2015 Round up – What a year :)

Hey there. This year has certainly been somewhat of an eventful one for me. Ive not had time to blog each wedding or shoot Ive done. Ive been so busy with work but at the same time had a lot going on personally, including two house moves. Which as Im sure you know – is the most stressful thing EVER!!

So to recap. Professionally my second year of weddings has been incredible. Ive met some seriously cool couples who have all taken up a space in my heart. Ive laughed and cried. I watched some very emotional weddings. I laughed histerically at speeches, helped Brides get into their dresses. Been to some outstandingly stunning venues. Been the bow maker extrordinaire, helped with flowers and cakes and oh yeah – photographed the whole day. To say I love my job is an understatement.

As well as photographing weddings Ive shot a lot of families, children, newborns and a magazine fashion shoot. Last year took me to places I never thought possible, so as I enter into 2016 with a brand new fresh start I cant help but feel massively excited.

Here is just a wee tiny snippet of my year. And I mean tiny. I wish I could post more I really do.

2015 in a nutshell folks…….


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Hey guys. Can you believe its March already? I dont know where this year has gone. This month sees the start of wedding season for me along  with more training with the amazing Kevin Mullins. I cant wait.

So last year I didnt get much time to update my blog as much as I would have liked. I have spent the past month catching up and trying to show you as much of the amazing shoots I had as possible including weddings, newborns, maternity, children and families. Todays blog is about the gorgeous Sohzay. I had the great pleasure of photographing him in September last year along with his stunning mommy Roese who was in fact 7 months pregnant at the time and looked completely breathtaking. I adored our shoot. Sohzay was a little dude on a mission. His images are awesome and I truly believe he could be a child model – so photogenic, a complete natural in front of the camera.

Here are some of my favourite images 🙂


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Rukmini & Craig Hindu Wedding

Last August I was asked by my amazing mentor and trainer Kate Hopewell Smith to second shoot for her at the incredible Hindu wedding of Rukmini and Craig at Blenheim Palace. Of course I jumped at the chance. I absolutely love working with Kate. Throw in Blenheim Palace and a Hindu Wedding and you have a dream come true. I wont lie – my heart skipped beats thinking about this wedding. I had never photographed a Hindu wedding before. Kate sent me details on weddings she had done plus websites to research. I have to admit by the end of the day I was totally blown away to the point of tears. It really was the most incredible experience and I cant thank Kate and Rukmini enough for asking me to help photograph this day.

I met Rukmini in the room they used to shoot Hugh Grant in Four Weddings and a Funeral where Rukmini was getting ready. I was completely in awe as I entered and think I may have squealed at Kate with joy. Rukmini looked completely stunning. It was my job to photograph the Barat Craig so after a brief and lovely greeting and a couple of quick shots I left Kate and Rukmini and drove to Blenheim Palace.


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The Hindu marriage ceremony is primarily based on the marriage of Surya, the daughter of Savita (The Sun) to Ashwinikumar, as described in the Rig-Veda, one of the oldest Hindu scriptures. After Ashwinikumar wins the chariot race, Savita gives away the bride in a splendid ceremony. It is written in Sanskrit, one of the oldest language in the world.

Think of the actual wedding ceremony as if it were a romantic story, where the bride and the groom come to the Mandap, separately, as if unknown to each other. Then they fall in love and ask the parents’ permission to get married. We explain them what the Hindu marriage means and they accept the obligations that go with it. During the various rituals, the couple commits to remain faithful to each other and repeat the pledge in front of the Fire God, the Agni and all the witnesses. Then, they walk seven steps together commiting to seven marriage vows to each other, about their future life together. We all bless them and wish them a very happy life and they leave the Mandap as a newly married couple!

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The Barat, the singing and dancing procession of the groom and his family, reaches the wedding venue. The bride’s family welcomes them with Aarati and sweets, as a symbol of happiness and good tidings to come and escort them to the wedding hall. It was my job to cover The Barat Craig. It was such an amazing experience. There was so many beautiful colours. Craig and his family started off on the driveway to Blenheim Palace with the drum player leading our way to greet Rukmini’s family.


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After the Hindu ceremony we went outside for image. Beverages and canapes were served as we whisked Rukmini and Craig off around Blenheim for their Bride and Groom shots.



