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Photography and video gives the opportunity to meet lots of great people and get into some really interesting places. When I can I write bot it and post a few pictures. 

 

Wow! Canada!

Wow! Canada!

No one really wants to see someone else’s travel (holiday) photography, in which case, click away from this post now! Reaching an age milestone (I won’t see 39 again) we decided to take a family trip to Canada. We had high hopes for the trip, and weren’t disappointed. We loved Canada, the word ‘awesome’ should ...
Green is the Colour that Should Always be Seen

Green is the Colour that Should Always be Seen

Who doesn’t love the colour green? It’s a bringer of hope when the first shoots pop up from germinating seeds. It’s diverse in the seemingly endless variety of shade and tone in the tree canopies, the garden borders, the verges and the hedgerows. It’s fruitful and fertile – even if it’s the lawn needing mowing yet ...
For the Love of Ice Cream

For the Love of Ice Cream

Lazy afternoons in the sunshine, running through the surf with the children, long, long days, no need for jumpers or jackets. How we love all the things of summer. Whip them up with sugar and vanilla and you get the best thing of all – ice cream!  “Ice cream Makes Your Sadness Go Away” “Don’t let ...
Business River Cruise on the Southern Belle with the Kingston Chamber

Business River Cruise on the Southern Belle with the Kingston Chamber

A business river cruise with Kingston Chamber of Commerce. A sunny, summer morning and breakfast on the River Thames – got to be better than a bacon sarnie in the office.  Lots of Chamber members embarked and spoke with wit and passion about their business. Turks Launches Kingston Chamber of Commerce Event photography in Kingston ...
Who Decided Red Means Danger? Reflections on the Colour Red

Who Decided Red Means Danger? Reflections on the Colour Red

If red colour was a dog, it would be a barking Alsatian. Red is the colour that people go both when they’re angry and when they’re in the throes of passion. It’s the colour of the boy racer’s throaty sports-car and the warning colour of the poisonous berry. ‘Roses are red’, so are shiny apples ...
Would-Be Lib-Dem Leader Sir Ed Davey at Kingston Expo

Would-Be Lib-Dem Leader Sir Ed Davey at Kingston Expo

Kingston University Business School hosts the Business Expo each year, organised by the Kingston Chamber of Commerce. Always a popular event and a good opportunity to interact with a wide range of businesses. As well as the exhibitor stands, there were a number of talks and speed networking. Here are some happy exhibitors… More exhibition ...
Wych Networking in Kingston

Wych Networking in Kingston

Here we are networking at the Wych Elm pub in Kingston. It’s a Kingston Chamber of Commerce get-together for home-workers, and a valuable resource for support and advice for anyone in business who works on their own. I’m posting it to prove to my family that occasionally people do pay attention to what I say. *** ...
Journalism Awards Ceremony – Photography for the Medical Journalists Association

Journalism Awards Ceremony – Photography for the Medical Journalists Association

Being lauded by your peers is a wonderful thing, (I’d imagine) but nerve-wracking to go up on stage in front of them to receive the award. The Medical Journalists Association invites entries for 18 categories of awards to be judged by figures from journalism, medicine and pharmaceutical worlds. The awards event was at the Barber-Surgeons ...
Illuminate – New Event Space at the London Science Museum

Illuminate – New Event Space at the London Science Museum

London Science Museum has a new event space they call ‘Illuminate‘. Well worth having a look at if you’re planning an event. (remember to mention my name!)  There’s lots of space to move around, and not so noisy that you couldn’t hold a conversation. The food looked fine, although I didn’t get to eat any of ...
Colours Can Make a Photograph

Colours Can Make a Photograph

Colours – bright, vibrant, striking, resonating or complimentary, blending, gentle and pastel. Colours often provide the urge to pick up the camera and take a picture. Something in the photographer’s brain is forever on the lookout for that chance arrangement colour, texture and form that strikes a chord and tells us there’s a picture to ...

