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an outdoor set up shot of Steven Bell on a cycle trainer

Behind The Scenes Bike Session…

Water – sorted Smoke – sorted (thank you James Holgate at sound 2 AV) Lights x4 – sorted Canvas backdrop – sorted Bike Training Stand – sorted 50 something very fit cyclist (Steven Bell) – sorted With everything in place, I started with a dry run, getting the balance right with the daylight,

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Location image of 4 cousins in the Autumn leaves at Hutton Rudby

Once a scout always a scout…

Every aspect of booking a children’s location session needs to be enjoyable and effortless – from the first contact, to collecting your wall portraits. The locations used can be personal to you and your family, or one of the many locations I’ve managed to find on my travels. My eyes

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Steven Bell riding his bike in the rain studio session

Christmas Cycling Shoot Offer…

It’s the same cycle every year, what do you buy the rider with everything. This could be the clincher as you breakaway from the pack.  That’s all the puns done!  Now here’s the offer… A cycle shoot gift voucher with 6 months expiry.  £250 will get you a studio lit

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Autumn Scene at Hutton Rudby bench with autumn trees

Waiting For My Portrait Subjects To Arrive

This morning I arrived early for my portrait session.  I sat in the car listening to Jake Bugg(I’m going to see him on Saturday night so I’m cramming his latest CD).  I looked out across the village green at Hutton Rudby and this was the scene looking back at me. 

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little girl splashing in the autumn sea holding mum and dad's hand

I love children’s portrait sessions…

it’s the not knowing how the shoot will end, it’s the not knowing if the shoot will start, it’s the head full of creative ideas that I may never use, it’s the going with the flow of the child in my viewfinder, it’s the fun I have from the seat

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Little boy sulking surrounded by Autumn leaves

Autumn Half Term Portrait Sessions…

I have 3 half term location sessions available for next week and once they are gone I’m fully booked.  If you’d like to take advantage of some beautiful local locations, get in touch and I can run through available time options.  It would cheer me and Ben up if you

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Autumn Leaves image of a little boy in Norton wearing a yellow raincoat against red leaves

Ben’s Autumn Portrait Session

So Ben turned up to my studio this morning at 9.55am prompt with his mum and on seeing me did an about turn and decided he’d like to leave(I didn’t take this personal).  I opened the doors and mum took Ben through to the sitting room area.  Within no time

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little girl dropping Autumn leaves into a truck at Wynyard Hall

Goodbye Summer. Hello Autumn…

  Autumn, a season of falling leaves and shorter days… A lifestyle shoot on location at this time of year calls for a great location and the correct light.  When I’m shooting outdoors at this time of year I’ll use everything I can to get the best light and saturated colours

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4 young adult cousins photographed at Crathorne Hall

The Big Birthday Surprise…

So when your wife announces 3 months before her big birthday that the only present she’d like would be an up to date portrait of her 2 daughters and 2 nieces, as the last one taken was 7 years ago… The girls all agree(1st hurdle), we sort a date(2nd hurdle),

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