Transplant allows Jess to Live Life

Posted on March 4, 2016 by jrphotographer under Charity, Events, John Rose Photography
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Jess Paddock - lung transplant patient

A very brave young lady celebrates her transplant anniversary

It’s not the first time John Rose Photography Ltd have met up with local teenager Jess  Paddock. Jess underwent lifesaving surgery having a lung transplant on the 9th October 2014

At the age of 2 Jess was diagnosed with having Cystic Fibrosis. She led a normal healthy life until she became very ill at the age of 11. Jess had to undertake many visits and stays in hospital, as well as having to have oxygen constantly to help her breath. Jess’s consultants took the decision to place her on the transplant waiting list.

Jess Paddock - lung transplant patientThis brave teenager not only went through surgery, but blogged about her journey. She has also spoken to others, either waiting for, or that have undergone surgery, and been followed by TV cameras for a documentary shown on national television.

We were invited to attend and photograph Jess, along with family friends and supporters who came together at the Chapel Nightclub’s Vestry Bar. They enjoyed an evening of celebration on the anniversary of a year since Jess received her new lungs.

If you would like to become and organ donor and “Live Life, Give Life” please register:

Is checking your email making you stressed?

Posted on January 21, 2016 by jrphotographer under General, John Rose Photography
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Does the thought of opening your email inbox in the morning fill you with dread?

Or are you guilty of checking them countless times throughout the day?

Email StressEmail anxiety is a big thing – both in your personal and professional life – but research released this week has shown that keeping track of those messages could actually be the reason you’re feeling stressed out.

Enter: The Daily Message.

The brainchild of Twitter co-founder, Evan Williams has proposed the idea for ‘a messaging service/app that only delivers once a day’. The concept means you can see all your messages from the last 24 hours, reply, and then switch off.

And, much like a traditional post-box, your replies all get delivered at the same time. Ever wished you could delete an email after hitting send? With this app, you could! If of course, you don’t ‘miss the post’.

You can read more about his app idea here:

We’re living in such a fast-paced, modern world where having our offices at our fingertips really does have its pros. You can work remotely, you can check in with colleagues wherever you are, and you can always know what’s going on.

But that too, has its drawbacks.

We’re constantly ‘on’; replying to messages out of hours and always hitting refresh, afraid of missing something.

Sound familiar?

While “The Daily Message” is, at the moment, just an idea; I certainly think that the concept is a great one. It’ll give you so much time back, and you’ll have much more freedom – and time – to work on your business, and not in it.

What do you think? Is it something you’d use?

Speak soon!

Are you ‘Well Natural’?

Posted on January 15, 2016 by jrphotographer under General, John Rose Photography, Salisbury Life
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Well Natural Artisan

Do you know your zinc from your iron, or your magnesium from your potassium if the answer is no then we suggest you make your way to Well Natural located at 15 Silver Street, just on the edge of Salisbury’s Cathedral City Guildhall Square.

We were recently commissioned to go and capture some images on behalf of our friends at Salisbury Life Magazine, and in doing so its certainly opened our eyes and minds about alternative and healthy options available.

Well Natural Cafe SeatingThe mission at Well Natural is “To provide value in products and services, to remain committed to the supply of natural products helping to keep the whole family healthy”.

This store is clean tidy and everything is easy to find – but if you are having problems then don’t be afraid to ask their very helpful team of staff.

With a café inside and extra seating both upstairs and outside in the summer months , this shop caters for everyone and all things healthy – even a healthier  vegan  option which during our visit was Chocolate & Coconut Flapjack or Malted Fruit & Seed Bar.Well Natural Cafe

It’s not just about health and nutrients in here, they also care your skincare routine and have a great range of skin and body products from the Dr Hauschka. This really is an interesting place to visit – did you know that you can buy original flower remedies?

Well Natural Vegan Fruit and Seeded BarWere you aware that adding a drop or two or Rock Rose into a glass of water or directly on to your tongue, will help against terror or that White Chestnut is to help with unwanted thoughts and mental arguments. There are certainly a few flower remedies we can think of trying.

So from minerals, vitamins and flower remedies you can also buy food, ingredients and eco-friendly washing liquids and fabric conditions. Everything in this shop shouts Well Natural from the inside out, the outside in and from top to toe.”

Life’s a beach for Lucy and Adam

Posted on January 5, 2016 by jrphotographer under John Rose Photography, Weddings
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 Wow – the first word I could muster having just sat and looked through all of the images again from Lucy & Adam’s pre wedding shoot, captured recently at Hengistbury Head.

