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!).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.