Claire & James – Wedding at Park Farm Hotel

It seems ages ago when Claire and James tied the knot but it’s only just over 2 weeks!  The weather was kind and the excitement was building all morning.  It was a beautiful ceremony and wonderful reception at Park Farm Hotel complete with tractor kindly provided by Ernest Doe of Wymondham.  It was a lovely touch!  The whole day went according to plan and myself and Steve, my second shooter, thoroughly enjoyed the privilege of capturing the images.  Weddings are probably still my favourite commissions because everyone is unique.  Comment, share & enjoy!

 

 

 

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Schirin & Grant – Wedding at Lenwade House Hotel

Schirin & Grant – Wedding at Lenwade House Hotel

What a wonderful weekend!  I was lucky enough to have been asked to photograph Schirin & Grant’s wedding at Lenwade House Hotel last weekend.  What a journey I have been on with this lovely couple.  Schirin & Grant live in Germany as Grant is in the Army and it was Grant that came and saw me for a wedding consultation in the first instance.  If my memory serves me right, he was asked to organise certain aspects of the wedding, and getting the right photographer was one of them.  I didn’t meet Schirin until later at another meeting.  They are a lovely couple

Once everything was booked, Schirin was looking for a surprise present for Grant on the wedding day and decided to have a Boudoir Shoot at my studio.  Again, we had a great time taking shots, changing backdrops and posing in some of Grant’s uniform!

Schirin and Grant’s pre-shoot took place at the beach in Bacton, and the weather was kind, albeit  a little windy, and we got some lovely images, one of which they chose for a signature board for the big day.

Time flies by and the big day is upon us!  The weather had been awful during the week but it came through for Schirin & Grant’s special day.  The sun was shining and you could tell it was going to be a spectacular day.  Schirin looked stunning and Grant was so smart in his uniform.

I am in the throws of editing and producing Schirin & Grant’s final gallery of images for the world to see.  It is such an honour and privilege to be allowed to be part of such a special day.  I hope you like the preview.

 

 

 

 

 

Creative Photography – Letting Loose with your Imagination

I have recently been shooting some pretty amazing creative photography sessions and letting my imagination loose, so I thought it was time to show you all.  The first one was the beautiful mermaid session followed by the most recent, the Unicorn Shoot.  With the help of the wonderful Hayley Bird, Make-up Artist and the ever patient Cathy Wilson as our model, I think we excelled ourselves!

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I have created a little video for you to see, showing the preparation, some of the shots taken and my final image of fantasy.  I hope you like the results.  If you would like to take part in a creative shoot, I organise these on a regular basis for small groups at my studio in Wymondham.  It would be ideally suited to a camera club group if you’re looking for something a little different for your studio session.  Please get in touch for more details by clicking here.  Comment, share & enjoy!

 

 

Exciting New Products have just Arrived – Photography Products Norfolk

I am really excited to show you 2 new products available at Belinda Buxton Photography.  They are absolutely beautiful and don’t cost the earth either!  They are just the right size and price for everyone and I’m hoping you will love them as much as I do.

First we have the cutest Little Art Block – superb for any wall.  Your favourite image flush mounted on a 1/2″ solid block which will hang beautifully on your wall.  Why not choose 2 or 3 images and make a montage of blocks for your home.  The round edged block comes in 10″x8″ size and is only £49.  A fabulous addition to any home.

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And then comes the Little Memory Book.  A premium layflat photo book with 24 sturdy pages and a choice of colours, etc for the cover.  It comes in 7″x5″ size only but is perfect for carrying around and showing your family and friends.  Each page is printed with a lustre finish on thick white substrate, making the pages sturdy and long-lasting.  A Little Memory Book with 24 of your favourite images displayed for only £79.  Just right for everyone!

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If you would like to take advantage of either of these splendid products, get in touch and book your photo session now.  I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Competition Success – Photography Competitions

I recently posted a blog about competitions and why I enter.  In testimony to this, I am pleased to announce I was honoured and humbled to be awarded a Gold for “Mermaid” and 2 Highly Commended Awards for “Shotgun” and “Beth” in the National Photographic Society’s monthly competition.  It is no mean feat to achieve any award, let alone a Gold and I applaud the judges who have the unenviable task of choosing the winning images from the many entries received from all over the UK.  Without stacking my images up against other professional photographers, we can become stagnant in our styles and techniques.  It is also incredibly helpful to see other images in the categories and see another person’s perspective on a subject.  I have posted the images below for you to see and enjoy.  Now onto the next round……..   Comment, share & enjoy!

 

 

Award in Open Avant Garde Category – SWPP Monthly Photographic Competition

I recently posted about why I enter competitions and how they help me expand my knowledge and improve my photography.  I am a keen entrant into The Societies Monthly Competition which has entrants from all over the world.  At the end of the year these Highly Commended and Gold Awarded images go through and each category is awarded an overall Winner for the year.  I regularly run model sessions at my studio for all levels of photographer, from those who have never used a studio before to advanced and beyond.  My last session involved the wonderful model and make-up artist Hayley Bird and we came up with a nautical theme where Hayley became a mermaid!  The session was so popular, after images were posted on social media, I ended up running another two sessions, the last one being this evening.

