So as much as I'm not a huge fan of photography competitions as most are paid or advertising entries. It would appear I have been nominated in the Muddy Stilettos Best Photographer 2018 Category. It feels amazing to be nominated and I feel slightly humbled. If you would like to vote for us please click on the link below. I can't do what I love for a living without all of my amazing clients so a huge thank you to you.
A slightly chilly but pleasant Winters Pre wedding shoot with this lovely couple!
I met up with Janine and Graham in Johns of Instow cafe, for a warm cup of coffee and a good chat about their upcoming wedding day plans. We were also joined by their little baby boy who kept us entertained with on hand baby sitter....Grahams Mum.
Instow Beach is such a wonderful place anytime of the year and there are so many different areas to use a backdrops. Janine and Graham were awesome to work with, it was really easy to capture their natural smiles and laughter from the start. They even found time for some tug of war with a seaweed covered rope. Love it when couples are up for a bit of fun on a pre wedding shoot.
I had great fun with these guy and I'm looking forward to their wedding this weekend!
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Wedding & Event Decoration Hire | Commercial Photography
Vicky started Do Me A Favour UK by creating mini jam jar wedding favours and she has expanded over the last few years into a flourishing wedding & event decoration hire company. On this commercial shoot at our Barnstaple Studio I photographed over 150 mini jam jars each with their own colour co-ordinating fabric swatch, ribbon and twine. These are the perfect little favour that can be filled by the wedding couple with numerous fillings. Such as jelly beans, fudge or some homemade jam.
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What is a pre wedding shoot and why should I have one?
Personally, I think that pre wedding shoots are awesome! It's a great way for me to get to know more about you as a couple before your wedding day. For me this is really important, hence why I offer a complimentary (freebie) pre wedding shoot with all of my wedding photography packages.
I'm not gonna lie, these shoots can often start off a little awkward. You're very aware that there is a camera around you, more often than not you forget how to smile and you feel uneasy attempting to act natural, when in reality it isn't natural to have a photographer follow you around taking photos.
It's my job to make you feel at ease and feel more comfortable, so that I can capture your natural smiles and laughter. I often crack jokes left, right and centre and I do manage to make my couples smile, laugh and unveil the natural you. These are the golden moments that are massively important for me to get the very best out of you, for you.
Do I have to have a pre wedding shoot?
In short the answer is "No, you don't have to have one" but as you've just read pre wedding shoots are a brilliant way to break down those uncomfortable barriers that a camera can sometimes present. I would always recommend you to have one.
First 2018 Pre Wedding Shoot | Clifton Suspension Bridge and Observatory
Last week I meet up with the lovely Claire and Dave for their pre wedding photoshoot. We meet in a quaint little coffee shop in Clifton village where over tea, coffee and some cake (rude not to) we chatted over the details of their wedding day.
Claire and Dave will be getting married this Spring at Ash Barton in beautiful North Devon but as they live and work in Bristol they asked if I could do their pre wedding shoot where they live......yes, totally! So Clifton Suspension Bridge and Clifton Observatory was the chosen location, couple this with some brilliant blue skies and crisp Winter sunshine and I got some stunning shots.
Take a look and let me know what you think...
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Taking look back over my favourite wedding images from 2017
Well, what an amazing Christmas break I've had at home with my family being all festive, watching Christmas movies, making mince pies and eating far too much yummy food! Hey who doesn't...right? Oh and I caught up with some good old friends too!
This got me thinking about all the wonderful weddings that I captured last year and the lovely couples who have spent their first Christmas together as Mr & Mrs. So I decided to take a look back through my 2017 pre wedding and wedding photography and create a collection of my favourite images of the year.
Aww, so many wonderful and funny memories. It's times like this that make me realise how much I love doing what I do.
So now that I am feeling refreshed and recharged, let's do this ...... Hello 2018!
Looking forward into the coming year, we have some amazing weddings with great couples already booked in. But some dates are still available, so if you are planning a wedding in North Devon this year then give us bell, drop me a line or pop into the studio because I would love to hear all about your wedding plans and see how best I can work with you to give you some incredable wedding photography.
John Whitaker Horse Rugs | Lifestyle Photography Shoot | North Devon
This majestic horse wore a John Whitaker Menston turnout rug featuring an eye-catching diamond design in navy and cream. A stylish John Whitaker Chiserley turnout rug that features a subtle brown and cream grid design with a matching embroidery on the detachable hood and finally a John Whitaker Thomas Stable Rug that is perfect for cold nights in the stables in navy and red.
