Jamie & Anna

Posted on May 19, 2019 by Admin under General
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Their wedding day 11th May 2019

Well their special day arrived and what a day!

With an early start, Sue and I arrived to find Anna excited and looking forward to their day. Their wedding ceremony was not until 2pm and the weather had so far been kind with plenty of warm May sunshine to bring an added smile to everyone’s face. With the lead up to a wedding everyone, including myself found themselves looking for the best weather App that shows the best forecast for the day, Silly really when you think about it but it happens, every time.

With the arrival of the Bridesmaids, Brides mum, makeup artist and hairdresser, it was not long before the first bottle of bubbly was opened and the celebrations were well and truly underway.

It is always an exciting time, with stories being exchanged and the usual nervous anticipation felt by all in the bridal party. Even with all the weddings that I have been privileged to photograph I am always amazed and fascinated at the level of skill that both the makeup artist and hairdressers have. The ability to turn already beautiful ladies into stunning princesses.

The bridesmaids Karly an Amy had been tasked by the Groom to be Jamie, to give Anna a special gift accompanied by a very personal note that I am sure Anna will cherish for years to come.

Even the girls were very emotional when they read Jamie’s note:

With day fast disappearing, it was all too soon for the Bride and brides party to get changed for the short trip to the registry office .

Arrival at the registry office

Unusually, Anna had decided to arrive before the Groom Jamie and take advantage of a private room with her girls for more bubbly prior to the wedding service.

Close behind saw the arrival of Jamie and his three Groomsman

With the guest arrival and sun still shining it was time for the main event!

With a nervous Groom waiting for the beautiful bride Anna to make her way down the aisle accompanied by two little ones.

The journey was about to reach its climax. This is always a time for smiles on everyone’s faces.

After a few words from the official, rings were exchanged and the marriage was official. The happy couple Jamie & Anna

Of course, the fairytale did not end here, despite the now pouring rain spotted outside by Anna, we were able to take advantage of the buildings beautiful interior for some family group photographs.

With the rain now finally easing off to acceptable dampness in the air, we e managed to steal a large group shot outside in the grounds of the Grange. Everyone was clearly happy and were not letting the sudden rain put a dampener on the day.

The reception was being held at the family farm with a large marquee, fantastic food, great entertainment and lots of happy and still smiling faces. The event topped only by the couples first dance and the excitement of a long and happy future together.

Congratulation to Jamie and Anna and thank you for letting us share your wonderful day.

Pre-wedding photo-shoots

Posted on April 16, 2019 by Admin under General

Jamie & Anna

One of the main reasons why I recommend a pre-wedding photo session prior to your wedding, which is by the way included in all of our normal priced full day wedding packages, is that it allows me to meet with the couples and to continue building a rapport with them both, which will help to ensure that they are both comfortable and at ease with me on their wedding day.

The session is usually short, around 45 minutes and is undertaken at a mutually agreeable destination, in fact, this is often undertaken at the couples chosen wedding venue. This provides us with an added opportunity to get a feel for the venue and to discuss any specific ideas either myself or the couples have. Visiting a venue also gives me an idea of where photos could be taken if the British weather turns and the heavens open up is also an added bonus. In fact, we always highly recommend a joint visit to the venue if this is not their chosen destination for their pre-wedding session. There are no additional charges associated with this subject to it being in an acceptable geographical destination in relation to my office, in which case travel costs may be incurred.

The two images below are featured in my portrait portfolio and are of the wonderful couple Jamie and Anna who will be getting married in May this year. Jamie is lucky to have access to a family owned farm, where they will be having a large marquee so there will be plenty of space. The session was a relaxed and chilled affair, in fact, it was rather cold despite the images seemingly showing otherwise 🙂

The soon to be married happy couple

As mentioned I find these mini sessions invaluable and always highly recommend them. As a note I also offer a separate engagement session which is available with any of our packages, this includes a great deal more images in both digital and print format which are supplied to my clients. Please contact me for further details. This said, the complimentary mini session offered with all our fully priced full day packages, is great fun and good value.

I hope you have enjoyed this short post and if you have any questions, please just call me, email me or just complete the contact form on my website.

