Norfolk & Suffolk Family Photographer

Family Photographer in Norfolk and Suffolk

I was approached recently by Suffolk and Norfolk Life Magazine to talk about Documentary Family Photography - the article was published last week and is in your local newsagents now!

If you're looking for a family photographer in Norfolk and Suffolk to capture natural, relaxed photos of your family, in time for Christmas, I have some early Autumn dates available - get in touch for special offers!

Here's a few pictures from the article - enjoy!


Oxnead Hall | Sneak Peek

Oxnead Hall Wedding - Sneak Peek

A little sneak peek from a gorgeous wedding day at, the equally beautiful, Oxnead Hall. I've been following up on 2020 enquiries today and these guys, Ruth and Nick, have been keeping me company on the editing screen with their wedding at Oxnead Hall.

I still have 4 Summer Saturdays left for June to August 2020 - so if you're getting married at Oxnead Hall or elsewhere, get in touch and tell me all about it!

 


Al Fresco Wedding in Mallorca

Destination Wedding in Mallorca

One year ago today, Bank Holiday Monday 2018, I photographed the destination wedding of Dominique and Terry in Mallorca. I'd met them before, as guests, at Lucy and Tom's wedding in Suffolk. We got together again for an engagement shoot in London in the run up to their big day. By the time it came around to their wedding, it was like meeting up with old friends. In fact, there were quite a few familiar faces from the Barn Wedding in Suffolk, where I had first got to know them. It was wonderful to catch up with their friends and especially lovely to catch up to Lucy and Tom!

I flew out the day before, straight after another amazing wedding at Childerley Hall, to get settled in. Although I was a little tired, a trip to the beach and a couple of drinks with Dominique and Terry and their friends soon saw me right.

On the day of the wedding, because of the crazy heat (yes, hotter than this Bank Holiday weekend!), I didn't leave my hotel, or the comfort of the air conditioning, until about 1pm, first joining Dominique, before heading on to join Terry and the wedding guests at a lovely little taverna, overlooking the Mediterranean, in Can Picafort, where they had chosen to host their celebrations.The couple took a laid-back approach to things, it did not need to be immaculate but it did reflect them. There focus was on good food, drink and company and lot's of dancing. The whole celebration was even more fun than I had expected and the party went on well into the small hours. I was blown away that they chose to fly me out for their wedding and feel honoured and immensely lucky to have been chosen to capture it all for them!

Rob was the perfect photographer for us. He was charming and super fun but captured everything in a very unique way. He captured everyone in their natural way and those pictures have proved to be the best memories we have of our wedding day. We flew Rob out to Majorca for our wedding and that's the best decision we made! Our pictures are timeless and beautiful. Thanks Rob!

Here's just a few frames from their amazing destination wedding - I hope you'll enjoy!


A Wedding at Ely Cathedral

Cambridgeshire Wedding Photography

It's midway through August as I write this, one of the busiest months in my wedding calendar but I have neglected my blog long enough so, here's one of the first weddings I photographed this year from the very wet, windy but equally, very wonderful wedding of Clara and Errol at Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire. One of the most magnificent cathedrals in East Anglia (Norwich Cathedral is also a favourite of course!), Ely Cathedral is absolutely awe inspiring and was an incredible backdrop to the proceedings.

The wind whipping around the cathedral meant we couldn't hang around too long, a few people lost their hats in the short time we spent outside. So, after exiting to applause and a shower of confetti everyone made their way to the farm where, fortunately, the marquee was still standing, in spite of loosing it's tie-down straps during the bridal preparations - did I mention it was a little windy!

In spite of the weather, this crowd enjoyed every minute of the day - an absolutely perfect crowd to kick my year off with.

It was an absolute pleasure to work alongside Emil Boczek and the ever lovely, Ashley from Primp, Powder, Pout on the wedding make-up!

Here are just a few highlights - enjoy!


The Halls Wedding Venue in Norwich | Sneak Peek

Hello world, it's been a while!

I've been on something of a hiatus from blogging, busying behind the scenes, as wedding season is in full swing!

But in an effort to keep things fresh, here's a little sneak peek of a confetti storm seen at a recent wedding at an amazing Wedding Venue in Norwich, right in the heart of the city, the Halls!

I'll be posting more as the busiest part of the season starts to wind down from the end of September-October. If you're looking for a photographer for your wedding in Norwich, Norfolk or further afield (my next wedding is in Lewes!) - I have 4 Summer Saturday's left (June-August) in 2020 - get in touch and I'll check my availability and you can tell me about your wedding plans.


Award winning photo from a wedding in Norfolk

Award Winning Documentary Wedding Photography

Award Winning Photographer in Norfolk

I was over the moon to win an award yesterday for my documentary wedding photography from the folks at This Is Reportage (TiR).

This award was for one of my all time favourite images, a photo taken at Voewood, quite possibly, one of the best Norfolk wedding venues.

These awards attract thousands upon thousands of entries from all over the globe and it's incredibly tough to get one, with just the top 3% winning out! It's also a little crazy to be featured amongst extremely talented photographers, both at home and abroad, who I have admired for a long time!

