Wow, what a summer we've had!

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Wow, what a summer we've had!

This summer has been a blast! While I would have loved to have spent all summer sitting on the beach eating chips with my girls, I did actually do some work (well for some of it anyway).
I had the pleasure of photographing a lifestyle shoot a Harriets Tearooms in Bury St Edmunds.

Harriets needed a refresh of their current posters/advertising and Christmas campaigns.
They wanted clean and fresh images to go with their recent redesign in their Bury Cafe.

We worked hard together to make sure we covered everything needed. Breakfast menu, afternoon tea menu, products, then shooting it all again with a Christmas theme.

Just look at those macaroons!

I'm now looking forward to a day off so I can go and enjoy the experience and taste everything!

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Great Local Chilli Sauce

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Great Local Chilli Sauce

Last week I received a call from Tim, who owns the East Coast Chilli Company. He needed some lifestyle shots taking, and fast!

I needed a free day, a location in which to shoot (my kitchen is currently being ripped out), and a talented chef. So, I called upon the talents of Mike Keen, from The Brewery Tap. He was such a great help on the day. We met the morning of the shoot and discussed what needed to be done and he was amazing. He headed upstairs to his kitchen and created 7 dishes, 1 for each of Tim's sauces and left me to shoot downstairs in his pub.

I used several spots in the pub and created a small library of images that Tim can now use for his website, print editorial or any marketing needs he might have.

It turned out to be a great shoot, under more pressure than normal, but we cracked it.

thanks Mike :)

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Ordering Great Meat Online

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Ordering Great Meat Online

I have been working with Gerard, the Master Butcher, for many years now. We started working together when he was working at The Suffolk Food Hall.

He now owns a fantastic, friendly butchers in Aldeburgh, Salter and King. The meat they sell is some of the best in Suffolk. Gerard makes sure his produce comes from great local farms. I have been out with him to meet the Suffolk farmers and their wonderful stock.

He delivers to local Aldeburgh residence using his restored butcher's bike. And he handpicks fantastic products to sell alongside his meat. Like Badu's Authentic Curry Masala Kits, or locally produced raw milk. He even makes up the perfect weekend holiday breakfast boxes. Gerard now has a great website to offer all of these great things to you when you're away from Aldeburgh. He can deliver to your front door!

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Learning to breathe.

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Learning to breathe.

Before Christmas I was asked by a friend if I'd be interested in helping out his yoga fanatic friend, with branding, a new website and some photography. I agreed, and Wibbs came over for a chat. He told me how he'd got into yoga, how much he'd travelled and how he wanted to open up his knowledge of yoga to the people of Suffolk. We talked over the style and feel of his branding and the way in which he wanted his website to be used by his new and existing clients.

I have been using Squarespace for quite a few years, I am always updating and changing my own site using it. I often get asked if build sites, living with a designer/coder husband, I have always said no and referred people elsewhere. It seemed a bit silly to me, especially as most of the images I take are for people to use on their websites, and normally end up styling the sites themselves. So I now offer websites built in Squarespace. I understand the app so find it very easy to use, I have a background in design, and most importantly it's a very cost effective way to get noticed online.

So. after Christmas I got cracking on Wibbs's new venture. He was clear in his brief, I directed the photography to be clear and simple, and about the yoga itself.

I'm looking forward working together over the year to build up a portfolio of images. Beach scenes, Suffolk tranquility and some yoga classes themselves.

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When families grow

Waaaaay back in 2009 I photographed Mary and her beautiful daughter. We designed a book together and selected many prints.

Mary has recently had twins, a boy and a girl. Her family asked me back to photography them all together. I feel lucky to have spent time with them all during such wonderful moments in their lives. I am currently working on a beautiful photo book for them.

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Cider. From Suffolk. Perfect.

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Cider. From Suffolk. Perfect.

Most recently I have been working with Aspall.
They make cider. In Suffolk. And it is so so good.


They needed images of their new US labels for their 500ml and 330ml bottles.
I am looking forward to working with them again in the near future. And possibly drinking some more of their produce.

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A day out on the Farm.

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A day out on the Farm.

I sometimes work alongside InnStyle to supply images for their clients who are stepping into online booking, for holiday cottages or campsites.

Just as the daffodils were popping up I headed to Easton Farm Park to take some shots. They needed images of their great park and also of their holiday rental accommodation. I took my daughter and some of her friends and we had a great day feeding animals, climbing trees and shooting each other with foam balls in their indoor play area. It was 'just' warm enough to justify an ice cream too!

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The East Coast Diner got bigger!

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The East Coast Diner got bigger!

I got to work with some of the best burgers in Suffolk again!

Recently The East Coast Diner had me back to take some fresh shots of their delicious food. We used their Woodbridge restaurant to photograph the food, as their natural light is perfect for the style I helped create on the first shoot.

The shoot was also necessary because they have recently opened a second restaurant in Colchester! Now Essex can enjoy their food, cocktails and milkshakes.