Using the Same Stock Pictures as Other Websites

Stock pictures of beautiful people sitting around a table smiling, beautiful people standing around a water cooler laughing, a beautiful person, usually female wearing a telephone headset, smiling. Web picture cliches we all recognise. They’re boring, and an opportunity wasted – a better chosen image could say so much more about the business. But look ...
Banking Conference Photography

Banking Conference Photography

There used to be three bank branches on our high street, now there are none. I didn’t use them, so I can’t complain. Banking is changing a lot, which I assume is the excuse for a banking conference in a London hotel. I’ve covered several, photographing the accompanying exhibition and getting shots of the speakers ...
Practice Photography and Take Better Photos

Practice Photography and Take Better Photos

Practice photography with me and Handmade Workshops at The Railway in Teddington. We’re aiming to get more people taking better pictures, and it’s amazing how much you can learn in 3 hours. It’s intended for enthusiastic mobile phone camera users who want to move on to using a real camera. We cover the basics of ...
What’s so great about leading lines?

What’s so great about leading lines?

Leading lines capture the gaze of the viewer and then lead them by the hand into your picture. They might be ruts in a road, ripples in the sand or tracks under a train. Almost any line, hard or soft can set a trail for the eye to follow. The lines might be more like a ‘zone’ ...

Kingston Chamber of Commerce Double Tree Event Photography

This Kingston Double Tree event gave the lie to the lazy prejudice that chamber’s of commerce are full of full of middle-aged white men. Many of us are actually beyond middle-age! Kingston Chamber of Commerce growing membership is youthful and almost gender-balanced, so its events are all the more interesting and enjoyable. There are many ...
Kingston Guildhall Event with the Chamber of Commerce and Mayor

Kingston Guildhall Event with the Chamber of Commerce and Mayor

This Kingston Guildhall event was for anyone like me, in business on their own. It’s important to get out and network with other people in business, to share experience and expertise and sometimes pass on business referrals. I attend Kingston Chamber of commerce, it’s not as middle-aged, male and pale as many networking groups, and ...

Artist Portraits Photography

It so happens that the artist portraits I’ve photographed for the Richmond Art Society are of people my age. Which is to say, not young. Well, most of them are, and I think all the more interesting for it. Painting and drawing can be a ravenous time-eater, so most people don’t really take it up ...
Family Photography in Their Home

Family Photography in Their Home

Doing family photography in their home is a real privilege. You’re being granted access to take pictures of the most precious thing, and being invited into an almost sacred place. The family and the home. Treat them both with the utmost respect and consideration. But remember you’re there for a reason and to do the ...
Quiz Night Photographs

Quiz Night Photographs

Quiz night photographs from the Apothecaries Hall in London. Every year a I photograph the quizzers at an event held by the Medical Journalist Association. They split into teams for the quiz and soon forget that someone’s taking photographs. It’s always good fun photographing such expression – from concentration to exasperation! Event Photography Venues for ...
Photographing Your People at Work – 5 Reasons to Do It & 6 Ways to Make it Easier

Photographing Your People at Work – 5 Reasons to Do It & 6 Ways to Make it Easier

Customers and clients love getting a glimpse behind the scenes, and pictures of your people at work is an easy way of providing it. Of course, allowing a photographer into the office could be disruptive if it’s not planned for. The factory floor or research lab presents health and safety and security challenges. Hardly worth ...

Venues for Events in London

There are a lot of venues for events in London. Photographing the conference, seminar or networking event gives privileged access to some interesting buildings. While I spend most of time photographing the VIPs and attendees, a few good shots of the hall and the building are always welcomed. This is my excuse to go exploring ...
Take Better Photos

Take Better Photos

Teddington-based Handmade Workshops have asked me to run photography workshops for them. ‘Take Better Photos’ is a three hour workshop beginning with two hours in a room above a pub eating cake, drinking coffee, discussing leading lines and negative space. Then there’s an hour in Bushy Park putting some of the learning into practise. It’s so ...
Pics and their Pitfalls – Pictures on Websites Need to be Taken Seriously

Pics and their Pitfalls – Pictures on Websites Need to be Taken Seriously

I’d just taken some pictures of a client for her new website. She’s starting a health and lifestyle business. She told me she needed other website images too, but had seen some shots on Google Images she quite liked. I was curious about how she’d clear the copyright and surprised at her answer, “I don’t ...
Kingston Dragon Boat Race – Event Photography

Kingston Dragon Boat Race – Event Photography

I really wanted to be in a boat to photograph the great spectacle that is the Dragon Boat Race on the River Thames. But, all event photography really should be done from the sidelines – the photographer’s job at an event is to document; capture it for the interest and amusement of the participants but ...
Wonderful Faces

Wonderful Faces

I can’t bring myself to delete these wonderful faces. I’ve been having a hard-drive clear-out, but they remind me of why I love taking photographs of people – because of their wonderful faces. To begin with, in a shoot, the face is a mask behind which we hide our discomfort. But our face turns out ...

