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I first visited Islay in January 2012 with my young man on a sort of whisky/photography pilgrimage. There is something very special about this island. It’s a real effort to get there and perhaps that’s part of it, but even on the bleakest of winter days something about the landscape captivates you. There was an inevitable blog post a few months later which, through the power of google, led Lynn to contact me about photographing her wedding there in June last year.

Reading Lynn’s first email, I had a really good feeling about the whole thing. Her kindness shone threw her words and I was so excited to be invited to capture her wedding day! At the time Lynn told me her mother was fighting cancer and how much strength the family was drawing from having such a happy occasion to look forward to. Tragically Lynn lost her mother later that year, but she certainly made her proud that day in Islay. Lynn & Kyle’s wedding was brimming with love and laughter and their family and friends could not have been more warm and welcoming to us. This was an authentic Scottish wedding with real traditions and values at the heart of the day… an absolute joy and privilege to photograph.

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It was wonderful to see Lynn & Kyle’s beautiful scottish wedding featured on Style Me Pretty a couple of weeks ago…

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Captured on a combination of Digital & Kodak Portra Film.

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It’s almost a year since this fleeting visit to Yosemite National Park and the fact that I’m only sharing these photographs now is good indicator of how much work I have behind the scenes just waiting to see the light of day.  All in good time!

The drive from San Francisco to Yosemite is a good one; the landscape twists and turns and climbs until it bears absolutely no resemblance to the coastal city you left behind just a few hours earlier. As you draw closer to the National Park the road demands all your concentration as it slides along precipices and hides in tunnels of tall trees.  It was very sad to see so much fire damage in what should have been a lush and thriving environment.  Happily the majority of the National Park itself seemed to have survived the worst of the fires relatively unscathed.

With just a couple of days to explore, we had only a brief glimpse of this dramatic place and I have just a handful of photographs to show for the visit.  However, like so many places in the States it gets under your skin.  Thanks to Hollywood you feel like you’ve been there before and there’s an intoxicating “wild-west” romance about the whole place.  One minute you’re Ansel Adams, the next you’re John Wayne and all the while you have one eye on the look out for hungry bears!

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Captured on Fuji Pro Film |  Order Prints Here

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I love photographing engagements in London, but being a northern girl at heart it is great to have the opportunity to explore a city a little closer to home in engagement shoots too.  When shooting in Manchester’s northern quarter, there are moments when you feel as though you could be wandering the streets of Lower East Side New York.  The tall red brick buildings and the rusty fire escapes give this area a very particular character, which makes for great backdrops in a shoot like this one with Natalie & Darren.

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Georgina and David were married at Sunnyside Church in Berkhamsted back in May last year, before celebrating with a beautiful marquee reception in the garden of Georgina’s family home.

I love photographing weddings at home; they are always so relaxed and personal.  So much effort goes on behind the scenes to prepare a house and garden for such an important event, but when the day finally arrives it is lovely to see a bride getting ready in her childhood bedroom with Mum on hand and Dad making a cup of tea in the kitchen downstairs.  So natural in many respects, yet at the same time extraordinary.  I suppose in the traditional sense, you really feel that she leaves the house as a daughter and returns as a wife.  And that’s quite something.

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  • 09/01/2015 - 17:42

    Sarah Garrod - Such an elegant wedding, just timeless. Beautifully captured Miss Phipps xReplyCancel