 In the 5 ½  years I’ve worked with John, I have seen him capture some truly amazing images but these are by far the very best ones yet, they are breath-taking and left me in tears!

151018-Lucy&Adam-126151018-Lucy&Adam-138 Every girl wants to meet her prince charming, have romantic courtship, be proposed to and have stunningly beautiful photographs to remember this by – well John  Rose you have excelled yourself and created images that all brides are going to want to have of themselves.

 As part of our wedding day photography services we always arrange to meet with our couples, and arrange to go off somewhere, be it a park a beach the woods or by a river- for an hour to get to know them. It’s our chance to show that the camera really does not bite. We appreciate the nerves that many couples go through and this is the perfect opportunity for us to overcome these, to have a giggle and help show that having a photo shoot can be fun.

 Lucy and Adam met us last year at the Wiltshire Wedding show and we clicked straight away….. Always a great start! After a few conversations and a couple more wedding shows and we finally got to sit down and discuss the details of what is going to be a very special and stunning wedding day next summer.

Take a look at some of the images captured, I’m sure you will agree these are the images we as women dream of…….



The Sunflower Ball at the Stones Hotel, Salisbury

Posted on December 3, 2015 by jrphotographer under Charity, Events, John Rose Photography
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Sunflower Ball image at the Stones HotelAs a business we do as much as we can to help local charities including capturing images for publicity like the Stars Appeal Breast Cancer Unit Campaign, Lucy’s Days Out events, taking part in fundraising and more recently attending and capturing both formal and partybooth images with our portable studio at The Stones Hotel for the Sunflower Ball.

The Ball itself was organised by Baz and Jan Burns, and their daughter Izzie to raise funds for SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy) In memory of their son Charlie Burns, who sadly died when he suffered two seizures within days of each other in October 2011.

His condition was unknown to anyone because up until four days before he died, he was an apparently fit and healthy child.

Since Charlie’s death, his parents and sister have raised an incredible £46,000 with a further £10,000 being raised at the Sunflower Ball – along with awareness of the condition with the majority of funds going to SUDEP Action.

We were so very pleased to be the photographers for Baz and Jan on the evening of the Sunflower Ball and very touched to have received such great feedback from them for our support of their event:

You were fantastic – 3 little words!!

Sunflower Ball PartyBooth image at the Stones HotelJohn Rose Photography kindly offered to support our Sunflower Ball Charity Auction and Ball which was held at the Stones Hotel , High Post, Salisbury on 3 October 15. The night was in memory of our son Charlie Burns who sadly died week after his 10th birthday from Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP).

The evening was a black tie event with 150 people attending. There was a full packed entertainment pack and of course JRP were there with both formal pictures and a fantastic photo booth.

The evening was a total success with the bar closing at 06:30 on Sunday morning! People are still commenting on the evening and publishing their photos on social media. Thanks to everyone’s support the event raised a staggering £10,000.

Thanks for your support and hope to be able to work with you in the new year!!”

Baz and Jan Burns

Tissues at the ready! This one’s set to make you cry!

Posted on October 6, 2015 by jrphotographer under General, Weddings
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When this story popped up on Facebook earlier this week, I just had to share it with you!

After I’d wiped the tears off my keyboard of course..!

Todd Bachman from Ohio surprised his daughter, Brittany on her wedding day by doing something pretty special.

In a move that melted the hearts of the world – and meant there wasn’t a dry eye in the house at the ceremony – Mr. Bachman paused the procession to grab Brittany’s step-father’s hand. The duo then walked their daughter down the aisle together.

Before the wedding, Brittany had expressed to her father that she was feeling “torn” over who should walk her down the aisle. Mr. Bachman said that at that moment, he knew exactly what to do to make his daughters’ day.

Mr. Bachman told his daughter, “It was only right that we both give you away.”

What makes this story even more tear-jerking is the fact that, up until this point last weekend, relations had been strained between the two men. If that’s not one way to bury the hatchet and unite a family, I don’t know what is!

The selfless act was captured in the wedding photos that have since been shared over 500,000 times on Facebook and have gained over 1 MILLION likes. The story has, naturally, been picked up by the worlds’ press too.

Check out the photos for yourself. I warn you though; you may need your Kleenex!

Enjoy and have a lovely weekend!

Have you been to Repertoire lately?

Posted on October 1, 2015 by jrphotographer under Commercial, General, John Rose Photography, Salisbury Life
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Repertoire, Salisbury imageFor those of you that are regular browsers of Salisbury Life Magazine, will know that they are keen to bring you the best of Salisbury’s shopping boutiques and “Repertoire” certainly falls in to that category.

