Just for a change, I thought I’d blog on something completely away from photography - walking. Yes, we all do it every day of our lives, but I’m talking about cross-country walking. It’s something me and hubbs (Brian) are really into and we’re lucky enough to live just far enough outside London to have loads of countryside around us or at the most a short drive away. One of the best places to walk in the UK is the New Forest on the South Coast, which is just fantastic, not just for the countryside but also the ponies you happen upon and the little places you’d never find in a car (like out of the way country pubs)!
A couple of years ago, a group of friends and I started to walk the Hertfordshire Way, which is a 161 mile circular route around the whole county (and Hertfordshire is BIG). Obviously it’s split into manageable chunks of around 12-16 miles which take the whole day to complete and for that reason it’s best to do it in late Spring or Summer when the light is longest during the day (unless of course you like nocturnal walking)! Well, for various reasons we only completed eight of the 16 legs and the last walk left us at Markyate. The next section is Markyate to Tring, which will lead us through the Ashridge Estate on the edges of the Chiltern Hills and is a beautiful part of the country. It also takes us through a village called Aldbury, which was and still is used a lot in TV and films. I’m hoping that in the coming weeks we can pick up the trail again and look forward to the fact that Spring is just around the corner and the dreaded mud that clings to your walking boots like lead weights will soon be drying up again!
Most recently, Brian and I walked a circular route around Buntingford (10 miles and in deep snow - well, why not?) and Hunsdon, near the Essex border (8 miles). I have on the computer some software called Memory Map, which gives me whole of the South East’s coverage of Ordnance Survey maps. With the mouse, all I do is draw the route we’re going to follow on the screen and plug in my trusty Garmin Etrex handheld GPS via USB - the software loads the route’s waypoints onto the GPS. Having arrived at the start point of the walk, all I do is ask the Etrex to take us to the end waypoint and it literally points the way with an arrow - it’s brilliant and does away with the need to carry a map and compass!
Anyway, walking is great for keeping fit and just makes for a really interesting day out, especially when the weather is right. So there you go - I thought I’d share something different with you - even if I do always carry a compact camera with me on these little trips! By the way, here’s an image from Memory Map showing the next section of the Hertfordshire Way(shown as a blue line) - I can’t wait!
I had a great day at the Sopwell House Hotel wedding fair on Sunday and dozens of you spent time chatting to me about your wedding plans and your photography. It was great to meet you all and look forward to having the opportunity of shooting your weddings and presenting you with albums full of your own stunning wedding images just like those I was showcasing on the day.
The other big news is that in order for my NEW WEBSITE TO GO LIVE NEXT MONDAY the 25th of JANUARY, my existing website will unfortunately be taken down a few days before in preparation. My blog will stay online during this transition but that also will be changing on monday to reflect my new logo and colour scheme. Obviously I will be still available by phone (01992 447543 or 07860 749149) and email ([email protected]) in the interim. Here’s a small sneak preview of my new logo, by the way….
Good, huh? Well, I didn’t say I was going to show ALL of it, did I? You’ll just have to pop over to the new website next Monday and feast your eyes on the whole beautiful design!
Don’t forget, I have an offer running for THREE lucky couples to win a half-price Photography and Disk Wedding Package with me this year - click here and read all about it!
And remember to become a fan of Kim Hawkins Photography on FACEBOOK - keep in touch if you’re a bride I’ve already shot or one I have yet to shoot. The link is:http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kim-Hawkins-Photography/427412445222
I’m delighted to report that for the second time in as many issues, Your Herts/Beds Wedding magazine has used one of my weddings as a Featured Wedding in their new issue, due to hit the shops on January 22nd. Robyn and Jamie’s wedding at Royston and the fabulous Fanhams Hall Hotel last year was one of the most memorable for two reasons: they were a very photogenic couple and it was a military-dress wedding, which made it very special for me as a photographer, what with the uniforms and medals - there were loads of details not normally seen at weddings. Even though the weather wasn’t brilliant, it kept clear for just long enough for the photographs - which turned out beautifully.
Not only is Robyn and Jamie’s day a featured wedding in this issue, but I was also asked for my contribution as a photographer for an article covering the capturing of the big day - I was asked to cover why the groom waiting at the altar is such an important shot for the wedding album.
I have posted here a low-res version of the article, which is a sneak preview, as the magazine isn’t on sale yet!
I have had a page on Facebook for a couple of months, but I’ve now finally got round to getting it ‘live’
All you brides from 2009 who are continuing to read my blog (hi Skye!), please pop on over and become a fan of Kim Hawkins Wedding Photography!
Here’s the link:
I will be at the Sopwell House Hotel Wedding Fair this coming Sunday (17th January) sharing my new books and albums for 2010. I’ll also have special offers on the day and will be showcasing my favourite images of 2009. The fair runs between 11am and 3pm.
If you’re a bride-to-be and busy seeking suppliers for your upcoming wedding, please make a point of popping over to have a chat with me about your wedding photography requirements. I can offer you truly contemporary images you won’t get anywhere else!
The Georgian-era Sopwell House is a beautiful wedding venue and truly a photographer’s dream and I look forward to seeing you there!
Happy New Year to all of you reading this blog - past and future brides and newly-engaged couples looking for a friendly wedding photographer! I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year.
Whew! 2009 was an extrememly busy year for me I’m pleased to say, as I like nothing more than capturing stunning images of stunning couples on their big day and delivering memories that will stay with them, forever. All in all, I shot over 30 weddings last year and 2010 looks to be just as frenetic, with weddings already booked for places far and wide including Aberdeen and Suffolk to name just two. I’m looking forward to getting all the pre-wedding shoots arranged for this year and meeting up with my couples again.
There are also exciting things afoot from my point of view - my brand new website will be launching in February and along with it, a fresh new look to this blog which will make everything come together nicely. Weddings I shot last year are soon to be featured in both regional and national wedding magazines (more info nearer the time) and I have a couple of personal New Year resolutions I have to try and stick to!
All in all, a very exciting year and many fantastic weddings to shoot - what wedding photographer could ask for more?