graduation week
A week of celebration for graduates at Leeds Met university. The campus was buzzing with proud parents and relieved young people.

"Pug beautiful"
They say never work with animals or children but to be honest both can be very rewarding when it all goes to plan. Minnie was great fun, well a challenge is probabaly a more honest discription. She is clearly a girl who doesn't worry about her bottom being to big - she seemed much happier with me shooting that end! After much bribery with dog treats I'm pleased to say we got a few good shots. I've decided she suits the special effects well but let me know what you think

Is it a bird, is it a plane....
Managed to capture this little beauty as he flew past whilst in the Lake district. It wasn't a great photo but I've managed to turn it into something I'm really pleased with. The debate begins as to what he is. Eleonora Falcon was the first suggestion but we're now thinking Harris Hawk. Please let me know what you think and also your views on the shot itself

It's prom time
I love the variety of photography. I spent a beautiful Thursday night with Jordii, her friends and family celebrating her leaving school. This prom thing is new to me and having four boys in our family I dont think it was quite the same. Jordii and her friends looked stunning as they went off in the limo to a night of celebrations at Pride Park. I have worked with some great people but the Kelly's were top notch. So friendly, easy company and fun to be with, it really didn't feel like work! Their sense of family fun made the whole night enjoyable...Of course this is right up my assistants (wife) street she loves what she calls "girlie events"

Holloway carnival
A fun and colourful day at Holloway carnival yesterday reflecting true village life. Photographs are now uploaded in the CLIENT AREA.

Lewis Mighty Weekend
Check out the photo's of Lewis Mighty Weekend's ball on page 133 of Derbyshire magazine, well pleased with how they look and more advertising for a Lewis's great cause
The Lakes 10th -15th June
Just returned from a short break in the Lake District, the weather wasn't great for photography lots of low cloud and flat lighting then bright sunshine which clouded over after we patiently waited for two long hours to capture a sunset over Derwent water. Oh well that's the joy of being a photographer, and why it's so great when you do get to be in the right place at the right time! Better look next time I hope
I did manage to make the most of the weather, dodging the rain by spending the day shooting waterfalls & streams; I'm quite pleased with the results.

A highlight of the trip was capturing a beautiful red squirrel; I've never seen one in the wild let alone photographed one, quite an achievement as he was very fast and rather shy

I think Jo has decided to make the most of being a "photographer’s assistant" I managed to capture that rare breed of patient wife at 6.00am after she crawled out of bed at 5.30 to keep me company.

We stayed a lovely guest house in Grasmere, the hosts were friendly and knowledgeable about the area and breakfast was excellent and much appreciated after an early morning walk up the fells.
May's out
I’m discovering that setting up a website is 90% admin and 10% photography. Learning lots and meeting some great people who have supported and inspired me to battle on with this dream. The website is still in its developmental stage so your opinions, good, bad or ugly are welcome. Of course all I really want to do is take photos. I am pleased with the progress so far and am extremely grateful to family & friends for their constant encouragement and support. Special thanks go to Christopher (nephew/graphic designer) for my branding and Grant (IT geek) for his patience and knowledge of how to construct this site.
I’ve brought some nice new kit this month a couple of lenses and now the weather has improved I'm looking forward to trying them. Some portraits booked in and off to Scotland mid June to hopefully shoot some stunning landscapes.
Lewis Mighty Weekend Ball - Derby Rugby Club
The Lewis Mighty fund was created in 2009 as a treatment fund for little Lewis who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma (the second most common cancer in children) when he was just 3 years old. The fund raising needs to reach 300k to support Lewis to travel abroad for treatment that isn't available to children in the UK. Well, the good news is the fundraising has gone incredibly well and the target has almost been reached.
I was asked to do the photography at the Ball by Hannah Musgrove who was helping Jon Leonard organise the event. I wasn't sure what to expect as I hadn't done a ball of this size before.
Guests seemed to arrive all at once just as the sun came out which seemed to put everyone in the mood for a good time! Guests were entertained on arrival by fire breathers, contortionists, mime artists and stilt walkers, all offering their services for free (Atlanta entertainment)
The ball's sponsors for the night were Orchid IT, who should celebrate their success as the night was an excellent example of what fun can be had when people come together for a great cause.
The entertainers throughout the night provided great atmosphere and got people out of their chairs and on to the dance floor! Some people got into the "spirit" of things more than others...a little dig at Jo (my wife).. but I'm only jealous as I had to stay sober! Trust me it is a strange experience being in a room full of people having a good time when your stone cold sober. Good luck to Lewis and his family and all at and please contact them if you have any ideas for further fund raising..

