Break out the steel band and the jerk chicken!!! I’m off to Jamaica after booking my second destination Wedding on Montego Bay, December 2017. Beautiful beaches, palm trees, sunsets. Another dream destination wedding.
I’m super excited for this one too especially as I know the Bride and Groom and a few friends will be there. I’ll hopefully have a nice tan for Christmas too lol
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At one of the many weddings I photographed in 2017 the Bride and Groom had come up with a fantastic idea for their table plan.
Table plans are generally the board that lists the tables and guests for the wedding breakfast and where everyone is seated.
For this wedding the happy couple wanted to do something a little different and fun. Firstly they named every table after their favourite landmarks/places in New York as this is where they got engaged. Tables were named Liberty Island, Hudson River, Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square & Bryant Park.
Normally each of these tables would be displayed on the seating plan with names under the table of who was seated there. But here is the fun part. The couple decided that instead of listing the guests they would instead find a photograph of each one, wherever possible an embarrassing photo, and print this photo on a polaroid style image (leaving a white space below the photo).
In the white space they added the name of the table where this guest was sitting. The photos were then randomly placed on the board which was named “Find Your Face Find Your Seat!”
Watching the guests look through the photos having to study each one to find there’s was hysterical. It brought out fits of laughter from the guests, a few were slightly embarrassed, but it was all done in good fun and a great way to get guests interacting and enjoying what was already an amazingly day filled with joy and laughter.
2017 saw the return of Fashion Fusion to The Apex in Bury St Edmunds. Organised by St Nicholas Hospice Care a sell out crowd of over 400 people came along to see some of the towns local clothing and fashion retailers: Hobbs London – Javelin – Dapper Fox – Elizabeth Gash – Bohm & Bee – Nanook – Cabana – Mistral – Palmers – as well as students from West Suffolk College put on an amazing show of latest trends and fashion.
Over £11000 was raised on the night.
Congratulations to everyone that took part.
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In the digital age we have everything at our fingertips. It all seems so easy. Want to know anything and google has the answer. YouTube has videos showing you how, what and why for every subject and every opinion. From how to fold paper to how to take over the world lol There are many advantages to this digital age but also many downfalls. The sad fact is that in todays world everyone has the ability to post online and of course everyone is going to say they are right!
This is one reason for me that the most trusted resource is still books. Whatever your subject, whatever your opinion and regardless of whether people agree with you or not, it takes a lot to get a book published.
In the world of photography I have no personal favourite author of books on photography. I basically look for the subject I want to explore further and see whats available. Sometimes I’m looking to study a certain area of photography. Sometimes I’m just looking for inspiration.
My latest purchase is an amazing book by Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado called Genesis. The book is huge. About 16 by 10inches in size. It weighs a ton. It wasn’t cheap but it is worth every penny. The book consists of hundreds of pages of beautiful black and white images taken in some of the most gorgeous unseen parts of the world.
It’s not just photography books I enjoy. Geoff Burch is a great business mentor who has produced a number of inspiring books with great business advice. If you are thinking of setting up your own business I would urge you to go out and buy his book titled “Go It Alone.” This was of great help to me when I first started thinking about going self-employed. And the great thing is it does not focus on any particular trade. There is nothing about photography in it. But for me it was the ultimate be your own boss manual.
I am also a fan of a few fiction novels. James Patterson, a great crime/thriller novelist. Karen Rose, mystery/suspense. Autobiographies are also something that can be as inspiring as they are interesting to read.
If you are ever having a discussion where someone comes up with the question “what would you do if we had no internet? What if electricity just stopped?”
My simple answer. I’d light a candle and pick up a book. Books cannot fail!
After meeting up with a lovely couple at the end of last year and booking their wedding I was contacted by them just over a week ago as they had a change of plan. We arrange to meet up for a coffee and discuss the new plans. Originally they were due to marry in November 2018 in a lovely barn in Suffolk. The new date was in March 2019. The new venue. Crowcombe Court in Somerset. An absolutely stunning Victorian mansion originally built in 1739 amounts the beautiful Quantock Hills. Another long distance wedding I cannot wait for. For the Bride it is a welcome return to her hometown and the place where she grew up. During our meeting we all had a browse on the internet at images of the venue which is surrounded by stunning gardens, filled with history and character inside. And not forgetting to mention their amazing Undercroft where the reception will be held. I’m not sure who was more excited looking through the images. Me or the Bride and Groom-to-be.