Deck the Walls of Teddington

Some of the local artists displaying this week in ‘1 of 1’ on Teddington High Street. As the poster says, affordable art perfect for Christmas presents.   ...
Care Home Editorial photography

Care Home Editorial photography

Doing editorial photography in a care home that isn’t yet open could be a challenge. After all, it’s the residents that need to be photographed. Of course there would be real protection issues to tackle if we were photographing real residents. Care home Caddington Grove in Dunstable was virtually ready to go and fully staffed. ...

Bramble Partners Networking at Gray’s Inn – Event Photography

Photography at an event in Gray’s Inn, or any of London’s prestigious venues is a small perk of the job. Bramble Hub connects public sector organisations with best of breed private sector suppliers through government procurement frameworks. They run regular partner events, some simply social, others opportunities to learn from peers, but they’re usually somewhere ...

The Limbcare Garden Video Story

Video of a Hampton Court Flower Show Garden The story that the Limbcare Garden video tells has more emotion at it’s core than most business video. That’s because the Limbcare Garden at the Hampton Court Flower Show was inspired by the emotional response of the garden’s designer, Edward Mairis. He learned of Ray Edwards MBE, ...
The Clairvoyant and her Biographer

The Clairvoyant and her Biographer

Steve and Janet came round to take some portraits for the cover of their forthcoming book. Janet is a clairvoyant and Steve is writing her story. ...
7 Steps to Getting More from Your Photographs

7 Steps to Getting More from Your Photographs

I propose a new figure of speech – ‘It’s like finding a jpeg on a hard-drive’ instead of the outmoded ‘needle in a haystack’.  The idea comes from the difficulty I’ve encountered when looking for a particular image on a computer.  I know it’s in there somewhere but…… Just imagine if you could open a ...
What Colour Should I Wear for a Photo Shoot?

What Colour Should I Wear for a Photo Shoot?

It’s not just the colour – there are as many ‘right’ ways to dress for a profile portrait photograph as there are people to be photographed. When I take a booking for a profile portrait shoot, I’m sometimes asked, ‘what shall I wear?’ I tend to hedge around the question with my answer, because I ...
Who’d do Their Business in a Stuffy Chamber?

Who’d do Their Business in a Stuffy Chamber?

Kingston Chamber of Commerce had a business networking meeting at The Canbury Arms in Kingston. A group of Young Enterprise competitors from a local school came along to pitch their product. They were fantastic – clear, articulate, lucid and with an enviable confidence that many of us grown-ups would envy. Like many middle-aged men, I ...
Get Your Family Loving Photography

Get Your Family Loving Photography

Holding up a camera between you and your family to take a picture is to place a barrier between you and them. You’re pushing them away a little. But photography can be a shared, unifying activity – if you work at it. ‘Doing photography’ is a good thing. It forces you to look, and teaches ...
Using a Mobile Phone to Capture a Testimonial Video

Using a Mobile Phone to Capture a Testimonial Video

You’ve got happy customers, right? They’d recommend you to friends, right? You’re leveraging this free advertising to build your business? No? Well, surely you’re at least thinking about testimonial video? It’s worth putting in the effort to get them the testimonials, and to get then right – testimonials can really help your social media profile, ...
Journey of Life – Promotional Garden Design Video at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show

Journey of Life – Promotional Garden Design Video at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show

I stopped shooting for my garden design video, picked up my camera and tripod and got out of the way of the BBC’s double-decker sized camera crane. It was the Royal Horticultural Society’s Hampton Court Flower Show 2017. The camera crane belonged to ‘Gardner’s World’, one of my favourite television programmes, so I was more ...
Three Questions to Get a Better LinkedIn Profile Picture