Award winning photo from a wedding in Norfolk

This image - The Groom Room - has featured on the pages of TiR before, where I wrote a blog piece describing how it came about.

Here's just a little insight, taken from that post, about how I made this image ...

"I had finished taking some close up angles on the groom, his shoes, his cufflinks, buttoning up his shirt etc but [...] I had that nagging feeling there had to be something more. But time was pressing (as it ever is) and so, I packed my bag and was making my way (somewhat hurriedly) back to the bride to capture her exit from the bridal suite. I stopped on the way out, glanced back over my shoulder to say, “Good luck!” but instead, I bit my tongue and saw the frame that I’d been missing. [...] It can be hard to think straight at a wedding sometimes, there are often a thousand and one things rushing through your mind and time is always slipping away but this image reminds me to relax, to stay calm and to look for the bigger picture. It’s always there, somewhere!"

It's a real honour to receive an award from TiR, their ethos and tag line resonates so well with me - Because Moments Matter Most - at the end of the day that's what wedding photography is really all about for me! 📷

If you're interested in hearing more about my approach to capturing your wedding celebrations or, you would like to enquire about my availability, get in touch. I photograph weddings throughout Norfolk, the UK and Europe.

Want to see some more award winning wedding photography? Check this post out for more of my awards.


A Wedding at Bruisyard Hall

Wedding Photography at Bruisyard Hall, Suffolk

This was my first time at Bruisyard Hall and it did not disappoint. It's an incredibly beautiful Suffolk venue, surrounded by stunning gardens and parkland. Indoor and outdoor it is a wedding photographers dream!

I began  in the main Hall, photographing the Bridal party and the Groomsmen getting ready for the day ahead - there was a great atmosphere and you could feel the excitement growing as the morning progressed. Ashlea Gissing at The Beauty Box was on makeup and Elise Brabben on Hair.

The ceremony took place at St. Edmund's in Southwold. Robyn and her dad travelled in a classic American Cadillac, listening to Elvis classics, a theme that continued as she walked up the aisle to "Can't Help Falling in Love" being played on the church piano.

The sun was shining bright and the light inside the church was gorgeous- highlighting the detail in Robyn's wedding dress perfectly. Ryan in his tuxedo looked incredibly suave and Robyn looked absolutely stunning, escorted up the aisle by her dad who was beaming with pride. The couple were full of smiles throughout the ceremony and after tying the knot they hopped in the Cadillac and made their way, as newlyweds, back to Bruisyard Hall.

The reception was wonderful and everyone was in high spirits. Jazz A La Mode provided musical entertainment while the drinks were flowing and ahead of some insanely funny speeches before the Robyn and Ryan made their way to the dance floor for their first dance and partied until the small hours!

"I loved Rob’s candid and relaxed photography. The pictures were something really important to me and I knew that I didn’t want to have too many staged photos; looking through Rob’s galleries I knew that he would get it."

It was an absolute joy to be part of this day - much thanks to the happy couple for choosing me to capture it for them and a shout out to my second shooter, Craig McCaulay and to Trevor Fuller on video. It was a great team to work with. Here's a few of my faves from the day - enjoy!


Norwich Family Photographer

Norwich Family Photography

Family photography is a natural progression from my wedding photography. And when my couples allow me to back into their lives to photograph their family, it means more to me than receiving any number of Thank you cards, cake, gin or whisky (albeit, all of the afore mentioned items are very much appreciated)!

Truth be told, I haven't really been out of Lucy and Elliott's lives. They have been some of my biggest cheerleaders since I photographed their Hales Hall wedding in 2016. I have photographed several of their friends weddings, including a recent wedding at Hunters Hall. I also photographed Elliott's sister's wedding at Southwood Hall last Summer and will be catching up to the whole family for his brother's wedding in 2020! These guys are basically like family to me so, this shoot was about as far removed from hard work as is possible. They are just the most genuinely lovely people and I always knew they were going to make a lovely little family of their own. So, spending a morning with them and their gorgeous little boy recently, was a real treat!

"We have known Rob for just over three years now. He was our wedding photographer and provided us with the best memories we could ever ask for from our day. We are always complimented on our wedding photos! So, when we had our first baby there was no doubt that we wanted to have a family photography shoot with Rob. He came to our house and we just went about our normal activities, feeding, reading, playing! The photos Rob managed to get, just from a normal day in our life, are so gorgeous. They really just represent us as a family and captured such precious moments. I couldn't recommend him more as your photographer for either your wedding or as a family photographer. The natural photos are simply stunning and ones we will treasure forever. Thank you Rob, you're the best!!!"

I'm looking forward to catching up to another two of my previous wedding couples to photograph their families this Easter. If you're looking for family photography in Norfolk or, further afield, if you'd like to capture some of your own family memories, then, whether I've photographed your wedding or not, I'd love to hear from you!

A huge thanks to Lucy and Elliott for a wonderful shoot, some great coffee and some fantastic eats. Here's just a few of my faves with some of my faves - enjoy!

