It’s Christmas!!!

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Here we are again! Yep, I say it every time … Christmas sure seems to come around quicker each year!!  

It’s been brilliant as ever to see so many of your happy faces again and capture some special moments for you during 2019! Watch out for a video with some highlights soon – starring your goodselves of course!

I’m so grateful that you have embraced the changes I’ve made since moving out of my old studio in 2018 and it’s great to see so many of your familiar faces booking in with me for my Sunday morning photoshoots at Hive Studios, as well as meeting lots of new faces too. It means the world to me. Thank you so much.

It’s always a worry when you make big decisions in business as you never can be quite sure how things are going to pan out. Last year was the decision to move from Basepoint, this year you may remember we photographed our last weddings again not a decision taken lightly but sometimes you just know when the time is right.

I now split my time equally between my photography, Romsey Fotografix, and my designing and art for my Zazzle Store, Fotografixgal Designs, as you may have seen in my other blog post.

Whilst this has meant limiting my studio photoshoots to just one or two on a Sunday morning, with the occasional outdoor shoot on a Saturday morning, it fits in really well with my lifestyle. Before, the pressure was well and truly on with the overheads of having my own studio. For many years, it was full on 24/7 with the number of shoots I did every month, and the many hours of editing involved with each. And where there is pressure, there is less enjoyment. Do you get where I’m coming from?

Nowadays it’s become great FUN again!! The pressure is off, I love giving my all to each shoot, I do my editing at the beginning of the week, and once that’s done, I devote time to my Zazzle Store

Which is doing great, I’m delighted to say!

I feel very lucky to enjoy the best of both worlds!

When I first started Romsey Fotografix way back at the beginning of 2006 the year 2020 seemed like a lifetime away! Unbelievably the new decade is fast approaching, those 14 years have gone by in the blink of an eye! And how wonderful that some of your cute newborn babes I had the joy of photographing back then, are now coming in as teens, and many have been in several times in between too!  Seeing your kids growing up over the years is one of the best things about being a family photographer! Truly!

I hope you all have a magical Christmas! This year we’re having an extra “Christmas Day” on 21st December for our lovely sons and their girlfriends, as they are not able to join us on Christmas Day itself. Our youngest son and his girlfriend are Vegan so we are making it a totally Vegan day so they can tuck in to everything in sight. Luckily there are loads more Vegan options available now so it hasn’t proved too much of a challenge but it has meant researching all the supermarkets to get the best picks from all their Vegan ranges.

Hence I am closing for the holidays from Friday 20th December and I’ll be reopening on the 3rd January.

I look forward to taking many more photographs of you and yours in the New Year. In the meantime, I wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a very Healthy, Happy and Peaceful New Year!

It’s Christmas!

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Christmas is just around the corner and 2019 is on its way!

Haha, just stating the obvious!

I hope 2018 has been a good year for you.  In some ways, it seems to have rushed by. To me, it feels like five minutes since last Christmas – but on the other hand, it seems like forever ago since I had the old studio at Basepoint – even though I only finished there at the end of March.  The mystery of time, eh?

The move was a massive decision for us at the time, but happily it’s worked out really well. Hive Studios feels like my second Sunday home now! To find such a great studio, so close by, was incredible luck.

It has also given me the flexibility of concentrating on my artistic pursuits, as well as my photography.  I enjoy both immensely; now I can split my time equally on each. Best of both worlds.

It has been really lovely to see so many familiar faces this year and welcome you to Hive Studios, as well as meeting lots of new faces of course!  Not forgetting the numerous shoots in the great outdoors during the summer months too! Great fun, and we were mostly lucky with the weather! I am so appreciative of your continued support. It means such a lot to me, thank you.

Lee and I have also photographed some beautiful weddings this year, come rain and come shine!

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With my artist hat on, earlier in the year I started some courses spanning the whole year, which I mentioned in a previous post. I have managed to work my way through most of the lessons, and golly have learned so much! Not only to improve my drawing and design skills, but also learning lots of new tricks and techniques in Photoshop, which have helped speed up my editing processes for my photos too. It has been very inspiring.

The most amazing outcome of the art courses though was to set up stores on a couple of Print on Demand websites.  Firstly Red Bubble, and then, WOW, I discovered Zazzle.

