Talented Local Photographer, Vicki Sharp

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Talented Local Photographer, Vicki Sharp

I’m not really a fan at all of having my photograph taken, I tend to feel acutely awkward and un-photogenic.  However, after a few failed attempts at trying to take selfies for my various social media channels and also having admired an ex boss’s update of her website photo I decided to make some enquiries and get something just a little more professional.  I was recommended by Kerrie Dorman towards a local, reasonably priced photographer called Vicki Sharp.

So there the story begins…

The booking process was relaxed and easy, Vicki arrived with a view to updating my social media and also taking some family snaps of whoever was around, all I was asked to do was get a few outfits or ideas ready.

Vicki arrived with bouncing enthusiasm at the door after having admired my numerous pairs of wellies outside the front door, announcing she was sure we were going to get on!  I wasn’t sure whether she was putting me at ease with regards to perhaps having equally messy porch or just having a fondness for wellies.

The kettle went on and Vicki made herself at home in my kitchen, all various kinds of equipment being set up and put in to place all the while whilst having a good old natter.  Finally outfits were chosen and it was time to rock and roll.  I was told a few tricks of the trade to get a good portrait photograph and we started.

I have to say at the end of my session I felt that I had had a really good time, almost like a good night out.  Yep I know, sad, I obviously don’t get out much.  But seriously, I had had fun, and more so had felt glamorous, confident, happy and totally at ease in front of the camera and Vicki, which really is rare for me.

Vicki Sharp PhotographyThe dogs then decided to jump in, who would want to stop them?  Everyone was very relaxed even if the dogs were terribly excited and letting off windy pops all over the place to show their enthusiasm.

Then my eldest who I thought equally as reluctant to go in front of the lens had his turn.  I was sent away and low and behold another good time was had.

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Our French Bulldog resembling a walrus!

Then Vicki took on both my boys, some with myself some not, there was a lot of configurations going on and she spent a huge amount of time at ours which upon reflection for what she charged was incredibly reasonable.

The turnaround of photos via a low-res gallery was very quick, a number of days.  Then Vicki popped around again, another natter and relaxed discussion again on what my requirements were and a few ideas and choices put in to place.

I was then updated with examples, a streamlined gallery to choose from.  All very professional and easy.  There was no hard sale which for me was very important.

Vicki Sharp Photography

So, if you fancy updating your family photos, your LinkedIn profile or anything else, I thoroughly recommend Vicki, you can find her details on her website here:  Vicki Sharp Photography

If you need another reason to persuade to book Vicki take a peek here:

NEWS UPDATE – AWARD WINNING PHOTOGRAPHY!

Vicki Sharp Photography is delighted and proud to have been Commended in the ‘Best Customer Service’ category at the Richmond Business Awards 2016!

 

Elizabeth James host her 1st local Fine Art Photography Exhibition, Private & Public Viewings during August.

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Elizabeth James host her 1st local Fine Art Photography Exhibition, Private & Public Viewings during August.

Elizabeth is having her first proper exhibition locally, within East Sheen, which will showcase a different body of work each week.  It starts with Colour in Motion and sounds to be an inspiring event.

The idea is this event will be hosted for four weeks where 15% plus VAT of all sales will be donated to Breast Cancer Care.

To get to see her wonderful pieces you can get tickets through Evenbrite for either a public or private viewing.

Week 1 Colour in Motion  Week 2 Smoke Swirls  Week 3 Florals  Week 4 Water Drops

Private View 5th August 2015 6-8pm tickets  are FREE via Eventbrite

Open to the public 6th-29th August 2015 11am-5pm daily

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Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 05, May, Richmond Park

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Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 05, May, Richmond Park

May

Cardinal Guzman has come up with a very good idea and that is to photograph monthly something scenic, be it urban or rural.  To then capture this again in a month’s time and repeat until a complete year of shots is taken.  I am taking it that one should take shots of the same area to show the difference through the Seasons, but I guess this doesn’t have to be the case, just my take on it and choice I suppose.

