Sam Gavins Photography: Blog en-us (C) Sam Gavins Photography (Sam Gavins Photography) Sat, 11 Aug 2018 23:28:00 GMT Sat, 11 Aug 2018 23:28:00 GMT Sam Gavins Photography: Blog 120 80 Sarah and Tad, Carey's Manor, Brockenhurst. New Forest Wedding

Sarah & Tad at Carey's Manor

Can you believe the weather this year? For me this wedding day felt the like the start of a long hot summer - well up to now that is. Early May and by mid afternoon the bride was reaching for the sun cream.

Only an hours drive from Winchester I arrived early at Carey's Manor where Sarah, her Mum, maid of honour Mel and sister Sandra were getting ready, I had time for a coffee and another look around the hotel and grounds for some great photo opportunities. 

Any nerves the bride had were replaced by anticipation and excitement as the morning progressed.

Tad, his best man Zane and usher Louis were equally busy setting up the ceremony area and wedding reception area. I was very impressed with their efficiency at dressing every chair the same way. 

It was then the boys turn to be photographed in their finery.

Sarah and Tad had chosen a natural theme to their wedding, each guest had a mini cactus plant by their name place.

So beautiful.


Meanwhile final touches were being applied back in the brides room.

Then it was time to go and get married..... but just before, there was that first glimpse by a very proud father.

Then the moment the bride arrives......


The sun was bright, the shadows dark but the beautiful ceremony outside in the hotel courtyard was a welcome relief from months of cold rain and snow ...all that snow. Bunting hung round the ceremony area, slender tree trunks made arches at the entrance to the ceremony area and at the ceremony alter, simple yet symbolic.




Time for some light refreshment on the lawn.


The relaxed atmosphere continued into the main dining area, where a large table sat the whole wedding party.

Relaxed enough to catch up with friends


to play at the window ....

a puppet show on the floor and for flowers to grow from the stunning tree trunk mirror in the Manor's grand entrance hall.

Time to freshen up. Then out for games on the lawn on this perfect spring day.

The fun continued until the late evening when I managed to capture  some romantic shots of the bride and groom before joining more guests arriving for the evening party.

The sun was setting and it was time to give the guests a treat ...a wonderfully choreographed first dance.

Congratulations Mr and Mrs Gunton, may your life together be full of surprises and laughter.



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Vicki & Craig Hampshire Spring Wedding

One of my favourite weddings so far this year's was back in March.

I absolutely loved the enthusiasm and planning that went into this wedding, Vicki lived and breathed wedding for months beforehand and her planning paid off. Looking back a few months it was a beautiful spring day at The New Place Hotel just outside Bishop's Waltham, no rain and warm enough to enjoy the spectacular grounds.

I arrived at 8.30am to find Vicki her bridesmaids and her mum Julie already in full make up and hair preparations. Danya - make up artist and Steph - hairdresser were working hard and cheerfully in spite of having one hour less sleep the night before (clocks had gone forward). At the same time Dan my second photographer was busy back at Vicki and Craig's house capturing the groom and groomsmen preparations with Freddie, Vicki and Craig's son as the very important ring bearer.



Mollie their daughter was having the best time with all the girls having her hair curled.

The New Place Hotel ceremony room was perfect for the number of guests, a characterful, light airy room with a beautiful ceiling. Craig's face was one of sheer happiness when he saw Vicki walk down the aisle. Vicki was given away by her super proud brother Sam,


The New Place Hotel ceremony room was perfect for the number of guests, a characterful, light airy room with a beautiful ceiling. Craig's face was one of sheer happiness when he saw Vicki walk down the aisle. Vicki was given away by her super proud brother Sam.



After the ceremony guests were treated to hot canopes and champagne whilst being entertained by the oober talented string quartet (Chris Noon Entertainment)

There was huge emphasis on family in this wedding, albeit very formal, I love this picture capturing five generations of women from the same family.

Then there was the whole group photo - something that always takes a little time, especially when there are many guests, but it is another photo that will be most looked at in years to come. 21 years on and I still like to look at our group wedding photo and remember who was with us on our special day. I found an open window up stairs facing out onto the driveway, Little Nan was carried carried out by a couple of the strong male guests and bingo - a group pic!

Time then for a stroll around the gardens with the new Mr and Mrs Eyles before the fun of the wedding breakfast.

