A Day out at Mach Loop – Wales

I’m not really a plane enthusiast when it comes to fast Jets whizzing around the sky above me but when a friend of mine who loves aviation, said come along for a day – see what you think!  So I did just that.  Don’t get me wrong, planes are interesting but it’s certainly not a genre of photography for me, although I can see why there are lot of enthusiasts and professionals doing Aviation photography day in, day out. It’s not an easy task taking photos of fast planes.

I do action horses and dogs but wow these Jets are fast! A blink and you’ve missed the opportunity.  Would I go back – probably on a nice day.  I certainly wouldn’t want to be sitting on a hill in wet conditions getting soaked and cold. I’m not sure my camera would like it either – albeit weather resistant to rain.

So the morning started very early leaving home just after 6.00am and travelling onto mid Wales near Dolgellau.  Then a steep climb up Bluebell Hill approx 300 feet, so definitely not for faint hearted.  We got there about 8.30am and from there onwards, it was sit and wait.  There are no guarantees when at Mach Loop that RAF jets will fly by.  So it is very much a sit and wait, eat your packed lunch and if the weather is nice, enjoy the stunning scenery that Wales has to offer!

So, what did I get to see? Lucky me, I got to see a Hawk (Red Arrows), RAF Airbus A400M and a USAF V22 Osprey.  Here is just a small selection of them!  My first ever attempt at Fast Jets aka Aviation Photography at Mach Loop. All photos taken with the Canon 1-DX with 100-400mm zoom Lens.

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Spring Dog Photoshoot – Bluebells, Derbyshire

Spring is almost upon us and the springtime flowers have started to peek.  Today, I thought I would share a photoshoot I did last spring, I have a few to blog.

Maggie, the black Labrador is the perfect model for a photoshoot.  Her pretty looks, charming personality and somewhat mischievous antics from time to time make her one of the loveliest dogs I’ve ever photographed in the few years I have been photographing dogs.  Please don’t get me wrong I photograph a lot of beautiful dogs that all have the wonderful quirks and charming personalities. I love them all!


One spring afternoon we went off into the woods locally to explore and couldn’t help but notice that the spring Bluebells were out.  Being extremely careful as not to damage the Bluebells we made ourselves comfortable for just a few photos.  Maggie’s stunning coat against that colourful backdrop was just perfect!

Dog_photographer_Derbyshire-12.jpgMaggie being perfectly relaxed and wondering where we’re off to next!


I think the stick is a little oversized for you Maggie. The one below is much better!

Dog_photographer_Derbyshire-32Dog_photographer_Derbyshire-34Dog_photographer_DerbyshireA surprise visitor caught on camera as I was walking around after Maggie’s photoshoot had finished. Always lovely to see a Woodpecker.  If you’d like to enquire about a dog photoshoot, or a looking for a dog photographer, please get in touch tmphotos@btinternet.com or visit my website

Liverpool Wedding – Hilton Hotel

Last year I had a second shooter opportunity to assist the lovely Carrie Jackson for a wedding taking place in Liverpool.   Albeit a little way from home travelling to second shoot but I didn’t want to miss out on this lovely wedding as for one I’ve never visited the Albert Docks. I have been fortunate to have visited Anfield a few times though.

The morning started early with a 7.00am leave time for me to arrive for early bridal preparations at Liverpool beauty salon  Peaches and Cream.

Once hair and make up was done, I dropped off main photographer, Carrie with bride Sarah at the Hilton Hotel, Albert Docks.  I then went off to meet groom Daniel to finish off the groom preparations and grab some images of the groomsmen already to leave before they were to arrive at the church.  Loved the little pet dog who had been put away in their crate so as not to get in the way of the hustle and bustle of all the guys getting ready.  Once that was done it was off to the church. There I took plenty of candids, the bride arriving – just loved her dress, just beautiful then ceremony photos from the balcony!