For those of you interested in joining, don’t worry about the dates, there is no final deadline, just a suggestion, so you still have time to go out there and create a gallery for this lovely monthly exhibit.

thechangingseasons_6367Now on to my photos for Cardinal’s Monthly Photo Challenge:  The Changing Seasons (click the link to pop by his blog and read all about it).

Richmond Park

As you will know one of my favourite places to go is Richmond Park and this is the place I aim to photograph once a month until the year is up.

You will be able to see collectively all the posts on my Changing Season by clicking this link:- Changing Seasons of Richmond Park

I am also starting a bit of a collection of photographing benches, here are two unrelated favourites: – Weekly Photo challenge: Shadowed – the other one you will see in last months post and some more in this months.

I have presented the photos in gallery format but if you are looking at them from a desktop you might one to click each one to make bigger, if you are so inclined and see that each one is labelled 😀

I confess I am so so late on this, I had posted May on my other blog, Eclecticoddsnsods.co.uk, however totally forgotten I had not done so here, so I am aware June is still to come.  Meanwhile, let’s go to Isabella Plantation the long way around….basically I got lost!

So far I have done two posts which cover my favourite walk from Sheen Gate down to Roehampton Gate in Richmond Park.  I thought I would stick with this for the twelve months, but then I got distracted by Pens Ponds and decided to cover this area in a couple of posts also which now brings us to May.

Now I had heard that Isabella Plantation which is situated inside Richmond Park is stunning at this time of the year.  The blossom around the pond cast a vibrant mirage over the water, almost making it look the colour of the blossom.  This I could not miss, so the destination was set, Isabella Plantation it was.  If you wish to read up about this area, please click here:  Isabella Plantation.

But a brief account as taken from their website is:

The Isabella Plantation is a 40 acre woodland garden set within a Victorian woodland plantation planted in the 1830’s. First opened to the public in 1953, it is best known for its evergreen azaleas, which line the ponds and streams and at their peak of flower in late April and early May.

Located in the gardens are the National Collection of Wilson 50 Kurume Azaelas (introduced to the west from Japan in the 1920’s by the plant collector Ernest Wilson), large collections of Rhododendrons and Camellias, plus many other rare and unusual trees and shrubs which provide interest all year round.

Part of the parklands conservation designation as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, the site is managed very much with nature in mind and the gardens are run on organic principles. Native plants commonly grow alongside exotics throughout the Plantation. Perimeter and shelterbelt areas are planted with native nectar and berry bearing trees and shrubs to provide food and shelter for birds, bats and insects. The Plantation’s ponds and stream provide additional habitat for invertebrates and amphibians.

PREWARN – This post is not for the faint hearted, it took us a long time to get to our destination and I shall take you on the journey with me.  It is a nature lovers delight however.  There are plenty of galleries, please click on each individual photo to enlarge it should you wish.

So the trip to get to this area should have been relatively easy.  Being local residents we ‘thought’ we knew where it was, ie which car park it was near and decided in our arrogance for which we paid later, to just turn up at said card park.  This car park was near Pembroke Lodge.

So we arrived full of vigour an enthusiasm and decided to start walking to a wooded area that was enclosed in the distance that we ‘assumed’ was Isabella Plantation….it was not!

After brief respite they started to climb trees yet again, all rather exhausting to watch.

I was however given a floral present to keep me going.  The adventure seemed to be taking rather longer than I thought, after having noticed that the gate for the area we ‘thought’ was Isabella Plantation, clearly said ‘private’, Shrek decided to use google maps on his  phone and direct us to supposed ‘said’ area.

Changing Seasons May Richmond Park

Changing Seasons May Richmond Park

The boys yet again with their eternal energy levels decided to not only climb trees, but jump over fallen ones, then hide in empty wooden carcasses and poke their hands through like growing vines.

We walked what seemed a vast circle, the youngest eventually just dumping himself on the mud, no ditch nearby but he didn’t care, exhausting temporarily took over.

The Changing Seasons May 2015 Richmond Park

The Changing Seasons May 2015 Richmond Park

We then crossed over a road and Shrek said yes we are nearly here.  By this point I was utterly exhausted.  I decided to ask a nearby person on a bench and she pointed us in the other direction.  Shrek was not having it, we continued as he direct and we ended up at Holly Lodge which is NOT the Isabella Plantation.

