As you probably know, I’m not a pro sports photographer, that’s fine; it’s not my ‘thing’ but it’s something that interests me when I see some of the amazing sports photography out there, a friend of mine James Mitchell does really great triathlon photography, you can scroll through Instagram and see some lovely travel and outdoor work but I do not have the correct equipment or the time & dedication that some photographers might have for their speciality. But I love photography and will try anything!
Saying that, a couple of weekends ago I had the chance to go out into the beautiful Rutland countryside on another hot day and take some cycling photos at one of my favourite spots, the Harringworth Viaduct.
The Rutland CiCLE Tour by ITP Events had three routes, 62miles, 78 & 105! Ouch! Based from The Giant store at Rutland Water, the routes are carefully planned to take in many of the picturesque hills and little villages in the area. The first person over the finish line on the short route did it in 3hrs 42mins, sore bums all round!
I was tracking the short route because my partner was cycling with his friend, they are in training for the Prudential RideLondon 100 which is happening on the 29th July, and also raising funds for The MS Society (get in touch if you’d like to donate and I will send on the JustGiving page).
It was so relaxing to drive around the pretty villages in the sunshine and see where I ended up. I got a bit sunburnt looking for the perfect photo spot so next time (and there will be more cycling photo opportunities soon) I will definitely be more careful!! I really enjoyed the challenge, I admire the hard work the cyclists put in and learnt a few camera/sunshine/speed/composition lessons along the way!!
I’m quite happy with the photos I took, I got a few smiles from the cyclists and it was definitely a learning curve! Have a look and let me know what you think!
Here’s a little preview from a really fab family wedding in my hometown of Cambridge, a rainy day that turned into sunshine that turned into a garden party into the wee hours. The registry office was lovely, and the garden was set up for a proper party, photobooth, cosy corner, toasted marshmallows on the bonfire, games for the kids.. I had to leave before the Hog Roast was ready but it smelt amazing!!
I was able to catch up with some old friends and it was really lovely to be in England this time!
Congratulations to the happy couple!
Afterwards I went to Holbeach Music & Beer festival for some music and fun!
The Soft Tone Needles
The Soft Tone Needles
A lake carries you into recesses of feeling otherwise impenetrable..William Wordsworth.
I met Jo after taking some photos of the wedding band she sings in The Moog69’s, ( they are brilliant check them out!) she came to me looking for new photos for her website and solo church side of things, so we had a chat over a coffee, clicked straight away and started planning. She was very open to ideas and naturally goes with a bit of a rock chick vibe, I like to try to push things a little out of the ordinary but still stay in that comfort zone so it’s not forced and unnatural, so after talking to Jo I knew Jill would be brilliant at bringing all of our ideas together, more coffee… loads of ideas.. we always tend to go waaaaay beyond the brief, get super excited then nail it down to something not too scary! So off we went to Glendalough one morning, it was an awesome day outside in the cold, wandering around the beautiful lake and playing in the trees, it was really fun! and this is what happened…….
I did share a few photos before but I love them so much I had to show you some more, It would be the perfect romantic spot for an engagement shoot or even a family portrait session with the kids splashing by the water.
Thanks to Jill for her styling on the day and to Jo for being so good at standing in cold water!!
behind the scenes/outtakes
I made some pretty sheet music…
Check out her new look website here
Heres a little teaser from a stunning outdoor shoot i did this weekend with the lovely Jo for her new website.
I arrived in the morning with Jill who i often collaborate with and was styling for the day, check out her website for more about her . We wandered up to the lake and it was absolutely breathtaking, the water was still, there were low clouds in the valley and it was quiet, although a bit chilly! It was everything id hoped for when planning the shoot so i was super excited to see what we could get up to!
We had several outfit changes in the day, lots of cold water to contend with and plenty of tourists watching us, Jo did so well taking all my directions!! Heres a small taster of the shoot…
Here’s a little peek into a fab wedding from last week in the beautiful setting of Trudder Lodge in Newtownmountkennedy ( the longest place name in ireland…)
After nearly a week of lovely warm sunshine the rain started to pour down on Friday and didnt stop, you can imagine how gutted I felt when I realised we wouldnt be doing many photos in the Monsoon outside!! My bride and groom were absolutely calm and nothing was going to spoil their day!! We are in Ireland after all!
It was a very relaxed day, from the minute i was welcomed into the family home in Dublin until the end of the night when the band were rocking, it was such a lovely day. I loved all the personal details, Adam made his own homebrew especially for the day and Laura had Converse for dancing the night away in, the wedding cake was a family tradition birthday cake and its really those little things are what make your day really special to you.
Thankyou to Laura and Adam for letting me be part of their day. 🙂
Suppliers: ( i will add the others when i find out more!)
you can find the band here
trudder lodge website
Oh! The Places you’ll go! by Dr Seuss.
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose……..