December 2013 update: I'm no longer working as a photographer

In 2009, I launched a company that makes business software for photographers, and now that company is so successful that I've regretfully had to put my photography business on hold indefinitely. You can find out more about this change on my blog.

If you're looking for a photographer, I'm still in touch with many amazing photographers and would be delighted to recommend them to you if you contact me.

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Blog of the year

Posted in Miscellaneous at 16:06 on 24/12/2010

2010 has been a crazy year, so now that it's drawing to a close I thought I'd round it off with a blog post.

Th year started in style with my first overseas wedding - photographing Nallini & Samrat's wedding in India. I was joined by the always wonderful Helen Bartlett for the two day wedding ceremony in Neemrana.

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On returning to England, I plunged straight back into the thick of it with the launch of Light Blue: Photo 2 at the SWPP convention. Light Blue Software is a company that I founded to design and sell business software to photographers and, alongside my thriving photography business, it's certainly kept me busy this year!

February saw the first MyVision photography workshop. Based in Brighton, 20 photographers honed their photojournalism skills on their two day assignments. I was sent to a nearby animal sanctuary.

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2010 has been a fantastic year for my wedding photography business, but I somehow still found time to pack lots of other exciting projects into the year, including giving talks at Apple's flagship stores in London and New York…

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…features in professional photography magazines…

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…and of course the Cambridge Film Festival.

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Before I get onto this year's weddings, the engagement portrait sessions that I do with so many of my wedding couples deserve a quick mention.

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Which brings me neatly onto the weddings. 2010's been a great year for my wedding photography business. Based as I am in Cambridge, I always have my fair share of weddings at various colleges, starting off with Sarah & David's wedding at Pembroke College:

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Lucy & Jason's wedding at Jesus College:

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A crazy weekend in August found me at Magdalene College for three days in a row, starting with Hannah & Michael's wedding:

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…and followed by Jing & Bingyang's wedding at Magdalene College, Cambridge:

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Downing College featured heavily, with Jo & Dan's wedding followed by Helen & Jörg's wedding at Downing College:

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Then, to round off our tour of Cambridge colleges, we have Elena & David's wedding at Trinity Hall and Gonville & Caius Colleges:

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There's more to life and wedding photography in Cambridge and East Anglia than colleges though, including Hamish & Carrie's wedding at Great Wilbraham Hall Barn:

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Jess & Simon's wedding at Longstowe Hall:

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…my first visit to Barrington Hall:

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…a return to the delightful Anstey Hall:

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…punting on the River Cam:

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…and a rainy day on Grantchester Meadows:

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2010 included my first Buddhist wedding ceremony at Caroline & Steve's wedding:

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…as well as plenty of sun:

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…a fair amount of rain:

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…my first wedding in Oxford:

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I photograph a lot of weddings in London and this year's been no exception, including the delightful Marylebone Town Hall and Union Club:

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…the wonderful Barbican Centre:

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…and the gorgeous Syon Park:

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I'm running out of time before I have to stop typing and carry on my tradition of cooking a ham for my family on Christmas Eve, and I haven't even got as far as covering all of the wonderful couples I've had the pleasure of working with this year - it's been a crazy but amazing year. So, I'm going to cut it short here, wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy and successful 2011.

Tom Catchesides interviewed by MacWorld

Posted in Miscellaneous at 09:27 on 12/09/2010

Following on from last week's appearance on the Apple website, MacWorld have just run an interview that I did for them earlier this year. In it, they ask why I started out my career as a professional wedding photographer, my approach to photographing weddings, and the importance of Macs in my post-production work.

You can find the interview here.

On the subject of post-production, there's still a few places left for the intensive one-day course that I'm running in Cambridge in November. You can find out more about it here.

Helen Bartlett's new website

Posted in Miscellaneous at 21:22 on 26/05/2010

Leading children's photographer Helen Bartlett has a new website. It's taken a while to build so I'm going to make this post short - go and enjoy it!

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Helen's running the London Marathon

Posted in Miscellaneous at 14:29 on 23/04/2010

Helen Bartlett, the talented children's portrait photographer (who also happens to be my girlfriend - I can't help boasting about that from time to time) is running the London Marathon on Sunday. She's already raised over £5,000 for Headway, the brain injury association, but it's not too late to sponsor her. If you'd like to support Headway and make all of Helen's training even more worthwhile, please do so on her JustGiving page:

http://www.justgiving.com/helenbartlettphoto

What's in a name?

Posted in Miscellaneous at 14:36 on 11/03/2010

Unfortunately quite a lot at the moment if you are my friend and fellow photographer David Calvert.

David has just discovered this in light of the recent stories run in the daily papers suggesting that Jon Venables (who was convicted of murdering James Bulger) was going by the name of David Calvert. Since then David’s photography site has had over 50,000 hits. Normally we’d be thrilled that his site is so popular, but at the moment he is obviously very concerned.

As his colleagues we are doing all we can to help David disassociate himself from this dreadful story.

David, 46, is a national award winning photographer and his business David Calvert Photography, based in Hertfordshire, specialises in family and child portraiture. David has our complete support in these difficult circumstances and we hope very much that they pass without impact to him, his own family or his business.

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