April Newsletter

 

Hello and welcome to my third newsletter. What a strange Spring so far!  It was so hot I dared to get my Winter tyres taken off, of course it snowed the next day, and now, non stop rain… but maybe we should take encouragement from the little boy (far) below and embrace the rain?  This month I’ve photographed a lady who’s lost over 30 stone (amazing), I’ve met some lovely people on my ‘real life’ shoots and I’ve even been on a few trips down South.  Louie and I enjoyed our first Easter egg hunt and my friend Sarah’s little girl arrived and was no sooner subjected to a little photoshoot.

Jumping in my time machine now, back to October, I enjoyed 3 glorious late Summer days at Chatsworth House shooting for design company True North.  We spent two days capturing people enjoying their day out and the third day was spent photographing the staff.  Here are a few of my favourite shots.

It was a joy to photograph glamorous Anne Preston, for Business Agenda magazine, who is the chairwoman of ‘Prestons of Potto’, a haulage company.  Can you believe she is 72?!  I got such a warm welcome and they couldn’t have been more helpful moving all the lorries around for me.

Whats going on? Am I the new ‘Haulage’ photographer of the North?  Andrew Tinkler, CEO of Eddie Stobarts, poses for his portrait with ‘Nancy’ for business Agenda magazine.  The car park was full of Stobart spotters (why oh why?).  It did warm my heart though, to see that every lorry leaving the site slowed to a stop for the spotters to take photographs.

Every three months I shoot the ‘Debate’ feature for Candis magazine, where we photograph 3 separate discussions in one day.  It’s so nice to work with Shauna, Amy and Caroline on a regular basis.  The discussions are always really interesting and the people involved can be very inspiring.  This particular discussion asked ‘can a relationship survive an affair’?

Another shoot for Business Agenda with James Timpson for the ‘Local Hero’ feature.  James works with ex offenders, giving them employment with Timpsons and a second chance to build a stable life for themselves.  What a refreshing approach and a lovely man to photograph.

Woman magazine asked me to photograph Liz who became single after deciding she preferred the company of her dog to her grumpy husband! Doesn’t everybody??

I photographed a very brave lady for Glamour magazine who, after having a brain tumor removed, suffered memory loss to the extent she had forgotten her own children. Such a lovely family and a very relaxed, happy shoot.

A trip to the Longannet Power station in Scotland with my ‘attractive’ colleagues from The Mill Group! He he…
I really shouldn’t laugh as I had to wear exactly the same outfit (plus goggles, ear protection, hard had, steel toe caps and gloves……)  It was a challenge to walk, never mind take photographs!  Longannet is one of the largest power stations in Europe, and inside it’s so loud, shaky, dark and vast – it was quite an experience.

Lastly, Cosmopolitan asked me to photograph Kate from Seven Scents for their career page.  Kate not only designs perfumes but also knows all about the psychology of smell.  What a lovely way to earn a living.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the newsletter, the next one will be along at the end of May. Bye For now. x