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Hultons Landscapes Landscape Photography

Hultons Landscapes Landscape Photography

_____   The third shoot for Hultons Landscapes saw me travelling around Cheshire and Manchester covering 5 more locations, including Moor Hall, Booths Hall, Edge Hill University, Embankment near Manchester Cathedral and Media City where Hultons Landscapes had...

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Commercial shoot for a conference centre

Commercial shoot for a conference centre

_____   This was a lovely little photoshoot for Penrith Rugby Union Football Club. As will all semi professional sports clubs in this fine country of ours, they have to diversify and look for revenue streams where they can find them. Winters Park Conference...

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Interior photography for Stonebridge

Interior photography for Stonebridge

_____   It was an especially nice treat to be asked to shoot the interior of Bartle House. The offices, located in the heart of Manchester’s legal and financial district in Manchester city centre. Stonebridge had already bought a considerable amount of work from...

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Nutters Restaurants 24th Birthday Celebrations

Nutters Restaurants 24th Birthday Celebrations

_____   Back in July, I was finishing a meal at my favourite restaurant - you've guessed it - Nutters - with my brother in law, when Andrew asked us to join him at the bar as service had finished. Aside from being beyond full and perhaps slightly tipsy, we agreed...

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Sam and Jonny’s wedding photos at Bartle Hall, Preston

Sam and Jonny’s wedding photos at Bartle Hall, Preston

_____   A couple of years ago I got a call from Samantha asking if she could purchase a couple of framed Manchester prints for a leaving present for a colleague. Fast forward a year later and Sam calls again, this time asking if I would shoot their wedding! The...

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Donna and Dave’s Sparth House Hotel Wedding Photography

Donna and Dave’s Sparth House Hotel Wedding Photography

_____   Donna and Dave's wedding was, putting it simply, fab. Two amazing people, meeting later in life who were meant for each other. The brief was a simple one though, a little bit of bridal prep, lots and lots of shots of the lovely couple and some fly on the...

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The Bird keeps flying for Andrew Nutter

The Bird keeps flying for Andrew Nutter

_____   One year on from the opening night launch at the Bird at Birtle, owner Andrew Nutter asked me if I would like to come to the 1 year celebration party - an event organised by the establishment to say thank you to all their suppliers and friends who had...

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Lowry and the local Manchester landscape

Lowry and the local Manchester landscape

_____   I was delighted to be approached by the Paul Mellon Centre in London earlier in the year to locate and shoot 5 locations in Manchester that had been painted or observed by the local artists LS Lowry. The article written by Anne M. Wagner, explores a...

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A helping hand

A helping hand

_____   I'm always happy to help out a good cause, so when a business comes knocking asking for a donation of an image for a piece they are working on to promote good health, I'll usually say yes.  Focus Clinics are a laser eye surgery in London and the piece I...

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Split second anticipation to capture that wedding memory

Split second anticipation to capture that wedding memory

_____   So September's Wedding Photograph of the month comes from Emma and Gary’s wedding earlier in the month. Another fantastic day was spent from bridal preparation though to the first dance.  But unlike may of my other choices for this post, I’ve opted for a...

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Inspiring Awards Ceremony 2017

Inspiring Awards Ceremony 2017

_____   I spent a super afternoon spent in the grand surroundings of the Midland hotel in Manchester photographing the award ceremony for Inspiring Awards. An incredible event, it is held every year and this year was also their 25th anniversary.  The awards do...

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Handrail Creations Photoshoot

Handrail Creations Photoshoot

_____   I especially love doing commercial photography with local business. And although I’m very happy to travel all over, there's something nice about keeping the local economy ticking over. As such it was great to work with Handrail Creations in Bolton. An...

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On site product shoot for Ramtech Electronics

On site product shoot for Ramtech Electronics

_____   I find myself doing photoshoots in some bizarre places. From a tiny boardroom or B&B bedroom, tothe 17th floor of a construction site, to a crypt under a church.  Yes. I said a crypt. Over a period of 3 months I’ve done 3 separate shoots from London...

