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Bath, Somerset

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I met Simon when he attended one of my workshops on Beloved. He is a talented wedding photographer, and it was a privilege to be asked to do a session with him and his wife Francesca and capture some authentic anniversary photographs. We met in Bath where they live, and explored a nearby park where they walk their dog. It had been raining all day, but the storm clouds gave way to the most dramatic evening lighting.

Simon and Francesca have a connection that is very special. It was beautiful to create a space for them to just be together, and share some time apart from the bustle of every day.

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If you want to remember your love as it is right now, do get in touch to discuss authentic anniversary photographs.

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Last year, Matthew Long approached me to do some authentic portraits of him, that would reflect his character within the context of his profession. He is a British classical tenor currently living in London, and he’s has been working on a recording of a collection of  British music: folk songs, classical English songs and orchestral arrangements of well known anthems. We spent a lot of time talking about the story he wanted to portray, reflecting the origin and feel of the music he was recording.

Images from our shoot were used on his website and very excitingly for the sleeve of his debut CD ‘Till the Stars Fall’, which was recorded at Abbey Road Studios. It is on general release from the 2nd March 2015, but you can preorder it from amazon.co.uk or prestoclassical.co.uk – it is gorgeous and well worth a listen!

You may remember Matthew from his and Lucia’s wedding – take a peek at their celebrations in the Somerset countryside.

I’m very pleased with how well the images look on the CD sleeve, and I must say it’s fun having my name in the next column from  ‘Abbey Road Studios’…

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I feel  passionately that authentic storytelling is an effective way to make an apparently unfamiliar message captivating. A carefully sculpted narrative can say so much more about the subject and promote understanding and connection between very different audiences. An authentic and sensitive approach can help individuals, projects and organisations tell captivating stories about who they are and what they do.

Learn more about the authentic portraiture and storytelling I offer to commercial clients under my brand Leave No Stone.

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This Babington House summer wedding was soft, romantic and subtle. The details were elegant, dressing the stylish surroundings perfectly. Hydrangias, thistles, roses and peonies were woven together by the magical team at Flowers by Passion. The outdoor ceremony under the great pine was bathed in summer sunshine, while at night the atmosphere was fed by the warm glow emanating from the fire pits and candles.

Sit back and immerse yourself in the pale palette of creams, sky blues and powder pinks. A lot of prettiness to start the week well!

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Barnsley House, Gloucestershire

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Barnsley House is such a very special spot. It’s gardens are so well looked after yet still retain that magical secret garden feel with soft natural lines that look as if the plants are growing wild to their natural form. I was delighted when the then wedding coordinator at Barnsley House, Natalie, recommended me to her sister to document her marriage there.

Katrina & Stephen wanted a relaxed, beautiful day amongst their very nearest and dearest, to celebrate their union with their two boys, and to have fun. Their Barnsley House wedding couldn’t have been more perfect. Katrina got ready at Home Farm Cottage with her family a few steps down the road, while Stephen and his friends and family got ready at the house itself. Their ceremony was held in the Temple, sunlight glittering off the water, their guests in the shade of a magnolia tree. Champagne on the lawn, breakfast in the pale green dining room with the doors wide open to the summer breeze and birdsong.

There was conversation and laughter as Richard Parsons and his magic delighted the guests at their tables, and the children played giant wooden lawn games and ran around the secret paths in the gardens. Barnsley House really is the perfect place for a personal, laid back celebration with all the prettiness of nature as your backdrop.

Katrina & Stephen, thank you for letting me share in your special afternoon. It was a privilege to capture these moments for you.

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Katrina & Stephen’s Barnsley House Wedding Team:
Venue: Barnsley House
Katrina’s dress: Essense, style 1562
Katrina’s Shoes: Rainbow Club
Hair and Makeup: Di McDonald
The Bridesmaids dresses and details: Twobirds in Putty
The bouquets and buttonholes: Made by family
Groom’s suit: Ted Baker
The cake: Made by Mother of the Bride
Magician: Richard Parsons

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For the third year running, I had the privilege of working with Jo Barnes Vintage, creating a collection of images to show off her latest exquisite collection of vintage hairpieces and jewelry.

In a garden in Hampshire on a summer afternoon, we captured her Pearl Collection. Jo has again created a unique collection of handmade art deco inspired pieces, this time featuring Swarovski pearls and crystals. She hopes, in her own words, that the ‘fabulous range of romantic pieces which are dramatic will add a real statement to your chosen ensemble whilst also oozing elegance. These pieces are beautifully designed, so suitable for the modern bride whilst also fitting for her beloved vintage brides’.

In the late afternoon light, the pearls and crystals glowed and glittered as in a fairytale. The heirloom pieces worked beautifully with the dresses supplied by Exquisite Bridal. The style was set with the lovely Vicky Draper, a makeup artist I have worked with many times at weddings at Babington House, where we are both recommended. The gorgeous locks were styled by Tori of Riot Hairdressing.

If you would like to see more of this collection, please visit Jo Barnes Vintage site.

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Love Jo’s creations? Do take a look at the shoots I did with her for the Chandelier Collection and the Red Carpet Collection.

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