They say that once you have children your life flies by even quicker – never a truer word spoken.
It may look like I haven’t been up to much over the past few months, but the truth is I’m a bit like a swan, serene and calm on the surface, whilst manically working behind the scenes!
Here is a photo of our little one, which may explain where some of my time has been spent
Its safe to say that Christmas 2012 is one that will not be forgotten in the Helm household. Here are a few of our memories……
I can’t tell you whether the past week has been the fastest or the slowest of my life, but it has been without question, an amazing experience. It started on an ordinary Sunday night when we sat down to watch Strictly (and by ordinary I mean Katie being 2 days past the due date of our 1st child) and ended 24hrs later with us meeting our beautiful baby boy.
I cannot stress how amazing the staff and the care was at Stoke Mandeville. Whether it’s common procedure or not, in the 17hours between Katie being admitted and the arrival of our son, we were never left alone, the midwives and doctors cared for us as if we were the only people in the world – phenomenal.
At 23:27 on the 19th November, Katie and I become parents, it has been a long wait, but the reward is incredible, so despite bags under our eyes and everything taking 3 times as long as it did previously, we wouldn’t change it for the world.
We’re proud to introduce our son Oliver……
For my last wedding of October, the grey sky cleared and despite being a chilly October day the sun finally came out.
Congratulations to Chloe and Aaron and here is a sneak peek of their day.
“All you need is love” sang The Beatles, and this was the case at Kim and Simons humanist wedding.
I’ve never witnessed a band playing in the middle of the ceremony and getting one side of the congregation to sing to the other (and Simon was in the band!!) – It was amazing and led to plenty of smiles. I for one loved it.
A huge thanks to Kim and Simon for letting me share in their day and to Tori Deslauriers for letting me give her a hand.
During a summer of plentiful rain and at the end of a very wet week, Sophie and George were married on a beautiful sunny day in a small village in Surrey.
Their reception was held at the stunning Beaumont House in Old Windsor. A perfect setting for this relaxed and happy couples big day with their family and friends.
I hope you enjoy some of the images from their day.
A lovely Saturday in the garden with Jon and Shanee’s family and friends to celebrate their daughter Pipers first birthday.
Cold drinks, presents, toys, plastic ducks – there was something for everyone and a lovely day for all. A fun way for Piper to celebrate her 1st birthday.
Happy birthday Piper.
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I was delighted to assist my good friend Claire from Red Poppy Photography for the wedding of Raquel and James which was set in a beautiful church surrounded by a charming village.
This relaxed couple set the tone from the beginning, laughter started early on and there were many smiles throughout the day from everyone involved.
With a couple running Harrys Bar it was always going to be a evening to remember, cocktails made to order, a fabulous magician and music to get the party started. Here are a few of my favourite images from the day…
Finally…Summer seems to have arrived.
This is a set of images taken around the City on a quiet weekend morning.
Last time I’d met Gemma we had thick snow falling… No such issues this time . Gemma was joined by Tom for this shoot, and some of the images are displayed below.
I hope you like them.
Mauritius is a jewel in the Indian Ocean, it is renowned for luxury breaks with white sandy beaches and coconut trees which appear to have come straight from a dream.
Le Touessrok is a fabulous resort. Its own website defines it as “the essence of cool, modern elegance basking in the cultural warmth of tropical Mauritius” and that is a perfect description. From the moment you are greeted at the airport arrivals hall, you are truly pampered and amazed by the seemingly effortless charm.
Fresh fruit skewers in the morning sun, cool refreshing sorbets in the afternoon shade, the attention to detail is impressive .The service is examplary, the staff are there when you need them, but seem to blend into the surroundings at other times. Do not disturb flags on the beach…there seems to be nothing they haven’t thought of!
Visiting the perfectly manicured tropical gardens on the last day I noticed that a tree had been planted for a guest who has returned on no less than 30 occasions. We have decided that we would like a Le Touessrok tree of our own…and am look forward to our next 29 visits!
What could be nicer than a wedding on a sunny day? – How about a wedding on a sunny day a few miles from where I grew up… and on a bank holiday weekend??. Sounds perfect.
The day started off in the opulent surroundings of the Grosvenor hotel in Chester, where Tamsin had stayed the night before. From here it was a quick drive through the lush Cheshire countryside to a beautiful sandstone church in Tattenhall for a ceremony with a vicar whose approach was far from traditional!
The reception was held at Soughton Hall, a luxury wedding venue just outside Chester which is set in rolling countryside and accessed down an elegant tree lined driveway. A live band entertained the guests in the evening and saw some unforgettable moves on the dance floor.
Just a few of the images are displayed below.
Hands up who would like to be somewhere warm and sunny right now….. Well, I’d like to be a wedding photographer in the Maldives…..it’s my calling! I thought you might like to see what we’ve been up to in the dark, cold days of January. Going away for a bit of sunshine at this time of year is definitely recommended.
