Golly what a year!

Well better late than never that I actually put pen to paper (or rather fingers to keyboard!) and share all that I got up to in 2018!

And what year it was! A record number of shoots for me and another fabulous bunch of people - it really was a blast!

Thank you to everyone that I had the pleasure of working with - you really are the best!

So kicking off the 2018 run down, we have the awesome Fidel “Bad News” Beauhill - what a smile! Then back to Worthers to get their new signage outside their barn followed by the fabulous Ann-See and Mr Kim - with more amazing smiles!

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Then a trio of gorgeous ladies - the fabulous Lynne (updating her shots from two years ago), Teresa and Yvonne - ! was beginning to get a bit spoilt with all these smiles!

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Then the first entry into my Top 10 - Jim Hamilton for a feature in Cotswold Homes - not actually the one that made the magazine however my personal favourite instead!

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Then we had the lovely Jacqui followed by Fidel popping up again alongside Helen and Philippa at Trailblazing Women held at Ashton Gate Stadium celebrating Vote 100. A completely inspiring afternoon!

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My first portrait for WI Life followed - Vicki down on the Jurassic Coast at Durdle Door in the most glorious sunshine - though golly the wind! Another portrait for Cotswold Homes was next with me visiting Kim Bailey at his training yard at Thorndale Farm.

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A visit to the fabulous co-working space at Unicorn House in Cirencester was next - what a stunning building with a feast for the eyes in every corner! Then the gorgeous Liz with yet another beautiful smile for me!

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A couple of shoots with Sam Waterhouse from Bristol Cookhouse followed capturing portraits and not surprisingly some food - though someone (naming no names!) was very cheeky after this shot was taken!!!

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An old favourite was next on the schedule - back to The King’s School Gloucester getting more shots for them, including portraits of the Junior School Head Anne. Then a dash down to Frome for another WI Life shoot with the lovely Laura. Michelle’s treatment rooms followed - such a wonderfully calming space I almost didn’t want to leave!

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My local pub The Lamb Inn, had done a spot of refurbishing so a shoot closer to home was next! How nice to be able to walk to that shoot! Followed by another visit to Elegant Cuisine down in Kings Bagpuize during their wedding fayre - how could I resist all their beautiful plates. And then there was the fabulous potter Karen from Buttons and Clay - she even let me have a go on the wheel at the end of our shoot - though I won’t show you my attempt!!

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Clean Bees from Bristol proved to me that cleaning can be fun and I loved returning to Hayes Parsons getting some updated staff portraits for them.

It was then a complete joy to work with the lovely Fiona from Designed to Sparkle again. Nearly four years had passed since our first shoot together and it was great to see how her beautiful jewellery has developed in that time - almost made me want to get married again! To the same person of course though!

Then there was the gorgeous Melissa and a second visit to Unicorn House.

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My first garden shoot for WI Life was next up - thankfully a mist filled morning made way to the most beautiful afternoon! And then there was a visit to the North Cotswolds Gymnastics and Trampolining Academy with some seriously impressive moves taking place!

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Fir Farm gave me my next Top 10 entry - though I was less than impressed with the behind the scenes shot that made it onto Instagram as I’m lying face down in the grass with my bum in the air!

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Then my fourth time of working with Rin Hamburgh gave me another Top 10! It’s been wonderful seeing how her business has grown over the years - though I really would like our next shoot to be dry pretty please!

Working with Vicki Gray from BluMango Creative proved to be a fabulously creative (not surprisingly!) shoot. And then I was blown away by Amy Box and The Business Choir - what a genius concept - networking and singing! More rain followed with my first crafting shoot for WI Life with Paula from The Crafty Lass - a bit challenging when the brief was al fresco dining however I do like a challenge! And we made the cover too!!

I then paid a visit to Broadway Financial Planning at their new offices on the Farncombe Estate - and I loved seeing some of my images from my first shoot with them adorning their reception wall! Petra and her family followed on a baking hot Sunday - right at the start of that amazing summer we had!

