Danny & Ceri

I've known Danny & Ceri for quite a few years so it was an honour when they approached me to capture their special day for them. Our day started with Danny having provided a box of gifts for Ceri to open with quotes relating back to the start of their relationship. 

In a classic car I joined Ceri and her father on our way to the venue in which they both shared some brandy. We had a warm welcome making our way into Friern Manor and we joined the groomsmen waiting at the altar. 

The staff at Friern Manor looked after everyone throughout the evening including myself with an incredible meal. The icing on the cake was watching Danny and Ceri's first dance on the dance floor.

Kaliff & Charlotte

Charlotte, her family and bridesmaids welcomed me into their home for a really fun bridal prep shoot. With a bacon butty in my hand I was happy shooting away whilst the bridesmaids enjoyed a glass of champagne all with their own names on which was such a nice touch!

We dodged the rain for a beautiful service in St John the Baptist Church in Barnet followed by a superb welcome at Dyrham Park where the wedding breakfast and evening activities took place.

Despite poor weather Kaliff & Charlotte kept smiling all day long and couldnt take their eyes off each other. You were both amazing people to work with. Thank you for a great day!

Jamie & Millie

Jamie & Millie wanted to give their love ones a day to remember and they surely did that. The day began at the amazing Reid Rooms in Roding and the sun was beaming down providing amazing lighting during the bridal/groom prep as well as providing some warmth during a cold November.

Exploring the venue, I couldn't stop myself from pausing to capture images of the small details that had been created by Jamie & Millie. They really worked hard on making sure that they let their family and friends know more about themselves on the day. This included giving their table names to locations that they had visited on holiday, a quiz based on questions about them both and lastly my favourite, a Danish tradition of cutting off the toes of the grooms socks!

Ash & Emma

After a very different engagement shoot I knew that Ash & Emma's big day was going to be something more than 'normal'.  Emma's brides maids ensured she had a great time getting ready and they kept me laughing the whole morning. 

All family and friends viewed a very intimate ceremony in which I witnessed an amazing moment afterwards watching Ash & Emma staring each other in the eye saying "We did it". 

The day finished off with sparklers for everyone and we all enjoyed recreating the confetti show from earlier in the day with an arch of sparklers.

Jamie & Millie - Engagement Shoot

Being asked to involve a pug in an engagement shoot straight away grabbed my attention. Jamie & Millie mentioned how important it was to bring Winnie with them and she made my day. 

We took our time to wander through Picks Cottage Fishery in Chingford. Winnie lead the way and we followed. Despite being a very overcast day we managed to make the most of the amazing scenery.

Jimmy & Cassandra

Jimmy & Cassandra held their wedding in a church that I have walked past for most of my life. I really enjoyed photographing an amazing couple in my local church.

Our day began with amazing light at Hanbury Manor, Hertford capturing hair, makeup and some touching moments between Cassandra, her mother and bridesmaids. 

Despite some early rain, the day was brilliant and the sun managed to shine throughout the day. 

Valy & Inese

When I first met Valy & Inese on our engagement shoot I was amazed at how in love they were. I didn't need to guide or pose either of them and knew that when it came to the big day we would see the same thing. 

Inese is extremely insightful and put a lot of her creativity into the day adding little touches here and there.  Throughout the day Inese was asking "Can we take this shot... oh and this one too" which I absolutely loved as I wanted to create images that they would remember.

The guests witnessed an amazing orthodox blessing at Bishop Stortford Church followed by the best hospitality I have ever had as a photographer at the Hunters Meet in Hatfield Heath.

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Steaks Product Shoot

One of my closest friends Ali is an outstanding Roller Derby player who plays for Southern Discomfort, one of the best teams in the world! Ali is proudly showing off his new sponsor Steaks,  who are based in Finland. If you head to a match, you'll see Steaks gear everywhere as it is so popular!

Ali was in need of a studio shoot but whilst we were out enjoying a pint we decided to go for an impulse shoot. The first shot we took under a car park but lighting was causing quite a few issues. In the edit I added a film look. Our second shot displays a strong depth of field as Ali was battling avoiding the sun in his eyes.

Engagement Shoot - V&I

Vally and Inese are an amazing couple who I cannot wait to join on their wedding day. We headed out to Hatfield Forest which is an outstanding place of beauty under the National Trust. Hatfield Forest is a brilliant place for photographers, families, dog walkers and anyone who enjoys nature. We took a walk around the lake and through the forest, Inese even helped me out spotting a beautiful area which she and Vally loved.

