After 20hours of flying time and 38hours airport to airport, I have arrived in New Zealand. This is the starting point of my 2 week adventure that will see me visit Auckland, Cairns, Tasmania and Melbourne (yes, lots of places to visit in 14 days!).
I will aim to upload as much as I can on my blog throughout my travels, but rest assured... the cameras have come with me so there will be lots and lots of photographs documenting my trip.
Whilst the sun was keeping us all warm in Worcestershire, I had always wanted to visit Broadway Tower and see the fantastic views that the tower looks over around the Cotswolds.
On Easter Saturday, I packed my big Lowepro camera bag with my favourite camera set up and headed out in my car to the tower. Whilst there were tourists enjoying the views it wasn’t too hard to capture photographs without them in the shot. Well... after setting up my tripod, taking multiple of shots, and a few hours in editing... people were removed! It was an interesting feeling being able to exterminate people out of images.
In the evening, I wanted to continue getting some great photographs. I went for a late night walk down into Worcester where I set the camera up for photographing the wonderful Cathedral and Worcester Spire. It was a long time since I had done long exposure photos, so this was a little challenge for me whilst I learnt from my mistakes (and there were a fair few). I am hoping to get out and about more to capture the very best photographs around the county!
If you have a favourite place to visit, let me know! I’d love to explore new villages, towns and cities!
2019 has started with me looking after me a lot more. Over the last few years I have let myself slip out of shape and become a regular customer at the Chinese takeaway down the road. I wasn't wanting this to continue and took the plunge to partake in some personal training sessions with Tim Lynch.
After seeing the dedication Tim puts into his work to ensure his clients see the best results, I was more than happy to help him get new promotional photographs to launch his new Personal Training t-shirts for his clients.
I have been working with Tim on creating some engaging tutorial videos to help his clients online understand the importance of completing fitness work correctly to avoid injuries and ensuring it is fun and challenging.
I would highly recommend booking PT sessions in with Tim if you are wanting to get back in shape or have someone on hand to make sure you are making the most of your own workouts.
Head to Tim Lynch Personal Training on Facebook to find more information.
On Thursday, after 6 months of planning, I finally had a location shoot with Laura. The theme we chose was a blend of Autumn and Halloween in Nunnery Woods.
A few days before I completed an order of 11 smoke grenades and carved out ‘smokey’ the pumpkin. On the Wednesday, I created an Instagram story and had a message from a model (Lottii Rose) who I had been following for a while letting me know that she knew Laura. So of course, I invited her along (with Laura’s permission) to film behind the scenes for new content on my YouTube channel.
Myself and Laura arrived at the venue and started taking portraits in open sections of the woods where the sun was shining through the trees and the leaves were in their autumnal colours. With Laura matching the brief perfectly wearing autumnal colours, the images came to life without the editing beginning. Before long, it was time to get the grenades out and we had lots of fun filling sections of the woods in coloured smoke. My favourite was with orange and black smoke coming from underneath a wooden bridge covering a ditch.
The final set of photos we wanted were in amongst some dark green bushes with yellow leaves and the golden hour sunlight being used as the hair light. Whilst Laura was getting ready for the set, Lottii (the wonderful assistant) jumped in front of the lens to let me check the camera settings, we all know she loved the set and wanted a photo and I was not going to turn down the opportunity.
Once we called wrap, the girls asked me to direct them back to the car. Little did they know I had no clue where we were and the direction to take, so eventually we got lost and the steps suddenly turned into miles!
I am so thankful for all the hard work both girls put in to help achieve the final results. Please be sure to check the images out here.
Until next the post,
After a little bit of planning and a couple of date changes due to the weather, on 9th September 2018 me and my Dad went out for the day on the Severn Valley Railway. Traveling from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth on a fully restored steam locomotive the journey lasted over 1 hour and the ride was much comfortable than the usual journey I take to Birmingham.
With the windows down and the smell of burning coal filling the air, I was taking in the amazing scenery that Worcestershire and Shropshire has to offer, the rolling hills of the green green grass that I call home. Once we pulled into Bridgnorth we took a little stroll around the town and took in the amazing sights of a historic English town, complete with a market town hall in the middle of the street.
After a little walk we stopped at a quaint pub to have a spot of Sunday lunch washed down with a refreshing pint of lager and history neatly placed on all the walls showing the history of this little railway town.
Back to the station we went and before it was time to start the train journey back to Kidderminster, I thought I’d be cheeky to see if I was allowed to jump in the cab and take some photographs of the fireman fuelling the fire and they were happy to oblige (man was it hot in there!). On the return journey we stopped into Highley to visit the dedicated steam railway museum where they had some famous locomotives on display and the Royal Mail postal carriage and right next to it was the Royal carriage which once carried a king.
This was an incredible day out which got better throughout. I will definitely be back to experience life on the Severn Valley Railway line.
On Monday 28th August, I packed my camera bag with both cameras and the long lenses and headed to the Victoria Ground in Bromsgrove for a football game.
For the first time in over 7 years I was photographing a football game. I was a bit confused seeing a round ball instead of the usual oval ball that I mainly follow as a sport, but I wasn’t going to complain as I was there to take photographs of the game itself. This game came through on my Twitter account, after being unsuccessful obtaining my media pass for the British Basketball League I turned my attention to my local football team, Worcester City FC.
The game kicked off and I was all set up behind the Stourport goal so I could capture the attacking play from Worcester. Within minutes my stool I was using had sunk into the ground and slowly I was finding myself at an angle and ready to hit the floor. I gave up on the stool and sat straight on the muddy ground (the poor jeans). A great opening score from Worcester was followed by a half time whistle leveller from Stourport.
In the second half, it became a lot more physical as Stourport saw red and their teammate walked the long walk into the changing room alone. A few minutes later Worcester capitalised on the extra man advantage and found the net to regain their lead. Substitutions came thick and fast to regain the momentum and within 15 seconds after coming onto the field a flying tackle saw the second red card of the afternoon for Stourport. 3 minutes before time, Worcester found the net again for a final score of 3 - 1.
It was brilliant being pitch side covering a great game of attacking football. Putting the cameras to the test and capturing some great images. Here’s to the next home game for Worcester City FC where I will be capturing more photographs to support their social media accounts.
At the start of August, I was asked to take photographs of a new fashion brand launching in Birmingham. It was during the extended heatwave that we were experiencing in England at the time, the location we used was the incredible Canon Park in Birmingham.
During the shoot the temperature reached over 31 degrees (Celsius) and I was feeling the heat as the photographer, huge credit to the models we used on set as they were wearing some warm jumpers whilst we captured the photographs for the client. I have added a few photographs below from the shoot, I hope you like the final images which will be revealed soon on their new website.