All of the above rugs are available to buy from Mole valley Farmers in South Molton, Devon.
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Dancers Profile Photography | Andy Casey Photography Studio | Devon Commercial Photography
Cabaret dancers Velvet Rouge in association with Dancing Feet Academy based in North Devon recently came into the studio for a photo shoot to update their images.
The girls were all choreographed into their dance positions to ensure all arm positions and leg heights were correct in order to get maximum impact. I think some of these photos are simply stunning. Take a look at a small selection of their photos below.....
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A Black Tie Summer Wedding | Braunton Church | Filleigh, North Devon
Wow!! What can I say about this wedding.... 13 bridesmaids and 6 groomsmen.... Beth and Kane’s wedding was simply stunning and a laugh a minute.
The bridal preparations started with Beth and all her ladies at one of the suites in Saunton Sands Hotel. You would think that having so many ladies getting ready in the same place would be carnage. But everything, even the hair and make up was scheduled with military timing. I believe this is a family trait. The kids kept us entertained and made us laugh continuously. Especially when Beth and Kane’s son Vinny fell asleep next to an empty Prosecco bottle. I have no idea who put the bottle beside him!
Once the ladies where prepped and ready it was time to catch up with the guys. With The Black Horse pub in Braunton being right next door to St Brannocks Church, it wasn’t hard to track them down. Kane and all the groomsmen although very smartly dressed in black suits with bow ties still found time to mess around and have a bit of fun before heading over to the church.
The church ceremony was beautiful with a couple of readings from friends and a lot of giggles from Beth and Kane. Even Scott the best man was a little mischievous. (take a look at the pics below) After the ceremony Beth and Kane walked through quite possibly the longest line confetti I've ever photographed.
It was then a drive to Castle Hill at Filleigh where the fabulous attentive staff from the Brend Hotel outdoor catering team, Top Notch Catering were ready to receive the Bride and Groom along with their guests. One thing’s for sure Top Notch Catering really know how to provide a 5 star service and their food is always delicious. The Marquee was erected on the grounds by Sound Events in front of West Wing round the garden fountain. I’m still surprised that no one ended up getting wet feet.
The speeches were extremely heartfelt as well as hilarious. To kick them off Beth’s Dad spat out his teeth at the beginning of his speech and the best man did numerous funny things to entertain everyone. In the evening I had some time to shoot some pics with just Beth and Kane around the breath taking Castle Hill grounds, before heading back for the evening reception.
As the evening guests were gathering and drinks were steadily flowing, Kane and the boys had a quick boat race before the first dance and afterwards Kanes nephew got up and performed a very impressive rap. From here on in everyone got very merry. There were some interesting shapes being cut on the dance floor and I got knighted by the Father of the bride .... I'm very honoured!
Castle Hill is one of my favourite wedding venues. As a wedding photographer I think you could do a wedding here every weekend and get different images each time as this venue has an abundance of photo opportunities. Take a look through the selection on wedding images below from Beth and Kanes day, let me know what you think.
Wedding in the field | Picnic in the garden | Party in the barn | Hartland, North Devon
Back in August this year I was privileged to photograph the beautiful wedding of Clare and Ben. These guys had planned and thought about every fine detail about their wedding which made it so very personal and touching and very them! A few days earlier Clare and Ben had the official marriage license bit done but today was all about them and their family and friends celebrating their wonderful day at Clare's family home in Hartland.
The day began for Ben with breakfast in the garden along with a few family members before they all set about transforming the garden to accommodate the wedding guests. Be it moving around haystacks, arranging the table and chairs or setting up and dressing the tables, everybody mucked in.
Meanwhile inside the house Clare and her bridesmaids were having a bit of pampering, having their hair and make up done. Once Clare was ready her attention turned to setting up and dressing the wedding cake with fresh fruits and berries. Ben and Clare had made the cake themselves. It was a Guinness chocolate cake with marscapone filling but each tier was a different flavour. Salted caramel in one tier, gooseberry in the second and raspberry and cherry in the third. It looked mouth wateringly good.
With everything now set for the day it was time for both the bride and groom to get themselves dressed and ready in different ends of the house. The guests were starting to arrive and make their way through the garden and out onto the field behind where the wedding ceremony would take place. The ceremony was short but beautiful with heartfelt words spoken about the bride and groom and a lovely personal touch from Joe Bens brother who got up to sing a song that Ben had written himself.
