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Enjoying the Good Life {Experience}

5 days ago

This weeks blog is a departure from the usual fayre, it doesn't feature a real wedding[/gloucestershire-photographer-portfolio/wedding-photography/], provide hints and tips or showcase family[/gloucestershire-photographer-portfolio/family-photography/] photography. Instead it's about my weekend.

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Buttonhole, Weddings, Forest of Dean

Plan your wedding using Pinterest

10 days ago

  Plan your wedding using Pinterest

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studio portrait session, Forest of Dean

When to photograph your children

38 days ago

Funny faces, weird dances and crazy outfits, are all key elements of the photo album of my childhood. Each of these photographs tells a story, it reveals what my interests were, what I did and shows my transformation into who I am today. I am sure you similarly have photographs like these… some more embarrassing then others, but still cherished.  As a parent, I am sure you will want to cherish your child’s childhood and document it for them. There are some moments which cannot be predicted, but thanks to the help of smartphones, have become easier to capture. However, there are still key times when it is important to set time aside to photograph your child and their current growth. 

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USB gift box from Capture this Moment Photography, Gloucestershire

Wedding Photography - who owns your photographs?

46 days ago

Who Owns Your Wedding Photographs?

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day at the beach

Holiday photography

52 days ago

Family photography, Gloucestershire

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Product Photography for Drop the Weasel, Forest of Dean

Photography for small businesses - the value of an image

55 days ago

The Value of an Image for Your Business

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Forest of Dean photography session

23 things to do with your children

2 months ago

Children's photography sessions, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

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Bride and Groom at Clearwell Castle, Gloucestershire

Clearwell Castle Wedding Venue, Amanda and Giuliano's perfect day

2 months ago

Amanda and Giuliano’s wedding was sophisticated, elegant and beautiful. Amanda looked stunning in her dress and Giuliano, and his best men, looked very dapper in their tuxedos. The venue, Clearwell castle[http://www.clearwell-castle.co.uk] in the Forest of Dean, was stunning, especially midst the glorious weather and blossoming grounds, which were perfect for the bride and grooms intimate photographs.

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Weddings at the Swan Inn, Bibury Gloucestershire. Wedding photography

Swan Inn Weddings - Dave and Matt

4 months ago

Dave and Matt were married last month in a stylish wedding at the Swan Inn in Bibury[https://www.cotswold-inns-hotels.co.uk/the-swan-hotel/], Gloucestershire, it was a real pleasure to photograph their special day. Here is Issy's blog.

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Photographing older adults - hints and tips

4 months ago

In Issy's latest blog, she has written about photographing older adults.

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First dance, Temple Guiting Manor

Top 30 First Dance Songs - Guest blog from UK Mobile Discos

4 months ago

Top 30 First Dance Songs

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Baby photography

Milestones - when should you photograph your baby?

4 months ago

They are perfect in every way and you want to photograph your baby’s every moment, capture these moments on your smart phone or your own camera, hiring a professional photographer can be amazing addition to remembering these moments, however it is not feasible to hire a professional photographer to spend every moment with you, here I will explain when it is the best time to capture your new addition’s memories.

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Is it important to like your wedding photographer?

5 months ago

Why it’s Important You LIKE your Wedding Photographer 

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Do we still need a professional photographer when we all have a smartphone?

5 months ago

Spring is finally here. The sun is starting to shine a little longer each day and the forest is carpeted with bluebells, enticing us all outside for some well-earned family time.

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Real wedding photography - Jo and Andy

5 months ago

Jo and Andy's wedding by Isabella Norman

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Wedding Photography – from a bride’s perspective

5 months ago

A bride's perspective

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Weather proof your wedding - tips for your wedding day

5 months ago

Weather Proof Your Wedding

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children's portraits in the bluebell woods, Forest of Dean

Family photography in the bluebells

6 months ago

Family photography in the bluebells

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Why hire a professional photographer for your small business?

6 months ago

Why hire a professional photographer for your business?

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A ‘Day’ in the Life of a Wedding Photographer

6 months ago

Photographer at work As a wedding photographer, my day starts long before your big day begins. In fact, the process can take anywhere from a few weeks to 20 months.  In this post I will talk you though my ‘day’ as a wedding photographer, I want to give you an idea of what it takes to capture your memories and do them justice. After all, this is the best day of your life and the photography should reflect that.

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Family Photography in the Forest of Dean

6 months ago

Based in the Forest of Dean, Capture this Moment Photography offers both studio and on location family photography sessions.

