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Lymm Dam | Family portrait photography

Portrait of a young family in Autumn near Warrington, Cheshire

Here’s a story about a beautiful family portrait session at Lymm Dam. I’ve photographed literally hundreds of family portrait sessions over the last twelve years and most have had a significant reason behind them. The family portrait session I did for Jane and her children was poignant and marked an anniversary that nobody would have ever wanted.
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Pets | Lifestyle product photography

This post is about a product photography session I did last year for treatyourdog.co.uk. It’s been a while since I posted any commercial work on here. I usually post my commercial work on my commercial photography website yourcommercialphotographer.com. Very occasionally there is a cross over to my social photography and that’s true here. I’ve become well known around Cheshire and North Wales for my pet portrait photography and when Hesther Hiley at treatyourdog.co.uk was looking for a photographer to shoot new photographs and digital assets for their new website, I was delighted to find that I had been recommended by several people she knew.

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How might family group portraits look in the future?

The Coronavirus pandemic has caused so many problems in so many areas of our lives. Social distancing and hand washing have become the norms. We smile and wave as we cross the street to avoid people coming towards us. Apart from the terrible death toll and economic impact, the virus has stopped us doing many of the things we would take for granted; hugging our friends and relatives, going for a pint, playing and watching sport. The list is huge.

Socially distanced group portraits in Warrington, Cheshire

A portrait of socially distanced household groups celebrating VE Day, May 2020.

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Lymm | Thelwall viaduct

Sunrise over Thelwall Viaduct as mist hangs over teh Manchester Ship Canal, Warrington, Cheshire

During lockdown we started to explore parts of Lymm village, where we live near Warrington in Cheshire. We chose places that we hoped would be quiet and away from too many people. We found a footpath that’s well used but on the few occasions we’ve walked it we’ve only seen one or two people walking their dogs or riding their bikes. The path follows Manchester Ship Canal under Thelwall Viaduct. Ive been going over the viaduct all my life but I’d never walked under it.
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Dramatic portraits – seven years apart

dramatic portrait of young man in Warrington on a dark background

Portrait – what does it mean? It means different things to different people but the dictionary definition is ‘A portrait is a painting, photograph, sculpture, or other artistic representation of a person, in which the face and its expression is predominant. The intent is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person.’ And that last bit for me sums it up perfectly, likeness, personality and mood.

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Dog photography | A Golden Retriever in Chester

Chester is a great place for dog photography with some great locations within the city and in the surrounding countryside in Cheshire and just over the border in North Wales.

Portrait photograph of a Golden Retriever and his owner in parkland in Chester, Cheshire

Dog photography is one of my favourite parts of portrait photography. There is something really special about capturing the character, call it personality, of a pet. I’ve been photographing dogs and cats (and the occasional rabbit) for eleven years and there’s something magic about it. I think the secret is eye contact. You have to get down to the eye level of your subject and you’ve got to let them engage with you. Let them come to you. Whenever I meet clients and their pets for the first time I don’t make a fuss. I let them come to me. And I always have treats in my pockets. Read More

Urban portraits in Manchester – Argentine tango

Argentine tango dancing near Insituto Cervantes in Manchester

This was supposed to be a family portrait session but it didn’t quite work out like that. Jan’s friends bought her a gift voucher for a family portrait session and a bespoke framed photograph for her and her two sons as birthday present. The only problem was that her sons live and work a long way from her getting everyone together for a family portrait session proved to be more difficult than she imagined.Read More

Hartford Golf Club & International Women’s Day 2020

International Women’s Day photography in Northwich

Hartford Golf Club played host to International Women’s Day on 8th March 2020. This year it falls on a Sunday so many of the events to mark the occasion were held in the week before and I was invited to photograph one of the largest events in Cheshire. It was organised by Sue France, Tricia Peters and Kirsty James; three women who have helped so many small businesses and entrepreneurs in Cheshire and across the Northwest over the last decade or so. Read More

Family portraits in Holmes Chapel

Family portrait of two sons, their wives and their children photographed in Holmes Chapel, CheshireHolmes Chapel in Cheshire has become an important destination for me over the last ten years. I’ve photographed lifestyle family portrait photography sessions, pet portrait photography sessions and equine portrait sessions in and around in some of Cheshire’s most beautiful villagesincluding Holmes Chapel regularly since 2010. The village and the surrounding countryside make beautiful backgrounds for family portrait photography.

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A family portrait in Leigh, Greater Manchester

a family portrait of three generations taken in autumn sunlight in Leigh, Greater Manchester
Leigh is a town in what used to be South Lancashire (now Greater Manchester), and many people still see it as a Lancashire town. In its heyday Leigh was famous for coal, cotton, cables and tractors. My family are from Leigh and its always nice to go back to Leigh from time to time. Every once in a while I do a family portrait session there as I did for this family.Read More