Getting to know the Prests at Chicksands Wood!

I don't openly advertise my family shoots any more, but during the quiet months I still like to do a few to keep busy, but with very inconsistent April weather, it's tough to find a break in the clouds sometimes. Luckily on the day I met up with the Prest family at Chicksands Wood near Shefford in Bedfordshire, we timed our shoot to absolute perfection. It rained when we arrived, stopped and then rained again as we left, but basked us in beautiful afternoon spring light in between!

I always insist for family shoots that we go somewhere where the kids can be free and run around as it gets us much more natural smiles. Hopefully you'll agree that the results below certainly qualify as that!

Woodland Manor Hotel Winter Wedding in Bedford

Whether it's hot & sunny or cold & wet, it's our job as Wedding Photographers to capture the essence of each event we shoot. Jenni & Shane's winter wedding at Woodland Manor Hotel near Bedford whilst in late November provided a really fun party for everyone with a pikachu hat wearing best man, and many large men slow dancing with each other after their fifteenth shot.

Jenni & Shane we met in early 2008 when they both were working with young offenders and became a couple towards the end of 2009. They had a beautiful civil ceremony at the hotel, before both of the best men delivered fairly brutal speeches after the wedding breakfast.

I hope the images captured below do the day justice.


Nicola & Andy Engagement Shoot, RSPB The Lodge, Sandy Bedfordshire

Yes, yes I know it's another engagement shoot at the RSPB in Sandy but it's such a good venue that my couples all want to have their shots there! I can't blame them frankly as the variaty of backdrops is amazing. We arrived there unaware that the folk band 'Stornoway' were performing a concert outside that evening. Andy even went home and researched them. Good work Andy.

Kerry & Will Engagement Shoot - Totternhoe Knolls, Bedfordshire

Totternhoe Knolls is one of my favourite places within an hour of my house. It's a nature reserve set on an old medieval quarry on the chalky Chiltern escarpement, about 10 mins from Dunstable. It's home to no less than 8 different species of orchid, and from the top you have views right across Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. Kerry and Will live locally and we met on a glorious sunny evening to get some shots here among the grazing sheep. A spot of gentle climbing was required to get to the top, which gave Will a nice warm up for his footy training that evening!

Megan & Karl Engagement Shoot - RSPB The Lodge Sandy, Bedfordshire

With such a variety of stunning landscapes, and a beautiful old house and garden - The RSPB headquarters at Sandy is proving to be my most popular Engagement Shoot location. It's ideally suited for couples from Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, being so close to the A1. Every time I go I manage to get new, different shots. Megan and Karl were an amazing couple to work with, and the fun they had is evident in these shots we managed to capture.

Lorna & Gary Engagement Shoot - RSPB Sandy, The Lodge, Bedfordshire

The spring evening light at The Lodge can be fantastic, and once again my couple and I were blessed with some lovely warm sun. We explored the main house and gardens, and even managed to find a clump of bluebells in the woods giving us a wide variety of colours in our shots on the day. Gary and Lorna live in and are marrying in  Bedfordshire, so the venue proved ideal for them both. Let's hope for similar weather at the end of August! 

Miriam & Craig Engagement Shoot - Barton Hills Springs

I'm very grateful to Miriam & Craig, as I have been to Barton Hills a few times, but had never previously discovered the Woods leading up to the Spring. This gave us a huge variety of stunning backdrops in such a small area, and we were also blessed with some wonderful warm evening light to cap off a lovely evening. I even got Miriam to jump up and down a bit, as I knew being a runner that even after climbing up the hill, she still had it in her!

Jon & Laura Engagement Shoot - RSPB The Lodge, Sandy

A showery spring evening can often present amazing light if you're prepared to run the gauntlet on getting wet! Thankfully for Jon, Laura and I we timed our trip to the RSPB headquarters at The Lodge, Sandy to perfection. With just under 2 weeks until their big day, Jon and Laura were able to get some last minute posing practice in for me, and we managed to achieve these stunning images as a result.