A change to the May bank Holiday - 8th May, 2020

There was an announcement last week regarding the May Bank Holiday for 2020. The date has been moved from the 4th (Monday) to the 8th (Friday) May, 2020. This is for the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, which will enable the holiday to form part of a three-day weekend of commemorative events.

A fun day out on Sunday 2nd June which will be dog perfection.

Pawprints Fun Dog Show 2019

Nearly two years ago we adopted our boy from Pawprints in Rugby and as anyone who reads my blog will know he has had a massive effect on both of us and that we love the team at Pawprints Dog Rescue. 

At the time he moved in I had just added dog photography to my services. Lots of dogs I meet are very well socialised and love the attention and fun of creating some memories for their family, they are the complete opposite of mine.  Over the last twenty plus months I have learned a lot from him about nervous behaviours and dog body language.  Gradually with trust and a good trainer guiding us it has been great to see him change into the more confident version that now “will model for treats” but he still has his moments. 

This year Pawprints have a huge day planned which includes Agility, Flyball and Dog Parkour (I’m looking forward to seeing this) as well as the Fun Dog Show.  I will have a stand showing a selection of my photographs and images and there will be lots of stalls and dog delights to see.

Come along, bring your furry family members and support this special charity day.

Pawprints Fun Dog Show is at Old Laurentians RFC, Lime Tree Avenue, Rugby CV22 7QT. 

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Wedding Photography at St Marks Church and Onley Grounds Farm

St Marks Church and Onley Grounds Farm Wedding, Rugby Warwickshire

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Happy first Anniversary to the lovely Frankie and Sean!

Last year they shared a day with the cup final and the royal wedding and created a day everyone remembers in their own relaxed style. Frankie managed it all perfectly with a gentle nod to Sean’s love of cycling included. 

We were there from the arrivals at the church to the dancing in the evening which included a vintage VW Golf to arrive in, the earliest groom to a service on record, a dress that was pure elegance, a church full of friends and family and lots of smiles and laughter. 

A late afternoon service at St. Marks Church in Bilton, followed by a chilled party with live band at Onley Grounds Farm and Equestrian Centre had the assorted wedding guests dancing late into the evening.  For Onley Farm this was the first wedding party they had hosted and as a venue they were superb.  Food the guests loved, friendly, unobtrusive service that fitted perfectly with Frankie and Sean’s style for their party. 

It was a beautiful day, we loved being part of it all, thank you both. 

Suppliers list:

Dress:  Sammi Lou Bridal Couture    Flowers: Garden Gate Flowers   Make up: Beth Hall

Suits:  Salters    Hair: The Little Retreat   Venue: Onley Farm Barns  Cake:  Spin Sugar Cakes  

 

 

 

Woody Woodmansey and Tony Visconti’s Holy Holy in Birmingham

Woody Woodmansey and Tony Visconti’s Holy Holy at the Town Hall.

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My gig year has started a little later than originally planned, but sometimes thats how things happen.  Last night was a  trip to the Town Hall in Birmingham to see Holy Holy.  A supergroup celebrating the music of David Bowie with original collaborators, drummer Woody Woodmansey and Tony Visconti playing bass.  

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Before the main event, John Bramwell singer, songwriter and charismatic story teller. Formerly the front man of I Am Kloot and now solo or with his band the Full Harmonic Convergence.

There were explanations for nearly being late, tales of his dog and songs of life and experience.  A great voice and he’s coming back to Birmingham at the end of the year.

During the break the winter coats were removed and an array of various Bowie t-shirts walked by me.  As my reviewer assured me, “it just had to be done”, it was great to see.

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The Town Hall is a great venue for timekeeping, beautifully organised, so bang on time Holy Holy started the gig.  Glenn Gregory was on vocal duty, I’ve seen him a few times and he is an excellent front man.  Last night Bowie songs were delivered in Glenn’s style, which celebrated the music and Bowie.  The packed audience were soon on their feet and the showmanship and power within the group was exceptional.

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Mogwai and The Twilight Sad at The Mill

Mogwai and The Twilight Sad at The Mill in Digbeth

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In 2011 the immense pairing of Mogwai with The Twilight Sad were on tour and came to Birmingham.  Two incredible Scottish bands that I wanted to see.  It was a memorable night for a number of reasons, mainly how impressed I was by both and also how little light Mogwai played in…from memory most of the first tune was in darkness and I stood there wondering if I’d ever get an image. 

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Since that time I’ve followed The Twilight Sad and seen them a number of times, in many different places.  They have grown whilst retaining the essence that makes them so different.  

Last Friday there was a first for me, a new venue, The Mill in Digbeth. Mogwai with special guests The Twilight Sad had completely sold it out.   The new place is pretty industrial, has good sound which is key for Mogwai and some interesting viewing options including a mezzanine floor.  All I needed was for them to put the lights on and I stood a chance of getting some interesting shots!

The Twilight Sad had 45 minutes and were as intense and captivating as I could ask for.  Some initial light helped and James was soon whirling in his own creative space, as a frontman he is exceptional.  The set was a mix and included new material.  Mogwai increased the intensity and were loud, yes seriously, breathtakingly, loud and perfect, as they burned through a 90 minute experience.  They’ve been changing their set list across the nights, which means for fans following the tour they get some great surprises .  We had My Father, My King for an encore - some times music is just too good. 

For the full review and images go to Birmingham Live.

Wedding Garden Party photography - the relaxed way to celebrate.

