Max Sowerby’s Frazer-Nash car with it’s 8 litre vintage aeroplane engine, wow that thing is noisy!
Sadly it’s not been a great spring weather-wise and I’ve had a few wet weddings to photograph. Always impressive is how the couples don’t let it dampen their spirits, and it doesn’t mean they can’t have a good set of images to tell the story of their day. Below are a handful of shots from Laura & Jason’s Cromer wedding, a fishing and hunting themed wedding (Laura is a vet and John Davies’ daughter – renowned Cromer fisherman and ex-coxswain of Cromer Lifeboat and Jason is the gamekeeper at a large local estate).
A horrendous squall came through just as the guests were leaving the church. Hang onto your hats ladies!
The marque was literally rocking. I’ve never seen a chandelier swing so ferociously!
Last weekend I was honoured to be asked to photograph RNLI Wells Lifeboat station for a commemorative print to celebrate their 150th anniversary next month. It was a bit of an overcast & misty morning but I think all of the bright colours saved it! I have always admired the amazing ‘Rescue Team’ photos by local man, Campbell MacCallum, so I based this shot on one of his team photos of Wells from a few years back. Sadly Campbell passed away last month so I dedicate this shot to him.
My partner, Leanne, has been learning how to make videos and she came along to document the process of producing the above photo. Below is her short film of the morning, I think it’s a fantastic record. Leanne is now taking commissions for her video work including weddings and commercial shoots. While she hones her craft she is offer the shoots and final video film at an extremely discounted rate. If you would be interested in having Leanne film your event please drop me a line.
As you may have seen in a previous blog post – I started an appeal when I returned from Kenya in February to raise some funds to help equip the rangers at the Enonkishu Conservancy. I was blown away by the support and we raised over £4000 in total. This means we can not only provide the rangers with equipment to assist them in their job of protecting the animals on the conservancy but we’ve also been able to provide much of the funds to build a new rangers’ camp on the conservancy. I love the fact that they have recognised this by naming the camp ‘Shannock Camp’ – officially a Shannock is someone who was born in Sheringham, as were their parents and grandparents.
The camp is needed as they have had three young male lions move onto the conservancy looking to establish a territory. With tensions between Maasai herders and lions always being a concern the new camp will allow the rangers to be close to the lions to ensure they can diffuse any situations which may arise and hopefully allow the lions to establish a new pride – the first potential resident pride on this conservancy.
We are heading back out there in October and really looking forward to seeing these lions, exciting times!
Part of why the last few months have been so busy is the number of commissions for film work which I have secured this year. One of them is to make six short films for Visit North Norfolk, each of them a 30-40 second film showing different aspects of what North Norfolk has to offer. Below is the first in the series. Watch this space for the others, lots of exciting shoots lined up for this.
So that’s my round up, next up is a fabulous wedding I photographed in Essex at the weekend, we finally had some sunshine, woohoo!