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Award Winning Family Photographer

Documentary Family Photography

I was absolutely stoked to learn that I won an award from the Family Photojournalist Association this month!

Creating images for families that captures something of who they are and which, will be shown to future generations, is why I love family photography. Doing this through documentary photography allows me to show the true personality behind the people in front of my camera.

If you're looking for a Family Photographer, to tell your family story, I'd love to hear from you!


Norfolk Family Photography | A Sparkling Glitter Makeover

A Christmas Glitter Makeover and Party for Maisie

A couple of days ago, I was contacted by the lovely Chantal looking for some help with a little Christmas present she was putting together for a special young lady and her family. Maisie and her friends were given a surprise glitter makeover by the amazing duo that makeup Lacquer and Rouge. Chantal was looking for a local photographer to capture the surprise. It was a little last minute but I wouldn't pass up the opportunity to spend some time with Emily and Amy who are always great fun at weddings and who I hadn't seen as much of this year as I'd have liked. I'm so glad I did because I also got to meet Maisie, her family and #TeamAwesome!

Maisie, from Spixworth near Norwich, was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of 10 years old. Now 12, I'm sure each day must be quite the struggle at times, to say the least but meeting Maisie and her family on this occasion you would not have known it. Smiles, laughter and jokes in abundance on this particular evening and the girls and even Darryl, Maisie's dad, looked amazing in their glitter!

There is no doubt that Maisie, for someone so young, has been through more than she should ever have had to contend with. But she and her family do it all with a smile on their faces and an amazingly awesome and positive attitude. A lesson to us all.

If you're reading this and you can find it in your heart to help this young lady by donating to Team Awesome then follow this link to an amazing Just Giving page, trying to raise some money toward a new Wheelchair for Maisie.  It'd be a fabulous Christmas gift!

Here's what Maisie's mum had to say:

What a truly amazing afternoon! When Chantal said she wanted the surprise Maisie and her two friends we never imagined quite so much glitter - well, Darrell didn’t!! Trying to make life normal for Maisie, whatever normal is, making her smile and keeping her friends involved is so important. Up until 2 years ago, Maisie did what every healthy 10 year old did, she danced, she did gymnastics, brilliant family holidays and had a general love of life but this was all taken away in the blink of an eye on 4th February 2016. We are so unbelievably grateful to still have Maisie here with or without her being able to walk. She still loves life and has faced everything thrown at her with a beautiful smile. We are so proud of our AWESOME girl and it’s the little things like this which we will remember forever! Thank you again to Chantel, Emily, Amy and especially Rob for stepping in at the last minute and capturing these amazing memories💜💚💜💚 you can follow Maisie’s journey via our Team Awesome Facebook page.

Thanks for reading this far. If you are looking for family photography in Norfolk, get in touch and enjoy the pics.

Wishing you all an amazing Christmas and a very Happy New Year :)


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Maternity Photography at Bassmead Manor Barns

Maternity Photography in Cambridge

Carly and Stuart - future mummy and daddy - wanted some pregnancy pictures to remember this special time in their lives. They married a couple of years ago at Bassmead Manor Barns and chose to return to their wedding venue for their maternity photos.

Carly and Staurt brought their dog, Rusty along for a walk and although a little cold and sometimes a bit drizzly, you couldn't stop these guys from smiling. It was really lovely to meet up with them again and after a leisurely walk around Bassmead Manor Barns, we went back to their home to look over their wedding photographs and eat mince pies - a perfect afternoon!

Carly and Stuart - huge thanks for choosing me to take your bump photos (and a massive thanks to Pete Henderson without whom I'd have never met these two). You're going to be amazing parents and I'm so excited for what you have ahead of you and can't wait to meet the little one.

If you are looking for maternity photography in Norfolk or further afield then get in touch - enjoy!


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Norfolk Wedding Photography | A Postcard from July & August

A roundup of wedding photography in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

We’re through some of the main wedding season now and I thought I’d grab a few images together from the past couple of months. I’ve already featured some of this year’s earlier weddings on a little video over here and all of these weddings will hit the blog in their own right at some point soon(ish). I still have a good number of weddings left, up until November and so it may be a little while yet before they all get the full-feature treatment! But here, for now, is a little diary entry, a postcard from July and August.

This isn’t in any particular order … just a random collection of some of the things I’ve been up to on the weddings front! I've worked at some absolutely wonderful, quirky and unusual wedding venues in Norfolk 

Most recently, I ended August with two weddings on the Bank Holiday weekend. Two weddings, two wonderful couples and three beautiful ceremonies! That’s right three into two. Saturday was Holly and Jamie’s incredibly laid back and intimate ceremony at the gorgeous Hautbois Hall, (you can see a previous wedding at Hautbois Hall here) then Abha and Kai’s English and Indian Fusion Wedding at the stunning Chippenham Park, a Country House wedding venue in Cambridgeshire. They had a traditional English civil ceremony, followed by a Hindu ceremony later the same day! You can see more of that Chippenham Park Wedding here. You’ll note that unusually for a Bank Holiday, the weather was pretty amazing! …

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English & Indian Fusion Wedding at Chippenham Park, Cambridgeshire

Closer to home for me was the wedding of Lisa and Tom and their Norwich wedding at Hush Venues. A little rain but a lot of laughs at this wonderful, secluded woodland setting in the Norfolk countryside. A wedding that has also made me seriously consider a PacMan suit! ...

