A few weeks back when it wasn't raining, grey and dull in East Anglia, I was asked to pop down to Santon Downham to meet Paul Norris and his lovely dog Milly in Norfolk. It was a beautiful bright day with frost the night before which made for a lovely way to start the year.

I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but canoes and paddle boards wasn't it. Paul's idea was to take me out in a canoe for a quick trip down the river with Milly as well. I'm not happiest on a boat, especially one that rocks around as much as a Canadian-type canoe, but I was reassured it was safe. All went well with a quick ten minute trip up and down the river with me at the front with Paul and Milly just loving the early morning boat ride. I was pretty much stuck in one place but with some flash to the side and the widest lens I had all made for some lovely atmospheric pics on the water. 

So back to dry land and then Paul wanted to take Milly back onto the river but this time on a paddle board. "She's used to it" I was told, and true to his word she happily sat with Paul whilst he took the bright yellow board for another trip down the river and back. This time I was firmly on dry land taking pics from the bridge and he made his way back to me. 

There were a few twitchers around who were on the lookout for a rare parrot crossbill, which had made its way to Thetford Forest, but I don't think they've ever see a man in near sub-zero temperatures floating down The Little Ouse with a dog on a paddle board.

2017 has been an interesting year from some snow and bad storms at the start of the year, then a bird flu outbreak. With a varied set of jobs for the local papers that have produced some interesting and different pictures. I've also been continuing my English Traditions project throughout the year with getting up early for the seeing in the first dawn in May to a torch lit processions through a small Norfolk village to mark Guy Fawkes night and ending the year with a Boxing Day Dip in Cromer on the Norfolk Norfolk Coast.

This was a really nice brief and client who wanted a set of portraits and site pictures which were used to promote the Funeral Care Homes in Norwich and Saffron Walden. For the site shots, internal and external shots were needed of each Funeral Care Home which didn't take long. As for the portraits they took a little longer as a range of formal and informal shots were required, they asked for warm and inviting pictures of the staff but also show the serious side of the business.

 The resulting images were used for a leaflet drop which were delivered by Royal Mail, an invitation which was created celebrating the first year since Co-Op Funeralcare opened the funeral home and the invitation being re-sized as an A-board poster.