I promise I won’t gush too much about Zazzle but I can honestly say it has transformed my life!  Best. Fun. Ever. I invested in a course from one of Zazzle’s topsellers, Elke Clarke, and through her I have learned the very best strategies for making it work. And I am over the moon that it is paying off 🙂 My store is still growing but after only a few months sales are already going well and I know with the techniques I have learned, and am still learning, it will get better and better as I add more goodies to it.

I truly believe everything happens for a reason. This time last year I had no inkling I would be leaving Basepoint (I would have shuddered at the thought!!) but fate stepped in with other ideas for me and I am actually very grateful it did.

I’m closing for the holiday this weekend. We have a wedding to photograph on Sunday; Christmas weddings are always especially magical! Then we have our eldest son’s birthday to celebrate on Christmas Eve, and a big family get together on Christmas Day, followed by a trip to Brighton on Boxing Day. Then a little R&R before reopening in January.

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy, Happy and Peaceful New Year.

Almost there!

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So here we are again, another Christmas almost upon us and another year nearly gone by! It’s such a hectic time of year isn’t it, filled with mixed emotions from huge excitement in anticipation, to utter panic making sure everything gets done!

It’s a rollercoaster ride that’s for sure – but we usually get there in the end, eh!

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Its been pretty crazy here; not complaining of course, I am truly thankful that you love your pictures and the kind things you say about them, and of course, for your valued custom. It’s just having that same deadline for everything (ie Christmas!) that creeps up before you know it – it can get a little overwhelming! Happy to report that everything is now done and delivered. Phew!

I’m sure it’s the same for you, and before we know it, the big day has come and gone!

Hope 2017 has been a good one for you. For Lee and I, outside of work, we had the house move of course, which wasn’t even on our radar this time last year, but happy to say has worked out fabulously, we’ve settled in well and absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE our new place.

The trials and tribulations of moving did mean that certain things, such as my personal Photo of the Day Project, which some of you may remember I have been doing over the last few years, and have really enjoyed, had to take a bit of a back seat. Eventually, I got so far behind with updating the Diary I kept with each daily photo, it became more of a task than a pleasure to try and get it all back up to date, so I sadly had to let it go. For now at least.

However, I am very excited to have been getting back into art, and intend to do as much as possible in the new year. The hectic lead up to Christmas has meant putting it to one side for a few weeks, but I hope to get really stuck in over the holiday. I have lots of creative ideas milling through my head and can’t wait to start again! It’s so therapeutic!! On one hand it complements my photography, helping to keep ideas flowing, but on t’other, it’s different enough to take me away from it all and lose myself in the dreamy world of artiness! Bliss!!

Exciting news too, we are planning on opening a commercial side to Romsey Fotografix in 2018, with Lee at the helm! I love my “people photography” so have never really promoted product photography before, but it’s something Lee excels at. It’s early days and we are still working it all out, but I’ll be giving you more info as soon as I can.

I am closing for the Christmas break from Friday 22 December until Wednesday 3rd January. Quite a busy holiday, as this year we are having two Christmas Days – yay!!! It’s the first year ever we won’t be spending the 25th with both our boys, as our youngest son isn’t able to be with us on the big day itself.  We knew it would happen sometime and understand of course, but all the same it will be strange without him there at our annual large family gathering, so we’re doing it all again on 28th December – in our new abode!

I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been in; to meeting so many new faces, and seeing again lots of familiar ones! Thanks for your continued custom, and to all of you for keeping the studio atmosphere alive with your laughter and giggles!  It means such a lot to me and I feel truly blessed. You’re wonderful!!!

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas – have a wonderful time, and a very Healthy, Happy and Peaceful New Year.

‘Tis The Season to be Jolly

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Yes, ‘Tis the season to be jolly once again! (Maybe that should be the mantra for all year round really).

It’s not always easy to be “jolly” this time of year is it, with so much extra stuff to be done, but we usually get there in the end!

So, once there’s time to breathe …. chill … and start winding down a bit, you might begin to feel a little nostalgic about Christmases past, as I always do this time of year. Aha, cue for last year’s blog post Must be that old cine clip that does it 😉

Also, maybe a time to reflect a little on the year gone by. I hope it’s been a good one for you.

It seems like only 5 minutes ago that we were just coming into 2016 and the approaching ten year anniversary of Romsey Fotografix, back in January. I really enjoyed putting together the Then and Now montages from some of your shoots, delving into the archives and looking back at all your photo sessions over the years.