The weather although grey and a bit breezy it was kind to us which meant that the wedding breakfast went ahead in the garden. Ben and Clare had put a couple of picnic hampers on each table filled with food for their guests with the added personal touch of that in each hamper there was a surprise gift of favourite cheese, wine, biscuits and beer for their guests. And the personal touch didn't stop there. The Best Men were given pen knives that Ben had personally carved and they were expertly sharpened by Ben's Dad Stuart! Remember the wedding cake made by Clare and Ben well they not only cut the cake but they served it to all of their guests too. And yes I had some......how could I say no? I had the gooseberry filling and OMG .... it was out of this world!!
After a good fill of food the drink was steadily flowing, time to get the walking bus to the neighbouring barn to carry on with the celebrations. The barn had been adorned with twinkling fairy lights and the space was dived by a string curtain of origami cranes. Clare and Ben had hand folded each individual crane, hundreds of them! Outdoor games had been organised inflatable dueling and sack racing and of course being the competitive pair that they are Ben and Clare were the first ones to put the games to the test.
This was one of the best most selfless weddings I've been to. Its obvious to see how deeply in love and crazy Clare and Ben our. But equally that love extends to their family and friends and it shines through in all the tiny personal and meaningful details of their day. I am honoured to have been a part of this amazing day. Below is a collection of images from their day, I would love to know what you think.
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A couple of weeks ago before Beth and Kane's wedding, we headed to The Temple at Castle Hill for a Pre Wedding Shoot with a little help from their 2 year old son Vinny. Check out some of the images below.
Gorgeous Pre Wedding Photography | Saunton, North Devon
I met up with Tammi and Sam with their beautiful baby girl and niece for their shoot on Saunton beach. I love doing pre wedding photo shoots where the whole family get involved they are always so much fun. And Saunton Sands is a great location for a shoot because there are so many different areas to do the photos which all give a different perspective and they are stunning!
Pre wedding shoots are a great way to help wedding couples feel more at ease in front of the camera and to get used to having a photographer follow you around to capture those natural images. Take a look through a handful on Tammi and Sam's photo shoot below.
Ilfracombe | Summer Wedding Photographer
Well what a wedding this was! I had the best time photographing Alice and Tobys incredible Tunnels Beaches wedding.
I arrived at a lovely B&B where Toby and his family had just had breakfast and were now sat quite happily chatting around the breakfast table. Everyone was really calm and chilled. Not too far away at The Habit Boutique Rooms Alice, her Mum and two bridesmaids were having their hair styled and make up done, along with a couple of glasses of bubbles.
The morning went by really quickly and before I knew it, I was at Tunnels Beaches waiting for Toby and his family to arrive. With the groom and his men all dressed and ready we headed down to the beach for some 'cool' boy shots, before returning to the venue to welcome the guests to wait for Alice and the bridal party. Alice was fashionably late.
With the warm sun shinning, Alice took her Dads arm and proceeded to walk down the aisle. As Toby saw Alice for the first time he was overcome with emotions and couldn't take his eyes off his beautiful bride. It was a lovely service celebrated with meaningful readings by family and friends. Afterwards with a glass of pimms in hand the bride and groom mingled around the guests taking in the atmosphere.
Tunnels Beaches is an awesome venue for photos and blessed with some glourous sunshine I took Alice and Toby down to the beach and captured some cracking images. As the weather was so nice the first dance was done outside with the sun going down over the sea. Now the party atmosphere was growing, guests were toasting marshmallows on the fire pit and everyone was dancing and having the best time.
I feel honoured to have shared Alice and Tobys day with them and their family and friends. Take a look through their gorgeous summer wedding, let me know what you think.
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National Trust, Hartland | Pre Wedding Photographer
With the glorious sun on a summers evening, we trekked through Brownsham Woods down to the Mouthmill beach, where the impressive Blackchurch Rock stands. It is an amazing location that is constantly changing and if you haven't been here before then I highly recommend it.
From wrestling, piggy backs through mud and hiding in a willow teepee this pre wedding shoot was full of Clare & Ben messing around, having loads of fun, followed with a bucket full of laughter. I had so much fun with these guys! and I'm buzzing for their wedding this weekend!
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North Devon | St George's Church, Georgeham | Wedding Photographer
This was my first time photographing a wedding at Hallsannery House and it is a gorgeous venue for weddings.
