Sep 24 2015

Wedding Photography |Norfolk {Matthew & Gulnoor}

Wedding Photography | Norfolk

 

Hurley Lodge Wedding

 

Wedding Photography | Norfolk {Matthew & Gulnoor}

This weekend I shot the wedding of Matthew and Gulnoor. It was a beautiful sunny day, and Matt & Gulnoor chose to marry later on in the evening, so the light for photography was amazing. Gulnoor got ready for her big day at Barnham Broom Hotel. It was a hubub of excitement when I arrived. Hair and makeup well under way. With all 4 bridesmaids, mum and the bride, all in the same room, it was all very cozy.

As Gulnoor’s mum buttoned up the dress and put the veil into place, the emotions ran high and the nerves started to kick in. A few tears were shed, but soon enough, the fizz was flowing and the mood changed to excitement. We headed outside to the waiting cars. One quick photoshoot, and I was off to the church.

The ceremony took place at St Nicholas Church, Dereham. I see many beautiful churches in this job, this one was no exception.  After the heartwarming ceremony, it was just a short drive to their reception Venue, Matthew’s parents house, Hurley Lodge. I was here only a few days ago shooting the engagement photos. Lots of hard work had obviously gone into making the marquee and garden look as fantastic as it did.

The flowers and details were simply perfect, with a hint of cornflower blue throughout. Wild flowers in jars everywhere and plenty of references to Matt and Gulnoors life in London. After the speeches and food, it was time to party into the night, everyone did just that.

2015-09-24_0042 2015-09-24_0043 2015-09-24_0047 2015-09-24_0044 2015-09-24_0045 2015-09-24_0046 2015-09-24_0049 wedding photography norfolk 2015-09-24_0050 2015-09-24_0051 2015-09-24_0052 wedding photography norfolk 2015-09-24_0054 2015-09-24_0055 2015-09-24_0056 2015-09-24_0057 2015-09-24_0058 2015-09-24_0059 wedding photography norfolk 2015-09-24_0060 2015-09-24_0061 wedding photography norfolk 2015-09-24_0063 2015-09-24_0064 2015-09-24_0065 2015-09-24_0066 wedding photography norfolk 2015-09-24_0067 2015-09-24_0068 2015-09-24_0069 2015-09-24_0070 2015-09-24_0071 2015-09-24_0072 2015-09-24_0073 2015-09-24_0076 wedding photography norfolk wedding photography norfolk

It was a wonderful day. Many thanks to Lizzie Bishop for her help with the boys.


Aug 24 2015

Engagement Photography|Norfolk {matthew & Gulnoor}

Engagement

Photography|Norfolk

Hurley Lodge

Engagement Photography|Norfolk {Matthew & Gulnoor}  It had been a very hot day in Norfolk, but as early evening approached, it was starting to cool down nicely and the light was stunning. I met with London based students, Matt & Gulnoor, for their photo shoot, at Matt’s parents house in Dereham. Hurley Lodge is hidden down a country lane, nestled between rolling crops. A perfect location for their engagement shoot.

We took a nice walk around the extensive grounds, through the apple trees and the wild flowers. Then we wandered down the lane, to play in the corn fields. It was all great fun, until Matt was chased by a horsefly…his constant running away was comical.

We escaped the biting bugs and headed back to the Lodge for some sunset shots. As we waited for the perfect light, I spotted the sports car. Matt and his dad’s pride and joy. The boys built it themselves, it seemed only right we should use it for the shoot. Bright red and very fast, off matt and his fiancee Gulnoor sped, down the lane and out of sight. Upon their return, Matt turned to me and said, “your turn” and he took me for a spin too…wow, it was so much fun.

We arrived back at just the right moment, in perfect time, to capture the sun, as it set over an amazing shoot. I look forward to returning to Dereham and Hurley Lodge for the wedding.

An engagement shoot may seem like a luxury, but in my mind, it’s an essential. I am aware that some people don’t like having their photo taken, me included.  After a bit of time together, in front of the camera, people soon relax and actually start to have fun with it! When it comes to the wedding day itself, the photography side of things becomes the last thing you need to be nervous about.

