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Real Life Taking Over

February 18, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Just had a moment of excitement when told by my boss that when we finish the project we’re working on (and have been working on for what seems like forever…) we can all have some time off to recover….

Which is when I realised that my photography has been so much on the back burner recently that I might as well not have had the business at all!

Real life, 9-5 jobs taking over what is a real passion of mine and something that allows me to be creative….

In actual fact my time (what there has been of it!) has been utilised making arrangements for the upcoming portfolio update shoots, and what has really kept me going through the long hours at work, has been the thought that there is a (flash)light at the end of the tunnel!

But its the enjoyment of the photography that means I don’t think I’ll ever take it up as my only job. The pressure to deliver and perform would, I think, remove a lot of the enjoyment for me…

Don’t get me wrong, the pressure to deliver to clients now is a force that drives me to be the best I can be, and present the best product I can, but I know that I can pick and choose the clients I want to work with and know that my bills are paid by the 9-5, leaving me free to actually enjoy my second job.

And not many people can say that, I don’t think!!!

Deerfield Photography Website


Activity Update

February 17, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

OK, I know it’s been a while since the last update but its been a hectic, and possibly even traumatic, time for me recently…

But I’m back now and full of ideas for my portfolio update. If only there was enough time to get everything done that I want to!

Coming up over the next few weeks/months I have a couple of portrait shoots for my portfolio, spring is almost here so there should be ample opportunity for some spring colour as well.

BOMFest is planned for July, so I’ll be “in the pit” for some hard rocking live music shots there too. Can’t wait!

Keep an eye out for my updates on here – hopefully by the end of March I should have at least one portfolio update ready!!


Deerfield Photography Website


Clumber Excursion 15th October 2012

October 17, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

So Monday this week was a chance to get out with the camera and get some shots locally. With autumn pretty much on us now, I headed off to Clumber Park to see if the trees were showing their autumn colours yet.

With an early start to get there in time for the lovely early morning light, I arrived just after 7am and had a quick drive round to see what the trees were like. Unfortunately, most of them seem to think it’s still summer and were holding tightly to their lush greens.

With so few trees starting to change colour, I decided to park up and take a walk along the lakeside to see what I could find to shoot.

I have to say I was rather pleased with the results!


See the rest of the series here:-

Clumber Park Lakeside Shots



Scotland & Northumberland Trip

October 11, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Ok so I was recently away for a week and a half with friends on a trip to the scenic north east and then Scotland.

What fabulous scenery there is up there – can’t believe I’ve only ever been as far as Berwick before!!! I’ve been missing out for all these years!

First day was spent travelling, to Northumberland (specifically Embleton, nr. Alnwick)

It was raining quite heavily when we arrived, but as the whole point of going to Embleton was to get some photos of Dunstanburgh Castle from Embleton Bay, we donned out waterproofs and walked the mile or so through the ever heavier downpour and freshening wind.

Now, shooting in rainy conditions is not easy at the best of times. Add to that the coastal spray and the wind, and it made the whole excursion questionable!!

Sitting next to the fire in the local pub later, we lamented our folly as we tried not to drip into our pints while drying off!

Reliably informed by the local patrons that the rain would cease by midnight we made plans for a 5am start to catch the dawn light over (hopefully a drier) Embleton Bay.

Thankfully, other than a short spell of drizzle, the dawn excursion was a great success and the pics should show that




The rest of the day was spent walking from Craster to Dunstanburgh Castle along the coast path, around the castle and back again, all the while taking photos. Much nicer day it was too – much drier!


Next day we set off on the remaining leg of the journey to Scotland.

Scotland has some amazing scenery, even from the long straight road that is the A93, and the cottage we were staying in was set in a remote part of it, a few miles outside the highest village in the highlands, Tomintoul.

The next week was filled with trips to Scottish castles, Loch Ness (to be told that there’s no way Nessie could exist…! Fair ruined my holiday, that did!!), the Highland Wildlife Park and a fair amount of walking. Fabulous holiday, and I hope you agree, some wonderful photos!




Upcoming Gig Review – Fearless Vampire Killers/Bad Pollyanna at Corporation, Sheffield – 20/10/2012

October 03, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

So I’ve been a fan of Bad Pollyanna since I saw them at BOMFest back in 2010, and have seen them play numerous times around Barnsley in the time since then. Now they are supporting Fearless Vampire Killers (FVK) at the Corporation and I’m off to review the gig for GigJunkies.

But this is their new line-up after Sam and Pete moved on to other projects. Will I like what I hear and see? I’ve seen bootleg video footage of the new lineup from a gig at the Old Turk in Dewsbury and I enjoyed what I saw, but the sound quality left a lot to be desired so I can’t wait to see how the new members handle the old favourites.

And what about FVK? I’ve listened to their album, “Militia Of The Lost”, and like it quite a lot. First impressions reminded me of “My Chemical Romance” circa “The Black Parade”, but with a harder, punchier, “less emo, more metal” edge and the video footage I’ve seen of them at the Download festival certainly showed they have loads of energy, so I’m really looking forward to seeing them perform.

Roll on 20th October!

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