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Portrait of the Year
25th February 2016
Having been confined to bed with the flu for the past week, it has cheered me up no end to hear that my image from a recent family shoot at The Nower in Dorking won the best Projected Digital Image Portrait of the Year at Capel Camera Club last night.

Special siblings
11th February 2016
There is nothing that gives me more pleasure than capturing a special moment of emotion and, in this case, bond between siblings. This is why I love photographing people and animals.

The below is one of my favourites from a recent family shoot at The Nower in Dorking. I'm so looking forward to mum picking up her frame order.

Wonderful venue
04th February 2016
For my first equine lifestyle shoot of the season, I had the pleasure of photographing Karla Butler and her gorgeous nine-year-old Dutch-bred dressage horse by Jazz at Southlands Equestrian Centre in Bramley, Surrey.

It proved to be such an interesting location, with some unusual opportunities to be a little different, including a lovely bridge by the Wey and Aran Canal.

There are some more special images to come. Can't wait to start work on them!

Family Portrait Shoot at the Nower, Dorking, Surrey
23rd January 2016
It is so lovely when people are up for a family portrait at this time of year. After a foggy start to the day, the afternoon presented just the most perfect light for photography: the sun was low, the light soft. And I'm chuffed to bits with the results.

Many thanks to the Berrill family for trusting me and allowing me to capture these memories in the middle of winter and being such fun to work with.

In heaven
21st January 2016
I so enjoyed photographing this little one. Do get in touch if you would like your own set of images of your special pooch.

Beautiful nature
15th January 2016
As I am the lucky owner of a FujiFilm X100T, it pretty much travels with me wherever I go. Some days I don't take any images, other times I am inspired by something that catches my eye. This morning I had to stop to take some images of frost on a leaf.

Product shots with a difference
12th January 2016
As a lifestyle photographer, I use my surroundings to create images of whatever I am asked to capture. This is what I love doing best, challenging myself to be creative to find interesting and flattering angles as well as backgrounds.

Here is an example of some cufflinks I photographed last week.

Happy New Year
05th January 2016
My first official day back in the office this year. It will be hard to beat 2015 as it was a rather special one, having been awarded the 2014 Best Licentiate by the British Institute of Professional Photography. Thank you again to everyone who has been part of this amazing journey. Here's looking forward to many new challenges. Wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2016.
A gem of an English country house
20th December 2015
I had the honour of being invited to a Champagne tea reception at Cliveden House in Berkshire recently. What a treat!

Such an fine example of an English country house. I loved the luggage trolleys and the beautiful luggage storage containers, which were clad in leather. The quality and craftsmanship of this building and its interior has to be seen to be believed. Would highly recommend as the service was impeccable too, but might need to win the lottery before hiring the entire venue at £38k!













Definitely feels like Christmas
18th December 2015
Nothing quite like Olympia to get you into the festive mood...

A winter shoot
04th December 2015
I'm not sure why some people prefer the summertime for equine lifestyle shoots. Personally, I feel winter has a magic of its own and many of my most successful images have been shot during this time of year. Although it wasn't cold enough for hats and scarves, which I feel make great accessories, I just love the light, especially in these images from today. A snow shoot is on my Christmas wish list!

From fire to water to smoke
03rd December 2015
My idea of a fun evening!

Playing with water...
25th November 2015
Having played with fire a few weeks ago photographing the Tikis' Torches, now it's the turn of water...



Ockley Society celebrates 30th anniversary with a bang
08th November 2015
What a perfect night for the Ockley Society to celebrate its 30th anniversary! Thank you to the team who organise all the events that make this village such a special community.





That time again
05th November 2015
Looking forward to seeing lots of familiar and new faces at the Farlington School Christmas Fair this year. This will be the third time I have my stand here. Do come and say hello.

Playing with fire...
05th November 2015
Capel Camera Club arranged a shoot with the amazing fire dancers The Tikis' Torches last night. Here's one of my favourite shots of the evening...

Selfies
03rd November 2015
As a portrait photographer, you are taught it's important to practise being in front of the camera on a regular basis. This is especially difficult for someone who hides behind the camera as she's the least photogenic person on the planet. This is my attempt on a bad hair day. So prefer being on the other side!

What a horse, what a story
28th October 2015
I've finally managed to find the time to read the amazing story of Valegro Champion Horse. I never thought I would see the day that Britain would be a force to be reckoned with in the dressage world, having had to move to Germany to learn about dressage as a teenager as there was nowhere in this country to train at the time.

I'm so proud to have one of my photos published in this book, however small. The first time I photographed this horse was at the 2011 Olympia World Cup qualifier. Nobody knew much about either Charlotte Dujardin or Blueberry except that they must be good as they were mentored by Britain's most talented rider at the time, Carl Hester.

I remember looking at the images from Olympia and thinking how correct this horse was working, how balanced he was and powerful, not to mention harmonious. It was especially obvious in a shot I captured of one of their pirouettes. He is the greatest dressage horse of all time without question, thanks to Carl and Charlotte and everyone else who has been part of his journey. Just amazing.



The bigger picture
21st October 2015
So exciting to see one of my images from Hickstead of Lucy Pincus in action being used life size by Sue Carson Saddles.

Feeling honoured
08th October 2015
My framers have called to ask for permission to reproduce my new sample frame for them to use at trade shows and in their brochure.

There's nothing like receiving recognition for your work from a company that makes frames for many of the country's leading professionals. Feeling extremely honoured!