We did however see some resident deer on the way, they had a curious look on their faces as if to say “I am sure I have seen these stupid humans wandering all over the park” snigger snigger.

We turned tail from Holly Lodge, of which you can read about here: Holly Lodge

My youngest decided to give me a wishing flower, but promptly blew it all himself, I can guess he was wishing he was at home with some electrical gadget to play with.  I decided to ask a couple if they could direct us, the look of shock and pity when they realised how far away we were from our destination.

They suggested we go the long walk back to the car park and drive nearer to our final location, which is what we eventually did.

However, seeing a the car was parked at Pembroke Lodge, mummy took the rare opportunity to insist on a cup of tea.  Seeing as it was semi Shreks’ fault for the extended walk he could not decline.  Upon entering the gardens I saw a bride, oooh and bridesmaids, of course I could not help but snapping them.

I had my cup of tea, and a view as you can see, semi respite, enough courage to carry on

We arrived at the car park to Isabella Plantation, phew, oh my, now a walk to get to the gate!!!!

Now I went in on my own.  The others were busy parking and the kids moaning about “silly mummy wanting to take photos for this challenge” .  So I thought it best to jump out and go in first on my own and get some photos under my belt before they came in.  What I didn’t realise was how utterly massive this place was, nor that phone coverage would work, I lost my family inside and I lost the entrance, oh my…..I am sooo not good with directions.

The plants however were utterly gorgeous.

I was heading for ‘the pond’ asking various people where it was.  They said straight ahead.  It was a long walk.  I got there, no blossom!!!  Then I was told that there was more than one pond.  I then started to panic.  I was asking whether fate was telling me that I really should not be here, nor trying to do this?

I then asked people where the pond was with the blossom.  I was greeted with either “No idea, I cannot find it myself”, or “I found it last week but cannot find it again”.

So forlorn and slightly frightened at the sheer size of the place, the fact I could not get hold of my family, I walked, and walked and walked.  Suddenly I came upon a clearing and heard lots of “ooohs” and “aaah” and eureka, I made it, found the pond I was so so pleased, nearly jumped up and down in joy!

It was seriously beautiful this particular pond in Isabella Plantation, I can now see what all the fuss is about.  Now I have edited, uploaded and looked at all these photos, it reminds me of the sheer immense size of the walk, for which I paid for physically the next day but utterly worth it wouldn’t you agree?

Thank you for viewing my gallery today, I would love to chat, have some feedback, so please don’t go away until another season, Justine xxx

© Justine Nagaur

 

Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 04, April, Richmond Park

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Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 04, April, Richmond Park

April

Cardinal Guzman has come up with a very good idea and that is to photograph monthly something scenic, be it urban or rural.  To then capture this again in a month’s time and repeat until a complete year of shots is taken.  I am taking it that one should take shots of the same area to show the difference through the Seasons, but I guess this doesn’t have to be the case, just my take on it and choice I suppose.

For those of you interested in joining, don’t worry about the dates, there is no final deadline, just a suggestion, so you still have time to go out there and create a gallery for this lovely monthly exhibit.

thechangingseasons_6367Now on to my photos for Cardinal’s Monthly Photo Challenge:  The Changing Seasons (click the link to pop by his blog and read all about it).

Richmond Park

As you will know one of my favourite places to go is Richmond Park and this is the place I aim to photograph once a month until the year is up.

You will be able to see collectively all the posts on my Changing Season by clicking this link:- Changing Seasons of Richmond Park

I am also starting a bit of a collection of photographing benches, here are two unrelated favourites: – Weekly Photo challenge: Shadowed – the other one you will see in last months post and some more in this months.

I have presented the photos in gallery format but if you are looking at them from a desktop you might one to click each one to make bigger, if you are so inclined and see that each one is labelled 😀

This time I went back to the lakes which you saw in March’s post, I also went back to see if those two lovely dollies were still stranded.  They had been saved!  This photo session was done in one batch but my camera died on me and hence my trustee iPhone came out to take over part way.

