Test Shoot at Waverley Abbey, Farnham, Surrey

I am doing a shoot at Waverley Abbey with Alison Milton and her two daughters, and Tessa.  Despite driving past the entrance to this historic place hundreds of times and thinking I must visit, I have never been so I thought I’d check it out before the actual shoot.  I took my goddaughter, Maria, and her sister Pamela.  It was late in the afternoon and was freezing so didn’t stay long, enough time to take a few shots.

The Abbey is the first Cistercian house to be established in Britain.  Founded by William Gifford, Bishop of Winchester, in 1128, it was colonised with 12 monks and an abbot from Aumone in France. By 1187 there were 70 monks and 120 lay brothers in residence.  In 1536, with the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the site passed to Sir William Fitzherbert, treasurer of the king’s household. Much of the abbey was dismantled and some of the stone was reused to build Sir William More’s house at Loseley.  (Source:  English Heritage website)

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Another dreary day in England :(

Hurray!  I managed to map my domain on to WordPress so my website/blog is now truly up and running!  I have been cooped up in the house all day, but not a bad thing as I have done so much work.  I now need to work out the Facebook and Twitter interface things, but first, a blog about my shoot with the Kings of Portugal 🙂

I was on holiday for a couple of weeks at the beautiful Silver Coast of Portugal, about an hour’s drive north of Lisbon.  The weather was a bit erratic but we managed a few good days of sunshine, a couple of trips to the bowling alley (I know what you’re thinking, but I go for the fantastic meal afterwards and it’s a great social night out), 3 glorious rounds of golf, and a photoshoot!

The shoot with the King family on 20 Feb was one of my highlights = it took place at Baleal beach, one of my favourite places to hang out and chill.  I’ve never met Liz and Martin’s kids before – Isabella and Sam are adorable ♥   We sat for the obligatory cups of coffee before frolicking on the beach and take photos.  It was warm enough for the kids to want to kick off their  shoes and go barefoot on the beach.  It went very well although we had a short break halfway to take shelter at the bar and wait for light rain to pass through.

I am thrilled that the photos are a big hit with the King family and their friends.  Some of the photos are on the Gallery so go have a look 🙂

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Hello world!

I have taken the plunge!  I started my portrait photography business and, apparently, blogging plays an important part in this business so simply pressing that shutter on my camera is no longer enough to get things started.  I have to be able to put “digital pen to digital paper” too!

I need to start spreading the word within the digital world so I have thrown myself in at the deep end!  I’m not a good swimmer so please bear with me while I struggle to put this blog together.  It will be slow. . .  🙂

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