Following on from last weeks duties, today saw my little Sea Cadet took part in the South Elmsall Armistice Day Parade.
The day started with a grey gloomy sky, which soon turned into a good ol' British drizzle. All the representing cadets were outstanding regardless of the weather. The mix of uniforms was a sight to behold as they marched down the main street.
Sea Cadets, Army Cadets, Air Cadets, Yorkshire Rose First Aid Society, Town Council members, Royal British Legion and local schools all paraded proudly and brilliantly accompanied by the Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band and escorted by a solo RBL Rider. (Apologies if I missed anyone).
And here, in all their glory, are our outstanding Sea Cadets. Proud parent time for all of us watching.
David Lee Evans
26/3/1972 - 11/4/2018
Last night we decided to have a wander round Frickley Park as it's another one of those places-on-your-doorstep that we'd never been to.
When I was a nipper I used to play on the old colliery site here all the time. We'd play near the old pit pump ponds at the bottom and walk through the woods at the back, looking for conkers and riding motorbikes on (what I called) 'the quarry' part at the back of the old folks bungalows on the Westfield Lane side - although these have all gone too. I also used to cut across from the Frickley FC side (who remembers the 'you'll never walk alone' painting on the wall?) as a short cut when walking from my grandad's on Pine Street to my auntie's house down on Elmsdale Close. I used to love it here - the wide open spaces made me feel like a proper explorer. I grew up next to Kirkby pit too and always enjoyed exploring there - although I was scared of 'the tunnel' and always managed to go home filthy!
Anyway, we had a little walk round. We started by exploring a little field of sunflowers before heading onto the old lines and following them back down to join the path into the park. The park is lovely. The developers have done an awesome job. There's over 7 miles of foot and cycle paths criss-crossing through it. There's also a few little nods to the site's mining history dotted about. A nice touch.
We didn't get time to walk round everywhere as the sun was dropping quick, but we'll deffo be back for more. It's a proper little den of tranquility. We need more regeneration of our little mining villages.
For more info on the park click HERE.
Here are a few snaps.
Gear used: Fujifilm XPro1, 35mm 1.4
A few weeks ago I was back in Pontefract to photograph the awesome wedding of Lauren and Dan.
The entire day was held at the lovely Kings Croft Hotel.
We started off with Bridal prep - which, as always, was a good laugh. Instead of being all squeezed into one room though, this time we had two. Which was a good job, as there were lots of people in there! There were also a couple of videographers in for the day too (a cool guy by the name of Adam - check him out HERE) so we were leapfrogging over each other between rooms all morning!
Time soon ticked on, so then it was time to head out to the pavilion for the main event.
Dan was patiently waiting at the end of the aisle for his Bride to arrive. Which thankfully, she did! It was pretty easy to see her coming to be honest - the multicoloured line of approaching bridesmaids was pretty long!
Smiles for miles was the order of the day, and pretty soon vows were spoken, rings were exchanged, kisses were kissed and the happy couple walked out into the sunshine as man and wife. Perfectly serenaded by the awesome 24 Live who sang throughout the rest of the day.
The rest of the evening was laughs, love and fun in the sunshine. Oh, and some pretty cool dancing!
A good ol' Yorkshire wedding.
Congrats you two, and thanks for having me. Your day was ace.
Here are a few snaps from their day.
My final wedding of last year was another lovely local one that had me nipping down the road to the town we lovingly call Ponte-Carlo (well, it's a better nickname than it's neighbouring Cas-Vegas!) I was heading once again to the lovely King's Croft Hotel for the wedding of Sharon and Barry.
The day started with the usual terrorized-women-trapped-in-a-room-with-me bridal prep. They were less camera shy once the beers started coming in though! ;-)
It was all a good laugh and the time soon flew by, so I quickly popped downstairs to see the groom while the dresses were going on and before you knew it, it was time for action!
I'd never met Barry before, but Sharon had given me a detailed description - "he looks just like he does on the wedding cake!" I'm not gonna say whether he did or not, but I found him easy enough... Well, he was stood at the end of the aisle wasn't he?!
The bridal party soon made their way in, followed by (a pretty emotional by this point) Sharon. I love seeing this much emotion at a wedding - it gave me a bit of a lump in the throat too!