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Heads of Inn Style

A rather exciting local company, which my husband co-owns, needed a few head shots taking for their portfolio.

Inn Style

Inn Style

We spent the afternoon taking various group shots of everyone involved with Inn Style, along with individual head shots.

Inn Style is a super exciting new way to book hotel/camping/golfing/pet accommodation online. So if you know anyone with a property to let get them to check them out. I couldn't recommend them more! :)

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Beautiful Conker Brown.

Fine Furniture and accessories.

Stunning copper and brass light.

Stunning copper and brass light.

I met Margot early on in my pregnancy. I went to her beautiful home and we had a chat about her business, Conker Brown, which she was just about to launch. She told me how she designs each and every piece she sells, she told me how she is always searching for the best in their craft to help make her visions. Her passion got me excited.

Walnut and bronze drinks table.

Walnut and bronze drinks table.

Margot was hoping to launch her website within a few months and I was hoping to get everything done for her before my bump got too big! We worked together on several shoots and I did a few in my studio away from her home.

Organic shapes. Hand thrown porcelain. 

Organic shapes. Hand thrown porcelain. 

Her website is now launched and I know she has lots of new designs to show off soon!

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I think I've found the best steakhouse in Suffolk!

Their burgers are also getting a name for themselves.

Hungry?

Hungry?

Whilst lugging my bump around, last year, I was lucky enough to work with the K Bar in Ipswich.
They have recently rebranded as a steakhouse. Their new menu is something I am personally trying to work my way through. Tip top burgers, and THE best steaks I have eaten outside of Canada.

Mmmmmm steak

Mmmmmm steak

Writing this post is only making me wish I had made plans to go there today!

My oh my!

My oh my!

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So, what’s new? Not a lot, just been busy having a baby...

Hello! I’m back, it feels super!

The beginning of last year was spent photographing lots of great food and great local products. I shall be updating my site and adding details of these shoots over the next few weeks.

A few samples of the shoots I'll be updating my site with soon.

A few samples of the shoots I'll be updating my site with soon.

I was also busy producing a product of my own, my own little Nola.

Maybe 3 days old here x

Maybe 3 days old here x

She was born in May, she is now 9 months old, she has 6 teeth, cruises around the house using furniture like a spider monkey. And demands all of her sister's attention. All the day long.

Smitten kittens

Smitten kittens

They communicate in high pitched screaming sounds at one another, it’s their own secret language. It's loud, but it's beautiful. 

Nola's first shoot, outfit chosen by her sister, Eva

Nola's first shoot, outfit chosen by her sister, Eva

So, that's where I've been for nearly a year.
I've loved every minute of it (looking back, even the sleepless nights don't seem soooo bad), but I am itching to get creative and start working again. I have already been out with my camera and covered some exciting local shoots. I am really looking forward to the shoots that are already booked in for March. Its going to be a great spring! Can't wait to get working along side you all again soon.

em x

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Smugglers Delight

The Smugglers Pudding Company.
Wow! What a pudding company!

Last week I spent 2 days shooting roulades and cheesecakes for a local pudding company. My oh my where they tasty. Being over 6 months pregnant it's a real test to photograph such sweet things before eating them all up. I managed it though, just.

Summer fruits goodness.

Summer fruits goodness.

I'm told by the great creative team at Condiment that the images are to be used on some new packaging. Can't wait to see what they come up with!

My favourite, the lemon roulade.

My favourite, the lemon roulade.

I love to work with available natural light during food shoots, I was lucky enough to borrow a kitchen for the two day shoot where there was plenty of natural light zapping me from all directions. (thanks Mummy 81)

Longing to sit in the garden eating such delights.

Longing to sit in the garden eating such delights.

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Doughnut these look yum?!

It's a tough job but someone's got to ...

A few months back I worked along side a local doughnut company. That's right, doughnuts, local to Ipswich. Not only did I get to taste them almost daily I also took photos of their regular ranges and seasonal specials.

The Wimbledon Specials!

The Wimbledon Specials!

12 of the 'regular' mini doughnuts

12 of the 'regular' mini doughnuts

It was good fun to work alongside a local food brand for a few months. It was even more fun to taste and help come up with flavour combinations. 

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William at home!

Growing into his fabulous hair!

I went to see William again yesterday. He has changed so much since our first meet at the hospital. I find it hard to remember I'm there to take photos and not there to cuddle William whilst chatting to his mum and dad.

I experimented with a smaller, lighter studio set up this time, I relied on the beautiful Suffolk sun we had here yesterday and my large reflector to bounce a bit of light back. It worked a treat, just enough light to highlight William's dimples and show off his big blue eyes.

William keeping an eye on my every move!

William keeping an eye on my every move!

I managed to get a few shots of him relaxing in the basket before he decided to go on a feeding frenzy! I like to aim to get a good few shots of newborns sleeping, they look peaceful and tend to not experiment with how many faces they can pull within a 5 second timeframe. Every time William nodded off after a feed we placed him within the frame but he kept waking up to tell us he'd rather be snuggled up with his mum, and I don't blame him!