The New Place Southampton.The New Place Southampton.Winchester wedding photographer Sam Gavins Photography captures the grand entrance at The New Place.

​​​​​​​The weather was kind enough to allow some more pics outside before Chris Noon set up for the evening party.

This couple are so devoted to each other  - I wish them all the very best, may they have a future of happiness and laughter.


Vicki's Dress - Bride to Be

Hair and Make Up - Steph and Danya (Work at Completely Gorgeous Bitterne)

Groom and Grooms Men Suites - M & S

Flowers and Sweet Cart - Debbie

Entertainment - Chris Noon

Cake - DeesSweetSurprises

Ceiling Canopy and Backdrop -Event Perfection












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Winchester Wedding Photography  Winchester Wedding Photography

Hotel du Vin 

Tori and Brooke

I had the pleasure in mid February of photographing an amazing wedding. The love of two people, the live life to the full personalities, the colour, the scent of the flowers, the exquisite food, plus much more all came together on this one day in February. I hope I have captured most of the day's highlights and have included some in this blog.

I arrived around 9.30 at Hotel du Vin in Winchester and headed straight to the bridal suite where happy chaos ensued. It seemed everyone possible had congregated to get ready. This was never going to be a traditional wedding, I loved the photographic opportunities of so many people in one room, the busy bustling atmosphere of Tori and Brooke with their 'besties' plus the girls' mums.

Every so often there would be a knock on the door and a family guest would poke their head in to offer their good wishes.  


Tori and Brooke decided to have a Humanist service and had chosen Lisa Von Fircks a humanist celebrant based in Alresford to conduct the ceremony. Lisa conducts ceremonies all over the south of England and beyond. It was a beautiful ceremony written with Tori and Brooke in mind and involved Tori's parents and Brooke's mother. Brooke and Tori also wrote their own vows to each other and the two flower girls were also involved with the symbolic mixing of two different colour sands. There were many tears of joy.

The next part of the day involved a few glasses of champagne, lots of chat and much laughter. After a brief stop in the courtyard for some confetti fun and the group photo taken with me hanging out of the window, everyone walked round to The Orangery. I love this part of Hotel du Vin, warm colours and beautiful mirrors make some interesting photographs.   


This gave the wonderful hardworking and efficient staff at Hotel du Vin time to clear away the ceremony room and prepare for the wedding breakfast in the Ruinart Room. Some show stopping flowers stole the guests attention - designed by David Connell of Flowers Crown Brighton.

The wedding breakfast is one part of the wedding day I really love, the speeches are usually really entertaining and often very emotional and this wedding breakfast was no exception. The guests on every table were very lively and a competition of who could be the craziest or even the nosiest soon became evident. Time for me to take some candid shots.




The weather was  very clement for February and the double doors out to the courtyard were open all afternoon. After the three course meal everyone congregated under the strings of fairy lights strewn across the courtyard. As dusk fell it was a great opportunity to have fun with a sparkler or two

As the food for the evening guests was being brought out the couple decided to cut the cake, a giant sized cup cake with many smaller ones in cases matching the couples's colour scheme. 

Thank you to Tori and Brooke for making me feel so welcome, I had a great day.

Dress: Exquisite Bridal Winchester

Shoes: Vivienne Westwood

Suit: Room 10, Farnham

Flowers: David Connell: Flowers Crown Brighton

Suits: Amazon and Asos


Bridesmaids: Debenhams

Humanist Celebrant: Lisa Von Fircks 


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Wedding by the sea West Sussex Wedding by the Sea


Just before Christmas I had the pleasure of shooting a beautiful wedding hosted by Itchenor Sailing Club near Chichester in West Sussex. Being December there was always the potential for the weather to be bad, but today we were blessed. It was bitterly cold but clear and bright. It felt like we had the whole harbour to ourselves, a totally private wedding party with no-one to be seen for miles, only blue seas, blue skies and the odd seagull. The bride and groom and all the guests did well to fight off the cold whilst I made the most of the idyllic setting. As the sun started to drop lower in the sky only a few days away from the shortest day, the golden light cast across the bride and groom's faces was more reminiscent of the Caribbean than of good ol' Blighty. Such a fun, crazy crowd, we attempted a total group photo on the decking looking out to the harbour. I think for a natural look it turned out ok, it certainly captured the atmosphere of the happy day.



