I was called upon to renew the interior shots for the website of Belmont house, as I write, the website has yet to be updated but with the busy tourists months ahead I’m sure it will not be long! Belmont house is a fine Edwardian country house in the heart of Edale. It is an ideal self catering holiday house for large groups as it comfortably sleeps 16 people. This year is the opening of the “winery” which is a large conference room/building adjacent to the house.
Photography never ceases to amaze me and doing this shoot just before Christmas was certainly no exception. I have never knowingly produced a collection of photographs with as much power as these for they lock in time the deep love a couple share at a very poignant time in their lives.
Their need was to harness their love as it stood on that day and secure it in pictures for the future. During the shoot they looked back at other momentous photographs; their engagement and wedding photographs, these evoked happy memories of their children and grand children but whilst they were reminiscing about the past, in the back of their minds, they were struggling with the anticipation of an uncertain future. The journey ahead is one filled with trepidation. Rob is now undergoing chemotherapy treatment and I’m pleased to say that the first course of chemotherapy treatment is drawing to an end.
The role of this album is about reminding him and others about his pre treatment identity thus giving a sense of strength and comfort during down times.
“Thank you so much I love them they capture us! So glad you took them for us. I have just looked at them and cried and laughed.” - Alison
You can never tell what’s going to become of the weather once you are on top of Kinder. Luckily we love the spontaneous adventures it brings! Getting caught in a snow blizzard made the walk even more exciting as the boys battled on pretending they were contenders in the Spine Race. Can you spot the couple celebrating Valentine’s day?
Thank you very much to the very happy family staying at Grindsbrook barns for inviting me to spend a morning with them. It actually worked out really well for whilst Mum and Dad were busy packing up to go home, I took their jolly little fella off for an adventure to the near by river to play poo sticks. Their packing was done in half the time and we had a lot of giggles getting some cracking photos. From Grindsbrook Barns there are many walks in outstanding countryside for all ages and abilities so it is an ideal place for me to come and collect memories of your holiday on your behalf. For further information of how to book a ‘Holiday Shoot’ or a ‘Welly Walk’ please visit this area of my website.
Thank you very much to the very happy family staying at Grindsbrook barns for inviting me to spend a morning with them. It actually worked out really well for whilst Mum and Dad were busy packing up to go home, I took their jolly little fella off for an adventure to the near by river to play poo sticks. Their packing was done in half the time and we had a lot of giggles getting some cracking photos. From Grindsbrook Barns there are many walks in outstanding countryside for all ages and abilities so it is an ideal place for me to come and collect memories of your holiday on your behalf. For further information of how to book a ‘holiday shoot’ or a ‘welly walk’ please visit this area of my website.
I’ve very kindly been lent a Canon 100mm macro lens and this morning I went out to capture the finer details in nature. I’ve always been fascinated by the weird and wonderful ways in which moss and lichen grow. Their structures and colours are very different to usual landscapes and are often over looked due to their scale. I want to create a series of abstract photographs based on their shape and form, and this is the beginning of that journey.
Whilst I’m engrossed in the macro world, I have a feeling I’m being watched……
by a very handsome belted galloway bull!
The boys and I escaped for some adventures and quiet times in Shrewsbury.
Testing out my new Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens - nearly got the hang of it!
I don’t have a dog but really should as it would force me out on beautiful days like today. What a morning to capture the changing seasons.
There seems to a recurring thread to the days I like to photograph my local landscape. Well it’s foggy again, the light is shifting swiftly over the hills and they’re looking truly emarkable.
Who would have thought that thistles could be so photogenic?
The sun was setting so the light and colours were really enhanced….
What a tremendous surprise! Grayson Perry was invited to give a talk at an arts festival at Chatsworth. Afterwards I couldn’t resist popping into the Dalia Gardens, they’re as beautifully flamboyant as Grayson…….
Alice at Upper Booth Farm was keen to get some portraits with her horses. I really enjoyed the challenge!
This is a posy picked from my garden in late summer
Another gorgeous day to photograph the landscape and holiday makers up on the moor. The heather is a wonderful back drop to stunning portraits from mid August till mid September.
Bit of a rainy day but let that not get in the way of some bilberry picking time - delicious hot muffins to look forward to!
Des Behari and I did a skills swap. He is a very talented Graphic Designer based in Manchester and the creator of my logo. Today, I have finally given him my part of the deal! His portrait.
A very windy walk up on Surprise View on the Longshaw Estate at the edge of the Peak District National Park.
We had a little holiday in Wales. A rainy day at the Ty Coch Inn is where I tried out my new Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM lens - oh what a lovely lens it is!
Emma Hunter, an artist based in London, commissioned me to photograph another workshop. This time working with Oldham’s poet Cathy Crabb and local ladies who could share their memories and experiences of working in the Cotton Mill for a written word based sculpture.
Away for the weekend. Keen to explore more of the Pennine Way and the stunning landscapes of Yorkshire. Hills, walking and walls, my kind of break!
After a long bleak winter, finally we have COLOUR!! It’s been quite a challenge creating colour in the garden; getting used to the high elevation, where few plants survive. If it’s not the weather, it’s the wildlife and live stock rampaging the garden who I battle with but this year the garden is bright!
Artist Emma Hunter is being commissioned by British Land to create pieces of public art for the Elk Mill Retail Park in Oldham. I joined her to photograph the workshop she lead with Yr 9 students from The Oldham Academy North. The abstract drawings inspired by their trip to Helmshore Textiles Museum will be wrapped around cotton cans as a feature near the new play area at Elk Mill Retail Park.
Driving back from a weekend with my family, I was arrested by The Roaches above Leek in the Peak District looking the best I’ve ever seen. It was late, as the boys roused from their slumber, I had to apologise and insisted that these were photographs not to be missed!
I love this drive way in Barber Booth when the cow parsley is at it’s prime.
In the end we persuaded the teen siblings to join us.