The wedding ceremony was taking place at Our Lady & St Nicholas Church, Chapel Street, Liverpool.  Just under a mile or so from where the reception would take place at the Hilton Hotel.  I’m just glad I had assistance finding parking as I’m not frequent visitor to Liverpool so don’t really know the city that well.  It was a great wedding.  Guests were entertained with Singing Father and Daughter waiters, a surprise to for the guests.  The best man’s speech highlighted the fact the groom was not a rapper in his youth despite his best efforts. All in all despite being a tad breezy, it was a great wedding to be a part of and document it from a second shooter perspective. The guys definitely loved being in front of the camera – mischievous smiles and antics that just had to be photographed!

Behind the Scenes @ the Overseal Gala Players

Last week I went behind the scenes to get a sneak peek at the Overseal Gala Players’ rehearsal for their upcoming pantomime, Dick Whittington.  I’ve never really done anything like this before so it was really out my comfort zone.  I went along with my little Fuji camera (less bulky and therefore less noticeable) to capture some candid shots of the rehearsal.  I think it went really well.  The Theatre group did ask if I could get a group photo of the present cast members for them to use to promote the pantomime in our local newspaper, the Burton Mail.  I kindly obliged of course.

It was a lot of fun doing something for the local community such as this amateur Theatre group based in Overseal, Derbyshire.   The pantomime will be shown at Overseal Village Hall stage next week with one Show on Friday 23rd February.  Two shows on the Saturday (24th, afternoon and evening performance) followed by the final show on the Sunday 25th in the afternoon.  If you fancy popping along and supporting the local theatre group, tickets are on sale here.   There is limited ticket availability for some shows.


Pre Wedding Shoot – Mam Tor, Peak District, Derbyshire

I love doing pre-wedding photoshoots and this one was no different except for it was in one of my favourite places in the UK.  The Peak District is so vast, with it’s valleys and hills plus the endless amount of lakes it’s perfect for a lifestyle photoshoot.   Just check out the views!

For this pre-wedding shoot we chose the fantastic location of Mam Tor for a few good reasons, I love it plus it was a special place for my bride and groom to be, along with their Staffordshire Bull Terrior, Stan.  It was a great few hours out for me and climbing a hill from the bottom to the summit keeps me fit. I even got to try out my new little Fuji XT-10 camera.

The session was very relaxed, informal and a nice opportunity for the couple to get in front of the camera being as natural as possible and with Lucy’s infectious smile it was just perfect.  A wedding I couldn’t wait to photograph later on that summer.


Falconry Day – Photography Experience

So what do you buy a photographer for Christmas?  New lenses (not exactly as these are too expensive).  This dilemma is faced every year by my children and husband.  They have now decided that anything photography related is a no go!   That’s so sad for me as I love getting photographic experiences, even though I’ve only ever received one, so far.

So, my lovely grown up kids got both myself and Barry, my husband a photography experience photographing some rather gorgeous birds of prey.  The bonus, it was only a few miles from where we live and took place at the Rosliston Forestry Centre.   I dream of going to the Scottish Highlands to photograph Mountain Hairs, Red Squirrels and Sea Eagles (not forgetting seals of course).   Hopefully one day, I will get to do this.  I love wildlife and the open countryside but I am far from being neither a landscape or wildlife photographer – this side of photography is just a hobby and a place for some time out during busy times in my life when I’m doing weddings, dogs and horse photography.  I use this time to get inspired, relax and enjoy the peace and quiet!

So on this experience I got to photograph two captive Golden Eagles (they are huge) and a Harrier Hawk in flight.  Bird photography especially when in flight is not easy and it was quite a challenge.  Anyway, I hope you love this selection of photos from the Falconry Day.  A huge thank you to my two kids, Samantha and Aidan for getting this very special gift – it was fantastic, even the weather never dampened my spirits to get up close to these magnificent birds of prey, don’t forget to check out those talons!


Documentary Wedding Photography

Hello, thanks for the follow and also to those that just clinked on the link.  This evening I’d love to share with you all, another wedding where I was second shooting once again (I love second shooting).  This time quite local in neighbouring county, Warwickshire for the groom prep part before heading off to Bedworth to the Life Church to celebrate the wedding of David and Hannah.

