Wonderful dinnner at Varramista, Tuscany

Dressed for the part, although it can be quite tricky being a working photographer in full evening dress!

The anti-pasta was wild boar parcels

Another special weekend in

The pudding was a semi-fredo – delicious – and I’m not usually a pudding sort of person

Italy photographed mostly for private viewing. Here are some photos of the black tie dinner on the Saturday night. There’s nothing quite like the way that the Italians lay up tables for formal meals.

Last shoot of the season at Villa Saletta, in Tuscany

One of my favourite trees at Villa Saletta, behind Peg 1 on the first drive with high flying birds

Wishing I was back in Bequia!

Crab at 30m at rear of wreck

Huge Crab at 30m.

Sea Fan

Shipwreck - Bequia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spotted Moray Eel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The unpredictable weather has played havoc with my outdoor shooting schedule this week so I have spent a bit of time editing some of my underwater photos from the trip to Bequia six weeks ago. The camera and system were new for the trip, so it took me a while to get the hang of it and the viz could have been better, but overall I’m pleased with the results. More on my FB page.

Another gorgeous Queensberry Album leaves the studio…

I’m always so busy September through to the new year, and never seem to have time to blog, although my FB page does get updated with the odd thing or two…anyway, here’s some photos of a fantastic Queensberry album that the client wasn’t expecting until January, but which left the studio on Christmas Eve and was delivered by my octogenarian parents on their way to my sister’s! That’s customer service for you!

A new take on business headshots!

Although it’s a small part of what I do I am happy to help out my networking contacts with head shots for their FB, Linked In and Blog pages. Recently I took some photos of Leo, owner of the aptly named ROAR accounting www.roaraccounting.co.uk She isn’t your ordinary sort of accountant and after doing a few standard shots – business like, professional, friendly, sort of person I’d like to do business with etc I suggested a different take….. she loved them, and they exist as a series to show her real personality.

Fantastic Cheese cakes

A small goat’s cheese tops this ‘Cake’
Cheese Cakes can be decorated with fruit and flowers to match your wedding theme

Cheese Cakes make a wonderful alternative to traditional wedding cakes, and they are an excellent addition to the menu, particularly if guests get a little peckish later in the evening.

I saw the first one about eight years ago and since then there have been many variations on the theme. Today I met with Emma Dandy of La Cremerie , who specialises in fabulous cheese wedding cakes. She offers over 100 cheeses to choose from for a cake and bases her recommendation on the results of a tasting meeting held with the Bride and Groom. Many of her cheeses are sourced from Neal’s Yard Dairy and she guarantees that they will be in perfect eating condition when they arrive with you.

She is based near me in Hertfordshire but supplies cheese all over the UK by courier.

They can be cut like traditional cakes, although you might want to tackle one of the softer cheese tiers!

Another hand-made Queensberry Album finds its home

Just delivered a beautiful hand-made Queensberry to James and Kitty.
The flexibility and bespoke nature of this stunning product means that invitations, orders of service (see left) and menus, can all be incorporated into the design.
The Order of Service sits next to a photo of the church and the menu next to mouthwatering photographs of the food.
The invitation is placed next to a photo of the gorgeous venue which I went to early that morning so I could photograph it in the best light.
The quality of the album is amazing – a real heirloom. The cover is in smooth Burgandy leather with a photo motif.