Autumnal Equine Shoot

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 :)

Manchester Wedding

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.

Family shoot in the great outdoors

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 2017

Promotional photography

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!

70th Birthday Celebrations

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!

Product Photography

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.

Otter Tots, Bakewell

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.

Walking in Edale

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.

Capturing moments as they are

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.

Revisiting Alison and Rob.

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.  

Hope Show 2016

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.

Corporate Portraits at Hope Cement Works.

Susi Wellings, a talented architect with a very impressive CV has moved to the area from London.  Building her website to promote her new practice in the Peak District required a portrait session!  Her passion is cement so a reconnoitre around Hope Cement Works was our first location idea.  Such an amazingly aesthetic and interesting site which we will definitely return to but this will require further planning, in the mean time, we found a suitable well lit wall!

To find out more about Susi visit her website.

Grindsbrook Walk

We introduced ourselves over a nice cup of tea at the Coopers Cafe then headed out on our adventure.  All children love this stretch of path leading from Edale village to Grindsbrook, there is so much space to charge around in, trying to make friends with the sheep, hiding in the woods and splashing in the river.  I get enormous pleasure introducing families to this magical place for the first time and capturing their adventures.

Award Ceremony Photographs

Last Friday I went to the very first Children’s Literature Festival Awards Ceremony held at S.Anslem’s School in Bakewell to photograph the Award Ceremony.  

Almost two hundred pupils from twelve local schools had joined S. Anselm’s pupils over the course of the week for a series of creative writing workshops delivered by authors Chris Wakling and CJ Flood.  The stories created by the children were judged by a panel of teachers on Thursday and the winning stories were brought to life for us by actors Samantha Morton and John Schwab at the ceremony.  The quality of writing in both the junior and senior categories was very impressive with highly imaginative and entertaining language and plots. The evening ended with a book signing by local author Hilary MacKay.

 Congratulations to all who took part, the event was a huge success and one S.Amselm’s hope to continue with next year.


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