Monday, 6 July 2015

Scruffy 2 Fluffy, Wymondham

There's a place in Wymondham that's THE place to be - if you have four legs and a waggly tail.

I'm spending a bit of time with my great pal Ruby dog this week. I'd planned that the first of our days together would be spent giving Ruby a treat, so I booked her in for an appointment at Scruffy 2 Fluffy in Wymondham to have a bath and a trim.

Ruby has never been to see a pet groomer before, and I was keen to make sure she saw the best. I checked out some local places, and Scruffy 2 Fluffy caught my attention - they really seemed to care about their canine clients and were quick to come back to me with answers to my questions and an appointment.

It seems this place is popular, and gets booked up fully each week. I can see why, after Ruby's morning here! We arrived after an excitable walk down Fairland Street. The salon is right next to Myhills and easy to find. Ruby cautiously approached, not knowing what to expect. Instead of taking her straight through, Sam (the owner and groomer extraordinaire) sat down and introduced herself to Ruby. Ruby was keen to check out this new and exciting person and place, and so we went through to the parlour.

The grooming parlour

The bath
The grooming space was lovely and light with a friendly atmosphere and very appropriate decoration. It was decked out to make visitors feel totally comfortable and at home. Ruby was going to like it here! As you can see, she was rather fluffy and was not appreciating it also being the hottest day of the year.

Sam took some more time to make friends with Ruby, checked her medical history and then popped her in the bath. Ruby had no hesitation in jumping in, unlike bath times at home! You can see by her face how relaxed she was about the whole thing.

I like you
On with Ruby's bath. There was a choice of 3 shampoo's and we went for the citrus one.

Well this is nice... 
Hair wash
Next for a bit of drying off and more making friends time...

Time to dry off...
Ruby was absolutely loving spending time with Sam, who is so gentle with the animals and talks to them so calmly and quietly that they ALL fall in love with her.

Then on to the grooming table. Again Ruby hopped straight up. After some brushing of the accumulation of burrs, it was time to be blow dried!

Ruby getting a blowdry 

Having a brush  Next up was the trim. There was A LOT of fur to come off...
Trimming the tail 
  Ear trimming  Then a paw trim.
Paw trimming 
  Paws for thought 

Ruby Time for a quick hug. Then nails.

New friends
And almost there!

Ruby looking all trim
Just the finishing touch of tooth gel and paw balm left.

Paw balm
And at the end, one super happy little dog!

All done
She hasn't stopped skipping around the garden since. She feels so much better. I think that's a smile.

You can find Sam at Scruffy2Fluffy online at:
and also on Facebook 

If you'd like your pet to have the Scruffy2Fluffy experience then make sure you book in advance, as Sam's reputation is spreading - people have said to me how much their dogs love going to see her. We will definitely be returning...

See the full set of photos here.

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Products with a ZAP! POW! BAM!

I've just finished doing some product shots for Luffly Stuff.

These fantastic comic style cushions are great fun, and perfect for the Superhero in your life.

You can find them online on the Luffly Stuff website and Etsy, and you can keep track of all the latest creations via Facebook and Twitter.



Last week I attended one of Mark Lawrence’s legendary Play Days, to have some fun with fellow photographers, and our models for the day Hollie Day and Lindsey Ann

Mark had been pestered for some time to come over to Norfolk by some of the photographers in the group, and I’m grateful to them for persuading him so I could come along and play too! 

Our venue for the day was the Roundwood Conference Centre in Taverham, and the room was perfect for the huge amount of kit Mark turned up with. After a quick explanation of all the different set ups, we were free to experiment to our hearts content. Mark was on hand to explain anything we needed to know and offer advice whenever necessary.

We had the opportunity to try out four lighting options, and lots of the different Lastolite backdrops. Playing with a mixture of different studio set ups, going outside on location, and the addition of an industrial smoke machine made for some great images on the day. 



I really enjoyed playing with the Elinchrom ELC 500 Strobe heads, set up in strobe mode to get some really interesting photos. I had fun using these with Hollie, coming up with some ideas to try out and it totally sparked my creative side again. Lindsey was also a great model for the day and was really patient with all the photographers.