Speaking of which, here’s a young lady who’s been in every year on her actual birthday in December since she was 2 years old (bar one year when lots of snow stopped play!). Lovely to see her again, looking all grown up, for her 11th birthday shoot last weekend, this time along with some friends – and her gorgeous dog Alfie!


Giggles galore!!!

For us, both socially and workwise, there’s been lots going on, which I guess has made it feel like the year’s gone by even quicker. Particular highlights of course, my weekend of surprises and the beautiful day we renewed our wedding vows

If any of you have kept up or started a 365 day photo project, it’d be great to hear how it’s going. I’m still doing mine, and am glad as it’s pretty cool having a daily picture diary to look back on, although it’s time consuming and ‘twould be fair to say I’m not quite so enthusiastic about it as I was when I first started!! More about this year’s in another post, here’s last year’s

I would love to take this opportunity to say a massive THANK YOU to each and everyone of you who’ve entrusted me with taking your photos, whether in the studio or for your “big days” – and in some cases both! It’s always such a privilege to share and photograph the special times in your lives; it really means such a lot to me to be asked. And it’s been brilliant to see so many familiar faces again this year, as well as lots of new ones too!

So many amazing, memorable moments 🙂  As I’ve said many a time, you make this job of mine so joyful, it just doesn’t feel like work!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

And have yourselves a very Merry Christmas and a healthy, happy and peaceful New Year.

Christmases Past & Present

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This time of year always makes me feel a bit nostalgic. Does it you?  Looking back over Christmases gone by; remembering how magical it was when our kids were little, and even further back to the good old days to my own childhood, and the various different Yuletides we’ve spent over the years.

Here’s a snippet from some cine film my dad took of my sister and I eagerly unwrapping our presents on my second-ever Christmas. Things may have been a little more frugal for everyone in those days, but the magic and excitement was just the same. We loved every second, and it’s wonderful to have this little bit of “movie magic” to look back on.

Fast forward many years, and that magical glow of the festive season all came flooding back when we had our boys – I’m not sure who used to be the most excited on those Christmas mornings when they were young, them … or us, as we watched their happy little faces, unwrapping endless presents, usually at about 6am, whilst we took loads of photos and video footage to record the happy times. I’ll bet lots of you can relate to that feeling when watching your little ‘uns ripping open their presents on Christmas morning 🙂 For us, it’s a double whammy, as our eldest son’s birthday is on Christmas Eve – when they were small, the excitement in our house was two days running, and almost always ended in tears as it all got a bit overwhelming!

Funny thing Christmas. It can be equally as stressful as it can be amazing. The daunting prospect of so much to do and never enough time. But we all usually get there in the end. We agonise over what gifts to give our friends and family; get caught up in the pre-Xmas hype and ads, and often end up spending more than intended – only to see half the stuff we bought at a fraction of the price the day after Boxing Day! Annoying, eh? Yet, even though we know that, it doesn’t put most of us off doing the same every single year.

The same old, familiar, Christmas songs can be heard from about mid-November, wherever you go, but we love ‘em (er, don’t we?). Oh, and I’ll never tire of singing along to the Carols and hearing the Christmas Story.

No doubt lots of you are enjoying watching your children in their school Christmas plays and nativities just now … sigh … I remember my boys in their school festive productions with such fondness, always bought a tear to my eyes, as no doubt is the same for you. Proud moments 🙂

And please, don’t even get me started on the slushy Christmas movies!! Should I admit to my guilty secret, oh alright then …I absolutely love them!!! Addicted I think might be the word. You will find me many a night in December, beavering away at my computer into the small hours working on orders and edits, with a Christmas movie on in the background which I’ll glance up at every now and then. Yes, I’ve seen most of them before, and yes, they ARE very predictable indeed (Lee reckons most of them are the same script with different names, as if!) … but one thing is for sure, they almost always end on a note to warm the cockles of your heart. Or is that just soppy old me they have that effect on?

The Big Day is here before we know it. Santa does his deliveries as efficiently as ever, chomping on millions of mince pies along the way 😉 ; little children wake up their mums and dads at the crack of dawn, eager to see what he has brought them; turkeys in ovens, sprouts and veggies peeled, pressies opened over a Bucks Fizz. It can be a time of great joy, with maybe the one time of year all the family get together. But it can also be a time of sadness, memories of loved ones no longer here to spend it with us.

You know, life may be more high tech these days, but how we spend our Christmases hasn’t really changed much at all since my dear dad took that cine film of us all those years ago. The traditions we all know and love would seem to be here to stay.

