This winter family portrait session was a take-two as it had been planned for two weeks previous and all was going well until the little boy, Freddie, walked into a lamp post just by where we were due to meet and cut his eyelid on a piece of metal and had to go to A&E for treatment! Two weeks later and thankfully most of the leaves were still on the trees, the sun was sort of shining and Freddie was non the worse for his ordeal (though a little Photoshop had to be applied).
Edward, Mia, Ethan and Libby had a whale of a time during their portrait session with their parents and grandparents at Dunham Massey last October. The autumn colours were beautiful and they had a great time throwing leaves into the air and running around. There was a quick gingerbread man break for energy before some more formal posed photos by an old barn in the grounds and a story about The Gruffalo. I really enjoyed our session and the location was lovely too!
There really are so many hidden places of fascination dotted around Liverpool and I came across one of them yesterday while photographing a Victorian warehouse for their new website. The building, situated down by the docks, is in use as a fully functioning modern storage facility for wine and spirits set in an ancient building with a dark-as-night basement accessed via a rickety vintage lift. Once I’d been shown round all the floors that needed photographing I was left to my own devices and headed down in the lift to the basement.
It was pitch black, save one or two tiny lights dotted around, and so cold and eerily quiet. I’d come prepared – this was a job for a tripod and a very long exposure, if only I could see what I was doing!
In some of the darkest areas of the basement a 30 second exposure was necessary to gather enough light.
Looking at the rusty doors and pillars, it’s hard to imagine how this place would have looked in its heyday.
It came as no surprise to me to learn that the basement was used as a set for Peaky Blinders. The headquarters of gang landlord Alfie Solomons and his illegal alcohol business were set here amongst all the abandoned barrels.
Ancient barrels of rum lay all over the floor and lots of new barrels too.
It looks well lit in the photographs but I can assure you that it wasn’t. A creepily beautiful basement.
Carleton House Preparatory School in Liverpool is a school where I have been taking school prospectus photographs for many years now. I’ve seen the pupils grow from nursery children right up to year five and six and it’s a pleasure to return every time as it’s such a friendly environment. I take the photographs for their prospectus and website and some of the photographs are displayed in frames all over the walls and it’s so lovely to see! Here are a few taken on my most recent visit which the staff kindly sought permission to use on my website.
I’ve been to many different schools over the years – please click on the link to my previous blog to search for past work.
Last week I went to Birkenhead business Procure Wizard to take staff headshots with a difference for their website. The idea is that when you roll over the sensible headshot it changes to the silly headshot – good idea I think! Of course some were keener than others to give it a go and these were a few of my favourites.
I’ve been a little bit slow with the blogging for the past couple of months because I knew I was getting an all new blog to go with my all new website! I hope you like the new look design and colour scheme – a change from my previous site but with my brand colours retained in places and a couple of new ones added. I think it’s a much fresher look and feel. I’ve also had the main site optimised for retina screens which means if you’re looking on a Macbook Pro like me then the images will still appear sharp. You can still visit my old blog by following the link below – there’s six years worth of blog posts which I didn’t want to lose!
I’ve been very busy for the past few months and will aim to post some of my favourite shoots in the coming weeks, but first I wanted to post a picture of my latest nephew, Jacob, and soon to be Godson, just because he’s gorgeous xx