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04 Dec 2015

IDDP Disability 2015

I have worked with an organisation called Disability North on a number of occasions. They are a free Independent Living Service which promotes social inclusion, independence and choice for disabled and older people in the North East of England and Cumbria. They were event organisers for the International Day of Disabled People 2015 held at the Sage Gateshead on 3rd December 2015. The event featured speakers, artists and stall holders. It managed to balance debate about very serious issues and […]

27 Nov 2015

Which Camera for Christmas

In recent years, mobile phone technology has seen vast improvements in image quality, however they do have their limitations. If you are looking for your first DSLR camera with interchangeable lenses, there are a number of great options including the mirrorless Sony and Fuji cameras. Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Sigma and others have models within most peoples price range. If I was starting out in photography, I would probably recommend something like the Nikon D3300 or a used D700. Think of […]

26 Nov 2015

EEF Photo Awards

I am delighted to be shortlisted in the EEF/Made in Britain Manufacturing Awards for a selection of 5 photographs taken at Tharsus Ltd, Egger UK Ltd and Zytronic Ltd. The photographs are going on display at the House of Commons during December 2015, with the winners announced on the 10th December. The competition aims to raise the profile of modern UK manufacturing by showcasing the industry’s creativity, diversity and heritage through inspiring photography.  I do not think that I will […]

06 Nov 2015

Claire and John’s Cameron House Wedding

I was delighted to be asked to photograph John and Claire’s wedding at the stunning Cameron House (www.cameronhouse.co.uk) on the banks of Loch Lomond.  The CH team did a great job and did their best to ensure that the day went well.  A number of John’s family and friends had flown over from South Africa to join the couple in celebrating their special day. Claire was remarkably calm and chilled, and all appeared to be running smoothly.  Claire and the Ladies […]

11 Oct 2015

Photographing Children in Autumn

Autumn is a wonderful time for photography, especially children, as fallen leaves create both an interesting prop and look great. Shooting images in the dappled light of a wood or forest is a must. Preparation is key and depending on the age of the children you may want to think about taking along items that they can play with. For example, helium balloons, conkers or a small ball, even food such as pears and apples can be appealing in photos. […]

28 Aug 2015

Websites for Photography

I am pleased to see my contribution to NPhoto Magazine Issue No. 50 Sept 2015, here is the text:- “Any potential client will expect a pro to have an attractive website displaying examples of their work and services. I undertook desktop research and read numerous papers including NPhoto. I also looked at the sites of other photographers. After purchasing my domain via a hosting provider, I chose the wordpress platform and a photo theme. I thought that I would have […]

18 Aug 2015

Wedding Venues

Wedding Photography is quite nerve-racking, but ultimately the photographer just wants to produce the best images they can given the environment they are working in.  Most venues are fantastic, but there can be the odd exception. Problems usually arise from simple things such as service without a smile, timeliness on serving meals, lack of communication/updates and lack of preparation. The side effect is that the stress levels of the B&G and guests increase, thus lessening their enjoyment of this wonderful […]

05 Aug 2015

Holiday Snaps!

Having just returned from holiday, I wondered if your own camera played a big or any part of your holiday. For me, it was ensuring my camera’s batteries were charged, checking memory cards, cleaning lenses and generally worrying about my equipment. I took my second camera, my Nikon D7100 and a 35mm lens. They are relatively small but not exactly light. With the arrival of the new mirrorless cameras, especially the excellent Fuji and Sony ones (c£1k), which are petite, […]

23 Feb 2015

Photography is Dangerous

4.30am, it’s June 2014. I am surveying the vista before me, it is still dark. There is a platform of rocks stretching out to where I want to set up my camera to capture the sunrise. It will take me about 20 minutes to reach my spot. The tide is on the ebb and I know that I will have plenty of time. The rocks are still wet from the receding tide, so I tread carefully. Unfortunately, what I perceive […]

22 Jan 2015

5 things I know about…Photographing People

1 – It’s all in the eyes. If you can, then try to get the eyes in focus. They are the first feature that the viewer looks at. 2 – Chest is best. All too often we leave too much empty space above the person’s head because we put their face in the centre of the frame. By respectfully composing the shot with the subject’s chest in the centre then we can avoid this. 3 – Natural flair. The built-in […]