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A summary of my latest shoots in words and pictures....
Meet Teddy
06th March 2013 - 1 comment
Being a father myself, I think it's always special to capture images of a new arrival into the world.....I had the privilege of meeting the very handsome Teddy, who was just eight days old at the time of the shoot. Of course working with young children and babies can be problematic at times, but not in this case. Teddy was one calm cookie, and was more than happy to lay on his blanket while I snapped away....

Brothers, Sisters and Golden Sunlight
27th January 2013 - 0 comments
Fritton Woods in autumn can be is fantastic for colour in the right conditions.
I was lucky enough to do two shoots on the same day at this special location. The sun was very bright and low which made conditions for shooting a touch tricky, but with the use of some shaded spots, I could get even lighting coupled with the superb autumnal backlighting.
Both shoots were booked with the resulting prints to be given as Christmas presents, which is why I haven't posted anything until now.....

First up were sisters Shelley and Kerry, two attractive, grown-up women, this should be easy I thought...!! I spent a lot of the shoot amused by their constant belief that they would look awful on any photo! Of course I knew this just wasn't true, and I think in the end even they were surprised at the results.
The main shot is my favourite image, composition and the beautiful soft backlight makes this a winner for me.

The next shoot was far more energetic, brothers Jaden and Oliver, in their cool get up were experiencing their first taste of posing for the camera. It's always nice to see how siblings interract together. There is always a special dynamic, which, if you are lucky, can produce some wonderful imagery that displays it. I was fortunate enough to capture just that sort of image. The main shot shows the contrasting characters superbly, he cool, calm older brother and his energetic younger sibling.

Burgh Castle...eventually
27th January 2013 - 0 comments
2012 was an interesting study in meteorology, if you like that sort of thing. It also showed the power that a hosepipe ban can have over the weather too, i.e. announce one in Summer and watch it rain for the rest of the year!
This photo shoot was victim to the weather on too many occasions. The first attempt had to be abandoned half way throuth because of the wet stuff, and two rearrangements were postponed before we started. Eventually though it did happen, even then it was very grey and cloudy.
This was a first for me...the first time I'd shot portraits of identical twins. Namely Thomas and Jack, along with little sister, Hannah. I know people close to them could tell them apart, but me? No way!! They were even dressed the same, I mean, what chance did I have??
Still, with guidance from Mum, I got there in the end. Hannah was a star as, like most girls, she couldn't wait to have her photo taken, but the boys were fantastic too. Teenage lads and photo shoots don't generally go hand in hand, boys of a certain age aren't normally too comfortable in front of the lens, so hats off to them...Well done boys!!

2013 - A Chilly Start
19th January 2013 - 0 comments
Samuel and his mum Natasha were the subjects of my first shoot of 2013. It was a rather chilly affair, snow free, but it certainly felt like winter on Gorleston Beach last weekend. The Easterly wind in this part of the world is particularly lazy, selecting not to go around you, but instead right through you. So the order of the day was to inject a bit of energy into proceedings to keep everyone warm, well except yours truly. I wouldn't have lasted five minutes trying to keep up with my two subjects! A few Mother and Son races seemed to do the job. Despite Samuel coming a close second each time, he was sporting enough to reward Mum with a congratulatory kiss....

Norfolk Coast and Broads
25th September 2012 - 1 comment
As some of you may or may not know, I turned forty earlier this year. My wife bought me a Norfolk Broads & Coast Landscape Workshop with local professional Landscape photographer Chris Herring.( Photographically speaking, landscapes were my first love. Trudging around the Norfolk countryside and beaches alone and at some ungodly hour capturing images is not everyones cup of tea, but I love it. So this gift from my long suffering photography widow, was more than appreciated.
It was a warm, cloudless Saturday afternoon when we started at the derelict Brograve Mill, near to Horsey Windpump. After shooting for an hour, we moved onto Happisburgh Lighthouse then to the beach to capture some incoming wave action, finishing off at the beautiful How Hill, and Turn Fen Mill for sunset. Here we jostled for position with the pleasure boats, and waged war on a cloud of very hungry midges. For the record, I lost twelve bites to nil, but I will have my revenge...mwah ha ha ha!!
It didn't dampen my enthusiasm one bit, as the shots in the bag more than made up for the constant itching of the next three days. I posted below my three favourite images from the day. I'm left itching again now, only this time to get out and do some landscapes now the conditions become more favourable....