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Photography hints and tips - Spring flowers

6 months ago

Spring flowers

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Family Photography - Mother's Day Ideas

6 months ago

A mother's love

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Real wedding photography - Gemma and Sean's Wedding at Clearwell Caves

7 months ago

Capture this Moment had a great start to 2017 to their wedding photography, photographing Gemma and Sean’s wedding

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What to do if it rains - a guide to wet weather photography

8 months ago

Issy has written a guide to wet weather photography including ideas if it rains on the day of your family portrait sessions or indeed on your wedding day.

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Friends

8 months ago

"A friend is one of the nicest things you can have and one of the best things you can be. " - Douglas Pagels

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Winter photography, Forest of Dean

Winter photography tips and tricks by Isabella Norman

9 months ago

I look through the frosty glass of my bedroom window and see the wintery world of the Forest of Dean below. The grey elegant fog is mingling with the deep green pine trees and the other bare brown branches. Later, after a warming cup of tea, I take a step on to the crisp grass which crunches under foot, the sound and action of the grass being crumpled is almost as hypnotic as the popping of bubble wrap. My lungs begin to fill with the chilling and rejuvenating winter air and my fingers begin to tingle as they clutch my camera, my head is whirling with just one question: How can I capture this and do this magical scene true justice?  

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Baby photography session, Forest of Dean

Family photography - Elsie-Mae visits the studio

9 months ago

Family photography in the Studio

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thank you from Forest of Dean Photography

2016 - thank you

9 months ago

2016 has certainly been an eventful year. I have captured so many memories for clients both old and new, young and old, in the studio, on locations. Captured the details, the emotions, family interactions as they celebrated many different occasions.

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Gloucestershire Wedding Photography - Kelly and Sam

9 months ago

Real Weddings

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Christmas, Forest of Dean

Capturing Christmas by Isabella Norman

9 months ago

Christmas decorations

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Pre wedding session, MayHill, Gloucestershire

Matt and Dave - pre wedding

9 months ago

I had the pleasure of first Matt and Dave a couple years ago whilst I was capturing a special celebration for a very good client of mine, we hit it off straight away and have since then met at other special occasions and bumped into each other whilst out and about. I was thrilled when they announce their engagement earlier this year and felt very honoured to be asked to capture their special day  next year. As with all my couples I  offered a prewedding session, it is the perfect opportunity to get to know each a bit more, to help put everyone at ease when being photographed and generally have some fun. Matt and Dave chose a dog walk on Mayhill for their session, so on a crisp December morning we donned our wellies and took in the views of the surrounding area from the beautiful Mayhill. Monty, their gorgeous French Bulldog joined us and as you can imagine stole the show!

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Autumn wedding flowers, Speech House Hotel, Forest of Dean

Wedding photography - Mandy and Neil - an autumn wedding

10 months ago

An autumn wedding for Neil and Mandy

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wedding flowers, Brize Norton

50mm Challenge by Isabella Norman

10 months ago

Imagine, seeing a couple exchanging heartfelt vows only a few feet in front of you, at a view only the vicar normally gets to see. I know, it sounds extraordinary. That’s because it is.  On the 19th November, this was exactly what I got the chance to experience with Kathryn of Capture This Moment. This was a view which I have never seen from before, as this was my first time shooting at the front of a church as a wedding photographer. I was using a 50 mm lens (as part of a challenge set by Kathryn, which was to shoot a whole wedding with just a 50mm lens all day ), which due to its low aperture gave me the ability to blur out the rest of the congregation and just focus on the bride and groom. This was an effect which I think showcased exactly what did happen at the church: the bride and the groom had blurred out the rest of the congregation, to them it was just the two of them. 

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Lily visits the studio

10 months ago

For me, photography is about capturing forever those moments in life, whether it is a newborn, a first birthday, a walk in the park, a family celebration, or a wedding, each occasion is a privilege and an honour. Six week old Lily came along to the studio with her Mum for first portrait session. At six weeks it is always a challenge to capture those sleepy baby poses, ideally this type of session should be carried out in the first two weeks however it can be possible. Lily had very different ideas was super interested in everything going on around her, she was very content to take it all in. The results are perhaps not what was originally intended but as with all my sessions they were led by the client not by the photographer. This is especially important when working with newborns.

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Photography Gift Ideas by Isabella Norman

10 months ago

                            Christmas

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What to Expect When I’m Expecting You

11 months ago

What to Expect When I’m Expecting You

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Remember remember the 5th of November - tips for photographing fireworks by Isabella Norman

11 months ago

Fireworks

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10 fun family photo ideas - Family Photography

11 months ago

Some ideas for you to try on your next session with your family photographer or whilst out and about as a family.

