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That special bond
14th July 2016
Every owner has a unique bond with their horse and it is something so special to capture on camera for a client.

I photographed Anna recently with two of her stunning dressage horses. For me there was one image that stood out above all because it embodies the special connection Anna has with this particular horse. It's shows the complete harmony and trust of a long-term friendship. There's nothing quite like it, as every horse owner knows.

Good morning
12th July 2016
Good morning beautiful world...

Dodging the showers...
01st July 2016
The weather hasn't exactly been kind to us recently, but it did not put off Livvy and the handsome Alfie during their equine lifestyle photo shoot.

Here are two of my favourites...

The pre-wedding shoot
01st July 2016
I always include a free pre-wedding shoot with my wedding packages as I feel it is so important for the bride and groom to have a practice session being in front of the lens before their big day.

I want them to feel comfortable with me and enjoy the experience, so last Sunday I drove to Evelyn and Tom's wedding venue, Chiswick Town Hall, the location they had chosen for their pre-wed.

Therefore it was particularly lovely to receive this email from the bride-to-be this morning:

"Thank you so much for your help and making us feel very comfortable and thank you for the stunning photos, they are so lovely! We have received so much positive feedback from our family and friends, so we are very excited for the big day."

Hot horses
08th June 2016
We always seem to go from one extreme to the other in this country. Last week I was doing a yard shoot wearing a winter coat, this week I have been sweltering somewhat and these poor dressage horses were swarmed by horse flies.

Fortunately we managed to find some shade, thanks to the lovely yard owner who kindly let us use her garden.

Here's your sneak peek Anna, one of each of your stunning horses.



A perfect day...
03rd June 2016
It was the most perfect weather for my yard visit to East Sussex yesterday and what a stunning location it turned out to be.

The first shoot was with the lovely Jade, her two stunning horses and the cutest dog. It is always such a challenge in a group shot with so many animals to get everyone looking their best as well as relaxed. What a sense of achievement when it all comes together though!

Then we had beautiful Aurora with the adorable King Nero and two dogs. Aurora kindly let her sister join in on the photo shoot too and she was a great help, encouraging Nero to prick his ears.

I can't wait to go edit these two sets of images. In the meantime, here's your sneak peek girls!




Beautiful buttercups
01st June 2016
A stunning meadow of buttercups made for a rather special backdrop for this shot of a Golden Retriever today...

Show time!
27th May 2016
This Monday will be my first show of the season and also the first time I am exhibiting at The Surrey County Show, which takes place this Bank Holiday Monday at Stoke Park in Guildford.

Do pop in to see me, I'm the second stand on the right in the Shopping Arcade. Apart from a special show offer of a half price shoot fee, there's a chance for you to win a photo shoot including a 10" x 8" framed print of your choice worth £345. And best of all, it's completely free to enter.

I look forward to seeing you there!

That special bond
30th April 2016
There is nothing more special than capturing the bond between owners and their horses.

These two belong to British Dressage Southern Regional Officer Sharon Walker. The chestnut is a four-year-old home-bred mare called Princess Grace, while the monochrome image is of Sharon with Merlin, whom she bought because she just couldn't resist him.

"When I first saw him I thought he's too small for me, I won't have him, but then he started nuzzling my neck. That was it. I had to have him. He's like a labrador, so cuddly and follows me around everywhere like a dog," said Sharon.

Having had "Merlin cuddles" myself, I completely understand why.

One horse, two dogs
18th April 2016
The willow trees at Oldencraig Equestrian Centre made a gorgeous backdrop during today's shoot with a rather stunning dressage horse and her owner.

Then it was time for the dogs to model. I always want to capture that special moment which shows character and personality. They delivered.

Creating an image
14th April 2016
It makes such a difference when clients go to the effort of having professional hair and make-up done. Clothes are so important too, especially in this instance, as we needed to strike a balance between looking professional and friendly, as the image was a commision for a LinkedIn profile photo. All the attention to detail does show in the end result; a worthwhile investment.

Best club PDI of the Year 2016
14th April 2016
There were 64 entries in the Capel Camera Club Best Projected Digital Image of the Year 2016, including some stunning nature images, so I was pleasantly shocked to have my image chosen as the winner.

Thank you Karla Butler and Seb and everyone who has trodden that path to create the leading lines that make this composition special!

Relaxed and natural
13th April 2016
What I like most about lifestyle photography is being able to achieve a natural and relaxed look, in this instance in a part of the garden known as Pikey Corner.

It's so rewarding when you've captured that special moment, especially after the initial incredulous reaction to where this mad photographer wanted everyone to pose, in what's considered the scruffiest part of the garden. Worth changing out of the white shoes for...

A riot of colour
10th April 2016
Playing around with double exposure and some tulips...







Rain does not stop play
07th April 2016
It may have been raining for most of the shoot, but you would never know looking at the images. Fabulous models, the lot of them. Can't wait to edit this set!

Experimenting
05th April 2016
Today I decided to experiment with some double exposure and panning while walking the dogs.



Beautiful Surrey
01st April 2016
Some days the countryside looks particularly beautiful...



Nosing around
24th March 2016
It made a change to do some property photography today. No need to persuade any horses to prick their ears or relax and pose anyone. Great fun having a nose around the rather lovely Monks Manor. Sunny pix on the link are obviously not mine.





Love learning
19th March 2016
It was a full-on day in London yesterday, best described as a bit of a marathon of learning.

First stop was Tate Modern to visit the Performing For The Camera exhibition (slightly disturbing), then to the V&A for a talk by the curator of the Paul Strand exhibition (enlightening to learn about the life of this pioneering photographer, who is regarded as being one of the most influential artists of the 20th century) and then to The National Gallery for another talk, this time by Aliki Braine, entitled "Painting is Dead: What painting taught photography".

As always, my Fuji X100T was close to hand.









A bit of abstract
16th March 2016
When I'm out walking the dogs, I always take my camera. Some days you just feel like making something ordinary look a bit different.