I met up with Jo and Jim to chat through their final plans for their wedding and we took a stroll around Ramsgate Harbour and onto the golden Main Sands. It was a super sunny Sunday and we caught some lovely images of then in their seaside hometown. We all grew up in Ramsgate and enjoyed chatting about the way things used to by while we walked and captured some memories!
Today, I’m excited to share a chat with top hairstylist Jennifer Baker who owns Obsessions Salon in Ramsgate. I’ve been lucky enough to work with Jennifer at Yuan and Phil’s Wedding which was featured in Kent Life. More recently we collaborated on two shoots, one at The Theatre Royal and one at Northdown House. Jennifer is just so lovely, she listens to what you are looking for and works with you to build your dream hairstyle. Check out these styles:
Hair Accessories: Top Left: Crown & Glory, Bottom Left: Atelier Rousseau Floral Crown by Emma Campbell Florist
On Saturday I toddled off to London town to spend some time with a very lovely family who were celebrating their daughter’s first birthday. The party theme was ‘Apple of our eye’ and it was clear to see that Quynh and Hai are totally besotted by their little lady. It was a total honour to capture Olivia’s party and I loved all of the details and the photos on the walls of the garden sharing all of the memories of their first year together.
Anyone that grew up in Thanet will know that we are really lucky to have such a quirky performance space in the shape of The Theatre Royal, Margate. You’ll also know that if you’re looking for a big space to have your wedding ceremony they are hard to come by as we found out when when got married in 2007. So, I was over the moon when I heard that the theatre could host weddings. After a coffee and lots of ideas, the notion of collaborating with a range of local suppliers to celebrate how amazing the theatre is and everyone’s work saw a rather epic shoot coming together – you can see a round up of the team at the end of this post!
In Britain, we do love to talk about weather. I love nature and all of the drama we get served and so when couples discuss their photos some times of the year can attract a wet weather plan more than others. The threat of a Springtime shower was fully embraced with a wacky well competition for guests and when the big day arrived, there was not a siiiiiiiingle cloud in the sky. It was one of those glorious sunny Springtime days, the type that makes you want to rush outside and enjoy being in the countryside admiring the scenery. And once upon this glorious Springtime day in that beautifully rustic and quirky scene two wonderfully lovely people started their life as husband and wife with a true spring in their steps.
Aaaah, my dear postman came up trumps this morning and delivered my new Lensbaby optic, the Sweet 35. After a bit of fiddling about I got the optic up and running and was amazed by the results of having manual control over the aperture – my other optic required me to drop aperture discs in so this is way much easier – and the quality of the images is outstanding. Since I’m having a lazy start to the day (PJs O’clock – a rare Saturday treat!) I tested it capturing a double exposure still life of my globe and some music to create this:
‘Music is my world’
‘At a big band practice in two-thousand-and-five,
A tall Scottish sax player sat down by my side.
‘Is this seat free’ he uttered and I gestured at the seat,
And since that day, we’ve been together singing from the same song sheet.’
When the post arrived today, I was spending some time at the piano, just getting lost in the world of music so this picture just summed up this world being interrupted by the door bell. This globe makes me smile. I love geography, maps and related geekery and when I saw it in Junk Deluxe on the same day we got our mortgage offer, I knew I had to have it. It was only when I got it home that Mark pointed it out that it was all in German, but that makes me love it a little bit more as it will always remind me of a moment when we started to build our little home in this big wide world!
On a recent commercial brief to Paris, I packed up my Lomography Sprocket Rocket with a roll of black & white Lady Grey film and captured a few shots from the hip. My heart swells when I get a film back from the lab. I totally love the sprocket holes that are part of the image. I scanned in these images with the specialist scanner and iPhone app and just loved watching the images appear in the view finder. The chaos in this one with the man tearing through on a Vespa just feels like the heart beat of a vibrant city sat beneath the most sacred heart of all…the Sacre Coeur.
A few weeks ago, The Theatre Royal welcomed Shakespeare’s Globe who hosted King Lear in Margate. On the opening night the cast celebrated the performance and enjoyed traditional fish and chips at their after-show party. I was booked to capture some of the atmosphere. If you were growing up in the 90s like me, some of you may recognise the actor who played King Lear…
In this inaugural post, I am really excited to be able to bring to you a weekly injection of inspiration from this Wonderful World of Weddings. I’ve been lucky to have worked with some super suppliers during weddings and through collaborative projects. Recently Ellie from The Beauty Aisle and I worked together on The Swan Shoot that featured on the Your Kent Wedding cover and she’s stopped by to say hello…