Then the Romans from The King’s School absolutely had to make my Top 10 - though they were all laughing so much they weren’t really that scary - until they nearly landed on top of me!

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A return to another favourite followed with Dial A Geek down in Bristol, then there was Tempest Forensic Accounting also in Bristol and back again to The King’s School to get shots of their new head of Little King’s Laura.

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Then some more lovely ladies! Louise (nearly four years after her first set of portraits!) and Jane followed by the private chef Kate Pennell congratulating one of her brides - I’m sure it was congratulating her on her marriage, though it was so hot it could have been for just making it to that point in the day without collapsing!

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Another garden shoot for WI Life followed at Alison’s house - however after so many weeks of amazing sunshine all the grass was completely scorched so we had another challenge on our hands! Serious house envy came next with a return to seeing more of CE Architecture’s stunning designs.

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Brother and sister team of Bradley and Rachel from Avanti Hygiene followed and then I was back to The Cotswold School getting some updated shots for their prospectus.

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Then there was a definite entry into my Top 10 when I went back to Paula’s studio to get portrait shots of her for WI Life, rather than her crafty projects. Such an amazing space she has and we were both so thrilled to get a cover shot for the 2nd time!

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Then there was Trula from Sherbornes, the pink haired, ballerina in her spare time, employment lawyer! Chilling out at Spa on the Square in Moreton on the Marsh was next up - I definitely wanted to have a pamper there myself!

Another shoot for WI Life followed and I was back to the plot that Bath WI have at the Botanical Gardens virtually three years to the day since I was last there. And after weeks of sunshine we had our work cut out for us dodging the showers! Then more crafty-ness followed with Kathryn King Designs - and yes one of her beaded leather wrap bracelets did have to make it’s way home with me!

A follow up session with Ann-See and Mr Kim was next where we had a fabulous time wandering around Barnsley House getting another set of portraits for them. And this one definitely had to make my Top 10!

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Then lots of fun was had recreating a photo that I’d taken 6 years ago. There was one addition to the original line up however everyone else - including the dog - faithfully replicated their poses! A great smile from Mick then followed and some serious yummy food at The Bristol Cookhouse.

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Then a quick trip up the road to Blockley Cafe and my first session with them - what a hidden gem! Slightly further afield and I found myself down in Totnes shooting the lovey Lynnie for another WI Life article. And then a wee bit closer to home there was Kerry and some more beautiful smiles!

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Next up had to be a Top 10 entry - some of the gorgeous food from Blockley Cafe during our second session - yum scrum!!!

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Off down to the woods with Rachel from Brand New Story recreating Jack and the Beanstalk (whilst I lay in nettles!) followed. And then back to Fir Farm to showcase all their amazing cuts of beef, pork and lamb - with my tripod balancing on bags of dog food and me half way up a ladder!

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Telford was next working with the Christian organisation ReSource then off down to Bristol photographing Kirstie and the rest of the team at the HR Dept.

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The gorgeous Esther was next and she absolutely had to make my Top 10! Such a cracking smile!

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Back to The Cotswold School right at the start of the new term and I had my usual fun in the Art Department. And then there was yet more house envy during another session with CE Architects!

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A two day wedding celebration followed - such beautiful services on both days - though none of us could believe the wind on day one and the rain on day two!!!

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The gorgeous Jenny and Becky were next - with yet more beautiful smiles - and lots of outfit changes! Becky’s studio was like a bomb site by the time we’d finished!

And then there was yet more smiles from the lovely June and another session for ReSource down in Torquay during one of weekend courses.

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Stephen was next getting shots for both his businesses - reflexology and Menomagic - a natural product providing relief from hot flushes - some of that definitely came home with me! And I also made sure I booked in for some reflexology too!

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It was lovely to work with Karen again getting some updated portraits - two and a half years later and she decided it was time for a refresh! A coaching session with Jane followed - such expressive hands! And back to The King’s School for our final session of the year.