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The end of July saw me on another double header weekend. The Saturday saw me at the wedding of Chloe and Danny for a church ceremony and DIY back garden wedding in Suffolk. An all out amazing day that ended with a little rain but which didn’t stop an incredible fireworks dispaly! This time I was joined by the, highly-recommended, Andrew Collin, Buckinghamshire Wedding Videographer.

The Norfolk Mead, another venue just around the corner from me, played host to the wedding celebrations of Louise and Charles on the Sunday. Copious amounts of coffee at the morning preparations (with a little brandy for good measure, courtesy of Louise’s father-in-law) and some brilliant company, set me up for the day ahead. This one resulted in one of my favourite confetti shots ever…

A Suffolk DIY Back Garden Wedding

The Norfolk Mead

The Red Barn was the venue of choice for Jenna and Claire in mid July. A wedding at the Red Barn is an absolutely barn-storming (get it) event. We made some beautiful portraits and they ripped it up on their first dance …

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July began with the church wedding of George and Alex and a celebration on the family farm. While August began with Lucy and Henry’s church ceremony on the beautiful North Norfolk Coast and a reception close by to Morston quay. Two wonderfully laid back days with two wonderfully laid back couples.

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Kyle and Mandy had their wedding at Langley Abbey. A wonderful couple they laughed and joked the whole day through. And Mandy most certainly took the prize, this year, for latest Bridal arrival but then, as we all know, that's the bride's prerogative! Good times and a pleasure to work with talented Norfolk based Wedding Videographer, Mike Savory! ...

Langley Abbey, Norfolk

Last but by no means least was a cracking half-day session of family photography in Norfolk with the Williamson family. Jason and Claire and their two gorgeous kids. A relaxed, informal family photography session around their holiday home before a little trip to Stiffkey for a pub lunch and ice-cream chasers!

Informal Family Photography in North Norfolk

That’s all from me for now. I have a weekend off to look forward to with my beautiful wife for an early celebration of our wedding anniversary. Then it’s back into the weddings with another double header weekend, a Georgian Townhouse wedding and a wedding at the Old Hall, Ely.

Hope you enjoyed the round-up!

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Norfolk Family Photography | The Williamsons

Informal Family Photography in North Norfolk

Claire and Jason and their two little ones were holidaying along the North Norfolk coast over the school holiday and originally got in touch for norfolk family photography down at Holkham bay. On the day, the wind was pretty wild and I, with my cameras in mind and Claire, with her children in mind, decided that we did not want to "sandblast" either of them. And so, her little girl suggested that I come to their holiday cottage and spend the morning there! It was a fantastic day, just spending time in the family's company, chatting, relaxing and exploring in the garden before a big pub lunch and ice cream chasers! That's the rules on holiday "ICE CREAM EVERY DAY!", in fact, it might even be the law.

A huge thanks to the Williamsons for inviting me into their lives for a few hours and to their little girl for the flowers she picked me as well as for the fantastic pic she took of me and her dad (second from the end)! It was great fun and I'm so pleased they enjoyed their images ...

"They're incredible! Thank you so so much! A massive thank you!" - Claire & Jason

Here's just a selection from their day - enjoy

If you’re looking for someone to capture your family’s memories - then go to the following link to find out some more about my family photography.

 

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THE SMITHS | NORWICH FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY | EATON PARK

 The Beatrice Octavia Iris Brighter Future Fund

A couple of months ago, I was honoured to have been asked to take some pictures of a very loving and very brave family. I have struggled to find the words for this blog piece but amazingly, given everything, Beatrice's mummy has done this for me. I urge you to read her words below and if you can, please give whatever you can to Beatrice's Brighter Future Fund. As much as I have struggled to know what to say, I am so very pleased to have met Beatrice and to have spent this time with her and her family.

If you are looking for a family photographer to document your story, please get in touch.

Beatrice

Our little girl Beatrice became unwell on 10 January, aged six weeks. She was diagnosed with restrictive cardiomyopathy, a rare heart disease. Her prognosis was poor, and as a family we were devastated. We vowed to create as many happy memories as we could, and Rob helped us achieve one of the brightest.

On the final day we had at home in Norwich with Beatrice, we enjoyed an afternoon in our beloved Eaton Park. Splashing around in the puddles, we were able to forget sadness and embrace happiness, enjoying each other and our beautiful Beatrice. Rob captured our fun perfectly, and the photos he produced, and the memories created, are now ours to treasure forever (and our son Elliott made a new best friend).

Sadly, Beatrice's heart was failing rapidly, and hours after Rob's photos were taken she became critically unwell, requiring ventilation and emergency support from Southampton's Paediatric Intensive Care Unit. We then spent six weeks at Great Ormond Street Hospital, watching our brave girl cling to life with everything she had.

