Spring Wedding

Today I’m looking back at some photographs from a wedding I was asked to take photographs for last spring. It was a lovely day filled with much happiness and laughter.

The unpredictable British weather stayed fine for the outdoor photographs following the ceremony, I do love a good confetti moment!

The day began with a fairly small ceremony for close friends and family, followed by a larger reception party in the evening , so I was I was delighted to be there to photograph the whole day. Some of my favourite finishing touches included the bride’s amazing bright pink shoes, the Colin and Connie Caterpillar cakes, and the fabulous vintage car that whisked the happy couple away to the reception.

Fairfield Horseshoe

These photographs were from a day out in December 2017, but this day still stands out as one of the most spectacular mountain walks I’ve ever been on. The day began in a rather gloomy Ambleside. It seemed like a typical wet miserable overcast Lake District day, but I’d picked to head to the hills that day because my favourite weather phenomenon was forecast: valley fog caused by a temperature inversion. Fog forms in the valleys overnight when the cold air sinks, but if you climb high enough you can get above the fog to where it can actually be quite pleasant and sunny.

The first indication that the forecast was correct was when I could see beams of sunlight streaming through the fog. I love how the shadows of the trees are accentuated by the fog.

Further up the hill I soon reached the point where I was climbing above the thick blanket of cloud. It was fascinating to watch because it didn’t just sit there, but it flowed like giant waves in slow motion. Every so often a big bank of cloud would roll it’s way along until it crashed into a hillside. The fog went as far as I could see in the distance, all the way down Windermere and out to sea, almost like the sea itself had turned into a big white foam and flowed over the land!

Here I’m looking over towards Loughrigg Fell. A hill I’m quite familiar with but it looked completely different today. I wondered what it might look like to be on each of the little islands that came into view, and I also wondered how many people had changed their minds and decided not to venture out upon seeing the overcast skies. What a shame to have missed out for anybody who made that choice!

I’m on my way back down by this point. It was hard not to stop every 5 minutes to take another photograph because it was so beautiful in every direction. Usually by the afternoon and even late morning all signs of valley fog have burned off by the heat of the sun, but not today. The fog stuck around all day until I plunged back into it late in the afternoon. The Fairfield Horseshoe is not the shortest of walks in the Lake District, but I felt as though I’d bounced around every step. What an amazing day!

New Website

Hi everybody and welcome to my new website. It’s strange times we’re living in at the moment, so I hope that some of my photographs can bring a bit of cheer. In this blog over the coming weeks I’m going to be looking back at my projects and adventures from the last couple of years and I’ll be sharing some of my favourite snaps. For now here’s a few photographs from a recent trip to the wonderful Glenshee Ski Centre in Scotland. I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to go there while the slopes were in such great condition, before the ski season was sadly cut short. A distant dream of freedom!