We started off by heading down to the Pen Ponds Cafe, with sticks and leads at hand we headed up rather than down to begin with.

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

Magestic trees to view, yup I think that one way to high to climb, mothers near heart attack all over thank goodness as they walk by.

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

However we get distracted by a rather cute bulldog flirting with Teddy and giving him a run for his money, she even poses with a rather crunchy stick in her mouth!

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

There are lots of dens again to be found, to nestle in to and then Teddy ruins it all by dislodging a branch that canopies one of the dens and decides to play tug of war with my eldest…sighs!

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

He gets chased by some rather small pony or huge dog, it went by so fast I’ve no idea which!

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

AT LAST I get a decent capture of a bird, namely one of our resident Parakeets that are copious in Richmond Park.  Though they are prolific and rather bullish they are also rather cute to look at and oh yes rather noisy!

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

Then some lovely ladies pass us on horseback from Kingston Stables.  At least that is where I ‘think’ they came from, I did get distracted by the rather wonderful horses.

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

I think I woke him…uh oh!  Spotted.

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

Alright I shall move on and annoy another…who seems to be dozing.

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

Oh great, not dozing but now apparently grinning for the camera, how lovely.

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

Or maybe not!

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

Uh oh, looks annoyed, I best go.

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

So the children and Teddy patiently wait for me to take my deer shots and I am very pleased AT LAST again to have gotten some close ups.  Now we are getting rather hot with all this walking and decide to finally head to the lakes, glorious.

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

Teddy didn’t care about dolls, all he wanted to do was rest and roll in the grass.

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

After winding our way around the track that snaked around the lake, I spotted a lovely couple relaxing and taking in the view.  It reminded me of spending time with my mother who has since passed away.  Her birthday however was on the 21st of this month, so I wrote a poem and featured the bench post in it.  If you like poems and wish to see it, the link is here:  Eclectic Corner #10 Unconditional Love.

We are nearing the end of our journey now, so I give you another view of the lake and solitary swan.

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

Plus a sign that Spring is glad to be here.

The Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

How does my youngest still have the energy to climb up curly trees?

Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

My youngest’s hair competes with a tree…

Changing Seasons #4 April

Changing Seasons #4 April

They rest and finally we get picked up, rather sweaty and tired we all are now!

Thank you for viewing my gallery today, I would love to chat, have some feedback, so please don’t go away until another season, Justine xxx

© Justine Nagaur

The Changing Seasons of Richmond Park

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I have undertaken to partake of a challenge run by a fellow blogger called Cardinal Guzman.  The idea is to photograph somewhere, ideally the same place, once a month over the course of a year, finishing off with a lovely portfolio of said ‘area’ at the end, showing the Changing of Seasons.

I have of course chosen my favourite area, that being Richmond Park.

If you wish to see more about the challenge specifically, please click here – Monthly Photo Challenge:  The Changing Seasons (click the link to pop by his blog and read all about it).

Richmond Park

A relative said to me the other day that how could I find Richmond Park so interesting over and over again. I replied “How could you not?”  I guess it is differences in one’s own personal taste, but I would be hard pushed to think that someone wouldn’t find something of appeal or interest here.

I went there for this photo challenge just as the sun was setting.  I had a lovely surprise of the deer being near the Gates where I entered.  Normally they are deep in to the thick of the forest and not seen, so whoopee I was very excited.  They are notably shy and heck why not as green clad men come in once a year and start to shoot them (called culling).

In my experience of getting photographs of deer I always end up with shots of their bottoms, a perfect example below but what lovely furry bottoms hey?

You can see my son was determined, crawling amongst the grass like some intrepid explorer to get closer, a small child nearby puzzled at his actions and asking me what on earth he was doing.

One of the things that always catches my breath in Richmond Park is the stark contrast visually when you get to the council blocks thrusting up upon the green lush rural skyline.  That to me is so indicative of the stark contrast of lives even in such a compact area.

There is a beautiful lake/pond, I am not sure which categorizes which but this will become part of my focal point in the coming Seasons for this challenge.  I loved the plant wall that had grown up on one side, the way the trees look so majestic and striving to make their presence known even with the dimming light.