Best wishes

Nigel

Something I want to share with you *A SPECIAL NIGHT*

Posted on December 21, 2018 by Admin under General

Seaford Down’s Syndrome and Special Needs Support Group

On the 30th November we offered our services with no hesitation to support a truly wonderful charity in Seaford.

When I was young my family had very close ties with children with Down’s, my sister at the time was volunteering at a private residential home in Hove whilst training to be an NNEB and we were so lucky to be able to have one of the young people for some Holidays etc at home. Our house would be filled with smiles and more love than you could possibly imagine. It was a fantastic experience and one which none of us would ever forget. Back then there was a great deal of stigma attached to children with Down’s, thankfully slowly but surely things have changed somewhat since the 70’s but I am sure many would agree there is still a way to go.

People who have no experience of Down’s would be so surprised at how clever some of these guys and girls really are and how much love they have to give in return for patience and understanding.

They are all individuals and all have their own wonderful personalities.

The same I am sure can be said of those youngsters who have various other forms of special needs.

The only thing to remember is that they are all very “special” people who deserve our help.

It is with this in mind that NLC PHOTOGRAPHY wanted to get involved and offer our services, seeking no reward in return other than knowing that we were able to help in some small insignificant way.

It is my understanding that the Charity has grown from a few parents getting together with their children to the group of able bodied people of all ages that you will see offering their services for the good of the community.

Now the team are able to offer regular activities such as swimming and music classes which are supervised by fully trained and experienced individuals, all of which are happy to give their time.

The experience that the charity has gained has enabled them to be in a position to be able to assist individuals with additional needs and offer appreciated help to families by sharing information and experiences in areas that before the charity existed would probably have been difficult to obtain.

Seaford-DSSNSG are also able to host training days with with professional speakers, ensuring the very best opportunities to allow the children in the groups to fulfil their full potential in life and grow up with added personal self confidence.

Importantly, they are now implementing better improved guidance to expectant parents who have been recently diagnosed enabling them to make better informed decisions about their families futures.

In short, the Charity is doing great things but are always seeking that extra support and funding so I would highly recommend that you take a few minutes to head over to their website at http://www.seaford-dssnsg.co.uk and take a closer look at what they are able to offer the local community in and around Seaford. Maybe you have some special skills that they could take advantage of or just a few hours that you could spare to help them on their journey. There is a section on the website where you can volunteer your service, so please give your support.

There is also the facility to donate to this well deserving charity. There is never a donation that is too small, as every penny will be be spent providing some great and needed services.

The atmosphere at their Christmas party was truly something, only improved upon when Santa arrived and what a Santa he was. To see the excitement on the children’s faces just enhanced the magic of Christmas that was clearly in the air that evening.

It was an absolute pleasure to be part of the evening and I hope that we will be asked to return next year and do it all over again!

Here I will be hopefully posting just a few of images from the evening. The images taken have been passed on to the committee along with a password to enable there viewing on our website, but it is for the charity to provide this as they feel appropriate. As soon as I have the relative permissions from the parents I will update the blog, in the meantime.

We would like to wish all of the Children, Parents and volunteers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

And thank you again for letting us be part of your celebration.

Best wishes

Nigel & Sue

NLC PHOTOGRAPHY

Happy New Year

I have now obtained permission to share a few images of some the wonderful children who attend the Christmas party at Fort Fun in Eastbourne.

Have a very special 2019

Best wishes

Nigel

PLANNING YOUR WEDDING DAY

Posted on September 18, 2018 by Admin under Wedding Day

PLANNING YOUR WEDDING

Having been in the wedding industry for a good few years now, one thing that has been proven over and over again is that you can NEVER be too organised.

Some of the very best weddings that I have had the privilege to undertake the wedding photography at are the ones where the bride and groom to be, ok, maybe mainly the bride, has been organised almost to the point of being obsessed about organising their special day.

Let’s face it, this is going to probably be the most important day in your lives so far and certainly one that you need to think about carefully. The organisation and thought that goes into this process is truly the foundation required to ensure that your day will certainly be one that you will want to look back on with a smile on your face for the rest of your lives.

