Clock Barn Godalming wedding photography | Maria and James

Maria and James' special day started at Great Tangley Manor in my home village of Wonersh (just south of Guildford). We had arranged to do a special pre-wedding photo shoot in the morning with Maria's cousins who had come over from Italy for the wedding. I returned in the early afternoon for some getting ready shots, and then it was time to head over to Clock Barn Hall near Godalming for the wedding ceremony and reception.

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St Johns Wonersh Barnett Hill wedding – Wendy & John

St John's Wonersh & Barnett Hill wedding - Wendy & John Although I've been lucky enough to photograph weddings in many far-flung places from Mexico to the Middle East, the Channel Islands to Inverness, it's really nice to photograph a very local wedding - and it doesn't get any more local than the church of St John the Baptist in my home village of Wonersh, Surrey! Wendy and John are stalwarts of the congregation at St. John's (the groom John is a former churchwarden) so it was a full house in the church for their wedding ceremony, with many friends from the village filling every available pew alongside Wendy and John's respective family members.

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2012 Tour of Britain pro cycle race came through our village!

The last stage of this year's Tour of Britain professional cycle race came through our village of Wonersh today - twice in fact (once on the outskirts and then, on the second loop around Surrey, through the village itself) - so of course I had to go and get some photos. The stage itself ran from Reigate to Guildford, taking in two loops around the Surrey countryside. The Tour of Britain is not quite such a big deal as the Tour de France (it only lasts one week instead of three) - but it still attracts some big names - this year both World Champion Mark Cavendish and Olympic time-trial gold medallist Bradley Wiggins competed (though Wiggins unfortunately wasn't riding today as he was forced to drop out of the race a few days ago due to illness). Lots of people turned out to watch the race and it was great to see such a big sporting event so close to home - I only had to walk about 150 yards to watch the action!

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Liz & Jonathan’s engagement shoot

I know I always talk about the weather when I post photos, but when you shoot outdoors most of the time as I do it's an important topic! :) Last Wednesday Liz and Jonathan came over to chat about their wedding day plans (they're getting married at Hartsfield Manor in October) and we took the opportunity to do a quick "engagement" shoot just around the corner on Church Green here in Wonersh. I was hoping for a bit of sunshine, as there's been some around from time to time this past week, but no such luck - in fact we had to dodge the drizzle at the beginning of our session!

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A fox in the garden

Living in a small Surrey village you get used to seeing wildlife, but it's not that often that you see the bigger animals in broad daylight. This afternoon I came across this character having a quiet afternoon nap on the garden path!

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Selwyn College Choir & International Harp Ensemble in Wonersh

On Saturday June 25th residents of Wonersh enjoyed a concert at St. John's Parish Church given by the Choir of Selwyn College Cambridge and the International Harp Ensemble. Selwyn College has a connection with St. John's as a patron of the parish church, so it was appropriate for St. John's to feature on the chapel choir's current tour. The International Harp Ensemble is the only one of its kind in Europe, and has toured several European countries and performed at many UK venues including the Barbican, Royal Albert Hall, and Guildford Cathedral, under its Director, Luisa-Maria Cordell. Selwyn College Choir, who have also performed in many prestigious venues including Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's Cathedral, and toured in New Zealand, Canada and Europe, was conducted by Sarah MacDonald.

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Digital Wedding Forum “A Day In The Life”

Every so often the members of the Digital Wedding Forum (a worldwide association of professional wedding and portrait photographers which I help to run) decide to do a "day in the life" shoot. Essentially what this means is that people go out and take pictures on a designated day, to give a glimpse of their everyday lives or some aspect of the locale in which they live...

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