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August 14, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

We're heading towards November 5th and the night all photographers dream about getting those amazing rocket photos. So let me help you a little.....

I took these whilst at Disneyland Paris last October. I stood my ground for over two hours to ensure that I had the best possible place to get me the best possible photo. 

I used a simple lightweight tripod and of course a tripod is essential for this type of photo.  I used a Canon 5D MKIII with the 24-105mm f4 L series lens. 

I put my camera into Bulb mode and used a release cable to the shutter.  My ISO was 100 as I wanted the best quality I could get and my aperture was set at f11.  I used a remote to trigger the shutter to ensure I didn't get any camera shake and I anticipated the rockets going up.

For most of my photos I opened the shutter for about a count of 15 seconds, which I counted in my head!  So using the remote, I pressed the shutter open prior to any rockets going up and once they had fully exploded (about 10-15 seconds) I released the button to close the shutter.

The following photos are the result of using the above settings. Quite happy to answer any questions regarding long exposure or getting top quality firework photos.  

I hope this inspires you to get out there to get some awesome firework photos this year...please comment with a link to your photos... (y)

New challenges....always welcome!

August 14, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

So I was photographing a wedding reception when the groom requested a special shot of hs car positioned outside the front of the hotel. tripod and a main road to contend with!  So they got the car in the right position and I got the bride and groom to stand either side of it.  They added that the hotel sign must be in the photo.   So over the road I went to get a wider angle.....lSO was at 400 from memory, in manual with my aperture wide open at f2.8 and a shutter speed at 1/125sec. With a little post wedding editing I reckon it's a pretty good shot.  B&G are happy and that's what matters. 

Working with another photograper

August 06, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

So I had the great pleasure to work with Chris from Christography at The Croft Hotel near Darlington, UK.  Chris covered the daytime photography with me taking over with my unique evening package at 7pm.  Chris has this amazing first dance pre-photo where a confetti cannon is fired over the bride and groom.  

The effect is a stunning photo that I'm sure will create an amazing memory for the bride and groom forever <3

New venues this week

July 30, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

So this weekend saw me photograph two weddings at venues I've never been to before. Firstly Whitworth Hall Hotel near Spennymoor, County Durham 

Whitworth Hall Hotel

And secondly a small quirky but great place in Jesmond, Newcastle called As You Like It.

As You Like It



Where and how to market my website....and me!

November 23, 2016  •  Leave a Comment


I have long struggled to understand why I need to market my website. I'm contacted by various people every week that promise to increase traffic to my site, up my Google ranking.  I could of course spend many many £££ on this which as a small independent business I am reluctant to do so.  Mainly because I'm not a professional in how the Internet works and you hear of people spending thousands....for what?  

The results made by spending on SEO or marketing campaigns are very difficult to quantify / measure.  My only measure is how many bookings has that money generated...period!  

So I try to list my website on Facebook as it's free unless you want to boost various posts of course.  I also make sure this blog is linked to my Google page as Google like changes and uniqueness to a website.  There are also a number of free sites that list your business in the hope that you upgrade your listing to a premium one which of course you pay for!

My latest contact has been from a site called and like all of these sites they do offer premium packages.  However, I will start with the basic free listing and see how I get on.  

All I have to do is to embed a bit of code for the free listing.....not an easy thing to do if your not website savvy!  But here goes and I'll update the blog with any results or not!  



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