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Emma and Gary’s wedding photographs Manchester

Emma and Gary’s wedding photographs Manchester

_____   Picture this, a couple who had been together for 20 years. He had raised her kids as his own. Totally in love. Brilliant mancunians… and finally getting married. And I was lucky enough to shoot their wedding in Gorton, then later at Denton Golf Club.  A...

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Haighton Manor Opening

Haighton Manor Opening

_____   I was delighted to be asked to shoot the soft launch of the refurbished Haighton Manor on Sunday 4th September for Brunning and Price as it joined their family of pub restaurants.  Strictly by invitation only, Haighton Manor opened its doors at 12.00...

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Logistical problems surrounding photoshoots

Logistical problems surrounding photoshoots

_____   At least being a commercial photographer isn't boring. Far from it in fact. I'm going to try and write this post in a non moaning manner. In fact I always try to avoid negative posts - so this won’t be one. However I think it’s important to understand...

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DMM Product and Factory Photography

DMM Product and Factory Photography

_____   Two photoshoots for DMM Professional - the arm of DMM International that designs and manufactures working at height safety gear, rather than climbing equipment - but both used in the same catalogue. I had worked on the DMM account from a design point of...

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August’s Wedding photograph of the month

August’s Wedding photograph of the month

_____   Later than planned here’s my choice for August’s wedding photo of the month. Taken at Whitehead Gardens in Bury, next door to Bury’s Registry office it just summed up the wedding and the lovely bride and groom.  I always try and ensure that the wedding...

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Jade and Mark’s Wedding Photography, Prestwich

Jade and Mark’s Wedding Photography, Prestwich

_____   Here is my selection of my favourite wedding photographs from Jade and Mark’s wedding from early July. A referral from last year, it was as ever, a privilege to be invited into a couple’s home to get to know them and shoot their special day. In Jade and...

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July’s Wedding photograph of the month

July’s Wedding photograph of the month

_____   I love Friday weddings. I don't know why but there’s definitely something different about them. On the Friday 1st July, I had the pleasure of shooting Jade and Mark’s wedding. What made me choose this wedding photo for July’s wedding photograph of the...

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Landscape photography for a landscape company

Landscape photography for a landscape company

_____   It’s always fantastic to pick up new commercial photography clients. When Hultons Landscapes got in touch a week or so back, I was excited. The brief was to shoot a number of ongoing projects across the northwest for use online and in awards entries. Once...

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Natalie and Gregs wedding, Smithills Hall, Bolton

Natalie and Gregs wedding, Smithills Hall, Bolton

_____   After meeting Natalie and Greg during our pre-wedding consultations, it is so obvious to me that they they are clearly made for each other. Which meant having the privilege to shoot their wedding day even more special. I’ve never photographed a wedding a...

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Sarah and Justin’s Wedding Photography, Bury

Sarah and Justin’s Wedding Photography, Bury

_____   It was a privilege to be asked to photograph the wedding of one of my wife’s best friends a couple of weeks ago. Doubling my responsibilities with being a guest was also fun! But ever the professional, I left the partying until after I had finished the...

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Wedding photograph of the month

Wedding photograph of the month

_____   A new feature as I do more and more wedding photography. I thought I would choose a favourite wedding photograph and tell a little story behind the shot. This could be on any of my wedding photos, be it a traditional group shot of a candid or documentary...

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Let the Bird Fly Event Photography

Let the Bird Fly Event Photography

_____   I truly love what I do. Be it capturing a wedding, shooting architecture or photographing an event like this, it provides me with such a diverse range of photographic challenges (and great nights out as well). So you won’t be surprised to learn I was...

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Portrait photography for Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald

Portrait photography for Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald

_____   As well as being a photographer, I also own Think Design Manchester, a website and design agency, who produce high end graphic design to businesses large and small. One of which I recently completed (read about it here). It was large graphic design job...

