Monday, 26 December 2011

My Girl.... Emma Case


Hey, Its Pete!
I have hijacked Emmas blog to post something I want to share with you lovely, lovely people. Some folk will know me as Emma's husband, the gurning, bearded, photo bombing toddler with tourettes. Others won't know or care that much. I just felt an overwhelming need to devote a post to my girl, my wife, my soul mate, my best friend ..... Emma Case.
We've been together for almost 6 years now. I am so so lucky to know a girl like Emma. She is an immense package of love, laughter, strength, talent, honesty, modesty and possesses the largest most generous heart anyone could wish to encounter.

Anna Hardy Photography




Steve Gerrard Photography

Turns out she thought I was alright, and we got ourselves married this year! Easily the best day of my life!
In my little round up speech on the day (fumble of words) I intended to devote a whole section to Emma. I'll be honest, I was a heady cocktail of nerves, excitement and on the verge of tears. In circumstances like this I usually look annoyed! So I never did give Emma the full devoted eulogy she deserved. It was to revolve around a note I had written to Emma about five months into our relationship. I think Emma was working on the night. In the note I had said, just how much I would miss her that night, that just lying next to her, talking, laughing and ...... (well this is a family post!) being around her, made the world a better place, that she made me want to be a better person, to chase dreams together, how easy and natural everything had felt the first time we met.
I'll spare you the sick bucket.... My speech would then conclude that I felt exactly the same after five years together...... Awwwwwww

Being a big believer in karma, and the "you get out what you put in" attitude to life, it really is no surprise to me how amazing Emma is at everything she does. She throws herself wholeheartedly, unapologetically and courageously into every element of her life. Be it acting and performing, sign language, support work or even photography ;-)
I don't think Emma realises just how much she means to me, how in awe of her I am. She brings so much love and energy to any situation. Emma carries this immense glow and presence around her, people are literally drawn to her and cannot help but fall in love with her! I am literally bursting with pride that she is being honoured with award nominations for her photography!

Yes we've had ups and downs this year, and yes we are in desperate need of a holiday! (four years and counting) but just knowing that I get to be with you, laughing, dancing, doing stupid voices, walking in the park, sharing experiences with our beautiful friends is the best thing in the world.
Thank you for everything!
Your Boy....
Pete xxx

Friday, 16 December 2011

Monday, 12 December 2011

dashing...


I'll always adore weddings and will forever love to shoot them but it's always a lovely treat when I get to try other things.. so when I got an email from a certain lovely lady, London Bride.. asking if I'd like to do a shoot for a new project I was in.
The lovely Charley has teamed up with the equally lovely Fanni (from Fubu Media) and Josie (from Savoir Weddings) to do a wonderfully ambitious and downright amazing new online magazine 'Dashing' with the tagline 'an inspirational magazine for the stylish and spirited girl'. It launched on December 1st and I'll be honest.. I couldn't be prouder of everyone who was involved. To see all of us doing what we love, working hard, thinking of an idea and seeing it through.. and doing it so bloody brilliantly.. it makes me smile lots. I'm actually not a huge reader of magazines as I've never found one that ticked enough boxes for the kind of things I'm in to or like to read about.. but I'll be honest.. Dashing hits all the right nails on their heads.. within two minutes I had ear marked a pair of shoes and even Pete was reading it!
Girls.. you totally nailed it and thank you so much for asking me to be a part of the first issue... I can't wait for the next one!
You can devour the first issue here which includes my 'Sixties in the city' shoot and a little interview with me too!!
Here a few of my favourite images from the shoot.. a huge thank you also to the incredible Elbie for the fabulous hair and make-up and the stunning Alana Hillenaar for modelling.. :)























Tuesday, 6 December 2011

from our hearts...

Back in September the From Our Hearts' girls (Anna Hardy, Debs Ivelja, Joanna Brown and me)... headed down to Jo's beautiful cottage in West Sussex for a few days of R&R... armed with our cameras we had the most beautiful day in Arundel, finding the most amazing antique shop with one room fit to bursting with cameras... we walked along the beach, me and Jo went horseriding (no photos of that thankfully!).. and then spent the rest of the time sat in our pj's or sitting in the garden eating scrummy food and drinking wine. These girls mean the world to me.. we haven't know each other very long but we love each other dearly and seem to know each other pretty well by now.. they are a constant huge support and often make me laugh so much that I cry... they're a bloody talented bunch too and I'm so proud of each of them..



















We all went a bit mad in the camera shop and I bought myself a little Coronet 120 Cadet for a tenner and I've just got my first film back and I'm pretty chuffed with the results... :)