A family shoot on a freezing cold Saturday had to be followed with some serious hot chocolate in a local cafe! Then there was a return visit to Cheltenham College having last shot there two years ago. And thankfully we then timed the tides right down on the banks of the Thames whilst Ania did some coaching with her client.

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Another visit to Unicorn House was next and then there was Monica and her family visiting Bourton on the Water from the States. Legs eleven was next with the 1ST XV from Cheltenham College!

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And then I ended the year with two Top 10 entries which necessitated a last minute juggling of my choices! The gorgeous Biscuit during his owner’s yoga shoot - so more an outtake really - had to make it in.

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And the final Top 10 entry was some stunning canapés from the talented Kate Pennell - quite delicious and a wonderful way to the end the most incredible year!!

Thank you everyone!

Jenny

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And another year flies by!

Is is just me or do they go even faster the older you get!!! 

Another wonderful year has come (very nearly!) to a close and what fun it's been - I do feel so very lucky with the lovely clients that have come my way this last year and the fabulous range of things I've been asked to photograph - it really has been fab!

So what have I been up to in 2017?

First up, and starting the year with a bang with the first entry into my 2017 Top 10 (golly it was super hard to get it to only 10 this year!), was my shoot with Dial A Geek down in Bristol working hard to support their IT clients in a totally non-geeky way!

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Then a couple of sessions with The Bristol Steiner School capturing images for their new prospectus - being a spy on the wall was great for getting those candid moments!

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Then the first of a few sessions with Nibblers - seriously yummy nibbles were on hand for me and my trusty helper! A joint 90th and 60th celebration followed and a sneak peek of Cheltenham College's new boarding house before the remodelling commenced.

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A trip to Gloucester Docks was next up to see the renovation of RRS Discovery, a lovely return of the fabulous Elsa Taylor's paintings and then the most amazing beaming smile from Kerry!

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Then the first of six profile shoots for WI Life - the amazing jeweller Tamara Egglestone, from Barking Hen Jewellery at work in her studio in Chippenham, a great smile from Jamie and then more yumminess from Nibblers!

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Susan's lovely smile was next up and then a visit to WI's Denman College to capture some of the fabulous courses that take place there - and you don't have to be a WI member to go on them!

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Stunning jewellery from The Rocks Collection followed - I love the orange swish! A different type of nibbles from Nibblers and a beautiful smile from Anna.

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Next was another entry into my Top 10 with the lovely Lucy Worsley, shot for WI Life in her office at Hampton Court Palace - how perfect to have a bit of tea pouring for the WI!

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Niki running her enACT meeting (with a very firm hand!) was next alongside a yummy start to the day from the new fabulous coffee shop in Cheltenham, The Find.

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Julia was the third profile shoot for WI Life, alongside a wonderful beaming smile from Lisa and then a return to a regular client, The King's School in Gloucester to get portraits of their new head, David.

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A couple of family shoots followed, Ju and Kaylyn in the wild garlic at Symonds Yat and Amy and Millie recreating pictures taken 10 years ago for another special birthday! Loved the new addition in the middle pic!

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Laura, a WW2 reenactor was the 4th profile shoot for WI Life - such fun with the fireman and their vintage fire engine! Back to The Find for a serious coffee fix and then a fun filled workshop for The Flourish Initiative.

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Another Top 10 was next with the very long legged Andrea whilst we updated shots from a couple of years ago. A very typical pose and sums her up perfectly!

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The author Judy Pascoe was next for an article in Cotswold Homes, followed by the gorgeous Lisa and then Shivani in action!

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I knew this would be a Top 10 as soon as I shot it! The Thorne's on a super hot and sunny day!

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More amazing jewellery from the Rocks Collection followed and back again to Gloucester Docks to see the rigging from the RRS Discovery being packed up ready for it's return journey to Dundee. And then on the hottest day of the year (!) working with Fiona and her stunning home grown British flowers - thankfully they didn't wilt like we did!

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A return to Wards Solicitors for the first of three sessions to update the shots of their office buildings I took five years ago - juggling my availability with blue skies and fluffy white clouds certainly was a challenge this summer! Jonathan working with one of his clients was next and then down to Nailsea School getting a range of images for their new prospectus.