Engagement Photography|Norfolk 2015-09-24_0024 Engagement Photography|Norfolk Engagement photography|Norfolk Engagement Photography|Norfolk 2015-09-24_0028 Engagement - Matt and Gulnoor - Norfolk Engagement Photography|Norfolk Engagement photography|Norfolk Engagement Shoot|Matt & Gulnoor|Norfolk Engagement Shoot|Norfolk Engagement Photography|Norfolk 2015-09-24_0034 Engagement Shoot|Norfolk Engagement Photography|Norfolk Engagement Matt and Gulnoor Norfolk 2015-09-24_0038 Engagement Shoot|Norfolk Engagement Photography|Norfolk Engagement Shoot|Norfolk Engagement Photography|Norfolk


Apr 20 2015

Family Photo Shoot Plantation Gardens Norwich

Family Photo Shoot

Plantation Gardens Norwich

The journey continues and once again, I get to work with Emily and her beautiful little family. Emily and Lee had been together many years, but, as it does, life has had its ups and downs. Thankfully this lovely couple have found each other again. Lee’s little boy, Joe, and his half sister, Poppy, are totally inseparable.

The fun and games started with a walk through Norwich. We were headed to one of the city’s well hidden secrets. We went to the Plantation Gardens, a truly mysterious spot concealed in the centre of town. Living in Norfolk is perfect for photography locations. Close enough to the coast for a beach shoot, or maybe a wander round one of our beautiful country houses. Close by is Blickling Hall, such a fantastic shoot location.

In the beginning there were a few tears, but soon enough, they were replaced with laughter, as Joe and Poppy blew bubbles into my lens. Blessed once again with clear blue skies, the shoot was so much fun. The Gardens offer so many hidden areas to discover, including a zig zag staircase to climb and its beautiful pond. A wonderful playground for children and adults alike.

I am such a lucky girl to call this my job. I think working with children is very special, and I really do enjoy what I do. If you like my photographs below and would like to book a shoot, I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Jo x

Family Photo Shoot Plantation Gardens Norwich

Family Photo Shoot Plantation Gardens Norwich 2015-09-24_0020

2015-09-24_0016

Family Photo Shoot Plantation Gardens Norwich

Family Photo Shoot Plantation Gardens Norwich

Family Photo Shoot Plantation Gardens Norwich

Family Photo Shoot Plantation Gardens Norwich

emily lee


Oct 19 2014

Hacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain | Jamie and Claire

Hacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain | Jamie and Claire

It was way back last year, when I met with Jamie and Claire, to talk about their exciting wedding plans. I cooked us all dinner, and as we ate, they filled me in on all the details of their dream wedding.  It was to be in the  luxury Hacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain. I was thrilled to be their chosen photographer. After the excitement of shooting Paul and Jo’s wedding in Portofino, Italy. It felt good to be planning another destination wedding in the sun.

The countdown to the wedding flew by and before long it was time to make my way to Spain. It was a very early start as I drove through a misty  September sunrise. Although I was loaded down with heavy bags of camera equipment, I still had a spring in my step, happy to be jetting off to the Spanish sunshine.

Driving from the airport, on the ‘wrong’ side of the road, is never an enjoyable experience. but. It was soon forgotten as I sipped a cold beer on the beach, accompanied by the entire wedding party. We ate tapas, chatted and got to know each other, as the sun set over the tranquil sea, illuminating the sky with  a multitude of pinks and purples.

I jumped out of bed nice and early to super warm sunshine. Perfect day for a wedding. As I travelled up into the mountains towards Mijas, little wispy white clouds drifted in. A photographers dream. Up and up we went, then I saw it, Hacienda San Jose.  At the top of a winding driveway,  lined with tall cypress trees, there sits the gleaming white villa. It’s tower dominating the skyline. I couldn’t wait to explore.

Hacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain | Jamie and Claire Hacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain | Jamie and Claire

After a big breakfast by the private pool, I got to work. The place was buzzing with activity. Room after room of people preening and preparing for the best day ever. Claire and Jamie had thought of everything and the preparations ran like clockwork. I watched the garden transform in front of my eyes. Claires vision for her dream wedding had become reality.

Hacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain | Jamie and Claire Hacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain | Jamie and Claire

The bridesmaids looked beautiful in their natural dusky pink dresses as they helped Claire into her dress. There were tears as Claire’s mum, Sue, fastened the buttons. Such an elegant lace dress. The open back was perfectly suited to such a sleek woman as Claire. Bridesmaid Chloe handed Claire her bouquet of roses and they were set to go. Dad arrived to walk his beautiful daughter through the Hacienda and into the garden. He looked like the proudest man on earth.

Hacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain | Jamie and Claire Hacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain | Jamie and Claire Hacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain | Jamie and Claire Hacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain | Jamie and Claire Hacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain | Jamie and ClaireHacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain | Jamie and Claire

Hacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain | Jamie and Claire

Hacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain | Jamie and Claire

Hacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain | Jamie and ClaireHacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain | Jamie and Claire

Hacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain | Jamie and Claire

Hacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain | Jamie and Claire Hacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain | Jamie and Claire Hacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain | Jamie and Claire

Hacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain | Jamie and Claire

Hacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain | Jamie and Claire

Hacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain | Jamie and Claire

Hacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain | Jamie and Claire Hacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain | Jamie and Claire

Hacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain | Jamie and Claire

Hacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain | Jamie and Claire

Waiting at the altar in the warm late afternoon sun, Jamie looked smooth in his pale blue linen suit. Still making jokes and laughing as he awaited his bride. Preceded by bridesmaids and flower girls and their handfuls of fresh flowers, Claire arrived, a vision of perfection. Her smile beamed as she took in the beauty of the garden and its transformation. Sheer excitement to see Jamie and marry the man she loves.

Hacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain | Jamie and Claire

Hacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain | Jamie and Claire Hacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain | Jamie and Claire Hacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain | Jamie and Claire

Hacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain | Jamie and Claire

Hacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain | Jamie and ClaireHacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain | Jamie and Claire

The ceremony was highly emotional as Jamie and Claire read their hand written vows to each other. I don’t think anyone held back the tears, as they spoke from the heart. Then came the turn of the flower girls. Each had a few words to read, both were overcome with emotion and there were too many tears to talk. A loving hug from the bride and groom helped them through, although this soppy old photographer had to pause to wipe her eyes!

A traditional custom in Spanish weddings is the giving of coins. After the blessing, the 13 coins are given by the groom to his new wife to symbolise his willingness to support her and trust in her. The bride accepting them signifies her willingness to trust him and be prudent.

After the ceremony, everyone made their way up to the lawn. Homemade cocktails were being served in old jam jars. Looking out over the distant mountains, feeling a slight breeze, this was the perfect way to cool down in the warm sun. The (not so formal) formal photographs took place then it was time for the long awaited speeches. They were hilarious!

celebrate | Jamie and Claire check out the ring | Jamie and Claire playful groups | Jamie and ClaireHacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain | Jamie and Claire

After some amazing food, as the golden hour approached, I took Jamie and Claire off  for some photos in the Hacienda and its surrounding gardens.

Hacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain | Jamie and Claire Hacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain | Jamie and Claire Hacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain | Jamie and Claire Joanna Killingworth Photography | Jamie and Claire   Hacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain | Jamie and Claire Hacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain | Jamie and Claire Hacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain | Jamie and Claire

Hacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain | Jamie and Claire

Hacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain | Jamie and Claire

Joanna Killingworth photography | Jamie and Claire

Hacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain | Jamie and ClaireHacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain | Jamie and Claire

Time flew by as people partied into the night. Dancing and singing under a beautiful sunset. Hacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain is a truly magical place to be.joanna killingworth photography | Jamie and Claire Hacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain | Jamie and Claire sunset | Jamie and Claire sunset | Jamie and Claire

cale cutting |  Jamie and ClaireHacienda San Jose Mijas Costa Spain | Jamie and Claire

first dance


Sep 19 2013

Newborn photo shoot | Sebastian | Norwich |Norfolk

 Newborn photo shoot

Baby Newborn photo shoot are always such a beautiful occasion, worlds away from the high pressure and fast pace of shooting a wedding. This shoot was certainly no exception. Baby Sebastian was a delight to photograph. He was a real sleepy head, only waking a couple of times, for a little feed.

I first met Craig, Sebastian’s daddy, when we worked together a few years ago. I was so excited to hear his partner Hannah had given birth to a beautiful baby boy, even more excited when they asked me to photograph him. I have already photographed Craig with his sister Emma and her children. We had a great family photo shoot in a local nightclub of all places! It was during the day, closed to the public, but all painted white, great location.

Newborn photo shoots usually take up to around 4 hours. This may sound like a long time, but the time flys by so fast. To get the lovely sleepy photographs you see here, it is important to ensure baby is happy and relaxed. Patients is most certainly required here. I use white noise on my phone and plenty of cuddles to get baby into a deep sleep.

I prefer to photograph babies in their own home, its more relaxing for both mum and baby to be in a familiar setting, with everything to hand. My little studio is simple to set up. Even easier if I can shoot with natural light, as I did with Sebastian, without the need for extra lighting. Having said that, I have a great little set up at my home, perfect for Newborn photo shoot.

Heres a little taster of our newborn photo shoot together.

newborn photo shootNewborn photo shootnewborn photo shootNewborn photo shoot

If you are due to have a baby soon and would like a Newborn photo shoot, I would love to hear from you. Please do not hesitate to Contact me here.


