Something touched my heart…

…recently I’ve been photographing children for the Cherub’s scheme which is run by the MPA.  My particular customers come from the PR1 postcode area – Preston.  It covers a wide range of different types of people – well off and not so well off.  Young mums and older mums.  A broad range of cultures too.

This morning I went to Preston to photograph a little boy – only 2 months – and his big sister got in on the act too.  She emerged, tousle haired and sleepy, just as I arrived.  Then she ate breakfast and most of it ended up around her face.  She had this open expression on her face – completely trusting.  I think she’s lovely.  I hope her life turns out to be a rich one.

Here she is……..messy face and all.


Lancashire Magazine Charity Fundraiser

Attended a superb evening last night from which I came away buzzing having met some great people.

Wendy George from The Royal Lancashire Show and I met at a lunch a few months ago and she kindly invited me to take a stand at a fashion show she was organising along with Jo Geddes of Lancashire Magazine.  This took place last night at Blackpool Football Club to support Trinity Hospice and The Wooden Spoon Charities – as well as Royal Lancs Show.

The clothes were provided by Mee in Chorley and have to say I was very taken with a gorgeous Vera Mont evening dress in a shimmery dark blue.  Very fifties.  Actually there were a lot of things there that I thought were very nice – remember what I was saying about MOB outfits?  Well, a shop like Mee in Chorley or Poppy in Lytham is a good place to start looking.  It won’t be cheap but it will be gorgeous and you can bet that no one else will have the same outfit.

My old friend Hayley, whose wedding I photographed a couple of years ago, was there with her venture, Funky Bambino, and promoting her interiors business  Hayley has great taste and she is an incredible dynamo.  I think that she’s going to be very successful.

I also touched base with Jane Molyneux from Trinity Hospice – we worked closely with her last year on a portrait promotion.  Martyn waived his sitting fee in order for the customer to make a donation to the hospice – it was very pleasing to be able to do that for one of our most important local charities.

And then, of course, the debonair and charming John Lavelle.  What a nice man.  He did try to tell all the audience that I had recently won an award as the top photographer in the whole wide world – with some countries omitted due to political reasons – but sadly, I’m not sure that the audience completely believed him.  John is Chairman of The Wooden Spoon Charity, an organisation that supports disadvantaged children and does some important work in this capacity.  John, if you’re reading, I have already taken a booking for Bebefoto so bless you for that!

These three charities do some great work. I will definitely be bagging a table for next year’s event with my girly friends.  Be back soon. x

St Georges Day in Lytham

I was interviewed by BBC Radio Lancashire today about the St. Georges Day celebrations that are taking place in Lytham this weekend.  It was probably my 15 seconds of fame (never mind 15 minutes a la Andy Warhol – it was him wasn’t it?).  And I didn’t get to say anything remotely useful either – like ‘Book your wedding here NOW!’.

But it was great to see all the people gathered on Lytham Green to watch the English flag being hoisted.  And it was so typically English too!  A brass band had been brought out for the occasion, the weather required a certain stiff upper lip and robustness of spirit and, on a Thursday morning, it was populated by the mainly retired and mums with kids in prams!  I think you get the picture.

Cool Dude Alex at the Bebefoto party

Cool Dude Alex at the Bebefoto party

I have been busy this week with a Bebefoto shoot – little Pip and her friend Alex.  They are lovely little poppets and the photos will be ready for Mum Jane  and Carrie very shortly.  Just a sneak preview though.

Sweetie Pip

Sweetie Pip

I was also helping Martyn with some jewellery photography for Yvette & Yvonne who loved the work that he shot – but then the jewellery is pretty divine!  Have a look.

Y&Y's funky jewellery

Y&Y's funky jewellery


The shot above isn’t necessarily what you might use for a wedding – upmarket party and daytime stuff really or fab bridesmaids gifts.  Y&Y have just started getting involved in wedding pieces – tiaras, necklaces, bracelets etc.   Have a look at what they do – it might be exactly what you want but haven’t been able to find on the tiara stands that you find at wedding shows or on the wedding High Street.

One of Y&Y's range of tiaras.

One of Y&Y's range of tiaras.


Then CJ Taz invited Martyn to provide the photography service at a United Utilities bash at The De Vere Heron’s Reach.  I popped into see Linzie Blundell there the following day and apparently our non-stop photo service went down a storm with their customers – its a great ice-breaker at any black tie event.  The secret is having a great photographer who can put people at their ease in front of the camera – and a great party atmosphere, which in this case was provided by CJ Taz Entertainment.  Its a winning combination – and we really had a laugh too.  Fotoparty uses the same technology and it provides a lot of fun for your guests, so its a great source of entertainment at a wedding.  I’ll load some shots for you here later.