The sun soon set and we were glad to go inside this beautiful old building with cosy low ceilings and a roaring fire. The club had been decorated with festive decorations and a Christmas tree with an angel on top stood by the front door. The building has been a sailing club since 1927 which hosts races between April and November. Club members include the British Actress Kate Winslet and many Olympic medalists including John Merricks and Ian Walker both two times silver medallists. 


The sunsetting drinks and canapes were followed by a three course sit down wedding breakfast in the main dining room and conservatory. A bubble of happy noises filled the room along with chilled Prosecco and the sounds of children's laughter.

Three speeches later with much laughter and emotion it was time for the sparklers, we just about had enough to make a sparkler tunnel as many of the guests couldn't wait any longer for the bride and groom and  decided to light theirs anyway, lol.  




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A visit from Santa  

                                                                   A visit from Santa

I had the opportunity a couple of weeks ago to be transported back to a magical time of childhood when the anticipation of seeing Santa or Father Christmas as we called him, was almost too much to bear. Eagle House School in Sandhurst, Surrey was my destination where the PTA of the school had invited Santa to come and listen to children's wishes for Christmas and to give them a little gift. He was incredibly patient and an extremely good listener to the extent that we ran over time on several occasions. It was so reassuring though in a time when Christmas can be so hectic that children on the most part take everything at such a slow pace and Santa echoed this pace.

 Christmas is such a special time of year but can be incredibly frantic in many ways. I still have a wedding to shoot this year, a couple shoot in Winchester and a childrens' design club photobooth shoot a family Christmas party and that's before I start wrapping presents and buying food for Christmas dinner, oh and those mince pie and mulled wine parties! Happy days of course but watching those children interacting with the big jolly man made me step back (literally as I had camera in hand) and think about how I should try and take life just a little bit slower. 




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Winchester woods autumn photography Autumn Photography

Autumn light is perfect for photography, especially photographing people. I absolutely love autumn - the colour is what I need to make me happy and it helps create some pretty beautiful pics as well. Find a wood or anywhere where there are deciduous trees in abundance and start shooting - you don't need a super expensive camera and lenses just an understanding of light.

The light in the autumn is more golden as it reaches us at a different angle than in the summer. Shadows are longer but the light is less harsh .The leaves also reflect the light from the sun and become even more vibrant. I also love the rays of light visible through the trees particularly early morning, if you are lucky, enhanced by the rising mist.  If you are too late to capture the time around 9 am or your day off  is overcast the light can be beautiful at anytime. This photoshoot below was as late as 3pm as the girls had sports matches to participate in and time for this family was limited. Such happy beautiful subjects and amazing surroundings in my favourite wooded area near Winchester, Hampshire, it doesn't get better than this. Enjoy your autumn walks.


Send me a message to book your autumn family photography session.


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Photography Tip 5 Middle Aged Women and how to look better in photos Tip 5 - Middle Aged Women and How to Look Better in Photos

As we get older I hear more women saying when photogrpahed things like 'Photograph my left side, it's my best side!'

That doesn't logically make sense to me, especially if you are symetrical and therefore deemed beautiful. But according to a new study looking at selfies, amongst the pouts and eyebrow lifts, the left side of our face is more likely to appeal than the right because of how our brains process emotions.

The phenomenon is what researchers in a recent study in Australia have called "the left-side bias". Someone called Annuka Lindell a senior lecturer in experimental neuropsychology at La Trobe University in Melbourne, looked through Instagram using #selfie, out of 2,000 selfies she found 779 were left sided dominent and 686 were right sided dominent and 535 showed the front of their face.

So, the advice here is that everyone, not just middle aged females should turn their heads slightly so they show more of their left than their right cheek, when being photographed.

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Winchester weddings at The Hotel du Vin, Winchester The Hotel Du Vin, Winchester invites you to it's Wedding Showcase.

5.30PM-8.00PM THURSDAY 26th OCTOBER 2017

A perk of the job included a tasty coffee in the beautiful tranquil bar room in Hotel du Vin this morning, chatting wedding photography with the lovely Nicola Hibbert, the regional sales and events manager. Recently back from maternity leave Nicola with the help of Hayley Manson, events and meetings coordinator, has organised a wedding showcase to be held Thursday 26th October. 