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Sarah and Misty

11 months ago

I first met Sarah nearly two years ago at a wedding fair, Sarah owns Sweet Time Candy Cart,[http://sarahjeffs19.wixsite.com/sweettime] a business she set up when she was just 17. This year Sarah celebrated a milestone birthday and I wanted to create some portraits for her to treasure this moment. As well as studying for a degree and running her own business, Sarah enjoys spending time with her horse. We planned the session, sharing ideas on a secret sharing board on Pinterest[https://uk.pinterest.com/capturethismo/] - I use this a lot when working with brides and other clients whilst planning a session. Sarah and I wanted the session to show the special relationship between horse and owner.

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Wedding photography - Lisa and John

11 months ago

Real wedding photography- Lisa and John

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In the studio by Isabella Norman

11 months ago

 

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Celebrating Dance - a special place

12 months ago

Later this month I travel to Torquay for a weekend filled with sparkles, smiles and wonderful dancing. This is my 8th year of attending this event with my camera and holds a very special place in my heart. I first attended the event as a delegate, travelling with friends from Reading to dance, learn and spend time with friends. Then one year my life changed! Despite a life long passion with photography, a gift of DSLR inpired me to learn more about photography, I therefore enrolled on a City and Guilds course at night school. During the course, we were set assignments and projects to work on, at the time my children were young and needed my time a lot more, so for projects I decided to incorporate my life into these projects, one project featured children portraits, another a day in the life of a dancer and one featured Celebrating Dance[http://www.celebratingdance.co.uk]. Prior to the event I researched dance photography, working in low light, capturing movement, new equipment was purchased, a huge amount of memory cards formatted and along with my dance clothes I travelled to Torquay. 

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I've joined BANPAS

12 months ago

I’ve Joined BANPAS!

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Buttonholes, Eastington Park, Gloucestershire

Wedding photography - Kim and Dave's colourful wedding at Eastington Park

12 months ago

My first wedding by Isabella Norman

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Rewards!

12 months ago

I am so excited to be offering a referral/reward scheme - it is my way to say thank you to everyone who recommend me to family and friends.

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Bridal flowers, Forest of Dean

Real Weddings - Becky and Tim

12 months ago

Becky and Tim were recently married in the beautiful village of Newnham on Severn, a place very close to their hearts, a village they spend a lot of time in socialising with family and friends. The village was the focal point of day, guests along with the groom and his best man met a local pub before walking up to the pretty church at the top of the village. Becky walked the short distance to the church with her father and bridesmaids.

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Pre wedding session - Lisa and John

12 months ago

For all the couples who booked wedding photography with me I offer a pre session, the benefits of this a numerous - you can read about these here[/gloucestershire-photographer-photography-blog/gloucestershire-wedding-photographerhints-and-tips-planning-5/].

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Newborn photography at Capture this Moment

12 months ago

Ongoing development and training is something I truly believe in. I invested both time and money to ensure I stay up to date, further my skills to bring you beautiful images that you will treasure. This summer I decided to further my skills in newborn photography and travelled to Poole to train with one of the best newborn photographers in the UK - Karen Wiltshire.  The day allowed me to observe Karen at work, learn how to pose babies safely and confidently to create amazing photographs that parents treasure.

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outdoor family session, Gloucestershire

On the other side...

17 months ago

Like many people I dislike being on the other side... the other side of the camera. I really liked being on the "right" side of the camera.

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Q & A with Capture this Moment Photography

18 months ago

Questions for your wedding photographer

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Development and growing - weddings

18 months ago

During March I spent a lot time further developing my skills, knowledge and techniques.

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bridal portrait, Gloucestershire

The Flower Girls - styled wedding shoot

18 months ago

Early April showers were dodged for this styled shoot at Prinknash Abbey organised by the Flower Girls.

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Rococo Gardens - an outdoor wedding

19 months ago

Carol and Stuart's relaxed outdoor wedding took place at Painswick's Rococo Gardens. The gardens are stunning regardless of the time of year, late winter early spring, the gardens are full of snowdrops and as the year processes the garden continually changes with the seasons making it a wonderful venue of a wedding. 

