Wilmie won the Northumberland Gazette/SHAK photo competition. I shortlisted the entries but the Gazette's readers chose Wilmie as the winner. It's no secret that I love greyhounds and lurchers so I was really pleased to have Wilmie in my studio on Tuesday. Here are a few of my favourites...
Victoria and Gavin's wedding was very much to their own design. For the whole day they did their own thing and it was great! After some terrible weather recently the sun shone and the forecast was good for the whole day.
It was also a very musical affair too which is always a bonus for me!
We started at The Registry Office in Alnwick...
...and then headed up to Barter Books for some brunch in front of a grand roaring fire (Their Station Buffet is well worth a visit for its legendary bacon butties)...
...and Victoria met some new friends over a book
And so to the beach near Bamburgh for a few photos in the sun
The wedding blessing was at the lovely St Aidan's Church in Bamburgh. Gavin was getting nervous all over again but Dean the Best Man was there to keep things cool.
The service was enlivened by The Heaton Voices choir who sung from the back of the church
Afterwards, with the sun still shining, we went outside for a view of Bamburgh Castle
Heaton Voices, with Victoria taking her place in the ranks, sang for us again outside Budle Hall
The cake was very cute. We like our puffins in this part of Northumberland!
For reasons too long to go into here there was a world-wide theme to the evening's celebrations
Making the most of the sunny day...
The speeches were all very well written, witty and thoughtful...and very well received.
Finally the sun set leaving a beautiful Northumbrian evening sky...
...and the evening was filled with dancing and fireworks.
Saturday was the 3rd "Dylan Day" at The Cluny in newcastle and I'd been asked to cover the event.
In the end it raised £2500 for two childrens' cancer charities which can't be bad. A whole bunch for superb musicians gave their time for free...
Our host and the man who organised the whole thing Jonti Willis
I just caught the end of the afternoon session being finished off by a hugely fun set from Big Red and The Grinners...
Jack Burness, Paul Templeman and Finn McArdle started the evening
The hard-working soundman at The Cluny
Reg Meuross had come all the way from the SW and he played two sets and ran a songwriting Q&A - Busy man!
The Jon Strong Band had travelled up from Yorkshire. Great songs and superb musicianship
George Borowski and The Fabulous Wonderfuls came up from Cheshire. George has been in the music business a long time and has shared the stage with some serious Rock Stars. The whole band smiled their way through their Rock and Roll set.
Local band King Size Voodoo Traveller delivered a bluesy set of the finest quality.
Baz Warne plays guitar for The Stranglers and his Sunderland based band Robot Elvis played covers that blew away many of the original versions.
Snakeoil finished the night with a folky-rocky set that was a great way to end things.
I try to keep the blog up-to-date with whatever is happening photography-wise and I'm happy for you to browse through the entries.
You'll find shots on here that don't appear on the website - either because they're brand new or they're part of a Couples' wedding collection, so it's a good place to find the most recent examples of my work.