Three Questions to Get a Better LinkedIn Profile Picture

Many people need a better LinkedIn profile photograph. All things being equal, if you’re looking at LinkedIn for a contractor, freelance, employee or partner and you have the choice between someone with a profile showing a picture and someone without a picture, you’ll probably choose the person with a picture. If the choice is between ...
Bentall Breakfast – Photography at the Business Networking Event

Bentall Breakfast – Photography at the Business Networking Event

Photography from Kingston Chamber of Commerce monthly networking event. October’s was at Bentall’s department store in Kingston. The event’s are always well attended, despite the impression this shot might give. As you’d expect from Bentall’s, it was an excellent breakfast, and there were a lot of really interesting people to meet, never mind the business! ...
Love the Autumn – Do Photography!

Love the Autumn – Do Photography!

Summer has holidays, winter has Christmas. Autumn, sandwiched in between has nothing but colour. But, oh what colour! Autumn’s the best. Yes, photography in spring is beautiful when everything bursting into life. Winter is wonderful in it’s sharpness and starkness. And of course long, sultry, summer days are magnificent. But Autumn? Autumn is golden, it’s ...

White Noise – Artists and their Art on Exhibition in London

This was a terrific exhibition in a great space. The Crypt under St.Pancras Parish Church is everything you’d hope it would be – cool, damp, dark with low vaulted ceilings. It’s very different from typical sterile galleries. The works of art seem to interact with their surroundings giving a more ‘visceral’ feel.  I was at ...

Promotional Video – ‘How to Drive Your Business to the Next Level’

This seminar was filmed for a promotional video. Beverley Corson and Bryan Charter are Engineering Business Growth. They are a good example of the value of business networking – they met at a breakfast meeting, realised they shared a lot of their business philosophy and formed a partnership. This seminar – How to Drive Your Business ...
Britain’s Best Secondhand Bookshop?

Britain’s Best Secondhand Bookshop?

“Wow!” Charles Leakey says he often hears it said from people entering his secondhand bookshop. No wonder, it’s an Aladdin’s cave of 100,000 books and maps. You just know that with a little effort you’ll find something magic in there. Indeed it feels a bit like something from a Harry Potter film. Leakey’s occupies a ...

Silver Lining – to be found in every cloud – event photography in Kingston

The Rose Theatre in Kingston upon Thames staged the first production of a new play written by Sandi Toksvig, ‘Silver Lining’. I photographed the press night star-spangled event.  ...
Whizzfit Fun and Games – Party Photography

Whizzfit Fun and Games – Party Photography

WhizzFit events are fun and friendly, the business has been bringing out the inner child in everyone since 2013. With the emphasis firmly on fun first, everyone can join in, get active and improve their health and fitness. Having already made them a video, Angus got me back to get some stills that capture the excitement.  ...
Election Hustings in Kingston

Election Hustings in Kingston

It’s election time and the candidates in Kingston and Surbiton constituency have gathered together for a hustings organised by the Kingston Chamber of Commerce, apart from the Monster Raving Loonie Party candidate, who’s ill. As you see, together the parties have selected a representative group of people. That’s if you ignore the women and ethnic ...
Brother, Sister, Partner – Going into Business with a Sibling

Brother, Sister, Partner – Going into Business with a Sibling

Let’s face it, going to work can be a pain. Open plan offices are too noisy and impersonal, small offices are too claustrophobic, no one ever clears up in the kitchen. The vending machine steels money. Bosses are unreasonable and bullying. The pay is inadequate, the days too long, weekends too short and holidays hardly ...

Official Opening of a Multinational’s International HQ in Richmond – PR Event Photography

I do like Americans, they’re so polite. Louis Berger is a $1 billion global professional services corporation based in Morristown, N.J., USA. Louis Berger ‘helps infrastructure and development clients solve their most complex challenges’. They build things. Big things like airports. They’ve established an international operations headquarters in Richmond upon Thames. As the starting bell rang on ...

‘Builder’ Doesn’t have to Mean Nightmare! Home Renovation Video

Watching Julie’s house turning into the home she wanted was fascinating, a good education about the experience of the renovation of an old house. The work was carried out by ‘By Word of Mouth Renovations Ltd’, and was well under way when I made my first visit, everything that was going to be stripped out ...