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Whilst we were away the Orangery was getting set up for the English ceremony. Rukmini then got dressed into a traditional english wedding dress and her sisters into their bridesmaids dresses. There was a live quartet playing as she entered and made her way towards Craig, her father giving her away.



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After the ceremony Rukmini changed into her evening attire. She looked absolutely stunning. We made our way to the Orangery where it was all laid out for their wedding breakfast. After everyone had eaten the speeches took place. I always look forward to speeches. They make me laugh just as much as they make me cry. Rukmini gave the most amazing and beautiful speech, which in my opinion summed up the entire day. The love between both Craig and Rukmini was so pure and beautiful and their families coming together that day and embracing it the way they did was a lovely thing to experience. At the end of the wedding breakfast everyone got their dancing shoes on. There was even a conga line at one point. The celebrations ended and we made our way outdoors where both families said goodbye to Rukmini and Craig as they drove away over the coconut.






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Sibling love in the Autumn sun

Last October I got to photograph Natalie, Mark and their amazing children. Charlie, George, Charlie and Bella. These guys were so great together. We had such a wonderful morning playing games and tickling each other. Bella is a little bit younger than my daughter Olivia and so much like her in every way. She certainly has those boys wrapped about her beautiful little finger. Here are some of my favourite images.


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Kris, Steph and Cotton Eyed Joe

Last Summer Kris and Steph got in contact with regards to booking me for their wedding in July this year. To say I got excited at their plans is an understatement. Not only are they friends of some amazing people I know, they are getting married on 4th July with an American theme. Most exciting.

So in November last year we arranged our pre wed shoot. Kris and Steph were the first couple to book my new packages and were a bit nervous about having photos taken on their wedding day let alone on a pre wed shoot. I explained that the reason behind me offering this as part of my packages is because most people are a bit nervous in front of the camera but once they see how I work all of that disappears and we actually have a lot of fun. You will see in their images there was A LOT of laughing and at one point a rendition of Cotton Eyed Joe along with a bit of line dancing!! we had such a blast and I simply love their images. I think its shows Kris and Steph perfectly. How in love, happy and giggly they are.

Here are a few of my favourite images


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Baby Arthur – Bump to Baby


Last October I met with the lovely Tammy, her husband James and their son Bill. Tammy was around 38 weeks pregnant at the time and was beautifully glowing when I arrived at their house is Northamptonshire. Tammy had told me baby Arthur’s nursery was ready and waiting for his arrival so I suggested to Tammy that we incorporate it into the shoot. It makes a lovely keepsake. After we had taken the personal indoor images we went for a walk to the park and a local field where Bill had a fab little run around.

It was so lovely going back 3 weeks later when the scrummy Arthur had arrived. Here are some of my favourite images



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Trentham Gardens family shoot

In October I met up with the lovely Laura and Barry and their gorgeous children for a family shoot. Laura is from Liverpool so we decided on a location roughly half way for us both. Trentham Gardens and Lake in Stoke On Trent is a place that I know well and one that I am very fond of. After the birth of my son Bailey I spent many days there with my friends and our children. Monkey Forest is just a stones throw so all in all an amazing day out. The gardens and lake make for a stunning backdrop too.

I had a lot of fun on our shoot. We went for a walk, did twirls, flying aeroplanes and fairy spotting. Here are some of my favourite images 🙂


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Getting my Licentiateship with the SWPP

Yesterday I had the best news. I had been meaning to submit a panel for my Licentiate Qualification for a while but last year was incredibly busy. So I got up one morning 3 weeks ago and decided that I had to do it. My main goal this year was getting this qualification. Imagine my delight when the post arrives and on the envelope its addressed Tammie Cornish LSWPP. To say I screamed from the top of my lungs followed by a mini dance is an understatement – I danced around the whole house. Poor Olivia didnt know what was going on.

This is such an amazing achievement. My panel was judged by the board of examiners who are incredible in the photography business. It was as nerve wrecking as it was exciting. Im literally still beaming with joy. So here is my panel. I submitted my wedding images for my qualification submission – it was so lovely to receive an email with my name on congratulating my award 🙂 2015 is already beyond amazing. Im so excited about whats around the corner and what else this incredible year has in store


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The Journey Begins……..

Today is very special to me. 2 years ago today I went live with my business. Its been a very incredible 2 years. Ive learnt so much about the business, the industry and myself. Ive found balance with my family and work life. Ive worked and trained with the amazing Kate Hopewell Smith. Ive met some wonderful people in the business who have become firm friends and Ive made some fabulous friends in my clients. I cant wait to see what this year has in store.