It was also really nice getting to spend a bit of time with some fellow photographers, trying out ideas and getting to know each other in a really relaxed atmosphere.


Many thanks to Mark for coming over to Norfolk and to all of the others on the day for making it such fun. Rumour has it, Mark is going to be returning soon and I thoroughly recommend attending one of his events. Thanks also to the models for the day, links to all are below.


Tuesday, 12 May 2015

If you go down to the woods today...

Over the weekend I decided to make the most of the sunshine and the changing seasons and ventured out to see the wonderful spectacle that is bluebells in bloom.

I really enjoy the different plants that appear with the seasons of the year, and after seeing the arrival of the snowdrops, then daffodils, I was looking forward to the appearance of bluebells - they certainly didn't disappoint!

I often think about how very lucky we are in Norfolk to have such a diverse range of landscapes and wildlife habitats to enjoy. I was very fortunate to have access to this private woodland over the weekend, and even more fortunate to have the company of two very special little people!

Spending time with the little people is very important. We like talking about all the plants and animals, and generally just having some fun and giggles.

There is always a small moment for contemplation too, and appreciating the REALLY little things in life (bluebells).

A lovely day was had by all.

If you would like photos of the small people in your life, or even the grown up ones, please do get in touch.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Paper Aeroplanes at Norwich Arts Centre

I haven't been to Norwich Arts Centre for ages, so what better reason than to see the wonderful Paper Aeroplanes, who are touring their new album JOY.

JOY is the third full length album recorded by Sarah Howells and Richard Llewellyn, and is a bit less folk, a bit more pop than the previous two. I am enjoying the new sound - and I like the new direction - it's always really interesting seeing the different journey that bands take with their music. I first began following this particular journey in 2006, and thoroughly recommend taking a listen if you haven't heard them yet.

Support came from Brooke Sharkey, who is well known in this part of the world. She is now very successfully doing her thing down in London. Again a great journey to be following, having first seen her busking the streets of Norwich some years ago.

Here are a few photos from the evening. The full set can be found here.

Embracing the geek of my photography blog, most of these photos were shot at between ISO 4000 and 6400. I love my camera for performing so amazingly in such challenging conditions.

Many thanks to Paper Aeroplanes and Norwich Arts Centre for having me along.

Friday, 1 May 2015

DMP Presents Blue Rose Code and Jess Morgan (trio)

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the Octagon Unitarian Chapel in Norwich to see Blue Rose Code and Jess Morgan. Organised by Ian at Dreams Music Promotion, it was one of a stunning line up of concerts coming up this year at this beautiful venue.

Norwich is the kind of place that has plenty of surprises, and once in the venue I kicked myself for not having checked it out before. Tucked away on Colegate, this grade II listed building is not only a chapel, but is also a great music venue. Situated on two levels, the seating is such that you can see the stage wherever you are.

On arrival and through the first set the sun was only just beginning to set, so the chapel was naturally quite brightly lit. As the light faded it was very atmospheric, with the blue sky of dusk contrasting with the stage lighting. The acoustics were lovely too, I particularly enjoyed being upstairs right in front of stage.

First up was Jess Morgan, who has recently started playing as a trio with Jose McGill (The Vagaband) on double bass and Noel Dashwood (Dumbfoundus) on dobro. It was really nice to hear Jess' songs with a different dimension to them and the harmonies were great. We are really fortunate to have so many good musicians in this part of the world.

As well as some familiar songs, Jess also played a few new ones. "Down in Flames" from the new Bournemouth EP sounded really good, and in fact the presale of the EP on CD has already sold out (don't worry, you can still order the digital version here).

Next up was Blue Rose Code. It was my first time seeing him, and with full band, and I was really impressed. A beautiful sound with 4 very accomplished artists around him. I love that he has released all of his records without a label, and he has been very successful with it. Definitely one to watch for the future.

A lovely end to the evening was Jess joining Blue Rose Code and band to sing.

The full set of photos can be found here.

The next gig in the series is Kathryn Williams on July 2nd 2015. Tickets are available here.