I spent a lovely afternoon in Greenwich in South East London photographing CN for her new headshots. We had a great time chatting and looking for interesting backgrounds while we made use of the amazing evening light.
Here are a few favorites, it was so hard to choose just a few
I wanted to post a massive, massive thank you to everyone who has supported me running the Virgin London Marathon yesterday.
My amazing friends and family who cheered me on from the sidelines, everyone who has been so incredibly generous with their sponsorship - over £5200 raised so far - and also all the crowds who lined the streets of London yesterday. I had never really understood before quite what a difference it makes to the runners to have people cheering on from the sidelines and the plates of jaffa cakes and jelly babies that are held were ever so welcome.
I had an amazing time and finished in 4.52, not the fastest time ever but as I somehow ended up starting right at the back of Pen 9 - way behind the rhinos and the man in armour - I felt pleased to have moved up the field.
Most importantly though, I enjoyed almost every moment of it and was still smiling as I sprinted to the finish.
Many thanks to the lovely Tom, my wonderful boyfriend, for taking some pictures as I ran past. Looking good at 25 miles don't you think?
Thank you again everyone, your support means so much.
With a week to go I thought it was time to blog about the London marathon which I am running next sunday to raise money for Headway - The Brain Injury Association
‘Why Headway?’, you may ask. There are two main reasons, firstly, having had a minor head injury myself in my teens I am well aware of the short and long term effects that they can have, both on the patient themselves but also on those around them, family and friends. Headway does an enormous amount of work to help in this situation – through their website and phone lines, through day care centre activities, care and advice, long term rehabilitation, respite care and hospital liaisons. Headway is also active politically lobbying for rehabilitation and community based services to the gaps which remain in the NHS.
The second reason for choosing Headway is the link to my father John’s work as a neurosurgeon. Dad tells me:
‘The 1970s had seen dramatic advances in intensive care keeping alive people who would previously have died from their serious head injuries. These advances were not matched by parallel funding of expert rehabilitation and community-based care services, with the result that head-injured people were being discharged into the care of unprepared families or despatched to totally inappropriate institutions.
‘During the sixties and seventies there were only a few departments offering any help. The Birmingham Accident Hospital where I was a junior doctor in 1965 was one of these, which later contributed knowledge and expertise to the steering committee set in 1979 up by Sir Neville Butterworth and Dinah Minton who each had brain-injured offspring. They, realising the virtual absence facilities for the brain-injured, resolved to form an organisation to work for the benefit of the survivors and their families. As a direct result of their determination The Headway National Head Injuries Association was set up as a charitable trust in 1980.’
Since then Headway has become an indispensable national organisation. However, it is entirely funded by donations and so any little you are able to give will be hugely appreciated.
My Just giving page can be found here
Yesterday afternoon I met Michael in central Cambridge for some PR photography. Michael needed some pictures for his website, for some books he has written and for various press releases and I was happy to help. We had a great time walking around Cambridge in the beautiful weather and I am thrilled with the results.
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I first met Nils a couple of years ago when I took some pictures of him just before his first birthday. I was thrilled to be invited back to Primrose hill for some more portrait photography, this time joined by Nils' new brother Theo.
We had a whale of a time, making a box den while Theo finished his nap and then out to the park before coming home for stories and snacks. What a great way to spend a morning and I am thrilled to bits with the pictures
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