This year has started off beyond what I could have expected. So many enquiries and also booking to go to the SWPP Convention in London which is just a short 2 weeks away. Very excited. Im looking forward to seminars with the amazing Kevin Mullins, Tracey Willis and doing a super class with Damien Lovegrove. Its sure to be a jammed packed 3 days. I cant wait.

So these highlights are also very special to me. Children and families are where I started my journey. I have always been obsessed with taking photos but this became more apparent after the birth of my son Bailey. I had a vision and knew what I wanted. I was also into Art and painted a lot before Bailey was born. I sold quite a few of my paintings. I think being creative has always been a huge part of who I am. I had lots of ideas and I was never one for studio images. The plain backdrop just didn’t sit well with me. Taking pictures in natural light was what I loved. It always struck me as having more of an impact. I always knew I was going to have a second child so it was’t until after the birth of my daughter Olivia that I finally put my money where my mouth is. January 2012 I upgraded my camera to a Professional level and went straight back to college. My first training in photography in my 20’s was on the old SLRs so this was a whole new ball game. I did 2 courses at college which spanned over 22 weeks. This still wasn’t enough. Yes I could work a camera and knew what it could do but I wanted more. So I found Kate Hopewell Smith at Aspire and made a 3.5 hour car journey for training with Kate. Kate’s work spoke to me. I loved her images. She was incredible during that training session based on photographing children in natural light. I left there totally buzzing. I remember I was about to leave and Kate looked at me and said ‘Did you enjoy today’ I had the biggest smile and replied ‘Are you kidding, that was incredible’ she laughed – Her response ‘I know, look at you you cant stop smiling’.  When I got back I couldn’t wait to put my new found knowledge into action. I offered friends and family photo shoots and was getting more and more into it. I set up my FaceBook page to get more attention. I knew I wasn’t done training. I needed to know more. So took myself back to Aspire in November to train with Kate again on her Yummy Mummy course photographing a beautiful pregnant lady called Rose followed by a newborn baby. It was amazing and once again I came away buzzing and excited about my new found knowledge. In January 2013 I felt ready to go live with my business so I did. It was quick to take off with a couple of indoor sessions and 2 wedding enquiries. The enquiries were from 2 people I knew well but I am one of those people that has to know everything before I go in guns blazing. So I booked a 1:1 session with Kate on weddings. We took a gorgeous couple around Oxford and went through everything do to with weddings from images to branding to marketing and the business side of it. I instantly felt excited and couldn’t wait. I didn’t take on anymore weddings that year I threw myself into children and families. My children were still very little at this point so it was very much a juggling act.

In October 2013 I joined The Guild Of Professional Photographers and submitted a panel of images. That month I became Qualified with them gaining my QGPP qualification.

Ive also received to date 28 Bronze Awards for my images on weddings, children and boudoir.

I went back to Kate in December that year for a course on Winter Weddings and learnt all about light and off camera flash. It was fantastic and I started January 2014 with a bang. 2014 was my first full year of weddings and I photographed 32 of them. I also assisted Kate Hopewell Smith on 4 of her weddings including a stunning Hindu wedding at Blenheim Palace gaining a wealth of knowledge from her. October this year I had her go through my wedding portfolio and was completely over the moon with her comments to me. Ive come a long way since January 2012 when it all started. Its truly a dream come true and this year is so exciting 🙂

Here is such a small collection of my children and family shoots but I hope you see just how much I love what I do 🙂


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Newborns, Babies and Maternity Highlights 2014

Hi there. Last year was a fantastic year. After a very busy wedding season I had a lot of enquiries for Bump to Baby shoots. I absolutely adore both. Having been pregnant with two children myself I understand how quickly pregnancy flies by. Although at the time can feel like eternity. I suffered with both of my pregnancies for the entire 9 months but that didn’t stop me enjoying my alone time with the little person growing inside of me. Feeling those kicks and knowing it was a connection like nothing else.

I also photographed some gorgeous babies too which due to the weather being so lovely we got to do outdoors. My next lovely client is due to be induced next week so once again I am so looking forward to newborn snuggles.

Here is a few highlights from babies this year along with a lovely bump to baby shoot I had with the gorgeous Tammy and her family.


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