Information on where the picture for February 2021 calendar was taken
I was a very good amateur photographer, by that I mean I did what the stereotype would do, I joined and then ran a camera club, I did model nights, I knew all about the latest kit and would bore people with my photos of very boring things. As an amateur I would shoot or work on photos about a 100 days a year, and would only shoot what I liked.
Then along came the idea to do a daily photo blog. What happen next was not planned, but in a little over 2 years my hobby became my full time employment and blogging was the reason. read more
It was a straight forward brief by the lovely people over at Approach PR, go out and photograph a lady who was doing a testimonial for one of their clients.
Normally these types of jobs throw up all sorts of problems, bad weather, hard to find places, people not expecting you or even not wanting to do what you have turn up for.
So this one was winning hands down, found the house, the weather was great, the lady was lovely and happy to do what was needed. A quick sit down and a chat, get introduced to the 5 dogs and the parrot, and then outside to do the shoot. read more
The small market town of Leek in the Staffordshire Moorlands seems an unlikely place to be a hot bed of Blues music, but for the last 4 years during the first weekend in October, the town has become exactly that.
I have had the great honour to be the festival’s photographer right from the start and to celebrate the festivals 5th year we are planning an exhibition of the best of the pictures taken over those 4 years to be shown in some of the venues during this year’s festival.
To do this we have set up an Indiegogo page to fund the exhibition. read more
As a commercial photographer I can be asked to photograph anything, from a simple profile picture to a complex multi place multi day shoot. Each shoot has it’s own challenges and a large part of my job is working around these challenges and producing the pictures my clients wants.
While the work is very satisfying most of it is not very artistic and one of the reasons I became a photographer was to get an out let for my creative side. So trying to balance an image that fits a customers brief while also trying to be creative is a constant struggle, but when the two come together the result can be fantastic. read more
Just finished work on a great shoot at Seasoned Cookery School. Seasoned is one of the UK’s leading cookery schools, specialising in inspirational courses taught by friendly, passionate chefs.
My brief for the day was just to hang out and capture the feel of one of their excellent cookery courses.
This might sound simple, but trying to photograph in a room containing 14 chefs, 3 kitchen assistants, lots of hot pans and sharp knifes, while trying not to get in the way, or be stabbed, burned or scalded, meant a lot of quick foot work and always checking what was going on around me. read more
Most people have a competitive streak and we all like praise and adoration, and who doesn’t love a bargain, so when we see “Free photo competition” splashed across a web site how can we resist.
But we all known nothing comes for free, so where is the catch in these seemingly harmless competitions. Well it will come as no surprise that it is normally buried in the small print, and by buried I do mean buried, this example was right at the bottom of 4 pages of terms and conditions.
So what is the catch, in most of these competitions the catch is you lose all the rights to your photo, just check out these T’s and C’s from one I’ve just found. read more
What do you do when your short of time and struggling to hit dead lines, easy, you set your self a project to photograph 100 Boarder Collies in a year. Now I know I won’t hit the magic 100, but it still gives me the excuse to stop strangers and ask to photograph their dog.
Why this breed of dog, if you are asking this you are either a Collie owner and know how hard they are to capture on film, or you are not a Collie owner and just don’t appreciate how wonderful this breed is. read more
Why is it at a time when the towns future seems so bright does it turn to singing the blues?
Leek over the past few years has undergone a renascence and the outward signs are there for all to see, lots of new shops and very few empty ones. There are other signs of the success of Leek, lots of events and groups that are thriving and growing bigger each year, and the attention that Leek is attracting from outside the town, from major hotels to national awards, every thing points to a town on the up. So why do I say it’s singing the blues.
Well this thought process started last night while I was photographing an international blues legend playing a free gig in a town centre pub. read more