Professional Photographer UK Cambridge People Portraits

Keep on running ...
23rd March 2018

I relish the task when a client commissions me to produce a portfolio of photographs for business to customer use. This style of corporate photography is all about using photography to help explain my client's product to the customer. In the case of Advance Performance - with specialist running and triathlon stores in Cambridge and Peterborough - it's a very easy message to illustrate: gait analysis, running shoes, tops and other running gear with informed great advice delivered by professional, cheerful and keen staff. I've been lucky enough to have enjoyed a long working relationship with the business from back in the day when it was just up and running. You can learn more about Advance Performance here.
A good idea which stuck ...
09th March 2018

Dr Norman de Bruyne (1904-1997), a researcher who developed synthetic urea-formaldehyde based 'aerolite' plus phenolic resin-based 'redux' adhesives and also sandwich panels with balsa and honeycomb cores used extensively today in aerospace, has been celebrated for his pioneering work with a Royal Aeronautical Society Heritage award scheme plaque.
The plaque, which will be placed beside the main entrance gate to Cambridge University Engineering Department, in Trumpington Street, was unveiled by Julie Spence, Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, at an event in the James Dyson Building, which included a display of current research, de Bryune memorabilia and some up-to-the-minute products manufactured using Hexcel composites - including one I thought very sleek, a high performance wheel rim.
Colourful display for diversity...
01st March 2018

Cambridge pupils show you can make a rainbow - even when it's snowing. Braving the freezing temperature and falling snow, 300 pupils at the University of Cambridge Primary School, in Eddington, formed a giant rainbow to mark the end of LGBT+ history month. More detail here. and a cheerful sing song I captured on video can be viewed here.
'Beast of the East' boardwalk ...
28th February 2018

Winter has returned with a blast of Arctic chill, labelled "The Beast of the East" by the "redtop" headline writers. If you ignore the minus chill factor and get yourself out and about with your camera, you will be well rewarded. For personal photo projects - such as the one I've posted here taken in Milton Country Park early today - it can be very rewarding, especially if you enjoy landscapes.
On the work front, it's been disruptive. Scheduled visits to construction sites for progress photographs have had to be delayed due to the obvious safety issues. PR shoots scheduled for outdoors have had to be hastily relocated indoors - although one was then re-relocated outdoors as sunny skies shoved the snow "blizzard" aside. The one tip I've been reminded of this week is that despite the abundance of various weather apps out there, no photographer should ever trust them for up-to-the-minute weather forecast. The old-fashioned "predict with your gut feeling and just go for it" is still the most reliable way of ensuring your photography workload gets completed one way or another.
The border month...
17th February 2018

I'm loving this current month of February here in Cambridgeshire. Not only has it been a busy month for professional photo assignments, it's also been a very rewarding time to have been out and about with a camera close at hand to capture the ever-changing multifarious elements that nature has been throwing at us. With the season of spring about to burst out big time across the UK, in a well timed intervention, I will be sharing seasonal photos tips with listeners to the Jeremy Sallis show on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire this Monday, February 19, from midday.
Still and moving ...
09th February 2018

I enjoyed a very productive day of work, shooting both stills and video shorts for Scott Bradbury's upcoming social media campaign. Their newest employee is the daughter of a former colleague of mine from my newspaper days. I'm happy to report that daughter - like mother - kept me focused on the task at hand with excellent direction. Amazing to note how far image capturing has come in just a few decades from a time when my work day choice of medium was limited to just black and white film stock.
Super , here comes a blue moon...
30th January 2018

I took the photo above (excuse the bad pun) on the 30th of January, that evening's, light cloud cover created the halo effect. The photo, below, was taken approx 24 hours later - a much clearer and cold sky with no clouds in sight.
Photographers questions...
04th January 2018

Note to self - learn to smile and cheer up when I'm the other side of the camera! As always and unreservedly I enjoyed a monthly on air chat with Jeremy Sallis. Apparently, 2018 is my 30th year of chatting photography on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire - but who cares when your having fun. During the feature we covered a number of photo related subject such as Super moons, a super mum who got one over on my fellow pros at Sandringham, upgrading your camera plus tackled some questions from listeners.
A new year dawns...
01st January 2018