In all honesty, if you think that its too soon to plan, then it probably isn’t!

There are so many things to organise that all have to come together seamlessly in that one short moment in time, so like so many things preparation is definitely the key.

Below are some guidelines that I feel may help you to ensure that your wedding goes smoothly and that the only hitch will be you both getting hitched.

Approximately 18/12 months prior to the wedding

Seriously, you need to be thinking of a venue and arrange to visit a few and make a decision as soon as possible. To be honest some of the best venues are even booked up 18 months to two years in advance!.

This is when you need to spend some quality time researching your wedding suppliers such as Florist, Photographers, Entertainment, Cake makers, Wedding cars, cater, Hair and makeup.

There are options to take out wedding insurance so it is well worth researching this as well.

Quality live entertainment, is a premium service and these suppliers tend to be highly sort after, so booking early will ensure that you are not disappointed.

Likewise, your photographer will need to be booked early for the same reasons. On that note truly professional photographers are always happy to sit down with you and discuss your requirements. You will often find that they have a wealth of knowledge about wedding suppliers that they have worked alongside side in the past and are always happy to share their recommendations with you from experience.

The same will also apply to your Hair and Makeup artist.

Book your chosen caters

Although your wedding planning can be carried out by yourself, why not consider a professional wedding planner to take the pressure off your shoulders. Make sure that the person is someone that you really feel comfortable with as you will be working with each other for a long time!

For the Bride to be, one of the most exciting if not the most exciting part of the planning is the Wedding Dress. So start looking and you will find that there are some very good bridal wear shops around who will be able to offer invaluable advice regarding the best time to order your dress etc

As soon as you have chosen a date, start sending out your Save the date cards in order that your preferred quests have plenty of time to make sure they are able to celebrate your special day with you.

Choose your Bridesmaids and enjoy their reaction when you pop the question 

10/12 Months prior to the wedding

Book your DJ for your reception.

Book your wedding cars

Research guest accommodation nearby to your venue in order that you can notify your guests when sending out your invitations.

Contact your decoration hire company if you need to hire anything special for your day.

Order your wedding cake

Book your Honeymoon  Always a fun time choosing that special destination.

6/8 Months prior to the wedding

Start planning your Hen & Stag parties, remember the more exotic the destinations the sooner you will want to book!

4/6 Months prior to the wedding

Choose the bridesmaids dresses, Outfits for your flower girls and Pageboy

Close your wedding invitations and get them sent out to your guests, make a spreadsheet to keep track of your responses.

Check with your local Registrar or Priest/Religious celebrant about arranging the legal license

Organise your wedding transport for the day

Organise a Hair and Makeup trial

2/3 Months prior to the wedding

Attend dress fitting

Choose and order wedding rings

Organise any special gifts that you will want to present on the day to your Bridesmaids, Groomsmen etc.

Buy any shoes and accessories, allow additional time if ordering online

Arrange a Menu tasting with your caterer

4 Weeks before wedding

Have a final wedding dress fitting

Ensure any last minute adjustments are made with your suppliers regarding timings etc

Review final RSVP List and call any that have not responded.

Choose any special music that you require when walking up the aisle and signing the register.

2/3 Weeks before the wedding

Provide a must have shot list to your photographer and give them any names of designated helpers on the day who will assist in organising people for your group shots.

Give venue/ caterer final headcount ( This time timing may well vary depending on the requirement of the supplier!)

Create your table plan.

Final Payments to outstanding suppliers may now be required.

1 Week before wedding

Final check with venue coordinator and create a time timetable for day to include suppliers setup times.

All necessary Suppliers to be provided with a copy of timetable ie Photographer, entertainers etc

Get a manicure, massage, waxing & all you special preening and prep

Do a full wedding rehearsal

Pack an overnight case for the reception.

Pack for your honeymoon.

The day before the wedding

Drop off your place cards, table cards, menu cards, table plan to reception

Provide all wedding suppliers with emergency contact telephone numbers

Ensure Wedding cake timings are on track with the supplier ( maybe get someone else to do this for you!)

