Norfolk skies

Norfolk has big skies. Because the county is so flat, you get a 180 degree view of the sky when in the open countryside and there’s lots of that here too. After we moved here, I was keen to see what was visible in the sky at night as we are in a rural village with no street lights so light pollution doesn’t cause a problem .

Last night I used my full-frame Sony A7 II and FE 16-35mm f4 lens on a tripod in the garden (and it was freezing!!) and took some long exposures using the 500 method (your focal length – in this case 16mm – divided by 500 = the shutter speed needed for stars to avoid or minimise star trails as the planet moves). These were 30 second exposures.

I’m so chuffed with my first attempt! Most experienced landscape photographers would probably laugh at my pathetic effort, but I LOVE the view of the Milky Way that I’ve managed to capture here. The images after these were all taken in our frosty garden the morning after…

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Norfolk Wedding Photographer, Kim Hawkins

In August this year after 16 years living in Hoddesdon, Brian and I moved from Hertfordshire to the beautiful East Anglian countryside. This means that I have become a Norfolk wedding photographer!

That’s not to say that I won’t be working in other areas – I’ll be travelling around to various places within the UK and abroad to shoot weddings, as I’ve always done. It’s just that Norfolk has some of the most fantastic landscapes, seascapes and wedding venues and I’m very much looking forward to working more in East Anglia.

I’ve previously shot engagement shoots in this part of the world, thanks to my clients’ good taste so I know some places very well, including Blakeney, Cley, Wells-Next-The-Sea, Sheringham, Cromer and Holt. I’ve gratuitously added some images of some these places to this post just to brighten up a gloomy, misty morning in late October :)

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Lovebirds in the forest

I had the absolute pleasure of photographing these two yesterday…

Ashridge Estate, National Trust, Engagement, photography shoot

After I sent the couple’s image gallery over, I received this reply from Anna:

Sqqqqquuuuueeeeeeaaaaaalllll!!!!! Oh my goodness Kim they are just sensational!!!!!!! I think we will def be ordering more than the 3 :-) they are fab! Thank you!
I will be in touch soon with orders :-)

I love it when I get feedback like this!

 

Wedding Photography teacher

As well as being a full time wedding photographer, I work freelance as a wedding photography teacher for a company in Buckinghamshire called The Trained Eye, which is a photography training school. They offer courses from very beginners with DSLR cameras, through to advanced year-long courses designed to teach all you need to get started as a fully fledged wedding photographer.

We held a four-day wedding seminar a couple of weeks ago and the weather was glorious – it was such a joy to shoot beside the beautiful River Thames at Bisham and at Hedsor House near Beaconsfield – here are a few images from the day!

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Autumnal South Farm wedding – Emma & Alex

South Farm is a beautiful wedding venue at any time of the year but especially around October and November, when all the autumn colours are on full view for all to see and enjoy. I’ve shot many autumnal South Farm weddings, and this one truly was glorious in all its colour and detailing – Emma and Alex had always wanted an outdoor wedding and they were not disappointed with the fantastic weather we had all day. Especially considering that there had been a bit of a monsoon the day before!

The old steam engine that South Farm usually has outside the main farmhouse had been removed for refurbishment and they had another, smaller engine temporarily – but this still made for a stunning after-dark image of the happy (ecstatic!) couple late into the evening, before the manic dancing took over in the barn. Please enjoy this taste of the lovely Emma and Alex’s big day from November…and thanks to Gemma Morgan for second shooting!

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A South Farm wedding – Emma and Alex

Just a first look today, folks.

I’ve just finished editing this wedding from yesterday (9th November) because I couldn’t wait to get it online for Emma and Alex. It was the most beautiful day after suffering an absolute monsoon on Saturday and the couple glowed all day long, making my job very easy indeed!

Just wait until you see the rest of this wedding – coming soon to my blog!

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Charley and Grant’s wedding in St. Bride’s Church, London

I was delighted when Charley’s Dad, Paul – who I knew through my previous job – booked me to document his daughter Charley’s wedding, especially as it gave me the opportunity to shoot in the beautiful St. Bride’s Church off London’s Fleet Street – the area which used to house the headquarters of all the UK’s national newspapers. The church itself is tucked away up a narrow alley and was designed and built by Sr. Christopher Wren in 1672. The church spire is nicknamed ‘The Wedding Cake’ for reasons that are obvious as soon as you set eyes on the magnificent structure. Because of its long previous association with the newspapers, it is still known as the Journalists’ church.

Charley and Grant and I met one evening a few weeks before their wedding to have an engagement shoot, some of which I shot on medium format film with my Pentax 645N analogue camera – we were blessed with fantastic evening sunshine which helped to make the images warm and romantic. On the day of wedding itself, the weather again was beautiful and allowed me the chance to capture Charley and Grant’s portraits at various times during the day, right up to the evening reception. Thanks to my colleague Frances for second shooting this wedding with me and taking the guy shots and stunning upstairs vistas at St. Brides. What follows are images from Charley and Grant’s evening engagement shoot, followed by their wonderful wedding in London.

Please enjoy the very first post on my brand spanking new website and blog!

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Family Photography – Porch family

After photographing Kate and Rob’s wedding in 2012, I had the pleasure of knowing that the couple were expecting their first child and when he duly arrived, I was booked to capture some images of the lovely little Jack with his Mummy and Daddy!

We met one Sunday at Knebworth House recently to do a short but sweet session as Jack was a little tired! Since then, he’s grown a lot and I look forward to meeting and photographing him again soon.

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Sara and Mohammed – a Persian wedding in Berkshire

Sara and Mohammed had two weddings – an official, legal and traditional Persian wedding and then a pure party at Hedsor House in Buckinghamshire. My colleague Mike shot the party day and I had the honour of documenting the couple’s weekday Persian wedding in Berkshire a few days earlier – the weather was scorching and really fitted with the middle-eastern vibe.

After the register office ceremony and formal photographs, we all made our way to Sara’s parents’ house where a large marquee had been erected in the garden and been decorated beautifully for the religious ceremony and feast afterwards (and WHAT a feast!)

I absolutely loved capturing all the small details that had taken so long to prepare and lay out – the sweets, the flowers and candles. I also enjoyed photographing all the emotions on show throughout the day, from Sara at the Register Office to Mohammed’s father hugging his son to the tears that flowed during the ceremony at the house. This really was a beautiful day and I absolutely loved sharing it with Sara, Mohammed and their families, who made me feel so welcome I was very touched.

Please enjoy this taste of their day..

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RedTree wedding album from a Woburn Abbey Wedding

I love the whole album design and production process – and I especially love my couples’ reactions when they first set eyes on them. Time and time again I hear the same thing – “Our photos looked great on the computer but they’re so much better in the album!” Proof positive I think, should you need it, that there’s nothing better than a printed photographic record of your big day…these albums will last for many years to come and will invite you to take them out, put them on your knees and enjoy reliving your wedding day, time and time again.

RedTree albums are based in Kentucky in the US and this was a Japanese fabric-covered flush mount 12×12″ album with 20 spreads, showcasing a wedding that I photographed in October last year at Woburn Sculpture Gallery in Bedfordshire. The printing is beautiful and gives rich, deep colours which is a trademark of my style of photography.

Fabric RedTree wedding album

Fabric RedTree wedding album

Fabric RedTree wedding album

Fabric RedTree wedding album

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