Happy 150th birthday!!

Lorraine contacted me recently to cover her birthday celebrations. It was extra special because not only was she celebrating her 60th but her Mum, Elizabeth, was celebrating her 90th!! The event was held at a local Cheltenham hotel and I was booked for an hour to take some informal, reportage style shots.

If you would like to book something similar then I'd love to hear from you. Please give me a call on 07983 465414 or get in touch using the form on my contact page. Thanks!

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Verity's Baptism

Kerry booked me recently to cover the baptism of her youngest daughter. I’ve done a few photo shoots for Kerry and her family before but it was the first time I had met Verity. The service was lovely and the setting, Birtsmorton, was spectacular. As their guests gathered inside the Church I gently documented the events from the background. Afterwards we all headed back to the Queen’s Hotel in Cheltenham for a drinks and canapés reception.

If you would like to book something similar then please get in touch using my contact page or send an email to info@mouseabouttown.co.uk. Alternatively, give me a call on 07983 465414.  I'd love to hear from you.

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Morgan's 1st Birthday Party

Little Morgan celebrated her 1st birthday a few weeks ago and what fun they all had!! I was booked to cover the event for 40 minutes to capture some of the action. When I arrived most of the children were on the bouncy castle and could only be pulled away from it when there was a hint of birthday cake being brought out!! Here are some of the highlights of the event.

If you would like to book something similar then please get in touch using my contact page or send an email to info@mouseabouttown.co.uk. Alternatively, give me a call on 07983 465414.  I'd love to hear from you.

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Jake's Baptism

I've been getting a lot of Baptism bookings lately so when Jake's Mum, Abby-Gail, contacted me about photographing her son's, I was really excited. I got even more excited when I found out that the service was to take place in a Church with the most beautiful riverside setting!

I was booked for two hours to cover the Baptism and reception afterwards. Because the service was public I wasn't allowed to take any photos at any part other than the Baptism itself. During that time I went outside and took photos of the setting. I came back in at the end to capture some shots of Ella, Jake's big sister, saying the final Amen. A really special moment for the family.

The mobile phone in the pictures is deliberate. One set of Jake's Godparents live in South Africa and were unable to make the journey. They therefore said their promises via Face Time. A first for me!! 

If you would like to book me to photograph your celebration then please get in touch using my contact page or send an email to info@mouseabouttown.co.uk. Alternatively, give me a call on 07983 465414.  I'd love to hear from you. Thanks.

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Charlie's Baptisim

I was recently booked to photograph little Charlie's Baptism, which took place in Barnwood, Gloucester. The vicar had requested that no photographs be taken during the service, so I had agreed with Charlie's family that I would arrive at the end of the service. After a few photos inside the Church, we went outside and did a few more family pictures. The reception was just around the corner and I had about half an hour there to take some more natural, candid photos.

If you would like to book me to photograph your celebration then please get in touch using my contact page or send an email to info@mouseabouttown.co.uk. Alternatively, give me a call on 07983 465414.  I'd love to hear from you! Thanks. 

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Nan's 90th!!

I get a lots of bookings these days by families who live in other parts of the UK who come to the Cotswolds to celebrate a birthday or anniversary. Frequently, they rent out a large country residence and then book me to come for an hour or more to document the occasion. 

On this occasion, Neil Guthrie hired me for two hours to cover the 90th birthday celebrations of 'Nan'. The family were staying at the gorgeous Temple Guiting Manor and Barns and had the weather in their favour! Proceedings were opened with a play that the children had rehearsed, this was followed by present opening, which again, the children were heavily involved in! There were speeches, table tennis, formal family photos, hugs, laughter and lots and lots of fun. Events were rounded off at 12.30pm with a sit down dinner inside.

If you would like to book something similar then please get in touch using my contact page or give me a call on 07983 465414. I'd love to hear from you!

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Happy 100th Birthday!!

