Autumn is my favourite time of the year – I just love it!
The light, the autumn colours and that special feel in the air just make we want to get out there with my camera, so to share the love so to speak I have a very special offer.
For just £99 we will have a photography session either in your home or on location, plus you will get 20 fully retouched image files from the session for you to make as many prints as you like. You can easily sort out all of your Christmas present dilemmas in one stroke!
I can only offer a limited number of sessions on this deal so I suggest you book as soon as possible, call 01543 575711 or 07941 482863 to book or check availability. Alternatively contact me and I will email you full details, terms conditions, etc.
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With the busy run up to Christmas and new year, I have been guily of neglecting my blog, so one of my resolutions this year is to keep on top of the blog and social media generally.
Just before Christmas I was attending a meeting of the Gone Fishing networking group at Tillington Hall in Stafford and was delighted to meet a couple of young men from Wolgarston High School in Penkridge. Brad Clemson and James Dunn were there to talk about their new product, an unusual and attractively made stand for ipad or other tablet. The product has been developed under the Young Enterprise scheme where teams of students form a company, create a product and bring that product to market. The company has a board of directors and everyone has assigned roles and responsibilities. With the sales of tablets now outstripping laptops, their choice of product is very topical. Their mentor in this process is well known Staffordshire business coach David Nurse.
Brad and James are pictured below with their tablet stand.
Everyone at the meeting was very impressed with their maturity and professionalism, and I expect to see them in the boardroom with Sir Alan Sugar in the not too distant future!
I love photographing people – all shapes and sizes, babies, families or pets. Sometimes though I just look at a picture of something else and it just captivates me.
That’s the case with the image below. It was taken recently as two vintage steam locomotives (Black 5’s for afficonados) pulled a special train as it passed through Rugeley in Staffordshire. I wish I could say that this image is one of mine but it was taken by my son, Christopher, who was home from university for the weekend.
I love the combination of modern gantrywork holding the overhead cables for modern electric mainline loco’s, partly shrouded by the billowing steam. I love the way the light is filtered through the steam, and the impression of raw power.
So, not all great images are of people, but I guess I knew that already.
It was a great pleasure last weekend to have little Gracie, aged 3, in studio with her mum. Although Gracie was a little nervous to start with, as you can see from the images below she soon settled down and we managed to get some lovely images of mother and daughter.
We are often asked about ‘mother and daughter’ sessions in the studio and it is one of the most popular things that we do. There is something about the mother and daughter bond that is so special. The session does not have to be in the studio – we love location photography and everyone has a favourite park or special place which can give great context to the images.
We are offering a FREE STUDIO SESSION during November so call now on 01543 575711 or contact us here
Master Photographer Association Awards
Chuffed to have received a Merit Award in the Master Photographers Association National Awards last week. The award was in the category Portrait Art & Fashion and was for the image shown here. The awards ceremony this year was held in Coventry and was attended by photographers from across the country, so some healthy competition. The young man looking mean and moody in the image is named Tyler. Believe it or not he is only 13 and looking at modelling opportunities – who can blame him?
Do you want award winning images? Portrait sessions are always available in the studio or on location contact or call 01543 575711
Master Photographers Association national awards
At last I am getting around to posting a really lovely wedding we covered at the end of August. Charlotte and Paul were introduced to me by Paul’s brother Mark as I had done a family session for Mark with his wife Sandra and their two lads.
It was so obvious that this was a couple very much in love and Denise and I looked forward to their wedding day as one of the highlights of our wedding coverage this year. We were not disappointed.
The day started with some shots at home with the two vintage VW’s; an open topped Beetle and a split screen camper van. Charlotte looked radiant and made a good job of hiding her nerves as she set off for St Giles Church in Willenhall. The ceremony was lovely and I have to mention the couple’s little boys, Alfie and Archie, who looke fantastic in their special outfits for the day.
Patshull Park as usual did not disappoint and showed why it is the first choice of so many couples each year. After some shots with the cars, a dove release had been arranged which was performed on the jetty. Always a slightly tense moment as you never know which direction they are going to take and there is only one chance!
The afternoon seemed to whizz by and soon it was time for the speeches. Denise and I agreed that the atmosphere throughout the day had been superb – relaxed, happy and a pleasure for us to be working. The speeches continued in that vein. They were heartwarming, funny and emotional. Paul had even set his to rhyme which added to it even more, and Charlotte also got to her feet.
Our part of the proceedings were over but we both agreed that the whole wedding day had a beautiful atmosphere that we would remember for a long time. As for Charlotte and Paul, I have a feeling that their marriage is going to be long and very happy.
Last week I was privilaged to attend ‘An Evening With John Swannell’, event organised by the Master Photographers Association
If the name is not familiar to you then the images certainly will be. John worked as an assistant to the great David Bailey before going on to buid his own reputation as one of the biggest names in British photography. For in idea of just how wide his portfolio is, take a look at his galleries on the web
As well as his fashion work for various big name publications, his portraits include a who’s who of A list celebrities including Michail Caine, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair, Tom Jones and Judi Dench. As if that is not enough he has also photographed many members of the Royal Family including Princess Diana and her children. In 2012 John had the honour of being commissioned to take the only official portrait of HM The Queen to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee.
The National Portrait Gallery has over 140 of John’s images in their collection.
For someone with such an impressive CV, he really came across as quite unassuming and was happy to share his knowledge when asked. His stories and anecdotes were delightful as he took us on a journey through his eventful career.
John also does a lot of work in raising funds and awareness of the National Autistic Society
If you get the chance to see an exhibition of his work in your area jump at it – you will not be disappointed.
It’s been a little while since I last posted, but things have been a bit hectic, with several weddings completed as well as lots of stuff in the studio.
I recently had the priviledge of doing wedding photography for Lisa and Neil. Their wedding ceremony took place at the historic and delightful St Bartholomews Church in Tong, Shropshire. St Bartholomews dates from 1409 in it’s current form and has been rated one of the top 1,000 churches in England (out of 15,000) by the Times. Is was also for many years reputed to be the site of the grave of Little Nell, a character in Charles Dickens book ‘The Old Curiosity Shop’. Dickens’s mother worked for a time at the nearby Tong Castle. It was subsequently found that the grave was a fabrication by a verger in the early 1900’s. The church still attracts visitors from all over the world.
Having got to know Lisa and Neil in the run up to the wedding, I was really looking forward to being able to share and contribute to their big day. Everything went like clockwork at the church and it was then on to the Reception venue, the lovely Madeley Court Hotel near Telford. This 16th century manor house provides lots of great wedding photography opportunities and is a delight to work with.
As usual, the time just raced past. There was a great atmosphere and lots of laughter. I am sure Lisa and Neil have a great future together.
For those of us of a certain vintage the clip below contains some very fond memories, indeed some things that had not come to mind in years. Watch and enjoy!