We had the good fortune to spend 12 nights in a beautiful villa perched over the crystal clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Reef sharks and Manta rays swimming under the villa when we woke up each morning became the norm. Simply amazing.
A huge thank you to the staff at Zitahli for making our stay so memorable and if ever you need a Maldives wedding photographer, please feel free to drop me a line
A few images from our stay which should brighten up any grey winter day. I hope that you enjoy them.
Who can remember what happened on the Saturday before Christmas last year? No??? Well allow me to refresh your memory. These photographs were taken on that morning, and the snow fell and fell. The photoshoot was cut short and an epic journey home commenced as London ground to a standstill.
Gemma Barrett was kind enough to brave the elements on the day (Gemma is an actress – you can find out about her by following the link to her website). How she managed not to look frozen is beyond me! I hope you enjoy the pictures, they came to mind this morning as the snow is falling again!!!
Thanks for reading and have a very Happy Christmas
Lucy is my sister in law, so when she had a new arrival in the family I was only too pleased to offer my service as uncle and photographer in one. These pictures were taken in our spare room on a white duvet, hopefully proving that you don’t need an expensive studio or lots of lights to produce photos that people love.
Thanks for all the lovely feedback so far. It has been much appreciated
If anyone would like a similar shoot please feel free to contact me via my facebook page and we can arrange something from there.
When Iveta approached me to update her portfolio, I was flattered and only too happy to help out. It’s always nice to hear that someone has seen your work and liked it, even better to be told in person
Iveta works in the City so we decided a cityscape might be a perfect backdrop for this set of images. The brief was for a contemporary set of portraits with a ‘fashion’ edge to them.
I’ve posted just a few from the shoot, I hope you like them too.
In addition to a newborn baby, Lucy is also the proud Mum to two young boys who love nothing more than being outside and doing what children do – playing!
A few weeks ago I took the opportunity to photography Reece and Finley in the the last few days of good weather. The images of them in the garden are blogged below. Finley took on the mantle of Derek Zoolander for the day, he didn’t get my ‘Blue steel’ references, but to be fair I wouldn’t have watched Zoolander at his age either!!
I’ve had some lovely feedback from this set of pictures before I’ve even blogged them, so I hope you also enjoy them…..
Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is an independent international medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid in more than 60 countries to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural or man-made disasters or exclusion from healthcare.
In September, MSF had a one night musical extravaganza at the celebrity venue of Hedsor House, below are just a few of the images from the evening.
Hannah is a performing arts student and aims to be a well known face in the world of acting and TV in time (remember you saw her here 1st). When she asked me to help update her portfolio, I was delighted to help out.
We managed to dodge the rain successfully one Saturday morning in High Wycombe, which produced some treats for locations, a few of which are shown below. I really enjoyed working with Hannah and she was so easy to get along with and didn’t mind wandering through a bit of mud to get a shot.
I’ve posted a small sample of the images we shot. Please feel free to contact me if you would like a similar shoot.
You may remember this happy couple from their engagement shoot earlier in the year at Tower Bridge. For the big day we moved to rural Suffolk for a lovely relaxed outdoor wedding at a barn in Denham, on which they had weaved their magic. The transformation from barn to wedding venue was nothing short of amazing, particularly as it all happened between Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.
Neil works for an events company called Admirable Crichton and if this is an example of their work I would highly recommend them. Lots of happy faces in this set (even a spot of rain couldn’t top them), hope the pictures make you smile too.
Congratulations Mr and Mrs Gregory……
Question – What does a windsurf, Jimmy Choo wellingtons and sea fret have in common? Answer – They were all present at the wedding of Katy and Fred which happened in the picturesque setting of Kingston, a couple of miles from Corfe Castle in Dorset.
David McNeil called on my services for the day and I was delighted to help out. Despite living close to London I was a relative local compared to some of the guests who had flown in from Hawaii and other exciting locations.
The day passed by in a flash with lots of laughter, I hope the pictures below convey that feeling.
I met Alice early in 2011 when she was looking for a wedding photographer and I was looking for a happy, fun couple – perfect eh!. Alice and Neil live in South East London and love the area around Tower Bridge
Where better to go for an engagement shoot than an area they love. I hope you enjoy…..
Earlier this year I had the very good fortune to be invited along to a gorgeous wedding in Somerset by David McNeil.
The venue was Brympton D’Evercy which is located set just outside Yeovil It is an old manor house and definitely lives up to its billing as a ‘fairytale’ wedding location.
On the day, the weather was amazing, Sarah and Chris were lovely and their guests all looked like they had thoroughly loved the day. There were smiling faces everywhere – what more can a couple ask for?
Just a small selection of the images are shown below. I hope you enjoy them……..
Thanks for stopping by. Blog coming soon.