June Reflections

A Month Filled with Sunshine

Oh June, you really pulled out all the stops and showed how utterly gorgeous British Summers can be. It feels like the sun has shone forever, the roses have never been better, the fields are beginning to just have a hint of gold about them and all of a sudden I feel nostalgic for those enchanted summers I look back on as a child. I start to dream of summer holidays with picnics, bike rides, strawberry picking, walks, beach days and BBQ’s. I really do live in a a place of wonder (away with the fairies Mr G would say!) and there is something so enchanting about our beautiful country when we have sunshine. My mantra of ‘everyday my life is filled with sunshine’ really has become a reality this last month.

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Something I do know about myself is that I am really lucky that my mindset is more often than not a glass half full type of person, I will look back remembering the positive and somehow my brain seems to filter out any negative. This month might have been incredibly busy with Summer Love completing 7 weddings, 1 party coverage, 1 christening and 1 pre-wedding shoot but somehow it has felt more relaxed and I feel like I’m going at a speed that is giving me a small amount of balance at the moment. I’ve had time in my personal life to pick my grand-daughter up from school a few times, see my son swim in a competition and achieve county times for 100m fly (FLY!!) and finally get caught up in my garden.

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My garden is still a work in progress. Ive been sharing a few of the progress pictures over on my Instagram Stories and my garden and love of flowers has inspired my new branding and new website that is going to be launched in the autumn. I have a notebook full of ideas of how Summer Love is going to grow, hence the name change from Summer Love Photography to Summer Love Life, which will be officially launched and used as from the autumn. I have loved witnessing how the Summer Love journey continues and changes and it is so wonderful to be in a place where I have given myself space to allow myself growth and development.

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I love these little opportunities to share with you a very short round up of the work we have been doing this month with just a few key images, hence the whole reason Ive started doing the monthly roundups. (All iPhone Pictures Above)

Associate Weddings

Roxy and Arienne have been busy this month with completing 3 associate weddings for Summer Love at beautiful venues and have really pulled all the stops out to produce heartfelt in the moment images.

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Weddings

I have also been lucky enough to photograph 4 weddings this month. Three full day full weddings and one intimate short day wedding. I know its cheesy but it still gets me every time how we are invited in to somebodies happiest day and they trust me to get so close for one day to photograph their most treasured memories. Family and friends are always friendly and let me just thank the universe right now for sunshine and dry weddings this month!

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Other Photography

In addition to the weddings, I captured an incredible 1920’s themed party for a 70th birthday in the location of their family home grounds. Such a relaxed evening and the fireworks rivalled Disney and had everybody close to tears. This was a family man truly loved by all those around him. I also got to go back to see Fiona and Craig, whose wedding I photographed a couple of years ago. They have had a new addition of a baby girl called Harper to the family and I headed over to their family church to capture her special Christening. Harper is seriously the cutest and smiliest baby and every time I see her on Fiona’s Instagram she never fails to make me smile. Finally, I also had the opportunity to meet up with Jacqueline and Marcel ahead of their July wedding as they booked a pre-wedding shoot. We explored Castle Acre at sunset and I found so many lovely little hidden corners while wandering around with them that I didn’t know was there. I’m very much looking forward to their day – actually its my very next wedding!

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Wow! What a busy month but in honesty what a treat too. July is much quieter in terms of work and it is my plan to keep my head down, work hard on the editing over the next few weeks before the six weeks school summer holidays, when I always just keep up with my ticking over tasks and slow down a little – we don’t get these school holidays forever and as my son’s are coming to an end, I want to enjoy them as much as possible with him (although he is probably wanting to play xbox in a darkened room!). I hope you enjoyed June as much as I did and have a wonderful July!

 

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How to do a 6 month review of your Goals

Summer Solstice Review

Can you believe we are at the 6 month point of the year already. Sometimes I think the days are long but the months and years are short. With the summer solstice having just happened, I thought it was the perfect time to review my goals that I set at the beginning of the year. What better time when the sun is shining and we have so much time with such beautiful evening light to look back at how far we have come and whether we are on track to meet those goals. I use a process of having an over arching big goal and then break this down to my key goal and at my 6 month review stage identify 1 – 3 steps I have already taken and then 1 – 3 steps I still need to take.

