So that was 2009...Time for Iain & Lesleyann's Party

WOW what an amazing few weeks, wedding bookings coming in thick & fast (even 2012) so thank you & welcome to all our new clients Im really looking forward to this year, anyway back to last year (seems so long ago) our last wedding of 2009, our last wedding of an amazing decade saw both Jane & I again at Kilhey Court on New Years Eve, what a day for a wedding & what a night for a wedding party.
Ive posted my Fave images for you to look at, but with so many to choose from it was a tough one. A great wedding to end the decade on & also a great way to look forward to a great decade, new friends, new locations & new memories…cant wait

Ian,Louise and Georgie...Gorgeous

Normally the Bride is the star of the show but have to say there was nearly an upset as Ian & Louise’s gorgeous daughter Georgie arrived in her dress. Our second home West Tower for this emotional wedding with personal vows from a gorgeous couple having all in tears and again the weather didn’t let us down, no snow, in fact some guests didn’t know what all the snow fuss was about.
For me the highlight was again the speeches, with a really funny poem given by Ian’s dad & a great Bestman’s speech by Ian’s brother all the way from Australia (yes he said it was cold) all finished by a great evening started by a casino from pier casinos, great company, great food, great casino, great fun, what more do you need… 14…red 14…damn!!!!

Michael & Lisa's Wedding at West Tower

Talk about all the seasons at once, when we woke the morning of Michael & Lisa’s wedding it was thick freezing fog, as we left it was the most perfect winters day. Our brief was relaxed & informal as Michael is not a fan of having his photo taken (but then again neither do I) but I have to say hats to a fantastic couple whose warmth really touched both Jane & myself. West Tower was the venue for this wedding & looking magnificent after its refit (foods amazing aswell) and made for great images as always.
One of my fave images of the day was as we were shooting the room layout & Michael just grabbed Lisa & hugged & kissed the light was just flooding through the window & the image sums up these two perfectly, just in love.

Winter Wonderland for Simon & Joanne

When Simon & Joanne themed their wedding on a winter wonderland i'm not sure that snow & ice was meant to be included, but a winter wonderland was what greeted us at Kilhey Court Hotel.This was our first of a busy run of weddings over christmas & what a start.A beautiful couple made for beautiful images helped by Simon & joanne braving the elements all complimented by ice sculptures & dramatic lighting for the meal.

Professional Photographer Magazine Competition

One thing I hate about the post Christmas period is the sales, so like many a husband I make my way to a book shop or WHSmiths to read through the magazines (I do buy if I like them…honest!)
On flicking through this months copy of Professional Photographer magazine I found that one of my images that I entered for the magazines photographer of the year competition came in the final five & was commended by the judges, the winning image came from a photographer in India (small world) but not being bitter (**?!*) I thought mine should have won.
What’s that I hear you say, what award, what category well it was the er…well…. Ok Travel Photographer of the year, well I fancied a change.

On a more serious note it was a real honour & surprise to be a finalist I couldn’t have wished for a better start to 2010, so down to London at the end of Jan for a presentation evening.

As for the image, taken on one of our recent travels of a Berber Boy in the Red Sea mountains, this kid kept following us around, hiding from us, watching us & as the sun was setting & we were getting ready to leave he just appeared on the ridge. I love the expression, framing & the colours but mainly the memory of a great day that was a hell of a lot warmer than it is at the moment.