Graffiti portrait shoot

Graffiti is very colourful and, often, very artistic. I have been keen to incorporate it in a photo shoot for some time. I feel this would be a great backdrop for teenage or, even, children photo shoots… something a bit different from the usual background and possibly more appealing to unwilling models. Jenny kindly modelled for me and looks terrific against the colourful backdrop. I think the background demands a degree of attitude – whether edgy or just monkeying around. It’s not a background for looking wistful and innocent.

In addition, I’ve wanted to try out photo collages. The graffiti background seemed the perfect opportunity as there is so much detail. I take dozens of similar shots and overlay them to create the complete picture. I plan to do a lot of these in the future and hopefully improve the way I produce the finished image. Hope you all enjoy them.

Graffiti portrait
Graffiti portrait
Graffiti portrait
Graffiti collage
Graffiti collage
Flower bridal accessories

I rarely do product shoots but, when I was approached by Jenny to photograph her amazing bridal accessories, I couldn’t resist. The accessories tie in nicely with both my usual portrait and wedding work, so it was a natural choice to accept this commission.

Jenny creates beautiful hair accessories and adornments, for brides and her entourage, using a combination of lace, ribbons, pearls and jewels. Her items all have a beautiful vintage feel, with something to suit any bride. All the accessories are handmade by Jenny, and are so delicate and intricate it would be hard to know which to choose.
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Boudoir photography

February 13, 2013

Boudoir photography is always a real pleasure. I get to spend a lot more time with the client, opening a bottle of bubbly, playing some great tunes, and having some real fun. It’s a very creative process for me. I don’t make any firm plans on backgrounds or lighting until I meet the client. I [...]

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A guide to posing at weddings

April 28, 2011

The wedding season is upon us and, for many, that means avoiding a host of wedding photographers trying to get those perfect shots for the album. I am dismayed at how many people say they hate having their photos taken because just a few simple steps can make the world of difference to how you [...]

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Photographing children

April 3, 2011

Sometimes portrait photography has its difficult moments. Not everyone wants to be photographed and, at times like these, I have to dig deep in to my resources to get those terrific shots. Of course it’s child portrait photography I am referring to. They didn’t book the session, they don’t really care if the resulting shots [...]

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How to take star trail photos

March 20, 2011
Pole star over Tuolomne meadows

Having posted a few of my star trails on my facebook page in the past, I have received a number of queries about what equipment and settings are needed to take star trail shots. It’s surprisingly easy to take star trail or other night images. You do need photographic equipment capable of long exposure and [...]

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Arley Hall weddings

February 17, 2011
Bride and Groom against Arley Hall backdrop

One of my absolute favourite wedding venues in Cheshire is Arley Hall. This private house is home to Lord and Lady Ashbrook and has been providing perfect weddings for lucky couples for a number of years now. It’s fabulous buildings and gardens are ideal for stunning photography. The house has magnificent staircases, oak panelling, and [...]

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Wedding venue reviews 2010

January 22, 2011
Bride at the Norcliffe Chapel Styal

We’re well in to the new year which is often a time to reassess the previous year’s best bits, with awards and ceremonies. Well, I can’t quite stretch to that but here are my highlights of 2010. I’ve decided to choose three weddings in three different styles of venue – A church, a registry office [...]

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Valentine’s Day boudoir photography

December 14, 2010
Valentine boudoir photography Manchester

St Valentine’s day? Yes I know we haven’t even had Christmas yet, but now is the perfect time to start thinking about presents for loved ones on this, the most romantic day of the year. If you are thinking about giving your significant other the perfect, beautifully framed shot of yourself, or maybe a book [...]

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Underwater photography website goes live

December 3, 2010
Whaleshark swimming in the blue.

One of my big passions for many years has been scuba diving and for over 15 years I have also focused my interest in underwater photography. I started diving 20 years ago and have subsequently become an advanced diver and diving instructor for BSAC (British Sub-Aqua Club). Many years ago I realised I wanted to [...]

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