This is a shop with style teamed with the quirkiness of the old beams in the current 13th Century listed building, located in Fish Row, in Salisbury’s City centre.

“Since opening its first stores over 18 years ago, Repertoire has established itself as a leading independent retailer of major designer labels, based in the South of England. Today, with five stores, stocking a variety of collections from over 50 key designer brands, we cover all styles, from casual jeans by a whole host of designers to formal dressing, suiting for men and occasion wear for women”

Repertoire, Salisbury imageBrands stocked in this beautiful boutique are high end which are already established as having great reputations within the world of fashion and include Barbour, Ted Baker, Holland Esquire, Ralphe Lauren, Armani and Jeffery West to name but a few.

Staff are not only warm friendly and helpful, focusing on their great customer service, but also have a wide knowledge of their brands too.

If you are looking for a new jacket, coat, jumper or even a new pair of gorgeous designer jeans, as well as other items of fashion wear for the autumn/winter season, then please go and take a look inside the doors of Repertoire Salisbury.

#PotterItForward – The next step in the Harry Potter Saga

Posted on September 28, 2015 by jrphotographer under General
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Before you get too excited, I’m not about to reveal a new book in the much-loved Harry Potter franchise (sorry, I’m as gutted as you are!). But I am going to tell you that the magic is definitely not over, especially for newcomers to the Wizarding World.

The seven books have had a massive impact on the lives of millions. And now, a younger generation are getting the chance to experience this for themselves.

Potter fan-site, MuggleNet have started a new movement that’s seeing Potterheads share with the world what Harry, Ron and Hermione mean to them. Fans are being encouraged to leave a secret note in their favourite book, and donate it to a library or charity shop.

Be it their favourite quote, a message they took from the books or something else; these heartfelt notes are keeping the magic alive.

This got me wondering, what books meant the most to you growing up? And which timeless stories do you read over and over again?

In the day and age of the Internet, it’s so easy to read a blog or an e-book instead of picking up your favourite paperback. We’ve almost lost the magic of books (pun very much intended), and I think it’s important that we most definitely get this back!

So, I’d love to know what your favourite book is? Whether it’s a Roald Dahl classic, something by the Bronte sisters, or even the boy wizard himself, let’s talk books!

Speak soon!

Hats off to Vivien Sheriff

Posted on September 24, 2015 by jrphotographer under John Rose Photography
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Hats off to Vivien Sheriff

When thinking of hats or hat designers we immediately think of locally based, multi award- wining milliner Vivien Sherriff!

Based here in Wiltshire and established in 2004 Vivien’s heritage millinery is a superb brand at the forefront of all British headwear designs. She strives and succeeds to produce the most exceptional hats and headpieces, with her inspiration being drawn from the wildlife surrounding her studios, in Wiltshire’s very own country village of Downton.

Vivien’s signature designs are made with passion, distinct silhouettes and intricate elements making them the finest in couture pieces. Vivien – top of the list of designers who have previously dressed many famous and celebrated heads, has also specifically designed headwear for most of the royal wedding guests who attended Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding in 2011. Ms Sherriff has since continued to raise her profile by representing ‘Best of British’ in headwear fashion.

Bold combinations coupled with an exacting match in trim through hand dying; create a unique and fresh style. The dramatic shapes are enhanced by exquisite flowers and feathers softening the silhouette and giving richness in design. Vivien with her outstanding skills and a team dedicated to their craft, use only the very best quality fabrics; silks, organzas and tulles, essential to give a depth of colour. All these elements come together to create some truly exquisite hats and head pieces.

-'Minnie' Peacock Feather Headpiece 01Vivien’s Guide on How to Wear a Hat:
1. Your hat should coordinate with your outfit – either as a complementary or accent colour. Take your outfit with you when you buy your hat to get the colour match correct.
2. Consider the occasion and your role in it
For ladies, an upturned brim is best for kissing guests, or try a disc shape, a headpiece or even a fascinator. For gents, a classic fedora in wool felt or Panama toquilla straw always adds effortless style to an outfit.
3. Make sure your hat flatters your face and your silhouette
Petite women should opt for fascinators so as not to look unbalanced, whereas tall women can carry off wider brims. Be daring and try different shapes – you’ll be amazed at what you can wear.
4. Make sure your hat fits properly
A hat that is too big or too small is as uncomfortable as an ill-fitting pair of shoes.
5. Finally, wear your hat with confidence
A slightly jaunty angle down over the right eyebrow is best, and never on the back of the head. Stand tall, feel splendid and enjoy your day!
Not only has Vivien Sheriff made a lasting impression on the world of fashion, but also on us at John Rose Photography!

