Your horse as a wedding guest – some helpful advice

By |2018-11-09T10:01:13+00:00November 9th, 2018|Equestrian, Latest Updates, Weddings|

For almost all equestrian brides there is the magic dream that you can have your own horse at your wedding. It is possible but a lot of consideration should go into whether or not it will be practical and very importantly safe, for you, your horse and your guests. I was lucky and was able [...]

Penton Park – Classically Elegant Wedding & Woodland Twist

By |2018-08-09T13:38:43+00:00August 9th, 2018|Latest Updates, Weddings|

Earlier in the summer I had the privilege to work with a great group of local suppliers documenting a styled shoot put together by Heidi of Bespoke Events & Hire at Penton Park. I love Penton, it's such a gorgeous venue and run by two of the most fabulous people. Unlike larger commercial venues, family [...]

Weddings – Don’t be ‘Uncle Bob’

By |2018-07-16T22:53:01+00:00July 17th, 2018|Latest Updates, Weddings|

In the world of wedding photographers there is an increasingly common term being banded about, that being 'Uncle Bob'. So who or what is Uncle Bob, and why are they an issue? If I'm honest, I'm lucky, and I haven't actually come across a problematic Uncle Bob so far, but this post is to help [...]

Behind the Magic – Photographing in low light

By |2018-05-30T22:03:29+00:00May 31st, 2018|Behind The Magic, Equestrian, Latest Updates, Weddings|

The majority of churches are poorly lit and do not allow the use of external lighting. Light is vital for taking photographs. If we had our own way as photographers, we would only utilise venues and times of the day when the light is ideal, but more often than not we don't have [...]

Behind The Magic – So you’re going to be a wedding photographer?

By |2018-05-22T13:45:47+00:00May 22nd, 2018|Behind The Magic, Latest Updates, Weddings|

It is becoming increasingly common for couples on a budget to ask family members or friends to be their photographer. That person may well be accomplished in another area of photography already, or may just be a happy amateur with 'a nice camera', either way it is likely that they have never photographed a wedding [...]

On The Farm Celebrations – Vintage Styled Wedding Shoot

By |2018-05-14T22:57:49+00:00May 15th, 2018|Latest Updates, Weddings|

In April I was thrilled to be involved with a vintage wedding styled shoot, at the stunning new wedding reception venue On The Far Celebrations. The venue is part of the working Manor Farm near Wells in Somerset. It is on the very edge of the Mendip Hills and is therefore the highest farm on [...]

Behind the Magic – Editing workflow

By |2018-02-06T22:35:47+00:00February 6th, 2018|Behind The Magic, Equestrian, Other Events, Weddings|

I'm often asked about my workflow for editing a photo shoot so let me take you on a whistlestop tour of what I do from taking the photos to delivering the final images. In general I edit photo shoots in the order they take place. The slight exception is weddings which I dip in and [...]

Behind the Magic – Always be prepared

By |2018-01-16T13:45:03+00:00January 16th, 2018|Behind The Magic, Equestrian, Latest Updates, Other Events, Weddings|

If you were ever a Scout or Girl Guide the phrase 'be prepared' will be well known to you. Preparedness is vital in becoming a successful photographer in so many ways. Prior to the cross country at Badminton I will walk the course at least once in the preceeding days. It allows me to [...]

Behind The Magic – What I will, won’t & can’t photoshop!

By |2017-12-22T20:40:35+00:00December 5th, 2017|Behind The Magic, Equestrian, Latest Updates, Weddings|

Photoshop is a very very powerful tool when you know how to use it and can literally make the impossible possible. I utilise it on an almost daily basis but I try and use it to make photos 'cleaner' and try not to use it for things that are unbelievable. Occasionally I will do something [...]

Behind the Magic – Enhancing an Autumnal image

By |2017-12-22T20:39:43+00:00November 7th, 2017|Behind The Magic, Equestrian, Latest Updates, Other Events, Weddings|

It's Autumn here in England and the oranges are simply divine but sometimes it is worth enhancing the colours to really make an image stand out. BUT and this is a big but, if you are going to do it you need to do it correctly. I have seen an increasing abundance of orange photos [...]

Laura & Justin’s Wedding – Hartnoll Hotel Tiverton

By |2018-04-30T19:51:13+00:00October 24th, 2017|Latest Updates, Weddings|

The Hartnoll Hotel near the Devonshire town of Tiverton was the venue for Laura & Justin's wedding in September. Although I had lived in the area for many years and driven past on numerous occasions this was my first visit to the Hartnoll. In advance of the wedding I visited the day before, meeting Claire [...]

Wedding Photographers – Are two better than one?

