Looking forward to graduating with Howard Junior School

Looking forward to graduating with Howard Junior School

Tomorrow we’re off to the UEA for the graduation ceremonies at the Children’s University to take photos of  pupils from Howard Junior School.  This will be the 5th year that we’ve covered the event for the school and is part of an on going relationship that we have with them to provide photography and inspirational boards.  This year will be particularly hectic as the school has 100 pupils graduating and during the ceremony time is of the essence. Those of you on Twitter may have come across Howard Junior as they are always tweeting about their truly inspirational and innovative approach to learning.  Their school is also great fun, with their Head Greg Hill who is quite happy to muck in with fancy dress, wigs and flash mob dances all in the name of learning!...
Let’s dance!

Let’s dance!

I am so behind with Blogging!  I tell my marketing clients how important it is to blog regularly then don’t do it myself!  But here I am now back for a quick preview of another great performance evening at Neatherd High School.  this time it was for the annual dance show which showcased the work of the school dance groups along with the GCSE dance performances. Great...
Advent: 1st December – dull, cold and dismal

Advent: 1st December – dull, cold and dismal

A few years back I successfully blogged every day for advent – either one or several images.  Despite good intentions I’ve not quite managed to keep up with posting every day  in subsequent years.  However this year I’m going to give it another go with the aim of blogging both here and on my personal Blog The Pixel Chef. So here we are again.  It’s December.  We all wonder where the year has gone and if we’ll be able to stay ahead of the Christmas game in this relentless roller coaster ride to the 25th December. Today was a very grey and cold start to the festive season.  The light was flat and there was a hint of rain in the chill wind as you will see from today’s photos which were taken on my early morning walk in the country lanes, using my reactively new Sony Z3 camera which I’m loving! For tomorrow’s advent window visit The Pixel...
End of an era for the Brecks Partnership

End of an era for the Brecks Partnership

It was with a heavy heart that I headed out to the Green Britain Centre in Swaffham last week for an event to both celebrate the achievements and mark the dissolution of the Brecks Tourism Partnership. I have had the pleasure of working for the Brecks Partnership photographing a variety of tourist attractions in this often over looked area of natural beauty. Earlier in the year many of these photos featured on a special train designed especially to promote the area. Sadly however, the Brecks Partnership is to be dissolved following the withdrawal of several of its core funding streams. This comes despite successful projects, including the raising of £3.3m for rural development projects, instigating a biodiversity survey established the Brecks as one of the country’s nature hotspots, and helping to bring in £213m in tourism revenue. These and more of the initiative’s achievements were celebrated over the course of the evening in a variety of presentations including one by Partnership Manager Neil Featherstone. At the end of the evening Neil and his assistant Michelle were presented with prints by local artist Kerry Buck by Strattons Hotel owner Vanessa Scott who has been a keen supporter of the partnership for many years. I’ve been told that the Brecks website will remain live until early next year so if you haven’t explored this unique area of Norfolk and Suffolk why not head across to the site to see what you’re missing!  There are Castles, historical houses, wild and beautiful  landscapes and lots of opportunities for eating and drinking – see www.brecks.org  ...
Charity photoshoot for in aid of Nepal orphange

Charity photoshoot for in aid of Nepal orphange

On Saturday 31st of August we are offering a very special day of portrait mini shoots on the beautiful Millennium Green in Carbrooke. The event is in aid of the HCC Nepalese orphanage in Kathmandu, which looks after orphaned and abandoned street children in a loving and secure environment. Our friend Terry Mahoney, who also lives in Carbrooke,  has raised money for the orphanage since visiting Nepal several years ago and our event ties in with his annual fundraiser which is happening in the evening of 31st August. Our event starts at 10.00 and we will be offering  15-minute mini shoot sessions for families, teenagers, couples and children. As well as using the beautiful natural backdrop of the Green we will also be setting up a couple of themed areas and hope to be providing refreshments and a raffle. There is no set price for the shoot although we are giving a price of £25 as a donation guide price. For this you will receive  an online gallery of your pictures, your 5 favourite images on a disc along with an 8×6 print. There will also be options to buy more prints, canvases etc after the shot. Slots are filling fast so if you would like to book then please get in touch by phone: 01953 889401 or by emailing me at deb@2upltd.co.uk. You can find our more about the HCC orphanage on there website by clicking HERE. You can also keep up to date with the event by visiting the Facebook event page HERE Finally if you’d like to see a bit more of our style along with...
Brecks Awareness Week – Castle Acre

Brecks Awareness Week – Castle Acre

As I said in my previous post I’m going to be posting a few photos and a bit of information about some of the places that we visited for the Brecks photo shoot last summer.  First up Caste Acre. I just love Castle Acre – a beautiful Norfolk village full of character and history! On the day that we visited for our Brecks photo shoot we were blessed with glorious sunshine and blue skies – perfect for showing just what a beautiful place it is! Castle Acre takes its name from the walled castle in the village built in the 12th-century by the Normans.  It also features a famous priory – also dating from 12th-century and  inspired by the monastery at Cluny in France.  The Priory was  home to a community of monks until 1537, when Henry VIII disbanded all monastic houses. The priory’s ruins span seven centuries and include a beautiful 12th-century church with an elaborately decorated west front, still rising to its full height, a 15th-century gatehouse and a porch, and prior’s lodging still fit to live in.  Both sites are maintained by English Heritage – it’s free to visit the Castle while a family ticket for the Priory costs £15.20. The village also has a lovely pub called The Ostrich and  The Church Gate Tea Rooms – ideal for refuelling after a hard morning/afternoon of history! So if you’re looking for something to do this weekend why not give Castle Acre a look – I promise you won’t be disappointed!...