The Registrar soon got down to business and before you knew it, the vows had been said, rings had been shared, kisses had been kissed and cheers were all round.
After lots of handshakes, kisses, tears and hugs later, we nipped outside to brave the cold for a few snaps before heading back in for the Wedding Breakfast - after some pretty emotional and awesomely funny speeches!
The rest of the evening was good-ol Yorkshire knees up - everyone was having a good time, the drinks were flowing, the kids were running and chins were wagging a plenty. After a few more photos and the cake-cutting, the happy couple were soon dancing round the floor like no one was watching. They were soon joined by more, the band were in full swing and the love carried on into the night.
Oh - it was Barry's birthday too! Happy birthday mate - it was definitely one to remember!
Thanks for having me guys - you were both awesome!
Here are a few photos from their day.
A few weeks ago I had the awesome privilege of shooting the wedding of Rebecca and Jamie at the beautiful Wentbridge House Hotel. This was a super cool wedding for me, as I've known Bex for about 30 years (my God that makes us sound old!) We lived in the same village and went to school together when we were kids. There were also a fair few old school friends at the wedding too - which always makes for a fun day.
The entire day was held at the hotel. We started off with the usual Bridal prep, and, as usual - there were far too many people squeezed into the room! It was all good fun though - with plenty of kids to keep us all on our toes. Rebecca didn't really have chance to show any nerves - as a hairdresser, she was pretty busy getting everyone else ready. And there were a fair few hairs to do!
I also managed to get some Groom prep too, as the fellas were just down the hall. The lads' prep was easy though - we basically had a bottle of beer while they put their shirts and ties on. Although Jamie did spend a good 15 minutes blow drying his hair! ;-)
Pretty soon is was time for business, so we got downstairs for the vows.
Jamie was looking a bit nervous at the front, but the nerves soon turned to smiles as Rebecca came down the aisle with her Dad. And I have to say - she was looking radiant.
We got down to business, and pretty soon the vows had been said, rings were on fingers and kisses were kissed. There was a fair bit of smiling and laughing going on too!
There was also a beautiful ring presentation for little Betsie.
The deed was done - time to get out into the sunshine for some photos!
The blue skies were a breath of fresh air - it had been throwing it down all day up until that point!
It was soon time to head in for food and speeches. Rebecca's Dad's speech pulled at the heart strings, Jamie's raised a few chuckles and the Best Man's brought some proper laugh out loud moments!
The rest of the evening was good old family fun, laughter and love. We jumped back inside for cake cutting and first dance, followed by all the girls on the dancefloor. Then it was back outside for more laughs and a bit of a sparkler walk.
And then more laughs.
A pretty awesome day. Thanks for having me guys - you were amazing!
Here are a few pics from their day.
A few weeks ago, I had the awesome pleasure of shooting the wedding of Victoria and Duncan in the village I grew up in - South Kirkby. Which has a Pontefract address and a Wakefield postcode - just to confuse everyone about where it actually is!
I love going through Kirkby. The sights always bring back memories. Lots of the places I remember have gone, but a few still remain. One of which was the church where I was shooting. Right at the bottom of my old street!
The day started with Bridal prep at the couple's home. I use the term Bridal prep loosely - I pretty much photographed everyone getting ready except the Bride. We even had a little birthday cake surprise!
The prep was complete chaos - everyone and everything was everywhere!
It was brilliant!
The time soon ticked on, so it was into the Roller and on to All Saints Church - where I've actually never been before! (Maybe I once went with school as a nipper, but I can't remember it.)
Duncan was waiting patiently at the altar, and pretty soon his Bride-to-be came swishing down the aisle. Looking absolutely radiant.
Proceedings got under way, and it wasn't long until little Mielle decided she wanted to get in on the action, so the rest of the ceremony was spent with babe-in-arms, until Victoria passed her over to the Vicar for her Baptism. And cold water on a baby's head only ends with more tears! Victoria soon dished out some magic mamma-milk to save the day.
I've got to say, one of the things I find most beautiful in this world is seeing a Mother feed her baby. Watching a Mother feeding her baby during the magic of her wedding day was absolutely sublime.