Sam Gavins Photography and five other wedding suppliers will be in the elegant Ruinart, a stunning space looking out onto the courtyard through french windows. The Hotel will be serving it's guests fizz and canapes. Sam Gavins Photography was there in the spring and the atmsophere was perfect to get you into a wedding planning mood. Come along and meet us.  The Ruinart room has an abundance of natural light which is perfect for flattering flashless shots. From when I first met Hayley last year and spent much of our meeting chatting about South Africa (having lived there for a year a long time ago), to this morning 18 months later and my first meeting with Nicola, the staff have been incredibly friendly and helpful. Being a small hotel lends itself to a more intimate, cosy atmosphere . The events I have photographed here have always been well run, professional and also friendly. Their bespoke approach to events means not one event is exactly the same, the clients interests and needs are paramount and this is refected in their planning approach.


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Photography Tip 4 - Middle Aged Women and how to look better in photos.                                                Photography Tip 4 - Middle Age Women How to look better in photos

I am far from being a makeup expert. For me the least time looking in the mirror the better but when editing I do get to see a lot of faces up close and therefore the make up applied. Too much foundation is a big no no. Conceal marks and spots lightly as a face masked in foundation will look pasty in photos. Try making your makeup as natural as possible, use concealer only to hide imperfections for example a spot or redness around the nose. Too much concealer could be amplified by the glare of a flash. It might be worth mentioning to a bride before the wedding (only if she asks) about the effect of too much foundation on her close up photographs. 

It's definitely worth adding a bit of colour to your skin for a photograph as without any colour at all you can look washed out in a photo but too much blusher on slightly older skin can look overdone - stay natural - it will always look better in the shot.

Enhance the eyes with a little make up, but again not too much. 

Photographers can enhance or play down makeup on their subject and smooth the skin or remove blemishes and wrinkles but this is very time consuming. It's something I don't like to do too much of - embrace our real selves and all that jazz.

Here are wonderful examples of make up expertly applied and therefore skin which photographed wonderfully.

Again the lighting plays a big part in these photos - natural lighting, slightly overexposed and with a wider aperture to give a less sharp image - instantly softening out any blemishes (not that this bride had any).  


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Photography Tip 3 Middle Aged Women, how to look better in photos Tip 3 Middle aged women and how to look good in photos.

The camera never lies - well,you'll be pleased to know it does. How many times have you started that crash diet after seeing yourself in a holiday snap looking at least a dress size bigger than you thought you looked?

It is very important as a photogapher or as someone being photographed if you don't want to look larger that you really are to remember a few golden rules.

1) It's all about the lens - professional photographers will know that any focal length less than 50mm (on a full frame camera) is considered a wide angle lens. A wide angle lens distorts the subject (and things around it) and  enhances perspective. Taking a selfie can not only make the person look bigger but can also make our noses look bigger and our faces more elongated and out of proportion, the length of our arm is just not far enough away. A selfie stick can improve things slightly.

2) It's also all about positioning - professional photographers will also know that when shooting a group, if too close, will make those standing at the end look bigger. Don't position yourself at the end of a semi circular group, get nearer the middle and you will look that size 10 you really are. 

3) Clothing - avoid horizontal lines and opt for vertical stripes instead. Steer away from clothes that have elaborate detail , particularly around the belly and upper arms. Everyone knows about colour - dark colours show less curves and make us look slimmer. Creating less shadow, enhancing curves is something a photographer can be aware of.

4) Posture - if standing in a group, a more flattering stance is to turn slightly sideways with the the knee slightly bent and toe pointing towards the camera. Something our teenage girls are excellent at. Position your arms away from your body, a hand on hip or if you feel that is too posey, maybe just hold your arms at your side slightly, away from your body. Stand up straight pull your shoulders back and subtly pull your stomach in. All this will help smooth out those curvey bits that we all have. Remember that area under our chin, discussed previuosly and keep the head up slightly.

In this image the lady second in from the left has the right idea, she is standing slightly to the side with her right leg slightly bent.The other ladies are all standing to the side slightly or have bags covering their stomachs or hips. The lady to the far left has her chin up and head slightly tilted to her right. On the whole an ok photo, I just wish I had reminded the lady second from the right to smile.     


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Photography Tip 2 - Middle aged women - How to look better in photos. Tip 2 - Middle aged women - how to look better in photos


Last week I talked about positioning and how photographing for above helps improve the skin tone of us middle aged women - no saggy chins or jowly creasing.

This week it's all about exposure.