Aug 9 2013

portofino italy wedding photography| Jo & Paul

portofino italy

wedding photography

portofino italy wedding photography

wedding photography {Jo & Paul}

As a wedding photographer, I get to see some pretty amazing weddings. This stunning wedding was no exception. portofino italy wedding photography

I first met with Jo and Paul at their home in Norfolk. Cup of tea in hand and their mischievous cat on my lap, I began to hear about Jo and Paul’s grand wedding plans. The destination for this perfect wedding was to be, no less than, the Italian Riviera. Portofino to be precise.

High above the port of Portofino, looking out over the multi million pound yachts and cars, sits A villa called Castello Brown. Cleverly crafted into the  hillside above the port, this place boasts the most spectacular views of the mediterranean sea and beyond.

The night before the wedding, I got to meet all the family and friends over, what else, pizza! The excitement filled the air as we and chatted into the night. It was an early night for me. I wanted to fresh for the big day ahead.

On the morning of the wedding,I woke up early . My hotel was right on the beach, so, before my breakfast, I went for a quick swim with the locals. A great way to start the day.

The temperature was already rising and it wasn’t even 10am. I took a short drive to the venue, and met with the family at the port. After a quick drink in the hot sun, we started the steep climb to Castello Brown. Many stairs later, and there it was…THE most beautiful wedding location to date.

The bridal party were very calm as they got ready for the day. Jo had thought of everything. Each and every detail was classic and beautiful. When I first saw her dress, I think a tear came to my eye. Low cut back with an italian lace infill. I couldn’t wait to see her with it on.

In the courtyard, preparations had been made for the ceremony. Paul was waiting, nervous and excited for his bride to meet him at the alter. Lead by her bridesmaids and flower girl, arm in arm with her proud dad, Jo arrived. A vision of perfection indeed.

The ceremony over and the celebrations begin. Plenty of food and wine was consumed, and everyone partied well into the night. A perfect celebration of a wonderful couple. Congratulations Jo & Paul and thank you for choosing me to photograph your wedding.

Thanks also to infinity wedding planners . Barbara, you made me feel most welcome, I hope to shoot alongside you again soon. portofino italy wedding photography

portofino italy wedding photographyportofino italy wedding photographyportofino italy wedding photographycastello brown portofino 004portofino italy wedding photographycastello brown portofino 005castello brown portofino 006portofino italy wedding photographycastello brown portofino 008portofino italy wedding photographyportofino italy wedding photographyportofino italy wedding photographyportofino italy wedding photographyportofino italy wedding photographycastello brown portofino 014portofino italy wedding photographycastello brown portofino 016portofino italy wedding photography


Jul 8 2013

Castello Brown Portofino Wedding

Castello Brown

Portofino Wedding

Jo & Paul- Castello Brown Portofino Wedding

 

This weekend I was photographing a wedding at Castello Brown in Portofino, Northern Italy.

I have been to some truly amazing places in the world.  I have seen some mind blowing sights, but Nestled in the mountains over looking the luxury port of  Portofino, sits Castello Brown. This ancient castle was the setting the magical marriage between Jo and Paul.

I had the pleasure of working alongside Barbara Calo and her team from Infinity Weddings and Events . Barbara is a wedding and events planner based in Tuscany. I look forward to working with her again in the near future. Castello brown Portofino wedding.

Photography, to me, is sometimes not just about the stunning locations, but equally about the people I meet, and this weekend in Portofino was no exception.

This is one of my favorite photos from the day, many more to come.

 

Castello Brown Portofino Wedding

 


Jun 25 2013

A day on the broads with Sue & Jon

You gotta love it when your bride and groom say they want to do their engagement shoot on their boat! Today we spent a lovely day on the broads, aboard ‘Destiny’, and very relaxing it was indeed. I am really looking forward to their special day, Jon and Sue are such fun to be around.

jon and sue


Jun 20 2013

Charlotte & Ben’s Hockering Hall Wedding

A wonderful day was had by all. Charlotte and Ben got married at Hockering house in Norfolk. The day was filled with laughter and tears. They had the cutest flower girls. The cake was blueberry and white chocolate, and to top it off, we were drenched in golden evening sunlight.Take a look at this little taster.

charlotte and ben 2013-06-20_002 2013-06-20_003 2013-06-20_004 2013-06-20_005 2013-06-20_006

 


Jun 14 2013

Jo & Paul

In less than a month I will be jetting off to Portafino in Italy for the wedding of Jo and Paul. It promises to be a stunning occasion.

Jo & Paul are both so much fun to photograph. Here’s a taster of the fun we had in the sun last weekend at Forncett St Peter where they live.

jo and paul 2013-06-14_005 2013-06-14_006