I’m pretty sure all those roadworks and incidents marked out on my map planner will be gone by then. Possibly replaced by new ones, but as with all weddings that involve a long journey I will be travelling there the day before and staying over.
In May of 2016 my son and I headed off to America for a month to visit my sister. Leigh, my sister, lives in the town of Cabot just outside
Pittsburgh. But whilst we was there one of the many surprises she had for us was a trip to New York. Somewhere I have always wanted to go. China Town, Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden, Times Square, Central Park. There is so much to do and see there. We stayed for three days and three nights but that still wasn’t enough time to see everything. If you think New York is big, you don’t really know till you have been there.
One of the sights I was most eager to see and experience was Brooklyn Bridge. The famous cable/suspension bridge built in 1883. It’s just over one mile long and connects Manhattan and Brooklyn over the East River. And in the city that never sleeps, neither does Brooklyn Bridge.
We only ventured half way across the bridge but on the way back I spotted a small gathering of people. They had surrounded a Bride & Groom whist what looked like a friend was taking photos. A Bride & Groom on Brooklyn Bridge. I couldn’t resist and over the crowd grabbed a couple of shots.
I was unable to capture anything pleasing from where I was and as I left the scene I also felt bad about sneaking pictures of someone on their Wedding Day. So I immediately turned back around and approached the happy couple. I introduced myself and explained I was a Wedding Photographer on holiday from England and when I spotted them on such a famous landmark I couldn’t help myself and captured a few images. I explained I felt bad and somewhat unprofessional about doing this and if they wanted I would delete all images from my camera in their presence. Or, if they wanted, I would be happy to email them the photos once I returned to England. I handed the couple one of my business cards which had one of my favourite wedding images printed on it. The Groom took one look at the card, looked at me with a smile and asked, “Do you have a few spare minutes to take some more?”
I instantly looked to their photographer, who as he was carrying a smaller compact camera looked like possibly just a friend capturing a few pictures on their day, and asked him if he minded. I didn’t want to step on his toes. He shrugged his shoulders and said they are all yours.
Now, I only had my 70-200mm lens with me which is hardly ideal when working in such a confined space. By this I mean Brooklyn Bridge is huge, but very busy. Despite it’s size there is not a lot of room to move around. I would have loved to have my 50mm Sigma Art lens but I had no idea an opportunity like this would be presented to me. But regardless, it was still an amazing opportunity.
I have emailed the images taken to Tamera & Ivan, the Bride and Groom, and received a lovely email back from them thanking me for the images. One of which they said they were so happy with they had it printed on a high canvas for their home. You can slide through the images at the top of this page to see more. It was an absolute honour and stroke of luck for all of us I guess that we all happened to be on Brooklyn Bridge at the same time. Talk about being in the right place at the right time.
I recently exhibited at the Eastern Daily Times Bride Wedding Show at Bedford Lodge in Newmarket. Wedding Fairs and Shows are by far the best place’s to go when you are planning your wedding as you get to meet suppliers from all areas of the industry face to face. Being a regular exhibitor with EDT at shows including Ivy Country House Lowestoft and Crowne Plaza Hotel Colchester, they were kind enough to add a feature on me in their brochure for their latest show. Here I have attached a copy of their article plus the contents:
Wedding Photography by Neil Baxter has a reputation for passion and professionalism when it comes to shooting your big day. Neil, one of todays exhibitors, talks about his work…
I offer a unique and creative yet unobtrusive style of wedding photography that is fully committed and prepared to capture all the magical moments of your special day and more. I’m always looking for new ideas or a new way to capture a certain image. I love to give my clients something different and original that they can look back on together and cherish with future generations.
There are many photographers I look up to as inspirational but I would say I take most of my inspiration from everyday life. Experiences and things we see everyday. Visualising and trying to portray emotions in an image. It helps to think outside the box and look at everything from different angles.
It’s hard to say. Every wedding is different. It might be a bride slightly behind on time and having to squeeze in those last minute photos before the ceremony. It could be organising the guest for the group photographs. Whatever the case the important thing for me is I stay relaxed and be prepared. It helps to think ahead, plan well, be ready for everything and overcome the challenge.
I have a strong passion and love for photography and art. Being trusted to capture one of the most important days of their life is and absolute honour and privilege. The joy and happiness I see and hear in my clients faces and comments after they have received their wedding photos is the most satisfying part of my job and something I am veery proud of.
Thank you to all the lovely ladies at EDT for the hard work they put into organising every show. The next EDT Wedding Show at Bedford Lodge is on the 15th October 2017. Doors open from 10:30am till 3:30pm.
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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.