Mama's Charity Ball @ Newton Park Hotel
Louise, Sharon and Ann did a great job planning this event in honour of Pauline their Mum and friend respectively. A great night was had by all, the band Newton Soul did a fabulous job getting people on the dance floor. Pauline would have been so proud of them and pleased to know everyone had such a good night for a great cause. Proceeds go to the oncology ward, Burton Hospital, Burton Cancer Patient Trust and a donation will be also made to the Lymphoma clinic at Derby Royal.

Chatsworth Horse Trials
Not ideal weather for me or the horses - Both hate the wind and the lighting was very flat. Pleased with my results though as it’s the first time I've shot horses (not literally of course) it’s a fast sport, I enjoyed the challenge of capturing the right moment using a wide aperture and fast shutter speed, separating the main subject from the background.

Competition Win
Just heard I've won June's photographic competition for the Sunday Times Travel Magazine, a real confidence boost and a great prize! I would never have entered myself so guess I need to share the prize with Jo my wife? The photo was taken on a trip to Stone town in Zanzibar. A beautiful coastal town with great photo opportunities, I wish I'd been there longer. The shot is of a little boy on his way to school. He was such an engaging subject to capture.

Celebrated my birthday with a visit to Elvaston Castle to snap the Sealed Knot battle re-enactment. Very colourful display, tried to capture the dramatic sound of the canons and gunfire. I love the shots of the children playing in the village scene. I hope we manage to keep this place open to the public as I've spent many happy times here.

What a great month, hottest April on record, although the sun isn't always a photographers best friend. Had to be reminded by my wife that it's what the bride hopes for and she is obviously the most important person on her day! It did prove a great month for getting out and about instead of doing studio portraits.
Sam & Tom Photo Shoot
Bluebell Wood, South Wingfield, Derbyshire

A stunning place for an outdoor photo shoot. The bluebells were in full bloom and with the sun creeping through the trees the setting couldn't have been more perfect. I think Tom and Sam enjoyed their day more than they expected and I was really pleased with the results. We created an informal feel reflecting their relationship and personalities.

Laura and Marks Wedding Day
It was a privilege to be part of Laura and Marks wedding Day, a great couple who were a joy to photograph. They say the sun shines on good people and boy did it shine all through the day ending with a beautiful sunset over the Derbyshire countryside. The preparation shots were great fun and Laura was so obliging. One of my personal favourites was the Mum and daughter shot, it captures their beautiful relationship. Mark and Laura beamed as they left St Wing filed church and posed for some private shots that came out a treat. The reception at Santos Higham Farm was full of fun and reflected their love of family and friends. 10 bridesmaids, two best men and two pageboys says it all. The band played some great music and everyone drank and danced the night away. I managed to grab that sundown shot before to much celebration had taken place. Jo and I send our very best wishes for a very happy life together.

To see more photo's of the day click the link below.
Mothers Day - James Martin
James Martin's cookery demonstration at Denby Pottery
James proved to be "dish of the day" for many of the women there to celebrate Mothers Day. He charmed the audience with his culinary skills, Yorkshire good humour and charismatic personality. The staff at Denby who arranged the event were fantastic and a joy to work alongside. A great company with a real team spirit.