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Anna & Mike’s winter wedding at Bisham Abbey
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Anna & Mike’s winter wedding at Bisham Abbey

Bisham Abbey is one of my favourite wedding venues for photography, and I am really chuffed to now be one of their recommended suppliers. 

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The pheasant
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The pheasant

When people ask me what I do for a living, the obvious answer is that I’m a photographer.  The truth is that there’s a lot more to my job than just taking photos.

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Physiolistic corporate photography
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Physiolistic corporate photography

Although most of my time is spent photographing weddings and families, I love the opportunity to work with local businesses to capture images that will help to promote their business. 

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Henley Youth Festival – HYF 2017
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Henley Youth Festival – HYF 2017

The annual Henley Youth Festival (HYF) has just finished, and I feel so privileged to have been part of it, photographing many of the incredible events that our children had the opportunity to be a part of under this year’s theme of ‘Journeys’.

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HYF Dance
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HYF Dance

Every year as part of the Henley Youth Festival, children have the opportunity to showcase their talents on stage in a professional theatre. The Kenton Theatre in Henley on Thames showcases different interests in HYF Proms, HYF Entertain, HYF Sing, HYF Young Dancer and HYF Dance.

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The cost of wedding photography
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The cost of wedding photography

If you’re looking for a photographer for your wedding and trying to justify the cost involved, I hope this article will be useful.

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Jane & Martin’s wedding at Burnham Beeches Hotel
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Jane & Martin’s wedding at Burnham Beeches Hotel

Fun, laughter & happiness. That’s what I wish all my couples for their future.  Jane clearly already had this by the bucketload just from her daughter Danni.

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Top 10 Questions to ask your Wedding Photographer
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Top 10 Questions to ask your Wedding Photographer

Thanks for looking at my blog, maybe because you’re in the process of choosing a photographer for your wedding.  Personally I believe this is one of the most important decisions you have to make (I know, I would say that). 

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Wedding group photos – an essential guide
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Wedding group photos – an essential guide

Most couples tell me they want a relaxed style of photography, to capture the day as it happens rather than standing around for hours posing for photos. I agree, the story of your day is much better told through natural photos, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have any formal photos! ...

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Rebecca & Sam’s wedding at Old Luxters Barn
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Rebecca & Sam’s wedding at Old Luxters Barn

Rebecca & Sam contacted me following a recommendation from a family friend whose children’s 21st birthdays I had photographed over the years.

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New Year, New Me!

New Year, New Me!

It’s the start of a New Year, which brings with it the usual batch of New Year’s resolutions. Exercise more, eat less, and BLOG MORE!

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A family shoot in Castle grounds
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A family shoot in Castle grounds

I love this location for a family photoshoot, and autumn was the perfect time to get all the family together. The youngest was DESPERATE to start throwing the leaves around, but I persuaded him to let me get a few photos of them all looking lovely before he pelted them with leaves!

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Perry & Youness’ wedding at Selsdon Park Hotel
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Perry & Youness’ wedding at Selsdon Park Hotel

I first met Perry & Youness on the day of their wedding under far from ideal circumstances.  They had received the phone call two days earlier that every bride dreads; their photographer was in hospital and would be unable to photograph their wedding. 

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Sarah & David’s wedding at The Red Lion Hotel, Henley-on-Thames
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Sarah & David’s wedding at The Red Lion Hotel, Henley-on-Thames

Sarah and David’s relationship was clearly meant to be. Neither of them are big fans of nightclubs, but one New Year’s Eve they were both reluctantly dragged along to a club by friends to see in the New Year.  That night marked not only the start of a new year, but the start of their relationship,...

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Amisha & Eddie’s wedding at Coltsford Mill
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Amisha & Eddie’s wedding at Coltsford Mill

I experienced a moment of sheer panic when I arrived at Coltsford Mill on the day I believed I was about to photograph the wedding of Amisha and Timothy, as the first name I saw where the groom’s name should have been was ‘Eddie’. Who the hell was Eddie?! Was I at the wrong venue? Had...

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Malcolm & Ela’s wedding at Badgemore Park Golf Club
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Malcolm & Ela’s wedding at Badgemore Park Golf Club

This was to be the first of two weddings for Ela and Malcolm – a few weeks after the ceremony at Badgemore Park Golf Club, they would be off for a second celebration with Ela’s friends and family at home in Poland. This meant that while Ela’s sister and family were there to celebrate...

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Temples and Grottos at Ruth and Mark’s wedding at Wotton House
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Temples and Grottos at Ruth and Mark’s wedding at Wotton House

One word for this wedding – Wow.  I am sure I looked like a child in a sweet shop when I met up with Ruth and Mark at Wotton House a few weeks before the wedding and saw the photo opportunities there.

