Gran Canaria – Holiday // Personal // Family

Gran Canaria – Holiday // Personal // Family.

What an incredible year it’s been, but boy has it been exhausting!  From not only welcoming Ada in to this world in February, but actually delivering her on the bathroom floor (I know right?! You can read about that HERE), to shooting 31 weddings in the next 8 months, plus a host of other shoots, and trying to fit time in to spend with my wife and little ones… let’s just say I was feeling a little fatigued and a bit guilty about working too many days and hours.  So only one thing for it, look at where is still sunny and hot in November and jump on a plane for some much needed R&R, and more importantly to spend some real quality time with Gaia, Leon and Ada.

We took a 5 hour flight (with an almost 4 year old, and a teething 8 month old  – brave or stupid haha?!) to Gran Canaria and headed to a very pretty little fishing town called Puerto Mogan.  Truth be told I’d never fancied the Canary Islands, it has a reputation for high rise hotels and not being all that picturesque, but Puerto Mogan really set me straight on that with its beautiful colonial buildings, gentle sea and beautiful harbour (although a boat trip to Puerto Rico kind of reaffirmed it – we didn’t spend long there!).

One thing I’ve always aimed to do is go somewhere new every year and take photos of the people and the place, experiment with light, composition and story telling… well I have definitely learnt that having two children makes that pretty much impossible, you’ve either got a pushchair in your hands, or you’re trying to stop your 3 year old jumping off VERY HIGH things or running in to the harbour’s water… however Gaia was a trouper and took the kids during golden hour one day so I could wander the area and grab a few photos.  I’d love to go back some time and do a little more exploring, but this trip wasn’t about me taking loads of photos, it was all about family and coming back with memories that will last a life time.  We achieved this goal and then some, and for me being away with my family, spending real quality time with them was simply amazing.  Ada smiles at me more, cuddles me more, looks at me with real doting eyes, and Leon has enjoyed having my undivided attention to play games and have hilarious chats (honestly he’s so funny!).

So here’s a few photos from our trip, all shot on my little Fuji XE-3 which I spent the first half of the holiday hating, and the second half loving… It’s not my professional camera and this was the first time I’ve used it for more than just a couple of snaps on family days out.  I’m now a little in love with it though, so if you’re looking for a decent personal camera for under £1k inc lens you can’t go wrong with it!

Andy’s service was the best that we had experienced in any industry. He is truly a genius in photography and captured all of our special moments. We have recommended his services to friends. - Marie & Matthew”
Choosing Andy to capture our special day was the best decision we could have possibly made. His passion for photography and his bubbly, friendly personality put us at ease straight away and we felt lucky to have found such a unique photographer. - Nadia & Michael”
Andy made our wedding day so special and we both feel very lucky that he managed to capture all of the important moments. I'm usually so critical of photos taken of me and I still can't believe its actually me in the photos! - Maria & Richard”
He really is the best of the best! - Laura & Simon”
He didn't feel like someone just paid to do a service (which he did brilliantly!). He chatted to everyone, put everyone at ease and really added to our day. - Melissa & Darren”
I cannot recommend Andy Hudson enough. Our wedding was a mix of traditions and cultures, and he worked alongside us to produce the photos we wanted working towards our needs, instead of his own. A completed tailored and personalised service that cannot be faulted, his documentary style is very relaxed and the photos are simply stunning! - Martha & Tom”
We really love that his style of photography is a more relaxed approach. We decided early on that great photos were a priority for us as you want to enjoy them for years to come.  Guests commented on how impressed they were with him on the day and we are overjoyed with the end result! - Helen & Mark”
Andy's light humour and gentle approach was just what we needed - the pics were stunning. - Johannah & David”
Andy was fantastic from start to finish & we cannot rate him highly enough! Friendly, approachable and with a wonderfully creative imagination Andy is the best photographer we have come across. - Emma & Jono”
Words can't express how happy we are with our wedding photographs. You captured every special moment and the photographs are an amazing reminder of the fantastic day we had. It was a pleasure to have you join us and share our special day.  Thank you so much Andy! - Sarah & Richard”
We couldn't be happier with the photos, the character, the quality, the quantity, the personality of every single one were all top notch.Absolutely brilliant pictures from a really lovely guy, we could not recommend him highly enough - Hannah & Duncan”
They say you “just know”, when you have chosen the right photographer, thanks for making us feel so relaxed and comfortable on the day (although at times you seemed to be invisible – in a good way). I know we made the right choice, and you just seemed to “fit” – if you know what I mean!Your professionalism & vision are both qualities you have in bucket loads, once again thanks, you made it a special day - Jane & Chris”
Andy is a truly brilliant and talented photographer and a pleasure to work with, we couldn’t be happier with our photographs! – Sarah & Chris”
What a lovely guy! He made us feel so relaxed. We love the photographs! They are exactly what we wanted from our day and are an amazing reminder of our wedding – Kat & David”
The wedding photographs are a perfect record of a perfect day. He captured the mood and warmth of our wedding, we have beautiful photos – both intimate and individual – Julia & Craig”
We can’t praise Andy enough. From the moment we first contacted him we received nothing but first class service. The wedding photos were simply amazing and were everything we dreamt of - Vicky & Euan”