Great Music – Live at the Park in Teddington

Music from a pure voice, a violin and a guitar – an unusaul, but exquisite sound was heard in The Park Hotel in Teddington, when Charlotte Andrew performed. Her beautiful voice and violin where accompanied by guitar in a programme of popular songs. ...

If You’ve Got a Smartphone You Can Have a Business Video

Video is a brilliant asset for any business website, and one great way of using it is in testimonials from current clients and customers. I advocated this to a meeting of OmniLocal Business Networking recently, and to illustrate the point got a few of attendees to record a short piece to camera explaining what they got out of ...

Testimonial Video Shoot

There were two bed-sits on the top floor of number 32 Bryn Road, Swansea. One looked out over the bay, the other over dull rooftops. That’s the one I had, the room with a view was taken by Chris. It seemed appropriate at the time, I’d attended a second-rate state comprehensive school and was failing ...
Breakfast Muffins in the Mayor’s Parlour – Business Event in Kingston

Breakfast Muffins in the Mayor’s Parlour – Business Event in Kingston

Kingston Chamber of Commerce’s latest networking breakfast event was in the Mayor’s Parlour in the Guildhall.  I had to go and have a look – just too tempting for a nosey person like me.  You always meet some interesting people at these well-attended events, and you find out about their many great business ideas! ...
Share Your Photographs – or They Might as Well Not Exist

Share Your Photographs – or They Might as Well Not Exist

We just relived our summer holiday. It was a nice holiday so that’s a good thing. We watched a display of photographs from the trip on our TV, they looked sharp, bright and colourful, it’s was a good way to share. I was reminded of childhood slideshows when Dad was cajoled into setting up the ...
Shooting Cows for Editorial

Shooting Cows for Editorial

I nearly grew up on a farm, so I was delighted to be commissioned to get some editorial photographs of a couple of farmers with their cattle. It was only ‘nearly’ because I lived next to, not on a farm. They had three boys of my age, so that’s where I was for every moment I ...
What to do with a Camera in Winter

What to do with a Camera in Winter

Get more creative, that’s what! What to do with a camera in winter is the question many photographers seem to ask themselves. The autumn is irresistible to most photographers. With the passing of the rutting season in the Royal Parks of London, the herds of stag-shooting photographers have retired to the warmth of their computers. ...

Customer Facing Staff Need Good Portrait Photos

Motive8 Ltd understand the importance of presenting customer-facing staff in the best possible way, so they value good portrait photos. They’re a global organization, and established market leaders in the design & installation of residential and corporate health and fitness facilities. M8 have management contracts for many of the facilities they install, and every few months ...
Business Networking in St. Mary’s University – photography

Business Networking in St. Mary’s University – photography

St.Mary’s University is just up the road from where I live. It specialises to sport science and many of their students are themselves athletes. Part of their campus is in Strawberry Hill House, Britain’s finest example of Georgian Gothic Revival architecture, Strawberry Hill House was designed and created as a Gothic fantasy between 1747 and ...
Less a Plane than a Jackson Pollock – Editorial Photography for Pilot Magazine

Less a Plane than a Jackson Pollock – Editorial Photography for Pilot Magazine

In my career as a editorial photographer, this has so far been my most ‘Boys Own’ job – spending the day at White Waltham airfield surrounded by aircraft, and in the company of walking-Wikipedia. Philip and Colin, who know about cars and aeroplanes, and two expert ‘detailers’. Sadly, the photography was not to involve taking ...

Editorial Photography in a Royal Palace

My second editorial photography job for Hong Kong based business magazine A Plus, was photograping Jessica Fries, Executive Chairman of ‘Accounting for Sustainability’, a charity established by Prince Charles to ‘inspire action to drive a fundamental shift towards resilient business models and a sustainable economy’. The office is in Clarence House, London, a Royal Palace. ...
Thalidomiders – People to Look Up To

Thalidomiders – People to Look Up To

It can be truly uplifting when you spend time with people who have to overcome real challenges every day. I spent an afternoon with people damaged by the drug Thalidomide, they call themselves Thalidomiders. It’s not just that your own problems get put in perspective, but something more profound in the spirit and character that ...
Beryl the Biker – Rose Theatre press night

Beryl the Biker – Rose Theatre press night

Kingston’s Rose Theatre get me to photograph all their press night parties. The brief is to capture the celebrities and cast. A couple of recent productions have been directed by Trevor Nunn and consequently I have quite a lot of Trevor Nunn pictures. Possibly enough to start a photo agency, albeit rather specialised. Specifically, pictures ...
Come to a Party – Dressed as Tube Station!

