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Friday, 22 July 2011

Little Rascals, Aspire Photography, July 14th

We had a great day on the recent Little Rascals course. Beginning in the morning with Charlie who was quite brilliant and not phased at all by the 10 other photographers pointing lenses at him.

And then we headed off to the beach again - with entirely different conditions to the previous course - very bright and breezy. What all photographers fear - pure, undiluted sun. I showed them how I deal with this kind of light before heading into the shade.

Indigo, William and James were brilliant - a complete pleasure to work with and full of smiles and laughter. From my perspective - take a look at those eyes!

Without doubt the best moment of the shoot. James' hat kept flying away and Indigo and William's belly laughs resulted in some of my favourite shots of the day.

This image was actually shot in full sun - with the help of a one stop diffusor and a reflector.

Very well deserved ice creams. And luckily Rachel thought I should have one too ;)

Love this image - makes me smile every time.

Marilu and Rodrigo - Bump Shoot in Holland Park, London

Last week I was blessed with yet another lovely shoot experience - Marilu and Rodrigo are expecting their first child and wanted some pictures to celebrate this life stage but also capture the area of London where they live because they plan to return to Peru in the next few years.

Marilu suggested that we based the shoot in Holland Park and I no idea what a treat it would be for me - literally around every corner was another nice location - from the stunning Japanese garden, to rows of arches and a lovely little oriental inspired nook with benches and brickwork.

And afterwards they treated me to lunch - absolutely delicious and very sweet of them.

I like these images just as much in colour and mono - which is rare for me as I usually have a fairly strong preference.
I love the interaction between the two of them in this series.

I love the pics taken in this part of the park. Couldn't resist adding a little texture to further enhance the bottom two.

Monday, 18 July 2011

First Look - Elizabeth & Ross's Matara Wedding

On Saturday I had the pleasure of being part of a very special wedding indeed. The Matara Centre in the Cotswolds is a unique venue and offered exactly what Elizabeth and Ross wanted - a beautiful, intimate space where they could spend a few days with their family and friends.

I won't forget Elizabeth's face as she opened the door of Kingscote Park house when I arrived - I was in my wellies with a coat and umbrella. It had poured with rain since I left my home at 7.30am and it continued to pour until about midday. I don't think any of us, with the best will in the world, believed that it was going to clear. But clear it did.

Elizabeth looked stunning. Every detail was beautiful and she was radiant all day long.

Because they had already been at the Matara Centre for Friday afternoon and evening there was a very relaxed feel to the morning preparations.

Nicole, the bridesmaid, was a little star all day.

The preparations in the bridal suite were lovely and calm - despite a slight emergency with the shoes minutes before the ceremony. I'm still amazed how Elizabeth's lovely mum had thought of everything which meant that we even had super glue to hand...

The ceremony took place in the cloistered courtyard - I loved the relaxed nature of the flowers that Elizabeth chose to display in jars around the pond.

I always love this picture - this is the first moment after the ceremony that they took in that they were married.
Despite it being a bit damp underfoot we went for a walk through the grounds to get a few shots of them together.

I had to take them back for a picture by this pile of logs that we all loved in the pre-wedding shoot images.
One of my faves.

The boys.

And Ross will know exactly why I shot this pic of the girls. ;)

The speeches were incredible and there wasn't a dry eye in the room. I love this natural affection between Elizabeth and her dad.

The best man's speech was perfect - very funny but also warm and affectionate.

He was totally caught out by his own emotion.

Here Elizabeth is listening to Ross talk about her.

The first dance was brilliant. Elbow's 'One Day Like This'. They rocked it.


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