Please see the examples below. As you can see the one on the left is slightly more exposed than the one on the right. The image on the right with slightly less exposure shows the model's forehead and frown lines a little more than the one on the left. Opening the aperture a touch more not only lets more light in but also softens the subject a fraction more. This can be altered post shoot these days in Lightroom, Photoshop or Camera Raw.




In this case both images were taken with exactly the same camera settings but the image on the left I used my speedlite flash which I bounced off the ceiling to expose the subject that fraction more. If you're wondering what the glass objects to the right of the picture are they are the pendant bauble lights - included in the image for a variation in depth of field - oh and because I like them.

Thank you for checking out this weeks blog.

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Photography tips - middle aged women - how to look better in photos How to look better in photographs and take better images.

Having reached a significant birthday this year I have many Winchester friends and clients of a similar age who really don't like their photo taken.

Today I am starting a series of 10 top tips: How to make us middle aged women look better in photos - it would be such a shame if in years to come we have very few photos of us for our families to look at.

TIP ONE: Positioning is key.

I have very few photographs of myself for obvious reasons - I'm the one always behind the camera but occasionally my lovely children have caught me slouching with my chin down looking at my phone - ummm not a good look ! This brings me to the subject of positioning. Shooting from above is always more flattering. If you are a 6ft tall photographer then that will help but if not try and stand on something ( I carry a small step ladder with me on shoots). 

The subject will automatically look up and that double chin will disappear. Have a look below at my first model and example of good positioning.

Lisa Boyd of Citrus Coaching asked me to shoot head shots for her newly vamped website, raising the head up lifts up the chin and stretches out the neck and hides any skin folds. Shooting from below isn't good for those of us with challenged elasticity   -   gravity has a lot to answer for.   



Here, I am standing about a foot higher than Lisa, she is subtly looking up but it has helped stretch out any creases she may have. Lisa actually has great skin tone so I'm cheating a bit here but hope my point has been made.

Look out for my next tip - coming soon.   


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A Choora Ceremony in Reading Bettina's Choora Winchester Photographer travels an hour up the road to photograph a beautiful Indian tradition - The Choora Ceremony Bettina's Choora Winchester Photographer travels an hour up the road to photograph a beautiful Indian tradition - The Choora Ceremony

A wonderful joyous occasion - The Choora. A Choora is a set of bangles that are usually red and white , traditionally made of ivory but now more often made of plastic. These bangles are worn by the bride on her wedding day. The Choora are worn for a year after the wedding day and removed by her in laws on her first wedding anniversary.


The Choora ceremony is held the day before the wedding or the morning of the wedding. The bride's maternal uncles give her a set of choorae (21 bangles in red and white). The maternal aunts assist the uncles in putting the bangles on. The bangles are dipped in a milk and water mixture before putting them on the bride to be. This is followed by the bride being given a red chunni scarf and gifting her with jewellery. The maternal aunts and uncles are given milk to drink.

The next part of the evening is usually the Jaago - this was such fun. Traditionally invitations were not sent out to invite people to the wedding, instead relatives would go around the village the night before the wedding with pots on their heads decorated with oil candles, singing and dancing as an open invitation to attend the wedding. The aim of the night is to make as much noise as possible so decorated sticks are banged on the floor.  At Bettina's celebration it was a great excuse for the DJ to rev up the music whilst the close family relatives stood outside waiting to make a grand entry.

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Winchester to Devon with a fellow photographer Winchester Wedding Photographer Goes West to Second Shoot.

Second shooting is the term given to the second photographer at the wedding, nearly always chosen by the primary photographer.

The primary photographer does all the pre wedding work and yep basically all the post wedding work too.

I love both, primary and secondary shooting. It's just another example of the varied life a photographer can lead. Both are wonderful for different reasons. With secondary shooting I love being able to catch those candid shots, try some more artistic moves, not have the pressure but still work super hard. The disadvantage for me is that you haven't got to know the bride and groom beforehand so there isn't quite the same rapport as there would be had you met them for a coffee to discuss their plans or maybe done a couple shoot with them, as well as the email conversations you will have had with them during the months prior to the wedding.  

With this set aside when I was asked to second shoot in Devon I was very happy to go along in spite of it being a 7am start.

The primary shooter had been up into the early hours editing so I chose to drive, two hours and we were in the sticks somewhere in Devon, helped by a strong coffee bought on the A303.

It's nice working with someone else, a photographer's job can be a lonely one at times so second shooting is a great chance to chat and exchange idea's.