Come to a Party – Dressed as Tube Station!

Any ideas what you’d do if you were invited to a tube station themed party? I was completely without inspiration, but luckily I was taking photographs so I had an excuse…. Celebrating a significant birthday in Richmond, Surrey was actress Julie Peasgood. There was plenty of theatricality on display in the guests, and some terrific creative thinking that ...
“TV doctoring – Upholding the Hippocratic Oath?”

“TV doctoring – Upholding the Hippocratic Oath?”

I have never seen ‘Embarassing Bodies’. The TV programme, that is. I only have to look in the mirror to see an embarrassing body. TV doctoring was the subject of a debate at the Institute of Directors on Pall Mall, London. Staged by the blog Hippocratic Post and the London Press Club, the four protagonists discussed whether ...
Whizzfit Energy-Intensive Promotional Video

Whizzfit Energy-Intensive Promotional Video

I have to confess, when I first met Angus Effemy (Whizzfit.com founder) and he told me about the Dodgeball tournaments he organised, I really had no idea what Dodgeball was. Turns out, the name’s a give away! That was at least 18 months before Angus got in touch. We’d had a conversation at a networking event ...
Nice Shoes on the Mall – artist portrait

Nice Shoes on the Mall – artist portrait

I met graphic designer Richard Tomlin at a business networking group some years ago. Now he’s semi-retired and spending a lot of time painting portraits, his picture, ‘Nice Shoes’ is currently being exhibited in the Mall Galleries, London. The Columbia Threadneedle Prize claims to showcase the very best in new figurative and representational art. I think there’s some ...
Laura’s Pet’s Pressies editorial photography

Laura’s Pet’s Pressies editorial photography

BBC Children’s had a sort of ‘junior Dragon’s Den’ programme, which 9 year old Laura won. Her prize was the opportunity, support and resource to try out her business idea; ‘Pet’s Pressies’. She came to ‘Pets at Home’ in Richmond with her Dad, the BBC sent a TV crew. As well as the the retail ...
A Christmas Carol – Press Night Event Photography

A Christmas Carol – Press Night Event Photography

This year the marvelous Rose Theatre in Kingston is staging Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. They have a great track record in producing shows with children in the cast. Partly because the theatre has an admirable community and youth theatre. This production is adapted and directed by Ciaran McConville. Once again the theatre asked me  to photograph ...
Tea in the Garden – Photography at an Event for a Charity

Tea in the Garden – Photography at an Event for a Charity

Being the photographer at an event for older people is always fun. Older people are as concerned about how they look in a photograph as anyone else, but it’s more about whether they’re smiling enough, not just vanity! In a rich place like Richmond it’s easy to forget that are still people in need. The Richmond Charities ...
PA of the Year 2015 – Award Event Photography

PA of the Year 2015 – Award Event Photography

I loved being the posh frocks photographer at 116 Pall Mall, London for the PA of the Year 2015 Awards event. Staged by Exec PA magazine and with categories from Best Event Organiser to Best Boss, it was a glamorous affair at the home of the Institute of Directors. ...
Bishops Move – Corporate Photography

Bishops Move – Corporate Photography

Bishop’s Move in Crawley, Sussex needed more photography of it’s business. They wanted pictures of corporate moves for inclusion in pitch documents so they borrowed an empty office nearby and parked a lorry in front of it.   Bishop’s Move has over 160 years experience in the removals and storage industry. Established in 1854, they have ...
Singers Perform for Charity – Event Photography

Singers Perform for Charity – Event Photography

Hundreds of choristers, an orchestra and a band assembled at Kempton Park one blustery Sunday morning to rehearse and perform Karl Jenkins ‘The Armed Man –  A Mass for Peace’. It was to raise money for the hospice movement, one I was happy to support with photography of the event. I’d heard them perform this magnifcent work before, ...
World Travel Market, Excel

