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Warning: Slight fangirling ahead.

Like when I met and photographed the case of Red Dwarf a couple of years back, (then sitting in a green room at an event having lunch with them whaaaat) this was another one of those “thirteen year old Becky would be so excited if you told her she’d be doing this in 20 years” moments.

Like I imagine a lot of girls now in their 30s (any others out there?), I loved Blue when I was younger, would’ve given anything to meet them!  I remember at school when we were 13 using the payphone with 2 buds to call Lee’s Mum’s hair salon at the time in London to see if she could help us get passes for the tour to meet them, we’d try anything! Even my little Nana got in on it trying to help and spoke to his Mum one evening too and spoke about having the same Ryan name (like that’d make a difference haha, but worth a try Nana!), his Mum did have a chat with her and said they had relatives in Liverpool too, she was nice and polite to be fair given we were strangers and said she’d see what she could do… but of course that never went anywhere and I imagine she got asked a lot!

I’d been having a bit of re-listen to Blue this year, not sure what started it, just listening to music from the 00s for nostalgia I guess, and when I saw Lee and Simon were doing some small shows at a food festival that goes to different spots around the country I really wanted to go!

I’d originally planned to make it to the Tatton Park show and was absolutely gutted when last minute things out of my control meant I could no longer make it, but decided to brave the further afield stop, Winchester, which was last weekend! It was a right trek, over 3 hours from home!

The food festival event ‘Foodies’ was a cool day in itself.  We enjoyed a Pina Colada in the sun, listened to some bands and wandered around trying free food and drink samples.  Lee was wandering around a bit in the afternoon, he arrived a few hours before they were on (they were the headliners so weren’t on stage till gone 6) and I decided to brave approaching him to ask if there was any chance I could shoot a few portraits with him, he seemed approachable and initially seemed okay about the idea of posing for a quick couple of photos.  I left him to it, getting some food and drink then asked again when he was on another part of the site later in the day and he seemed like he wasn’t really comfortable about having his portrait taken, but was happy to pose with selfies for everyone, so I said it’s cool, if he’d really rather I didn’t shoot some photos of him can I grab a quick selfie and he said of course, so I did, pictured above!  I’d done a bit of art/portrait practice of the Blue boys a few weeks back so decided to print a copy to give him and Simon incase I saw them, so I gave him that too before heading off (also gave him one I’d done of just himself).  He seemed super appreciative and genuinely liked them which was nice!  He said something along the lines of, “Oh you’re so sweet, they’re amazin’ I’ll have to show the boys” and walked off still looking at them.  I even saw him showing the two people he was with so that was lovely.

PINIMAGEUnfortunately I didn’t meet Simon, I think he’s a bit less into the mixing with fans side of it perhaps/more reserved in that way, but I did manage to pass his copy on to a member of staff who was ‘looking after’ him round the backstage bit so hopefully he got it!

Anyway, I may not have got to do my posed portraits (to be fair it was a ridiculously hot day and maybe he felt a bit uncomfortable about not being dressed how he may want to be for any manner of shoot even a 2 minute one and wants have more prep for something like that which I understood), but I did take a bunch of portraits of them while they were performing, so that’ll do! Maybe there’ll be another opportunity some day, please universe? <3

I actually randomly felt a bit emotional after speaking to Lee, thinking back to Nana on the phone trying to help us get to meet them, “and having the same name y’know”, haha, managed it Nana! Took 20 years but I did it!



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We’re heading to the seaside for today’s wedding – oh wait! No we’re not! We’re right in the middle of the country in Nottinghamshire!

That didn’t stop seaside loving couple Lucinda and Andy from bringing the seaside to them in their classic and pretty, with just the right amount of splashes of pastel blues and marine greens, into the styling for their big day.  From Lucinda’s stunning shell headband headpiece to that stunning beachy vibes wedding cake, so much thought had been put into the planning for this one so if you’re planning a seaside theme for your own big day get ready for some fab inspiration!

Thank you both so much for having me, being originally from a coastal city myself it was lovely to get those seaside vibes again for the day!

Lucinda and Andy were married at St Swithun’s Church in Woodborough, Nottingham, before continuing on to their reception at Chequers Inn, Woolsthorpe.



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May the 4th be with you! I’m excited to share today’s bit of cuteness on the blog courtesy of Star Wars fans Sam and Charlotte. Self-professed geeks and proudly into their fandom which they’ll be incorporating into their wedding, we headed to Batman’s place, Wayne Manor, otherwise known as Wollaton Hall in Nottinghamshire for their pre-wedding engagement shoot session.  With it’s beautiful grounds and cute little nooks and outbuildings it’s a really good scenic spot and the Batman connection was just another tick for Batman fan Sam!

I’m super excited to be shooting their wedding at a beautiful venue up in Yorkshire later this Summer!



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In February I was booked to cover two shows by Tickled Pink at the beautiful Leicester Guildhall, as part of Leicester Comedy Festival.  It was a lot of fun, I’d love to capture more comedy gigs!  It was great to also have time to grab a couple of quick portraits with the performers in the downtime between performances.

Thank you to Juditch Critchley of Tickled Pink for having me involved!

First up was Cheekykita’s solo show.  Even though it was one-woman show, her variety of characters made it feel like you were watching a surreal comedy sketch show with different people.



Next up was Tickled Pink’s women in comedy showcase, featuring Samantha Day, Sonja Quita Doubleday, Hatty Ashdown, and Hannah Silvester.



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