Happisburgh Lighthouse

Waves battering the sea defences at Happisburgh Beach

Turf Fen Mill at Sunset
13th September 2012 - 0 comments
I was beginning to think that this shoot was never going to happen! I'd actually lost count of how many times we had postpone because of rain on the day, but it was in the region of five or six. However, as soon as the summer had officially ended and autumn had begun, at the beginning of September, then the weather behaved itself and we were able to complete the shoot. Not bad, since the first planned attempt was back in July!!
Anyway, I was just happy to meet Emma-Jayne and her Nan, who kindly stepped in as chaperone.
Beautiful Boudoir
30th August 2012 - 3 comments
You may have seen a piece I posted earlier this year called 'Boudoir To Do Or Not To Do'. Well, I'm pleased to report someone decided not only 'to do', but has also allowed me to post a few of the images. In return, I promised I wouldn't mention any names!!

The shoot itself was brilliant. It all went to plan, and felt very easy and comfortable for both myself and initially nervous subject. My only problem has been which images to post! I had so many wonderful ones to choose from, but as I couldn't show them all, I've decided to pick a few which represent the different settings and backdrops used in the shoot.
This shoot took place at the clients home, I made use of a couple of rooms to give a number of different scenarios for the images. Some are solely flash lit, some are just daylight, but it goes to show what can be achieved without fancy studio set-ups.

Just to give you the clients point-of-view, I asked the lady in question to give me a few words words which summed up the experience for her, and this is what she said.....

"Before the shoot I was really nervous, but as soon as the shoot started I felt really at ease with the whole process. I was excited about seeing the photos, and I wasn't disappointed, the photos were exactly what I wanted, they are amazing.
I would definitely recommend it to any ladies out there, it makes a fantastic present for hubby/boyfriend/girlfriend. It does wonders for your self-confidence, a brilliant experience, and one I think everyone should do once in their lives!!"

I can't really follow that, other than to ask you to check out the images below. Comments are very welcome either here on my Facebook page... Thank you!

27th August 2012 - 0 comments
Young Polly was the subject of another my recent shots, this one taken in her granparents' picturesque back garden in Corton. After all, a pretty girl deserves a pretty location doesn't she?

Portfolio Shoot
26th August 2012 - 0 comments
At the end of July I carried out my first planned portfolio shoot of the summer. I've been trying carry out a few of these sessions in order to update my portfolio with some different styled images. With the wonderful wet weather we've been having, it's been more than frustrating, resulting in a number of weather related postponements. However, my luck changed one evening, with a shoot finally coming to fruition. This session was carried out on North Beach, Great Yarmouth with Emma and Ashley. I was more than pleased with the shoot and the final images....

Back to Burgh Castle
25th August 2012 - 0 comments
Another busy six weeks have flown past since my last update, so here are the highlights and some of the images from my recent shoots.
It was back to Burgh Castle Fort, my new most popular location, for two more shoots. The first was a family portrait session on an overcast Sunday morning in July, with Sintije, Lee and the very smiley Oliver. The youngster was a very easy subject, and appeared to enjoy the outdoor experience as the photos go to prove....

A different shoot in August with siblings Will, Lara and their cousin Danielle. This one was an evening shoot, with the beautiful soft light that accompanies this time of day. There was a lot of energy being expelled during this session, which I did my best to keep up with, but at my time if life, there was only going to be one loser...!

Portraits at Burgh Castle
08th July 2012 - 0 comments
Bang up to date with this one.
This shoot was the result of prize won by one of my Facebook page followers. Earlier this year my life officially began when I shuffled into my forties, and to celebrate I gave away a £40 gift voucher in a prize draw organised through my Facebook page.
Rachel was the lucky winner, and chose another of my favourite landscape locations, the old ruined Roman fort at Burgh Castle, as her chosen photo backdrop.
This time of year the area is covered in knee high meadow grasses, and looks fantastic. I was immediately taken by the place, and will be looking to use it again in the very near future.
Anyway, the session was a blast, Rachel, partner Paul and her son Alfie were brilliant, and it showed in the images. One of my favourite sessions so far, which is no mean feat, as there hasn't been one I haven't enjoyed yet!!

Priory Gardens
08th July 2012 - 0 comments
My third new portrait location in as many shoots was the very quiet Priory Gardens in Gorleston. At the time of the session we on the East Coast were suffering with high winds, and so, with this shoot being for a recently turned one year old little lady, a suitable sheltered location was a priority. Young Maci-Jai was a star and after a little bit of coaxing from yours truly, and a lot of hullabaloo from her parents behind me (which included a fantastic rendition of the Chuggington theme tune), the little lady did what she was meant to do, that being to be cute in front of the camera.
Pick of the shots is this one of her studying a daisy flower.....beautiful!!

