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Jen and Rob - Holkham Beach

Jen and Rob - North Norfolk Adventures

The weather. It is, at times, a frustrating beast. It can squash the very best of plans as a photographer but we learn to use all weathers to our advantage. Grey is easy, nice flat light. Bright sunshine is good, great in fact. Especially for striking, contrasting portraits in the city amongst architecture and shadow. Golden, evening light is the one, it creates so much, it’s what photographers live for. So with light grey skies above the North Norfolk coast and a sea haze looking imminent, I looked for light at Holkham.

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I met Jen and Rob at a local pub for a drink and a catch up before their shoot. We talked through plans for their beautiful Norfolk Mead wedding later this year. After a gin or two, we all made our way to the beach. Arriving under calm but grey conditions we walked toward the forest that lines the entrance. I figured we’d spend some time playing rounders with pine cones and stick whilst I wait for some light to peep through the grey. Laughs and giggles carried through the pines and as I thought about the warm summer ahead I tuned to see the sun glimmering through the clouds. A good sign of things to come.

As I mentioned, the weather can be a little testing at times but I am secretly glad of that. It gives one the chance to witness nature. As we had been walking in the woods, storm clouds had begun to form inland and the light clouds and haze over the sea began to melt away allowing the sun full reign over the sky. It lit up the beach and cast a deep blue colour onto the stormy clouds. Warmth to the west, storms to the east and a milky, dreamlike light out to sea. A glorious evening for Jen and Rob to spend on the beach!

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Pre-wedding session on the North Norfolk Coast

Lorna and Martin Pre-Wedding Session

Lorna + Martin North Norfolk Pre-Wedding Sesh

Sometimes, life throws you some lemons. Sometimes you try and make lemonade with said lemons and sometimes it just doesn’t bloody work.

But sometimes…like this time, that turns out to be just what you needed.

Lorna and Martin booked me a while back and we sorted out having a pre-wedding session. What we decided was; Wild, windswept, atmospheric and awesome. So with that in mind, the North Norfolk coast was the destination for this shoot. Our first attempt included shit sea fog, a bank holiday no-show on availability in North Norfolk’s eateries and an odd experience in a Thai restaurant in the depths of Norfolk. Now, I am not saying this wasn’t mega fun, it was, but it wasn’t what we planned!! Food finished and ‘happy birthday’ sang to a stranger, we headed home.

Pre-wedding session take two.

Take two on the shoot and the weather was most definitely in our favour. I picked them up and mentioned that as it was warm I would probably end up in the sea at some point during the shoot. Lorna grabbed some swim gear for her and Martin and we were off.

Lorna and Martin fly kites. Not like, little diamond ‘stuck in a tree’ kites but mega, ‘pull you off your feet and take you to France’ kites. After some good laughs and hair-raising (for me) moments, Lorna and Martin packed away the kites and wandered to the sea! An incredibly warm sun slowly began to fall beyond the horizon and we all mucked about on the beach and in the water. The tide was coming in and I could see it was getting deep enough for a swim. Lorna nipped off to get changed and Martin and I stood watching, waiting for the right time.

The sun finally fell and as it did the light hit the clouds in just the right way so as when you lay on the water facing the sky all that surrounds you is a pastel palette of pinks, yellows and warm blues and greens. I don’t know if there is a specific name for this effect but it only happens a few times a summer and I always race to the sea for a swim in this ethereal water. Luck had it that tonight I also got to shoot these two absolute legends enjoying it too! They both joined me in the water and well, you’ll see.

Hit the comments up!! Let me know what you think. Xx

Want to book your own amazing Wedding? Fill in the contact form and let’s create some incredible memories. For now, let me know what you think and show these two beautiful humans some love in the comments! Xx

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Norwich Wedding Photographer

Becky and Tommy - Norwich Engagement shoot

Becky and Tommy

Norwich Engagement shoot

I’m not even sure how this came about really. A Norwich Engagement shoot of massive proportions. Becky and Tommy booked me a while back and as we chatted over a beer we briefly discussed ‘Pre-wedding’ shoots. I mentioned that they usually take place somewhere that means something to them and they could call me up to book it in anytime. After another beer, we parted and I awaited their call.

We met up for a wedding chat at The Unthank and the ‘pre-wedding’ shoot was mentioned. They told me that they loved the beach but as they were going to have their Wedding day next to the beach they felt that they wanted something different for their Pre-Wedding shoot. We talked some more about wedding plans and ordered another beer when suddenly It dawned on us that we all loved this pub! That was that then. Pub Crawl Photoshoot! We booked an evening and I plotted a route, taking in some of Becky and Tommy’s favourite drinking spots.

The evening was warm and we started in the pub we had met in previously, The Unthank Arms. The next stop was The York for an unexpected game of ping pong and a view into what was to come after stumbling into a party full of people a little worse for wear. We strolled to the William and Florence for cocktails and got some cheesy chips for the walk to the Black horse. We arrived and got straight into the outdoor Jenga in what is a belting beer garden!

