A visit from a Yellow Jacket

I was at home a few days ago when I saw this fairly docile wasp on a pair of my jeans lying on the bed. Being quite keen on macro photography I thought it would provide a great opportunity to take a few close up photos whilst it wasn’t zooming around at 100 mph.

I then carefully lifted it over to the window sill where it began to climb the window. As it did so it created this wonderful reflection in the glass and by photographing from side on it produced this great symmetry

The wasp family of insects includes thousands of species all around the world, most of which are predatory. The most common types of wasps are hornets, yellow jackets, and paper wasps, this one was a yellow jacket. There are commonly two types of wasps, solitary wasps and social wasps. As this one was all alone I assumed it was solitary either that or it had become separated from all its friends.

After taking the photographs I opened the window slightly and left the wasp on its own, it eventually went on to wherever it wanted to go, I hope.

 

 

Yellow jacket wasp climbing a pair of denim jeans

 

Yellow Jacket Wasp - insect or art?

 

Macro photography - Stunning photograph of a wasp

 

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Rachel & Gary’s winter wedding in Bedford

 

It’s a little bit late in the day (middle of May) but Rachel and Gary were such a wonderful couple that I just had to blog about their wedding and show some of their wedding photographs.

I love being a wedding photographer and for me winter weddings are an absolute joy to photograph. Especially when, like this one, there is fresh deep snow on the ground, sparkling frost on the hedgerows and low bright winter sun bringing a warm golden glow to the day.

 

The wedding dress flowers and shoes

 

Beautiful wedding flowers in the snow
Bridesmaids
I started the day photographing Rachel at her home in Brickhill, Bedford; she was there together with her sister Charlotte who was her chief bridesmaid and her daughter Ellie who was also a bridesmaid. They were later joined by the other bridesmaids, Holly, Megan and Bethany.

There was some beautiful light around the house and we captured some wonderful portraits of everyone and some gorgeous detail shots of Rachel’s dress, shoes and flowers.
Bridesmaids dancing
Bridal preparation Brickhill Bedford

From there it was off to St Philips and St James Church where I met up with Gary and his best man Dave. Gary is a very keen amateur photographer who also loved to perform in front of the camera so we went off to get some fun shots playing in the snow and sitting in the local bus shelter along with all of the other bemused travellers waiting there.

The Groom and Best Man - St Philips and St James Church Brickhill
The bride arrives at St Philips and St James Church

The church was huge and I was able to walk around freely during the ceremony and photograph the wedding from a variety of different locations. It was a lovely service and made all the more so by the fact that Ellie kept going up and talking to her mum and tugging her arm.

The ceremony St Philips and St James Church Brickhill
Bride and groom showered in confetti
Bride and groom bathed in beautiful winter sun
Bride and groom stroll along by the river Great Ouse in Bedford

The reception was held at the Bedford Swan Hotel which is set right in the heart of Bedford on the river Great Ouse. It’s a fantastic hotel with lots of charm and character and there is also a wonderful footpath which runs alongside the river – it really is a stunning location.

Bride and groom enjoy some time out in the winter sun

 

Bride and groom enjoy the luxury of the Bedford Swan Hotel
Wedding Family Group photograph

Very occasionally some weddings have the speeches prior to the wedding breakfast and this was one of those weddings. I think it’s a great idea for those who get nervous doing speeches because at least they can do them and then relax and enjoy their meal. Also if the bride and groom have not booked the photographer to stay on into the evening they can at least get the speeches photographed before the photographer leaves. Which is just what I did!.

The wedding breakfast and speeches

 

Young bridesmaid checks her appearance

 

The river Great Ouse on a cold wintery day

 

Like I said right at the beginning Rachel and Gary are a wonderful couple and I thoroughly enjoyed spending the day with them and photographing their wedding.

I look forward to returning to Bedford anytime soon

If you are planning a Bedfordshire wedding then please do contact me to discuss your wedding photography.

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I recently went with my two sons, Rob and Nick to see one of my all-time favourite bands, Counting Crows, at the Hammersmith Apollo in London.

Counting Crows are an American band from Berkeley in California. They formed in 1991 and band members consist of Adam Duritz (lead vocals, piano), David Bryson (guitar), Charlie Gillingham (accordion, keyboards), Dan Vickrey (lead guitar), David Immerglück (guitar, banjo, mandolin), Jim Bogios (drums) and Millard Powers (bass).

One of their first albums I ever listened to was their debut album, August and Everything After in 1993, which featured the hit single “Mr Jones”. They have sold in excess of 20 million albums worldwide and 2004 they received an Academy Award nomination for their song “Accidentally in Love”, which was included in the film Shrek 2.

If you have never heard of them or have never listened to their music I highly recommend you give them a try.

I was actually pretty pleased how these photos turned out especially given that we were in the seated area towards the back, most were taken with a Nikon 50mm 1.4 and a few with the Nikon 70 – 200 2.8 until I got told by staff to stop using it ??

 

Counting Crows in concert at Hammersmith Apollo Adam

 

Adam Duritz of Counting Crows in concert

 

Counting Crows

 

Counting Crows live in London

 

Live in concert Counting Crows

 

Adam Duritz with Counting Crows

 

The brilliant Counting Crows

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