Friday, March 27

Borneo bound

On Tuesday evening we attended a function at Oxted school, organised by a number of students who will be going to Borneo to help build a school in one of the villages. The guest speaker was one of the geography teachers, who gave a detailed account of his trip to Antarctica. The event was well attended and the teacher kept us enthralled with his enthusiastic account. The purpose of the evening was to help raise funds to send the pupils to Borneo and the evening was organised totally by the students. The event was sponsored by three local businesses, Guard-a-kid (, Cotswold Outdoors - suppliers of actionwear for outdoor pursuits ( and WinEntwine, a social network based around wine tasting ( We were pleased to be able to go along to surport them and wish them good luck on their adventure.

Sunday, March 22

Hastings Diesel

Hastings Diesels ( )have a preserved diesel electric multi unit (DEMU) train, capable of operating on mainline tracks anywhere in the UK - the only one of its kind able to do so. On Saturday, we went on a journey on this train from Tunbridge Wells in Kent to Salisbury in Wiltshire. We were there to take some photographs for the new promotional brochure being published by the company. They couldn't have picked a better day for it... the weather was wonderful and the train virtually full of enthusiasts and others reliving a bygone age.

Wednesday, March 18

More fun [blogged by Iain]

As Louise said in her previous post, we're focusing on development in March. Normally, Louise is the one doing the baby photo sessions, so we decided it was time I got some more practice. I would like to thank Russell and Niki for letting me shoot them and their lovely little daughter Yasmin this afternoon. At only seven weeks old, she was a little star and behaved perfectly throughout the session. This is a small selection of the images captured today...

...and a few in colour (although some have been worked a little)

Tuesday, March 17

Photo Shoots for Fun

Last week we went out and took photographs just for fun. This type of session is something we try and do at least once a month but we don't always seem to manage to find the time. We decided that March was going to be a development month and have lined up some models of different ages to help us out.

It was a really sunny, but very windy, day and there was a lot of hair flying over faces. It also started to get really cold. We still had lots of fun and I have arranged to shoot with the two girls again at the end of the month in Brighton. Thanks very much for helping me out.

David's 50th Birthday Party

We were invited to David's 50th birthday party on Saturday night. It was a Masqurade Party and I was so impressed by the effort some people had made. There really were some amazing masks there and some of the images are below. Unfortunately we were not able to stay for too long as we had the Wedding Fair the next day. The party was held in London and we also had to make sure we were on the last train home to our home in Sussex. The atomsphere at the party was brilliant, the food was delicious (thanks to Barry) and it was great to be able to celebrate this special birthday with David. Well done Jason for bringing it all together...

Wedding Fair at The Felbridge Hotel and Spa, East Grinstead

We exhibited at a Wedding Fair at The Felbridge Hotel and Spa in East Grinstead at the weekend. We were there last year in March and it was extremely quiet so we weren't sure what to expect this year. On the morning of the Fair the sun was shining and that it always a good sign as it brings people out. It was definitely worthwhile being there and the hotel had made a lot more effort to bring people in, including a fashion show by a local bridal shop. We had some good enquiries which we will be following up on. These are some of the images from the day, including a selection of other exhibitors:

Pure View Photography stand

Tables set up for a wedding

Flowerbug Designs (Florists) stand

Wedding Gowns by Utopia Brides

Balloons and decorations by Balloonability

Rose's Beauty Room stand (bridal make up artist)

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Sunday, March 1

Felbridge Hotel Masked Ball, East Grinstead

We were the official photographers at a Masked Ball at the Felbridge Hotel & Spa on Saturday 28th February. This was a great event and very well attended. We took some "posed" photos in the reception area where everyone was having cocktails. Iain was shooting with the 5D MKII tethered and it worked really well. We had an event printer with us and were able to print on site. These are some of the images from the posed shots.

After the photographs had been taken evenone moved into the room where dinner was being served. During this period we processed the images in Lightroom and were therefore ready to start taking orders once dinner was finished.

This was also an opportunity to try out the 5D MKII and see what it is capable of. This is a shot that was taken by Iain at ISO 6400 f2.8 without flash. It is far from being perfect but I think it conveys the atmosphere of the room very well. The shot taken after this one was taken with the 5D using flash and gives a totally different result.

After dinner I walked around the room and took some shots at the tables. We didn't sell these on the night but they will be available to view on our online gallery from Monday onwards.

There were two different groups providing music for the evening. The first was from ‘Asteria’, an Electric Quartet who have just returned from their European Tour with ‘Take That’ and they were following by the live sounds of ‘The Blue Groove’. I thought they were both excellent and I am sure they were appreciated by the guests who attended the event.

Throughout the evening we were taking orders for prints and we delivered them towards the end of the evening. We left the event at around 1.00 a.m. and the dancing was still going strong. I think that Nigel Humphriss who promoted the event did a fantastic job and we hope to be able to work with him again in the future.