Holiday snaps

I’m currently on a well-deserved holiday in the sun but of course as a dedicated photographer, I couldn’t very well leave home without my trusty Canon G11 camera! I’m driving hubby mad - not so much with the piccie-taking but the post-processing and blogging - “We’re on holiday, for heaven’s sake, can’t you leave that alone…..” etc etc! Consequently, here I am at 7am on Saturday morning, getting this post ready while he snores softly.

Hope you enjoy! The first image is from the Blue Springs State Park which has the St. John’s River running right through it. Blue Springs is a designated Manatee refuge and the winter home to a growing population of West Indian Manatees. The map you see here is hanging up inside the Thursby House, which was built by Leo Thursby. He and his family settled near Blue Spring in 1856 - prior to that, the area had been inhabited by Native Americans. The second image is of one of Florida’s indigenous trees.

Here are some images from Old Town in Kissimmee, which is first and foremost a tourist spot but it hosts many events during the week - two classic car parades with the biggest old American cars you’re ever likely to see and on Thursday evenings, a bike night. Most of the bikes are Harley Davidsons, but others creep in too…..I love looking at the different ways the owners have customised their rides…..

This grenade was attached to the rear of the rider’s saddle - the whole bike was dedicated to the US Army…

Who let the scooter boy in here…..?

Hands up who dances like this…..come on, you know who you are!

Kim Hawkins Photography sponsors Love my Dress

Starting today, I am a proud sponsor on the fantastic UK-based wedding blog, Love my Dress written and run by the very lovely Annabel.

LMD takes a step away from the usual ‘wedding blog’ because their content is a hybrid of information spanning weddings and fashion - it appeals to the modern bride arranging unique and individual weddings.

Annabel has featured loads of my images in her welcome post to me and alongside my sponsorship, I will be running a special offer on Love my Dress later in May for couples getting married in 2010 or 2011.

I am very proud to be a sponsor and look forward to a long relationship with Love my Dress!

Claire and Dudley renew their vows at Fanhams Hall Hotel

Claire and Dudley were married last year but they were disappointed by two aspects of their wedding: 1. It rained…..a lot. 2. The photographer was allocated to them by their hotel and did (if you don’t mind my opinion here folks) a pretty awful job - harsh flash shadows everywhere, staid, traditional images and not very inspiring images generally. So the couple, when planning their renewal of vows ceremony, didn’t want to miss their chance to finally get some stunning images to be placed  within a custom-designed  album. That’s where I came in - they were guests at a wedding I shot last year and booked me to document their second very special day.

Sunday was an awful day for weather to begin with - it was raining and windy and I was beginning to despair of ever getting any shots in the beautiful grounds of this prestigious venue in Ware. However, once the ceremony and the meal was over, the rain stopped and the wind dropped - hooray! Off we went…..

I loved the flowers they chose -  roses and orchids - a beautiful and unusual choice. Claire is also expecting their first child but the dress she wore was exquisite, and showed her bump off perfectly!

Oh, and Fanhams Hall has some of the best food I’ve ever eaten at a wedding - check out the shots of what they (and in the case of the prawn cocktail - I) had to eat…….mmm!