Caister Beach
07th July 2012 - 0 comments
Another new portrait location for me, Caister Beach. If you peruse my landscape images, you will see I am no stranger to this wonderful stretch of sand, but I'd never taken a portrait session here. That changed with a family shoot for Emma, Stephen, Harvey & Skye on a very hot and sunny Saturday June morning. As well as the usual stationary shot set-ups, I harnessed young Harvey's energy to capture a few more dynamic images. I enjoyed the shoot immensely, even though I finished it some what more tired than I started. Having to keep up with the action certainly kept me active too!

Bluebell Woods
07th July 2012 - 0 comments
It's been a busy last month and a bit for me, and as usual the one thing that seems to suffer is posting what I've been up to onto this website! Let me change that now, and fill in what's been happening....
Back at the end of May I was asked to take images of at Bluebell Woods near Gorleston. This was a new location for me, and always a good thing to expand the amount of locations to offer. Sadly, the bluebells were just coming out of their peak, but I'll be setting myself a reminder to get there slightly earlier next year to catch the show! Despite the minor floral setback, the shoot was a success. Brothers Ben and Robbie with their older sister Bethany and her boyfriend Daryl were the subjects getting back to nature, some embracing it more than others, much to my amusement!

Just Catching Up.....
18th May 2012 - 0 comments
Apologies for the fact that I haven’t posted anything for a while. This is mostly because I’ve had a busy few weeks, not all photographic reasons, but busy all the same.
May had the hallmarks of being a manic month, but due to the unseasonably awful weather it has calmed down. It’s frustrating on many levels. I have a list of enquiries, many of whom are waiting for the sun to shine and the temperatures to rise before booking sessions, I have personal projects I’d like to complete, but while it remains grey and cold they will have to be temporarily shelved.

Of course I have been busy with the camera, and below I’ve posted a few images from my some of my recent sessions.

Young Jack at eight months old.

A newborn session with Ethan...

An ‘emergency present’shoot for a 50th birthday,

One from a family beach session (this one had become a victim of the weather, but we did manage to reshoot last weekend, so more images will follow of this wonderful family!)

Just An 'Umble Upholsterer
15th April 2012 - 0 comments
Environmental Portraits are photos of a subject taken in their usual environment, such as home or workplace. Up until a short while ago I hadn't taken any!
That changed when I had a call from my Dad (an upholsterer by trade) who wanted some such photos of him working on a particularly nice chair that he was recovering. He had realised that with retirement age approaching, he has no photos of him working. Forty plus years in the trade about to disappear with no visual record? Well we couldn't have that could we?
So I visited his 'character filled' workshop and recorded some images of the Old Master at work......

More images can be found by visiting the environmental portraits gallery.
Gorleston Beach Shoot
03rd April 2012 - 0 comments
I was back to the wonderful location that is Gorleston Beach at the end of March, to shoot images for Emma, Ashley, Lucy & Alfie. It was a beautiful, bright spring afternoon with a slight chill in the air, but this didn't stop young Alfie, who kept out the cold by constantly moving! I can't speak for the family, but I certainly enjoyed the hour or so I spent with them for the session.
Family shoots are so rewarding, as the children are very entertaining just by being themselves, and images captured always bring a smile to my face. This session was no exception, Alfie was fascinated by the sea(why wouldn't he be?!) and kept Mum and Dad on their toes by making the odd dash for the surf. Both Lucy and Alfie were fantastic throughout, and I am more then pleased with the shots I took.

My First, My First Year....
25th February 2012 - 0 comments
Last Saturday saw my first 'My First Year' session take place with the wonderful Dexter. At 4 months old, he already knows what he wants, and for some of the session what he wanted was not look towards the camera!! Although between us all we did manage to get some shots that Mummy and Daddy are happy with. We had a supporting role from Dexter's big brother Lincoln, who was brilliant in front of the lens.
It's sessions like this that make baby shoots so rewarding, the little ones can't be directed, and at times you are just trusting your luck, so when you get some good shots the satisfaction seems so much greater. I'm looking forward to the 8 month session to see how much the little lad has grown and changed.

Gunton Beach Shoot.
20th January 2012 - 0 comments
A very cold but sunny morning on Gunton Beach near Lowestoft, was my last portrait shoot of 2011. The handsome Temple family braved the icy wind for a session on the busy beach. Just goes to prove that portrait aren't just for summer.....

We're Off And Running.....
01st January 2012 - 0 comments
I was expecting a quiet beginning to the New year, but had two enquiries on the first working day of much for a gentle start!! Of course I'm not grumbling, far from it, there's nothing worse than having a camera lying idle!!
My second shoot of 2012 was for Sara, Jonathan & Amber, taken at their home on a Sunday morning. The constantly changing light was a bit of challenge, but I think we came out of it unscathed!! It was a great session, with the family very keen to try different things, one of which I will add later....well....I can't reveal too much too soon can I?