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Portrait photography with an urban twist

Portrait photography with an urban twist

_____   A recent photoshoot for scriptwriter and local poet, Argh Kid (David Scott). Tagged a "thinking man's Shaun Ryder" he combines monkey business, melancholy, grit and wisdom. From hilarious drug escapades 'Tripping with Jackie Chan', to questioning race and...

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Product and set photography for Showerdrape

Product and set photography for Showerdrape

_____   With any trade I think you are always learning so when the opportunity came up to do a type of studio photography I hadn't done before, I leapt at the chance. This project in question, was to shoot the product photography for Showerdrape Ltd, a Manchester...

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GE Robinson location photography

GE Robinson location photography

_____   A location shoot for GE Robinson, a timber yard that operates out of several branches across the UK. I was referred via design agency in Northern Ireland who had been commissioed by the parent company Haldane Fisher to design and build a new website for...

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Nicola and Richard’s Wedding Photography

Nicola and Richard’s Wedding Photography

_____   I’ve been meaning to share some of the wedding photographs from Richard and Nicolas wedding for a while. Well, what a lovely couple... from start to finish they were nothing but a delight to work with. This wedding was a civil ceremony at the Bolholt...

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Interior and team photoshoot for Strictly Waxing

Interior and team photoshoot for Strictly Waxing

_____   You can probably imagine the thoughts running through my head when I got a call asking if I could come a photograph a waxing studio in my home town of Radcliffe. Well… no, it didn't involved photographing the look of agony etched into their latest victims...

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Getting excited about wood

Getting excited about wood

_____   I often get work via referrals so when I was approached to undertake a commercial shoot which involved photographing a local timber yard, GE Robinson, for a new website, I thought yeah - that'd be fun...  With anything photoshoots like this, you have to...

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Nuts about photography

Nuts about photography

_____   Getting to shoot one of the best restaurants in the North West was an absolute joy. That’s one of the things I love about photography - meeting new people and making new friends. I met Andrew Nutter, celebrity chef and the proprietor of Nutters Restaurant...

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My favourite landscape photographs of 2015

My favourite landscape photographs of 2015

_____   I mean to do this every year so I'm going to give myself a huge pat of the back and say well done for actually writing this post. So without further ado, here are my top 10 landscape photographs for 2015. Oh, and I promise I'll do a commercial and wedding...

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Bram and Elyne’s Manchester Wedding Photography

Bram and Elyne’s Manchester Wedding Photography

_____   Being asked to photograph anyone’s wedding is always a humbling experience for me. To have them place that amount of trust in you. Trust that you will without any doubt capture those special moments of their big day.  Photographing Bram and Elyne’s...

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Galloways Print location photography

Galloways Print location photography

_____   Going into a working business to photograph it’s working day is always a challenge. Particularly when it’s a deadline driven company like Galloways Print is. This photoshoot was part of a larger project that involved the redesign and build of their...

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Nutters Restaurant – interior and exterior photography

Nutters Restaurant – interior and exterior photography

_____   Over the past year I have done quite a lot of exterior and interior photography for hotels and restaurants, so you can imagine my excitement when I was asked to shoot one of the best restaurants in the North West? I met Andrew Nutter, celebrity chef and...

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Corporate portait photography for Greyland

Corporate portait photography for Greyland

_____   A morning’s photography for Greyland, a Manchester based cleaning product company. I was approached via my website to see if I would come to their head office and take 8-10 head shots for their new website. When I turned up with all my equipment they were...

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Looking for a Manchester wedding photographer?

Looking for a Manchester wedding photographer?

_____   I’ve lost count the number of times I have been asked if I do wedding photography. To be honest I don't really blame anyone who asks me because it isn't my only specialism. But I think that actually helps me when I’m taking wedding photographs. So ok,...

