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An Early Evening Family Photography Session At Barossa Nature Reserve
One of the consequences of having most of my 2020 weddings postponed has been that I’ve had more time for my first love, family photography. So I was delighted when Sarah got in touch about a photography session for her family, including their teenagers who are about to move on to sixth form and their final year at uni.
We arranged to meet at one of my favourite local spots, Barossa Nature Reserve, and I was delight the family’s black lab was able to come too!
The beauty of family shoots is that you can arrange them for the very best time of day to catch the light, and of course if it’s tipping down, postpone! September has been amazing so far and we were really lucky to have the most perfect golden light, carpets of wild purple heather, and a herd of belted cattle wandering through. Oh and we even had a couple of deer (though I wasn’t quick enough to capture them!).
Family shoots are not just for young families, they are for all families, and a true emotional investment for the future. Now more than ever, I think it’s important to have great photographs of you with your loved ones (especially if you are that person who usually takes them but doesn’t feature in them). I hope these photos bring Sarah and her family lots of happy memories for many years to come.
If it’s time you had some beautiful family photographs taken do get in touch. The Autumn is a lovely time to capture colourful family memories. J x
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A Small Intimate And Beautiful Outdoor Wedding At Pennyhill Park Hotel
Yesterday I had the enormous pleasure of photographing James and Nicola’s intimate wedding at Pennyhill Park hotel. Due to this whole pesky Covid 19 business, the wedding was my first of 2020 after all my other couples sadly had to postpone to 2021. James got in touch via Instagram a couple of weeks ago and wanted to book straight away (how refreshing). Of course I jumped at the chance of picking up my camera to do what I love doing most; capturing moments of joy. God knows we need it!
The couple originally planned to tie the knot in Vegas in June, but for obvious reasons it couldn’t go ahead, so they decided not to wait and booked an intimate wedding at Pennyhill Park for their family and closest friends. They had planned an intimate wedding anyway, so in actual fact doing things this way actually meant they could have a few more loved ones there to share their day, and Nicola told me she felt it had all worked out for the best.
I have to say, if you are wondering whether you should just go ahead and get married, despite the current restrictions, I say go for it! This wedding was super special and relaxed, and with their outdoor ceremony in the pavilion, it was every bit as beautiful as any wedding I have documented.
We had plenty of time for some relaxed group shots, before going for a walk to capture their bride and groom portraits. Usually this takes around 20 minutes, but the couple requested we spend a little longer, and it was total bliss to be able to take photographs of this adorable couple. Just look how in love they are! Oh and Nicola looked seriously beautiful in a Maggie Sottero dress and her Jimmy Choo pumps.
After relaxed drinks on the terrace, the wedding party moved into the library for the wedding breakfast (with tables safely spaced and family and friend units allocated tables). Despite the regulations, I thought it was all very relaxed and rather lovely, and it’s made me fall in love with smaller weddings all over again.
Nicola & James, thank you so much for asking me to document this very special day for you. I hope you and enjoy your previews. Jx
Venue – Pennyhill Park Hotel
Dress – Maggie Sottero
Hair – Theo’s – Melissa.
Makeup – Hair & Makeup Studio
Shoes. – Jimmy Choo
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Wedding packages (including Bronze package for small intimate weddings)
An Summer Early Evening Family Lifestyle Session With Hector The Rescue Dog And His New Forever Family
Today I have a really special family lifestyle session to share with you from an early evening session last night. Lynne is one of my oldest friends (we went to school together), so I was chuffed when she asked to book a family shoot with husband Gareth, their daughter, and brand new family member Hector.
A Little About Hector
Hector was originally a free roaming (free spirited) señor, hailing from Spain. Now he’s a Mr hailing from Surrey, and loving life with his new adoring family. If ever you could see an example of the happiness and joy that introducing a dog into the family can bring, just take a look at these photographs!
I must just give a little shout out to the Friends Of Aprop who made it possible for Hector to find his way to the family. Well worth a follow and your support.
I met up with the family at a disused golf club that is local to us, which provided lovely swishy long grass, that always looks lush in photographs, and a wild flower meadow. It was an absolute gem of a location (suggested by Lynne) perfect for a family lifestyle session, and I’m sure I’ll return again. This really is a snapshot of the family’s lifestyle, and I think everyone enjoyed themselves. Hector got to have a good run around, and so did I. 😉
We met at 7.30pm just as the sun was beginning to set, and the light was golden and dreamy and everything I could have wished for. We had a very light shower, but then got a rainbow! How fabulous is that?!
Lynne told me she and Gareth hadn’t really had any proper photographs taken of themselves since their wedding day, so it was an absolute delight to be able to take these photographs for them to have for always. They really show the couple I know; warm, loving, fun, and just fabulous all round people.
Often we hire a professional photographer for those big occasions in our lives, such as weddings, but I really do believe investing in a family shoot like this is absolutely priceless. If I could take photographs of me with my family like this I’d be a very happy bunny (not sure how I’d take them and be in them though). They’re just such a lovely thing to have for now, and for generations to come.