6 month review of goals

Back in January, I initially write out ‘Where I am now’, Where I am going’ and ‘How do I get there’ and do this for each of the following areas in my life –

  • Spiritual
  • Personal Development
  • Relationships
  • Career / Business
  • Financial
  • Health
  • Free time + Family

These are all pretty descriptive and for me associated with feelings and its normal to have more than one goal under certain headings.. So for example in relation to my journey in the area of relationships at the beginning of the year I wrote

Where am I now? – Always busy working that I often find excuses and reasons why I can’t spend time with family and friends.

Where am I going? – Regular contact with my family and friends that is meaningful and fun.

How do I get there? – Go through my diary and set dates and times to see family and friends and keep them as sacred. Be realistic with myself.

By doing this, I get to have a description of how I feel in terms of where I am now, which as a ‘feelings’ person, I find easier to look back on and relate as to whether I still feel like that or not generally.

My next stage is to write a clear goal in that area and then the steps to make it happen. So continuing with the the relationships goal …

My goal – Time with family and friends

What steps will I take to make this happen – 

  1. Visit my nan once a month
  2. Spend a day with my mum once a month
  3. Have my grand-daughter over to stay once a month
  4. Adjust my working hours to do this

6 Month Review

6 month review of goals

Here we are already at the 6 month stage and as I look back at my goals, I realise that I have fallen short on some things but also made good progress towards others. I will look at each one in turn and identify 1 – 3 things that I have completed and then 1 – 3 steps that I still need to take. I used to give myself a score out of 10 as to how I was doing but I always felt disappointed with myself if I scored under a 5 (yes I have ridiculously high expectations of myself) so I switched to identifying what I already have achieved.

Here are a few of my goals shared with their reviews to give you a better idea ….

Career / Business

More variety in the types of photography that I do

Achieved:

  1. Take on less wedding bookings to create space in my diary for other types of shoots
  2. I have completed 18 other types of photography ranging from family shoots to Christenings to Party Coverage.
  3. Set up and developed Flourish + Thrive Shoots

Steps still to take:

  1. To build up Flourish + Thrive Shoots so that by the end of the year I have completed 5.
  2. Look in to commercial lifestyle photography and offer a special for a month to do lifestyle commercial photography

To be more visual and share myself authentically in my business

Achieved:

  1. Research and invested in a good platform for email newsletters. Commenced and maintained Summer Love News once a week where I get to share more about my life and happenings and behind the scenes through a newsletter.
  2. Once a week blog post sharing different genre’s of photography
  3. Pulled my personal and business Instagram accounts together so that more of myself is shared naturally

Steps still to take:

  1. To do more stories that show my face and my personality
  2. To complete a new website and branding that shows my personality (I have a new logo waiting, colours chosen, pinterest board and now just waiting for the website to be completed)

Free time + Family

To climb Mount Snowdon

Achieved:

  1. I now own comfortable walking boots (good start!)
  2. Practised with some hill walking at Easter
  3. I did walk on a regular basis to build up long walking up until May when busy wedding season hit – so partly achieved!

Steps still to take:

  1. Schedule time off work to walk 3 times a week that are shorter walks and then a longer walk twice a month.
  2. Book the hotels in Snowdon during September

Financial

To develop a passive income stream

Achieved:

  1. Signed up for and completed 4 months of business mentoring to have mentoring in this area
  2. Created an idea and rough outline for an online course and researched the automatic process

Steps still to take:

  1. Complete all the content and creation for the online course
  2. Have a launch period and date.

Moving Forward

6 month review of goals

Once I have reviewed my goals and identified what is still outstanding, I will break the remainder of the year in to two 3 month periods and identify what I am going to focus on during each period. I then break this down further into what I will focus on during that month. That way I stay focused. Believe me, I get to the end of the year and I havn’t always achieved what I set out to do but more often than not, I look back to how I was feeling through those first descriptive statements at the beginning of the year and I usually feel different. There might be further goals that have developed during the year but I have found this a good way to get at least some of those goals ticked off.

I always have the big over arching 5 – 10 year goals that each year these goals are working towards. These goals should almost make you feel fear when you say them out loud, almost like they are wave a magic wand goal – I know they do me! My lifetime goals include:

  • To have a 2-3 month sabbatical to walk the entire length of the Santiago de Comino
  • A Holiday home by the sea in Spain so I can spend winters in the sunshine
  • To run successful luxury retreats in Spain
  • To build a business where I can work from anywhere in the world

I would love to hear how you approach your goals, hear your lifetime goals and whether this was helpful for you.

