Looking for a place to have your wedding reception, or host a corporate event?

Looking for a place to have your wedding reception, or host a corporate event?

Bower Hill Farm is located in South Nutfield, Surrey and is set in beautiful Surrey countryside and ideally located  8 miles from Gatwick Airport, and 20 miles from London. Certain fields at Bower Hill Farm are available to hire during the summer months for Wedding Receptions, Private Parties and Corporate Events. It is a well hidden gem and a beautiful location to host your special occasion.

Their main 5 acre field overlooks the lakes and rolling hills, making it a delightful setting for photographs. On the hills, in the distance, the stunning country mansion of Nutfield Priory Hotel can be seen. The field is supplied with water, and has a car parking area with independent road entrance. There is also a smaller field available for hire.

 They are now taking bookings for 2019 events. They can be contacted on: 01737 822639

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Choosing a Wedding Photographer

At the end of 2017, it was reported that the average cost of a wedding in the United Kingdom was £27,000. This special day should be one of the happiest of your lives, but it will also almost, certainly be one of the most expensive.

But, once the day is over and you have had the ceremony, eaten the wedding breakfast, cut the cake and danced the night away, the only tangible thing that you will have left to remember this momentous occasion is the photographs that your photographer has taken. This means that choosing the correct photographer is one of the most important decisions that you will make and is probably something that should not be skimped on. Imagine how disappointed you would be upon receipt of a series of low quality, or average photographs, once the day itself is over, and there is no going back? Every photographer has their own style and it is imperative that you choose one whose style you delight in.

It is important to have a rapport with your wedding photographer, knowing that you can trust them to capture all those important moments, leaving you to enjoy your wedding and spending valuable time with all your guests. It is, after all, those photographs that you will look back at and cherish for many years to come.

I consider it a great privilege to be asked to photograph a wedding, to be allowed to capture the start of your lives together. Every one is unique and personal, and special to the two of you and your wedding photographs should be too.

If you like my style, and think that we could work together, please don't hesitate to contact me.

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Digital cameras, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, VSCO

 A large percentage of the population now posess a smartphone. Children of younger and younger ages seem to be considering that they are an essential possession and everywhere we go, we see people ‘glued’ to their smartphones. Many smartphone users record almost every detail of their lives and some also post their photographs on their favourite social media sites. We are constantly bombarded with images of the lives of our friends and family and this can often result in us becoming blasé about them.

There are of course many benefits to having such easy access to recording our lives.

When I was growing up in Malawi, digital cameras had not been invented and all cameras used films which needed to be processed before any of the images taken with your camera could be viewed. Films tended to come with either 24, or 36 images and you had to think carefully before pressing the shutter, to decide whether or not it was an image worth capturing. Sometimes, it was many months before a film was finished, and you then needed to rewind the film back into its canister and take it to be processed. When I first started taking photographs, there was nowhere in Malawi where films could be processed and the films all had to be sent off to South Africa. There were no daily flights between Malawi and South Africa, which all contributed to the time between your film being sent off and the processed images being received, and there was always a chance that your film would get lost in transit and you would never get to see your images. I often had to wait between a month and six weeks for my processed photographs to arrive in the post. I still remember the anticipation of opening that well-sealed envelope. Invariably, there would be some disappointing images, but these would act as a good lesson of how not to take photographs, or what not to take them of. But there would always be several photographs which brought a smile to my face, as they brought to mind a special time, occasion, or person/people. These cherished images were then carefully mounted in my photograph album and I would go back to look at these images again and again. Now, many years later, I still look back at these images and they bring back many memories of my childhood. Eventually, Malawi did get its own photography processing facilities, but even then, you often had to wait a week or so for the images to be processed, and of course, you still had to wait for the film to be finished before you could send it to be developed. I think that this process made me appreciate the value of an image and the memories that it could invoke. We eventually got the equipment to create a darkroom at home, and I can still remember the delight I felt at being able to develop and print my own photographs. Back then, the images had to be processed to be viewed, but now they can be viewed instantly.

Digital cameras and smartphones have completely revolutionised the photography world and there are many advantages of digital photographs, but the biggest disadvantage (as far as I am concerned) is that photos tend to stay on phones and don't get printed out as often, or sometimes, ever. We tend to photograph everything, with no discernment and end up with hundreds or even thousands images on our phones or cameras, sometimes with good intentions to print some of the images, but good intentions are not always realised. Then, we go somewhere where we want to take some more photos, but discover that our memory cards are full and we then have to delete some of the previous photos that we have taken. If these images have not been backed up ‘in the cloud’, then we have probably lost them for ever. Sometimes, for no apparent reason, our gadgets stop working and there is no way to retrieve the images that we were storing on them.

