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…)
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Naturists, Cats & Corrie
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.
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.
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.
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…)
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!
Editorial Portrait of Kate Egan, Taxidermist in Liverpool 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.
Lovely 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.