I can’t really pick any favourites here, I love them all and hope they do. This is one of only a few recent sessions shot on my new Sony mirrorless kit and I have to say I am absolutely loving it and can’t wait for more family shoots as well as weddings getting going again!
Lynne & Gareth, thanks for asking me to take these photographs for you. I hope they bring you heaps of pleasure both now and always. Love to you all, and dog biscuits and head pats to Hector. J xxx
Find out more about Aprop animal shelter run entirely by volunteers here – Friends Of Aprop –
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A Colourful Documentary Grandparent And Family Summer Photography Session
Sarah brought a family photography voucher as a gift for her parents (who are now grandparents), and let’s face it, whilst there isn’t much to open when you give present like this, it really is the gift that keeps on giving!
I’ve known Chris and Sarah a number of years and have already photographed their engagement, wedding day, newborn twins, and now this opportunity to photograph the family with Sarah’s parents and sister too. I’m fast becoming their photographer for all seasons! Well, all generations.
Apart from knowing I will deliver on the photography front, I think this really demonstrates the benefits of having a good relationship with the person you ask to document the most important times in your life. You have to feel comfortable with your photographer, and with booking the same photographer time and time again, each session just fits, like putting on an old jacket (well less of the old!). 🙂
Obviously these are uncertain times (August 2020), and it’s only very recently that the relaxing of the lockdown rules have allowed for safe, outdoor (and socially distanced) photography sessions to take place. Ever mindful of ensuring these sessions are safe for all involved, relaxed, and stress free, I now ensure I come complete with hand sanitiser and mask, and that all involved (myself included), are fit and well. It also goes without saying that I am always happy to reschedule if anyone is unwell, or the weather is not behaving itself!
I think this whole Covid-19 situation has reinforced how important family is to all of us. With many having been unable to just simply pop in to see their loved ones, and feeling cut off and missing each other, there has never been a better time to arrange that family shoot you always meant to do. I’m sure these photos will bring so much joy not just to those involved, but great grandparents, cousins, friends, and so many more.
I love the documentary style of the photographs. They give a far richer ‘snap shot’ into life at grandparents Anne and Paul’s house on a sunny Saturday in August, then any posed studio photographs could ever do. Nothing is forced. It’s all as it happened (including some crackers that show what amazing grandparents Anne and Paul are). There is so much love and joy here. They really do warm the heart! This is real family life, and this is most definitely what real 4 year old twins are like!
I have such happy memories of playing in my grandparents garden from a young age, but I don’t have photos like this. I hope the boys look back at these photographs when they are all grownup, and feel the happiness they radiate. I also hope everyone appreciates the fact they didn’t have to be the one to take the photographs, but were able to be in them too. How many of us are the designated family photographer, rarely actually appearing in the photographs ourselves?
If it’s time for you to gather your loved ones near for some beautiful, real family photographs, please do get in touch. If you would like to find out more about the various family photography sessions I offer, including prices, follow this link.
A Beautiful Late Afternoon Barossa Heathland Engagement Shoot
A couple of days ago I met up with Alexandra and Nick for their pre wedding Barossa heathland engagement shoot, on what should have been their wedding day. Sadly like so many other 2020 couples, the pandemic has meant their wedding plans have had to be put on ice, and a new date arranged. Thank fully they’ve postpone and not cancelled, and I’ve simply moved with them.
There are many reasons for couples choosing a particular date to be married, and I’ve spoken before about the importance and ‘right of passage’ of a wedding day marking the beginning of a couples new life together. Of course it would be easy for these two to be really down about things, but they’re philosophical and upbeat about things and just want to make the best of the situation. So the next best thing to mark the day was to get together and celebrate the day in another way with a relaxed woodland photoshoot. Alexandra even worse a fabulous cheeky little white dress for the shoot.
I’ve feel I’ve really had a chance to get to know the couple and Alexandra in particular, since they came to my house earlier in the year to discuss their wedding plans. We’ve had many back and forth emails about the pandemic, wedding plans, potential new dates, and just discussing this shoot; location, timings, clothes, hair. However getting together for the session really did help us get to know each other more, and for the couple to see how I like to work.
When it came towards the end of the shoot, and the sun was starting to disappear, we all felt we’d had such a good time that we didn’t want it to end! However, I’m so happy with the images we created. The light was to die for (I get very excited about these things), the location just across the road from my house spectacular, and Alexandra and Nick look so relaxed and in love!
For me this was also personally super special. As a wedding photographer this year has been pretty awful, with almost every one of my poor couples having to postpone their wedding. With lockdown and social distancing since March, getting out to do the job that I love has up until now been impossible. Seeing beautiful days and dreamy sunsets come and go when I should have been out shooting has been hard! This shoot, this dreamy light, was everything I needed it to be. I feel in a great place now and can’t wait for more opportunities like this.
Alexandra and Nick, enjoy your photographs and I cannot wait to photograph you again on what will be an amazing wedding day.