Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Time flies when you're having fun...

...it's certainly rang true for this year!


Hello! I feel like opening this post with a greeting to you as I have just observed how grandly I have failed to update!

Apologies- life has been full this year.

Some major changes, some major achievements and some major heartbreaks.

I was reluctant to pose the same question I do for every year post from the last five years, so I didn't, and I am not going to answer it any more. It has served it's purpose and I am more than happy with the outcome of the last five years of my life.

So I'll keep it simple this year.

This year I have a first class, award winning husband (literally), a beautiful, funny and dynamic toddler daughter, and now to compliment the two of them, my husband magically got me my perfect house. Three 'things' that work magnificently together. Three 'things' that make up my dream from many many years of dreaming.

And that's it. Life is full.

I could go on forever about those three 'things', but I think the above is sufficient. There isn't the perfect word to describe how they make me feel and I don't want to underplay it with a whole stream of inadequate babble.







So while I spend my days at home with Skye in our beautiful new cottage, singing songs, reading books, watching cartoons, drawing pictures and building toy towers, and while I look forward every night to my husband coming home from work so I can snuggle him and tell him what a great job he is doing, this year has kind of slipped by faster than I had noticed...


...because I am having the time of my life!


As for my photography work, I have managed to shoot two gorgeous weddings this year. Only two, but I am chuffed because they were two of the most wonderful experiences I have had the pleasure to work at. From these, I have made a new friend and reconnected with another, as well as capture so many beautiful moments from them for my wonderful brides.
I had to temporarily close for business in Leicestershire as we relocated, however, I am now still taking wedding bookings in the Leicestershire area from here in the North West.
I have also photographed the spellbinding highlands again, as well as photography in North Wales and the Peak District.


As per, my photo for each month is below..



I always look forward to a new year. It brings a wonderful sense of determination and eagerness. I wish you all a happy start to the year 2015, and contentment throughout the duration. I shall still be here, whether it be occasionally or more often, I don't know yet, but I shall be continuing in some shape or form!

*Rachel*

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Grand gestures

I feel like sharing another of my wedding photos. It's not our anniversary, not a special occasion or anything.

I feel like sharing it because my husband is currently on his way home from 9 hours at work, ending at 11pm, as he does Monday-Friday, every week, and he is bringing home chocolate salted caramel cake that he bought on his lunch break, for me, as he did yesterday too.

The grand gestures that occur during courting and the engagement period have settled somewhat over our years of marriage, as they do, and little things have become the more frequent occurrence.

But yesterday, today, right now, this slice of delicious cake that is coming my way feels like a grand gesture- one of the grandest that could occur, in the world, ever.

I so look forward to him coming home every night because his hard work ethic and dedication to our little family is a constant reminder to me of how wonderfully things have worked out, how completely lucky I feel to have him as my husband. I feel lucky that he comes home every night to me, to our family.




The grand gestures may have dimmed, but that love evident from the very beginning still lights me up more and more every day.

Monday, 17 November 2014

A little bit of autumn sunshine

My little dolly is 20 months old now. We had some fun in the autumn sun this weekend and found some leaves, sticks and mud to play with. She is far less intrigued by my camera now- gone are the days of her sitting perfectly and posing for me- instead she's a sudden blur of motion moving past you at record speed, regardless of what mum and dad are calling out to her! 
She is a force to be reckoned with!




 Mmm, mud!



Tuesday, 21 October 2014

‘contre-jour’

Shooting your subject with the light behind them, or 'shooting into the light', is considered to be a huge no-no in the world of photography. One would be 'breaking the rules' if they chose to do this.

But when I see THIS happen...




...I'm gonna damn well break those rules!

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Mr & Mrs Carter- Vintage Tea Party Wedding in Leicestershire (Part Two)

Afterwards, tea and cake was served in the garden and Rebecca and Jamie slipped off for their reception venue where their bridal portraits were to be had. 











I had full use of the gardens and beautiful surroundings of Badger's Mount Hotel and Restaurant in Leicestershire, and a whole lot of time with just the Bride and Groom, which is a very rare thing to be had! I cannot stress how important it is to schedule in alone time with your photographer, just the two of you, to capture your bride and groom portraits. Even just 20 minutes can create some of your favourite and most treasured photographs of your whole day.

















Their wedding breakfast was friendly and comfortable. The speeches took place afterwards and were hilarious and comical, yet heartfelt and sincere. After filling stomachs further with tea, coffee and home made fudge, all guests were free to take a leisurely stroll of the gardens, pull some poses in the photo booth or simply basque in the slowly lowering sunshine over the surrounding fields.





































As late evening approached, Rebecca and Jamie's evening reception was set up in the conservatory, where they decorated with yet more beautifully hand decorated jars, flowers and bunting. Their wedding cake, baked and decorated by a very talented friend, looked stunning as they performed the official cake cutting to applause and shouts of 'lets see another kiss!' And this is where I left them, the happy newlyweds, with their arms around each other, sun setting gently in the background, with all their friends and family surrounding them, on what had been one of the most thoughtful and loving days I had ever witnessed.









 How this is work, I don't know! It is hard work. It is time consuming also, but it is also what I love and I wouldn't ever change it!

View Part One here