 

 

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Flourish + Thrive Portraits

A Norfolk Flourish + Thrive Portrait with Lucy

What is to Flourish and Thrive? For everybody this will be different [I would love to hear what it means to you!]. For me it is to feel your best self, to feel free, to have space, to have a sense of contentment, to feel joy inside – like a light has turned on, it makes you smile and to feel like celebrating exactly who you are right in this very moment. To see the beauty both inside and out that everybody else see’s but sometimes we struggle to see ourselves. Each time I do a Flourish and Thrive Shoot, this is my intention to capture and bottle up for you.

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Meeting Lucy was an honour and joy, I love that she celebrated exactly who she is today and had this shoot for herself. Arriving with 2 beautiful outfits, a smile, a feeling of nerves but an attitude of ‘lets do this, I can’t wait’ made the whole shoot wonderful from start to finish. It started with lots of little bits of direction to help Lucy feel at ease but by the time we got on those dunes she was comfortable, laughing and embraced the whole thing of having your picture taken in public (I have to say that is a big thing!). I found her inspiring, uplifting and refreshing to photograph.

Arriving home, Lucy messaged to say thank you and that she loved every second of it. That! That is why I have introduced the Flourish and Thrive Shoots. And …. here is the beautiful Lucy!

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Hair and Make Up by Cath Carter

 

 

 

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Your Family Your Way

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I created space in my diary this year for more family shoots and I’ve been so grateful that those spaces have been filled and I have met so many families already this year, some I have met before and some new and each and every one is a treat. I get to explore all corners of Norfolk and a little further afield and so often I come across new places or little hidden corners that I didn’t know were there.

My approach during your family shoot, is one of gentle direction and also encouraging natural engagement. The final images will look natural and sometimes families think they happen naturally. If they do, great, I observe and photograph through all the little moments. But more often than not, I would fin a nice spot with nice light and then give you little actions or have conversation to encourage natural responses. The direction isn’t about posing but about capturing your characters, relationships and connections.

How long has it been since you got your family together and all had pictures? If you are anything like me, its been a while? I keep saying to myself – when I lose a bit of weight or when I have more time or in the autumn leaves or, or, or …. I just keep putting it off! However there really is no time like the present, I will never have this time again so it is my mission to ‘persuade’ my family to have a shoot this autumn, not one where I put the camera on a timer but one where I get to go and have them done by somebody else and let them lead us. How about you? Is it time to get all the family together?

Now we are 6 months in to the year, a little round up of family Shoots ‘Your Family, Your Way’ so far this year.

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May Reflections

What a month. I honestly didn’t know you could cram so much in to a single month. It started with Thailand, full on wedding season commenced, family shoots during half term exploded and I got to photograph 2 elopements (my absolute favourite!).

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Not only did work explode by I finally caught up with all the ‘ticking over tasks’ in the garden. Everywhere has had winter cleared, the vegetable patch is sewn, pots are completed and I’ve cleared the little patch at the front of the house to create a Mediterranean garden as it has the sun all day. Now the plan is to start what I call prettifying it. Other than gardening and work, there really wasn’t much time for anything else this month but I know that my summer eases off a little so I get to spend some of the school summer holidays off.


May started for me with an impromptu trip to Thailand. I blogged about it – HERE. We literally flew there for 48 hours and crammed those 48 hours as full as possible. It took me a full 7 days to get over the toll it took on my body! However when these gifts show up, its so important to take them, say thank you and enjoy every moment.

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I had been back in the country for 24 hours and the Bluebells looked incredible. I had a family really wanting to have a bluebell shoot and I knew it couldn’t wait. I have been lucky enough to photograph this family quite a few times now but I really noticed this time how much their children had grown and changed, how they felt comfortable around me and I had so much fun in the undergrowth of the tree’s to capture as many bluebells as I could.

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I did manage to take a day off in May to visit the Damien Hurst Exhibition at Houghton Hall – I hadn’t actually been to the Hall before and it made a wonderful day out. As much as I loved the exhibition, I found myself drawn to the ornate wallpaper in the rooms, the tapestry and the incredible walled garden. I could have spent all day in there wandering, taking in the planting, patterns and colours. I found myself thinking, I wish I had brought a book or a sketch pad with a picnic to just sit and be for the day. If you’ve never been and love flowers and gardens it really is worth the visit.