Get a good nights sleep

On the day

* Give the gifts for your parents to the best man/bridesmaid for after the speeches
* Flowers delivered to where the bride is getting ready – buttonholes may need to be brought to the guys
* Give wedding bands to the best man to hold during the ceremony
* Give best man the officiant’s fee envelope, to be given after the ceremony
* Introduce your reception coordinator to your wedding planner (if you’re having one), or bridesmaid/best-man for questions or problems during the reception.
* Introduce a family member or attendant to the photographer so he knows who is who.

Most importantly ENJOY !!!!!!!!!!

Hydration, Hydration, Hydration

Posted on August 1, 2018 by Admin under General

 

WE ALL NEED TO DRINK :))

Hi everyone,

One word HYDRATION

I wanted to add this very brief topic to my blog which I believe to be very important and something that can so easily be overlooked by both our Brides and Grooms.

As we all know,  this year has seen us have summer temperatures that have exceeded all of our expectations.  Although this has been great news for many couples and guests alike, I can not express enough the importance of staying well Hydrated during your wedding day and by this, I don’t mean copious glasses of bubbly 🙂 I mean water as well. 🙂

Every one of us including myself has been guilty of not drinking enough throughout a hot summer wedding and not wishing to be a killjoy it is truly so important.

I would strongly advise that you make it the job of the Groomsman and Bridesmaids to ensure that a small bottle of water is always to hand in order to ensure that you are both properly hydrated and as a result able to enjoy your day without suffering the adverse effects of such a wonderful hot spell which show currently no signs of abetting.

Of course, it is your day and is not for me to tell you what to do or not to do but it honestly makes a lot of sense to be aware.

Thank you for taking the time to read this short blog post and please enjoy the rest of your summer.

Long may this fantastic weather continue.

 

Nigel

 

IMAGES FROM OUR PAST

Posted on February 15, 2018 by Admin under General

 

 

PHOTO RESTORATION

One of the great things that I really enjoy aside from my photography,  is to bring an old photograph back to life.

We all have those wonderful black & white faded photos tucked away in a draw or at best in an album that has not seen the light of day for many years. The joy of seeing that old black and white image colourised is just a truly amazing feeling. Somehow it breathes life back into the image and seems to bring the person back to life.

Part of the fun is not knowing the exact colours, as probably the person in the image passed a long time ago, so artistic license is often required.

The image below was taken of my mother when I believe mum was around the age of 19. Sadly my mother died 13 years ago at the age of 72, but the joy of seeing such a beautiful lady once again in colour looking as radiant as ever is just amazing.

Our old images are often in a frame but it is still quite possible to rephotograph them in situ, meaning that no damage is caused to the original framed image.

As I have mentioned previously in past blogs, as good as digital images are there is something to be said for prints. They are tactile something meaningful that you can actually hold whilst you revisit all those lovely memories.

Sadly, today we are all guilty of having thousands of photographs taken on our phones etc which will never be seen as intended. Of course, there is the pleasure of actually taking the picture, but photography is just so much more.

Nothing can give more pleasure than an image mounted on our walls or sitting on our work desk which more often than not can guarantee a smile.

 

If you come across any old images that you would like to be restored? then please contact me and I will be happy to advise you and if possible undertake your restoration for you.

Let our kept images from the past again envoke those memories that have been left dormant for far too long.

Have a great day!

Nigel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WE ALL NEED A HOLIDAY :)

Posted on September 17, 2017 by Admin under General

 

Dorset Holiday 2017

We all need a Holiday? Well, 2017 has been a busy year and so Sue, Wilf (That’s the Dog) and Me decided to take a well earned week break in the west country,  Dorset to be precise. Staying near to Durdle Door we were very well situated to explore the local Jurassic coastline. Staring at, yep you guessed it Durdle Door.

 


To be honest the walk from the village nearly killed me several times and although in the image below it does not look steep the first climb to Durdle Door was a killer, at least to me. Wilf and of course my better half found it a breeze, at least that what I was told :).

Still, the end result was worth it and I was able to capture an image that I had wanted to get for a long time so need to to stop complaining about the climb now. LOL

THE JURASSIC COAST

With a coastline of such interest, the rock cliffs could only be described as breathtaking and although as a youngster I had frequented this part of the country many times with my parents, some 40 years later it was like visiting an old friend for the very first time. You could not possibly be anything but overwhelmed by the sheer beauty.