V&I

V&I

V&I

V&I

V&I

V&I

Emma's Hen

Turning up to shoot a hen party with 30 hens is always going to be fun. I had a great time with the girls and hope Emma had an amazing day.

My favourite shot of Emma just after putting on her sash and L plates.

Emma

Emma

Engagement Shoot - J&C

Jimmy & Cassandra are a lovely couple who I have the honour of photographing on their wedding day. We visited one of my favourite locations in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire. Engagement shoots allow both the couple and myself to become comfortable with each other and take some great photos that can be used for your invites, singing books and other items on the day.

J&C

J&C

J&C

J&C

Revival Live

Earlier in the year Revival, a local function band invited myself along to view their showcase gig held at the Corn Exchange in Hertford.

This was my first attempt at shooting bands live. I avoided using a flashgun as I knew there was going to be quite a lot of lighting. The Canon 6D is able to shoot great images at a high ISO so this allowed me to shoot at a higher shutter speed too.

 

Revival Live

Revival Live

John

John

Headshots for Grace

Grace gave me the pleasure of snapping her for some portfolio headshots. Grace is a dancer looking to ply her trade all over the country. As a last minute booking we headed to our local park in Hoddesdon where we were blessed with some beautiful light. This image was taken on my Canon 70-200 F4 which as much as I miss I have now traded in for a Sigma 70-200 F2.8.

Grace

Grace

Lake District - March

Another year, another trip to the Lakes. I think I'm addicted to this place. We visited High House Cottages again after an outstanding stay in their perfect accommodation last year in Watermillock, Ullswater.

In terms of weather, this trip summed up England. One day we were snowed in, heavy hail, and also hail reduced our chances of photography but we managed to catch a few gems.

Ullswater Panoramic

Ullswater Panoramic

This is my favourite image from our trip, replicating a similar image I took last year from the same point. I took this on our final day which unfortunately was our last day of limited shooting before an 8 hour drive home. The sunlight was behind me but it was fairly windy day indicated by the ripples on the water. I used a light grad filter to balance out the sky slightly.

Long Exposure over Derwentwater, Keswick

Long Exposure over Derwentwater, Keswick

When it wasn't raining I managed to make the most of the moody skies with the help of some heavy editing. I used my 10 stop ND filter to produce this image. I experimented quite a lot with long exposures and my 10 stop but I found that as it is a fairly cheap filter I was getting a lot of odd colours and blurring in my images.

Do your bit and volunteer!

Every year I try to do my bit and give a day to a charity. Last year I visited Haven House Hospital Charity Shop in Chingford, London. It was great fun helping out and seeing what goes on behind the scenes. 

This year I was approached by Sophie from Leukaemia Care. Every few months for their free magazine they publish Inspirational Stories to where experiences are shared. Sophie introduced me to Margaret, a lovely lady from my home town of Hoddesdon so that we could capture a few images for their magazine. Im not going to spoil anything but I can't wait to hear Margarets story and see which images Sophie has decided to publish.

Margaret hated having her photo taken, something I hear a lot from friends and clients. I put Margaret at ease and we had a good chat about growing up in Hoddesdon whilst taking a few snaps in-between. Check out the Leukaemia Care website and donate if you can. You can read other inspirational stories here.

Margaret in Hoddesdon

Margaret in Hoddesdon

Half Year Update

What a year its been! Whilst I haven't been adding a monthly blog post, I have been active in Hertfordshire as a photographer travelling, meeting people, collaborating, planning and most importantly taking loads of photos. As with my blog this is my place to display my love, my photos that drive me forward and keep my creative flair running.

Portrait photography is so important, its something that can display a characters emotions, light can convey meaning and lastly it shows who we are. This summer I have taken some of my favourite portraits, from commercial jobs to snapping away with friends in the sun. One thing we are obsessed with is selfies. Turn the camera around, snap your friends smiling, catch them in good light, frame them correctly and most importantly, share your images! Soundscape performing below are worth checking out if your in need of a Hertfordshire based band.

Heres some of mine:

Lawrence in London

Lawrence in London

Soundscape Live in Hertfordshire

Soundscape Live in Hertfordshire

Soundscape Live in Hertfordshire

Soundscape Live in Hertfordshire

Soundscape Studio Shoot in Hertfordshire

Soundscape Studio Shoot in Hertfordshire