Wedding of Matt & Emily Vincent

Well we couldn't have wished for a better day weather wise, that was the story for the whole day, it just got better and better. First off at the brides home then over to Denmead to the best man Dans house where the boys were far more subdued than the girls ( heavy night or just nerves) a few getting ready and a few ring shots then it was back over to the girls. Make up being done for the girls by Lindsey Wood, I have a second shooter today Paul from "A simpler life" he has been catching the girls whilst I was over with the boys. Dresses are on, into the garden for a few captures and then it's into the cars and onto the church. 

The wedding today is at St Thomas, Bedhampton, beautiful church off the track and offers the most scenic of settings. 

The Reception is at The Newtown Hotel, Manor Road, Hayling. It is a delightfully spacious and clean garden area to congregate and have table magic by the great 'El Roberto', before moving inside where 80 people fitted just perfectly with room for more.  Speeches went without hiccups and dry eyes and moved into the evening of cake smash (accidental) and first dance with a swing. It was the perfect day with perfect family and friends and I wish Matt and Emily, their boys Harry and Oliver all the love, luck and happiness for their futures together. JB 

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Thundercats at Southsea

OK, I'm not easily impressed with people, I have to see something quite amazing for me to gush. Along came a man, Mr Alan Priddy, his enthusiasm and drive can do nothing but impress, this is a very busy man, but does that stop him from talking enthusiastically with every member of the public, no, is the answer. 

Mr Alan Priddy is putting together a very serious team (Team Britainia) to gain the world circumnavigation record in a power boat. The framework for the boat is in fabrication and the attempt will begin on the 21st of October hoping to take in the region of 50 days to complete.

I first met Alan when he helped host the Thundercat racing in Southsea in front of the Pyrimids and on the Castle field, it was a low key affair but with incredible racing, this year was nothing of the sort, once again the racing was immense, but as an added addition we had two days of stunt motorcycles, cheer leaders, Hot Rods, classic cars and music, boy did we have music, local venue the Wedgewood rooms helped put on a fantastic line up. On top of that we had food and drink stalls to choose from, bouncy castles and slides, merry go rounds for the kids and Lu Lu from LoveSouthsea had her marketeers, everything coming together to make a wonderful weekend of entertainment.

Here's the best bit, IT WAS FREE! 

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So near, yet not so far, the Isle of Wight

I spend days, weeks looking out across the Solent at the Isle of Wight, from one island to another, a gem of the British Isles.

Well today we went across, not for the first time, at least not for me, but for 5 teenagers it was. What better way to visit than by the HovertravelLtd hovercraft, we didn't have a lot of time but in the small amount of time we had we did a lot. 

Once there and with the tide receding rapidly, we had time to grab ice cream and sunglasses and stroll off to the beach, families playing in the pools left by the outgoing tide, a 6 year old on a motorbike practicing speedway to an exceptional standard, sun was hot on our pale skin and our Crimson complection showed by the end of the day. 

Don't just look at the island make time to go and visit, it's totally worth it. 

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My Perfect City

I can honestly say, hand on my heart I live in the perfect City for me. 

Pompey

Where shall I start, my first memories, me playing in the garden at Somerset Road North, shouting at the top of my voice on a Saturday afternoon when Pompey were at home, as the crowd cheered then so did I. My support has never wavered, even though my uncle Sid told me to be like a certain Mr Greaves, I tried, but all it did was make me a follower of Yid, they are still my second team to look out for, along with Cambridge ( can't remember why). I love being a Pompey fan, I like the roller coaster ride.

The sea. 

I love being surrounded by the sea, the noise of the waves, the smell in the wind, the ever changing views and colours. 

Sunrise and Sunset.

We are blessed by the views of stunning sunrise and sunsets from our island city, starting and finishing in a different place everyday of the year.

Food and commerce. 

We have an abundance of restaurants and eateries of all tastes and predominantly independent, I love to use local business and we have a fantastic eclectic of shops and food outlets.

People

We are an island and with that comes the island mentality we are a stronghold we are opinionated and resolute, we are strong in character. 

Views and Architecture

These we have in abundance, at every turn there is something to shoot and capture, drive through the streets of Eastney and the east west parallels gives you a sight of the Spinnaker Tower. Walk down Osbourne Road and there is street art from acclaimed artists such as Gary Stranger, MSK, Fark and many more. Walk to the end of the road and you are greeted with the facade of the Queens Hotel. North of the City you have the Hilsea lines, West, you have the docks, East you have an almost uninterrupted shoreline walk.

In the City Center we have the iconic Guildhall and adjacent civic offices. 

All in all it has everything I need in a city, it has history, it has attractions it is the perfect city for me. 

 

 

 

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Stand against the wall

This Sunday it was backs to the wall as some of the best street art in the city was asked to be painted over. Art work by renowned street artists Gary Stranger and MSK, it's said that due to pressure from a resident, the owner of the building asked local cafe owner and Portsmouth & Southsea artist "Fark" to paint over the brilliant wall murals. Fark, for the last 5 years has curated the art work on the walls, in doing so he has got some of the best talent for street art to come and add colour and beauty to our already talented local artists such as MyDogSighs and This is Midge.

30+ Southsea residents including myself stood arm in arm side by side in front of the art so it couldn't be covered over. I'm happy to say, for the time being we still have the art on the wall.  

