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An October wedding – Southern style!

Last month I was privileged to attend and photograph my partner’s son’s wedding near Kingsport, Tennessee. The wedding was organised and styled by April and Jon with lots of help and support from their families. It was held at lakeside venue run by the venerable Katie and was a stunningly beautiful day, with the sunshine and location bringing many and varied photographic challenges!

A fun celebration of love, joy and family, the entire day was brimful of laughter. I even managed to slip into a couple of the group photos but most of the day was incredibly busy as so much happened – processionals, dollar dances, cake-cutting, group dancing and a host of other moments – many traditions completely new to me. Hospitality was typically Southern with delicious food and drinks flowing throughout the evening. Favours and gifts were very personal and included jars of handmade apple butter, a local speciality. It was a delightful day and a pleasure to photograph; my very best wishes to April and Jon for a wonderful life together.

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Time flies even if I don’t …

We’re more than halfway through the year, time flies so fast! Not as much travel for me recently, although hopping up and down to Scotland (still the same country thank goodness) by plane does count …!

I was musing on my good fortune at having freedom to choose what I do with my time, where I spend it and with whom. I posted on Facebook the importance of making the most of every minute we have and my post struck a chord with many of my friends; after all who knows how many more moments there are?

The recent air tragedies, the war and hatred we’re witnessing (as it ever was, but seemingly more and more vicious) reveal a dangerous world for everyone and for most of us the only response is to fully immerse ourselves in our own opportunities. To value ourselves, our time with friends and families and to strive to overcome personal challenges.

We can offer help to others through donations of time or money, if we have either or both, especially when a cause touches our hearts. But often we feel impotent in the face of overwhelming need and sorrow. As I grow older, my belief in the importance of making every day a day to remember for all the right reasons grows daily. This is not selfish, it’s about celebrating life and what it offers. It’s harder some days than others, but rewarding and nourishing for the soul.

I try find opportunities to use my photography for good (as implied in my blog name!) and below are images of three inspiring people I’ve met in my day to day life and had the privilege of photographing. I’ll tell you more about them in the next few posts …

Emily Wright has her head shaved in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

Emily Wright has her head shaved by Paula of Hair Essentials in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

Barry "Bazza" West, mouth painter, exhibiting at Uckfield Art Trail

Barry “Bazza” West, mouth painter, exhibiting at Uckfield Art Trail

Ann Chapman, my best friend climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for Cornerstone

Ann Chapman, my best friend, is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for Cornerstone