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The Bluebell is the sweetest flower
That waves in summer air:
It's blossoms have the mightiest power
To soothe my spirit's care
I love wild bluebells and have been photographing them for years, these bluebell woods are captivating and send me giddy with excitement. The canopy overhead affects the blooms and the range in colours. Much later flowers this year, yet as spectacular as ever. With a carpet of blue, the beech trees allow the dappled light through to make a magnificent show. This shoot features Maddy, the bluebells with outfits and accesories supplied by Jolly Brown Vintage and Tatty Devine.
The ever changing light dance through the leaves overhead and produce a range of completely different colours. From vibrant cold blues and greens one moment, to pretty warmer tones another. All part of the adventure, listening to wood pidgeons as the sunlight danced creating colours, magic and life.
Maddy's pretty curls and dip-dyed ends looked amazing with the vibrant colours.
Styling:Hannah, Jolly Brown
Clothing & Accessories, Jolly Brown
Jewellry: Tatty Devine from Jolly Brown
Boots: Top Shop
Big thanks to Maddy and Hannah. Have you got a favourite place you love to return to over and over, perhaps at a particular time of the year? Id love to hear about it, please leave me a comment here..
Sharon Cooper is a Hitchin based Wedding and portrait photographer, who specialises in creative, emotive and fun location photography.
Wedding photographers work hard to give clients the very best. Off peak season is an opportunity to learn and grow more, to find new inspirations and pursue existing ones. To network with other photographers, attend workshops and training should be part of your year. Lisa Devlin had organised a fantastic line up of events, for us like-minded photographers in the shape of Photography Farm. This was my second visit to this amazing place, I just feel creative there. It's where Queen wrote Bohemian Rhapsody, and the likes of Bryan Ferry, Paul Weller, Bowie etc have stayed. I was mixing with some of the best in the business and had an amazing time whilst polishing my businesses and photography skills. One of the photographers whose work I really admired is Utah's Brooke Davis from Blushb photography. I was lucky enough to have a whole day with Brooke, to hear all about her amazing, honest, raw work on the Whit and Colby Non-Wedding, that hit the Wedding photography industry with a great big BANG last year. I loved learning all about that shoot, and how she works with her clients to capture raw emotion, and beautifully present a tangible depiction of their story and who they are as individuals. This is something I strive to do, and being totally fascinated with Brooke's work, I was understandably keen to work alongside her. Below are my images of Penny and Martin, also talented photographers, known as Tino and Pip. Penny's make up was by the amazing Elbie, who is a Farm regular and make up artist for Kirsty Mitchell's Wonderland series. I think you will agree, this fabulous farm snowy setting, lent itself to the capture of some tender emotive images.
Penny said "This is our favourite shot, we love the expression captured in this black and white photograph Sharon took, and we do cuddle a lot! It's very much us!"
Penny said " Posing for this shoot with Brooke and Sharon was actually quite different to the shoots where we've modeled before - really fast-paced, with no time to get bored or uncomfortable between set-ups. We did have to run on the slippery lawn though - always potential for a landing-on-your-bum mishap!"
Martin said "We've actually done a couple of shoots for other photographers, and also did a little posing at our own wedding last year, so we're a little more comfortable now than we used to be! Saying that, because we're photographers ourselves, we play around in front of camera quite a lot when we're asked to model, and act like we'd want our couples to act!"
I loved capturing movement and naturalness, two things I've always enjoyed capturing already in my photography.
I couldn't resist taking a photo of sweet Brooke, how gorgeous is her hair here, bathed in window light inside the Farm?
I also got to meet Kirsty Mitchell who was invited to discuss her beautiful fine art photographs from her famous “Wonderland” series. She explained the story of the origins and inspirations for the project. It was amazing to see and hear from her, she shared so much with us. I also attended an insightful 'Barefoot business' course from the inspirational Stewart Randall the founder of Folio Albums. My stay ended with a dynamic brilliant session with Kat from Rock and Roll bride, Shauna Haider and Gala Darling, who gave invaluable advice about branding, blogging and an online presence.
Massive thanks to Lisa Devlin, for all her hard work and for nurturing and growing the minds of awesome photographers in the uk!
Big thanks to Penny and Martin for being such great models, to all those professionals who spoke, ran workshops, masterclasses and I shared some out of classroom fun with. I cannot wait for my next wedding of this year to put some of my new practices into action!
It was a fabulous fresh morning, the leaves were golden yellow, perfect for a family photoshoot in the Autumn glory of the spectacular Wrest Park. We really had a fun adventure, the children - very energetic 6 and 4 year olds loved the park, a favourite place they visit. We got to explore the park fully, with the kind offer a lift from one of the park drivers, who was happy to help us. That was an adventure in itself, which I know the children will remember for a long time. We enjoyed the beautiful brickwork of the Archer Pavillion and The Chinese Pavillion and bridge. The children played amongst redwood trees and with fallen leaves, smiling the whole time.
The children LOVED being showered in leaves!
Plenty of Mum and Dad cuddles, such happy children, I felt honoured to spend a morning in their company!
Bridges with steps....made for running up and over!
These absolutely beautiful floral buttonholes were made for the family by the talented Basement Florist.
Flowers definately dont have to be just for girls!
Flowers by The Basement Florist
This is just a selection of the photos taken on our shoot. If you would like to make a booking, Id love to hear from you. Please get in touch.
A beautiful couple, a beautiful day, a beautiful setting. I pretty much love every shot I took. Fran and Joad looked fabuous and turned more than a few heads, at our shoot at Cambridge University Botanical Gardens. In 1831, these gardens were created for the University of Cambridge they cover around 40 acres, it was wonderful to exploring just a small part of it on this glorious Autumn morning.
We met by the main glasshouse and the early monring light just filled the place.
The tall bamboo grove which Joad spotted, en route to the lake, made a perfect hiding place for some intimate embraces.
My favourite part of the gardens on this visit was the truly spectacular Autumn treat, across the otherside of the Lake, where the Liquidambar reflections made this location drop dead gorgeous. The liquidambar tree was closely covered with small, pointed lobed leaves, knitted together into an exquisite rhubarb and custard tapestry. The early morning light across the water and the reflections of those turning leaves were just heavenly. It definately made for a tomantic backdrop for these images.
A moment snatched on the stepping stones across the Lake, with the Autumnal colour of the acer trees bordering the Limestone Rock Garden
The colours and outfits Joad and Fran chose to wear, worked beautifully with all of this beautiful setting. This is just a small selection from out shoot. Please get in touch if you would like to book a shoot and have beautiful, meaningful images that show who you are.
It was a fresh and bright Autumn afternoon at Great Ashby woods. I'd arrived to take some photos of these two lovely boys. Their mum had booked the shoot and told me these woods were places they go for walks - often looking for 'bears', she added. So a bear hunt we had. I really enjoyed capturing their characters and it was lovely to see the brothers enjoying the woods and open fields too (there was much running). After a while, I asked little Albie, is it a brown or a black bear we are hunting. "Blue" he announced. Shame, on this occasion none of us saw any bears, blue or otherwise! ;-)
If you'd like some fun, memorable family portraits, shot out on location, please drop me a message..