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September News

September News

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Hello all, here is my Summer newsletter. This time last year I was lucky enough to photograph Lucy Fallon, Coronation Street actress, at the Lowry hotel in Manchester with writer and stylist Tricia Welch. The shoot was for the Sunday Express ‘In the Closet’ feature where we shoot three different looks along with lots of detail shots of clothes, shoes, jewelry etc… Lucy made my job easy because she was so relaxed and natural in front of the camera (and beautiful of course!). (more…)

Summertime News

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I met Tom and Nicola to photograph them for a You magazine feature.  Their lives were turned upside down 17 years ago when Tom contracted sepsis and had to have all of his limbs amputated in order to survive.  I arrived a little early, knocked on the door and I have to admit I was surprised that it was Tom who walked up and opened the door and showed me into the kitchen.  There’s nothing better than having your expectations challenged.  The article co-incided with the launch of the film ‘Starfish’ which tells their amazing and moving story. Sepsis symptoms.  Starfish trailer.  (more…)

May Newsletter

 

Naturists, Cats & Corrie

 

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Hello and welcome to my May newsletter where we jump back to early last year. We start with the gorgeous Brooke Vincent, long time Coronation street actress, photographed in Manchester for S Magazine’s ‘In the closet’. We had a great team led by Tricia Bland, make up by Nealey Leah and I was assisted by Karolina. Brooke was great to work with and I really like the ‘white portraits’. View more of my famous faces here.  

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March Newsletter

Marching back

 

Hello all, welcome to my March newsletter which jumps back to early last year and starts with a lovely mother and baby story for the Sunday Express Magazine.  Emma Parker Bowles talks about her journey to becoming a mother to beautiful Olive.  Tally Bookbinder (make up) and I had a gorgeous day out in Yorkshire and got lots of cuddles from Olive and from Emma’s four dogs.

 

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Autumn news

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Hello to you all. It’s a little later than scheduled but here is my new newsletter – hope you enjoy it.

Lisa Riley took a break from her hectic ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ panto schedule at the Alhambra and squeezed in a cover shoot for Woman magazine at a studio in Bradford to celebrate her weight loss. It started at 8am, two days before Christmas and she was
full of energy, happy and easy to photograph. A pleasure to work with.

 

A montage of nine images of nhs staff caring for patients in a hospital environment.

 

A fast-paced, feel good day of photography for Whiston and St Helen’s Hospital charity in Lancashire with Sarah from Plum marketing. We covered nearly every department from chemotherapy to the neonatal unit and it was an eye opening emotional roller coaster of a day.

 

A montage of four images featuring pupils in a school environment.

 

Another fast-paced day at Newland school for girls in Hull with Neil from Expo.  The girls were all brilliant and eager to help with the photography for their school prospectus and website.

 

A montage of six images. Head shots of employees of a company against a city background.

 

Corporate head shots now, for CTI, a company that organises corporate travel. Everyone was very friendly and I managed to squeeze in two options, the city skyline (thank goodness it was a rare sunny day in Manchester) and a grey background. It’s always nice to have a choice.

 

A montage of six images. Headshots of employees against a grey background.

 

Meet Ruth Anderson, an amazing woman who contributed to the fabulous success the British cycling team had at the Olympics in Rio! Ruth is their lead psychologist and I photographed her for the the Australian Catholic University alumni magazine – which must be my most long distance commission yet! The GB team were whizzing round the Velodrome at frightening speed during the shoot.
two images of a woman at a cycling centre.

 

Pobble is an organisation that works with schools to inspire and motivate children to improve and love their literacy. Part of what they do involves taking over a school for a day and giving energising and exciting literacy lessons. When they came to a school in Manchester they asked me to photograph the day. Every child was captivated by their energy and their stories, so it wasn’t hard to capture some wonderful expressions.

 

A montage of images of pupils and teachers in a school environment.

 

I travelled to Stockport to photograph Paula for Prima magazine. She was part of a case study on ‘shapemakers’ – women who have started their own health or fitness company. Paula has started the ‘No.1 Ladies Fitness Agency‘ and has a fitness room at home. She had no trouble managing to hold various poses like this for ages!

 

A woman exercising with gym equipment in a fitness environment.

 

 

A corporate photoshoot now for SRCL, a medical company based in Leeds. We started with the head shots and then moved on to reportage style photography of a meeting and training situation.

