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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April 2009 Archive

Claire & Neil's engagement portrait session in Cambridge

Posted in Portrait Photography at 14:20 on 29/04/2009

Claire & Neil are getting married in the village I grew up in, Helions Bumpstead, and I know Claire from all the way back to when we went to the same primary school. I'm getting very excited about going back to Helions Bumpstead for their wedding in Essex on Saturday, but we had a chance to schedule an engagement portrait session in Cambridge earlier this week.

Here's a selection of my favourite images from Claire & Neil's portrait shoot in Cambridge.

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Publicity photos for Sir David Willcocks

Posted in Commercial and PR at 10:21 on 29/04/2009

Back in 2007, The Oldie commissioned me to photograph composer and conductor Sir David Willcocks at his home in Cambridge. Yesterday, I was invited back to take a new set of publicity images for his various performances, public appearances and publications.

Sir David's biography makes for great reading - he's done a lot of interesting things in his 89 years, although most of my musical friends know him through his Carols for Choirs anthologies.

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Claire & Duncan's wedding photographs: Meldreth, Cambridgeshire & South Farm, Hertfordshire

Posted in Wedding Photography at 08:43 on 27/04/2009

I'm based in Cambridge and a lot of my wedding photography work takes place either in or around Cambridge and Cambridgeshire. Claire & Duncan got married in the Cambridgeshire village of Meldreth - where Claire grew up - and then went onto South Farm in Hertfordshire for their wedding reception.

This was my first wedding at South Farm but I'm going to be going back there at least two more times this year so I was pleased to find it such a lovely venue. The house and gardens at South Farm make for a great wedding reception and the barn they use for the wedding breakfast is remarkably bright as far a barn venues. I couldn't quite work out how to incorporate the rare breed pigs they keep there into my pictures though - it's probably for the best that I wasn't allowed to climb into their enclosure and get up close to them with a wide angle lens!

Bridal preparations in Meldreth, Cambridgeshire. Hair by Cambridge wedding hair dresser Heiki Martin:

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The church in Meldreth:

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Some of my favourite photographs from the wedding ceremony:

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Onto South Farm for the wedding reception:

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Photographing children seminar: new date added

Posted in Seminars at 14:01 on 19/04/2009

The talented children's portrait photographer Helen Bartlett has added an extra date to the series of seminars she is presenting at Calumet stores around the country. This week's seminar at Drummond St in London is completely over-subscribed, so Calumet have added another date on Friday 26 June 2009.

Helen has spent the last five years establishing a thriving children's photography business that takes her all over the UK photographing children in their own environment. In this seminar she will share the secrets of her success and the philosophy behind her images which is so integral to her signature style.

Helen will guide you through the highs and lows of setting up your business and explain many of the key techniques she uses each and every day to ensure that each and every client has a stunning set of images.

You will learn:

How to develop your own style by thinking through your images and what you want to achieve rather that imitating the photographer down the road.

How to evaluate a location for the best shooting spots: be it a park, a beach or a basement flat.

How to work with light or lack or it, indoors and out

How to get the best from the children and achieve the all important family group shot

What to do when you hit meltdown (yes, we work with two year olds) and how to get the shoot up and running again

How to market your new found skills and attract new clients

Tickets are on sale now, priced at £75 inc VAT. You can book tickets from the Calumet site:

Friday 26 June 2009 - Calumet London (Drummond St)

Tickets for Helen's forthcoming seminars in Birmingham and Liverpool are still available:

Tuesday 28 April 2009 - Calumet Birmingham

Thursday 30 April 2009 - Calumet Liverpool

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Reminder: post-production for portrait & wedding photographers seminar

Posted in Seminars at 10:24 on 16/04/2009

We're half way through April, so I thought it was about time that I posted a reminder about the seminars I'm presenting in May.

I got so much great feedback from everyone who came to my wedding photography seminars at the end of 2008 and one of the strongest themes was that most people found the section dedicated to workflow the most useful part of the day. Everyone I asked said that they would be queueing around the block for a full day's training on workflow and post-production, so Calumet have invited me to present another set of seminars in May:

Post-production for portrait and wedding photographers

Digital capture has given photographers an enormous amount of creative control over their work, but this means that taking great pictures is only the first step towards delivering fantastic results.

I will be presenting a seminar that will teach you the post-production skills you need to finish your portrait & wedding photographs to a professional standard. The course will explore:

Practical techniques that will bring the best out of your images.

Building these skills into an efficient workflow that supports your photographic style and makes the most of your time.

The seminar includes:

A catch-up session to bring your Photoshop skills up to speed.

Realising the potential of RAW files.

Producing great black & whites from digital images.

Practical retouching techniques.

Using special effects to polish your images.

Taking control of your workflow.

Everyone attending the seminar will also receive a disc containing details of the techniques demonstrated, sample files and the Photoshop Actions used during the course.

The seminar will run from 10:00 to 17:00 and is priced at £85. Tickets are now on sale for the following dates and locations:

Tuesday 5 May 2009 - Calumet Belfast

Thursday 7 May 2009 - Calumet London (Drummond Street Store)

Tuesday 12 May 2009 - Calumet Manchester

Thursday 14 May 2009 - Calumet Birmingham

If there's anything you would like to ask me before booking your ticket, please get in touch with me via my contact form.

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