 Whatever you may be doing, may you have a wonderful time.



Ringing out the old … and wishing you a wonderful year to come!

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new year 2015 So …. how was yours?

Christmas is always more magical when you have little ones to share it with, as loads of you do, so hoping it was extra special!

Although, the “big day” sure has a lot to live up to, doesn’t it? Was it all it was cracked up to be, or were you left feeling a little downhearted after the usual big build up and all the hype?

There were a lot of bugs flying round, hope you managed to escape them…Lee and I both picked up colds, which decided to turn up just in time for the Christmas festivities and are still making themselves at home, and (very kindly) invited along their friends “The Coughs” to join them 😉  We must have unwittingly made them feel quite at home, as they seem very loathe to leave!!  We are well and truly ready for them to go on their merry way now!! Still they have given us the excuse to have a good rest over the holiday, apart from when we’ve been busy entertaining and visiting, we’ve also had a few days of chilling out and watching our fair share of slushy Xmas movies on Christmas24 (strangely addictive, is it a bit sad to admit that? Probably….)

There’s still a few days left of our holiday, so I’ve a chance to plan and work on lots of new ideas to come in 2015 for Romsey Fotografix. And, of course, time to get rid of the remnants of the festive food from the fridge, take down the decorations and clean up the house. 

Basically, onwards and upwards!

This poor old blog gets a bit neglected in the pre-Christmas rush, but I have lots of posts coming up for you soon … including my latest 365 Day Photo news (how did you get on with yours during 2014, would love to know?); weddings and wedding venues we’ve had the joy of photographing (maybe will give you some venue ideas if you have a big day to plan!); news on some great apps out there for your photo editing; family photoshoots “over-the-years” features; more about Fotoshows and new Apps I’ve started to bring in during 2014 which have proved very popular, hopefully making life easier for you … and lots more besides!

I really love to hear your news too, so please keep in touch whenever you can!

And so … as another New Year hovers on the horizon, may it bring you everything you wish for and lots of happiness.

Wishing you all a very Healthy, Happy and Peaceful 2015.

News in a Nutshell …. and a very Happy New Year!

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So here we are. 2013 is virtually at an end (where did that disappear to?) and the anticipation/excitement/expectation/hope of another New Year is on the horizon.

As usual, the last few months of the year have passed by in a whirl: shoots, editing, ordering, not to mention personal stuff like making the home look wonderfully festive and contemplating what on earth to get by way of amazing presents for friends and family.  Especially our grown up sons. If you have grown up sons, you will probably know exactly what I mean. Very tricky to buy for.

Suffice to say it all came right by the “big day” as it usually does, and we had a wonderful time with the family at my sister and brother-in-law’s place.  Hope yours was great too.


My sister’s wonderful Christmas table

Mind you, the chaotic run up to December 25th meant precious little time for writing blog posts and the like, even though there was more to say than usual, just no time to say it!  Hence the nutshell bit …

As well as loads of extra studio shoots (I squeezed in as many as physically possible bearing in mind the time needed to allow to get everything edited, ordered and back in time), Lee and I also had the joy of photographing two beautiful weddings in November.  Unique in their own ways. Winter weddings are lovely to do; OK, the weather can be a bit dodgy (but it can be in the summer too), but there’s a lot to be said for romantic log fires and colourful Christmas trees and decorations.  Quite magical.

ImageImageOn the day after Boxing Day, during our Christmas break, we had the amazing opportunity to take the wedding pictures for another lovely couple. Despite the heavy wind and rain before and after, the day itself was quite glorious! Blue skies and sun shining. So we were able to get fabulous pictures both outside and in. Incredible luck!

ImageImageThe end of November was my annual “weekend away with the girls”.  This year we headed off to Norwich, never been there before – what a wonderful city!  We crammed in loads – the stunning castle and beautiful cathedral; fascinating museums; more shops than you could ever wish for (even for me), and such a tempting array of places to eat.  Needless to say we had a brilliant time!  If you’ve not been to Norwich – I highly recommend a visit!


The beauty of Norwich Cathedral

Well, Lee and I are now enjoying a lovely, relaxing Christmas holiday, although I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things on Thursday. This afternoon we’re heading off to see Robinson Crusoe at the Mayflower Theatre so we’re ready to do our audience participation bit of booing and hissing, oh yes we are (sorry, couldn’t resist that ….)

Just remains for me to wish you all a fabulous, happy, healthy and peaceful New Year!