 

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Last March, Nicky Beard’s husband Mike was killed when his bicycle was involved in a collision with a school bus. Struggling to come to terms with his death and make sense of it all for herself and her two children she spoke to Grazia magazine shortly before last Christmas.

 

A woman leaning over the sofa looking into the camera.

 

A corporate job now for Seven and Alliance Healthcare’s Team Talk magazine, with reportage style photography of the people and processes. I really enjoyed this job and feeling involved with the hustle and bustle of a busy, positive and highly organised company.

 

A montage of 3 images. Documentary style shots of a despatch area in a company.

 

Lastly, here’s a photo for those of you who aren’t quite supermodels, who maybe have a few lumps and bumps in the wrong places but are all the more interesting for it.

 

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Speak to you soon

Claire
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June News

June Newsletter

Hello everyone, here is my June newsletter which starts with my images of Peter Jones being used in Vauxhall magazine – I love the way they’ve laid it out across the dps. Thanks to Chilli Media for syndicating my images.

 

Corporate photography of Peter Jones. Business Man. Yorkshire, Huddersfield

 

Now jumping back to September and October I was really pleased to be asked to shoot for ‘The Official Ferrari Magazine’. It’s a beautiful annual magazine produced by Conde Nast, celebrating a year in the life of all things Ferrari. My contribution was to photograph Craig Walton, the service manager at JCT600 in Leeds who is particularly good at his job. Fingers crossed next year they’ll send me to Italy! (more…)

November news

Hello everyone, hope you are all keeping well.  Here is my newsletter looking back six months up to April and starts with a shoot for ‘VIP’, the Pets at Home magazine.  I photographed Michelle Turnbull over in Blackpool for a feature about her business ‘The Barking Bakery’ where she makes healthy amazing looking treats for dogs.  Michelle sent me home laden with her baking which brought a new meaning to the term doggy bag :-)
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Front Cover of Saturday Express magazine

Editorial Portrait of Emmerdale actress Gaynor Faye

It’s only once in a while that I get a cover of a magazine so I’m always thrilled when it happens!  It took place in Double Tree Hotel in Leeds with make up artist Andrea Perry Bevan.  Gaynor was lovely to work with, very easy going and willing to try anything – even jumping up and down on a buffet while wearing heels!

A head and shoulders portrait of acress Gaynor Faye.

Front cover photograph of Gaynor Faye from TV soap Emmerdale for Saturday Express magazine.

 

A spread in Grazia magazine

Editorial Portrait of Kate Egan, Taxidermist in Liverpool for Grazia Magazine.

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An editorial portrait of Kate Egan, taxidermist for Grazia magazine

A few weeks ago I was asked to do a feature for Grazia magazine on ‘millennial hustlers’ – women who have a second income to supplement their main career and that I was going to photograph a taxidermist in Liverpool called Kate Egan. If that wasn’t exciting and inspiring enough, I then discovered, via Kate’s instagram (@deadthingsbykate), that she has long white hair, beautiful tattoos and a unique sense of style. I couldn’t wait!  I arrived at Kate’s house to a very warm welcome and a choice of about 50 different tea’s. Kate was keen to explain that she is very ethical about her taxidermy and only works with animals that have died naturally and that she also uses natural processes to achieve her results. I spot the 9 skulls lined up outside against the garden fence (drying out naturally (and slowly) in the northern sun) and wonder what the neighbours must think.  She tells me about the wolf’s tooth she found in a horses skull and how this would have caused the horse pain throughout his life and worries that he would have been labelled as naughty when he was just suffering. She clearly loves animals and loves her work. Kate is not only a taxidermist, but an artist too and combines her talents to produce beautiful commissions.

Emmerdale actress Isabel Hodgins in TV Extra magazine

Isabel-hodgins-emmerdale-tvextra-magaine-manchesterLovely to see my image of Isabel Hodgins from Emmerdale being used in TV Extra magazine.  This was a lovely photoshoot in Double Tree hotel in Leeds.  Andrea Perry-Bevan was the make up artist and Isabel was really easy to work with – very laid back.  There are some more portraits of Isabel from the same shoot on my celebrity portrait page. I also photographed Gaynor Faye on the same day and she can also be found on my site.