Things were soon wrapped up at church and it was on to the beautiful Hostel at Hooton Pagnell. Where eating, drinking, dancing, laughing and loving was the order of the day.
And a bouncy castle. Obviously.
I loved every minute of this wedding. Thanks for having me guys - you were both awesome!
Here are some images from their day.
Everyone has been stuck in the house for a few weeks - with non-stop runny noses, sniffles and all the other little general things that go round and round making everyone feel rubbish. So the other morning, while mummy was seriously under the weather, we tucked her back into bed and went for a little walk in the local woods - to get some fresh air back into the lungs.
The boys wanted to take their toy guns to run around with - but as you can see, Alfie went full on Assault Team Ginger...
Sometimes that bit of fresh air is all it needs to perk you back up. And it's always beautiful in the woods this time of year.
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of shooting the wedding of Jacqueline and Jason.
The entire day was held at the King's Croft Hotel in Pontefract.
The day started with Bridal prep - which is always a laugh with one fella with a camera in a room full of women trying to get ready!
I also got a chance to shoot a bit of Groom prep too, as they were a few minutes walk away. The lads saw the cameras and got ready in about 5 minutes flat!
The ceremony was outside in the pavilion and we were blessed with blue skies and glorious sunshine for the entire day.
The vows were soon shared, kisses were had and cheers were aplenty.
The happy couple walked out into the sunshine as man and wife.
We took some snaps out on the lawns before heading in for the speeches and food. The day soon turned into evening, the cake was cut and the couple forced onto the dancefloor!
Thanks for having me guys - it was a blast.
Here are a few photos from their day.
My little ginger ninja likes to dress up. Whether it be in full camo gear and assault vest for a walk in the woods, full basketball kit to shoot some hoops in the local park, or dressing like a little gent like he did today for our trip out to dinner.
On our way out I grabbed my little Fuji X70 and a little flash and we stopped off on the way home to grab a few snaps as the sun was going down.
He managed to keep a serious posing face for most of it, but his cheeky little smile popped through at the end!
He thinks he looks like a crime boss from Gotham. His mum thinks he looks like a mini Doctor Who!
Here he is, my little poser.
One of my favourite things, when I'm shooting a wedding, is watching the antics of the little guests.
Kids are awesome. And tiring. And then awesome again.
I've got 3 of my own, so I know how they can go from the cutest things on the planet one minute, to making you want to pull your hair out the next. There's a reason that people invented alcohol - and I'd wager a bet that a screaming 2 year old was behind it!
I love the little moments at a wedding - the ones that the Bride and Groom very rarely see until they get their photos back. That's what I like to do. I like to capture these little moments forever. Photos that can be shown in 10 years time when they think they're all grown up!
I love these moments - bridal prep where two sisters are like little Princesses getting ready for the Ball. Sneaking little selfies on their phones. Ceremonies where the kids are that bored that they haven't realised the hymn book is upside down. Outside the church where confetti wars are the best thing on the Earth for 5 minutes. At the reception where they can't manage any more food, but demolish the sweetie cart in half an hour flat. Sneaky fingers going for the wedding cake. Bubbles and balloons - these are two of the greatest inventions to keep a kid busy that have ever been made! The quiet moments, when two 10 year olds can sit in conversation like a couple of 50s housewives and two 15 year olds can chase each other around like they're 9 again. The dancefloor, where they let loose like the adults daren't, when sliding is still the best thing in the world and swirly dresses make awesome twirls like they see on TV.
They all catch me eventually, and I get the goofy grin or the embarrassed smile or the covered face or the squeal of laughter. Sometimes I even get a pose!
These are precious moments. Moments which can, and will, be cherished forever.
There's one thing that kids can teach us - and that's how to live. Now. In the moment. Live every second without a care about what's next. Cry out your frustrations for a few minutes, but then carry on being the King or Queen of your world.
We all need to live like kids sometimes.
But, don't worry if you don't have kids, or there's no kids at your wedding. After a few drinks down our necks, us adults soon shed the worry of adulting and start acting like kids again anyway...
Here are a few of those moments.
Thought I'd start this little blog to let people know what we get up to. Some personal stuff thrown in the mix too.