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Teenagers in ruins! – Bolton Abbey portrait photographs

These girls are just so beautiful it was a complete treat to photograph them at Bolton Abbey. Chiara on the left in this first photograph, is in her last year at school so her mum and dad wanted some portraits to celebrate her coming to the end of her schooldays. Emilia meanwhile is coming up for GCSEs this school year though no strain was showing the day we met! We had a great walk around the Abbey, on the river beach and over the stepping stones. George the dog came along too as he’s very much part of the family. It was hard to pick favourites but here’s a snapshot of what we got up to:

Perfect Languedoc wedding – Jason and Thalia, Chateau du Puits Es Pratx, Ginestas

This wedding at the fabulous Chateau du Puits Es Pratx in the village of Ginestas in the South of France was a dream in every way, especially for a photographer! Jason and Thalia chose to get married in the lovely vineyard there surrounded by their closest family and friends to ensure that the day was memorable but intimate and unusual. Of course the sun was shining, as it almost always is in the Languedoc and the day was relaxed, full of happiness and fun and gorgeous details to set it all off. I had an absolute ball. Congratulations to Thalia and Jason and thank you for making me so very welcome. Here’s a selection of shots telling the story of their wonderful day as I photographed it.



Silverback - September 21, 2011 - 4:32 pm

Lovely as ever. We were about 13 miles from there a few weeks ago on our way from Provence to Barcelona for the Spanish leg of our France/Spain tour. We all loved Provence and your photos have captured the light perfectly.

Stewart Randall - September 22, 2011 - 6:49 am

Awesome images and it so nice to see Ginestas again looking better than ever.

Kirby Fulton - September 22, 2011 - 1:48 pm

Amazing Photo’s Susie! They are really good! What a great day! ;-)

Joyce Karabulut - September 23, 2011 - 3:43 pm

Fantastic images! Well done Susie. I have never seen my daughter look more beautiful…. a fantastic time was had by both families.
Can’t wait to see the rest of the photographs

Portraits for a new start

I had a real treat of a portrait session last week. This gorgeous family is about to embark on a new chapter in their life as they leave Leeds and head to Devon. They told me they are going to keep chickens and have an eco-hot-tub and it sounds like a dream! To remind them of the happy times they’d had while they lived in Yorkshire, we spend a blissful hour in a tucked away corner of Meanwood Park to capture some images of them to make portraits for the walls of their new home. They move today. Good luck! Leeds will miss you but I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful life in Devon. At least the weather might be a bit better, though we did manage to persuade the sun to make a brief appearance for us while we did our session…

We caught a grasshopper! If you look carefully you can see it jumping out of Nicky’s hands…

Silverback - July 19, 2011 - 2:38 pm

Lovely family, lovely photos. What a great set of images to take with them on the new chapter in their lives. They must be thrilled with them, Susie.

Karina - July 19, 2011 - 6:42 pm

So full of life and colour, what a lovely family :-)

‘Summer’ in the City – portraits

Richard is a great friend of mine. To celebrate his recent birthday we decided to do a portrait shoot around the City of London with him and his partner Martyn.  It was an absolutely miserable evening weather-wise and normally I would have postponed a portrait shoot in such dark and wet conditions, but we’d arranged it all so carefully and I don’t get to London that often, so fuelled by copious quantities of champagne, we went ahead and had an absolute hoot. Like a policeman of course I wouldn’t normally drink on duty but as Richard is a close friend and was buying the champagne, what could I do?! He’s an architect and was responsible for the fitting out of the Swiss Re Tower (AKA the gherkin), so we got special permission to go to the top to take photographs. Then we wandered around in the rain before heading to Shoreditch House for dinner. What a treat!

Richard has a very cool Egg chair in his office, where we started the shoot…

The top of the gherkin is amazing inside and we had it all to ourselves. Sometimes the fisheye lens is called for…

When we headed back outside it was absolutely chucking it down. It was totally gloomy and my equipment was rather pushed to the limit without resorting to flash but I’d had a glass or two of champagne by this point and was convinced I could make it work! I’m glad we carried on regardless as I love the umbrellas and the reflections off wet pavements.

By the time we got to Shoreditch House I was soaked to the skin and looking extremely unglamorous. Luckily they have very cool bathrooms with hairdryers and straighteners so I was able to transform myself almost back to normal to mingle with the trendy media types. It was a fantastic evening and the shoot, while not done in the lighting and weather I would chose, was one of the most fun and memorable ever!
Thank you Richard and Martyn and I hope you like the results.

Neil - August 21, 2011 - 1:48 pm

I love these shots Susie, great fun and a story :) x

My own children, in Wales

It’s high time I updated my personal photography especially as Karl’s working away at the moment so I’m having to be a full-on mum most of the time. We went to Wales during the Easter holidays and I bravely took my camera with me when we went to the gorgeous Penrhyn Castle one day. It’s not a popular thing when I point the lens at my own children. I think I may have done it a little too much a while ago and now it meets with resistance every time. But I took the flack and managed to get Sasha, Maisie and Jasper off guard a few times and they even obliged occasionally and gave me a smile. So here they are, my beautiful children. And of course Digby, the beautiful dog.

HayleyRuth - May 10, 2011 - 1:04 pm

Gorgeous Susie, and Digby is a real cutie pie! :)