Aurora Cancer Charity Fashion Show

I’ve been photographing an amazing bunch of people now for the past couple of years and what these people do is nothing short of astonishing.

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The Aurora Cancer Charity exists to help and support people and their families who are affected by and living with cancer.  Anyone with a diagnosis receives a free package of support, wellbeing programmes and holistic & beauty treatments to help raise their self-esteem and confidence at one of their local wellbeing centres.

The charity relies on much needed donations and part of it’s fundraising efforts, amongst many other events, is the annual Aurora Fashion Show and the stars of the show are all affected by cancer.  The spectacle is a culmination of months of hard work and dedication, not only from the models, but also the amazing team behind them who put the show together.  From the choreography and the amazing audio visual performance to the individual stories of people going above and beyond, it’s one truly emotive evening.

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The show runs for two nights at the Doncaster Dome and this years guests were entertained by the highly acclaimed Rob McVeigh and their regular host and patron Caroline Hodgson.  If you’d like to find out more about the charity please do head over to  their website here.

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Nottinghamshire Pre-Wedding Photography – Thoresby Hall

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The weather in North Nottinghamshire can be bizarre at this time of year.  It had been foggy for the last few days without the sun making any appearance, but, it seemed Jo & Craig had all that in hand as literally just a couple of hours before their pre-wedding photoshoot the mist lifted and we were blessed with the most amazing light for their 40 minute photoshoot.

rob, ferrol,pre,wedding,photography,photographer,nottingham,nottinghamshireJo & Craig booked me to photograph their big day way back in 2013 and the pre-wedding shoot was a perfect time to catch up and run through their plans over a warming cup of coffee, but first we had to make the most of this glorious evening light -it was fading fast!!

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They are getting married later this month at Pearlthorpe Church on the edge of the Thoresby Estate in North Nottinghamshire followed by a reception at Thoresby Courtyard what has the backdrop of the stunning Grade 1 listed Thoresby Hall.  Coupled with the wonderfully ornate gardens they have certainly chosen one of the regions finest venues to say their “I do’s” and i’m totally delighted that they have also chosen Rob Ferrol Photography to capture their special day.

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I like to work in an unobtrusive way using a blend of contemporary and reportage photographic techniques to capture the full essence of your special day to create a compelling storybook portfolio of images for you to treasure for a lifetime.  If you like to find our more about our Wedding Photography please do get in touch or feel free to drop by our website or Facebook page.  We would love to hear from you.

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Mystical Marrakech and beyond.

I’ve been lucky enough to do a fair bit of travelling over the years.  Unfortunately much of this was before the photography bug had bitten me.  Anyway, having planned a surprise birthday treat for my daughter i figured that this would also be a fab opportunity to try my hand at a little travel photography.

I’d visited Morocco some 15+ years ago and had many fond memories of the culture, people and lifestyle of this amazing country.  The sights, smells & tastes of the spice markets & street food were a bewildering attack on all of your senses and i was excited to experience these again, with my daughter, and this time with my camera in hand.

I was also keen to pay a little attention to the amazing architecture that still exists in this country, some of which has not changed its appearance for hundreds of years.  From the mystical medina of Marrakech’s old town to the long abandoned Casbah’s on the edge of the Sahara desert there was certainly plenty to capture our attention.

For the trip i travelled light from a photographers point of view, with just 2 Fuji XT-1’s and a small selection of prime & zoom lens’. The cameras were amazing to work with, especially in the tight confines of the Souks.  I was able to work relatively unnoticed and if you’ve ever been to Marrakech you’ll know how difficult it can sometimes be photographing on the streets.  Many people dont like having their photograph taken and those that do often come asking for money for the privilege.

Marrakech itself is a city that is full of life, it never seems to sleep.  That said, it’s at night that it seems its liveliest.  We travelled in July and, true to our expectations, the heat of the day was pretty much unbearable, hence the reason many stay indoors during the day and emerge at night when the temperature had dropped a little.  Talking of the temperature, towards the end of our stay the temp was 45 degrees Celsius and with the heat index of the stiff Saharan wind this felt more like 49 degrees celsius.   Anyway, the buzz of the Medina at night, especially on the Jemaa El-Fnaa is a must for any traveller to Morocco but watch out for the Snakes & Monkeys!!

So, enough of the blurb heres a selection of images from our trip which includes Marrakech and our excursion through the High Atlas Mountains to the edge of the Sahara Desert to visit the ancient Casbah’s of Telouet and Ait Ben-Haddou.

