WINK – Womens Institute New Konnections.
The WI is 100 years old this year and to celebrate my local branch (Rayleigh, Essex) threw a party at The Rayleigh Club Golf Resort. Just realised that sentence made it sound like i’m a member! I’m not. Unfortunately!
They refer to themselves as a ‘Modern WI’ so its not all jam and jerusalem, although there was a jam tasting contest. They filled the room and I was surprised by the amount of members they have. A great deal of effort went in from all involved making all kinds of goodies and organising prizes and entertainment which included dancers and a 60 piece choir! I enjoyed shooting for them (again) and it looked like everyone had a great time. Here’s to the next 100 years……..
WINK are a WI group that set up in Rayleigh, Essex around a year ago and this party was to celebrate that anniversary. They run as a charity so any event they organise is funded by themselves or donations, which makes it remarkable that they planned a grand event like this with three course meal, band, raffle, a rather excellent photo both 😉 and loads of guests. The event took place at the excellent Lords Golf & Country Club in Rayleigh.
I put my booth in a little corner and shot portraits as guests arrived and rolled out the props for later in the evening. As ever I spent the in between documenting the event and generally sneaking around getting some candid shots.
This blog contains a small selection of the work. To see all images please visit the following link where full resolution files can be downloaded: http://adobe.ly/1MVOn2B
Rachel Connelly will have copies of the images on CD’s that she will be giving out to members at the next WI meeting. Any questions drop me a mail.
An edit from the recent photo shoot organised by Katie Poole at The Lawn in Rochford.
Everything included was provided by local suppliers:
- Venue: The Lawn, Rochford
- All dresses provided by Turner & Pennell
- Makeup by Katie Poole
- Hair by Jennie Galgey
- Jewellery by PS with Love
- Flowers from Shrinking Violet
- Balloons provided by Balloon Power
The Zukie crew only went and got themselves into Selfridges! Jamie asked me to pop up there on a Saturday morning to document the occasion and I was confronted by an army of ‘Zukie Juniors’ and a real life celeb!
What is it they say about working with children? Try doing it in Selfridges! I definitely thought they were going to throw us out!
I was lucky enough to get a week in Kenya recently. I shot a wedding there and because mainly tourist operators fly to Mombassa it was cheaper to go for a week rather than a few days.
Anyway, the hotel that hosted the wedding asked me to shoot a couple of their apartments to update their website. Below are a selection of the shots.
If you are stuck for holiday ideas I highly recommend Watamu in Kenya, and Ocean Sports is one of the most relaxed hotels on a very relaxed beach. The unique thing about the place is that you can go for the paradise holiday but take a few days on Safari as well and capture the stunning beauty of Africa.
Bomber from Switch Skate Store runs a skate school on Sunday mornings in Leigh. It has grown a lot from the beginnings on the sea front and the crew and their pupils were asked to join the parade through Leigh broadway when the Christmas lights were switched on.
We ordered these cakes from a friend for a friend, if that makes sense?! Before they were taken to the party I took a few quick detail shots on the kitchen table.
Once Upon a Cake Stand offer bespoke vintage tea parties in the comfort of your own home. I took it upon myself to sample each flavour and can confirm they are delish!
Another Switch comp with the usual faces popping up from Switch, Zukie and Bondi Beer. The difference this year is that they added some bands which gave it a real festival vibe. White Devil’s Cause, being our local signed band sorted a stage over the bowl which was awesome. The rain stayed away, beers were drunk, tricks were landed (or not in George’s case!) and it felt like the whole town tipped up for the party.