The first appearance of light for the new year of 2018 at sunrise this morning. Shot from ground level with camera resting in a puddle on the footpath.
Early morning walks with a camera...
30th December 2017

It's behind us, which beggars the question where's has the year gone? To view a short video of an edit of some of the photographs I've taken throughout 2017 during my daily early morning walks with my canine companion please click here.
Logging off until 2018...
23rd December 2017

I'm logging off all my social media until I'm back to work in the new year, wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas and a healthy and prosperous 2018.
Morning, 'Paws for thought' ...
20th December 2017

There are times when some photos just fall into place, this photograph was transformed into a picture, with a valid point of interest, with the impromptu arrival of greyhound Stevie who then paused to take in the view. With Stevie in to the frame it has added a narrative to the photo which will appeal to a wider audience, than the same early morning vista without a main focal point.
What a difference a day makes...
17th December 2017

A lot can change in 24 hours. Which is a good reason to keep a camera handy during your daily routine. Whilst it's enjoyable to be in a new location each day there are rewards for us photographers on the days when we are closer to home. This morning's dog walk delivered a winter fog covered vista in complete contrast to yesterday's clear dawn sky with a rising sun. Regular visits to the same environment provides opportune times to photograph and document the changing seasons and weather.
Paint the town red...
14th December 2017

Hobson's conduit, Trumpington Street opposite Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, lit up by builder's scaffolding warning light.
Winter photo tips...
13th December 2017

Want to know how to take better photos in the snow? I shared some timely seasonal tips for winter photography photo tips with Ian Daborn on Cambridge 105 Radio - catch-up with our conversation by clicking here.
Dawn is a feeling...
12th December 2017

Morning awakes, dawn rises up to meet the moon.
Swirling shades of winter hues...
08th December 2017

Morning Sun and tree branches reflected on water, shot on an ultra wide angle lens. Camera in one hand bored dog wanting to play pulling on lead in other hand whilst leaning down close to the surface of the water.
Seep out warms the heart...
03rd December 2017

Staff and friends of Railway House Mill Rd Cambridge are beacons of a brighter future - courtesy of their mobile phones for my photograph - for vulnerable young Cambridge residents when they braved the cold with an all night sleepout yesterday (Saturday).
They were given a moral boosting visit by Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner. Railway House provides accommodation and support to local 16 to 25 year olds who would otherwise be homeless. Dedicated CHS Group staff are fundraising to help compensate for a £15,000 funding shortfall as a result of recent government policy.
If you would like to support the vulnerable young people who benefit from this project, who would otherwise be in danger of becoming homeless you can donate by texting Rail17 £3 ( or £5 , £10 ) to 70070
Ensuring young are not shunted into homelessness...
02nd December 2017

Shadow Housing Secretary John Healey MP - visited Mill Road’s Railway House, which offers accommodation and support to local 16 to 25 year olds who would otherwise be homeless. Dedicated staff of CHS group are organising a sleepout to help compensate for a £15,000 funding shortfall.

If you would like to support the vulnerable young people who benefit from this project, who would otherwise be in danger of becoming homeless you can donate by texting Rail17 to 70070 key in the £ sign and any amount up to £10.

Young can catch up with what the Shadow Housing Secretary John Healey MP said during his visit and listen to a young person who was saved from being homeless and vulnerable on the Cambridge streets by clicking here
November Morn ...
30th November 2017

There's a definite sense of a shift in the seasons as mornings more often have a distinct chill and the sun is rising later. But, as always, each season brings its own unique photo potential to those willing to brave the elements in search of a picture worth creating. This early morning shot looking across a neighbourhood lake coveys, I hope, a feeling of coldness. To my mind, some wonderful winter shots can sometimes be spoilt by over-processing in post-production. Folk tend to overdo the vibrancy of the generally weaker appearance of the washed colours in the skies we get from now until the end of February. As tempting as it is to 'pop' the orange and reds, it's far more effective to demonstrate some control if a seasonal feel is wanted.