Gary Stranger has recently been commissioned by the town of Ditchling, Sussex to paint letters around the village celebrating type and font, it's a shame Portsmouth City Councils, Councillor of Art and Culture hasn't the same vision. 

Selfie with the Ghetto Blasters  

Selfie with the Ghetto Blasters  

Fark trying to get past the crowds to paint the wall, to no avail. 

Fark trying to get past the crowds to paint the wall, to no avail. 

Wall art by MSK and Gary Stranger

Wall art by MSK and Gary Stranger

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Team Britannia, Alan Priddy

Last night saw a gathering of forward thinking, world caring, history making people. It was the night of the re-commissioning of the Dupree Cup, now being dedicated to the record breaking of the round the world powerboat attempt.

The Dupree Cup had been hidden for many years, as when World War 2 broke out, the cup along with many others was stuffed out of sight up a chimney. Thankfully it will now sit pride of place once again, that is when Alan Priddy and his history making Team Britannia break the Round the world record in a powerboat, fuelled by innovative clean fuel.

I personally would like to wish Alan and the team a very safe and extremely successful journey. Bring the record home to Pompey! 

Alan Priddy

Alan Priddy

Dupree Cup

Dupree Cup

The Powerboat fuelled with "Clean Fuel" 

The Powerboat fuelled with "Clean Fuel" 

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Alan meeting with Portsmouths new Mayor David Fuller

Alan meeting with Portsmouths new Mayor David Fuller

The boat will be sailored by a team of disabled ex forces.

The boat will be sailored by a team of disabled ex forces.

Creative Space

Friday saw the opening of the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries at the University of Portsmouth, Eldon Buildings. 

Students had put together their works on display for the public to come and admire. From interior design, architecture, film and media to performing artists it had it all. The BA and MA students put on a show. Not forgetting the lecturers who help to bring the talent out. The show is still on if you want to pop down, from Tuesday and the rest of the week, don't miss it, be motivated, be inspired.  

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"The Tea Tray" Southsea's hidden treasure.

Opposite some amazing street art, by world famous artists such as Gary Stranger, Fanakapan, Fark and Seedsone, sits a little cafe front with table and chairs. But once inside it opens to a beautifully laid out and eclectic art gallery, put together by the owners to show the creative of Portsmouth. It doesn't stop there, the food and drinks are healthy and quite simply amazing (cakes). Is it a must try, most definitely!

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Chris Wood artist portfolio shoot

Acclaimed maritime artist Chris Wood in his Studio at ArtSpace Southsea, Chris is currently painting a commission of the Mary Rose, seen in the background of some captures.

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Action on the Solent

An evening walk got taken over by the excitement of the largest Ocean going cruise ship passing through the Solent. The thing is I get excited on any evening walk along the seafront, there is always something going on, be it big ships, big waves, dead flat seas, sunrises and sunsets, always something. That's why I #LoveMyCity.  

"Harmony of the Seas"  worlds largest cruise liner.

"Harmony of the Seas"  worlds largest cruise liner.

Hovercraft bypassing the Queen Elizabeth

Hovercraft bypassing the Queen Elizabeth

Border patrol coming into harbour

Border patrol coming into harbour

Brittany Ferries is always a welcome sight for the crowds on the beach.  

Brittany Ferries is always a welcome sight for the crowds on the beach.  

Patience is a virtue

Getting up early and setting a task is the best way to capture great photos. You don't have to stick to the plan but having a plan really does help. So up I got at 6.00am with the plan of shooting Canoe Lake reflections or the swans in a heart shape. What happened was a Dad and son net fishing, a girl skateboarding and swans coming into land. The main rule is you must get out there! 

Squadron coming into land

Squadron coming into land

"Can we eat them dad" 

"Can we eat them dad" 

5 laps before breakfast.  

5 laps before breakfast.  

"Have you got food" 

"Have you got food" 

Wedding book

When you sit for over 8 hours designing the wedding book for clients it's amazing how the memories of the day come flooding back, it's a pleasurable chore 😊 

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Rosie seaside trip

I've been fortunate to have my granddaughter for a couple of days, so we went to the seaside in Southsea, Portsmouth. 

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Nanny and Rosie

Nanny and Rosie

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Brighton day trip

It was lovely to take the new blackbird on a day trip to Brighton, Sussex. We stayed at the iconic Grand Hotel, took in the sights and a few too many cocktails.  

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Went to Liverpool and got myself a bird.

Nice little trip up to Liverpool this weekend to get myself a Honda Blackbird, it would have been rude not to have taken a couple of photos.  

Liverpool eye

Liverpool eye

Liverpool docks

Liverpool docks

Liver buildings  

Liver buildings  

Liverpool One

Liverpool One

Home safe and sound

Home safe and sound

Tom & Sam Wedding day

A beautiful day for a beautiful couple, the weather couldn't have been better and the day ran as smooth as clockwork, The Langstone Hotel on Hayling Island was once again the perfect location, always run to regimental standards, thanks to Franco for all your help on the day. 

Hide and seek in the courtyard of the Langstone hotel  

Hide and seek in the courtyard of the Langstone hotel  

Samantha and Tom Serkan Yaman. 

Samantha and Tom Serkan Yaman. 

You must have the confetti shot  

You must have the confetti shot