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Take a break...

After all that effort shooting and then editing what ended up being a huge number of images I thought a little break was in order to get some rest and relaxation…  So off I went to Marrakech for a week.

Such a wonderful vibrant city. Highlights include the densely packed medina, stunning palaces, mosques and beautiful gardens. I’ve grouped together a few images that capture the feel of such a fantastic city. 

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It’s fair to say that although I did get to recharge the batteries there is so much to see and do that you end up running around from day to day to see as much of it is you can and embrace different lifestyles and other cultures. 

Anyway back to work, more updates coming soon.



Back to basics…

I’ve been back in the studio more recently, producing a series of technical product shots of new equipment for Orisec ltd, a manufacturer of high end security equipment, all designed and made in the U.K. these images are used on the website, brochures and in the marketing material produced.

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It’s always good to get stuck in to my bread and butter, I like the challenge of producing photography of the highest quality possible to show off a clients products. Some items are a little more tricky than others. The key is to look closely at the different materials used and how they may react when placed under lights, working out how the different surfaces may reflect light and where the shadows may fall. It’s all about control.

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There are times though where we may need a group shot of a few products and no matter how long you spend on a lighting set-up the items are just too incompatible. Different colours and sizes mean there are always shadows and highlights in the wrong place. This is when you need to look what options you have and almost all the time it means compromising with a composite, by which we set up and shoot each individual component separately and combine them together in post production editing. It gives much cleaner and tidier end result, in fact a lot of work is planned in this manner from the outset which can save one or two headaches before they crop up.

Time for an update...



It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to say a few words about what I’ve been up to in recently. I’ve had a few jobs on the go so shooting and editing has been keeping me busy. I’ve also been lining a few things up for future projects which will hopefully come to fruition in the coming months.



I’m going to start with some corporate and editorial work undertaken for a couple of businesses based in the north west, headshots and lifestyle images for their websites. My normal day to day work, as you know,  consists mainly of commercial still life work. Creative product photography, pack shots and e-commerce style photography shot in the studio with controlled lighting set-ups but I’ve undertaken a few more projects away from this to enable me to expand my portfolio and experiment with different techniques. 



CPL online are a company based in Birkenhead, Merseyside. A tech company that deliver online training for the hospitality and retail industry. They recently undertook a revamp of the website and required some corporate headshots of their key staff members and some lifestyle shots of the working environment.

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I’ve done some work for Entire fs in the past, They are an independent  financial services company based in Altrincham, Cheshire. They are a growing company and with that expansion came some new faces. I produced a series of headshots for their meet the team pages on the website. 

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These two assignments have a different look and feel to them, to reflect the different nature of the industry that each are involved in.