Spring Walk

Last Sunday, I decided to visit Foxton Locks for a walk and also to do some photography. Foxton Locks is only 30 minutes from my house and it doesn’t disappoint with the views.

After not being able to visit places for so long (due to lockdown), it was good to get out again. After a one hour walk, I stopped for some lunch and a pint!

Warwick Castle

As I am currently on furlough from work, I decided to head to Warwick Castle to explore the castle, the grounds and off course, shoot some images.

I remember visiting the castle during my school days, it was always good fun to buy plastic swords and play fight with your friends.

Warwick Castle was a short 45 minute drive away from my house. Upon arriving at the castle, I purchased my ticket and headed in. As it was summer holidays, the castle was very busy with kids and their parents.

Whilst wandering the grounds, I saw a beautiful peacock sitting on a hedge so decided to grab as many shots as I could. I have posted a few images from the grounds and one of the chapel inside. The below peacock image is one of my favourites.

I had a great day out and really enjoyed visiting Warwick Castle. The next castle I would like to visit is called Bolsover Castle in Derby, so stay tuned for that.

Stay safe everyone!

Scotney’s of London Road

This past weekend I had the opportunity to shoot a catwalk at the Asian Wedding Exhibition for my friends Nasser who owns a Men’s formal suit shop called Scotney’s of London Road

Whilst I had never shot a catwalk before, I was up for the challenge. Below are a few images from the day and I am quite happy with how these turned out. I also shot a few images of the Scotney’s stand.

For more information about Scotney’s, you can see check their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ScotneysOfLondonRoad/

Intro Travel Social

On the 21st September, I attended a social event organised at Fulham Beach Club by Intro Travel. I was quite surprised that London actually has a beach club with deck chairs, actual sand and an area for playing games such as ping pong and crazy golf.

Intro Travel offer small affordable group trips to Asia and Australia. I did their Bali trip back in 2018!

It was a lovely warm Saturday and I had a great time catching up with friends over beers whilst the DJ was playing some great tunes in the background. It actually felt like I was abroad on a beach!

Whilst there I also met the amazing team from Gap 360. Gap 360 are a travel company based in Kent UK. The purpose of the company is to provide affordable gap year travel opportunities to a wide range of travellers.

All the trips I have done over the last few years have been booked with Gap 360. Their staff are friendly, knowledgeable and most importantly they have a passion for exploring the world.

It was great to finally meet the team who I have spent many years emailing and speaking to over the phone. I am apparently a bit of legend around their offices!

For more information on Gap 360 or if you fancy booking onto one of their trips, their website is https://www.gap360.com/ . I highly recommend doing it!

Thanks for a good night Intro Travel!

A mini break to Barcelona

After a few busy months, I treated myself to a mini break in Barcelona. I had an afternoon flight from Birmingham Airport, where I had a pub lunch with an obligatory pre holiday beer. The flight was with Ryanair, where I treated myself to a couple more beers and 2 hours later I had arrived in warm and sunny Barcelona.

Whilst there, I stayed at the St Christopher’s Inn Hostel, just a short 20 minutes away from the airport. On the evening of your day of arrival, the hostel organises an event where you get a chance to meet others staying at the hostel and they also tell you all the best tourist spots to visit and where the best clubs/bars are. During this event, I ended up meeting an awesome group of guys/girls who I spent the evenings hanging out with at the hostel bar/playing beer pong and also visiting some local bars.

During the days, I visited the Barcelona Cathedral, Barcelona Football Stadium and other sights around the city. Due to time constrains, I unfortunately didn’t get a chance to visit the La Sagrada Familia but there is always next time!

Below is one of my favourite images of the Barcelona Cathedral taken on a lovely warm sunny day.

Meera’s Mehndi Night

As previously posted, my sister’s Indian wedding is in October. On the Wednesday before the wedding, my sister had to get her mehndi done.

Mehndi represents the bond of matrimony and signifies the love and affection between the couple and their families.

