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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June 2009 Archive

Dave & Anna's pre-wedding shoot in Cambridge

Posted in Portrait Photography at 18:41 on 26/06/2009

Dave & Anna are getting married at the wonderful South Farm in Cambridgeshire later on this summer and it promises to be an unusual wedding for me. Dave is my oldest friend, so it's going to be an emotional day for me… but he's also asked me to give a speech. How many times have you seen the wedding photographer giving a speech? I certainly haven't seen it happen at any of my weddings, but I suppose there could be a good reason for that…

The lovely Cambridge portrait photographer Helen Bartlett joined me for Dave & Anna's pre-wedding portrait shoot in Cambridge. Here's a selection of my favourites, a mixture of both my shots and Helen's.

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Believe it or not, this location is literally just around the corner from our house. Gotta love Cambridge:

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Light Blue Software discovers unannounced iPhone OS 3.0 feature

Posted in Light Blue Software at 13:33 on 19/06/2009

Apologies for the lack of pictures on here over the last couple of weeks, but now that the wedding season has kicked off and Light Blue: Photo has been getting so much great feedback from professional photographers, it's been hard to keep up with my blogging. I'll fix that really soon.

blogImage1Most of the photographers I know are iPhone owners and fans and - if you're anything like me - you've been dying to get your hands on the new iPhone OS 3.0 software. When I upgraded my iPhone on Wednesday night, I discovered a new feature that hasn't been mentioned on any of the tech news sites I read: phone numbers, email addresses and street addresses in the Notes field of an event in the Calendar app are now clickable links.

So, why am I excited about this? Light Blue: Photo v1.2 improved our iCal/iPhone sync feature, adding an instant auto-publish feature as well as publishing more information about shoots to iCal. In iPhone OS 3.0, all you need to do to call your clients, email them or look up their address in the Maps app is to go to the shoot in Calendar and click the appropriate link. It's about as cool as calendars can get. How cool you think it is depends on how much you like being able to keep on top of your schedule and contact your clients while out and about!

You can find out more from the Light Blue Software website.

University of Cambridge May Bumps 2009

Posted in Commercial and PR at 10:53 on 13/06/2009

I should create a new section in my blog called "only in Cambridge"…

This week is the week before May Week, the end of term blow out at the University of Cambridge. Pretty frocks and glamorous dinner jackets will be worn, May Balls will be attended and enormous quantities of Pimms and champagne will be drunk. Before May Week gets started though, there's the small matter of the University of Cambridge May Bumps.

While researching the race times on the CUCBC website, I came across a list of the various penalties that have been issued to boat crews this year. The list is hilarious. Here are some of my favourite entries.

Fairly mundane, but fun-sounding:

Christs M1 Excessive Bank Party £15

Churchill M3 Foul and Abusive Language £20

I don't understand this one:

Emma W5 Dropped Bung £15

Does this mean that they started partying before they'd bumped?

Newnham W3 Early Celebration £40

Even Cambridge isn't safe from petty crime:

Boatman stealing Bumps Programme £2.50

My favourite penalties are in the sartorial crimes category:

Christs W2 Inappropriate headgear

Jesus M3 Bad hats 20p each

Pembroke W3 Offensive Leggings

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Light Blue: Photo given a glowing review by Photo Pro magazine

Posted in Light Blue Software at 10:48 on 09/06/2009

Light Blue: Photo, the studio management system for photographers that I created to run my photography business, gets a great review in the current issue of Photo Pro magazine. Light Blue: Photo's ease of use and functionality made sure that it received a 4.5 out of 5 review, which said that they were "very impressed with the attention to detail, the functionality, and pretty much everything else".

Light Blue: Photo v1.2 was released last week, adding internationalisation features, enhanced iCal and iPhone integration for Mac OS X Leopard users and a host of other new features.

You can find out more about Light Blue: Photo and download a 30-day trial version from the Light Blue Software website.

Light Blue: Photo, business software for professional photographers, updated to v1.2

Posted in Light Blue Software at 08:36 on 04/06/2009

This summer is turning into a busy one. Not only have I been doing my normal photography work in Cambridge and London but I've also been working on Light Blue: Photo v1.2.

Light Blue: Photo is business management software for professional photographers and runs on both Mac OS X and Windows. We launched version 1.0 in February and since then it's grown and evolved. Version 1.2 was released last night and includes several really exciting new features:

Localisation options, so our customers outside the UK can use their own currencies, paper sizes, date formats, etc.

Enhanced iCal support for Mac OS X Leopard. More information about your shoots are published and updates are published instantly to iCal (and your iPhone if you've synced that with your Mac).

Printable versions of quotes & receipts.

There's a whole host of other new features. To find out more about them, please check out url=http://www.lightbluesoftware.com/news]http://www.lightbluesoftware.com/news.

Light Blue: Photo 1.2 is now available for download.

If you've already registered your copy, you can upgrade for free; if not, download the full version for a (newly-extended) 30-day trial. If you like what you see, you can buy it from our website for the special introductory price of just £325, including VAT.

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