World Travel Market, Excel

The Travel Market is when the world descends on the Excel Conference Centre in London every autumn. Every square metre of this vast space is taken up by this truly international trade event. For several years I’ve been either videoing or photographing for ACFI, a news agency base on Gran Canaria. The trouble is, I don’t speak Spanish so I ...
Richmond Business Awards 2015

Richmond Business Awards 2015

The Richmond Business Awards recognise the strength and vitality of business in the London Borough of Richmond. The twelve categories in this Richmond event are sponsored by some the bigger businesses in the Borough. We all get to dress up for the award ceremony in the Live Room at the rugby stadium, where the food was ...
It’s all theatre Darling!

It’s all theatre Darling!

With a cast of 40 including Joely Richardson, Robert Sheehan, Kåre Conradi, Alex Waldmann & Rufus Hound you know you’re in for a good time! And that’s just the after show event! Photography after the press night at The Rose Theatre, Kingston upon Thames. Epic, enthralling, extraordinary. The Rose stage is transformed into a battleground for The ...
Your Child is Leaving Home – Last of the Family Portraits?

Your Child is Leaving Home – Last of the Family Portraits?

Can there be a happier day in any man’s life than the one when his daughter’s born? Well, perhaps the one when she left home for University! It was a sunny, Sussex, Sunday afternoon the day we took our eldest to begin her degree. Luggage-loaded cars jostling in the car park, everywhere families helping move ...
No Crisis for the Midlife Cyclists Tour

No Crisis for the Midlife Cyclists Tour

Cyclists tour Italy. Not a midlife crisis. Not like buying an open top sports car, or a powerful motorbike, having an affair with a younger person, invading an adjoining country if you’re president of Russia. An expensive pedal bike is a more benign expression of age-related anxiety and the close resemblance of padded shorts to ...
Cake International at Excel a feast for the eyes, if not for the tummy!

Cake International at Excel a feast for the eyes, if not for the tummy!

Let me eat cake! I like cake. No more explanation needed as to why I went to the ‘Cake International’ exhibition at London’s ExCel, a vast, vast space that houses several exhibitions at once, but there was no problem finding Cake International, I followed the trail of ladies. Described as ‘The Sugarcraft, Cake Decorating & ...
Catastrophe at The Apothecaries’ Hall in London – Event Photography

Catastrophe at The Apothecaries’ Hall in London – Event Photography

Ebola, Earthquakes and Medivacs; Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine I was the photographer at the Apothecaries’ Hall in London for this event organised by the Medical Journalists Association.  The hall is beautiful and the ancient home of The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries.  The talk, organised by the Medical Journalist Association was given in the Great Hall.  Dating ...
BBC Good Food Show – great for greedies

BBC Good Food Show – great for greedies

I walked into the BBC Good Food Eat Well Show at Olympia in London to be met by a large Lexus. That’s not the Latin name of the lesser known, slightly sour fruit best eaten after it’s passed through the gut of a Yak on the Himalayan plateau.  It’s the luxury car, and the show’s ...
Caravan, Camping or Motorhome?

Caravan, Camping or Motorhome?

I can’t find my award for ‘Best Broadcast 1995’. I wanted to show a picture of it just prove that I’d won it.  ‘Best Broadcast on the Subject of Caravanning’, awarded by the Caravan Club.  Actually I think it was the only broadcast on the subject of caravanning in 1995, the 100th anniversary of the ...
Home is where the dust is

Home is where the dust is

A home is more than a pile of bricks and mortar, at least it is once it’s been lived in for while; absorbing something of us, our breath and our dust. So what happens when we go?  How long does it take for that bit ‘us’ to fade away? The question came to mind as ...
Up the Hill Backwards – or how I nearly stranded my family

Up the Hill Backwards – or how I nearly stranded my family

The idea of the white Christmas is so charming, if only we could arrange for the snow to start late on Christmas eve once everyone’s got home, lie there through the big day while we open our presents before thawing on Christmas evening. Then Boxing Day would be clear for the exodus when it seems ...
How to take good portrait photographs

