The Menagerie Lifestyle Photography
Emmas Kitchen – Food Photography.

I recently visited Emma’s Kitchen in Frinton-on-Sea, Essex.  I was there as a photographer, taking brand images for Emma, but I was lucky enough to really experience the bistro from a customer perspective – enjoying the incredible food and the warm and welcoming atmosphere. Emma herself runs the kitchen, with her daughter Laura working along side her. To say the atmosphere is friendly may be an understatement – I noticed that Emma knew the majority of her customers by name, and it felt like I was inside the hub of a village. And yet, outsiders (like me!) are made to feel entirely welcome. The charm of Emma’s Kitchen is as much the friendliness and chat as it is about the food. Although, that being said… The food is DELICIOUS.  I had the pancakes with crispy bacon and feel a duty to tell you that they were absolutely lush. Served with a little jug of maple syrup so I could drizzle just the right amount; this is what food dreams are made of. I was also lucky enough to taste one of their famous meringues – if you visit make sure you have one; that’ll beat any high-end patisserie hands down. The bistro itself is clean & modern, with a coastal aesthetic that doesn’t feel forced – no kitsch here, just […]

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Location, Location, Location
9th June 2018 by maryann in Weddings 0 Comments

Or rather – venue, venue, venue! I love shooting weddings at new venues, it’s always great to spend time finding the best spots and the best light for photos. But I also love returning to venues I’ve shot before, especially these – my Top Three Wedding Venues. Browning Bros “Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it’s unbelievable” is the Roald Dahl  quote that the Browning Bros live by – and that is why I love them so! If you dream of getting married surrounded by nature then I thoroughly recommend these guys. Forget traditional wedding protocol and design a day just for you – from a hog roast to a singalong, you can use the space in so many ways (all of which will be so. much. fun!) The Railway barn The Railway Barn is set in the grounds of the New Hall Vineyard, close to Maldon in Essex.  The barn itself is the absolute dream location for a relaxed and warm-hearted wedding, with its original features creating a really authentic look & feel. Its exposed brickwork & wooden beams make a perfectly rustic backdrop for photos – and with space for up to 150 guests there’s plenty of room […]

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