Photographed by Jon Clifton

Thursday, March 06, 2014

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Life has a funny way of keeping you guessing and since I've started blogging quite a few unexpected opportunities have come my way. Taking part in regular local twitter chats has been great fun over the past few months as I love to follow some local faces, keep up with local gossip and discovering local businesses. It's not only been great fun but there is some great support out there with plenty of encouragement and advice.

Through the #NorfolkHour chats I got to know Jon Clifton (@Jon_Clifton78) , an aspiring local photographer and was so impressed with the pictures he tweeted. Jon is currently a hobbyist photographer based in West Norfolk, hoping to turn professional in the next year. He specializes in landscape, portrait, product, marketing and event photography and is always on the lookout for new projects to help promote people/businesses and expand his portfolio. I had a good browse through his website http://www.joncliftonphotographyanddesign.co.uk/ so when he suggested we work together on a mini project together I was rather enthusiastic. How often does a girl get to pretend to be a model? (Ok, it's most weeks for me, but only with my husband Chris, so not scary at all).

Sophie in the Sticks]

Sophie in the Sticks

We planned to take some shots at two locations and to my great delight the weather turned out to be deliciously warm and sunny, saving me from freezing to death or worse- having to wear frumpy clothes. The first place we used was Sandringham country park, somewhere which for no logical I had never been to before. It was so beautiful, especially in the dazzling sunlight so I will definitely be making a return and next time behind the camera.

Sophie in the Sticks

Sophie in the Sticks

I wanted to specifically wear something with a floaty skirt as springtime in the forest calls for something dreadfully impractical in my book. Navy happens to be something of a sombre colour usually but this maxi dress is so unusual, with its sparkly centred flowers and long sheer skirt that to me it fits the bill perfectly, especially when worn with white cardigan (old) and white faux litas totalling £26 in total from Amazon, I can see these coming out again and again.

Sophie in the Sticks

Sophie in the Sticks

It was great to work with Jon, he is such a nice guy, very patient and super talented too. The photographs have come out brilliantly and I'm so happy with the end result. I'm excited to be sharing the second lot of pictures soon too! If you are looking for a photographer in Norfolk then I would heartily recommend Jon and would like to say a great big thank you for his time and letting me use these photographs.

Sophie

Don't worry guys – I didn't go alone. I've watched catfish. The good news for Jon was that I didn't turn out to be a creepy old overweight cougar using a fake profile.

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