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wedding details, Forest of Dean

Travelling in Style

19 months ago

There was little tradition at Charlie and Emma's wedding. The couple travelled from Dubia to the beautiful Cotswolds and were joined by many family and friends for a weekend of celebrations. Much of the weekend celebrations took place at the stunning Temple Guiting Manor. I spent the morning photographying the details of the bride's stunning gown and flowers - which featured hops, these featured throughout the day and represented the couples' love of beer and the industry in which they work in. As well as these details I captured Charlie along with his best man and ushers before they headed to the church in Broadwell village, a beautiful Cotswold village where Emma grew up.

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Inspiring Creativity, Capturing Memories - Crafty Photoshoot parties

19 months ago

I am super excited to start offering parties, in the past I have offered photo shoot parties in fact I still do, however working alongside Rachel from Rachel Shilston - Inspiring Creativity, has allowed us both to add an new dimension to the parties we already offer. The first part of the party our guests are inspired to create, we have recently inspired a group of girls to create their own hippy chick festival flower crowns, these flower crowns are then modelled in a photoshoot both in the studio and then outside on the farm. 

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studio photography sessions in Forest of Dean

In and out

19 months ago

One of the things that attracted me to open my studio at Hanley Farm Shop is the amazing outside space surrounding both the farm shop and the business centre. This allows me to offer both studio portraits and a chance to capture portraits on location within the same session. I love being to offer both, recently Flo visited the studio. We started in the studio before venturing into the barn.

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An autumn wedding for Catherine and James

19 months ago

Autumn is one of my favourite times of year in the forest, beautiful colours appear. Catherine and James incorporated these stunning colours into their special day.

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studio photography sessions in Forest of Dean

Pippi Longstocking in the studio

19 months ago

World book day, a celebration of books, reading and the joy that they bring. My daughter, like me loves to read. She enjoys many authors, rereads her favourites and enjoys visits to the book shop. One of her all time favourite books is Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren, a wonderful story of a girl, her monkey and horse and their many adventures. We have various copies of this book in the house but our favourite copy is a first edition illustrated by Lauren Child (we are big fans of Lauren's work!). Her illustrations really bring to life the wonderful adventures of Pippi and inspired a very special photo shoot a few years ago. It seems approriate to share these with you today on World Book Day.

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Tweens - capturing children

19 months ago

I love children, I love their personalities, their smiles, their wonderful view of life. I enjoy photographing older children bringing out their personalities. I recently attended a wonderful training day with Kate Hopewell Smith. Kate has a wealth of nowledge and a passion to share this with other photographers. The knowledge gained during the day has certainly helped me when photographing older children and I thought I would share with you a selection of images from the day. 

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Tracy and Lee - a forest wedding

19 months ago

Tracy and Lee were married at the beautiful Forest Church in Drybrook, a beautiful day in May. Tracy's family have a long association with this local church, both her parents and her sister all married there.

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wedding flowers, Priston Mill

Daisy and Graham

19 months ago

Daisy and Graham married on a hot Saturday in June at Priston Mill, a stunning venue between Bath and Bristol.

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Hints and tips - dress shop

20 months ago

A quick share of some useful questions to ask when shopping for your perfect wedding dress - I hope you find them useful.

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Ladies, does size matter?

20 months ago

I have to admit there have been times when I have been disappointed by size. Too small and it is lost, too big I have been overwhelmed, unsure what to do.

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When you love someone

20 months ago

When you love someone, you just do. There are no maybes, no buts, and no whys - Cherlynn Shakespeare 1924

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Sunflowers in the quay

20 months ago

Last summer I had the pleasure capturing James and Becky's special day. Becky's favourite flowers - sunflowers featured throughout the day along with her favourite colour teal. The result day filled with much colour as well as love, happiness and laughter.

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The right time....

20 months ago

Did you know around 42% of marriage proposals happened between December and February? Christmas, New Year and Valentines day being the most popular. Mr G proposed at Christmas and this year we will celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary! Quite an achievement, 2 children, a dog, a couple of house moves, a period of time living abroad, some travel experiences are some of the adventures we have shared.

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wedding details, Nibley House, Gloucestershire

Daisy, daisy

21 months ago

 On a hot summer day, I had the pleasure of assisting Maggie from Maggie Booth photography in capturing Polly and Ben's special day. 

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wedding rings, North Cadbury Court

A proposal...

21 months ago

I do

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studio, Forest of Dean

Welcoming you at No.2

21 months ago

2016 starts with some exciting news!  All studio based sessions and some outdoor ones will be moving to my new studio, now open! I am thrilled to have a great space to capture more memories. Based at Hanley Court Business Centre, right next door to Hanley Court Farm shop, it is a fantastic location, lots of parking, a great cafe and the opportunity to offer both studio and some outdoor images for all sessions. 

