Phoebe's Christening

August 20, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

Love a good christening....bringing a little one under the wing of God and God Parents.  Albeit, they are oblivious of what is going on, they always enjoy the cake at the party!  

I am starting to do more and more Christenings around County Durham and Teesside and please check your date with me at your earliest opportunity.  

Going Digital Close Up and Macro Photography Course

January 20, 2020  •  1 Comment

Some of you may know that I not only photograph weddings but I also teach photography with Going Digital. 

This weekend I took a number of students to Northumberland Country Zoo to get very close to a number of critters!  No bars, no cages and no glass enabling us to get very close with our cameras to get some amazing photographs.

We spent the morning in the new Indoor Flying Centre, which I have to say is a superb resource to the zoo.  Dan and Georgia ensured that we had enough subjects to photograph and helped out with creating much more of a natural setting for them rather than bland backgrounds.

For me the star of the show was the Chameleon!  I have never seen anything quite as colourful as this and he certainly made a stunning photograph.

If you would like to join me on Sunday April 4th 2020 to get some impressive photos of smaller animals, then take a look at my Going Digital website.


Newcastle Bridges and Light Trails

January 15, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

I was always conscious that I lived close to Newcastle Upon Tyne, one of the most iconic cities in the UK, with its multiple bridges and all within walking distance of each other.  It was this that, that took me to the Newcastle Quayside one cold January afternoon to watch the sun go down and then to meander around the bridges looking for that position to enable me to get stunning photos of the bridges.

Hats and gloves were the order of the day as that typical North East wind was blowing up the river directly at me! However the river was fairly calm and the reflections from the multiple light sources reflected all around me to help create an amazing cityscape begging to be photographed.

Walking underneath the Tyne Bridge gave me a very different perspective of a bridge I had travelled over many times.  Being underneath allowed me to see the cold steel work, the rivets and more lights and their reflections.  I headed up towards the Keep to take up a position at the High Level Bridge.  My thoughts here was a long exposure photograph with a double decker bus entering the bridge.  Exposure time was critical as was my timing to hit the shutter button! 

Moving to the centre of the bridge, I overlooked the River Tyne and three of the best bridges in the world… IMHO!!  I went for various photos from this position with my main thinking being to change the composition to give different perspectives of the bridges.  By chance as I went for long exposure again, I was also able to add more light trails to the photo for added interest.  

If you would like to join me on this photography walk around the bridges at Newcastle... give me a shout 

Wedfest at Northside Farm

July 19, 2019  •  1 Comment

Early July saw myself photographing the wedding of Lora and Dave at Northside Farm, Wylam, near Newcastle Upon Tyne.  The atmosphere from the beginning was chilled and relaxed that helped me slip into the "music festival" style of photography.  

Lora and Dave had already briefed me that they wanted many more natural unposed photos than the formal line ups.....perfect that's exactly what I love doing!  

One wedding, two bands and a fish & chip supper saw me immerse myself into the music festival scene.

It was a fab day attended by around 200+ guests that all enjoyed themselves....even the dance floor was full at 4pm!!  


Teaching Photography - The Farne Islands

June 22, 2019  •  2 Comments

Despite living and working in the North East of England, I had never visited The Farne Islands.  I now realise what I have missed!  Myself and the students were immersed into the world of birds and seals. It's their world and we respected that by following all the rules laid down by The National Trust who manage the Islands.  

When I first arrived, I really didn't know which way to point my lens!  There was photographic opportunities everywhere!  I followed a bit of advice though and went much deeper into the island and then worked back towards the landing point.  We had two hours on Staple Island and two hours on Inner Farne Island.  Ample time to get the wonderful photos that the location demanded.  From sitting Shags and Razorbills to the flying delights of Puffins. 

If you would like to visit The Farne Islands with a professional photographer at hand to help you get some great photos, then take a look at the Going Digital North East website for up and coming courses.  This course is usually held in June of each year as this is the main breeding season for the Puffins.

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