Whilst visiting America I was also lucky enough to visit Hoover Dam. Construction of the dam started in 1931 and was completed in 1936.
The main purposes of the dam were to control flooding from the Colorado River and in doing so be able to supply electrical power.
The dam borders the U.S. states of Nevada and Arizona.
Below you can see a few of the images I took whilst there:
Recently during a visit to my sisters in America I was lucky enough to visit the Grand Canyon. One of the Eight Natural Wonders of the World and the second one I have visited.
The Grand Canyon is something that has to be seen to be believed. A breathtaking 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and depths of over a miles down! The feeling when you first look over a ledge and see that drop is something of fear but also holds a pure natural beauty as you look around the distant valleys. The layers in the rock are a passage through time dating back millions of years.
Armed with my new Canon 5D MK4 and a brand new Sigma 24-105mm lens it was a great opportunity to take both out for a test run. A few photos during the day as we wondered around the different scenic paths were definitely in order but I had a lust to see and capture the sunset. At 5:30pm I caught the shuttle up to Hopi Point. One of the recommended sunset views and waited for the scheduled 6:39pm sunset. Even though there was some cloud it did not disappoint. The point was packed. It seemed to be one of those magical moments in time that brought strangers together as everyone chatted to each other about what they were witnessing. I do love a sunset. Whether I am just watching it or capturing it. And this has to be the most beautiful, breathtaking and amazing one I have seen.
I like to capture something different whenever possible. And I think my favourite image from here was “Sunset Trail to the Canyon” pictured below:
You cannot see the Canyon in the image so I feel it offers a mystery as to where the trail leads. And as the photographer, I know it leads to something so one of the worlds most natural beauties. And a 6093ft drop!
Below is a gallery of some of the other images I took there:
I have recently returned from my second destination Wedding at the stunning Grand Sirenis resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Originally booked to fly out there for two weeks to photograph one Wedding. But after meeting a couple from Leeds, I also ended up photographing their Wedding too. Plus, one of the guests with the original wedding was planning to propose his girlfriend on Valentines Day so I made sure I was there to capture all the surprise and reaction. She said yes. Add to that the wildlife, the beaches, the sun and a fair bit of partying with both Wedding parties, it was an amazing experience.
I could go on and on and on about this but I would not know where to start or where to end. So I figured a gallery of images was appropriate and to let them do the talking. Click on the images below and use the arrow keys to scroll through:
I just have to say a massive thank you to both Wedding parties for making me feel so welcome and not just part of the Wedding Days but part of the whole two weeks. I have made some great new friends. Thank you to Grand Sirenis Resort for all their help and being such an amazing place. Seriously, if anyone is thinking of getting married abroad, this is the place to go. And finally the biggest thank you has to go to the happy couple and newly weds, Emily and Connor. Thank you so much for taking me with you, letting me capture your special day and be part of this amazing experience. I had an absolute blast. Thank you.
See more of both of these couples magical days in their online albums through the links below:
Before deciding what time you plan to put on your dress there are a few things to consider. Such as:
As well as giving you the best possible images from your day, I also want you to enjoy your day as much as possible which is why I write these blogs of advice. If you was to take away my cameras I basically watch lots of weddings. Whatever happens and however much time I do or don’t have I will always do my best to produce the images my Bride and Grooms expect.
December 7th 2017. Not the warmest time of year for a wedding. Unless your in Jamaica.
The wedding venue was Club Hotel in Rio Ocha. A gorgeous resort that sits on the sunny palm tree beaches on the north side of the island. The perfect location for a wedding on the beach.
Not only was my first destination a great experience. It was also great fun. The day was perfect. Beautiful weather on a beautiful beach for a beautiful couple. Daisy and Conor. Mr & Mrs Jameson.
You will notice that some of these images were taken in the water. This is something I would never do unless the Bride and Groom are fully happy to do so. And if this is something they request takes a little planning which as you can see results in some really dramatic, creative, once in a lifetime photo opportunities.
For one of my favourite images I needed help from a few of the guests so I assembled my crew. Two were my lighting assistants. Another two were my water operatives (they had to splash a lot of water in the pool). Not only was creating this image below great fun, it was also a great example of team work. Understanding controlling of light isn’t as easy as it sounds. But my crew were brilliant and this images wouldn’t have been possible without them.
I could write a huge essay about this experience and how amazing it was but I know people just want to see the pictures. Included in this post are just a few of my favourites. A bigger selection can be found on their online album. Just follow this link:
I’ve always wanted to photograph a wedding abroad. And being from the UK I always thought that if the chance came it would be somewhere in Europe. Not half way across the world. My second destination wedding is on the 13th February 2018. Not long to go. And for that I will be heading all the way back, flying past Jamaica and on to the gorgeous beaches of Riviera Maya, Mexico.
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The opportunity to capture such an important day in someone’s life and provide them with images that will make them laugh, cry and relive all those special moments for years to come is something so satisfying I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. It is an honour to be part of such a special occasion.