What a treat to photograph this inspirational woman's birthday, and not just any birthday, but her 100th!! This was my first 100th birthday shoot but it has been by far one of my favourites. Vera was an absolute gem and my goodness, she looked amazing. She was surrounded by her close family members including grand children and great grand children who all doted on their beloved grandmother. After some more formal family group photographs in the grounds of the care home, we headed back upstairs to Vera's room where bubbles were popped and cards were opened. 

If you or a family member has a birthday to celebrate and would like some professional photographs, then please get in touch using my contact page or send an email to info@mouseabouttown.co.uk. Alternatively, give me a call on 07983 465414. I'd love to hear from you!

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Confirmation @ Queens Hotel

Last Sunday I was booked for two hours to cover the reception lunch of a Confirmation ceremony that took place in the Chapel at Cheltenham Girl's College. The lunch was held at The Queens Hotel, Cheltenham, and was a very smart affair. 

The family live in Dubai but their daughter goes to one of the private schools in Cheltenham. The intimate party of just twenty guests included all of the grandparents and other close family members. The three course menu looked divine and I was even provided with some food, which was unexpected but very welcomed.

If you would like to book me to photograph your celebration then please get in touch using my contact page or send an email to info@mouseabouttown.co.uk. Alternatively, give me a call on 07983 465414.  I'd love to hear from you!

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Alex's Baptism

I've had lots of new baptism enquiries this week. The reception for this christening took place at St Luke's Village Hall in Cheltenham. The family were after a collection of mainly informal shots with one or two group pictures. As usual, the children stole the show, but the adults were more than happy for them to take centre stage! 

If you would like to book me to photograph your celebration then please get in touch using my contact page or send an email to info@mouseabouttown.co.uk. Alternatively, give me a call on 07983 465414.  I'd love to hear from you! Thanks.

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Double Trouble at 80!

Last month I headed over to Temple Guiting Barns for a double 40th, (dubbed their 80th by my clients!) The barn isn't somewhere I had photographed before but I was very impressed with the grounds and the main house. 

Everyone had come up from London for the occasion and it was very much a black tie do. Danielle had booked me for an hour to cover guests arriving, the drinks and canapés reception and to capture the general merriments of the evening in a natural and unobtrusive way.

If you would like to book something similar then please get in touch using my contact page or give me a call on 07983 465414. I'd love to hear from you! Thanks.

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Oscar's Cake Smash!

Normally cake smashes are performed in my home studio but it wasn't possible on this occasion - due to a recent house move studio work has had to go on hold until I find new premises. My client's were keen for me to do the shoot though, having done their eldest son's cake smash a few years ago, and so suggested doing the photo shoot at their parent's house in Cranham.

I bought along all my usual props and incorporated a few personal items belonging to my clients too. The end result was great! Little Oscar had a super time, helped out occasionally by big brother Reuben! At the end, there was even time for a quick shower and change of clothes ready for some family pictures outside. Phew!

If you would like to book something similar then please get in touch using my contact page or give me a call on 07983 465414. I'd love to hear from you! Thanks.

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Tessa Turns 70!!

Last Saturday proved very busy with five photo shoots to get through including two family shoots, a cake smash, a joint 40th in the evening and this family shoot first thing in the morning.

Tessa and her family had hired a cottage for the weekend in the beautiful Slad valley. They had booked me for an hour to capture some formal and informal shots. The three children - Emily, George and baby Tiago - were a bundle of fun and games, while the adults showed a little more restraint in front of the camera! It didn't take too long though before everyone joined in - the children loved being swung around and enjoyed plenty of shoulder rides too!   

If you would like to book something similar then please get in touch using my contact page or give me a call on 07983 465414. I'd love to hear from you! Thanks.

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Simon's 40th!

Last Saturday evening I headed over to MalMaison in Cheltenham to photograph a 40th birthday party. I'd been booked for two hours to capture all the shenanigans including guests arrival, drinks and canapés reception, magic show and speeches. The theme was 80's and some of the retro outfits were hilarious - we had the Ghostbusters, Banana Man and Flash Gordon all under one roof!!