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Amaze 20th Birthday Event Photography

Amaze 20th Birthday Event Photography

_____   I was delighted to be commissioned (via a third party Marketing Agency - Bluestar Marketing) to shoot an important event for Amaze, a digital agency founded 20 years ago, who work with some of the works leading brands. The event was their 20th birthday...

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Natalie and Darren’s Wedding Photography, Dukinfield

Natalie and Darren’s Wedding Photography, Dukinfield

_____   I was in Burton, near Pembroke in South Wales, when I got the call from Natalie. It transpired that their wedding photographer had ceased trading, and not told them, with only two weeks to go before their wedding! Fortunately I had a window and was able...

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NG Bailey team and event photography

NG Bailey team and event photography

_____   I love the variety being a photographer and designer brings to my daily life. Gone are the days when I was chained to my desk, sometimes spending 12 hours or more staring at a Mac. Sure, I still have days like that. The main difference is now I get to go...

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Exhibitions, PR, media coverage and TV debuts

Exhibitions, PR, media coverage and TV debuts

_____   It’s been a few weeks since my last post. This is mainly down to not having enough time to blog. Anyway, enough of the excuses... I thought I write today’s blog about my Industrious Manchester exhibition that is still one at the great Bay Horse Pub on...

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Hotel and B&B photography for Amazon

Hotel and B&B photography for Amazon

_____   One thing that hotels and bed and breakfast establishments need to do is sell rooms. A lot of hotels and b&bs use the likes of laterooms.com or Groupon for example. Regardless of which platform they do use, one of the best ways to do this is for...

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My favourite Manchester wedding photography of 2013-14

My favourite Manchester wedding photography of 2013-14

_____   As we start the second half of 2015 I thought it would be a good time to reflect over the past 18 months of wedding photos that I’ve taken and try and select my favourite Manchester wedding photographs.  Well, in all honesty, I planned to do this in...

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Industrious Manchester

Industrious Manchester

_____   A bit of a preamble to the main event, but I thought it was worth sharing with you all. From 31st July, I'll be exhibiting a selection of my Manchester landscapes in the Bay Horse Pub on Thomas Street, in the Northern Quarter.  How did this come about I...

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Tina and Derek’s Wedding Photography, Bury

Tina and Derek’s Wedding Photography, Bury

_____   The story behind Tina and Derek's wedding is a lovely one. Childhood sweethearts reunited so they finally got the wedding they always dreamed of. It was a pleasure to photograph their wedding. I can't say much else. Just writing about it here brings a...

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Paula and James’ Wedding Photography, Red Hall Hotel

Paula and James’ Wedding Photography, Red Hall Hotel

_____   I was lucky enough to be the wedding photographer for Paula and James. They are such a lovely couple and down-to-earth people who put so much love and effort into their big day. Although Paula will openly admit she became a bit of a bridezilla beforehand!...

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What camera do I use for my landscape photos

What camera do I use for my landscape photos

_____   I often get asked what camera do I use when shooting landscape photos. The usual response when I tell the person who asks is normally something like, “wow, I must get myself a better camera so I can take photographs as good as you”. Well, that’s really...

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Always turn around…

Always turn around…

_____   It’s been a really quiet few weeks photographically with Christmas and the weather being so bad. I thought I’d reflect back at over the last two or three months which were anything but quiet. Landscape photos published again Where to start though? Back in...

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Social media, sharing and image ownership

Social media, sharing and image ownership

_____   As a landscape photographer without a vast advertising budget, I have to really rely on the various forms of social media in order to reach as many as you lovely people as possible. In fact, you can see on my homepage I’m pretty much...

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Can a landscape photo trip ever be classed as a failure?

Can a landscape photo trip ever be classed as a failure?

_____   The last two times I've travelled out to the Peak District to photograph some landscapes, I've not exactly come back with what I hoped to capture. On reflection, were these two shoots a failure? It depends on your perspective I suppose.  Back in August I...

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