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You need to know…

This is a bit of an info post, especially for those who are looking around for a Surrey wedding photographer or family photographer. I need to tell you that you’re not obliged to have your photographs shared online. Sure, as a visual industry, it’s incredibly helpful if I am able to show favourite recent images…

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Ciao Venezia – Venice travel photography

Venice had never really been on my list of must-visit places in the world. I knew plenty of people who’d been for an anniversary trip, but I didn’t imagine myself onto a romantic gondola or sipping over-priced tourist coffee in Piazza S.Marco. What did appeal, though, was a photographic trip with 5 lovely friends from the…

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  • Rebecca Spencer - Wonderful photos Julie-Anne, they made me cry. In a good way I promise! Your people watching skills and capturing just the perfect moment are out of this world, that natural talent of yours clearly has been honed through all those weddings you shoot.ReplyCancel

  • Anna M Francken - O Julie-Anne, I want to go back! These photos of you make me long for Venice even more. We had an incredible time together and I am so glad that you are in my precious circle of photography friends. Love you XReplyCancel

Florist of the Year entrants and RHS Chelsea 2016

Long time no blogging! I’m still here and have had a lovely flurry of family photo sessions in the Spring, followed by a launch into full-swing wedding season that has taken me to Somerset, Hertfordshire and Hampshire as well as the local Surrey area so far. I’ve been sprucing up my garden recently – even while…

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Kairos – 2015

Towards the end of the year, when my schedule is less busy, it allows more time for study, development and reading. During the last couple of months, and arriving at the end of 2015, I’ve been thinking a lot about the passing of time – part of this has been through taking on the 365 (photo-a-day) challenge…

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  • Hannah - Wow, I can feel the emotion and love in these!! Lovely round up Julie. Looking forward to 2016 xxxReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Belton - What a wonderful selection Julie, capturing all those real moments, it requires so much skill, patience, feeling and experience , fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Annamarie Stepney - Aaaaaah congrats on what looks like a totally fun and love filled year Julie! Loving your thoughts too on the meaning of it all….especially that of kairos time which I agree is totally what it’s all about. Happy Christmas lady and a fab 2016 to you xReplyCancel

  • Sharron - Julie, these are such beautiful moments – I love all the “decisive moments” so perfect, so complete. Wonderful storytelling from start to finish. What a brilliant year you’ve had. Here’s to a very happy and creative 2016! xxReplyCancel

  • Nicola Lyall - Lovely images Julie – what a fab year you’ve had … story telling and capturing love and laughter at its best! xReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Gorgeous photos. Privileged to have been in some of the moments here – and certainly your photos have captured some of our most important moments and emotions this year!ReplyCancel

  • Sam - I know have a new word and its meaning. Wonderful moments! or should I say Kairos xxReplyCancel

  • Mark Lynham - these are so lovely Julie, you really have managed to capture the emotion on that special day. Fantastic work! xReplyCancel

  • Ann - So so beautiful, I just love what you capture.ReplyCancel

  • Jordanna Marston - How much fun have you had this year?! Love the energy in these photos, Julie, they all feel very real…and that gets the big thumbs up from me! Well done – here’s to a brill 2016! xReplyCancel

  • Juliet - These are so good Julie. Kairos! I love it. An inspired post. All the very best for 2016 my friend. xReplyCancel

  • Angela Ward Brown - Such a beautiful set of images Julie, all human life is there, in all its glory. Have a brilliant 2016 xxReplyCancel

  • Helen Lisk - Lovely work Julie! I love the combination of humour and wonderfully intimate moments you’ve captured. Hope 2016 is just as great xxxReplyCancel

  • Kirsten Mavric Photography - Love all the motion and joy in these, Julie 🙂 xxxReplyCancel

  • Karen Flower - And this shows just what great timing you have Julie! A great set of images filled with emotion xReplyCancel

  • Vicki White - Such real and beautiful moments captured really natural!!! Bring on 2016!!! XxxReplyCancel

  • Kelly Green - What a fab 2015 you’ve had!! So many wonderful moments captured perfectly 🙂ReplyCancel

Oxford photo walk

When photography is your job, sometimes the creative-tank feels a bit empty – it’s always an excellent idea to refresh yourself with a good old photo-walk with a friend, remembering why you love what you do, renewing your inspiration and seeing things with fresh eyes. Oxford is where I spent student years but when you…

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Dear Bride-to-be, please stop hating photos of yourself

…I’m the same, and I think I’ve worked it out. So often, we don’t enjoy looking at photos of ourselves because we’re used to getting ready in front of a mirror. Here’s the science bit: Our faces aren’t symmetrical and when we see them flipped as a mirror-image in a photograph, it takes us by…

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  • Angela - Yes! My heart sinks a little when I see women try to control their faces & bodies & put themselves in a flattering pose. No! Smile broadly, laugh loudly, and appreciate any photograph that shows joy, and relationship, and love.