 


Wedding Photojournalist Award

Masterpiece Award Winner - the Wedding Photojournalist Association

I am thrilled to say that I won an award yesterday for Best Documentary Wedding Photography from the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA). This award means a lot to me because the WPJA "reserves membership to select photographers around the world whose portfolios and practices demonstrate talent, expertise and client service in wedding photojournalism." Not only that but some of the other award winners in this collection are documentary wedding photographers I have long admired and looked up to for their wedding photography. I am honoured to be amongst such great company. These awards are judged by news photo editors and award-winning photojournalists (including Pulitzer Prize winners!), looking for images that "use the tools of photographic narrative to tell a couples story", no posing or fakery, just moments - a few portraits aside, that's what my approach is all about!

The shot that the judges chose is from a recent wedding in Portugal, the wedding of Lee & Jordan during their preparations. It captures the love and excitement of Jordan's soon-to-be Mother-in-Law and I am so pleased that my first Masterpiece Award came from their wedding day. You can see more from their wedding in Portugal here.

UPDATE November 2018: Honoured to be included amongst the WPJA's top 50 UK Wedding Photographers - happy days!

UPDATE 4 June 2019:

Since I first published this post, I have won a number of other awards for my wedding photojournalism. It's a an honour to be recognised for my work by the WPJA among others, especially for images that are moment driven and unposed! Here's a selection of the winning images:

This image is from a wedding at Bruisyard Hall in Suffolk, UK. I had two choices as Robyn walked down the stairs to see her dad. I could have stayed at the top and had an aerial view of Robyn descending but something in my gut told me to go downstairs. I hid behind a curtain, so I wouldn't draw Robyn's attention and I'm so glad that I did - this is most definitely one of my favourite images from 2018.

This image is from a wedding at Childerley Hall, near Cambridge, UK. As the wedding guests sheltered under their umbrellas, I was looking to make an interesting image that captured the, fortunately, short-lived rain shower. I was drawn to make this image by the expressions on the guests faces, the bright red lipstick and the smiling eyes as the sun was spotted breaking through the clouds.

This is one of my all time favourite images, from one of my all time favourite venues, Voewood in Norfolk, UK. This house can throw some shapes - see more about how I created this image here!

Sheer delight at the words pronouncing you husband and wife - this image from an intimate winter wedding at a Dairy Barns Wedding in Norfolk!

A perfect little shaft of light, falling upon the newlywed couple, made for one of my favourite exposure at this gorgeous wedding at the Hotel Du Vin in Cambridge.

Friends and family gather around to help the bride with some readjustments to her dress - this picture from a Bruisyard Hall Wedding in Suffolk.

Newly-wed husbands, seen here in fits of laughter, during their wedding speeches. I knew I wanted to capture this close up, so I got low to the table with a wide-angle lens and waited for the jokes to deliver the perfect moment. This photo was taken at a destination wedding in Portugal.

At a late autumn wedding, in Cambridgeshire, there wasn't much time, before sunset, to take portraits after the speeches but luckily, we found a little pocket of golden light, just enough to make this portrait of the bride and groom and win me an award from the Artistic Guild of Wedding Photographers.

And another from Bruisyard Hall, our bride, Robyn, beaming from ear to ear at the necklace her, soon to be, husband had delivered to her room. Her expression says it all and I just love the smiles on the faces of her friends, gathered round her as they got ready for the wedding celebrations.

I hope you've enjoyed looking at these images - for more information about my approach to your wedding photography, take a look at this page all about my style and approach.


Childerley Hall Wedding Photographer

Childerley Hall Wedding Photography

Jen and Alex's wedding took place at Childerley Hall, Cambridge, this Summer - an Elizabethan house set within the most stunning gardens! It is also home to one of the longest timber framed barn wedding venues in England - a humongous space for entertaining!

This wasn't my first time at Childerley Hall, I had been the photographer at a Childerley Hall Wedding just a few weeks before. So, I was really looking forward to going back. It wasn't the first time I'd met Jen and Alex either, they booked me as their wedding photographer, after I photographed their friends getting married at the Old Hall in Ely, the year before. So, it was nice to be back in familiar surroundings and amongst some familiar faces!

I began the day with the boys for a few photos of them getting ready, before heading to the Bride and Bridesmaids who were getting ready at home. Everyone was in good spirits and there was plenty of smiles and laughter from the off!

As the ceremony started, Alex looked a little nervous but Jen came beaming up the aisle and the minute he saw her, he visibly relaxed as she could not contain her excitement at seeing him!

"Thank you so much Rob for the truly wonderful memories you have given us. You captured all the special (and of course drunken) moments from our big day. Our guests absolutely loved you, you blended in and made everyone feel so comfortable!"

The weather was up and down all day, one minute the brightest sunshine, the next minute rain showers that came out of nowhere and disappeared almost as quickly but the rain didn't spoil the fun, some of my favourite images are guests laughing through the rain. The worst of the weather had, pretty much, passed over by the time the wedding breakfast and speeches had taken place. The speeches were fantastic, Jen and Alex also have a great sense of humour and everyone was laughing.

The evening entertainment was provided by Swagger - an amazing local wedding band who I would highly recommend! They had the dance floor going late into the evening.

A brilliant day to have been a part of and really lovely seeing some old faces again too. Here's just a few from Jen and Alex's day - enjoy!