Here’s to the Mums!

I’ve had the pleasure of photographing many extraordinary mothers over the past few years and I just wanted to spare a thought for them all today, on Mothering Sunday.

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I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to photograph women at various stages of their motherhood; excitedly awaiting the birth of their first child, cradling their new baby to sleep in their arms, watching in fascination as their children explore and learn about the world around them and years later proudly looking on as their sons & daughters marry and begin their own lives together with somebody new.  It’s an amazing privilege to be invited into people’s lives to capture glimpses of this wonderful journey on camera.

I consider myself exceedingly fortunate to have been brought up by an incredibly loving, generous and strong lady and I hope that one day I’ll be half as good a mother to my children as she has been to me. I stumbled across this quotation which I think sums her up pretty perfectly…

A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.
Tenneva Jordan

Happy Mother’s Day Mum x

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An Intimate Holland Park Wedding | Sarah & David

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Small but perfectly formed!  Sarah & David’s sweet wedding at the Orangery Gallery in Holland Park was a very elegant and intimate affair and a true pleasure to photograph.  I love exploring different areas of London and this beautiful little haven in Holland Park is a real gem… I’d recommend this place to anybody looking for a tranquil part of the city in which to tie the knot!

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I was so pleased to see Sarah & David’s lovely day was featured on ‘London Bride‘ last month!

Captured on a combination of Digital & Kodak Portra Film

Wedding Photographer London | Guests can view the entire wedding or order prints by clicking here.

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11/04/2014 - 18:30

Laura Babb - This is all kinds of gorgeous. Beautiful work.

31/03/2014 - 14:02

Hermilie smith - Beautiful pictures! The couple is looking just awesome and loveable; both enjoying this precious moment in their life.

Cuba e’ Cuba

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Only two states have the survived the 20th Century’s experiment with Communism in its purest form: North Korea and Cuba.  One is on most people’s radar as a place of curiosity and even a potential holiday destination, the other is most certainly not.  Whereas North Korea exudes a pretty unmistakable vibe of hostility, Cuba greets visitors from the west with a broad, welcoming smile.

That’s not to say visiting Cuba isn’t a challenge.  In my short life, I’ve never had to grapple with the notion of freedom.  The freedom to thrive and to fail; to truly play the game of life as you choose without restriction.  Our grandparents were forced to contemplate and measure the value of freedom in times of war, but thanks to their choices my generation has been fortunate enough to take freedom for granted.  Visiting Cuba provoked me to reflect on the sanctity of freedom and for that I’m grateful.

However it’s not a clear cut case of freedom is good and therefore communism is bad.  Cuba is a country of contradictions.  Economically poor, but culturally rich.  Visibly decaying, yet strangely beautiful.  Infuriating and inspiring at the same time.  In a single moment, you will encounter both heartbreaking poverty and exuberant passion for life.

A country suspended in time and to a large extent cut off from the outside world, Cuba is a place of low aspirations, but a natural zeal for the simple pleasures life can offer.  It’s culture remains strong because it has not been diluted by foreign influences, nor by media or materialism.  There may be relentless oppression, but there is also salsa and plenty of it!  There are colourful, mid-century american cars and brightly painted houses.  There are kids playing together safely on the street without a care in the world.  There is music oozing from every doorway.  There is family and there is community.  And more often than not, there is sunshine!

As I left Havana bound for home, I had a sense that Cuba was on the verge of change and I am so glad to have experienced this unique island as it is now.  I’m not sure I’ll ever visit more intriguing and thought-provoking country.

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Captured on Kodak Portra Film  |  Order Prints Here

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04/03/2014 - 08:01

Sachin Khona - Absolutely beautiful images Vicki. You write so well too .. great getting to know you these last few days in California. I hope our paths meet again .. All the best!
Sach

15/02/2014 - 22:24

Nat Bottacin Photography - You know, I had the same feeling you had leaving Cuba. It’s on the verge of a radical change and it sort of made me sad because it’s quite obvious it will be “stained” by foreign cultures, especially American. I’m glad I experienced the Cuba of today; the slow paced life, their hunger for life, their avid love of color and music and salsa, the friendliness of people as you walk by their houses and see their huge eyes amazed by how little they have and how they thrive for life at the same time… I miss Habana a lot! It’s one of my fave places in the world.

14/02/2014 - 18:17

Siegrid - These are so great Vicki!!! Love all these impressions and colours. Can’t believe its all 35mm! wow!

14/02/2014 - 15:46

Jasper Winn - These are fantastic, well done! So colourful.

Engagement | A Pop of Purple in the Springtime

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I loved this engagement shoot!  The light was just gorgeous, spring was well and truly sprung and nature had supplied a beautiful colour palette for us to work with.  I met Philippa and Matt at Chirk Castle in North Wales and we explored the beautiful grounds together, taking pictures as we went…

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Captured on Kodak Portra Film

This lovely shoot was featured on the beautiful ‘Wedding Sparrow‘ blog earlier this week!

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08/02/2014 - 09:55

Carmen Maria Luis - Beautiful pictures! I really like how you’ve captured the moment, the style of the photos, with great ideas, great work! Greetings from Tenerife

16/01/2014 - 21:52

Dani Washbrook - Absolutely stunning photographs Vic, you are extremely talented xx