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As You Dance To The Music Of Life

As You Dance To The Music Of Life

I didn’t send you a  Christmas Card. Because all of this that I want to say to you wouldn’t fit in a Christmas Card…… I wanted to tell you how special it is to be a photographer. YOUR photographer. You don’t just ‘give me a job’ and expect me to turn up with a camera……it…

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The Ram Run

The Ram Run

This was just too good an opportunity to miss!  All the lads on the farm – now suddenly calling themselves Team Burbage – running in the Ram Run at Stoneleigh Park! Cameras thrown in the back of the car and off to offer some light heckling…..sorry…. support. It has to be said that there was…

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When Did You Stop Thinking You Were Beautiful?

When Did You Stop Thinking You Were Beautiful?

“WHEN DID YOU STOP THINKING YOU WERE BEAUTIFUL?” Six weeks ago I asked that question on Social Media. It was a ‘just for fun’ questionnaire  – not a competition. No prizes. The answers were anonymous. All I asked was that you ticked a box to let me know the age bracket that you fell into…

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Notes on Being THE Family Photographer – Team Dolling

Notes on Being THE Family Photographer – Team Dolling

  The first time I met Team Dolling they weren’t quite yet Team Dolling! Victoria was a bridesmaid at her best friends wedding and I was the photographer. Boyfriend Tom was a guest and their first baby, the adorable, sassy and spirited Nora-Rae was making her presence known but still to make an appearance on…

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The Girl With the Green Eyes

The Girl With the Green Eyes

What feels like a hundred years ago a portrait of a girl stopped me in my tracks. It was the summer of 1985 – and it was on the front cover of the National Geographic Magazine. And a very much younger Annie (not-even-Burbage) stood transfixed on a busy railway platform in London – oblivious to…

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The Art of the Everyday – The Photographers Eye

The Art of the Everyday – The Photographers Eye

Photographers see the world differently to other people. My sister-in-law said exactly this last night as we were watching my two year old nephew hurl his balance bike from one end of the yard to the other. She was wondering whether he would live long enough to see bath-time…… I was wondering if I’d got…

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A Portrait of Polly

A Portrait of Polly

  Towards the end of last year Pollys Mum phoned. She told me that they weren’t the kind of family who had a lot a photographs. Photographs just weren’t their ‘thing’. She hadn’t even had a wedding photographer (#sobsquietly) However – 11 year old Polly was growing up.  Moreover she had just won a music…

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A Portrait of a Wedding

A Portrait of a Wedding

Just over 12 months ago I was sitting quietly at my desk editing a portrait sitting when the phone rang. On the other end of the line was a frantic female voice who – in the space of about three minutes – and without so much as pausing for breath – told me: She was…

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Why You Didn’t Get A Christmas Card

Why You Didn’t Get A Christmas Card

Any photographer on the planet will tell you that the run-up to Christmas is manic. As in M.A.N.I.C At one point you could barely get through my front door for abandoned packaging waiting to go for recycling and for stacked, identical ‘white boxes’ waiting to go to clients as courier after courier arrived with orders….

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