The wedding was in a beautiful country church and the weather held out until we got back to the marquee when the heavens opened and barely stopped all day. I felt sorry for the lovely couple, as the games laid out in the field for guests to play weren't used as they were intended and the marquee became very hot and steamy. But my trip from Winchester, Hampshire to the far west had been fun and productive and I would certainly do it again whatever the weather.   

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Winchester, Hampshire Schools Photography - The Westgate Leavers Prom 2017 Winchester, Hampshire Schools Photography

 One of the most fun nights I have had working over the last couple of months has been The Westgate Leavers Ball at the Botleigh Grange Hotel and Spa in Hedge End Hampshire. In spite of the atrocious weather, rain and strong winds the students still managed to arrive in style. A special mention needs to go to Charlie Damant for standing over me with an umbrella as I dashed to and fro (trying to get in front of the Echo photographer I might add) in an attempt to get a half decent shot of the students in their finery, without getting my kit completely saturated. It must have looked hilarious as we performed a dancing routine of sort from Singin' in the Rain. Thank you Mr. Damant - you star.

I particularly enjoy The Westgate Ball partly because my son goes to the Westgate School in Winchester and I get to see the teachers in a different light as they really get a chance to let their hair down. They are always really game and come up to the studio for posed photographs with and without their ex-students.

What a great bunch of teachers The Westgate has.

I mustn't forget the students themselves, they indeed deserve a special mention. I was so impressed how incredibly polite and considerate they were. Thankfully there was no reluctance on their part when asked to stand up straight, strike a pose or simply smile.

The hour it takes to set up my photography studio and then to take it down and pack away is always worth it. My camera and kit always earns it's money on this night.   

Here's to next year.



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Hampshire Photographer Mum Still on holiday with my family, having time to reflect on the last few months of working mayhem.

Being a photographer is the best job in the world for me, it enables me to fit round my large family and array of animals. Of course everything comes at a price and for me it is working late into the early hours after the meal has been cooked, cleared, homework done (or in our case not done), teenagers dropped off / picked up, only then I can sit down and focus in front of my computer. Love Island - what's that? Every day is different, I relish change, variety (although cliched) is the spice of life. 

Running a business is a challenge in whatever form, even more so when business is not your background. It becomes a huge learning curve. My advice over the last three years would be never to give up and always ask those who with knowledge, advice I gladly give my four children, similar advice passed to me by my hardworking parents. It helps if your work is your passion, giving up now would not be an option- being my own business I have to constantly nurture it, I'm lucky, I love it.


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Winchester wedding celebrations head for the trees, Treerunners, Hampshire. It's been a busy couple of months, no time to blog, not much time to sleep either. Now on holiday in Croatia with my family I have time to reflect. One of my favourite jobs that springs to mind is the beautiful wedding party of Karen and David from Winchester, celebrating their marriage with friends and family from all over the world. Treerunners is in Hampshire near Andover set amongst stunning woodland. I arrived as the sun was setting, the hog roast was cooking and guests were already in full party mode. The party area was beautifully decorated in true Karen style - colour all around. As the night progressed and darkness set in the tee-pees changed colour to match the baubles suspended from the ground. Comfy sofas surrounded large pit fires where late in the evening guests sat around chatting, catching up with old friends. At the same time a band kicked off the nights dancing . Some hardy party goers danced until dawn and fell into their tents pitched about 100 metres away. I was long gone by then, already up after a nights sleep to edit my nights work. 

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Meeting up with my wedding clients. Really great meeting up with these lovely two people to give them their pics and discuss albums.

Even better when they make a delicious meal for you. I love my job. Danielle and Rob,I so enjoyed chatting to you both, thank you. 

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Bluebells Walking everyday in the woods near our house is a real privilege. There are very few days when I can't get out and walk Lola our dog - it's good for her and for me. Choice; is the beauty of being freelance, I may be up until the small hours editing, working on marketing or emailing clients but I won't care about that when the bluebells start to push up through the mulch and spread their beautiful lilac hue around the woods. Can't wait to capture that wedding couple amongst those stunning bluebells. 

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The Great Hall Lucky to have such a beautiful sunny morning to reccy the venue for a Winchester wedding next weekend. The Great Hall in Winchester is a magnificent aisled hall of the 13th century. It houses one of the greatest symbols of medieval mythology, King Arthur's Round Table.

Lucky to have the whole hall to myself. 

Winchester wedding. The Great Hall.

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