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Suffolk Young Enterprise Business Awards 2012

So at the beginning of this month I spent a day at the Ipswich University Campus for the Suffolk Young Enterprise Business Awards 2012. There were 8 competing schools all enduring some rigourous judging. Competing were:

Ipswich High School for girls
East Bergholt High School
Woodbridge High School (had two groups taking part)
Kesgrave High School
St Joseph’s College, Ipswich
Thomas Mills High School, Framlingham
Farlingaye High School

Each group had a display stand in the University Foyer and were interviewed separately by a panel of four judges. This was followed by Power Point presentations from each school, about their business in the large auditorium area upstairs. The judges then retired to consult and put together their marks, for the fifteen different awards, with the overall winners for consistency throughout going to Thomas Mills High School.

Throughout the day and evening, I captured the stands, interviews, presentation and finally awards.

The East Anglian Daily Times featured a brilliant double page spread on the competition in Tuesday 22nd May, business suppliment, printing all of the following photographs:


East Anglian Bellydance Superstars charity performance

Well the show at Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge, was fantastic, all the dancers were brilliant and had such beautiful costumes.

To see photographs of some of the groups posing on stage, click here

If you would like to see more from some of their pieces, do take a visit to the links further down, I just wish I could add their dance music to the various folders… the stage lighting produced some very contrasting and dramatic photographs.

Such a great mix of stunning solos – Nau-Ashta, Ain’t No SunshineLittle Egypt and Saidi Solo

Wonderful groups – The Pearl, Zillicious & Turkish Gypsy Dance, Layali Al Shara, Bollywood Spice, Tribal Drums, Egyptic, African Drums, Sabri Aleel, Broken Heart, Lailaena El Kademah, and Akula Tribal

Dazzling duos and smaller groups – Ragsat Vashti, Voodoo Belly Dancer, Desert Rose and Wuthering Heights

Thank you ladies!


East Anglian Belly Dance Superstars – a date for your diary.

Some of you may recall, last year I photographed the wonderful ladies from Strictly Suffolk Charity Dance Show, as they performed to a packed theatre in Stowmarket and raised lots of money for very worthy charities.

Well they are doing it again! This time at Seckford Theatre in Woodbridge on 17th March 2012. At least 14 groups are all busy practising their routines and advertising the show as much as possible, to raise funds for:

MIND, Ipswich Cats Protection and Just Because.

Their costumes and stunning routines are really beautiful and a show not to be missed, if you enjoy dance and wish to support these ladies.

For further information on the show, it’s performers – and to buy tickets, please visit their website their facebook page East Anglian Belly Dance Superstars


Wedding Fair – Sunday 29th January Bury Farmers Club

If anyone is in Bury St Edmunds this Sunday, come along to the Farmers Club in Northgate Street – between 11am and 4pm.

They are holding their first Wedding Fair, at which I will be displaying a portfolio of work and launching a range of wedding ‘packages’ to choose from, which will hopefully suit most needs and budgets.

Looking forward to meeting some Bride & Groom’s to be!



Advent blog… last day! December 24th

Hope everyones build up to Christmas has been fun and not too stressful. This final image is the chinese lantern we sent up, containing messages to people who are very special to us.

Happy Christmas everyone, I hope you and yours all share some love and happiness over the festive break.

Advent blog… December 21st

As it’s the shortest day of the year, I wanted to share a sunrise, taken not far from my home, at a point it breaks the horizon in mid winter, behind this tree. From now on, it will gradually move back to the left and break earlier… roll on longer days!

Not having a good site line for sunsets where I live, so have to make a point of going out to find them (reference 9th Decembers blog!). The second image was actually taken a few years ago from the very northern end of Australia… which is taking things slightly to the extreme as I’m sure I can find (and will) great sunsets closer to home!

Advent blog… December 20th

While on holiday, I got up early to try and catch the Heron fishing on the river. I’d already chosen my spot to sit hidden on the bank… and I waited… and I waited… but no luck that morning. The only shot I did get was as he flew overhead, so at least I did see him… fleetingly!

In fairness, I don’t really have a long enough lens at the moment for wildlife shots, but I still can’t resist trying! So I turned my attention to the river and really like the two shots, that follow. The first was playing with a very shallow depth of field. The next one, I had turned my attention to reflections in the water and just loved how the photo turned out. A real ‘water painting’ type image of a tree reflection – happy days!