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52 Weeks – A mammoth catch up and bluebells

So the last two weeks have been utterly nuts. I’ve been helping with a few extra weddings in April, and my A Level students sat their Unit 2 exams which rather kept me out of trouble. I have had time to get out and photograph, though… Or rather, I’ve been forced to as part of the bookings and commitments! One thing I DID do as leisure though was to visit the bluebells with Natalie. We vowed we’d get together for a creative jaunt and fought tooth and nail to get it in the calendar between commitments… then Finn ran off and we were late leaving anyway. D’oh! 
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Firstly though, 15/52 here is from the lovely Ali and Ryan’s preshoot at Dinton Pastures in Wokingham. Unluckily for you, Ali and Ryan aren’t able to make their photographs public, so you’ll have to feast on these ones without their lovely faces in. The image on the left has had no edits, and is exactly as I shot it on April 20th. Cor!52 weeks, bluebells, girl in bluebells, blue dress, may, sass and grace, woodland, sunlight

16/52 is my favourite image from the jaunt out into Micheldever woods near Sass and Grace bridal shop with Natalie Miller. She’s looking rather stunning here in this image, though that’s because you haven’t seen the ones afterwards where she’s falling over laughing from too much spinning. We had a blast making these photos and I’m really pleased with it! More to come from the bluebells next week, before they all vanish… I’ve got quite the project up my sleeve! 
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17/52 brings us to the shoot I did yesterday with the Throatpunch City boys. They have a bit of a spacey theme with their EP “Two Thousand and Punch: A Face Odyssey” as a nod to the Stanley Kubrick classic. Their artwork, expertly put together by bassist Sam Smith (no not that one), really deserved to have some awesome promo photos with it and I think we’ve achieved that together! Massive props to the boys for all experimenting with me and being game for trying new stuff, and to Sam and Pete for being my assistants.
Do yourself a favour and grab their EP using the link above for free or for money!

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And finally! To get me up to date, a mere 18 weeks into the year, I give you 18/52!
This photograph I have chosen to illustrate what has been the most important purchase in a long time for me. After 6 years, 3 months and 21 days I finally let my trusty 5d Mark 2 take the back seat and bought a brand spanking new (to me) Canon 5d Mark 3.
AMAZING!!!!
I can’t show you any more until we blog the wedding I shot on Sunday with it, but omgomgomgomgomg.

Until next week’s project, that’s me out! 

52 Weeks – I made my own dining table! 

This week has been about finally sitting down to enjoy the table I lovingly restored with the help of my handy friend Sheila.
The table was one of those pine monstrosities which had seen far too much orangey varnish from its time in the 1990s, and needed some serious TLC from the scratches and dinks in the wood.
It was gifted to Chris by his brother Rob when he lived in his “man house” with friends Gerry and Simon – it didn’t matter what it looked like for boardgames back then but it matters now! 

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The wood was sanded back and took a day but oh boy has it come up lovely! We then used gold leaf to apply cutlery place settings (and Chris eats backwards so his are the wrong way ’round!) Then after trying numerous different inks and stains we found that black acrylic paint worked the best for the outline and dotted place settings.
Really pleased with the table top, it’s quirky with a purpose!

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I used Americana Decor chalk paint and Decopatch paper from Hobbycraft to decorate the underneath of the table. I’m really pleased about this effect because it looks AWESOME..

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So there we have it. A bloody masterpiece if I say so myself 😉

Throatpunch City EP Release at the Boileroom, Guildford! 

Right, lets start with how this is going to go down this week. Listen, I’ve been daft and I’m actually one week behind in the 52 weeks challenge, so this week you’re getting a double whammy. Firstly is the live photos of Throatpunch City and co from the gig on Friday evening, and second will be… something else! 

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Throatpunch City played probably their best gig to date on Friday to see their new EP “Two Thousand and Punch: a Face Odyssey” released to the listening public. They were put on by the ever supportive Progressive Promotions and gave us every song they’ve got – plus an encore demanded by the attendees. It was a great evening and one I chose to use as an unofficial birthday party as mine was Saturday 2nd!

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Joining the line up were RHODA MAY who played their first set in a while and smashed it. They were then followed by newbies to me Vinyl Staircase, who apart from having a mental name (which I have time for), were at least totally different to a lot of other bands of the moment!

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Closing up the musical foreplay, Shattered Skies returned to play their first set in aaaaages after they found themselves a new front man. OMG, it’s only our friend Gerry Brown! Snakehips himself, indeed! 

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Pete’s frontman skills are second only to his vocals (and as a fuss pot I am very happy to say they are spot-fucking-on.) – it really makes for a tremendously enjoyable set and I was able to go home at the end of the evening having properly enjoyed myself, worked my photography muscle hard and I even had time to drink too much gin/wine/beer.
I won’t learn, no. 

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You can buy Throatpunch City’s Two Thousand and Punch: A Face Odyssey here, and you can buy it for the grand old price of £free as well. Commerce!
(Also Spotify and iTunes and jazz)

Seeing friends on a long, Spring weekend!

Always nice to get out into the countryside when the weather is glorious and Chris and I are very lucky to live in Alton where it’s a stones’ throw away. This time however we got in the car and pootled down the A3 to meet up with our lovely friends Nat and Russ in Rowlands Castle – a different countryside walk! 

First on the agenda was feeding ourselves and we had lunch in The Castle Inn (with pints) to ensure that we were fully fuelled and ready to tree climb. Storm Katie gave the UK a bit of a spanking on Sunday night and ensured that roofers and fencers nationwide were kept in pocket and out of trouble, but she also brought with her the gorgeous Spring warmth and clear skies the next day. Lucky us!  

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So here we are! Perched on a fallen tree which required a bit of a jump to get onto, I failed at that (see below) and ended up using the 10 seconds I had with the timer to RUN HANA!
I’m the one not sitting and who looks totally mental, Nat is the one who looks far too cheerful and next to her is Russ her Yeti. Quietly distinguished and not at all loopy looking on the end is Chris, he’s not normally this well behaved, though. 

Anyway yes, when I’m being graceful next I’ll let you all know, ’cause in the meantime here’s my bellyflop onto a tree. 
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I’ve got some lovely wedding friends!

Being self-employed has naturally gravitated me towards other people in the same boat. This post focuses on one lady I met through wedding fairs, and one friend-turned-wedding-caker! Here’s to wedding friends; old and new!
It’s wonderful to be able to seek advice from others and to celebrate our successes – we even have a self employed Christmas party at the end of every year – so we don’t miss out! 

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This magazine features alternative wedding supplier adverts from across Sussex, Hampshire, Surrey etc and also has some really useful and helpful articles on how to have a different and quirky wedding to suit the individuals. Class act! 

That gorgeous slice of cake then! My long standing friend Steph turned to professional cake making 14 months ago and she’s absolutely bossing it with Bake To Differ! For a long time I’ve confessed to not being that much of a cake fan, but Steph’s are moist, light and unbelievably tasty. ALSO they don’t look like crap, which is a total bonus. Some of her cakes have been absolutely stunning and you can check them out here. I will warn you though, she’s very busy so you have to ask nicely/in advance!
(Steph brought us this gorgeous rainbow wedding cake as a housewarming snack and we’re SUPER grateful. Hooray for wedding cake trimming!)