Family get-togethers, for what ever reason, are amongst some of life’s most precious times especially when you travel from all corners of the globe. This gathering, was no exception - the weather may have been a little dour given the time of year but the atmosphere was not!
Burrs Farm, a self catering house in the village of Chelmorton, was full of fun and happiness inside and out. Whilst the family enjoyed games of footballgolf and swingball, stroking the horses and basking in the hot tub, I photographed them with as little interruptions as possible to capture the nuances of their celebration as it unfolded.
My links with SJW Architects continue!
Susi’s latest domestic project in Sheffield has just been completed so we met up to gather some publicity images. I just love the yellow floor and her attention to detail!
Its a village affair!
I am proud to be included in the list of “talented” people when it comes to pulling off a village wedding!!
Drawing on the skills of many residents in Edale we had ourselves a celebration to remember - our village boasts a Priest, church choir, organist, flower arrangers, caterers and astonishing cake builders, drivers of vintage cars and tractor and trailer - obviously to transport the children from the church to the village hall! The village hall was transformed from a banqueting hall into a disco with live music in the evening. It’s amazing to realise how local and truly successful an Edale wedding can be! Congratulations Phil and Naomi and thank you for a fantastic day!!
Guests who have been given the password can view the gallery by following this link.
A note from the happy couple “We are delighted that you were willing to take the photos for us, you seemed to be everywhere but also completely invisible - we think that you are magic?!”
On a beautiful afternoon a few weeks ago, when autumn was drawing to an end, I photographed Saskia and Alice with their naughty horses. This photoshoot was given to them as a present as their friend was leaving their stables - what a thoughtful present!! I love the warm light enriching the landscape and creeping into the lens. As their stable is down a private track in the village of Hope, I also really enjoyed approaching Mam Tor from an angle which I’m not used to seeing it and having it as the back drop :)
I’m such a sucker for LOVE!! Even the smallest of weddings brings me so much delight, capturing the connections of deep love on a special day is what it’s all about. Allan and Louise got married in Manchester Register Office back in September, it was a beautiful ceremony.
Edale in the Peak District National Park is full of lovely little walks, big walks and is the start of a very big walk! I love bringing families to Grindsbrook for photoshoots when the heather is in abundance; the colours and textures make for an amazing backdrop and the children always find a lot of fun and adventure bounding around the clough.
Needless to say that Katie, Mia, Oli and I had a wonderful afternoon - there were so many great shots it was so hard to choose the 20 which is my blog’s limit.
Edale Country Day is by far one of the most fun packed days here in the Valley for families. With all of the profits benefitting the village school and village hall, the support from the sponsors, volunteers and organisers is hugely appreciated by the whole village. The village folk unite to put on this unique country show and we have visitors form far and wide enjoying themselves!
I too have a role in the organising of this event as the sponsors and raffle coordinator:) So, I negotiate and round up all the prizes and donations which brings in mighty profits. I’m also a sponsor; over the years, I have put family portrait shoots up to auction and I have provided photographs of the event for their website. This year I offered my services to a fabulous vintage vocal harmony group called Lah Di Dah. They needed some promotional photographs and we needed to keep our costs down so its was a win win skills swap situation - Don’t you just love that?!! Their songs brought extra rays of sunshine to the day and I would highly recommend them at any event to entertain the crowds!
In the home and garden
I believe in shooting the ordinary and the everyday because the photographs we make today will only become more valuable as time passes.
Family Portrait shoot in the Peak District.
Had a super morning with 3 generations celebrating a 70th Birthday. We walked up to “Robin Hood’s Stride” nr Matlock which was a perfect place for the children to have a rampage and test their parent’s nerves by seeing how high they could climb on the rocks and in the trees!
Northend Creative Print Solutions
Being a bit of a stationary and print process geek, it was just up my street to be given a behind the scenes tour at Northend Creative Print Solutions in Sheffield. They commissioned me to photograph the factory and a selection of products for their upcoming website re-vamp.
I created an in house studio to shoot some products on the Director’s leather desk, and took others to a photographic studio with an infinity table. But it was whilst weaving my way through the machinery that it became apparent to me that an interesting way to portray the calibre of their products would be to get some logo’s and products placed within the making process and machinery.
Here is part two of the swimming lesson photographs
Interior photographs were taken this week for the website of this beautifully renovated cottage in the heart of the Peak District. The cottage which comfortably sleeps 8, will soon be advertised to holiday makers wishing to spend time near the bustling town of Bakewell.
This is one of my favourite local walks. The foot fall is significantly lower compared with other paths and there are opportunities to have a good old scramble and fun on the rocks. The peace and quite is punctuated by the call from curlews, grouse and lapwings at this time of year. The album of this walk can be viewed at https://lisadanielsphotography.shootproof.com/gallery/4046883/
Otter Tots provide swimming lessons for pre-school aged children in Bakewell; they are in the process of re-designing their website. I was so impressed by the standard of teaching whilst I was busy taking photographs, I wish my children had been taught here, my youngest might even be a confident swimmer by now if he had! Here are a selection of photographs of the first shoot, I’ll be popping back to get more images from other groups soon.
Scrapping the advice on composition that landscape photography works well with leading lines in the form of paths and roads, I went out today with the intention to shoot the textures and sculptural shapes which the snow accentuates on the facades of the hills……for most of the time.
The wintery family walk.
It has been a few months since my last family portrait shoot in the Peak District and despite this session being for my family, it just goes to show how successful they can be in the deep dark month of January. Unfortunately, the wider family could not attend this walk which was to commemorate the life of my husband’s grandmother so they asked for it to be photographed in order to share the moments. Monsal Head was a favourite location for Great Grandma to visit so we marked this occasion with a walk along the cycle path and and scrummy pub lunch in Little Longstone. Here are a selection of the images from the afternoon.
Christmas, in our family, is definitely about being together, good food and giggles. I would like to share with you a few pics taken over the christmas period of my gorgeous family!
The latest arrival to the village is this beautiful little man born in early November. I love the late afternoon winter light in this shoot, the soft hues give it a slight painterly feel.
Big sister is tickled pink with her tiny brother
This time last year Rob and Alison were preparing for Rob’s imminent treatment for cancer. We did a portrait shoot to capture life as it was and to cement the love and memories to date. Their year has been very difficult with many complications but they have been surrounded by family and friends who have kept them smiling and given heaps of support. Last week they threw a “Thank you Party” in Hope and whilst many of their close family were altogether they seized the opportunity for more family portraits this time with the grand children.
Just finished a nice little job for HLM Architects! The Landscape Architecture department required some images to “show off” their great designs on the university campus.
I wouldn’t really call it deception when you need to enhance an image to create the illusion that it is newer than it really is! Spot the difference.
Whilst the parents were away for the weekend, I was commissioned by Aunty Tilly to go on a secret shoot to photograph her nieces so she can give them as gifts at Christmas. This became a fun filled morning collecting and tasting the autumnal offerings!
Across the valley, in another booth of Edale, there is a brand new bunk house. Ollerbrook Farm have sympathically converted a stone barn into accommodation which sleeps 18.
I can not believe that my family and I have never been to our local Hope Show in the Peak District before. There is such an amazing array of all things with four legs or four wheels, displays of home grown and hand made and plenty more besides. A fascinating agricultural experience for the whole family.
It catches me by surprise how fast the heather in all its glorious purple fades quickly only after a few weeks. Grabbing the moment we headed off to Grindsbrook for an afternoon splash and picnic.