Wedding of Sarah & Tanya in Salisbury

A truly beautiful couple that I have had the pleasure of getting to know over the last year. Their day was made all the more special by their family and friends who love and support them. The venue of Riverbourne Community Farm was fantastic and the interior of the barn dressed to perfection by Sarah and Tanya.  

I want to wish them both all the very best of love, luck and eternal happiness.  

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 tractor rides are part of what’s on offer at the farm.

Lively Lady moves to mooring at ECA

On Friday 28th July 2018, I had the honour to escort the Lively Lady from her refurbishing stable around to her mooring at Eastney Cruising Association, her destination is to be joining in the 30th birthday celebrations at Port Solent on Saturday. 

on board today was Alan Priddy, Steve Mason and Carole Jenkinson, seas were kind and it was nice to see the sails go up for the first time in a few years. 

i know for a fact that Sir Alec Rose would be looking down with pride on the care effort and support that has been given to restore his lady.  

God bless her and all who said on her. 

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Lively Lady floats again

Very emotional day, seeing all the hard work paying off for Steve, Alan, Carol, Fred and quite a few others. Well done all of you, your pride must be bursting out of your chests. So so proud of being there to see her make water her home once again. 😍💛😍

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Queens Hotel update

I’m not sure if any of you have stayed at the Queens hotel, it’s a must do, all the new refurbished rooms are to die for. I’ve had the pleasure to shoot them as and when they are done.

18 out of 70+ rooms are done and work is not stopping. 😊💛😊

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I had a quick impromptu ask, to shoot the newly opening splash-pool in Paulsgrove. I literally had to move the pool cleaner and gardeners out the way to shoot it, the kids are going to love it. 😍

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Houndz

I had so much fun the other night shooting Hounds Barbers owners Elliott and Barry. In a slightly off the wall idea, I got the super talented Make up artist Mae Brogan to make Elliott look like David Bowie and Barry to look like Alice Cooper. It worked a treat 😊 expect an exhibition at theirs shop coming soon. 

 

Absolute Personal Training

Abbie is a personal trainer and has been working in the industry for many years, after working out of Sweat Southsea for 3 years, Abbie has now found a place of her own at Fort Widley, Portsmouth. Energetic and always happy, Abbie is someone you will find easy to work with.   

 

 My name is Abbie Ricketts and I have always had a passion for keeping fit, whether that be taking dance classes from a young age or competing in my school's athletics team. I love to share my knowledge and enthusiasm with others. In 2011 I qualified as a Level 2 Gym Instructor which led me to realise my love for encouraging people towards their fitness goals. This resulted in me building up my qualifications including Level 2 Exercise to Music, Level 2 Kettlebell Instructor, Level 2 Postural Analysis, Level 3 Personal Trainer, Level 3 Pre and Post Natal Exercise Instructor and TRX® Certified Suspension Trainer.

My name is Abbie Ricketts and I have always had a passion for keeping fit, whether that be taking dance classes from a young age or competing in my school's athletics team. I love to share my knowledge and enthusiasm with others.
In 2011 I qualified as a Level 2 Gym Instructor which led me to realise my love for encouraging people towards their fitness goals. This resulted in me building up my qualifications including Level 2 Exercise to Music, Level 2 Kettlebell Instructor, Level 2 Postural Analysis, Level 3 Personal Trainer, Level 3 Pre and Post Natal Exercise Instructor and TRX® Certified Suspension Trainer.

To contact Abbie. 

twitter @ABSolutePT_UK

mobile: 07538467963

 

GoodSalonGuide

Headshots and product shoots for another happy client. Good Salon Guide are the go to, for all hairdressers and their clients.

The Good Salon Guide is the only independent, nationwide scheme for assessing professional standards and services within the hairdressing and beauty industries. Listing around 2,000 salons in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, the Good Salon Guide has become the kitemark of quality for the public and hairdressing industry.

Hairdressing salons are visited and objectively assessed by professionally trained inspectors against a set of strict criteria in the same way as the well-known AA or RAC hotel guides, giving consumers confidence in their choice.

