31 October 2007

House is gone........

I am a little saddened today as the house I thought we had bought is no longer to be. We decided to pull out of the purchase after having seeing the report done by an independent surveyor.

Sooooo, it starts again. All the driving around looking at all the various properties to see which one is for us. Hopefully the painstaking comparison of places, you know the one - which one had the better fireplace or had more/bigger bedrooms, which one had gas or oil central heating, the list is endless. Lets hope it wont take as long again (fingers crossed)!!

22 October 2007

Dawn & Peter

I was really excited about this wedding for a number of reasons. One of them being Dawn, the bride to be, was wearing a red dress. Now I know I am easily pleased but this was a first for me with a bride not wearing the traditional colours, so bear with me whilst I try to control myself.

The ceremony and reception took place at the fantastic Offley Place Country House Hotel in Hitchin. To be honest, the Offley web site does not do the place justice at all and you would be spellbound by its old charm when there. It's the kind of place that you can not but like. Ok, so do you really want to know why I took such a shine to the place?? I know this is going to sound crazy but it was for the staircase. I have seen some amazing pictures of brides where a grand old staircase was used and I really wanted to try and capture that amazing sense of grandeur from it.

Enough of my waffling for now and check out the images below. Please don't forget to leave comments too.


Red dress images will be here soon!!!

"Where's the Red Dress wedding pictures??" I keep hearing.

I am working on them again as I decided to change the images I wanted to post. They will be up pretty soon, honest guv'nor!!!!

18 October 2007


Recently, I was able to grab some time with Michelle, a good friend of mine along with her daughter Nicola. We went to a park area close to where I live that has a castle with a kids play area, stacks of fields as well as a wooded area. Everyone uses this place to go walking, strolling or taking the dog out and now and then someone on a bike too. I would probably say it was more a case of the dog taking the owner(s) for the walk. I shall miss coming to this idyllic little spot when I move in the near future (more about that later).

I wanted to try something different and I have to say I had a great day. Nicola is a real poser and has no trouble putting hands and legs wherever was asked - very professional considering she has never done anything like this before!!!! Up until that session, I had never worked with children either so it was truly refreshing from that point of view.

The other highlight of the day was having Galway's only "Lion Dog" running around and chewing my reflectors, my ear and anything else he could get his razor teeth on.

One of my favourite shots of the day where Nicola is looking like a real young Puff Daddy, veeeerry cool!!

16 October 2007

Grainne & Ian's wedding

5 October 2007 will be a date for me to remember for a long time as it was my first wedding in Ireland and boy, what a fantastic venue. After a 4 hour drive from Galway, I did get a little lost but I made it with loads of time to spare.

Here are a selection of shots from Grainne & Ian's wedding that took place at the Faithlegg House Hotel & Golf Club in Waterford on . Such a great location and I could not believe how well the grounds are kept - amazing!! The only other golf club I have played at that was more impressive was the K-Club near Dublin. Keeping in mind the European Ryder Cup was held there this year, that should give you an idea as to how well it was kept.

The weather was fabulous and I was soooo hot in my two piece suit, so can you imagine how the groom and the bestman felt in the 3 piece glad rags!! Grainne looked stunning as did the bridesmaid.

15 October 2007

Maxine & Banny's wedding

I was fortunate to be involved with Maxine & Banny's wedding in Southport, UK on 8 September 2007. The wedding itself took place at the All Saints church in Rainford with the reception taking place at the Houghwood Golf Club. Oh and did I say it was my first ever wedding as a shooter of any sort!!!!!

One of the funniest moments was having to part the two weddings cars due to a slight mishap. The 2nd car (the one behind) got caught up in the bumper of the 1st car. Now, I know the photographers are there to help but me standing on the front bumper whilst Rob, Zoe's husband, was lifting the other to unhook them must have been a sight indeed. Thankfully there wasnt anyone there with a video camera.

Here are a few shots of the great couple. I kept saying during the day that Maxine looked so much like Grace Kelly, amazing likeness!!!