Destination wedding in Tuscany, Italy

I think most people will agree with me when I say we had a pretty awesome summer this year.  The sun shone for the majority of the time, people were living off barbecue food and ice lollies, and we had an exciting run in the World Cup!  On top of all that, I was lucky enough to work on a whole bunch of amazing weddings.  But all good things must come to an end, event long hot summers that feelas […]

Shabby chic Essex village wedding

It’s not often that the first stop on a wedding day is to the stables, but for Jaime and Chris’ wedding that is exactly what happened for me!  Jaime’s horse Toffee is a huge part of her life, and for Jaime it didn’t feel right not to include him in her special day.  However, horses are not usually welcome at wedding venues – especially a tiny village church!  So instead I went along to visit him and take some photos […]

A fairy tale wedding in Essex

Billie and Billy were married in May this year, on one of those beautiful warm days with the promise of summer ahead.  Billie wore a stunning princess gown, with sparkle and glitter from head to toe! All day long people were calling her a princess, and it really is the only way to describe the way she looked on the day.  A princess straight out of a fairy tale! There was a fairy tale theme to the whole day too, starting with Billie […]

Orsett Hall Wedding

I was very excited to book Daniel & Lee’s wedding earlier this year. It was the first time I was shooting alone at the prestigious Orsett Hall Hotel, and I couldn’t wait to make the most of the beautiful grounds the hotel is set in!  To make things even more exciting, the guys looked absolutely stunning in their Boss wedding suits. Daniel and Lee had decided to say their vows in the chapel in the grounds of Orsett Hall Hotel, which […]

Smashing Cakes

I have had a bunch of Cake Smash photoshoots in the studio recently.  A Cake Smash photoshoot is such a fun way to commemorate the milestone that is Turning One! At this age a lot of babies are constantly on the move and not interested in having their photograph taken.  The crawlers just want to crawl around, never content to sit in one spot for a posed portrait.  And the walkers are so intent on showing off their new skills […]

Sweet Sixteenth by the Seaside

A 16th birthday is quite a big deal, but one of the biggest questions of the whole situation  is “What do I buy as a gift for a 16 year old?”  A client of mine had the idea to buy her niece, Beth, a photoshoot, and it was received very well! Beth, along with her aunt, brother and parents, met me in Leigh-On-Sea for a location photoshoot.  She had a few ideas of her own, and I had some too, and […]

Snow is (almost) falling

I had the honour of being part of another lovely event held by Contact the Elderly at the weekend.  The Thurrock charity’s team held a huge Christmas dinner event for over 100 guests at The Orsett Hall on Sunday, and so much fun was had by everyone! You may know from my previous blog and social media posts that I am a massive fan of the work done by Contact the Elderly.  The sense of community and the relationships they provide for […]

Rachael on the Radio

A strange thing happened yesterday morning:  it’s the middle of half term and most usual avenues of entertaining the children have been exhausted, so we decided to pull out the big guns and go out for brunch and furniture shopping.  That wasn’t the strange thing – the children love a good sofa shop!  The strange thing was the phone call I received from BBC Radio Essex, inviting me on air to discuss photographing the elderly. Very quickly I realised this […]

A wedding-ful summer

The summer flew by this year, in a flurry of lace and tulle, champagne and canapes, and flowers and confetti.  I seemed to be working at a wedding every single week – if not more often than that!  And I absolutely loved every second. I was lucky enough to work at some beautiful Essex wedding venues, and experience some fabulous delights such as an outdoor wedding ceremony on a beautifully hot and sunny day, a silhouette artist cutting out the […]

Time for Tea

Last weekend I hosted a Contact the Elderly tea party.  Contact the Elderly is a charity that aims to tackle loneliness and isolation among our rapidly ageing population.  It was founded in 1965 and is the only national charity with this sole purpose.  It is supported by a volunteer network who organise monthly tea parties for small groups of older people across England, Scotland and Wales.  These tea parties provide a regular and vital friendship link every month to almost […]