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2015 - a review

21 months ago

2015 was an amazing year. I was blessed with so many lovely clients, returning and new. I have worked with amazing small local businesses. Captured so many memories to create treasures to keep and share. Here is just a small selection from some of the sessions completed, we had lots of fun with bubbles, visited parks, celebrated engagements, recorded moments, grabbed props, captured the details, the emotion of some many amazing occasions. I would like to thank you you all, it has been a pleasure and a privilege to be involved.

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outdoor photography session, Gloucestershire

The perfect hot chocolate

2 years ago

As the nights draw in, the days become cooler, the forest comes alive with rich vibrant reds, oranges and browns. My favourite time of the year. The forest makes a stunning backdrop for walks and of course family portraits.

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Bride and groom at Temple Guiting Manor

An english country wedding

2 years ago

Back in July, I had the pleasure to capture Gwen and Alex's special day, Gwen and Alex travelled from South Africa to the Cotswold village of Temple Guiting. Friends and family travelled from various locations to join in the celebrations. 

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view from the window, Norway

Over the roof of Norway

2 years ago

For me, one of life's simple pleasures is enjoying a view. A seven hour train journey across Norway was a wonderful way to view this amazing country, its wonderful landscape filled with fjords, waterfalls and mountains. Travelling from Bergen to Oslo with the ever changing scenery was a great opportunity to indulge this simple pleasure. Although the day we travelled the rain fell, it did not spoil the view. Here is a selection of some of the images captured during our journey.

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Pre wedding session, Symonds Yat

Becky and James - pre wedding session

2 years ago

Becky and James are getting married this month. For their pre-wedding session we visited Symonds Yat, a stunning location which means a lot to the couple. Despite the showers, we managed to try quite a few different ideas. Following the session, Becky and James selected their favourite image to have made into a signing frame.

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outdoor photography session, Gloucestershire

The simple things in life

2 years ago

The simple things really are the best. Days out with family, picnics in the woods, BBQs on the beach. This week I enjoyed as great day out with my two and of course the dog at a beach not too far from home. We chucked in a disposal BBQ, a packet of sausages, some bread rolls, bats and balls, bubbles and headed to the coast for a day of relaxing and enjoying each others company. Of course it is also a great chance to capture some memories ;) 

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Day out in a moggie

2 years ago

A family day out in Morris Minor Traveller, a little damp at times but a huge amount of fun. Here are some of the images captured during the day.

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A spring wedding - Susie and Andrew

2 years ago

A chilly, sunny day back in March I had the pleasure to capture Susie and Andrew's special day. 

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Kite flying at Mayhill

2 years ago

 A glorious day early in May was the perfect opportunity for a family picnic. We visited Mayhill, a local beauty spot but despite having lived in the area for nearly 5 years we had yet to visit. The brisk walk up hill was certainly worth it, the views were stunning and also perfect for a spot of kite flying :)

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Bridal Beauty Guide - hints and tips for your big day

2 years ago

 Just a few helpful hints and tips to help you prepare for your big day.  

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The Forest High School Prom

2 years ago

Last week I have the pleasure once again to photograph the prom for The Forest High School. The prom was held at Bells Hotel and Golf Club in Coleford. With a colour scheme featuring tiffany blue, the venue was decorated with fairy lights and accents of blue were used throughout.

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engagement session, Cheltenham

The benefits of a pre wedding/engagement session

2 years ago

Engagement sessions are a great opportunity to celebrate this unique phase of life.

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Cake smash session, Forest of Dean

Celebrate! First Birthdays

2 years ago

First birthdays are a special moment, one to treasure, one to capture a few special moments.

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Unplugged Wedding tips, Forest of Dean

The benefits of an unplugged wedding

2 years ago

We spend the majority of our lives plugged into some device laptop, phone, tv, etc. It is crucial that we take the time to unplug and be truly present in the moments that matter. By asking your guests to turn off their devices, you are asking them to experience the day with you and be part of the love that you are feeling and wish to share with them. You are asking them to relate to you and their world through their experiences, rather than relating through their LCD screens. Ask your guests to be truly present and participate rather than being observers. Additionally, you have put a lot of time and effort into choosing the perfectly matched photographers to your style, personality and needs. When you get your pictures back do you want them of your guests enjoying your day or of your guests experiencing the day through downturned faces toward their devices? While we can be the first to admit to this, stand up and proudly announce our, often obsessive, love for smart phones, we also believe strongly in the power of turning them off and being present in the moment

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