And he sleeps...

And he sleeps...

We got there though, he pulled out all the cute in the end.

So so snug :)

So so snug :)

I'm learning so much from these newborn shoots.
Patience is the one and only thing that is truly important, oh and warm hands!

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William Alfie

... and his amazing head of hair!

A dear friend of mine recently had her baby, William, at Ipswich Hospital. She asked me to visit them and I decided to take my camera along with me. We sat and compared birthing stories (as mums do) for a while, then William was wheeled into the room and I got to meet him for the first time.

William, checking the world out

William, checking the world out

He has an amazing head of dark hair, he looks just like his dad (eyebrows and all!). He also showed me his adorable little dimples when pulling a certain face. I didn't want to give him back, adorable!

I want to thank Helen and Mark for letting me visit them during a really personal time and I hope they look over the photos in years to come and remember William's first days in this world. x

p.s. Due to the height of the maternity wards here in Ipswich, William is now fully aware of the location of Foxhall Stadium and awaiting his first trip! 

William getting snuggles from mum and dad.

William getting snuggles from mum and dad.

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Spider-Rufus-Boy!

Last week, during my newborn shoot in Norwich we were joined by a very special guest.

Rufus, the energetic three-year-old with a beautiful new baby brother to look after. He is taking his new role very seriously and has even implemented his own uniform.

Don't mess with Spider-Rufus! 

Don't mess with Spider-Rufus! 

He came bursting through the doors, halfway through the shoot - after a day at his childminders, with such determination and power it made one thing very clear, little Ivor is always going to have someone watching his back. His energy was a vast comparison to the tranquil atmosphere we had created with Ivor and the blankets, but it was a lovely change. It made it very clear that once Ivor is up and chasing his superhero big brother, Rohan is going to need a large supply of coffee!

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Squidgy little Ivor Franklin

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Squidgy little Ivor Franklin

A newborn, a light, a camera, a loving mum and a photographer trying to concentrate on the shoot and not snuggle a baby for the entire afternoon.

Last week I travelled up to Norwich to photograph the beautiful 14 day old Ivor. When I arrived Ivor was fast asleep, I held him for a good 40 minutes while I chatted to his mum, Rohan, over a cup of tea, he was so content. I slowly set up my backdrop and light, had a play with some fabrics and hats (that my super mum knitted), then set the scene. Ivor was having a good feed while this went on, we thought it would fill him up and make him snooze for a while longer. Well, long enough to get a few shots.

Ivor, wanting to know where his clothes have gone!

Ivor, wanting to know where his clothes have gone!

Ivor had other ideas. He thought it was well and truly 'wake up time'. I was after some shots of him curled up, fast asleep in some blankets, he wanted to know what on earth was going on and why he no longer had his snuggly baby grow on. We went with it. Go with the flow, that's always the best advice when photographing babies, toddlers, dogs and even adults for that matter. We had the whole afternoon to get the shots, Ivor was the bossman and I was ready and waiting for his orders.

Looks like a good place to snooze

Looks like a good place to snooze

After the inevitable nappy changes, blanket changes, another feed and a few burps, Ivor felt he was ready to sleep again. He was brilliant, we changed his blankets, surrounding and hats without him getting upset with us for disturbing his slumber. I'm so happy with the outcome from the shoot, I've also heard back from Rohan who was so excited when she saw them she called me to thank me. I love my job so much and I'm so lucky you lovely people let me into your lives to document the moments you never want to forget. x

If you'd like to book me for a newborn baby photoshoot - get in touch.

Snug as a bug

Snug as a bug

Angelically resting during a hard days shoot :)

Angelically resting during a hard days shoot :)

Ivor the baby bear

Ivor the baby bear

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The East Coast Diner

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The East Coast Diner

Family time at the Diner

Family time at the Diner

Today I had the pleasure of photographing a wonderfully friendly new restaurant in Woodbridge, Suffolk.

I have been watching the brand develop at Condiment HQ, been in to the restaurant experience the yummy burgers and hot dogs and this afternoon I got to photograph Lex and Julie's exciting new venture.

I started with a few hours capturing the interior they have spent a lot of love designing. We then moved onto malt-milkshakes, cocktails and the scrummy food was prepared and dressed for action. In no time, doors were open and hungry, happy customers came flocking in. Drinks were made, food was ordered, and I photographed it all.

I was adamant to only use the available light. They have had some wonderful signs made that create such a wonderful light, along with the large glass front I was able to leave my speedlight in my camera bag.

With a great interior, a great menu and great tunes on the speakers, it made for a brilliant shoot, and a place I'll definitely bring the family to.

Cocktails at the Diner!

Cocktails at the Diner!

Delicious burger and chips.

Delicious burger and chips.

Big Frank and chips

Big Frank and chips

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