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With wedding season hitting and just being at the beginning, you find it takes a little while for your body to get used to the toll it takes again. Its never just the wedding but the night before you don’t go out so that you are at your best on the day and then the day after you feel like you have been hit by a bus. During a wedding, you don’t realise how many squats you do, how dehydrated you get and how much your mind is constantly making decisions on the fly. Its only Sunday morning when you wake up and you feel like you have a hangover – without the alcohol! Therefore I took Sundays pretty easy this month. However one Sunday, we all went out as the sun was shining and did an 8 mile hike. It ended with no other options than to walk through 2 fields full of cattle. My son and I literally walked so fast we were nearly running through fear and Mr G was behind us exasperated saying ‘they wont kill you!’. I say we had a lucky escape.

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Wedding Season commenced properly this month. It doesn’t matter how many years you have been doing this, after a gap you still feel anxious, worry and have irrational thoughts like will I still be able to do this. Of course once you arrive, say hello, take your camera out, it all comes back to you and its like you’ve never been away. Ive been thoroughly spoilt this month with myself being at Pentney Abbey and The Red Barn and my associate at Wisbech St Mary and on to Bedford Hall in Thorney. All 3 weddings this month were individual, full of kindness, good weather where it counted, friendly family and guests and pretty laid back. Im so lucky and so happy that I attract you all.

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I was also incredibly lucky enough to photograph 2 elopements this month. One here in Norfolk at The Town Hall and then heading over to Stow Gardens (I have to go back and visit here now!) and a secret one over in Suffolk. The secret one, Ive literally shared a picture of their flowers for now! This type of wedding is my absolute favourite. Its intimate, its special and I always leave feeling like my heart is singing and that Ive just been lucky enough to witness and be part of something incredible. I’m going to start dedicating more of my website to these types of weddings once I have a breather to update it.

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May also saw half term school holidays and as I left space in my diary this year to take on more family work, half term incredibly filled up so I had no more space to take any more bookings that week. Its like the universe knew I left that space and it met me with the opportunities to fill that space up with beautiful families and locations. I got to the end of half term and I literally said to my husband ‘Ive had the best week’.

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May – Thank you for a busy, crazy, beautiful month. Thank You for such beautiful locations, gardens and people. It was fun. But now for June – Im looking forward to working my way through all your photography, doing the editing and taking it just a little bit easier.

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Flourish and Thrive

We all have our own unique beauty. Beauty comes from the inside and shines through. A shoot to give you space to celebrate where you are right now, to embrace the current chapter of your life, show your strength and give you a place to flourish.

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Many of you may recognise Arienne here in this shoot. My associate and second shooter. She has had many personal changes over the last couple of years, yet has always been reliable and has become my wing woman. I couldn’t wait to photograph her to get her to a place she feels at home in her own skin and seeing the beauty inside and out that everybody else can see. I wanted Arienne to see herself as the world sees her.

The day was perfect. Warm, blue skies and spring just beginning to bloom. It felt the perfect day to represent Arienne’s current freedom, her happiness and being in a place where she can thrive.

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To Flourish and Thrive …

Last year I travelled to Florida to photograph the destination wedding of Katie & Charles, which you can find HERE and whilst I was there, I arranged to meet up with an Instagram buddy Jessica Miles to have my very own shoot. I wanted something that embraced me exactly as I am right now in this very moment. Something that made me feel good, accepting of myself and just to celebrate that I am enough.

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This feels both weird and scary to be sharing pictures of myself, yet I would always encourage others to share them, celebrate them and get them up on the rooftops. What is that all about! I love them but it has taken me 6 months to get together the courage to share them.

Im going to be honest (and vulnerable), turning forty was a big thing for me and that was 4 years ago. I grow up in a family that doesn’t dwell on ageing and certainly no one in my family has ever had any kind of cosmetic surgery or cosmetic anti-ageing treatments such as botox. They just embrace the process. So its not ever something that Ive considered. Then I am thrown in to a world with weddings where everybody is young and slim, social media grows and here are young women talking about body positivity and several of my colleagues seem to be embracing the likes of botox. This world affects my confidence and how I view myself. Ageing and being in your mid forties,

sometimes feels like you are too young to go grey but too old to be strutting in a bikini saying ‘love your body’.

But why? I think in our current society, pretty much anything goes yet I still feel shackles of age, menopause, hormones, societies expectations at this age and also looking in the mirror and seeing the lines, the changes in my face shape, the spreading middle and the effects of being a sun worshipper. I would be lying if I said I feel completely comfortable with ageing, and ageing naturally, since having this shoot but I am so incredibly grateful, I have these to look back on. I feel good about myself in them and they remind me the feeling of freedom I have when I travel, how when I travel I feel my best self, I am at my most comfortable and I can feel joy in my heart. Its learning to bring some of that home with me and still feeling all that confidence and freedom in my day to day life. My mantra is ‘everyday my life is filled with sunshine’ and each and every day I look for the sunshine within my day, myself and my activities.