Here are some popular beliefs that are associated with this tradition:

  • The darkness of the mehndi colour on a bride’s hand represents the deep love between the would-be-couple.
  • The mehndi colour also shows the love and understanding between the bride and her mother-in-law.
  • The longer the mehndi retains its colour, the more auspicious it is for the newlyweds.
  • Mehndi is also deemed to be a symbolic representation of fertility.

Her mehndi was done by the lovely Hina Pancholi and was done in a lovely decorated marquee outside in our garden.

Baby Avi

I love when family come round to visit. This week my cousin Amish and my sister in Law Natisha have came from Canada to visit and they have brought a new addition to their family, my baby nephew Avi!

Whilst I do enjoy seeing Amish and Natisha, you can’t beat having a baby in the house! Avi is such a happy and fun baby to play with and we are making the most having him in the house.

Thanks for the photo Amish.

Amreet and Holly’s Preshoot

I have blogged about my friend Amreet and his fiancee Holly in a previous post. 
This summer with less then two weeks till their wedding the only thing left to do was their preshoot. As Holly was from Birmingham we choose the beautiful Birmingham Botanical Gardens. It was a beautiful day spent with a lovely couple.

Meera and Ravi’s Preshoot.

Being a photographer, I get asked quite a lot by family and friends to shoot for them.

Towards the end of June, my sister had less than 4 months till her Indian wedding and she had a long list of things to do! One of those things was her pre wedding shoot, she asked if I could shoot for her and of course I said yes! My sister and fiancé Ravi had chosen two locations they wanted, one was the Leicester Botanical Gardens and the other was Abbey Park.

We lucked out with beautiful weather and the couple’s love shows in the images! Below are a handful of images that were shot on the day.

Roll on the Indian wedding!

Visit to Blenheim Palace

Happy June Everyone! Where is the time going? This year has already been epic, I came back from Bali a couple months ago and I am missing the sun, sea and my friends.

There is still lots of awesome stuff left to happen this year. My sister is getting married later in the year and I am so excited for the festivities and to see all my family that will be coming.

Last weekend was the May Bank Holiday and I spent the weekend with my family in Oxfordshire visiting Blenheim Palace. Blenheim Palace is a 300 year old country home and was the Birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.

I highly recommend visiting, there is so much to see inside and outside. The grounds are massive and there is so much greenery. I have previously visited the inside some years ago (didn’t have my camera unfortunately) but this time we only visited the outside and walked the grounds.

I didn’t take a lot of photos but enjoy the below images, I will update this blog posts with more images when I next visit.

Kishan & Arti’s Engagement Drinks

I talked about Kishan & Arti in a previous blog post just after they announced their engagement.

To celebrate their engagement, they had a gathering with their friends and family at the Chutney Ivy restaurant in Leicester City Center. It was a fun night spent shooting whilst also chatting to all of their guests.

Congratulations guys!

Emirates Skywards

Earlier this year on my Instagram I posted an image of me onboard the Emirates A380 in the business class suite. I received many comments & emails asking me how I managed to afford business class. Well the truth is I can’t.

A few years ago, when I started to travel to Asia quite frequently, I signed up to the Emirates Skywards Programme. The Skywards programme allows you to gain air miles for each journey that you take with Emirates.

Miles can be spent on things such as flight upgrades, luxury hotel stays and even tickets to sports events.

I bought economy tickets but 24-48 hours before check in, I used my miles to upgrade to business & paid a small fee of £73.00 to be able to upgrade my ticket for one leg to Business. Business Class is an amazing experience.

Before getting onto the flight, I was able to use the Birmingham Airport Emirates Business class lounge, the lounge offers a wide selection of food + drink.

The benefits on board in business is that you get a full reclining bed (1/2 way through the flight, the crew come round & make the bed for you with a mattress), a seat all to yourself (no worrying about who is going to set next to you!) a full widescreen TV, a mini seat bar and a nice selection of food served with real cutlery.  

​The best part of the Emirates A380 has to be the bar in the back of the plane. Yes, that is correct a bar in the plane, how amazing is that?

I definitely recommend signing up to any airline frequent flier program, you may not get an upgrade straight away but over time, it will be worth it!