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Rebecca and Ben’s wedding at Colston Hall
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Rebecca and Ben’s wedding at Colston Hall

Rebecca and Ben have been together for 10 years, so I’m sure their wedding day was one their families have been looking forward to for a very long time.

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Julia and Ben’s wedding at Croydon Rugby Club
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Julia and Ben’s wedding at Croydon Rugby Club

Julia and Ben were married in the Garden Room at Bromley Civic Centre. I used to live in Bromley, but only knew the centre by its front entrance, which is frankly a bit of an eyesore. I had no idea how lovely the building looked at the back, and that there were also some nice grounds for photos.

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Emma and Jon’s wedding
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Emma and Jon’s wedding

Unusually I didn’t meet Jon until the day of his wedding, and had only met Emma the week before, but I felt instantly relaxed in their company and knew that this was going to be a fun day.  Emma was probably the most laidback bride I have ever met. 

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Kat and Sam’s wedding at Bearwood College
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Kat and Sam’s wedding at Bearwood College

Bearwood College is one of my favourite venues to work at, and so I am slightly gutted that this was to be my last wedding there.  The school has been taken over by a company who have decided that as well as changing the name of the school, they no longer want to hold weddings.  I think you’ll...

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Jessica and Johnny’s Heron’s Farm wedding
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Jessica and Johnny’s Heron’s Farm wedding

Jessica and Johnny’s wedding at Heron’s Farm in Pangbourne had some beautiful touches. Jessica’s shoes were possibly the coolest I have seen, and her bouquet was simply stunning.

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Becky and Ali’s wedding at Badgemore Park Golf Club
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Becky and Ali’s wedding at Badgemore Park Golf Club

I really enjoyed photographing Becky & Ali’s wedding as they were such a lovely couple who clearly adored each other, although I think Becky’s love for her niece and flowergirl may come a close second.

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Tracy & Stuart’s Henley wedding
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Tracy & Stuart’s Henley wedding

Stuart and Tracy have been together for a number of years and didn’t want a big wedding. They wanted to celebrate their marriage with close family, and none of their other friends or family members had any idea what they were up to! 

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The Band of Music

The Band of Music

I love hearing from people I have previously photographed, and a few weeks ago it was lovely to get a message from Frances, a bride whose wedding I had photographed more than four years ago.  Her wedding to Jonathan really stands out in my memory, as they are both world class musicians and music was...

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Anna’s 1st Birthday party

Anna’s 1st Birthday party

This was one very special 1st birthday party.  Anna and her friends and family spent a couple of hours at the function room at the River and Rowing Museum in Henley, followed by a lovely hour-long boat ride aboard Hobbs’ boat ‘The Waterman’ along the Thames.  

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Danny and Sharon’s Lympne Castle wedding

Danny and Sharon’s Lympne Castle wedding

It’s always lovely when a fellow photographer recommends you to one of their friends. For another photographer to trust you enough to photograph their friend’s wedding  is a real honour.  However it is also a little unnerving when that photographer is also a guest at the wedding, as it makes...

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Cousins

Cousins

There are many good reasons to book a family photoshoot, and a 50th wedding anniversary is a good one.  Guy and Clare contacted me as their parent’s 50th wedding anniversary was coming up and they decided that a framed photo of their four grandchildren would be the perfect present. 

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Melanie and Damian’s winter wedding at Bisham Abbey
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Melanie and Damian’s winter wedding at Bisham Abbey

Melanie and Damian were my first ever booking via Skype.  Living in Australia, they wanted to get married in their home country while visiting their families over the Christmas holidays, but wanted to have a face to face chat with their photographer first.  

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Family winter in the park
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Family winter in the park

You may have seen an article I posted earlier in the summer featuring Kate and Sundeep and their daughters. Friends of theirs had also seen the photos and decided they wanted some photos of their own family.  

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Simon and Cat’s Wedding at Longstowe Hall
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Simon and Cat’s Wedding at Longstowe Hall

Simon and Cat’s wedding was always going to be special for me.  I have known Simon for 20+ years & although I have known Cat for considerably less time than this, it is clear to me and to everyone who knows them that this is a couple very much in love who deserve all the happiness they bring...

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Family shoot in the park
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Family shoot in the park

When I was asked to contribute a prize for an auction at my son’s school ball I was happy to oblige.  I was pleased to find that there were a few families bidding for the family shoot offered & delighted when I realised I would have the opportunity to spend time photographing Kate, Sundeep...

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Jo & Darren’s wedding at Old Thorns

Jo & Darren’s wedding at Old Thorns

The standout memory for me from Jo & Darren’s wedding at Old Thorns Manor House was their children.  Their two children & Darren’s son were probably the nicest, most charming, well behaved children I have had the pleasure to meet at a wedding. 

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