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The Moroccan Flag. The green pentagram represents the 5 Pillars of Islam.

With Snake charmers, Monkeys, food & entertainers the square of Jemaa El-Fnaa (square of the dead) is a full-on sensory overload but certainly a must see!!  The Koutoubia Mosque, the largest in Africa, sits close by to the west of the square and if the towering minaret doesn’t grab your attention the call to prayer certainly will.  Views of all the activity are best viewed from one of the many cafes that offer roof top terraces and one of my favs was the Le Grande Balcon Du Cafe which offered panoramic views and there most amazing spot for capturing the sunset, but get there early to secure your space.

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The tanneries are somewhat of an experience and if your a little sensitive to strong odours then maybe its not for you.  But, if you do visit you’ll be given a bunch of mint leaves to ward off the smells a little and a whistle stop tour finishing of being taken to see the “finished products” AKA the leather shop.  Here you will experience the most amazing display of leather goods but also the most amazing level of pressure sales you’ll probably ever come across.  Don’t be forced into buying if you dont want anything but if you do, be sure to bargain hard and firm.

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The tropical gardens, Jardin Marjorelle, offer some respite from the madness of Jemaa El-Fnaa with their abundant collection of exotic Cactus and other plants & palms set around the deep blue of the buildings that were once an artists studio.  Until 2008 the gardens were owned by the designer Yves Saint Laurent.

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The alleyways of the souks are a maze and getting lost is all part of the fun.  Almost anything is on sale from skins to bones and treasures to tatt.  If you can’t find it in there then i dont think it exists. Be prepared to haggle and walk away if you dont get the price you like, very often they will chase you and agree to your offer.  Their sales patter/technique can sometimes appear aggressive but dont let that stop you bargaining.  Also watch out for the ‘ever helpful’ guides – young males who seem to be everywhere to help guide the lost looking tourist.  As we found out they can, and will, lead you the wrong way, or the long way (but not always though) and expect a little payment at the end. Having already visited the Souks of Fez one thing i did notice in the Souks of Marrakech was the abundance of mopeds.  The booming things were everywhere, even in the most crowded of places they were intent on pushing their way through and on the quieter alleyways they seemed to travel at some speed so do watch out for them.  It’s something that i do not recall being an issue in Fez.

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The Palais La Bahia, Palais El Badi and the Medersa Ben Youssef each display fine examples of Moroccan architecture from the ages.  With intricate mosaics, carved cedar wood and the finest moulded plaster walls that any modern day architect would find difficult to emulate.  Listen for the Storks nesting on the walls of the Palais El Badi, they make the strangest noise at dawn & dusk.

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We ventured out to the edges of there Sahara desert passing through the high Altas mountains, along twisting roads and the Tizi n’Tichka, the highest mountain pass in North Africa, to the Casbah’s of Telouete and Ait Ben-Haddou, the latter of which has been the backdrop of many films including The Mummy, Gladiator and the more recent The Game of thrones.  Although we didn’t make it to the Sandy “dunes’ part of the Sahara, which was another days travel away, with was certainly very barren and a world away from the hustle & bustle of Marrakech.  We even had time for a Camel ride but thats another story 🙂

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“Berber TV” at the Casbah of Telouet.

Morocco is truly an amazing place and has much to offer any traveller, certainly more than one visit could cover anyway, so im hoping to make a return visit myself sometime soon.  If you’d like to experience a different lifestyle & culture then be sure to put it on your bucket list.  As always, if you enjoyed this little blog please do leave me a comment and also feel free to share it on your social media sites.

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Doncaster Event Photography – Aurora Cancer Charity

I had the huge honour of being asked to photograph the Aurora Cancer Charity Christmas Ball again this year.  The event is a spectacular finale celebrating all their fundraising efforts over the year and awards are given to some very deserving finalists.

The charity rallies support from the local business community, health care professionals and those affected by cancer either directly or indirectly and monies raised goes towards funding the Aurora Wellbeing Centres.  The centres exist to help anyone with a cancer diagnosis by offering a free package of well-being treatments to help raise their confidence and self-esteem and create a general sense of well being.  More info can be found on their website.

The Christmas Ball was an evening of glitz, glamour and fun with a full three course meal, awards presentations and a lively disco.  Our event Photo Booth proved to be popular once again and many people headed home with a mounted image from our onsite printing team.

If you’d like more information of how our Commercial Event Photography services can add that little extra to your event, whether a Charity or Corporate event, then please do get in touch for further information or see our website.

