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Musings of a photographer

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    What’s the difference between photo and canvas prints?

    There’s something quite absorbing about losing yourself in a high quality canvas print, or framed print. The subject matter can be anything you like–abstract art, typographic prints, movie posters, or a photograph of your favourite landscape or city.

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    Photography walk in the Peak District

    As a professional photographer and owner of a very busy branding and website agency, family time is precious to me. I’m lucky to be blessed with 3 amazing kids and time absolutely flies by with them – two are now teenagers!

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    Commercial Photography Location photoshoot for Direct Line Marketing

    A much needed out of the blue email enquiry landed towards the end of September last year. It had been a difficult year with Covid as a professional photographer with 14 years experience working.

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    Hultons Landscapes Photography

    The third commercial shoot for Hultons Landscapes saw me travelling around Cheshire and Manchester covering 5 more locations.

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    Commercial shoot for a conference centre

    This was a lovely little photo shoot for Penrith Rugby Union Football Club. As with 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. So it was for this commercial shoot for a conference centre.

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    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.

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    Nutters Restaurant 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.

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    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…

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    Handrail Creations Photoshoot

    I especially love doing commercial photography with local businesses. And although I’m very happy to travel all over, there’s something nice about keeping the local economy ticking over.

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    On site product shoot for Ramtech Electronics

    I find myself doing photoshoots in some bizarre places. From a tiny boardroom or B&B bedroom, to the 17th floor of a construction site, to a crypt under a church.

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    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.

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    DMM Product and Factory Photography

    Two photoshoots to cover product and factory photography 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.

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    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.

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    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…

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    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. It was large graphic design job for Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald which required some corporate portrait photography. 

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    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…

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    GE Robinson location photography

    Next up: a GE Robinson location photography shoot. In essence, a timber yard that operates out of several branches across the UK. I was referred via a design agency in Northern Ireland…

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    Getting excited about wood photography

    About wood photography 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…

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    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,…

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    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…

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    Hotel photography for Amazon

    I was sightly taken aback when a high-profile company like Amazon Local reached out to me in May with a request to capture the beauty of the UK’s B&Bs and hotels throughout England’s stunning Lake District, Yorkshire, New Forest, Wales and more.

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    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…

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    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. Amaze is a 20-year-old digital agency that works with some of…

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    Exhibitions, PR, Media and my TV debut

    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…

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    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.

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    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. Firstly, my landscape photos published once again.