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The wonderful Marion with her amazing drumming was next, followed by another profile shoot for WI Life with Helen on a super windy cold day in the middle of summer!

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Evergreen Computing working out complex software solutions was next, along with the final profile shoot for WI Life this year - Amanda on the top of Cleeve Hill, and the 2nd session for Wards.

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A workshop with Fiona and her beautiful flowers followed and the last session for Wards - had to make the most of those clouds!

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Then another of my Top 10 - the completely gorgeous Rachel - love this one of her!

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A stunning home was next for the first of a few sessions with CE Architects in Winchcombe - serious house envy! And then the gorgeous Susie!

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An update of portraits taken over 3 years ago was next for Diane followed by a set of profile shots for Tax Assist Accountants down at Gloucester Docks. Then a quiet spot in the waiting area at The Pink Door beauty and hair salon in Hungerford - I foolishly didn't make an appointment for after our shoot!

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Yet more gorgeous jewellery from The Rocks Collection was next and then back at King's with the rugby boys getting their coaching - such fierceness!

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And then I had three Top 10 back to back! The first is some of the amazing pearls from The Rocks Collection being modelled by the very stylish Gilly!

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Then more jewellery from my shoot with the lovely Tamara from earlier on the year - but for her own website this time rather than WI Life! Such a beautiful day down in the woods - despite the wellies having to be worn out of shot!

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Then the third Top 10 was the beautifully serene Michelle as we updated her bank of images from nearly three years ago.

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Then there was a great smile from Mike and some even more serious house envy with CE Architects!

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A trip to London followed to capture portraits of all the WI Trustees.  Then there was the team at Worthers for their new website and on the wettest day of the year, the lovely Rin and Liz as we updated their bank of images - thank goodness for rainbow brollies!

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An then how could I not include a food shot in my Top 10! A fabulous shoot with Elegant Cusine - 3 executive chefs, 27 dishes of food and 9 impromptu ingredient shots in the space of 4 hours - I definitely needed a lie down afterwards!

Then the last, but by no means least, final entry in my Top 10 for this year - the amazing team at Hullo Creative! Another update of images taken a couple of years ago - and as alway such fun!! Love working with these guys - not just on their own images but on their clients too! Thank you Suzi and Emily!

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The gorgeous Anya, Niki and Nicola followed in quick succession - such fabulous smiles from three lovely ladies!

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Then getting ready for take-off, Lanley during a family shoot at Westonbirt Arboretum, a return visit to The Pink Door for some product photography and then the lovely Caroline.

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And finally to finish the year there was the joy of the relationship between Nicki and her mum Pat and my final shot of house envy with CE Architects!

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Phew!

Hope you've enjoyed looking through these as much as I had pulling them together - a lovely way to finish the year looking back at all that I've got up to this last 12 months - it really has been a blast!

Thank you.

Jenny

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Lucy

I was so excited to be asked back in March if I was free to go to Hampton Court Palace and photograph Lucy Worsley, the Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces and historical author for a feature in WI Life.

Luckily I was free, and on a glorious Spring morning I headed down to London. And is always the way when you want to make sure you get through Oxford without hitting the hideous rush hour traffic, I arrived super early!! Though it did mean I had time for a wee wander around the beautiful grounds and get a feel for this fabulous Palace (and to try and calm my nerves!).

We tried a few locations for the portrait images - as you can imagine Lucy knows the Palace like the back of her hand - whereas I just got completely disorientated - it's enormous with lots of twisty turny corridors!! And then it was up to her fabulously eclectic office for a cup of tea and the interview with Hattie, the editorial assistant from WI Life.

And then I had to keep quiet about it all until now! Not an easy task!

Like the other shoot which appears in this issue too, I've been playing the guessing game about which images will make the final edition. I so hoped the pouring tea shot would make the cut - as soon as I took it I thought how perfect it was for WI Life - and so you can imagine I had a big smile on my face when I opened the article and saw it there in print!

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