A sneak peek at Katrina and Mark’s Halstead wedding.

A few months back I was fortunate enough to photograph the wedding of Katrina and Mark a brilliant fun loving couple from Great Yeldham.  They got married at The Bull Hotel in Bridge Street where they also held their reception.

During the evening we had an opportunity to go and spend a little time and take some photographs in Halstead Public Gardens. This is one of those shots, I just love the soft evening light and the outskirts of the town and church you can see behind them and of course the fact that they look so good together.

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Visit to Stow Maries WW1 Aerodrome in Essex.

On the 11th September I was invited to a breakfast in the old officers mess at Stow Maries Aerodrome, (it was delicious). I went there with a group of old work collegues and it was fantastic to see them again and to catch up.

Following the breakfast we had a guided tour of the aerodrome and then at 1100 attended a memorial service on the airfield to mark the anniversary of the 09/11 attacks and to remember those who lost their lives. A time for reflection and to be thankful for the wonderful life that I have and the wonderful people I have around me.

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About Stow Maries

‘The requirement for an aerodrome at Stow Maries originated in the Government response to German Zeppelin airship and Gotha fixed-wing bomber attacks on the British mainland during the First World War.

The first aircraft to arrive at the new aerodrome in September 1916 belonged to ‘B’ flight, 37(Hone Defence) Squadron, Royal Flying Corp. The Squadron was charged with the eastern aerial defence of the capital. The Headquarters Flight moved into ‘The Grange’, Woodham Mortimer. ‘A’ Flight was despatched to Rochford (now Southend Airport) and ‘C’ Flight to Gardeners Farm, Goldhanger.

The first commanding officer on the aerodrome was Lieutenant Claude Ridley. Educated at St Paul’s School, London, he was only 19 years of age but had already seen service with the Royal Flying Corps on the Western Front winning the Military Cross and Distinguished Service Order (DSO) prior to arriving at Stow Maries.

Following a period of organisation and training at Stow Maries, the first recorded operational flight took place from the aerodrome on the night of 23rd/24th May 1917 when Ridley (now promoted to Captain) and Lieutenant G Keddie were ordered aloft in response to a large Zeppelin raid targeting London.

Both day and night patrols are recorded but it was to be ‘C’ Flight at Goldhanger that clained the Squadrons first confirmed destruction of an enemy machine, when during the early hours of 17th June 1917, 2nd Lieutenant L. P. Watkins was credited with the downing of Zeppelin L48 at Theberton in Suffolk. This was to be the last Zeppelin brought down in Great Britain during the war. For more information visit the Stow Maries website at http://www.stowmaries.org.uk/

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Black & White Portrait Photography in Halstead.

I think there is something very special almost timeless about black and white photographs. Something which grabs your attention so as you just can’t stop looking.

Sometimes, in a photographic portrait, colours can be quite distracting and can take the focus away from the subject. Black and white is somehow more gritty, stripped back, and allows you to show/see the true person as they really are.

There is an old quote that says, “If you want to shoot fashion, shoot in colour, but if you want to shoot emotion, shoot in black and white.” I don’t know who said it, but I’m inclined to agree.

That’s not to say emotion and/or mood cannot be captured in a colour photograph, however, when looking at two portraits side by side, nine times out of ten, the black and white portrait will hit me in a place where the colour photograph just cannot reach.

Although taken in studio type conditions this particular image was taken using natural light. For me, there is something very knowing, confident but almost cheeky in his expression and this is only enhanced by being in black and white.


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Witnesses at a Wedding.


I really liked this photo of the Bride and groom together with the two witnesses and bridesmaids; it was taken a recent wedding at ‘The Room in the Rodings’ in north Essex. The two witnesses were the mother of the bride and mother of the groom and they were both so proud to be playing their part on such a special occasion.

Did you know, (I suspect not) that ancient Roman law required that there had to be ten witnesses present at a wedding? and this was considered a precursor to the modern bridal party tradition.

In those ancient Roman days Bridesmaids and groomsmen had to dress just like the bride and groom in order to confuse vengeful spirit presences (or real-life jealous suitors) who might try to harm the newlyweds. Luckily for the two mums in the photo this is no longer the case.

I think it could be quite interesting to look at the history and the law surrounding witnesses to weddings  –  perhaps I will do this in a later post.

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Mother of the bride and mother of the groom act as witnesses at this beautiful wedding at The Room in the Rodings in Essex







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