I was second shooting for Darren of Everybody Smile Photography and it was the first time I had worked for him.  My morning began with the groom prep over at a Still Waters Guest House, near Arley, Coventry.  I love doing the groom preparations and only really get to do them when I second shoot.  No details get left out they’re just as important as the bridal preps.   When I arrived the groom and his groomsmen were just finishing breakfast, so took the opportunity to snap away quietly  while they chatted.   The fun began when they had to turn to You Tube to watch short videos on how to toe their ties properly.  This is the point where I cannot help – I’ve not done many Windsor knots and these had to be right and slightly beyond my capabilities but hey, perhaps I should also watch a few videos on tying them before I head off to groom preps.  Once dressed, we ventured outside for some less documentary shots more staged except for a few when I asked them to walk away from me.   I loved how they walked down the driveway to the lane and then ended up chatting to the guy in the tractor!


After the ceremony, my day finished off at the venue assisting Darren with the group photos before heading home so quite a short day really which can be nice at times.   Here is a selection of images from this wedding.  Oh yes and I’m beginning to love black and white imagery!  Works so well….never outdates!

A Short Winter Vacation to Brussels, Belgium

Back in November/December 2016, I managed to take some time out and go travelling with my  daughter, Samantha.   We wanted to explore Brussels and visit the Christmas market. Neither of us had ever been to Belgium so it was the perfect opportunity really.

We travelled by coach which left from Victoria Station, London.  We came down to London the day before also by coach and stayed with my daughter’s friend.  I even got to Buckingham Palace something I’ve never done whenever I’ve been to London.   It took around 8/9 hours by coach to reach the city of Brussels.  When we first arrived, fresh off the coach and walking, we did get a little lost but thanks to google maps, we did find our accommodation.  We chose to stay just 10 minutes walk away from the main city centre and found our bedsit via ‘Air BnB‘.

We enjoyed wandering around the Christmas market, seeing the Light Show in the Grand Place and just generally enjoying the Christmas atmosphere.  Even got to have a go on the Ferris Wheel!  I love them plus we got a great view of the city.  During the day we just wandered around, no map, just sightseeing and I always enjoy getting lost around a city as you get to see so much more (in the day), looking at various shops particularly having a wander around Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and they have their own Christian Louboutin boutique showcasing lots of beautiful shoes.  It wouldn’t be Belgium without seeing lots of gorgeous chocolate.  We also got to see the Royal Palace as well as visiting a couple of museums, Notre Dame du Sablon and the Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule.  If you want a giggle, then the Manneken Pis is a must visit as well as taking the obligatory photo!

 All in all it was a lovely sightseeing trip and another city to cross off the list.

Photographs taken using my Sony RX10 camera.

Rock the Frock – Equine Photoshoot, Leicestershire

Being a horse photographer working within the Midlands area, I get to do lots of different photoshoots which I love.  When it comes horses and photography, I really do have the most perfect job.  Combining my love of horses and photography there really isn’t anything better!

When client and former bride Tammy asked if she could have a horse photoshoot wearing her wedding dress, I immediately said, yes of course! We chatted and I asked Tammy if it was her intention to ride her horse during the photoshoot, to which she replied yes.  I then spoke with Tammy about the safety aspect of big wedding dresses and horses.  I instilled a little training programme for Tammy to follow when getting her mare, Hazel ready for their photoshoot.

It all began with horse rugs to then the dress to then Tammy being able to mount and dismount wearing her wedding dress.  Hazel, being a sensible kind sort, took to it very well and Tammy had no problems whatsoever in preparing Hazel.  It’s so important to build up a horse’s confidence with something like this.  You cannot just jump on your horse wearing some huge gown and expect it to be 100% ok with it.  It may be the most bombproof horse ever known but it’s still an animal and therefore could be unpredictable. Horses are flight animals!   Like anything, preparation is key and with horses, it’s vital but it can still go a bit array on the day.  Luckily for us, Hazel was exceptionally calm and everything was just so beautiful.

It was a December frosty morning the sun was low, there was a ground frost but the lanes were clear so no fear of Hazel slipping as she went out for her photoshoot.  Without further ado, here is a small collection of Tammy & Hazel Rock the Frock shoot.  You can see how well these two bond!  Always something I love to capture.

“When your horse follows you without being asked, when he rubs his head on yours,
and when you look at him and feel a tingle down your spine…you know you are loved.”   ~ John Lyons