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Derbyshire Wedding Photography – Michelle & Jamie

I photographed wedding of Jamie & Michelle recently in my home town of Chesterfield and part of what we photographed included the famous Crooked Spire.  Michelle & Jamie tied the knott at the Chesterfield Hotel with small intimate ceremony followed after with an evening reception in their large ornate ballroom.

However, before the evening reception got under way, Michelle & Jamie had requested some images to be taken up by Tapton House which sits in a commanding position overlooking Chesterfield town and the Crooked Spire. This was originally the home of engineer George Stephenson and later became boys school where Jamie once attended.   The wonderful colour of the cherry blossom made for a romantic setting and we captured some beautiful images – all while dodging the errant golfballs from the adjoining course.  🙂

Here’s a small selection of their images from their special day including a sneak preview of their finished album.  If you like to know more about our wedding photography please do get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.  Please feel free to leave a comment & share this post.

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Derbyshire wedding photographer Rob Ferrol

Derbyshire wedding photographer Rob Ferrol

Derbyshire wedding photographer Rob Ferrol

Derbyshire wedding photographer Rob Ferrol

Derbyshire wedding photographer Rob Ferrol

Derbyshire wedding photographer Rob Ferrol

Derbyshire wedding photographer Rob Ferrol

Derbyshire wedding photographer Rob Ferrol

Derbyshire wedding photographer Rob Ferrol

Derbyshire wedding photographer Rob Ferrol

Derbyshire wedding photographer Rob Ferrol

Derbyshire wedding photographer Rob Ferrol

Derbyshire wedding photographer Rob Ferrol

Derbyshire wedding photographer Rob Ferrol

Derbyshire wedding photographer Rob Ferrol

Derbyshire wedding photographer Rob Ferrol

Derbyshire wedding photographer Rob Ferrol

Clumber Park Hotel & Spa Wedding Photography – Melanie & Gareth

I photographed my penultimate wedding of 2013 recently at Clumber Park Hotel & Spa.  A venue which is just ten minutes from my home and nestled on the outskirts of the wonderful Sherwood Forest and Clumber Park.  Melanie & Gareth booked me to capture their special day some time ago, you may remember a recent blog of their pre-wedding photoshoot.

Here are a few images from their special day, they even managed to book a ten minute rain shower in the evening that allowed me to capture a special image for the bride & groom.  Many thanks once again to the ever helpful staff at Clumber Park Hotel.  If you would like to enquire about our wedding photography services please do get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.  To see more of my work why not drop by my website, Facebook or Twitter pages.

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Connected2013 Exhibition

I’m just back from a fantastic launch event for this years Flickr Nottingham Groups exhibition.  Held at the Patchings Art Centre near Calverton, Nottinghamshire the event draws together a fantastic collection of artwork from predominantly Nottinghamshire based photographers, although this year has seen artwork submitted from further afield.  The artwork on display covers a multitude of photographic disciplines/genres and shows just how diverse the art of photography can be.

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I have three images on display in this years exhibition and was somewhat nervous about the prospect of having my work on public display, these nerves were further fuelled when i saw the quality and standard of other work on display, there is some truly remarkable stuff, if you pay the exhibition a visit you will not be disappointed!

Today’s event saw many of us photographers converge on the Patchings for a special day, organised by the exhibition curator Rob Knight, with special guest talks by the very talented duo Doug Chinnery & Pete Bridgewood.  Both gave inspiring and insightful talks aided by slideshows of their fantastic image portfolios.  It was also a pleasure to put many faces to the names I see and talk to on social networking sites.

If you have some spare time please consider paying a visit, the exhibition runs until the 27th May, i’d love to hear what you think of mine and the many other images on display.  In the meantime here are a few images from today, if your like to see more of my work please visit my website or catch me on Twitter or Facebook, I’d love to hear from you.

My images on display top row middle & bottom row 1st & 2nd from right.

My images on display top row middle & bottom row 1st & 2nd from right.

more images of the fine artwork on display

more images of the fine artwork on display

Close scrutiny of the exhibitors profiles.

Close scrutiny of the exhibitors profiles.

the images created a great deal of discussion amongst the visitors.

the images created a great deal of discussion amongst the visitors.

Walls of art

Walls of art

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Exhibition curator Rob Knight introduces the Guest speakers.

Exhibition curator Rob Knight introduces the Guest speakers.

Photographer Pete Bridgewood delivering his talk on the art of visualisation.

Photographer Pete Bridgewood delivering his talk on the art of visualisation.