2017 was a pretty good one for me, I got married, spent even more time taking photos and singing, left GDS to start an exciting new job, travelled to Japan, Hawaii and Romania, spent time with friends new and old, saw friends get married, babies born and celebrated some milestone birthdays. If you ignore the news and everything else going on in the world it was a pretty wonderful year.

But I’d rather sum up my year with pictures instead of words so here’s my 2017. I’m excited to see what 2018 brings.

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Lee Anne & Paul

After getting married in New York last month Lee Anne & Paul wanted to have a shoot back in their home city and I was delighted to oblige. Take any excuse to get all dolled up and put on your wedding outfits again I say!

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What’s next*

After 3½ years I’m moving on from @gdsteam.

Come the end of October I’m going to be saying goodbye to GDS. It’s not going to be easy to leave but I’m excited to move on to new things and to take a bit of time to work on my side projects and photography.

The last three and a half years have been an amazing learning experience and I’ve been lucky enough to work with (quite frankly) the best team through three incarnations.

Ali, Liv, Ben, Russell, Lou, Hurrell, Giles, Matt, Mat, James, Claire, Nat, Sarah, Ella, Angus, Lucy, Sonia, Stephen, Graham, Ryan, Boxall, Wendy, Alex, Tim, Becky, Clara, Amy, Kate to name a few, thank you. Sorry I couldn’t fit you all in the picture. 



So what is next?

Well first of all I’m going to take a bit of time to sleep and read some of the books that are piled up on the bedside table. The last 15 months have been crazy and frankly I need to give myself some time and space to recover from that.

After that I plan to take a lot more photos.

And then after that (subject to vetting) I should be heading to the College of Policing to help build and manage their creative and social media team.

So, in the meantime if you need a photographer or a producer/delivery manager for a short term contract get in touch.

*If I can use a West Wing quote as a blog post title then I will.

Lucy & John

Part of what I love about photography and especially photographing people is that you never quite know what you’re going to get. When Lucy suggested doing this shoot at the Barbican I had some ideas in mind, but London had other ideas. That Monday was so dull and overcast that right from the off we were fighting against the vanishing light, but, Lucy and John being the awesome couple that they are weren’t put off. It gave us the opportunity to do a shoot that used the surrounding light from the Barbican along with what remained of the daylight, and in the process created some of my favourite photos.

Lucy and John could not have been a more fun and relaxed couple to work with, no matter the suggestion they were up for trying out different things and running around the Barbican searching for the next interesting location. As you can see from the photos they are so beautifully comfortable and in love with each other and that really shines out of them.

Also, Lucy really reminds me of Emma Stone in La La Land, which is no bad thing.

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Couple/engagement shoots

I really enjoy taking photos of couples, well people in general really, but couples are a lot of fun because you get to see the enjoyment that they get from being with each other shining through.

Here’s a small collection of some of the couples I’ve worked with recently.

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Poppies – the year long project

I love poppies, they remind me of glorious summer days in my beloved grandparent’s garden. So I knew I wanted to incorporate them into the wedding in some way.

There was no way to use real ones (they last for such a short amount of time when picked). So the idea of creating paper poppies instead was born.

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Evolving signage

GDS (the Government Digital Service) just moved into a new building and I love what the Design team are doing with the signage. We moved in as soon as possible after the builders and things like toilets, prayer rooms and stairs weren’t sign posted yet. Instead of getting HR to put up wayfinding where they thought they should be people started putting up post it notes to mark important things, like where the toilets are. 

The Design team have been going around and converting those into signs and then updating them as people write feedback on them. 

So the signs in our building work for us and are in the places where people naturally look for information. 

It sounds obvious but it’s a really nice and organic touch.