If you would like to book something similar then please get in touch using my contact page or give me a call on 07983 465414. I'd love to hear from you! Thanks. 

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Sarah's 40th!

This fabulous bunch of ladies had booked a cottage in Cowley to celebrate their friend, Sarah's, 40th birthday. It was actually the second time I had met some of them - two years ago I photographed another of their 40th's at The Greenway Hotel in Cheltenham and they had loved the photos so much that they didn't think twice about booking me again.

If you would like to book something similar then please get in touch using my contact page or give me a call on 07983 465414. I'd love to hear from you! Thanks.

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Claire's Surprise Celebration!

A few weeks ago I headed down to Cirencester to photograph a birthday surprise for Claire Young. Her husband, Jon, had booked me off the back of a park shoot we did in July. The photos from that photo shoot were a present for Claire for her birthday.

We headed to the Amphitheatre and spent the 60 minute shoot playing games, dodging the rain and generally having lots of fun!

If you have a party coming up that you would like professionally photographed then I'd love to hear from you! Please get in touch using the form on my contact page or give me a call on 07983 465414. Thanks!

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Ricky's 60th Birthday Bash!

Last Friday evening I was at Ellenborough Park to photograph a 60th birthday party. I had been booked for two hours by Ricky's wife, Jane, and it had been a bit of an after thought on her part: she only rang me up two days before! 

It was a brilliant bash. Guests congregated outside on the lawn before moving inside. No formal shots were required as such, so it was just reportage photography the whole night. This is my favoured style as the event is captured so much more naturally. 

After an hour of mingling came the food which was followed by speeches, which overran. I stayed on till they finished though, and didn't charge, which Jane was very grateful for. 

If you have a party or other celebration that you would like photographed then please get in touch using my contact page or give me a call on 07983 465414. All digital files are included in the price of the shoot. I'd love to hear from you!

Immy's Leaving Party

I was recently asked to photograph a leaving party for Immy and her little sister. They are moving abroad with their Mum and Dad and held an amazing farewell party, which her whole class was invited to! It was girls only though, there wasn't a boy in sight!!

The party was brilliant. The entertainer they hired did a great job at keeping all the girls on the toes. They played games, danced, limboed and sucked on shoe laces to create lots of lovely memories that the girls can take with them.  

If you have something similar planned and would like to have it professionally photographed then please do get in touch. Either fill out a form on my contact page or give me a call on 07983 465414. I'd love to hear from you! 

A Golden Couple!

Last weekend was another incredibly busy one, with back to back photo shoots all day and a wedding on the Sunday.  

This two hour coverage of Paul and Hilary's Golden Wedding anniversary at The Royal Oak in Prestbury was my third shoot from Saturday. It was a lovely celebration too. They were married 50 years ago on the very same day that England won the 1966 World Cup! Their daughter had even managed to get a signed card by Sir Geoff Hurst!

ABAA-tastic Birthday Party!

On Saturday evening I headed over to the sleepy Cotswold village of Winchcombe for a mad ABBA-tastic joint 50th and 18th birthday party at the White Hart Inn!

The birthday girls were Cary and her daughter Hattie and between them they had over 100 guests. As I drove into Winchcombe it didn't take me long to spot them all! Their colourful 70's regalia was in stark contrast to the pretty Cotswold cottages! 

The party itself was soon in full swing and was completely bonkers, (as Cary would say!!) It was enourmous fun though and everyone had a blast! 

If you have a celebration or party coming up and would like it professionally photographed then please get in touch. I'd love to hear from you! Just go to my contact page or give me a call on 07983 465414. Thanks!

Hi Gill. Sincere apologies for the delay responding to your email with the photographs......THEY ARE FANTASTIC!!! Everyone loves them. Thank you so much. It was brilliant having you at the party. Thank you for staying and for taking such memorable shots. We’ll see you again I’m sure!
— Cary Cochrane, July 2016