Sometimes a dream booking that is a little different to my usual wedding work comes in and this happened when I was booked for some editorial photography at Elmley Nature Reserve on the Isle of Sheppey. The task was to capture the amazing Shepherd Huts, sunrise and sunset and family shoot while I was there too! It is just incredible that you can stay in the middle of the most beautiful awe-inspring nature reserve and I had the joy of experiencing a stay for two nights and being immersed in nature while working on the brief for them. What’s even more amazing is that you can get married there in Kingshill Barn at stay there on your wedding night and they even install a glamping village for guests! They have three huts which are so, so cosy and comfortable. All are en suite and they have a little kitchenette build in and a much bigger kitchen facility in the Kingshill Barn. I stayed in Samphire, which is badged to have the best views and they are not wrong! There is also Little Owl, where you can watch the resident barn owls in the ancient oak tree and Vanellus with a floor to ceiling window at the foot of a kingsize bed. I can’t recommend staying highly enough, Gi and Gareth are fabulous hosts, so passionate about the reserve and always willing to share stories about the history and nature on site. I can’t really describe adequately how big and brilliant the skies are. You have panoramic views, herons, egrets, lapwings, hares, swans, avocets, mummerating starlings, barn owls, reed bunting, the spotting list goes on and on! Every sunrise and sunset felt so different, the first day was so quick to break but on the second morning, a mist that clung to the enchanting reed beds, slowing the break of day an bringing with it a serene stillness. This moment on this morning is one I will never forget. It gave me goosebumps as out of the mist, came a swan family, parents and five cygnets, effortlessly gliding along and just so simply stunning.