I always like to get my own images from the session and arranged for Hayley to come early for my session.  As usual, Hayley’s attention to detail and superb creative skills did not disappoint.  I don’t very often put composite images together and this was an ideal opportunity to try one.  Therefore, I created a background in Photoshop of an underwater world and added one of my images of Hayley’s mermaid to it.  It wasn’t perfect but I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and practice with putting together a composite image and was really pleased with the end result.  To this end, I thought I’d try it out in the monthly competition in the Open Avant Garde category.  I was over the moon when it was awarded a Highly Commended in its class.  So for Hayley’s hard work and creativity, my attempt at a composite and with thanks to The Societies, I shall enjoy watching the last group get their images of this beautiful creature.  It’s great to try something you’re not used to and, you never know, it might bring dividends!  Comment, share & enjoy!

 

Fashion & Portrait Workshop – 24th June 2017 – Photography Training Norfolk

I have been planning this workshop for ages and it went live a couple of weeks ago but I hadn’t got round to blogging about it so the wait is over and it’s all confirmed!  **THERE ARE ONLY 3 SPACES LEFT!**

I have a fabulous fashion and portrait location workshop planned and ready at the wonderful Lenwade House Hotel on Saturday 24th June 2017 10am – 4pm. You will have 2 wonderful models, a great location to use both indoor and out, it’s suitable for all skill levels and you’ll leave with some great images. Here is the itinerary for you:-

9.30am – Coffee

10am – 12.30pm – Let’s get the basics of light right. Using natural light with modifiers we’ll start with portraiture. Learn about using the light to your advantage, finding the right light and using it to flatter your subject. Moving onto artificial light and learning what results you’ll get with different modifiers. We will take you through using artificial light, balancing it with natural light and what results you’ll get with different modifiers for portraiture and fashion images. Now it’ll be your turn to shoot your images and practice your newly acquired skills

12.30pm-1.15pm – A light lunch will be included so you can relax before the packed afternoon.

1.15pm – 4pm – Now you can let yourself go! You will have all afternoon to shoot both models either indoors or outside with help and advice from us if needed. We want you to go away with some great images and be able to use your new skills at your next shoot.

Lighting equipment and modifiers will be supplied along with that lovely buffet lunch too! All this for £115 per person. Limited to only 8 photographers. We will have the awesome Lindsey Ann and Sharelle as your models for the day. If this is over-subscribed, I can run another session, date to be confirmed. To book your space please go to my online shop or click the link below:-

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Competition Success but why enter? – Professional Photography Norfolk

Running a professional photographic studio is not easy, but most things rarely are!  Not only are you competing with nearby businesses, but you need to constantly keep abreast of new trends, ideas and keep your creative energy alive.

I am an active member of various professional Associations and Societies, the Societies or SWPP, the Master Photographers Association or MPA, the National Photographic Society or NPS and The Guild of Photographers or just The Guild.  There is a wealth of knowledge, support and educational training available within these bodies which is invaluable.  We learn, flourish and improve only by receiving critique and feedback on the images we produce and move forward with our skill and expertise by learning new ones.

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Each of these organisations run monthly competitions with various categories.  Some provide feedback on images entered and some do not, but they are all extremely important to help you see what your fellow photographers are producing, new ideas and whether your images fit well with the company they keep!

Last month I entered The Guild’s Image of the Month competition for the first time this year.  It is always a difficult decision to make as to which images you are likely to enter and incredibly exciting yet, nerve-wracking, waiting for the results to come out!  This month I was absolutely astounded to have been awarded a Gold Bar and a Bronze Bar for 2 of my images.  Any Bar is difficult to get, but a Gold Bar is very hard.  This culminates in an Awards Dinner and Celebration to announce the Photographer of the Year with ‘Top 10’ Photographer Awards and the ‘Image of the Year’ competition.  The competition is determined by a points system, so many points for Gold, Silver, Bronze, etc. and whoever has the highest number of points at the end of the year wins!

I am really looking forward to the challenge of trying to amass enough points to get into the Top 10 which would be an unbelievable honour for me.  So I’ve made a good start with my Gold Bar for “Aaaaghh!” and Bronze Bar for “Alone”, so fingers crossed and best foot forward, if fate is on my side, I might add to my points next month!  Keep checking my blog for more updates on my challenge for this year.

Aaaaghh! Guild Gold March 2017

 

Alone Guild Bronze March 2017

Babies & Toddlers – An Absolute Pleasure! – Portrait Photography Norfolk

I cannot put into words how much I enjoy photographing babies and toddlers.  Their funny little ways, their expressions and their personalities growing along with them gives you and everyone around them joy.  If you’re thinking of having some photos taken, then why not come along to my studio in Wymondham for a relaxed but fun photo session for your little one.  Sessions are only £49 including complimentary gift and special offers are available after the session.  I’ve put together a little slideshow for you to enjoy and if you wish to book, please do not hesitate to call or email me.  I look forward to hearing from you soon xxx

Marmite Tots is Back! – Baby Photography Norfolk

Yes it’s back again!  Marmite Tots is coming in April.  I just love doing this.  It’s free to take part and your mini session will last about half an hour.   I will take some smiley pictures first before we subject them to tasting Marmite!  As long as your little one can sit unaided, you have no reason not to book yourself in!  You can purchase images but are under no obligation to do so – so if all you want is to have some fun, that’s fine!  Marmite Tots will only be running from Monday 17th April – Friday 21st April between 2pm and 5pm so hurry up and get your spot reserved!  Get in touch to book your session either via the website, email or call me.  I look forward to meeting you soon xx

 

 

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