Ultimately, her only option was a heart transplant, but we knew her chances were slim. She was top of the UK heart transplant list. She continued to fight, but tragically the mountain became too steep for her broken heart and tiny, frail body. She passed peacefully from this world on 24 February, aged 12 weeks.

In her short life, Beatrice achieved more than most can hope to in their lifetimes: she inspired people to register as organ donors, give blood, and simply appreciate the fragility of life and love. To date, she has raised over £4,000 for GOSH. Whilst we, as a family, are lost, never to be the same, we will be forever inspired by the love Beatrice gave and received.

We are eternally grateful to Rob for that wonderful afternoon; his photos captured Beatrice perfectly - they are the most precious of memories from our family's last 'normal' afternoon. Photos and memories are all we have now, but every time we look at Rob's work we will smile, and that is priceless.

The legacy of our amazing, flame-haired baby girl will live on with The Beatrice Octavia Iris Smith Brighter Future Fund, raising money for a heart and lung bypass machine at GOSH. Please give, if you can. It will help to ensure that others like Beatrice are given a chance at life. GOSH is an exceptional hospital full of exceptional people, and every pound and penny makes a profound difference.

Leigh (Beatrice's Mummy)

 

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THE SMITHS |FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY | SNEAK PEEK

Norwich Family Photography

A few frames from a lovely afternoon spent photographing the Smith family at Eaton Park in Norwich a couple of weeks ago. The family have a new addition, the beautiful Beatrice and wanted to celebrate and capture some special memories with a family shoot at their favourite Norwich park. More to follow soon!

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Diamond Wedding Anniversary | Norwich Photography

Family Photographer

When Jenny got in touch & asked me to photograph her parents Wedding Anniversary, at her home just outside of Norwich, I couldn’t wait.  It was to be a surprise present to them both.  I love surprises and presents, so we were off to a good start! And this wasn't just any anniversary, this was a celebration of 60 years together - John and Jean's Diamond Wedding Anniversary!  Jenny liked my style of photography & wanted me to capture some candid family photography of guests at the Anniversary Party but equally, she asked me to take some memorable portraits of her parents together.  Such a sweet, thoughtful and unique idea, Jenny was obviously very excited about the forthcoming celebrations & even though I had some plans that weekend, a quick rearrangement made in the diary & I was good to go.

Jenny had given me a heads-up, suggesting to me that her mum might be a little camera shy & that I could have my work cut out for me.  But I thought, if her mum and dad were even half as enthusiastic as Jenny, then I couldn’t wait to spend some time with this very special couple!  In the event, John & Jean couldn’t have been easier to work with.  They didn’t even need to try.  To the naked eye, it was clear, from the off, this was a couple clearly very much in love, when I turned the camera on them, a truly relaxed & natural set of images resulted.  The most minimal of direction from me & I was able to capture a whole series of photographs that I know John, Jean and their family will be able to treasure for years to come.

These two were beyond fantastic, a true 'Diamond' couple & I couldn’t have hoped for a sweeter shoot.  In addition, I got to photograph Jean with her bridesmaids, two of whom are also her sisters.  Photographing Brides & their Bridesmaids is always good fun but these girls put as much into the photographs as if it were the wedding day all over again & they have some of the best smiles going. While wedding fashions & the style of wedding photography today, may be quite far removed from that John & Jean experienced on their wedding day, 60 years ago, some things do not change, the love and emotion, the sharing & celebration of these special moments with friends & family is really what a wedding is all about!  And so too was this wedding anniversary.

Throughout my photography, I endeavour to tell a story and capturing a couple on their wedding day is one of the greatest stories I have the privilege of playing a part in!  This couple’s particular story is of serious relevance to all the bride and grooms out there, a story of love, devotion & longevity, of patience and understanding.  Essentially, it is a story about living well, laughing often & loving much.  If you like this story & want to know more about my photography, then do get in touch, I’d love to hear more about your story.  Enjoy!

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Norfolk Family Photography | Lifestyle Photographer

Late last month, I got together with the de Vrijer family for some family photography in North Norfolk.  Henriette is a Violin teacher, who had originally contacted me about commercial photography but her children, knowing that she liked my work, got together and booked me for family lifestyle photography to celebrate their mum's birthday.  The family chose to visit the Holkham Hall estate and we enjoyed a couple of hours walking around the park before the most beautiful sunset finished off the day.  Here's just a few photographs from that afternoon for you to enjoy.

If you'd like to enquire about my availability for family lifestyle photography, or, find out about my other photographic services, please get in touch.

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Norfolk Family Lifestyle Photography - Felbrigg Hall, North Norfolk | Francis Family

Family Photography

I joined Lucy and Martyn last Autumn for a fun couple of hours on a family lifestyle photography session at Felbrigg Hall (also a great venue for weddings, if you're a fan of Country Houses!) in North Norfolk.  Their boys had a great time running around the park, climbing trees and generally making mischief.  Coffee and Cake at the National Trust café were a must after all the energy burned up and the kids had some too!

I can't help but smile when I look at these images!  I hope you enjoy them too.  Do let me know what you think.

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