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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