Valentines Day Wedding

Tuesday was a busy day for me.  In the morning I went to a Women In Business  networking meeting and in the afternoon I photographed a wedding in Chelmsford.

Ian and Kamila currently live in Skiathos in Greece and as that would have meant both sides of the family travelling from the UK and Poland respectively they decided to come back to Ian’s home town for the ceremony.  We decided to meet early and take some pictures in the beautiful grounds of Chelmsford Cathedral, accompanied by their gorgeous daughter Olivia.

Then it was a short walk to the registry office.

And finally off to The Bakers Arms in Stock for an intimate reception for family and friends.

Congratulations to you both.

February 17, 2012 - 9:25 pm

Ian Knights - Joanna

Thank you for sharing some of our photos here on your blog, We really love them. You have captured our day beautifully through the camera lens.
You have made a great day really special for us, and we thank you most sincerely …

Ian Kamila & Olivia xxx

February 17, 2012 - 10:25 pm

admin - It was truly my pleasure Ian – great to meet you all x

Wonderland Bakery and A Bespoke Design

This week has been a busy one for me.  From a meeting with fellow photographer Haley Ruth I have managed to network with two amazing local suppliers that have been very productive.

I met with Emma from A Bespoke Design  because I want some personalised stationery that will fit with my branding and be something that my clients both wedding and portrait will love.  Packaging is such an important part of a quality brand, we can all recognise a Tiffany or a Jo Malone and I knew that a specialist in bespoke stationery would be the best fit for me.  The stationery that Emma designs and produces is exquisite and I am really excited about the finished product but you’ll have to wait a few week for that.

Whilst chatting with Emma I told her that I wanted to have some branded goodies of the edible variety too and she gave me the details of Lucie at Wonderland Bakery.  After a quick back and forth via Twitter Lucie and I arranged to meet next week to talk things through.  We also discovered that we live very close to one another, she is in a village about 2 miles from me.  Skip to Saturday mornging and whilst laying in bed checking the astonishing outside temperature of -15 I also looked at my twitter feed and saw that Lucie was considering whether or not to venture out herself after joking that the farmer’s market she was due at would be too cold so she might have some cakes going cheap!  It is a well known fact that I am a lover of cake so I piped up with a ‘me please’ tweet that resulted in the lovely Lucie bringing me a box of cakes at the end of her day.  Yummy cakes delivered to my door = happy me!

We will still be getting together next week to talk about how she can help me on a professional level but her delivery made my weekend of a teenage house party SO much easier to bear, thanks Lucie!

February 12, 2012 - 4:23 pm

Emma Fulcher - It was lovely meeting you Jo & I’m really pleased to be working with you! I just love getting together with other creatives!
Rather jealous you got some of Lucie’s lovely cakes… I WANT SOME TOO!

Snow Day

Those of us in the east woke to a blanket of beautiful snow yesterday.  My children are teenagers and although keen enough to go out in the snow not so keen to pose for mum (again).  The animals of the Pearce household are much more biddable though, although the thought occurs to me that a teenage boy might come into the animal category anyway.

I ventured out in the morning to dig my chickens a patch to peck their breakfast on and was joined by a gorgeous robin also hoping for some breakfast.  I filmed a little of him singing his heart out and then the dogs going a bit nutty in the snow.  Then I waddled in, I had a lot of layers on, and grabbed my camera to see if he would stay still enough for me to try my hand at wildlife photography.

I know robins are cliche but I’m really pleased with this shot as to me it is not ‘another generic robin on snowy post’, it’s my robin singing his little heart out to me.


Click on the link to see my ‘shaky’ video footage Snow Garden and see the mainly domestic and one wild animal in the snow.

Today it’s all rather slushy and wet, the chickens are still prefering the shelter of their coop and the robin is still singing.  Roll on the Spring!

February 13, 2012 - 8:24 pm

Amy Mills - “Waddled in”?! What a funny image to consider!!! Glad you enjoyed your bit of the Essex Big Freeze! Bless Mr Robin – where were the moggies?

February 14, 2012 - 6:30 pm

admin - Too cold and too deep for mogs they spent their time hugging the radiator in the kitchen!

Essex Baby Portrait Session

Well it’s Friday again and we’re bracing ourselves for possible snow in the east this weekend.  The weather, cold as it is, is actually quite beautiful at the moment.  Afternoon sunshine provided all the light I needed on this shoot.  I knew as soon as I saw the different rooms and windows available that we would get some great light and I even had to ask for the curtains to be pulled across at one stage because it was too bright – who said it’s too dark for indoor photography in the winter?  Not me.  Good.  Glad we’ve cleared that up and now onto the shoot.

Little Frankie’s parents are using my Babies First Year Package to have 3 shoots over a period of months to record Frankie’s progress.  We’ve had a bit of a gap between the first shoot and this one as she is now 7 months and she was 10 days old at the first shoot!  You can still see it’s the same baby though and I’m really looking forward to seeing her in early summer for her final shoot of the package.

We started with her just literally plonked on the floor in front of me and I got this shot which is actually my favourite of the entire shoot.

Followed by these.

Mum wanted some moody black & white shots for a framed image (she has the wall space set aside already) so with her oufit on we were ready to roll.

I feel like Frankie is a bit of a model baby in all ways!

I love my job,  the variety of subjects I get to shoot never fails to inspire me and every baby, portrait or equine shoot and every wedding is different.

Have a great weekend and don’t forget your thermals!




February 3, 2012 - 4:48 pm

Lian - These are great, as usual Jo. You always give me the problem that I LOVE every one!

February 4, 2012 - 9:50 pm

Sharon - Wow what amazing pictures and what a beautiful baby!

February 5, 2012 - 9:42 pm

Poppy - Makes me feel very broody!

Essex Wedding Photographer in Chelsea Registry Office Shocker!

Well OK it’s not really a shocker but a headline is a headline, no?!  This is the winter wedding of Liz & Rob and it was a tad unusual in that there were no guests and I was one of the witnesses.  We started at the amazing Danesfield House Hotel & SpaLiz and Rob were already in their wedding finery when we got there having spent some time using the Hotel and Spa facilities beforehand.  Danesfield has amazing interiors and exteriors and we took advantage of that and had a great shoot.  Props to Liz for not showing how freezing it was outside!

Firstly we were in the warm.

Then outside.


Then off to Chelsea to the registry office.


Off they go and I can go home and put a couple of big ticks on my wedding wish list for being a witness at a wedding I also shot and getting a London bus and a taxi in a shot!

I  have a great Hampshire summer wedding I’m waiting to post but I think I’ll wait until we have some proper cold weather, oh wait ….

Happy Wednesday everyone x


March 6, 2012 - 11:38 am

Nottingham wedding photographer - Love your work. Stunning set of images here Joanna

March 6, 2012 - 12:51 pm

admin - Thank you John, always great to get a comment from a fellow photog!