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Socially Distancing PORTRAIT Photography…

Socially distancing portrait photography is going to be around for a while, so I thought I’d best embrace it. During the lockdown I have taken my camera out on my exercise walks and documented the changing world around me, I’ve listened to entertaining podcasts on surviving and thriving, I’ve watched webinars on marketing, editing and photographing and I’ve not been within 2 metres of any other humans other than my wife and daughter that lives at home. Now exercise and lockdown restrictions have been eased, I feel comfortable photographing families and children whilst adhering to social distancing safety measures. I’ve …

Lockdown Exercise Walks

I’m a decent human, and I work hard to make my world a better place. This current situation is both daunting and fascinating, every day is an effort as I normally love to be accessorised by close family and friends. On the 1st April 2020, I went on my first lockdown exercise walk. It was 6am and I got back home at 7am.  The route I decided on was one I would normally take when I want a long walk into my studio to prepare for a busy day of work.  Just me, my headphones, a bottle of hand sanitiser …

Business Portraits and Professional Headshots…

In a very visual world, workplace portraits and professional headshots are on the increase.  The way I’m gauging this is the fact that my diary is getting booked up by companies who in the past have used Colin from accounts because he has a big camera or they have been relying on Judith’s iPhone skills.  A good portrait is all about the lighting, whether that be daylight or flash, then a flattering composition followed by a subtle amount of digital polishing. Whether you’re an actor, yoga teacher or a CEO, a professional headshot is an essential marketing tool to have …

Studio Dog Portraits

I LOVE photographing people and my photography background is mainly people led, shooting either weddings, children, family and corporate portraiture.  Studio Dog Portraits is my new venture. I’ve always been a dog person, our pooch is now thirteen and she’s a huge part of our family. At home we have portraits of our children, but we didn’t have a framed portrait of Ruby.  So three years ago I set about photographing her in my studio and now we have a beautiful chunky framed black and white print that takes pride of place in our living room. When friends and family …

The Best Christmas Present (ever)…

location portrait photography If I had a pound for everyone I bumped into in October telling me they needed to book in and update their family or children’s portrait, I’d have £23 in my pocket. Another year goes by, followed by another and another and if you don’t book it in, I can guarantee you’ll wish you had. Zara’s mum Lena made the effort and booked her in for a location session. When her mum and dad look at the images of their daughter they will see her personality, her youth, spirit and zest for life. They don’t need to …

Pet Photography

Haute Dogs & Irresistible Bitches Waggy Christmas To You… Thank you to everyone who has emailed me their interest in the rebirth of Haute Dogs & Irresistible Bitches pet photography. I’ve been on Norton High Street now for 20 years and I’ve never really had a plan (is it possible to muddle through for this many years). So 2020 is going to be the year of the plan.  Instead of having good images, I’m going to build a great pet photography portfolio.  My initial plan was to book 5 shoots and update my website with a selection of fresh new …

Anyone can take a photo…

professional photographers do it for a living. Taking an image is getting easier as phones get more camera sophisticated, but does that make you a photographer? Google tells me a photographer is someone that captures memories, so if you’ve ever taken a pic, then you’re a photographer. Do we still need professional photographers? The ballpoint pen was patented in 1888, so does that make everyone that’s ever owned one a writer. I suppose the answer is a very loose yes! Can you see where I’m going with this or do I need to spell it out? I’ve had my studio …

Happy Birthday To You…

With a big birthday looming and a catalogue of bad birthday presents the pressure was on Robert (name has been changed to protect his identity) to excel. Guess what, he only knocked it out of the park… Every morning when Robert’s wife comes down the stairs she looks at a framed portrait of her two most precious humans. This frame has had pride of place for over 12 years and is now more valuable as the children are now 18 and 15 years old. This framed photograph was taken by me on a cobbled street in Norton, I know what …

Horses Scare Me…

  My morning walk to senior school involved a field, a tied up horse or not on some occasions (the not tied up horse is where my horse phobia began). As I approached the field I would see kids preparing themselves for the equine run, even though I ran for the school (and once for the county) I knew the outcome of feral horse pitched against a teenager in Dr Martens and the odds for me were never good. I’m sure some of the other kids would tic tac as I approached. The more I photograph horses the more I …

Happy Birthday To You…

Turning one is a huge deal, if you don’t believe me ask Jessica & Adam (Ellis calls them Mama & Dada). They’ve owned this bundle of joy from birth and they remember when his age was counted in days, weeks, then months and from now on it will be in years. In one year their helpless newborn has transformed into an independent little man. If you’ve only got one child you’ll know that by one year old your little human should be, using a spoon, communicating using some words, sit without being held up and counting to five in French …