Both the bride and groom stayed here the night before, so on my arrival on the morning of the wedding I found Simon downstairs in the kitchen having breakfast whilst Lucy and the bridal party were upstairs, drinking cups of tea and having their hair and make-up done. The mother of the bride and bridesmaids were on hand to help Lucy with her bridal preparations and getting into her beautiful wedding dress. Precious moments that will be remembered. The groom and his groomsmen on the other hand, once they were dressed and ready the boys found time for a spot of table tennis before heading over to the church.
The wedding ceremony took place at St George's Church in the rural village of Georgeham. This was a lovely service especially with the sounds of the Barnstaple Male Voice Choir resinating throughout the church, definitely a goose bumps moment!
Although the weather was a bit grey for June, it didn't dampen the spirits and once back at Hallsannery House the wedding celebrations were under way. Lucy and Simon had asked to have couple of photos of them in the house with the stunning staircase and amongst the bamboo forest in the garden. With the vibrant green bamboo as a backdrop this was one of my favourite shots. I hope you enjoy looking through this lovely Summer wedding!
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Metal Fidget Spinners | Commercial Photographer
We have been working with Fidget Eu for a little while now and thought you would like to see what we have been doing......
We have all heard of fidget spinners because they are the latest craze in the school playgrounds. But they are also the most popular new executive toy – described by Forbes magazine as “the must-have office toy of 2017”.
On a more serious note fidget spinners can provide an effective calming influence on adults and youngsters with sensory issues. The spinners can be used as a tool to help individuals stay focused, reduce anxiety or nervous energy with a simple flick of the spinner.
Fidget Eu is a UK based Metal Fidget Spinner supplier whose aim is to provide high quality, affordable spinners throughout Europe. The spinners come in a variety of materials such as brass, copper or stainless steel and the principle is simple: the heavier the metal, the longer it spins.
Below are a few images of some of the fidget spinners we have photographed for Fidget Eu. Check out www.fidgeteu.com to see their full range of spinners
Pebble Ridge Westward Ho! Devon | Natural Pre wedding Photographer
In preparation for their big day, I met with Steph and AJ to get to know them a little better and to see how comfortable they are when they are the centre of attention with a camera being around.
The weather was kind to us as we took a walk over the pebble ridge at Westward Ho! and then we proceeded along the beach to take advantage of the North Devon coastline. The shoot was great fun and these two were continuously laughing and joking the whole time. I captured some perfect natural images and now I am really excited for their wedding day.
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Fabulous Wedding Celebration Photography | The Brend Hotel
Matthew and Peaches got married in Sidmouth at The Victoria Hotel with close family and friends to celebrate the wedding service. A couple days later the bride and groom held a big wedding celebration at the newly refurbished Park Hotel in Barnstaple. I was privileged to be invited along to capture the evening for them.
On arrival of their guests Matthew and Peaches greeted them individually and slowly mingled around everyone soaking in the atmosphere. The casino tables were set up and the bride and groom had a few games before we headed over to Rock Park for a few intimate couple shots. Back at The Park Hotel the drinks were flowing and the party atmosphere was growing. Fun and laughter filled the evening as well as a variety of shapes being cut on the packed dance floor.
Take a look below at a few of the highlights from their evening.....
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Product Photographer | Krait Defence System | Systems Engineering & Assessments Ltd
When I was approached by Sea Ltd and asked if I could do underwater photography of one their products, I jumped at the chance. Another opportunity to experiment and get creative is my favourite type of photography.
The brief was to produce an image of the KraitArray as if it was in the depths of the ocean, as this is where it will be used. So armed with the product, a small tank of water, my lights and some coloured filters I set to work and after a little bit of persistence we got the perfect shot!
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Westward Ho! North Devon | Wedding Photographer
A few weeks ago I had a great day photographing Lisa and Jays wedding at The pier House, Westward Ho! North Devon.
The day started with bridal preparations for Lisa and the bridal party at The Commodore Hotel on Instow Beach. The morning was relaxed and full of laughter. Purple was the chosen colour for the day because Lisa loves purple and what better way to get to the venue then in a purple Rolls Royce.
I made my way over to The Pier House to get some shots of Jay, his best man and the ushers ahead of the brides arrival. After the beautiful service Lisa and Jay invited their family and friends outside to the lawn for group photos. The bride and groom then took a walk along the coastal path where I captured some shots of them with the stunning North Devon coastline in the background.
After the wedding breakfast Lisa and Jay mingled around the guests soaking up the atmosphere and the evening celebrations took to full swing with The Garden Club and a photo booth for entertainment.
Here's a montage of their day....enjoy!