For many years, March meant my annual visit to Eden Boutique at Newton Rigg for a fantastic couple of days shooting the end of year Creative image work from the hairdressers and beauty therapists there. Sadly, due to Coronavirus, this year's shoot had to be cancelled so here's a couple of my favourites from the class of 2019 instead!
It's been a busy two or three months leading to a very delayed 'Best of 2017'. I almost considered leaving it until 2018 but there were so many lovely moments in the last year that I thought it was worth popping them up even if they are a little late. Thank you to all those who have appeared through the lens of the de la Mare camera this year!
Starting with a stunning Couple's shoot for Simon and Bethany in January, following their London wedding, this year's weddings have been a joy! There's a couple in here too of Tom and Hannah's stunning Graphistudio album that arrived this year. Congratulations one and all.
Floral and Fauna...
It's hard categorising photos - a few in here could fit into the lovely people section, just they aren't people! Getting out and about or shooting pets in the studio were some of the highlights of 2017, with another successful Pet Week in Angel Square and lots of opportunities for capturing nature.
Businesses and Organisations...
It's been such a pleasure to work with lots of different local businesses and organisations again this year including the beautiful work of mj cabinetmakers, a stunning fashion collection, work for the wonderful Ullswater Community College (including a little bit of Joey Essex) and Eden Boutique and a project for Hospice at Home's 20th anniversary including a visit from The Duchess of Gloucester. If you don't know about Hospice at Home, please check out their website - it's a wonderful charity.
Sessions with some lovely people...
Really, it's all about people. Thank you to all of these people who spent a little portion of their 2017 with me as we preserved a few memories together.
Once again it was an absolute pleasure to photograph the final projects of the students at Newton Rigg's Eden Boutique. As ever there was great evidence of creative ideas and skilful execution. Here are a few of my favourites from the two days...
I know 'Photos of the Year' type posts are meant to be limited to a small amount of shots (I have a great deal of respect for photographers who can choose 10!) but I've gone for a smaller amount of shots in a variety of categories! 2015 has been a fun and varied year with lots of exciting and beautiful things to capture. Spring and summer seemed particularly long this year and so there were more opportunities for outdoor photos. I also had the great joy of becoming an Aunt too (my new nephew Eli makes an appearance below).
To all who I've had the privilege of working with this last year, thank you!
Some lovely locations locally and further down the country (a beautifully sunny Bristol!). Congratulations to all this years couples x
Flora and Fauna...
As ever, its a real pleasure to live in Cumbria with easy access to the Lakes. There were also some new (furry) additions to the residents at Dalemain Mill that will probably mean that next year's 'fav photos' will feature less birds!
Local Businesses and Organisations...
Thanks to Creations Hair and Beauty Salon, MJ Cabinetmakers, Eden Boutique, and The Rendezvous Restaurant for some fantastic sessions this year. As always, it's been great to work with Ullswater Community College again this year and join in with all the wonderful things they do.
Sessions with some lovely people...
Thanks to all the lovely people I've spent time with this year - I look forward to seeing some of you again soon! And of course, welcome to Eli!
Hospice at Home...
Lastly... a little splash of colour at two Hospice at Home Colour Runs. If you weren't involved this last year and live in Cumbria I'd definitely recommend signing up for the Carlisle or Penrith event. As you can see, it's amazingly fun!
There may or may not be a film show reel of the year too but just in case - a belated Happy New Year! Here's to an equally wonderful 2016
A very quick round up of a wonderful year - thanks to all those involved!
Time with some lovely people...
Great opportunities working with local businesses...
Great times at UCC again this year...
Some beautiful flora and fauna...
And lastly, a great weekend away with the family in Fort William...
Thanks for a great 2014!
It's rather late in arriving but I've been compiling a 'favourites' folder from 2013 for a while. Looking back and forward is a little luxury at this time of year and I can hardly believe how quickly this year has gone. Sadly I was without a camera for my trip to France in the summer, but other than that I've had a ball!
Time with Ullswater Community College
I have had the privilege of spending time at UCC photographing many of their events. Once again, I was able to see and shoot the A-Level art exhibition which included the light shell on the magazine page above, which was a particular favourite (you can see the shell in action in the footage we shot in the second part of this mini-film). It's also been a pleasure to photograph productions and devised pieces from the Drama department - much is due to Jane Reardon (pictured), who has left this term. One of the true highlights of the year was the visit of actor John Hurt to the school to launch the Branch Out reading event - what an honour and a truly lovely man.
Brilliant work from the students at Eden Boutique Hair Salon
It was almost impossible to choose a few for this blog from the session - a larger selection were put in May.
Some travels and wildlife
Time with some wonderful people
It's been a great year - thank you to everyone who has been a part of it!
The last few of the Eden Boutique Models are up! They were so much fun to do - and wonderful to have such a variety of styles and creative people to work with. To see a few more from each click on the images - thank you Eden Boutique!
A fab use of make-up, wardrobe and hair to compliment each other here. More on facebook. Only a few more posts of Eden Boutique left now.
To brighten up a rainy day! Some more Hollywood glamour, prom night and Avant-Garde! Click on the images below to go to a few more on facebook.
Another three albums from the Eden Boutique sessions - a good variety of styles here. Two prom styles I think and one Avant-Garde, moody and beautiful! Click on the image for a couple more on the facebook albums.
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