So here we are, a couple of weeks in to 2017 and the dust is finally settling on a hectic few months for us here at Doxey Creative!
2016 saw us move into Wedding Photography and we were thrilled to work with some beautiful couples to capture their special day.
Not only that, but we had the pleasure of shooting the new catalog for Alexandra Dunn Racing, covering their open day as well as numerous private Equine shoots for a number of clients.
We're currently planning the events for 2017 and already looking a bit on the busy side, which is exciting. There are a few available weekends/weekdays in the next couple of months though, so if you're interested in a shoot, please get in touch.
There's no obligation and we'll happily talk through your requirements before requiring any commitment.
Have a great end to the week!
It's been a busy few months with plenty going on both at work and at home. With a few private projects completed and photographing a lovely wedding the other week, I've been lucky enough to be part of some really special occasions.
Probably the most entertaining has been working with a few people on photographing their Horses and events they have been attending. It's an area of photography which is quite new to me, but I'm loving being around these beautiful animals, even with their unpredictability. I'm on the look out for more people who would like photos of their horses, so if that's you, do get in touch.
In the last couple of weeks I've also upgraded my camera equipment and I'm really excited at the opportunities my new Canon 1DX Mk1 will open up, although I confess I'm finding it more than entertaining when switching between that and the 5D Mk3! Thankfully the results from both bodies are proving to be very pleasing, so once I'm properly up to speed, the world is my oyster.
The next couple of weeks involve moving house, attending a community event, photographing some bee's (yes bee's!) and an engagement shoot. I can't wait to meet the couple and have a chat about their wedding plans. Exciting times!
You have to love the Great British Bank Holiday. The promise of sun on Saturday didn't disappoint, but sadly, the rain forecast was also true to form.
The August Bank Holiday is the annual home of the Evesham Angling Festival. I remember my first trip there as a young girl, eager to see the greats in action. I had won a competition earlier in that year to meet Bob Nudd and nearly two years in to my love of Fishing, I was walking the banks of the River Avon, in awe of these fantastic men and women who were able to entice a fish into their net in order to try and win the title.
It's now an annual trip for myself and my parents. My Dad and I as keen as ever on the Fishing and my Mum on the social. Having spent so many years Fishing and helping out around the world of Angling, we have made a fair few connections and were thrilled so see so many old friends there again this year.
As always, we walked the entire stretch of the River which was holding the match. With the fabulous Pork Bap and Cider on offer in the marquee outside Raphael's Restaurant, we were fuelled and ready to walk in to Town to see how everyone was getting on.
The only disappointing aspect really, was some of the weights that were produced. One argument is that Bloodworm and Joker should be banned and another, that there are too many matches being held in the lead up to the festival. Both may have their place, but I feel the argument against Bloodworm and Joker must be gathering support.
The weather on Saturday was fantastic and I made the most of being able to walk the bank of the River without a care to how muddy/wet the camera kit was getting. This was sadly not the case on Sunday and Monday when I (and my camera kit) became very good friends with the Evesham mud while trying to take a few shots(!)
I do wonder sometimes how I ended up with a hobby that involves sitting on a riverbank trying to catch fish in all weathers and a career that involves being outside (sometimes sitting) in all weathers! I think something went wrong somewhere...
Anyway, on to a brighter note and I was pleased to see so many people coming out to support the event. The Tackle village also looked a lot better this year and hopefully all of the traders saw a rise in their profits.
On my last couple of visits to the Festival I have been tied up with some software I have created and spent most of my time missing out on the weigh-in's and seeing the catches, so this year I decided to just do some Angling Photography. This plan definitely paid off as I got to witness this beautiful 11lb Barbel, caught by Andrew Murphy to win the Evesham Championship (Individual) event on Saturday.
I'd also like to say a special congratulations to Dean Barlow for winning the Wychavon Championship on Sunday. It mean't a lot to him and I'm sure everyone in the Angling World who remembers his Dad, will understand why.
Well done Dean.
I think every football fan and player could agree that this season has felt a long time coming. With no Euros or World Cup to keep us occupied, we have had to make do with a few pre-season matches and the dreams of a competitive fixture.
Yesterday, it all began again and as I arrived at the team coach we were all excited to get going and get to Eastbourne Borough to start the season as we (hopefully) mean't to go on.
I have to admit that leaving at 10.50am from Maidenhead, made me think I would have a lot of time to kill at The Sports and I would be able to capture some shots of the ground. Little did any of us realise that the M25 was in a terrible state, as was the last road in to Eastbourne. At just after 2.30pm, we arrived. With kick off delayed until 3.15, the team sprung in to action and started their warmup. So eager were they to get going that they swiftly removed all cases from the coach and headed to the changing rooms... taking my camera kit with them(!)
The first half of the match finished 0-0 and Maidenhead just edged the plaudits with Ben Wright's chance pushed wide, but there were some dangerous moments from Eastbourne, in particular from their set pieces.
Eastbourne were the better side in the first part of the second half and Worrall converted a penalty to take the lead. Maidenhead responded and were soon taking more chances and asking questions of the Eastbourne defence. Huggins was brought down in the area and Maidenhead's penalty was swiftly converted by Ben Wright.
That wasn't enough for the Magpies though and they continued to press. Ryan Upward's shot was picked up by Jake Reid and punched into the back of the net to take the lead.
Sam Barratt tried his luck from the half way line and was only just denied a stunning goal by the finger tips of the Eastbourne 'keeper.
The trip home had a feel good factor about it, made even better by the clear roads. For me, it was my last away trip until October due to other work, but can't wait for the first home match on Tuesday night.
There's such a buzz about the club at the moment and the fans were brilliant yesterday. After the second goal went in, they didn't stop singing "Alan Devonshire's black and white army". Let's hope they have something to sing about against Bishop's Stortford too!
Next game: York Road, Tues 11th Aug - 7.45pm
Welcome to my new website!
I've been meaning to organise myself a bit better for a while and now, in the first anniversary of my business starting, I have decided to launch the new site which you will all hopefully enjoy.
I aim to include little blog posts here and there to breakup what could be just an endless stream of photos and I hope you will all enjoy a few tales from my work as a Photographer.
As the official Photographer for Maidenhead United FC, most of my work in the coming year will be based on the round ball, but I also cover Rowing, Cricket, Rugby, community events and Weddings.
As with a lot of photographers though, I am happy to take on most challenges and if you would like any information on my pricing for attending Events, or would like some more information on what I might be able to do to promote you, your event and/or business, please get in touch via my contact page. My promise to you is that if I am unable to attend or I feel I'm not the best person for the job, I will recommend a photographer who will be able to help.