Tuesday, 22 November 2011


Now is the mad rush in to Christmas, the deadline for every ones wedding pictures and family portraits is fast approaching. The mild weather has been fantastic for my outdoor portraits, I can't believe we've still not had our first frost this autumn! At this time of year the weddings are a little quieter and the portraits just go crazy. I've been working both in the gardens of my manor house location, I've also been taking more and more of my portraits on location in the surrounding chiltern hills this year. Chesham is surrounded by so many stunning backdrops, here are a few pictures from over the past month. I'll blog some of my autumnal portraits soon, watch this space!

Enjoy your week!

Thursday, 10 November 2011


An Elizabethan Manor was built in 1598 on a green and secluded hill just east of Maidenhead on what was thought to have been the site of an Anglo-Saxon settlement dating back at least 1,300 years. A devastating fire completely destroyed that house in 1660, the existing Georgian property was built in 1751 and it remained a private residence until 1958.

The building has a rich and varied history following its presentation by James l to Hampson, the first governor of Virginia in 1628. It was owned by Pascoe Grenfell, the MP for Great Marlow and Penrhyn in 1794 before being sold to the Marquess of Thomond in 1838. It has been put up for sale by auction twice, once in 1875 and again in 1906 where auction booklets have clearly recorded the many changes to the property over time.

The grounds of the Hotel hold a number of interesting trees. The Cedar of Lebanon, introduced into Great Britain in 1638 was planted in the gardens around 1880. But the trees with the most interesting story by far are the Tulip Trees. These trees were planted over 220 years ago and are reputed to be the tallest and fattest examples in Europe.

Taplow House was the setting for the wedding of Emma and Geraint a few weeks ago, their table plan theme was based around the French wine regions. They also appropriately staged their evening reception in the hotels former wine cellars, adorning the walls with wine themed pictures to accompany the great selection of wines on offer to their guests.  I really enjoyed photographing this lovely relaxed wedding, as always no wine for me, at least not till I got home that evening!

I was working at Taplow House again last week, the Tulip Trees were covered in striking autumnal colours with blue skies above, blog to follow.

I hope you enjoy looking at Emma & Geraint's pictures.

Enjoy your week!

Tuesday, 1 November 2011


Originally built as a hunting lodge in what was then part of Windsor Park, the house afforded rest to the Royal hunting parties before resuming the chase. In 1737 the English Poet, Thomas Gray, visited his uncle who owned the house and was inspired to write his “Elegy in a Country Churchyard”. Later, the house, known as Cant’s Hill, became the property of the Clifton Brown family, famous for their association with the Palace of Westminster.

A few weeks ago the hotel hosted the wedding of  Teresa and Ray, lots of rain cloud dodging was required on the day to catch the occasional blue skies in the pictures. Their wedding ceremony was at St.Anthony's Church, Farnham Royal. Lots of children were invited to their lovely wedding at Burnham Beeches Hotel, this provided great picture opportunities for me. The hotel has lots of great backdrops for pictures come rain or shine. Here are some of the images from Teresa and Ray's wedding:   
Last weekends wedding was at Taplow House Hotel, stunning autumn colours everywhere and plenty of sunshine, blog to follow soon.

Enjoy your week!