 

PORTLAND BILL LIGHTHOUSE

 

The visit to the lighthouse was on one of the few days when there had been more sun than rain and although in many of the pictures it may look bright and sunny, believe me, more time was spent dodging the heavy showers of an Autumnal September in the UK

Wilf seemed to enjoy himself though 🙂 he too enjoyed the fantastic views from the waters edge

 

CORFE CASTLE

 

Corfe Castle stood proudly on the hill and on closer inspection it was much bigger than it first seemed to be.  With its steep sides, you could only imagine how grand this building once was, with a thriving community and what must have been huge state rooms entertaining the rich and noble. It seems such a shame that it was destroyed hundreds of years ago in the name of politics.

Great day out followed by a coffee and a walk around the very pretty village

Well, the holiday has ended and back to the real world. ;o)

 

 

 

 

Aimee Cox baby photo session number three

Posted on August 28, 2017 by Admin under Baby Shoots

Aimee Cox / Session 3

On Saturday the 26th August, I was privileged to have the gorgeous Aimee Cox in the studio for the third session of her watch me grow baby shoot package.

What a change, she was so smiley and happy and an absolute pleasure to photograph. That is not to say the little princess had not been in the past but what a difference three months make. She was now able to hold herself up, sit without support and pretty much smile on request make my task of photographing an even more pleasurable than previously.

Children grow so fast and a personal regret we have as a family is that we do not have photographs like these to look back on of our own children! as dad is a photographer there is no excuse lol. Memories are worth holding onto and in print are something that can be passed down to generation to come. Digital file formats may change but prints are here to stay, with printed images that are now able to hold their colour and quality for well over one hundred years as long as they are looked after and kept out of direct sunlight, in fact, Sun Light is the number one reason why our image fade! we have all seen those washed out colours on a lovely picture that is in a frame mounted on the wall in direct sunlight. With just a little common sense and forethought about their positioning, there is no doubt that the life and quality of our prints can be prolonged.

The next time we see little Aimee we will be knocking on the door of Christmas 🙂 who would not want a print, canvas or even an Acrylic of such a cutie hanging on their wall.

Remember, if you want to have some treasured memories to pass down future generations, please do not hesitate to call us and we will be only too pleased to help you.

As always, thank you for taking the time out to read our blog and if you have any request for future blog content, please get in touch through our website or Facebook page

We will, of course, be pleased to hear from you.

Best wishes

 

Nigel

 

 

 

The wedding of Michael & Nicola Burke

Posted on August 15, 2017 by Admin under Wedding Days

 

On Saturday 12th August 2017 this lovely couple Michael and Nicola were married.

The wedding took place at the View Hotel in Eastbourne . It was to be a very special day for many reasons. Firstly this wonderful couple deserved some happiness and are a perfect match. Secondly, our son Daniel was to be the Bestman so we were even more proud to have been involved and asked to photograph their special day.

It was a day full of laughter and happiness as often these events are, but with that extra special something that you just can’t put your finger on. The weather held out and again our record of dry weddings continues with would you believe only one wet December wedding since 2009! some record 🙂

It was a relatively small wedding with around 60 guests who joined in the spirit of the day adding to the overall magical moments that a wedding brings, times for tears and times of real belly laughter provided by our Son and fellow chosen ones 🙂 not to mention Matthew (Private Joke for the Groom LOL)

After the hustle and bustle of the day, it was great to get out on the promenade with Michael & Nicola,  a chance for them to reflect on the day and chill out. For me, it is one of the best time during a wedding day a time that I wish could last longer.

After a short while, it was back to the venue and a chance to have some fun with our trusty picture frame, a prop that always guarantees us lots of smiley  happy faces

The day finished for us after the First Dance, the end of another day having had the privilege to provide more treasured memories and a reason to do it all again 🙂

 

Congratulations Michael & Nicola and may your future continue to brings smiles to your faces despite life’s testing times.

Best wishes to all your family

 

Nigel & Sue

 

 

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