New Menu shoot for Southsea Beach Café

On a pretty miserable Tuesday afternoon on the south coast, the only bright spot was to be shooting the new spring menu for the fantastic Southsea Beach Café. From breakfast through lunch and into the dinner menu, Adam the head chef and his energetic staff conjured up plate after plate of delicious looking food. Ben the manager, myself and a few of the waiting staff even got to taste some of the food presented. 

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Roo Abrook

Lovely to help out a fantastic local artist Roo Abrook. Taking captures for Roo to use in her Portfolio.  for more info and to see her amazing work www.rooabrook.com

 

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La Ballerina  

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Dos corazons 

Wedding Fayres

Last Sunday saw the first of the year wedding fayre at the Royal Navy and Royal Albert yacht club in Pembroke Road, Old Portsmouth. The next one is booked for April.

A few of us local wedding suppliers decided that we would do a non profit making affordable wedding fayre for local independent wedding suppliers. It was a huge success with over 200 people through the door.  

What do we do differently to others, well we don’t pressure you to buy our wares, your there for a meet and greet and get the information you need to make your day special. Other fayres that charge the suppliers £200 for a table, make them under pressure to get you to sign up there and then. That is a decision you shouldn’t make when it is your big day. 

How I sell myself as your wedding photographer is this, I give you my details, I tell you to check out my website, there you will find details of what you should expect from your photographer, you can browse images of actual weddings and read reviews from them. Then you can if you wish make an appointment for a consultation, even after the consultation I don’t ask you to make a decision, I want you to go away with all the information garnered and in your own comfort and company decide if I am right for you.  

That is how you will make the right decision about your wedding, it’s not double glazing you’re buying, it’s your big day. Love and luck.  

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Canon Professional Services New Forest

2.00am in the morning, bag is open and on the side is a 5D3, 16-35 f2.8, 24-105 f4, Manfrotto Pro55, waterproof camera cover, four batteries, waterproof SD card holder with 8 cards, lens wipes, Head torch, cleaning cloth. I'm ready.

Better put some trousers on. 

Sebago jacket, craghopper trousers, Merrell walking shoes, I'm going deep into the forest 😊

3.30am start at the lovely Beaulieu Hotel next to Beaulieu Road Station, in the New Forest, Hampshire.  

The Canon UK guys are all there waiting, coffee biscuits and orange juice is available. In the conference room there are stalls for Manfrotto tripods, Lee filters, BlackRapid straps and of course a huge range of bodies and lenses from the lovely people from Canon, all for us to take out to the forest to play with. 

First we have a talk by the slowly waking up David Clapp, very incitful and gave some very useful tips for us to take into the forest. Thank you David  

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I plumped for the 5D4 with a 100-400 bolted on for good measure. Manfrotto loaned me a Pro head for my tripod and I was ready. 

We all went out into the dark and squeezed (too many camera bags) into two waiting minibuses and off we went. We landed just up from Boulder Wood and disembarked with all the new equipment, a short walk to the top of the hill and it was a case of find your spot for the sunrise. I found mine and dug in and waited.

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Was it spectacular, no not really but it gave a bit of a light show. Armed with the 100-400 I set to task to put it to the test, David Clapp had said to give the macro a try, so hand held and with image stability on I hit a few fungi & flora between the eyes and very happy I was too.  

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when the sun finally made an appearance we were bathed in a lovely golden light for the best part of half an hour.

 

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After shooting the wildlife and sunrise, we headed back to the hotel for another talk about printing the images and more importantly sausage and bacon sarnies. Sleep deprivation kicked in and I was flagging, so I reluctantly handed back the equipment and shook hands with many and made my way home, fulfilled and happy to shoot somewhere different to Portsmouth for a change. Although I'm happily looking forward to try out a few tips I picked up.

all prints are available to buy in many sizes from the shop at 1, St.Vincent Road Southsea PO52QR or email johnnyblack@hotmail.co.uk 

JB 😊 

Grenfell Tower fire

My heart broke for all those poor souls trapped in the tower. My biggest fears are claustrophobia and fire, so as soon as I saw this I wanted to do something to help, I knew if I just donated to the fund, that would be it and even sharing it on social media, I wasn't confident it would make much more. So the idea of auctioning three of my A1 photos in the hope we could gain a few more pounds arose. 

