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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Abi & Paul - A Shoot Around Hebden Bridge

We are in the middle of wedding season and enjoying every minute of it!  Just being a part of a couple's day, documenting and telling the stories through our images, we love it.  We often get asked if we get nervous before a wedding.  It's an excited feeling, the anticipation, all the plans coming together.  We get excited about seeing the couple for the first time on their wedding day, and for when they see each other for the first time.  It's such an emotional moment.  We often have a cry too, and tissues are now a necessary part of our camera bags!

We're looking forward to Abi & Paul's wedding in July.  It was a few years ago now when we photographed Abi's sister Jenny's wedding.  We feel very honoured to be documenting another significant day in their family's life.  With Abi & Paul, we took a little trip around Hebden Bridge, talking about their gorgeous day to come and the imminent stag and hen do's!  Not long now until the wedding, and what a lovely couple they are.

Saturday, 14 June 2014

A Phone Photo of Dad

A couple of weeks ago I posted this photo of my Dad on my Facebook page, it had a lot of likes and comments.  I love it too.  We were sat in Mum & Dad's lounge looking at the dark brooding sky outside, and I noticed the light on my Dad's face.  I could have left the room to get my camera from the car, but I didn't want to lose this moment, so I quickly reached for my phone and took it.  I often say to folk that it's not all about the fancy gear, it's about that second in time, when the light and moment collide to create that spark. If I had grabbed my camera from the car, the moment would have passed.  Don't get me wrong, I love my cameras, lenses and gadgets, and there are limitations with phone photography, but in this moment, for that second in time, my phone was right.  I guess it's made me quite reflective over the last couple of weeks, and I've been writing this blog post in my head for the last few days.

This isn't a maudlin or sad post.  My Dad's my step-dad, my real Dad died when I was 2.   I don't remember him, my Dad now is the man I have known since I was that loud, shouty, cheeky young thing.  It's something I do think about, and when I was younger I used to imagine how things would be living  in a different life.  Me and Dad haven't always seen eye to eye, both being quite stubborn.  But now I can see what an influence he has had on my life.  He works in the woods, he's a tree man, and my love of nature has definitely come from him.  He's really helped me to be the person I am, and he's really inspired me in my business too. He's been self employed since he was in his early 20's - he runs his business with his heart, from his love of trees.  He's authentic and passionate, what you see is what you get.  He's cheeky and has a naughty streak, although his jokes seem to be getting worse.  We don't go for walks altogether as often as we should, but when we do, he still tests me and my sister on all the trees and birds we see.  Just thinking about it makes me nostalgic for those warm summer nights walking in the trees, and by the river watching the trout jumping.

Looking at the photo now, I can see Dad's had a good life.  There's a feeling of contentment, he's led his life how he has wanted.  I can see that cheeky man, the tree man, the sensitive and gentle man.  I'm so pleased I had my phone in my pocket for that moment when all those factors came together.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

A Family Shoot At Easter

I started taking photos with Rebecca, Simon, and their children, Harry & Jemima, back in 2011.  We've celebrated birthdays, prepared for Christmas, had a woodland walk, and there has been cake, a lot of cake! Most of the shoots have taken place at their family home.  I've just been looking back over our shoots and I'll share our little journey together in a blog post soon.  Here's our latest shoot we did at Easter.  Rebecca's Mum & Dad joined us too for paper plane making, Easter tree decorating, water fights, and confetti eggs!

We love documenting family life, the connections, the stories,  and we've loved capturing these lovely folk, folk we now call friends.  And yes, there was cake, lots of cake!