I only met the late James Dunn twice back in 2017 but he made a big impression on me. The James I met was a strong, brave, kind and enthusiastic young man with a great sense of humour and a loving family. He didn’t have an easy life because he suffered from Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). A fellow photographer, he used his skills and his personality to raise money and awareness to help the charity Debra fund medical research. He very sadly passed away in April this year aged 24.
Here is a link to James’ instagram and website where you can see his wonderful images. And a link to a film about James made by Tommy Reynolds and videographer Michael. James was helped to be able to take photographs again by the BBC Big Life Fix designer Jude Pullen.
In Summer 2017 I started doing the photography for Alderly Edge School for Girls over in Cheshire. The school has a nursery and a sixth form so I had a wide range of ages to go on. The girls were absolutely brilliant to photograph – so polite, keen and helpful – it’s a wonderful school. I really enjoy working with Debbie and Philly. They were there offering support and guidance throughout the day but giving me creative freedom to get on with it. Here are but a few of the images from a three day shoot. There were too many to choose from so I’ve updated my education gallery with my other favourites – see here.
Down to the allotment to photograph husband and wife Tim and Sam for a feature in Connect magazine. We were blessed with a beautiful evening and a compliant friendly hen. Tim is a photographer himself and it always makes me nervous photographing other photographers, however they were both so nice that soon it didn’t matter. Oh and Tim has a studio for hire in Sheffield – free advert for you there Tim. Here’s how the images were used.
This was a lovely job with the BBC for Radio Sheffield. We photographed presenter Kat Cowan to publicise her radio show which she broadcasts from home while cooking. What a brilliant way to work from home! It was a lovely relaxed morning and we even got to eat the props (which were delicious).
I had to brave the heights of Leeds Becket University roof to get this shot of BBC presenter Keeley Donovan for her new role as presenter of Inside Out – Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. Of course it had to be a really windy day and with Keeley’s long hair it was a constant battle. With lots of patience on Keeley’s side we got there in the end. I had wobbly legs after the heights though…
Working with content agency SMRS Manchester I had a few days wandering around the National Audit Offices in London taking reportage style images of people at work. The aim was to make it look like a fun place to work – which of course it is! I also took portraits on a white background for the agency to use as case studies. Film company Thunder and Lightning, who I love working with, covered all the videography. You can see how some of the images have been used here on the NAO recruitment website.
So that was my October newsletter that actually should have been out in July. I’ve fortunately been so busy with work that the newsletter, unfortunatley, had to be put on the back burner, but I promise to improve and hopefully there will be another one out really soon and I’ll be able to catch up and get more up to date. I’ve just bought a brand new set of lights, which should make jobs more streamlined and mobile and I can’t wait to try them out on my shoot next week.
Since June my work seems to have got back up to about half speed and I'm hoping things continue to improve. I've been doing the vast majority of my jobs in the great outdoors where I have either been avoiding downpours or nearly passing out from the heat!Read more
Hello everyone, I hope you are well and coping with all the challenges. Like almost all photographers and many self employed professions, my work dried up just before lockdown. I took on the new role of homeschooling my two children, caught up on all my admin and tried to stay sane.Read more
Welcome to my Spring 2020 newsletter. This time last year I decided to treat myself to a day of play with Walter's Wardrobe. The organiser of Walter's Wardrobe pulls together a theme, a venue, four models, makeup artists and styling. As a photographer you just arrive and let yourself be inspired.Read more
I met Joe Turner at the Co-op head office in Manchester to photograph the '10 minutes with' feature for the Food magazine. Of course these features take about 2 hour's rather than 10 minutes to shoot. Joe was lovely and patient, allowing me to shoot several different options, so the picture editor had plenty of choice.Read more
It's been a while since I sent out my last newsletter as I've been spending all my spare time working on the new website - click here if you haven't seen it yet. This time last year I got to spend a few hours with the world famous Hacker T Dog! Girl Talk magazine sent me along to BBC Saturday Mash Up Live, in Salford.Read more