Here I list retailers and websites in which I think you may be interested. These are just my personal opinions, based on my own experience, so please don't blame me if your experience is different. However, I would quite like to know if it is.
If you have any comments on these, or would like to suggest others, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Pentax produce some beautiful cameras. I've used their digital SLRs for several years, and have now upgraded to the K-5, and it's simply sublime. Build quality is only surpassed by the image quality, and Shake Reduction really makes a difference.
Don't buy a Canon or Nikon just because 'everybody else' does - we don't!
Essex Wildlife Trust manage over 7,200 acres of land on 89 reserves. As one of the most populous counties, it's vitally important that our green areas are conserved for the benefit of wildlife, which in turn benefits the human inhabitants.
I've known the guys in the Chelmsford branch of Cameraworld for some years, and I'm always impressed by their knowledge and friendliness - just as a camera shop should be.
One thing I particularly like is that they won't sell you something just because you've asked for it, they'll discuss your choices, and get to what's best for you, which often saves you money, certainly in the long run. Unfortunately, they don't sell Pentax at the moment...
SRS in Watford is the place to go for Pentax gear, although they're well stocked with all other major brands, and the staff are helpful and knowledgeable too.
SRS often do great deals on Pentax stock, and it's a great place to shop.
LCE in Colchester may be a tiny shop, but it's full of cameras, so who's complaining? Also good for Pentax (it's where I bought my K-5), they fulfil the need for a decent 'proper' camera shop in the north east of Essex.
When I've needed to get books of my photos printed, I've turned to Blurb. With a massive range of options to customise your books exactly as you want them, you can really go to town on the self-publishing route.
Whether it's a coffee table book, or a year planner, they've got just about anything you could want, and it's all at a great price too.