Mousehole Cornwall Travel Photography

Mousehole Cornwall Travel Photography – The last time I was in Cornwall was nearly 8 years ago, when I spent the summer as a nightclub photographer (shout out to Ger at Safelight Images!). The job was only a few nights a week, so we had a lot of time to enjoy the coastline. I remember some fun road trips to Lands End and Perranporth, and I used to love running on the beach in Newquay, where we were based.

It was great to revisit after so long, although we were a little further along from Newquay in Mousehole, near Penzance. We had rented a tiny cottage for a wedding anniversary, and had a day to stroll along the coastline. We ended up walking a good stretch of the beautiful Mounts Bay, from Mousehole to Marazion, where there is a spectacular castle on an island (St. Michaels Mount).

I can see why so many people come here for a staycation. I would prefer to choose not to drive 8 hours there and back in the space of three days next time though!

 

Mousehole Cornwall Travel Photography

Mousehole Cornwall Travel Photography


Layer Marney Essex Wedding – Guy and Collette

Layer Marney Essex Wedding – Guy and Collette got married in the picturesque Layer Marney Tudor Palace, which is in itself a fascinating piece of architecture. It is clear to see why they chose this venue, as it has the most beautiful grounds and dining hall, as well as having a lovely chapel in which to get married next door.

Before the guests arrived, both Guy and Collette were getting ready in the Five Lakes Crowne Plaza Resort near Colchester.  Colette had her team of bridesmaids and family dropping in and getting ready through the morning, and her nieces and nephews were having a whale of a time jumping on the beds and sliding around in the flower boxes!

Collette and the bridesmaids managed to get a sneak peak at the Guy and the boys waiting with the double decker bus from their hotel room. The timings were critical as I had to photograph Collette putting on her dress, then run to the bus before it left for the venue! Luckily it all worked out, and the bus even left ahead of schedule.

When I have photographed on double deckers in the past, they tend to be in central London and go at a sedate pace to match the generally slow weekend traffic. But cruising at 50mph on country lanes is quite a different experience, and it was difficult not to get thrown about as the bus took corners!

The bus drama continued when it broke down about 500 yards from Layer Marney Tower. The groomsmen manned-up, pulled up their shirt sleeves and pushed the bus the remainder of the journey, which from my point of view made for great photos.

Once at the venue, everything went according to plan, and Guy and Collette’s theme ‘It’s all about the wine‘ rang true. They had brought their own wine while on a tasting trip in France a few weeks before, and made sure everyone had enough on their table. The speeches went down a treat and the roast lamb was a nice touch, with one person on each table being the designated carver.

They rounded off the evening with sparklers and a surprise firework show, followed by dance floor bangers from DJ Rome. All in all, this was a very glamorous wedding, hosted by a very glamorous couple. Guy and Collette, thank you for asking us to photograph your wedding!

 

Layer Marney Essex Wedding

 

Layer Marney Essex Wedding – Guy and Collette


Travel Photography – Tuscany Italy

A couple of weeks ago, I had a five day window between weddings to soak up a little sun and absorb a few (thousand) calories with the family in the heart of Tuscany. Most of the days were spent ambling along crooked alleyways in hilltop towns, taking photos. This was followed by hearty meals of pasta, pizza and wine. By mid afternoon it was too hot to do anything but retreat to the hotel and swim in the pool. Hardly what you would call an adventure holiday, but exactly what was needed after a busy month. It’s impossible not to have a go at using that beautiful golden light to create a few holiday snaps. So here we are:

 

Travel Photography - Tuscany Italy

Travel Photography – Tuscany Italy


Journey to the Heart of Fabulous

Cambridge Theatre Company’s production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical finished its run last night, and the show has been very well received. Many local reviews were very complimentary, and each night the audience left feeling thoroughly entertained. The cast were given a standing ovation on nearly every night, which sums up the level of the performances last week.

Now that the show is over, here are some photos from before and during the dress rehearsal. I normally throw in a few black and white shots of the cast getting ready, but it seemed wrong to do this with such a colourful show, so I’ve kept them as is.

Journey to the heart of fabulous

Journey to the Heart of Fabulous

 

 


New York Brooklyn Smack Mellon Wedding, Charlie and Sara

Charlie and Sara were having difficulty finding a photographer in New York. We’d originally ruled ourselves out of contention as we thought the fact that we live 3000 miles away made it seem unlikely. As well as that we were booked up for that weekend, not realising that Charlie and Sara’s wedding was on the bank holiday Monday. However, as soon as we saw that it was possible, we jumped at the chance to hop across the pond for a whistle-stop wedding tour, and ignored the prospect of horrendous jet lag on the way home!

Charlie and Sara actually got married a year ago, but wanted to wait a year before holding the ceremony in the most dramatic of settings – in front of the New York skyline, nestled between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridge in the district of DUMBO (Downtown Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass).

The venue was the quirkily named ‘Smack Mellon‘, which is a non-profit arts organisation dedicated to supporting under-recognised women artists through funding and studio residencies. Coincidentally, the street outside the venue was used in the film ‘Once Upon a Time in America‘. The venue is essentially one huge room with massive windows along one side, and an immaculate white plastered wall on the other. The isle was lined by rusted metal pillars, which looked very striking against the polished concrete floor. Once Charlie and Sara exchanged vows, they left for group photos in the park overlooking the New York skyline. One of the most fun aspects for us was to create our own version of the iconic view of the Manhattan Bridge from Washington Street, except with Charlie and Sara throwing shapes in front of it!

I could go on and on writing about all the little details of wedding, but the beauty of photography is that I can just show you instead. Charlie and Sara, thank you for asking me to photograph your wedding in one of the most iconic spots in America!

New York Brooklyn Smack Mellon Wedding

New York Brooklyn Smack Mellon Wedding

New York Brooklyn Smack Mellon Wedding