This time last year I was lucky enough to spend a day with ‘The Yorkshire Vet’, Peter Wright, at his practice in Thirsk for The Sunday Express magazine. I love and adore my job on days like these, not only did I get to follow Peter around all day, but I was also able to observe him being observed by the film crew filming the TV series. The day started with a cat having a few teeth extracted, followed by a trip out to X-Ray a horse’s ankle, but Peter saved the best until last, so I could get the obligatory shot of his arm up up a cow’s bottom! Somewhere along the way we paused to do a few posed portraits.
It’s always a fantastic surprise when I arrive at a corporate office to find that they’ve designed and decorated the interior with colour and fun. It makes my job easy. I love the quote on the wall. This photoshoot was for Legal Practice Management magazine and features Gary and Andrew from Rradar in Hull.
I try to do a day a year for free for the charity DEBRA which helps and supports people with epidermolysis bullosa (EB). This was their annual members event get-to-gether which presents lectures and talks on new findings, plus entertainment for the kids. I was scheduled to photograph lots of different people with EB throughout the day for the campaign #FightEB. The location, the DeVere hotel in Reading, was brilliant as it had lots of wall murals to play with that helped to make some interesting portraits. A brilliant day with fantastic people.
Over to Harrogate to photograph Paul Rawlinson in his coffee shop Baltzersen for Coffee House Magazine. Paul was busy saving the world by making eco-friendly changes to his business starting with eradicating disposable cups and replacing them with reusable ones. We need more Pauls in this world and we also need to remember to carry that re-usable cup with us everywhere we go!
Over to Alderley Edge School for Girls for another fast paced day covering science, sport VR, maths, playtime, art, climbing, reading, bubble’s and hats! I’m always done in after these days – I don’t know how teachers do it! It is lovely though, going from nursery all the way to key stage 4 all in one day.
A much more sensible job now for law firm Mills and Reeve, in Leeds to do some new head shots. It’s always a challenge shooting in a city centre when you’ve got loads of gear to drop off and then to NOT get lost in the Leeds one way system while parking the car.
‘Behind the scenes with the Flying Scotsman.’ This was a nice job with Mandy Appleyard for Candis magazine. It’s crazy how passionate people can be about steam trains, the crowds were enormous! Trying to do shots in the engine was fun but there wasn’t much room and it was quite hot! I got chatting to a lovely lady (pictured) who had brought her brothers ashes to be scattered in the fire of the engine as it chugged along.
Bye for now. The next newsletter will be along in June.
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