Although the weather was not at its best and rather miserable outside, we were served fresh hot coffee at her country-farm studio, whilst discussing all things Vivien. This lady certainly knows a thing or two about hats; after all she also created the fascinator worn by Kate Middleton on her first official engagement in Anglesey in February of that year.

- Beaux Headpiece Special 01As part of our portfolio range for Salisbury Life magazine we were asked to visit Vivien at her studio and show room in Downton, for a portfolio shoot. We were delighted to meet the lovely lady herself and her staff, before having the pleasure of photographing this remarkably talented lady with some of her outstanding work.

Miss Sheriff herself was an absolute delight to photograph, so much so that we managed to capture the perfect shot of both her and her dog effortlessly and within minutes.

We always try to keep the lighting as simple as possible for these shoots. Space is generally limited as is the client’s time.

Two speed lights on stands were used to light Vivien. One was placed slightly behind and to her right and fitted with an umbrella. This light lifts the shadows and helps to separate her from the background. The most important factor to consider when setting this light is that it must not overpower the fixed lighting and create its own shadow.

The second light is placed in front, approximately 45 degrees to the left and above. The sole purpose of this light is to illuminate Vivien. The 45 degree angle helps to produce a pleasing shadow on her face and down her body.

The lights are metered and tested individually before a model (anyone available really) is placed in the scene to test the light fall. I shoot at f8, ISO around 400 and with the shutter speed of around 1/200 sec. These are generalised settings and can vary depending on the situation and the available light.

Once tested and ready, the client is moved into the scene and the image is captured in just a couple of shots. Generally the client will be shown the image on the back of the camera or a tethered iPad to ensure our client is happy with her facial expression, etc. and the job is done.

25 Years of the Larmer Tree Festival

Posted on September 16, 2015 by jrphotographer under John Rose Photography
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Walking into the  Larmer  Tree Festival is like taking a walk back through time.

A time of flower power and hippies in an environment that’s safe for children to run free. Everyone is happy with beaming smiles upon their faces, a community of total togetherness that never ceases to amaze us each year that we visit.

From the moment we arrive and collect our press passes we are captivated by the atmosphere. It’s a time to catch up with friends in the press area and on stage that we have met over the years and this year is was no exception.

Celebrating its 25th year the Larmer Tree organisers have gone all out to make it a huge party and what a celebration it’s been. Headlining for two nights as the opening act performing his classic songs, as well as tracks from his latest critically acclaimed albums Spirit in the Room and Praise and Blame was Grammy and Brit Award winner Sir Tom Jones.


The audience danced and sang along to classics such as Delilah, Sex Bomb and Its Not Unusual. Some even throwing underwear up on stage which always makes us laugh. Sir Tom certainly hasn’t lost his knack of charming the ladies young and old, certainly knows how to move on stage.

Other acts to have taken the Main Lawn this year have been:

  • The Shires
  • Bellowhead
  • Levellers
  • Demi Kuti & The Positive Force
  • Bill Bailey
  • Jimmy Cliff

For those of you that have never been to the Larmer Tree Festival, really should consider going along. With something for all ages from the 0-10 in the Larmer Parler & Larmer Lawns, to Base Camp for the older 11-17 year old age group.

For the older audience there are an array of things to do, places to visit and areas to relax and chill out it. The Secret Garden is hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds, under  the shade of the leafy trees. Here you can have a massage, Reiki, Reflexology, Aromatherapy as well as a taking a look at your journey through life with a Palmist.

When it comes to tickling your taste buds, you really won’t be disappointed. Food is a high priority for all festival goers with dishes from Italy in the form of pizzas or pasta, to truly moreish dishes with Morroccan flavours and a dish with a Mexican vibe. If you are looking for something closer to home why not try The Whole Hog, or a festival roast dinner from the Roaming Rotisserie. Not forgetting of course various places to grab a coffee, cup of tea and plenty of cake or something with an alcohol content in.

It would seem that the organisers of this amazing festival have forgotten nothing , and it just gets better and better each year.

Other areas of activity You can visit the Arc, Big Top, the Pavillion, The Social, Garden Stage and of course the Main Lawn. The programme of acts and entertainment really is, the party that in the summer is unmissable.



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