    We all do it – society has told us that our looks are where we should find our value for hundreds of years, but we don’t have to agree. Even if we don’t feel it, we can choose joy…

    Great post Julie xReplyCancel

  • Mia - I couldn’t agree with this more Julie (I need to remember this for myself!) Beautifully written xReplyCancel

  • Helen Lisk - Really great post – I agree with everything you are saying, so brilliantly put. Let’s all learn to love ourselves the way we really are and celebrate this! XReplyCancel

  • Hannah - So true Julie!! I love this post. Even my husband criticized a photo I took of him just yesterday on my phone. I thought he looked amazing and quite fancied him so quickly snapped it whilst he was unaware… his first response was “that’s a really bad angle for my nose” instantly looked at his fault. “But that’s your nose I said… and I think you look pretty fit so I love it” That’s how I see him and I love him like that.ReplyCancel

  • Sharron - This is so very honest and true, Julie. Beautifully written. All brides should read this. SxReplyCancel

  • Karen Flower - Great post Julie. If only people could see themselves through the eyes of people who love them. xReplyCancel

  • Kerry - Beautifully put Julie, beautifully put. And so true xReplyCancel

  • Nicki - So true and so well written…ReplyCancel

  • Jules - Beautifully written and so true. I just wish we could all stop beating ourselves up about the way we look and rejoice in our individual souls.ReplyCancel

  • Rob - Well said – hear, hear!ReplyCancel

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

It must be at least 15 years since I last visited the Chelsea Flower Show.  It was definitely pre-children, and I remember taking photographs of an especially elegant ‘Chanel’ garden on my Nikon film camera, and mounting one particular picture carefully into an album once the prints came back.  It was a very restful-looking garden, with one…

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  • Helen - I’d love to come next year…have to get myself on the right side of the Pond…..ReplyCancel

  • Hannah - That’s a whole load of pretty!! Gorgeously captured too! Love succulents!ReplyCancel

365: week 7

Week 7 of 2015, up to day 45 of the year. It’s been a week of randomness, work and life all mixed up together. Feb 8th.  39/365: Those are pink lip gloss freckles and matching swim goggles. Nope, I can’t think of anything to say either. Feb 9th.  40/365: First orthodontist assessment and he liked…

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My favourite bits of 2014

I can hardly believe that we’re coming up to the end of another year, with a new and fresh 2015 on the horizon, and all the possibilities and exciting times it brings with it.  I’ve had time to reflect on the utterly brilliant people and events of the past year, from January through to December, and…

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  • Nina - What a wonderful set of photos – a brilliant years round-up. I cant wait to see your photos in 2015! Have a great Christmas & New Year xReplyCancel

  • Angela Ward Brown - Such a gorgeous review, Julie! The one in the snow is so stunning, and how do you ever stop taking pictures of your beautiful daughters! Really beautiful work, as ever.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah - What beautiful and emotional filled year you’ve had, it really shines through in your images. lovely xReplyCancel

  • Nicki - Amazing work… such talent, so many wonderful memories captured… x Here’s to 2015!!!ReplyCancel

  • Juliet Mckee - This is a beautiful review of your year. So much emotion and so many gorgeous moments. Well done and I wish you all the very best for 2015. xReplyCancel

  • Kirsten Mavric Photography - Fabulous! I bet you smiled all the way through this year! xxxReplyCancel

  • Helen Lisk - Beautiful work Julie, I love the range of images, all just gorgeous! XReplyCancel

  • Jordanna Marston - What lovely work Julie! Best wishes for 2015 – I am sure it’ll be even more fabulous for you! xReplyCancel

The inspiration of autumn – landscape of the Scottish Highlands

The area of Torridon in the north-west Highlands has a little bit of everything that Scotland has to offer – the grandest mountains and expansive views; Caledonian pines, silver birches, colourful heathers and mosses; clear lochs and wild seascapes; gently sheltered woodland with chattering streams; huge open skies and when the weather is on your side, the…

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