By |2017-12-22T20:37:54+00:00October 17th, 2017|Latest Updates, Weddings|

The perfect example of being in two places at once. I was able to capture photos from the front of the church whilst Liz captured the beautiful feature image above with the window from the back If you're a bride searching for your photographer you will undoubtedly be getting numerous opinions over having [...]

Behind The Magic – You get what you pay for

By |2017-12-22T22:39:15+00:00October 3rd, 2017|Behind The Magic, Equestrian, Latest Updates, Weddings|

Have you looked at three photographers one charging £50 for a photoshoot, another £150, and another £500 and wondered the difference? Let me try to explain to you, and more importantly how and why that is not their 'hourly' rate. To break it down I'm going to let you know a little bit more about [...]

Behind the Magic – Do What You Love

By |2017-12-22T20:38:34+00:00July 25th, 2017|Behind The Magic, Equestrian, Weddings|

Portrait created utilising my Elinchrom portable lighting system There are so many different forms of photography, even within portrait photography you have everything from newborns, maternity, weddings, family and so on and so forth. Different photographers specialise in different areas, some are jack of all trades some are specialists in one specific area, [...]

Behind The Magic – choosing a wedding photographer

By |2017-12-22T22:56:11+00:00March 21st, 2017|Behind The Magic, Latest Updates, Weddings|

From the start I won't deny that there will be a degree of bias in this article as I am obviously myself a wedding photographer but I want to ensure if you do choose me to photograph your big day that you are doing so for the right reasons hence my reason for writing this [...]

Behind The Magic – My ‘kit’ list!

By |2018-04-06T13:18:59+00:00March 7th, 2017|Behind The Magic, Equestrian, Weddings|

Today I'm going to talk to you about what camera equipment I work with and why. If you have any questions stemming from this article please feel free to ask. The Canon 5D3 my main camera of choice Firstly I am a Canon girl always have been and suspect always will be. It's [...]

Behind The Magic – Day in the life of a Wedding Photographer

By |2017-12-22T23:02:28+00:00February 14th, 2017|Behind The Magic, Latest Updates, Weddings|

I absolutely love photographing weddings, what better thing than to share a couple's special day, recording those memories that they can look back on for years to come. The process of photographing a wedding though starts long before the day itself. After a couple book my services there are several steps in preparation for the [...]

Rob & Lizzie – Laughern Hill Estate

By |2017-09-14T11:55:52+00:00October 25th, 2014|Latest Updates, Weddings|

Laughern Hill in Worcestershire was the venue for Rob & Lizzie's wedding on a beautiful July day this year. This beautiful country house is a hidden gem, perfect for both small and larger weddings just outside Worcester. The preparations took place in the main house, which has a number of beautiful spacious bedrooms. The rooms [...]

Trash the dress – Jersey

By |2015-11-14T21:36:11+00:00October 22nd, 2014|Equestrian, Latest Updates, Weddings|

A Trash the Dress Beach photo shoot was the order of the day when visiting Jersey earlier this year. It would have been rude not to considering the beautiful weather and equally beautifully scenery. St Ouen's bay was the beach of choice. Limited on time due to an impending very high tide and summer restrictions [...]

Emma & Tris – Fullerton Estate – Test Valley

By |2017-12-22T23:05:28+00:00September 14th, 2014|Latest Updates, Weddings|

Cottonworth Vineyard which is part of the Fullerton Estate was the stunning venue for Emma and Tris' wedding in July 2014. Cottonworth vineyard itself produces fantastic top quality English wines but its capabilities and beauty as a wedding venue are a much under used hidden gem of the Hampshire countryside. The day started with a [...]

Claire & Rich’s Wedding – Tiverton Devon

By |2015-11-14T21:33:34+00:00July 9th, 2014|Weddings|

Claire & Rich were married at the end of June is the traditional rural village of Templeton nr Tiverton Devon. It was a community wedding with multiple village residents getting involved with everything from flowering arranging, venue decoration to transport which made it such a fantastically delightful and friendly day. The weather gods were not [...]

Clare & Stu’s Wedding – Castle Hotel Taunton

By |2015-11-14T22:02:34+00:00January 14th, 2014|Latest Updates, Weddings|

The last wedding of the 2013 proved to be a fabulous one, not that it was ever going to be in doubt otherwise. The venue for the reception was the stunning Castle Hotel in Taunton which although I had been to before I hadn't as a photographer. The Castle Hotel boasts a beautiful interior including [...]

Win a photo shoot

By |2015-11-14T21:56:08+00:00October 12th, 2013|Equestrian, Latest Updates, Other Events, Weddings|

WIN!! I am currently running a competition on Facebook to win a 1 hour photo shoot of you, your horse, your family or whomever you fancy (within reason!). All you have to do to enter is like and share the competition photo (click this link) and like the page. Once the page has reached 1000 [...]