A surprise meeting of photographers happened at The Black Horse, this was in the form of James Powell. A superb photographer who I am looking forward to working with later this month. He blazed in sporting a corker of a shirt! Flamingos I think? Anyway, we supped up and stumbled up the road to our final stop. This final stop was Becky and Tommy’s home ground. The Temple, a brilliant pub, a proper pub. We ended the night with pool table antics, huge laughs and of course Tequilas!

Want to book your own amazing Wedding? Fill in the contact form and let’s create some incredible memories. For now, let me know what you think and show these two beautiful humans some love in the comments! Xx

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Bella and Dexter - Lake District Engagement

Bella and Dexter

Lake District Engagement

Well, what can I say about this?

A little bit of backstory. I grew up in Lancashire and spent heaps of time in the Lake District with my family. I moved to Norfolk when I was a child and always looked back to the hills. They somehow make me feel peaceful and safe. Odd, I know, but nevertheless, this place is the one for me. No desert islands, no hot sunny beaches. Give me the fells and the lakes and the rivers any day.

I return to the Lake District as often as I can and with a set of books passed down to me by my late Grandfather, I explore. I made sure my wife loved the fells before I proposed to her. We climbed to the top of Helvellyn via Striding edge where I got down on one knee. Even our Son is named after my favourite mountain there. When my wedding competition winners, Bella and Dexter said they wanted to shoot their pre-wedding session in the Lakes I was stoked! Like ‘Dream come true’ stoked.

A Lake District Engagement shoot.

Enough of my ramblings, on with the shoot. Bella and Dexter met me in Langdale, a little piece of history and heaven wrapped up in one valley. History because of climbers and Everest and more on that here. Heaven because, well, you’ll see below and also in my next post. Bella and Dexter met me in the Old Dungeon Ghyll climber bar. We chatted through their wedding, had some lovely beer and sorted a route to walk for their photos.

After beers and lot of laughs/wedding chat, we hopped in my car and made our way up a small pass to Blea Tarn. This is a gorgeous spot, a small, wild Tarn flanked by fells with a very famous view. We parked up and made for the water. There and back again with a wander on the hills and that was that. I wish I could shoot up here more, it’s a home from home and an incredible place to be and I am beyond grateful my job allows me such adventures.

I am not an academic man and my writing skills are ropey at best so I will leave you with the photos. If you want to read a thorough and infinitely more charming account of this place, Wainwright is your man. In the meantime, enjoy the view.

Want to book your own amazing Wedding? Fill in the contact form and let’s create some incredible memories. For now, let me know what you think and show these two beautiful humans some love in the comments! Xx

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Millie and Doug - North Norfolk Engagement

Millie and Doug

North Norfolk Engagement

So, each year I run an incredibly awesome competition for one lucky couple to win their wedding photography for FREE! That’s right FREE! It happens each year near Christmas so keep your eyes peeled for 2018’s!

Anyway this month, two of my winners booked in their pre-wedding sessions. This is the first of two awesome sessions I’m stoked to write about. Millie and Doug are the first lovely couple I’m shouting about. They wanted to head out to the North Norfolk coast, nowhere near Wells or Holkham but somewhere better. I can’t think of the name of the beach but it was a belter! They couldn’t have picked a better day for it. Blazing sunshine melted into rich, warm evening light and then we finished with a beer at a lovely little pub. A beautiful North Norfolk Engagement shoot.

These two are such fun and I can’t wait to be shooting their wedding later in the year at the wonderful Southwood Hall. Lots of laughter is on the cards for this one! Take a look below and show them some love in the comments. Xx

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Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Lisa and Philip - Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Lisa and Philip

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

It’s been a while since this shoot. However, the winter is still keen and so it won’t feel out of place. A gorgeous but cold pre-wedding shoot with an old friend and her hubby to be.

I travelled out to Yorkshire Wildlife Park to spend a couple of hours with Lisa and Philip. Lisa is an old friend from school and we grew up together in a gorgeous village, Horstead. A pretty Broadland village just north of Norwich. I am really looking forward to their wedding at The Norfolk Mead, a stunning venue in the villages we grew up in.

Now, you might ask why Yorkshire Wildlife Park? Well, they have Polar bears and Philip loves polar bears. The North pole is too far and the only places in the UK that have Polar bears is Yorkshire and Edinburgh. Yorkshire it was. The Wildlife Park is great and it has an incredible foundation charity dedicated to the conservation and welfare. Go check it out! I am always happy to shoot somewhere new.

Lisa and Philip have an energy that is wonderful to be around, they are so happy and together that shooting them was a breeze! A day for bobble hats and scarves and each other’s arms to keep them warm. I, on the other hand, was freezing. I forgot my hat and scarf!

It was really cold.

But my goodness, it was awesome!

Lions and Tigers and Bears OH MY!

Want to book your own amazing Wedding? Fill in the contact form and let’s create some incredible memories. For now, let me know what you think and show these two beautiful humans some love in the comments! Xx

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