Pre-wedding photoshoot – Fi and Joe

I love doing pre-wedding photoshoots with my couples.  Why?  It just simply relaxes them in plenty of time on their wedding day plus we get to know each other, chat, laugh and have a lovely time.  My style is natural so no obscure posing as that’s not me and not how I work but it’s good to do some fun stuff as well to get couple to interact with each other, with a little direction from me.  Fiona and Joe didn’t need much direction as they were just themselves giggling, a lot of love and just what a fun couple they were!

The morning of this shoot I headed over to Grantham, where it was a glorious day with lots of wonderful stormy grey clouds!  It really was lovely.  Fiona and Joe were just perfect to work with.  Living and running a farm we got the opportunity to explore the farmland and shoot in the wheat!  To fit in with the theme of country living and lifestyle I just loved Fiona and Joe’s attire, tweed, wellies and flat caps – just perfection for the occasion!

All Saint’s Lullington & Grangewood Wedding – Rebecca & Neil

Last July (almost one year ago), happy 1st wedding anniversary to you Rebecca & Neil, I had the honour of photographing this beautiful wedding.   The ceremony was held at All Saint’s Church in the quaint Derbyshire village of Lullington followed by a reception at the bride’s parent’s house in Grangewood.

Lots of details, hessian, rustic benches and tables, Milk Churns this wedding had it all.  There is just something I love about country themed weddings and marquees aside from wonderful couples that love what I love!    My second shooter for the day was Dave Nunn so a huge thanks for him for assisting me that day.  Rebecca’s wedding dress was full lace and just stunning with lace up back (just love these), the bridesmaid all chose their own dresses in Coral/Orange colour matching the groom’s socks and ties.  Neil wore a blue suit.  The day was full of lots of laughter, happiness and a tonne of love.  The speeches were hilarious and Rebecca’s father, Andrew was brilliant.  Shock, horror and laughter filled the marquee during this time, we even had aunties and uncles downing shots!  Rebecca and Neil’s family all joined in the frivolity of it all which was just brilliant to see let alone photograph.  Without further ado, here is a selection of images from Rebecca & Neil’s country/village themed wedding.  In memory of one witty guy that will never be forgotten, the ever so proud father to two beautiful daughters,  Andrew Kirkland!

Finn, Maggie & Polo

Last year I was commissioned by Alan & Kristina to take some photos of Finn, Polo & Maggie.  It was a great session.  Kristina really wanted to recreate a photo her mum had had taken some thirty years prior with her then horse and dog.  As you can see the weather was kind but the black stormy skies make it very interesting.   It was a great session, a mix of everything I love, surrounded by dogs and horses.  It’s been an incredible journey since 2014 when I did my first dog photoshoot that Autumn.

So a little bit about Finn.  He’s the son of Maggie and he is Fox Red Labrador.  He is a working dog and will assist Alan during the shooting season by retrieving.  This photoshoot demonstrates Finn in training and retrieving as well as some portraits.  He is now three years old.

Maggie, is a black 6 year old  black Labrador owned by Kristina and Damian and is a well loved family pet.  I have photographed 3 of Maggie’s pups being Harry, Maddie & Finn.

Polo, was Kristina’s beautiful horse full of character who really knew how to look after Kristina out in the field on drag hunts.  They did a little Team Chasing & XC.  Sadly Polo was put to sleep end of last year so this post is also in memory of one gorgeous full of life, cheeky and one heck of a personality, little horse, who is now galloping free and in no more pain!  In Memory of Polo x

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Dylan and Rosi

I’ve known Rosi and Dylan now for just over 5 years, during that time I had ridden Dylan a few times which was always fun.   Last summer, Rosie booked me to do a photoshoot with her and her Haflinger x Welsh D horse, Dylan.  Rosi has had Dylan since he was 6yo and he’s around 18yo now so a lot of years to build a beautiful relationship.  Dylan can be somewhat cheeky but he is a very down to earth boy who was just wonderful to photograph and he’s very photogenic too…  Their relationship is a very special one as it is with most horse owners, it’s this I love to capture with imagery that tells its own story really.   So here is a selection of images I can share from that session.  This boy means the world to Rosi and is adored. During the shoot I used the rustic charm of the yard for varying scenes that fitted perfectly for Dylan’s personality.   If you want to book an equine photoshoot, simply get in touch for details

Pre-wedding Photoshoot – Rebecca & Neil

As it’s wedding season and I’m so, so busy shooting weddings be it where I’m the boss or I’m assisting another photographer, I love doing a couples pre-wedding photoshoot.  It’s relaxed, informal and it just gets them used to being in from of the camera.  We have fun, we giggle and I just simply let them be themselves!

So here we have Rebecca and Neil’s shoot which took place in the back garden of her aunty’s house.  A lot of laughs, playful posing, love and smiles and Rebecca looks gorgeous!  Don’t you just love summer?

Baby Delilah

Say hello to little baby Delilah who had her newborn photoshoot with me last summer!  Gosh a whole year ago aww bless, it really does only seem like 5 minutes ago.   Delilah’s session was quite special as I was having my newborn photography refresher course with my wonderful newborn photography Mentor, Laura.  I had put out a model call a few days before and it was so difficult choosing but Delilah’s mummy responded first!

With a newborn session, I generally do them mobile in your own home but if space is an issue, I can turn my large lounge into a studio with some preparation and shifting a large sofa out to the way.   I am conveniently based in Swadlincote with easy access from Ashby & nearby villages.  My lounge has a lovely natural wooden floor which is perfect for prop shots with plenty of space for you mum’s and dad’s to relax and maybe take a snooze.

Here are just a few from Delilah’s session.  If you’re expecting and fancy having a chat about a newborn photoshoot, please drop me a message or email.

Parrots and a Wedding in Hull

Last summer I was asked by a dear photographer friend, Laura, if I could second shoot with her at a wedding up in Hull.  I was to do the groom preps and we’d finish after the speeches.  I jumped at the chance as Laura’s wedding work is just fabulous plus she’s just so nice!   I was advised that the bride and groom loved parrots and cockatoos and there would be some parrots at the wedding.  I have no problem with birds.  Their colours are just fabulous.  If there is one thing I love doing, is detail shots as in time, it’s these little things that get forgotten about, so it’s always nice to have a photo to recollect!

My day started at 10.00am leaving home at 7.30am to allow plenty of travelling time to get to Hull and photograph the groom and groomsmen.  It was a lovely morning to be honest, very chilled.  The wedding ceremony and reception were being held at nearby KP Golf Club  just outside of Hull.  A lovely venue with gorgeous lodges allowing the bridal party to stay and get ready there!   It was a really lovely intimate wedding and just an enjoyable day.  Even the drive there and back was great!   I’ve said it many time before, I love second shooting at weddings and love documentary style photography… I’m not one for doing endless formal family portraits preferring the more chilled and relaxed approach.  Here are some images from that day:-

Hen Do Madness – NPF Bassetts Pole

Last summer I was booked by an old school friend to come along as a surprise to photograph Helen’s hen party fun at NPF at Bassetts Pole.

Helen was so surprised to see me there, the look on her face when I was called out as one final surprise.   It was a really enjoyable couple of hours fun on all the inflatables and playing games with all the hens!  I didn’t even know this place existed but if you want an alternative hen party during the day, then this place comes highly recommended as it does paintballing too!

Anyway, here are a few photos taken from that afternoon 🙂 so you can see how much fun it is…