How to take good portrait photographs

To take good portraits, you need practise. On holiday or at a special event like a birthday party or wedding most of us are willing to have our photo taken – it seems appropriate because it’s special. Pull out a camera on an ordinary day and you’ll often be met with a wave of complaints, ‘I ...
Do better family photography on holiday

Do better family photography on holiday

Of the pictures I took in New York on our family holiday, the one I like the best is taken on the rocks in Central Park. It was still quite early on our first morning, we can’t quite believe we really are there and not just dreaming ourselves to be in some film or sitcom.  ...
Using Flash for Better Outdoor Photographs

Using Flash for Better Outdoor Photographs

I always thought flash was for indoor photography. The only time I remember seeing my Dad use it was at Christmas photographing three generations of the family sitting down to Christmas dinner. We look so miserable staring back at the camera, probably the prospect of playing Monopoly. It wasn’t something he was used to using ...
Do websites really need photographs?

Do websites really need photographs?

Most websites have photographs on them, but does anyone ever ask why? Delete all the pictures from the average website and what have you lost? No more over-happy people with pearly-white smiles, no more wholesome, beautiful families, no more immaculate interiors and perfectly presented meals.  A good web designer always wants to leave lots of ...
How to Get a Smile for a Portrait

How to Get a Smile for a Portrait

WARNING! This post contains pictures that may be distressing to anyone of a nervous disposition! The human face is fascinating; it can convey so much before even a murmur is heard. It’s the first thing our baby eyes focus on, so no wonder that we learn to read facial expressions so well.  And we can ...
Photograph the Bluebells, they don’t stay for long!

Photograph the Bluebells, they don’t stay for long!

You have to love bluebells, they’re such a gorgeous colour, they grow in profusion and they don’t wait for the summer.  Walking through a wood you come upon a break in the trees, daylight bursting over a blue carpet waving gently in the breeze.  Bluebells are choosey about where they grow so you feel like ...
How to dress for a headshot photoshoot

How to dress for a headshot photoshoot

Apparently, we live in a free society. This must mean that the way we behave is really nothing to do with anyone else – so long as we hurt no-one. Part of our freedom of expression must be the freedom to offend – there is no such thing as the right to be unoffended. Luckily ...
Don’t Forget to Photograph Family and Friends this Christmas, it’s the Best Time to Catch Them!

Don’t Forget to Photograph Family and Friends this Christmas, it’s the Best Time to Catch Them!

A present from me to all my friends and family over the holiday period is to always have my camera to hand. I’m going to make more effort to photograph family and friends this Christmas.  Whether or not they want me too! Looking back at Christmases past there are plenty of photographs showing our children ...
Find the right photographer and you’ll look good forever

Find the right photographer and you’ll look good forever

There’s no real secret to getting a good picture of yourself. Just choose a photographer with a feeling for, and understanding of you. Then you can look good forever. Simple. Almost no one likes having their picture taken, many people hate it. But like the condemned ordering their last meal, most people just resign themselves ...
Make-Up for Your Portrait Shoot

Make-Up for Your Portrait Shoot

It’s surprising how often people don’t make any special effort with their appearance before a photo shoot. But most of those people are men. Most women realise that make-up for your portrait shoot is worth the trouble…. Writer and broadcaster Vanessa Feltz once asked me what I thought about the colour of her eye shadow. ...
Getting Better Group Portraits

Getting Better Group Portraits

Act like a new teacher demanding attention from an unruly class – it’ll help getting better group portraits. There are many occasions when both amateur and professional photographers find themselves trying get a group portrait – caralling a bunch of people to pose for a photograph. It can be a lot of fun, get a crowd ...
A Perfect Family Portrait

A Perfect Family Portrait

You Don’t Need A Perfect Family For A Perfect Family Portrait Any idea how many pictures you have on your phone or on your computer? How often do you look at them? Most of us have hundreds of photographs of our family that chart growth on development, but how many can qualify as a perfect ...
A Bad Profile Picture is like a Limp Handshake

A Bad Profile Picture is like a Limp Handshake

Displaying the wrong profile picture to your social network can make an even worse impression. Friends will see the joke behind your new quirky profile pic, but new acquaintances will take it seriously. So with the quirky quashed, how do we avoid giving anyone an opportunity to make an unintended judgement about you? Don’t think ...
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