Celebrating with a Wedding Garden Party

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Simon and Roxine married at the start of the year in the snow, in Finland. So what better way to celebrate than with a party on one of sunniest August days this year. This allowed them to have all their friends and family share the fun.  A summer garden party is a great idea and with the kind of weather we’ve had, their timing was perfect and their garden is beautiful. 

This lovely pair really know how to throw a party, I’ll be asking for advice before I plan anything, ever, as everyone had a great time.  The combination of family who had the chance to catch up with each other and friends mixed easily.

Roxine wore her wedding dress for part of the time, which her guests loved before a quick change to a more relaxed outfit. 

Rugby violinist Andrew Rackham played, which set the tone for a gentle afternoon ahead of the hog roast and planned drinking and dancing for later.   I was there to provide a mix of photography, to capture the feel and atmosphere, a touch of documentary work and some just posed family and friends images.

Simon and Roxine thank you for having me join you. 

Here are a few images from the day.

To the woods engagement photography session

Woodland engagement shoot with lovely Puli puppy

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A recent engagement shoot, with a difference….a doggie difference! 

Its no surprise to find that I love dogs and that they are very welcome on engagement shoots - but this one was a real surprise as she is the first Hungarian Puli I’ve met.  As she is a puppy she is all fluff, energy (dreadlocks may be her chosen style later on) and fun!  So our shoot was little different.

As it was an evening following one of the recently really hot days a trip to the woods with lots of shade was required to keep our furry friend cool.  She is a lucky girl. Her owners absolutely adore her, so much so that she was in a lot of the images! 

In fact when she wasn't she soon let us know about it :)  So here a a few images from the session.

This lovely couple marry next year and are so well organised already, that their day promises to be wonderful.  I’ll be there to catch all the details and I’m really looking forward to it.

 

 

 

Del Amitri and Trashcan Sinatras at The Symphony Hall

Del Amitri in Birmingham

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Well that was a bit different, again.  Having promised a good friend and an excellent reviewer that I would photograph Del Amitri if ever the chance happened, then last night I had to step up and shoot them.  Our Birmingham Live reviewer Alan loves the band and created a brilliant review previously for a Justin Currie show in Birmingham, I missed a treat that night and this time I wasn't going to lose out.

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The Symphony Hall was busy for the Trashcan Sinatras, more gentle than I remembered and a lovely 45 minute set.  Then came the wonderfully self effacing Del Amitri.  Opening with acoustic numbers then ramping the concert straight up to full power there was no stopping them.  I love a band who are on time then deliver a slick performance, both for the ears and the eyes, all the elements you would ask for were covered.  Their crowd loved it. 

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I adore the Symphony Hall as a venue, great acoustics, great staff, but a tricky venue to cross (or run out the back doors and round to the other side) when the band are quiet and its hot.  So its not always straightforward to shoot from both sides of the audience. 

On one of the hottest nights of the year the Symphony Hall was packed.  It took a little time to get everyone on their feet but when they did the whole place rose, all the tiers in unison.  Hits, obscure b sides that delighted diehards and new songs flowed.  The encore was a masterclass in a stylish finish, winding the audience down and connecting the band members as neatly as they started the evening, the combination of experience and pure class. 

Del Amitri absolutely worth seeing if you get the chance.

The full review and more images are on Birmingham Live.

Adoption Anniversary a Doggie One

Ist Anniversary of Adoption 

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A first milestone for my furry companion, the anniversary of his adoption!

Ian and I find it hard to believe its been a year and we are both delighted with his progress from very nervous to less nervous and starting to enjoy being a dog status.  Its been a lot of work for us, fur boy and for our wonderful dog trainer/behaviourist but the effort is paying off. Our lad is showing lots of typical cheeky Jack Russell traits now but remains scared of most other dogs and some people, so there is plenty still to work on. 

My culinary skills were put to work to make him a doggy cake, something he would like with a frosting that smelled good (to him).  He would have carried the cake off he was so excited, so Ian helped him.  A bit more controlled than a cake smash but still fun.

Here are a few images of him tucking in and then resting afterwards as eating cake yes, its tiring :)

Wedding Photography at The Chace Hotel, Coventry.

The Chace Hotel, Coventry Wedding Photography

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Happy first Anniversary to the lovely Amy and David.

Some weddings are emotional, some so beautiful, and then there are those that are very relaxed, it all depends on the couple, family and friends involved and that makes each unique. 

Then there is this one, probably the most difficult wedding I’ve ever shot (and forgot to blog) as it was for my brother!

I have just the one sibling so it was a key family event.   This meant that all of my family, everyone who knows me, everyone who has ever known me and my Dad who is a photographer and who used to shoot weddings is standing in front of you, behind you, alongside you….ah everywhere you look.  No pressure then :)  

Ian my other half and second shooter was with me, which was great as he helped to capture the alternate views and those moments when people are unaware they are being photographed. 

Amy and David chose The Chace Hotel in Coventry as the venue for the whole day.  The Chace provided the perfect mix of professional service with a personal touch.  The wedding co-ordinator and staff were on hand and reassuring, keeping the day perfectly on time but in an unobtrusive way. 

The photography was to be natural and relaxed, to follow the day.  The emphasis was for all guests to enjoy the day and for us to create memories as we went along. Amy had carefully planned and hand made so many items from the decorations to the rose petal confetti.  We followed the day from getting ready (for both bride and groom) through to the dancing at night.

It was an extremely hot day and we were happy to hang up our cameras for once, after the first dance and join in the party too!