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I’ve recently launched my very own Portraits for Women and called them ‘Flourish + Thrive Portraits’. A shoot to celebrate exactly who you are at this very moment, in the space you are in and show you that you are enough just how you are. If you would like to know more, please do email me at jo@summerlovelife.com

Photographs by Jessica Miles

 

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Travel Photography // Koh Samui

An Island of Magic

A place where you want to say in the same sentence that it is both amazing and uncomfortable. If you head away from the uncomfortable party side, the busy streets, the cramped buildings you get to discover an island full of tropical plants, temples, quiet streets and the most incredible beaches. It really is a place of two halves and if you go looking for it, there is so much beauty, quiet, calmness and a vibe that has you relaxed from the word go.

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So it wasn’t on my radar to head to Koh Samui or even that part of the world this year or any time soon. I had fully accepted that after my incredible trip to Costa Rica (that you can see HERE) that there would be no more travel for me for a little while. We have our family holiday booked and planned to my beloved Spain, where one day I hope to emigrate to, but thats a whole other story but as far as other adventurous trips go, I knew I was approaching a break in these. Yet, I left Costa Rica with a vision of having more sunshine in my life. Instead of dreaming about winters by the sea and somehow, one day, ever being lucky enough to have a holiday home by the sea, I switched my thinking to embracing that what if my everyday was filled with sunshine.

Many of you know, I journal, I manifest, I do vision boards but instead of looking out, I started to believe the sunshine has to come from within. I need to bring the sunshine to every day of my life. Then out of the blue a couple of weeks ago, I received a message from my friend Naomi asking if I wanted to travel with her to Koh Samui, all expenses paid to assist at a wedding. I’m all for acts of synchronicity and manifestation but this was crazy. I very nearly passed this gift up and sent it back to the universe for somebody else. It took me 24 hours for it to sink in that this was exactly the gift I was asking for and how could I even contemplate turning it away. You would not believe how many gifts of synchronicities are sent back as people are not ready to accept what they have been dreaming and wishing for. I had some encouragement from Mr G and with that I said a great big holy Yes!


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We had 48 hours in Koh Samui and after a nights sleep, we hired a car with a this incredible driver. He was perfect for our day and we were more than happy for him to lead us to wherever he thought we would like. We just said nowhere noisy, nowhere busy, lots of nature and lots of beauty. He got exactly what we were looking for, gave us as much time as we needed and nothing was too much trouble. The day was perfect visiting hidden waterfalls (which we swam in, until we suddenly wondered why nobody else was and if there were eels or snakes in there and then thought better of it!), visited temples and buddhist statues, drove through the jungle, ate lunch at a mountain top bar with views across the jungle and out to sea, visited secluded empty beaches, saw wild buffalo and drove up to the hidden buddhist garden.

The magic followed us all day as we got to smell ylang ylang straight off the tree, butterflies followed us everywhere, seeing a sacred wild pink buffalo, a curtain of tropical rain in front of us while we stayed dry and to finish the day off a rainbow. We were open and curious and the wonders rewarded us greatly.

Heading back we had sunset on the beach and the treat of a Thai massage (which I asked to be gentle!). The food was incredible and I’ve never had so much delicious fresh food. Everything was perfect and this impulsive trip will stay in my heart for ever. Of course the travel for 48 hours there killed us, assisting at a wedding in 41 degrees was torture and its taken me a week to get over the toll on my body – but even with this – every single moment was worth it.

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Norfolk Wedding Photography

Becky & Adam Say ‘I Do’

Last summer, I got to capture a wedding full of so much emotion, love, kindness and family. I honestly left feeling like I had just experienced the closest family moments ever on a wedding day. It was an honour that they allowed me in to those moments, trusted me to capture them in such an authentic way and it was all of those reasons why this wedding was super special to me. I left with my heart feeling full at how beautiful and important family is.

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Becky and Adam had their ceremony at Parson Drove Church. Considering it is such a small and tiny church, in a small village, I had actually photographed there before at THIS wedding and I remembered there being this beautiful dome like tower, a pretty gate and lovely spots for pictures. It was just how I remembered it. Modern but intimate. I am pretty certain that everybody looked on to the ceremony with a smile on their face. A few spots of rain (that is good luck on your wedding day) didn’t deter us from getting the pictures finished before we headed over to The Timbers Country Lodge for their reception. We embraced use of the fields next to the lodge for couple pictures before heading in to what I can only describe as an exquisitely dressed marquee. The space was transformed with so much pretty, feminine softness, clearly a love for flowers and lots of detail. The emotions continued through the speeches and right through to the dance floor. It really was a day filled with love, laughter and happiness (as the speeches say!).

