I LOVE photography and all it entails, from the planning and initial spark of an idea, to the camerawork and end product. To do all that as a profession is a win-win situation. Not long ago I volunteered my services to a group of people at the Rosemere who are very dear to me. Fast forward to Sunday 21st October, my willing assistant photographer (hubby Andy) and I travelled to the Inn at Whitewell in the Forest of Bowland, Lancashire. We were there to photograph the food fair which is dedicated to the Rosemere Cancer unit at Royal Preston Hospital.
When we arrived we found the Inn to be extremely busy with their Sunday lunch trade which apparently is their norm. A large professional marquee had been erected on the side of the Inn for the venue and it was top of the shop for beautiful views and creature comforts. There were plenty of vendors standing behind their individually designed stands and it was a joy to shuffle around chatting to these interesting expert entrepreneurs. The cuisine cross-section included some marvellous names to their products. Besides the butchers, bakers and candlestick makers there were sausage makers, spicy tonics, gin and tonics, beautiful cakes, chocolate, vodka's and herbs to name but a few!
The nice bit was everyone was a small local business and no supermarket conglomerates. This is the way food purchasing used to be, seasonal, personal and served with pride. It was a joy to mingle and try out all the wares. I'm a foodie with a liking for fine hand made foods but Andy was rueful he'd started his diet just the day before! The word you kept hearing in the crowd was mmmmmmmmmmmm. All the stall holders were so friendly and couldn't wait to tell you about their love of what they do.
The event was well attended and we saw lots of happy smiling faces. Our job was to photograph the whole thing but as with all heartfelt pictures we found that getting to know the individual vendors for a short while produced a more genuine accurate image. That interaction/ and communication works as well here, as it does in our wedding photography business! It really makes the difference!!
Initially I began this blog saying the Rosemere unit and helpers were very dear to me. 3 years ago they saved my life and now I hope my services will show a fraction of my gratitude. The day ended with a group photograph of all involved standing in front of the scenery followed by a raffle. I say 'ended' but it didn't end there for us! As we walked to where we left the car down a road covered in fallen golden autumnal leaves a huge Barn Owl flew across our path and swooped silently on into the woods! Wow, now thats what we call an ending to our lovely day.