I spend a lot of time wondering what many of today’s younger generation will look back at to recall memories of their childhood. I think that it would be a considerable shame if they are no longer able to retrieve any of their digital images and they haven’t got any printed images or albums to look back upon. 

Once a year, I make collections of my best photographs and I turn them into albums or collages or pictures and give them as gifts, to the special people in my life. They are always appreciated and valued. They are unique gifts which will be cherished for years to come, and people always appreciate the time that you have spent creating them. 

Important photos should be treated as works of art, printed out, mounted and framed, displayed on walls for everyone to see, or put into albums and viewed regularly. A photograph can instantly bring to mind that special occasion or person and bring a smile to your face and we all could do with smiling more!

A photo shoot with a photographer, or employing a photographer to record your special occasion, should result in many high quality and beautiful images being captured, but even then, they are of little value, if all of these amazing ‘frozen moments in time’ just sit on a USB stick/drive.

Your favourite image/s should always be printed out for you by your photographer who will have access to a professional printer, to produce a high quality photograph, which can then be framed or mounted and displayed on the walls of your house, so that it can bring a smile to your face EVERY SINGLE DAY, and not just on the off chance that you decide to look back through all of your photographs on your smartphone. The walls in my house are full of beautiful photographs.

Looking for inspirational ways to commemorate your pregnancy?

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Looking for inspirational ways to commemorate your pregnancy?

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Pregnancy is amazing. A new person is actually growing inside you! This should be celebrated and commemorated, but isn't always.

Some people feel well throughout their pregnancies and some feel ill; some show off their bumps and others don't like the way that their body is changing and feel 'big and awkward'.

I have four children and although I was well and had healthy pregnancies, I felt big and awkward and their are hardly any photographs of me when I was pregnant, and now when my children ask me if they can see a photo of them in my stomach, the only ones that I have to show them are the ones from the hospital scan.

I did consider getting a belly cast, but wasn't sure where I would mount it. If I had known about painting my pregnant stomach then, I would have had that done.

My amazingly talented friend, Katie ( Check out her Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/Katiesfestivalfaces/) does beautiful face painting for children and adults, and has just started painting pregnancy bumps. She can customise a design to your specifications, and if there is an older sibling (or 2, 3 or more), she can paint their faces or arms, too, to match/complement the design on your stomach.

I will be there at the session too, and at the end of it, I will take some beautiful photos of you and your painted bump, both alone and with any older siblings, and then print out a few of the best ones for you to. keep. What an amazing memento that would be.

That way, when your baby turns into a toddler (or older) and asks to see a photo of themselves your stomach, you will have some beautiful images to show them. They don't take up much storage space and will be enjoyed, appreciated and valued for many years after their birth, by both you and your children.

 

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Looking for a poem to be read at your wedding?

One of my favourite wedding poems:

Why Marriage - By Marl Nichols-Haining

Because to the depths of me, I long to love one person,                                                                       

With all my heart, my soul, my mind, my body.....

Because I need a forever friend, to trust with the intimacies of me,

Who won't hold them against me,                                                                                                              

Who loves me when I am unlikeable,                                                                                                        

Who sees the small child in me, and                                                                                                          

Who looks for the divine potential of me....

 

Because I need to cuddle in the warmth of the night,                                                                              

With someone who thanks God for me,                                                                                                      

With someone I feel blessed to hold.....

 

Because marriage means opportunity,                                                                                                          

To grow in love and friendship......... 

 

Because marriage is a discipline                                                                                                                    

To be added to a list of achievements... 

 

Because marriages do not fail, people fail,                                                                                              

When they enter into marriage,                                                                                                        

Expecting another to make them whole.......

 

Because knowing this,                                                                                                                                      

I promise myself take full responsibility,                                                                                                      

For my spiritual, mental and physical wholeness,                                                                                            

I create me,                                                                                                                                                        

I take half the responsibility for my marriage.                                                                                    

Together we create our marriage......                                                  

 

Because with this understanding,                                                                                                                

The possibilities are endless.

 

 

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