Thank you so so much for trusting me to get in close, capture those moments and bring together the story of your day. I literally cant wait to see you again in 2018 for your sisters wedding too! Much love and congratulations. Jo x

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Wedding Suppliers

Flowers – Janet + Jaynes, Wisbech

Dress – bridal Boutique, King’s Lynn

Cake – Krusty Cakes

Hair – Holly Matthews

Make Up – Be Fabulous

 

 

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April Reflections

April saw some sunshine, blossom, mother earth begin to wake up and the opportunity for me to get in some family time along with capturing memories for other families before the start of full wedding season in May. This month was slow but full, mindful but busy and really the perfect balance!

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I loved this month, there was so much variety and I am so pleased that I kept space in my diary for more family shoots as April saw me being able to balance time with my family as well as time with your families to capture you too. I had a few family shoots rained off and as a result re-arranged but on the whole the weather was surprisingly kind to us, rewarding us with milky skies, soft sunshine and even a rainbow! My beautiful, varied and balanced April ….


Windsor & Kew Gardens

Its been a long time since myself and Mr G got any time on our own. With our son swimming competitively we spend much of our spare time driving him around East Anglia or each other giving the other time off or the chance to get work done. However over the Easter weekend, my mum had him come to stay for a couple of days and we took ourselves away from all the day to day routines and explored Windsor castle and Kew Gardens. Even though it rained the entire time at kew Gardens, I just fell in love with it there. Anyone who knows me, knows I love plants, nature and generally being outside so this was a real treat. The palm house took me right back to Costa Rica (you can see my travel post here – HERE) and the mediterranean glass houses restored my dream of one day having a life living in Spain.

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Wolferton Family Shoot

This piece of woodland is a gem of a place to have your family shoot. With the boardwalk, the big open views, the heather (especially in the summer when the whole space is ablaze with purple) and the forest. I adore it here and Im always surprised that I don’t bump in to other photographers here. It was just a joy to photograph these grandchildren all together.

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Cromer Beach Family Shoot

So many of North Norfolks beaches are private and as a result, its become really difficult to find a North Norfolk beach to photograph families at. Brancaster, Holkham and Wells are all privately owned and as a result you have to request a Licence to photograph there, which is such a shame as no harm is done, no litter is dropped and they are stunning locations for families to enjoy a day at while incorporating a shoot. But if you drive a little further round Cromer Pier and Beach offers sandy beaches, the pier, pebbles to find treasures, fishing boats and even little beach huts if you take a bit of a walk. we worked out that this was the 6th time, I have photographed this family. Two Christenings and four family shoots. I am honoured every time and it has been incredible to see the family grow, the children create a special bond with each other and to be able to see their characters develop.

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A Family Holiday

I had a free weekend int he middle of the school holidays, which is a rarity, so we took advantage of it and booked a 3 day break in the Peak District. We often book last minute breaks like this and keep the price down by staying in a Premier Inn. They are not ideal, nor the most comfortable experience but with prices of self catered cottages going up so much during school holidays, its the only way we can afford these UK breaks. It also gives the chance to have time away together, which is really needed with such busy lifestyles. We have this goal of walking up Mount Snowden in September so we thought we would get some practise in all together in the peak District. What an amazing weekend – there was so much air to breath in!

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Family Shoots & a Party

Coming home, I had some more family shoots and a party to cover. Again the shoots were families I had photographed before. Its so nice to catch up with them and see where life is at. New babies, a big birthday, children growing up. Its makes it such a joy to have the repeat clients and Im always so thankful for that in my business. It makes me want to do better each time for them and ensure their experience with me remains friendly, relaxed and easy to navigate from start to finish.

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Gracie Time

Then of course with it being the school holidays, my beautiful little Gracie-May came to stay a couple of times. If you ever need to learn how to be mindful, time with young children do it every time. Each walk takes twice as long as they notice every single ant, new flower, new smell. Days out are filled with wonder and magic at every turn. If I ever need to slow down, giving Gracie my undivided attention for even just a few hours offers me this. I’m always grateful for Gracie time!

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That was April … A perfect balance and a beautiful month. I would love to hear about yours and how you found balance and mindfulness in your day to day.

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