December 23, 2010

So long 2010, hello 2011

Another year nearly over, and it's time to say a big 'Thank You' to all my lovely clients this year. People often say to me, "you must get a bit fed up of weddings", and "don't they all get a bit the same after a while?", but despite shooting some 19 weddings in the last 12 months, I can honestly say each and everyone of them was a joy to attend and uniquely different. I love shooting weddings, we have some great venues and countryside in this area, I've met and made friends with some great couples and wedding vendors, and I love and respect the trust that people continue to place in me when they ask me to photograph their most special of days. 
So thank you to all the lovely couples who made 2010 the most successful year for me so far. I Love my job!!
But I hope it won't offend anyone if I select one wedding this year as a stand out, because just 2 weeks ago, my dear friend and sister-in-law Angie, finally tied the knot, after 27 years with long term partner Martyn in front of their 3 boys, family and friends. We had snow, carol singing, ukelele's, guitars, tears, laughter and everything in between! I even sang (together with Mrs Beanphoto) and that's a first!!
Looking ahead, 2011 is now almost fully booked up, and already I can see some fab weddings and clients lined up, at some great new venues and I can't wait!
So Merry Christmas everyone and Happy New Year!

December 16, 2010

A beautiful wintery portrait shoot at the Crook O' lune

It seems a liitle hard to believe  but I've been waiting around two years to do this portrait shoot with Jenni & Marc!
Jenni booked me for her wedding to Marc back in 2008, and the deal included a pre-wedding portrait shoot, which sadly was postponed early on because of the difficulty in finding a time when we were all available! Marc works offshore and is only back for short periods. Then I almost missed the wedding itself after sustaining a knee injury! I made it for half the day, arranging for a colleague to shoot the second half! Later attempts to find a spot in our busy calendars were hampered by bouts of illness and then both Jenni and myself losing close family members. In the interim, baby Daniel arrived to Jenni and Marc and we decided to wait a while till daniel was a little older.
So, last week we finally made it, and it was well and truly worth the wait. The Crook O' Lune was Jenni's choice, a fave spot for walking with their dog Radley, and with the recent cold spell, was looking stunning. Here's a few faves from the shoot...

December 11, 2010

The Word Girl

As a part of Lancaster's Literature Festival back in October, Litfest came up with the idea of a dress made out of words, and commissioned dress designer Jennifer Pritchard, based in The Storey to make The Word Dress. I came up with the idea of using the pages from Angela Carter's Book of Fairy Tales as the fabric for the dress, as a new adult fairy tale was also being commissioned by local writer Claire Massey. Claire launched her story at the Storey as a part of Litfest2010 where she read it aloud actually wearing The Word Dress. It was a pretty fabulous event!
Recently, wanting some more pictures of the dress, we asked Lancaster actress, Hanneke Blower to model it for us and took some new pics. It's not that easy to move in, so we stayed within the Storey and used the (then) current art exhibition as a prop too.
Here's a sneak preview in triptych form.

December 08, 2010

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December 03, 2010

Street Photography Now #9

I've not been so good lately, so missed instruction #8 completely. I hope to snap something for it later, but for now it was onto instruction #9

I was in Morecambe briefly yesterday for Mrs Beanphoto's birthday, and whilst there took a few moments to look out for pairs and three's of a kind.

Morecambe is such a great location for street photography, so maybe I'll be back there soon for the next instruction, just issued today...