Exploring Joshua Tree National Park

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Another visit to California.  This time to Joshua Tree, which I was lucky enough to explore in the company of these two lovebirds; also wedding photographers.  This National Park was a must on our list of places to visit and it didn’t disappoint. The bizarre rock formations were enough to make us brits feel as though we were on Mars at times!  Obviously we couldn’t resist taking photographs in and amongst this extraordinary landscape and inevitably only film would do.

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I’m delighted to see these photographs featured on the exceedingly beautiful film photography blog Belle Lumière today…

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26/09/2014 - 19:10

Laura Babb - Beautifulness.

San Francisco

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One day if I go to heaven… I’ll look around and say “It ain’t bad, but it ain’t San Francisco.”
Herb Caen

Back in March I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit this scintillating city for the second time.  The first time I visited California was five years ago before I started my photography business.  I was an enthusiastic picture taker, but I had a lot to learn.  I explored this great american state with one of my oldest friends, who got engaged to her husband soon after we returned home.  After a couple of weeks watching me photograph everything and anything, she was convinced I was the person to take her wedding photographs.  So in September 2009 I shot my first beautiful wedding at Manchester Town Hall and the rest is history!

Five years later almost to the month, I was back in San Francisco.  My Canon 350D Rebel was long gone and I was armed with my Contax, my Leica and a bag full of film.  Once again in excellent company with two fellow photographers, I explored the diverse neighbourhoods of San Francisco and yes, took some pictures…

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04/09/2014 - 11:23

Katharine Peachey - I love SF and you’ve captured all the colour and character perfectly.

04/09/2014 - 09:47

Zoe Barrie - OH! I completely GORGEOUS, Vicki, I love these x

03/09/2014 - 20:17

Victoria Phipps - Indeed it is, thanks James!

03/09/2014 - 16:11

James Wickham - Some lovely snaps here, is this all on film?

Mother & Daughter in London Town

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Back in April I had the pleasure of photographing Lesli and her adorable daughter whilst they were on vacation in London from across the pond in Tennessee.  They picked a beautiful, bright spring morning for their shoot in Westminster and the camera loved them!

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This sweet family session was featured on US lifestyle photography blog ‘Let the Kids‘ last week…

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Portrait of a Veteran

This kindly chap is one of around 60 reasons why things have been a little quiet around here over the last few months…

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In early June I was involved in a mission to take 60 WWII veterans back to Normandy to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landings. It was D-Day Revisited‘s 6th pilgrimage to Normandy and as always months of work went into putting the trip together. However as many of you will have seen in the press at the time, this was no ordinary event and consequently took an extraordinary amount of organising. I’m pleased to say though that it was mission accomplished and all 112 people in the group arrived home tired but happy and well on the 9th of June after an unforgettable week!

This is Lance holding a photograph of himself as a young lad taken during the war around 70 years ago. In October 1942 a 16 year old Lance lied about his age to join the Royal Ulster Rifles. Two years later, having been posted to the 6th Airborne Divisional HQ Defence Platoon, he found himself jumping out of an aeroplane into nazi-occupied France in the early hours of D-Day.  A navigation error meant he landed miles away from his drop zone. In an effort to work out what to do next he accidentally got involved in the crucial airborne attack on Merville Gun Battery; part of Hitler’s “Atlantic Wall” of defence which could have seriously threatened the British seaborne landings on Sword Beach.  The battle was successful and the paratroopers disarmed the Battery, no doubt saving hundreds if not thousands of british lives.

Every year Lance guides me to the same spot in Ranville Cemetery and tells me the story of his Commanding Officer, a W. J. Cunnigham who died 17th June 1944.  This man was 32 and by far one of the oldest soldiers buried in the packed out cemetery.  ”A gentleman lies there.  A good soldier.” he said in June this year.  ”I’m 88 now and these lads are still the same age as they were when they fell in battle. But they did their best.  I’m sure if he could speak now he’d say he had no regrets; he did what he had to do.”

Lance went on to take part in the Ardennes, the Rhine Crossing where he was Mentioned in Despatches and the subsequent pursuit across Germany.  Once the war was over, he served a year in Palestine before being demobbed and returning home.  Later he was lucky enough to marry the love of his life, Greta, who still accompanies him to Normandy each year.

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