Advent: 3rd December – Passenger at the UEA

Advent: 3rd December – Passenger at the UEA

Last night was my second night out in a week (virtually unheard of!) as we headed off to the UEA to see Passenger. I took my daughter and her friend and as I was going to have to do the lifts and rather like Passenger, I though that I’d get myself a ticket as well.  I’m really glad that I did! We arrived quite early so that we could queue to get a good spot and we were pretty lucky be about four rows from the front  –  although there was off course the inevitable,  rather annoying tall person with big hair who appeared in front of us just before the gig started!  The evening kicked of with a set by a Canadian folk band called The Once who did a great job of warming the audience up and were very good! Then it was time for Passenger – a man with a guitar, bags of energy, great banter and lots of brilliant songs – some sad, some uplifting, some thought provoking  and some which elicited some great audience participation. Between songs Passenger  gave us a real insight into his career, his life and his music all peppered with lots of fun and humour. Never being one to travel without a camera I just happened to have my trusty 6D plus 50mm 1.4 lens tucked into my new birthday handbag and was able to get some good shots – in spite of the big man with the big hair (I’ll have to work on getting ride of him in photoshop!) The set came to a close with a great encore –...
My dream job- photographer in residence at West Acre Theatre

My dream job- photographer in residence at West Acre Theatre

As my family will tell you I do from time to time recount (bore them!!) about  how I “trod the boards” as drama student (alas more years ago than I care to remember).  Back in the day I had 3 fabulous years at Exeter University acting, creating, rolling around in footless tights  and being a bit radical (the drama department was the left wing bastion of a very conservative Uni!!).  After graduating I very nearly got a job with a TIE company before taking the sensible option and training as a teacher.   I then taught drama in secondary schools for a couple of years before moving into the world of publishing and marketing. Fast forward to 2014 and I am thrilled to announce that I have just been appointed photographer in residence at the lovely West Acre Theatre just outside Swaffham. My husband was very excited too and had my bags packed for me until I broke the news to him that it didn’t actually mean me living there (although by a strange coincidence the theatre does resemble our house somewhat as it is also a former Methodist chapel).  What it does mean is that I will be taking photos for the theatre over the summer season of  shows, workshops, special events and the venue itself. On Saturday I had my first assignment – to shoot the Creative Arts East Show Promoters’ Day  – which was a showcase of community theatre available for booking for the Autumn/Winter season.  It was a great day, with some fabulous performances ranging from an imaginative Pied Piper from The Norwich Puppet Theatre to...
Outdoor teen portrait shoot with guitar

Outdoor teen portrait shoot with guitar

It’s four months since I launched our new photography website  and three months since my last Blog post – so I think you could say – in the words of the subject in these photographs – I’ve been a bit of an “Epic Fail”!  As I type we are still holding onto summer with some absolutely glorious hot sunshine  – the perfect conditions for a  little shoot in the garden with my son Tom (“I need a new Facebook profile picture Mum”, I think was the original premise!) Perfect light for photography The light beneath the trees in our garden was just perfect with lots of low sunlight for a bit of sun flare – which is so “in” at the moment.  Over the coming weeks I hope to be posting lot more.  I’ve got all of our  spring and summer weddings to show along with more portrait sessions, events and client...