Teddy of course had to had a little modelling session, he won’t change with the seasons though I don’t think.

Last but not least I have two other favourites, one being ‘The Bench’.  I am starting a habit of photographing people on benches it appears.  You can see a silhouette example here –A Bonding Moment near Pembroke Lodge

These looked to me like two young lovers, watching the avian life upon the waters and the sunset casting its orange glow.

The second is ‘The Tree’.  I love this tree, how it is split right down the middle, like lightning might have had a go at it.  My youngest always without fail climbs this tree and my header for my ‘It’s a lonely place’ blog which chronicles my journey with Chronic Pain is in fact this very tree with him standing on the edge.

I have presented the photos in a gallery but if you are looking at them from a desktop you might one to click each one to make bigger, if you are so inclined and see that each one is labelled 😀

Thank you for viewing my gallery today, you will find this entry doubled up in my other blog: Eclectic Odds n Sods

© Justine Nagaur

A Bonding Moment near Pembroke Lodge

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A Bonding Moment near Pembroke Lodge

Just sometimes you have those lovely moments.

I had exactly that on Christmas Eve whilst walking with my family near Pembroke Lodge.

We had done a good hour’s walk and the sun was setting.  From the trees the sun cast a shadow right back from beside Pembroke Lodge to where I was within the forest area.  I saw in the distance two people sitting on a bench, now made a silhouette with the dimming sun.

My camera was already on black and white mode and it seemed very fitting in this instance to snap a moment, one of which I could not resist but get closer to.

A Bonding Moment Near Pembroke Lodge

A Bonding Moment Near Pembroke Lodge

I did go up closer to capture the moment of what seemed like father and daughter having a relaxing bonding moment before Christmas Day would approach.  It looked so lovely to me, I could not resist but go up to them and show them what I had captured, they were very chuffed and asked me for a copy.

Something to remember a moment by, made my Christmas Eve very special.

A Bonding Moment Near Pembroke Lodge

A Bonding Moment Near Pembroke Lodge

I hope you enjoy the view, Justine.

© Justine Nagaur

Macro Monday, a little something that caught my eye

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Some local photography!

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Macro Monday, a little something that caught my eye

A couple of things that caught my eye in my garden yesterday whilst working out a place to put my toad/frog house and whilst my bug hotel was in its rudimentary stages of being built (more on that to follow).

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shrub in SW14 shrub in SW14

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large daisy in SW14 large daisy in SW14

I hope you had a lovely weekend, Justine xx

© Justine Nagaur, Eclecticoddsnsods.com &LivinginEastSheen.co.uk

Location of photography, East Sheen, Londno

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Evening wildlife photography at WWT London Wetland Centre Thursday 14th August

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Thursday 14 August

Evening wildlife photography at WWT London Wetland Centre

4pm – 8.30pm

This workshop gives keen photographers a rare opportunity to enjoy WWT London Wetland Centre in a relaxed, secluded atmosphere when most of the other visitors have left. Experience the beautiful evening light from late afternoon until dusk, taking advantage of the changing conditions to capture images that aren’t possible during normal opening hours.

The evening starts with an introductory session looking at composition and technique and you will then head out onto the reserve to spend the majority of the session outside under the guidance of wildlife photography tutor, Iain Green.

This is a tutor-led session and participants must stay with the group at all times.

£39. Includes admission to the Centre after 3.30pm.  Booking essential: call 020 8409 4400.
Location

Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, Barnes, London SW13 9WT.

Nearest Station: Barnes, Barnes Bridge.

Nearest Bus Routes: 33, 72, 209, 283.

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Macro Monday – Another handsome fella came to visit me!

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A local East Sheen toad!

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Macro Monday – Another handsome fella came to visit me!

Wow I am so lucky, look at this handsome fella that came to visit.

Actually he could be a she I am not sure, but either way I think he/she has taken residence in our garden somewhere, what a treat!

We call people who live in East Sheen, which is where I live, Sheenites, amongst other names, so I introduce my ‘Sheenite Toad’.

My East Sheen Toad My East Sheen Toad

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Do you have a friendly toad in your garden?

As always thank you for viewing, Justine xx

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