They sell for £80.00 normally, so I was hoping somewhere near to that would make a decent amount. 

Well I had message after message from people offering from £10 to £75 for the photos, at £50, £65 and £75 I thought that was it, a very decent amount of money, to send to the Grenfell fund and to the Emergency services fund, 50% each. 

That was before the 2pm Saturday deadline Alison from Biscoes solicitors put in a bid of £150 for each of the three photos a huge total of £450.00.  A HUGE THANK YOU TO BISCOES.

What does this say, well it says solicitors have compassion and (a great eye for a photo 😂😂)  a huge heart. It also says that we as a community care about others we care if they are Muslim, we care if they are poor, we care if they are made homeless, we care about humans. 

This gives me faith in all of us coming together, because together we are stronger, together we are HUMANS. 

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£150.00 bid by BISCOES

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 £150.00 bid by BISCOES

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 £150.00 bid by BISCOES

Bear Grylls and Team Britannia

Last weekend we had the honour of welcoming Bear Grylls to see the Team Britannia UK Powerboat, Bear was here to show his support to the Team, to BLESMA who make up a lot of the crew and to Clean Fuel. 

He was very impressed with the boat and spoke extensively to Alan Priddy and Stephan Mason The founders of Team Britannia. A special thanks also to ABC the boat builders, who have busted their guts in getting the boat to where it is now.

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Thought I'd get in on the act  

Philip Morris International

I had the pleasure to shoot the MD of Philip Morris International, Peter Nixon in London for a piece that went into the business section of the London Evening Standard.

The shoot was at the offices in Hammersmith and we were graced with some exceptional cloud as a back drop.  

There are further opportunities to work with them and personally, I cannot wait.  

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Masters fine art exhibition at Action staitions Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

For the next week here in Portsmouth the Masters fine art students are exhibiting their works for all to see at "Action Stations" inside the Historic Dockyard. There are an eclectic of artists displaying their pieces. We have all sorts of artists, we have Victoria from as far away as Canada, each artist takes you through a journey of visual oratory and tactile emotions. Ailsa, Beth, Charlie, Kim, Pam and Victoria make up the exhibiting artists each and everyone of them showing their own little take on their skills. It's a must not miss show, if you're in the area make your way into the Portsmouth historic dockyard and enjoy the pleasures that behold.

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Portsmouth&Southsea FREE kite festival.

Yet again Portsmouth City Council have done an amazing job in giving us a free event in out fantastic city last weekend we had beach buggin, this weekend we have the fantastic kite festival on the common also includes Love Southsea market marquee, and food arena. Just over the way on the Castle field we have the brilliant Thai food festival and as ever throughout the summer we have the free music bandstand. 

if you don't think we live in the best city then you are not taking up the chance to enjoy all the freebies on offer. Big thanks to Donna Jones and all the hard work PCC do, to give us great events.

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Team Britainnia, circumnavigation of the world in a powerboat.

This year the World Circumnavigation Powerboat record will be broken by a craft designed and built by amazing Portsmouth people, huge blue chip companies are on board to help this come to fruition, the same Portsmouth people are the ones that hosted the "FREE" Thundercat extravaganza of powerboats, Music, Stunt motorcycles, food, love Southsea market and much much more on the Castle field and seafront. If we thought that was spectacular then bringing home the record will be as big as the homecoming of the "Lively Lady" from its round the world achievement, which the anniversary is today.

This will again put our amazing City of Portsmouth firmly on the maritime map. With the help of the council, we should be able to make this world wide news, show how great we are at making things happen in our great city.

The powerboat is in fabrication and at the moment a skeleton of aluminium, the engines and jets are waiting to be put in, along with the 6 fuel tanks.

The hull is upside down at this present time and once flipped, will be kitted out and made race ready.

Am I a little excited, after standing inside of the skeleton 80' X 9' you bet ya.

Thanks to Alan Priddy and Stephan Mason also Team Britannia you are all amazing.

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