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Fashion for a Reason with The Teenage Cancer Trust & Harvey Nichols

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Last Wednesday saw us at Harvey Nichols in Manchester for the Teenage Cancer Trust‘s Fashion Show. The show was called Fashion For A Reason and showcased the work the Teenage Cancer Trust does in the North West with young people living with cancer. The event also promoted the Trust’s Cinderella Project.

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It was hosted by 19-year-old Olivia Cork, who was recently nominated for Cheshire Woman of the Year, alongside Ministry of Sound DJ James “Caino” Cain.

Olivia was 14 when she was diagnosed with bone cancer. She was treated on our unit at Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool, undergoing three cycles of chemotherapy and subsequently had her right leg amputated.

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The event was supported by Harvey Nichols, Smooth FM, Boss Model Management, Barclays Bank and Lloyds Bank. We did the official photography as our contribution and Pete Baxter at Northwest Productions shot the videos.

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Best friends Callum Ballantine and Samir Kamani presented their fashion label Made from Manchester, a unique clothing line which offers which offers men’s and women’s T-shirts sporting iconic Manchester slogans. The T-shirts were modelled on the night by the TCT crew and can be purchased online. All profits go to the Teenage Cancer Trust.

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Pet photography with Broc the Collie – her 15 week session

Broc the Collie is now 15 weeks old and growing up. Her herding instincts are really coming out now and when she chases her ball she doesn’t run straight to it. She circles round on one side or the other, as if she was rounding it up. It’s really funny to watch. She just does it instinctively. Our son Ewan came over a few days ago with Broc for her next puppy portrait session. We went to the park near our home in Lymm, Cheshire, for Broc’s pet photography session.

It was a perfect Autumn day; bright and sunny, bone dry and no wind. The autumn colours were full on and complemented the tans and browns of Broc’s coat. Most Border Collies are black and white but Broc is a little bit different and has gorgeous markings. As she still has her puppy teeth which are like needles.

Here’s a selection from the day. Probably too many but she’s so cute it was hard to cut them down. If you want to see the photos from her first session, here’s the link.

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Salter’s Den Publicity Photographs

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One of the great things about being a portrait photographer is that I get to meet all kinds of people from all walks of life. I’ve become well known across the NorthWest for my business portraits and the business portraits have given me all kinds of opportunities to do other portrait work, commercial work, event photography and even weddings. Last week I photographed a beagle as a result of doing a business portrait for the owner a year ago.

I’ve worked with Howard Worth, Cheshire’s largest accountancy practice, for about 18 months now and in the Spring they asked me to photograph the team for the Salter’s Den competition for 2015. The judging panel for Salter’s Den 2015 is made up of local business leaders in Northwich area: Gerard Rooney from Moss Haselhurst Solicitors, Diane Johnson from Eric Johnson electrical Contractors, Claire Morley from NatWest and Chris Smith, from Howard Worth.

The Salter’s Den competition is looking for an entrepreneur or new business start up in the Northwich area that is worthy of winning a prize of £2,500 and on-going expert advice. The winner will receive a £2,500 cash prize as well as one years free business advice and support from Howard Worth and legal mentoring from Moss Haselhurst. There are also rewards for second and third place. Second place will receive six months support and mentoring and third place three months.

To enter the competition or for more information about Salter’s Den 2015, go to the Salter’s Den website and follow the links.

Family portraits in Clitheroe

In July I went over to the Ribble Valley to do some family portraits in Clitheroe for Lisa and Tim, and their two children. Although it was high summer it was a bit cold and overcast and more like Autumn really. Steel grey skies and a strong wind, but that didn’t stop us. I’d met Lisa at an event for the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust at The Mere Resort near Knutsford in the spring.

I love Clitheroe. It’s a great place for an afternoon out with an amazing wine shop and Clitheroe Castle, where I did one of my very first family portrait sessions back in 2009, and weddings at Eaves Hall for Michelle and Andrew and Mitton Hall For Collette and Gary, so it was lovely to be up there photographing again.

As their two children were growing up fast it was a good time to capture them. We spent a couple of hours taking photos with the usual tea break (for people who don’t know me, my portrait sessions tend to be fairly relaxed affairs with stops for a cuppa and cake!). Thats keeps the pressure off and keeps the momentum going. We did a warm up at home where we had fantastic natural light inside with amazing views across the Ribble Valley. Then we ventured out and found shelter from the wind in their garden, followed by a quick trip to Stonyhurst College which is a marvel. It made a fantastic backdrop for the second part of the session.

Here’s a selection from the day.

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Portrait photographer Lancashire; Portrait photographer Wigan; Portrait photographer Bolton; Portrait photographer Preston; Portrait photographer Ribble Valley; Portrait photographer Southport; Portrait photographer Ormskirk. Portrait photographer Blackburn; Portrait photographer Chorley.

Portrait photographer Lancashire; Portrait photographer Wigan; Portrait photographer Bolton; Portrait photographer Preston; Portrait photographer Ribble Valley; Portrait photographer Southport; Portrait photographer Ormskirk. Portrait photographer Blackburn; Portrait photographer Chorley.

Portrait photographer Lancashire; Portrait photographer Wigan; Portrait photographer Bolton; Portrait photographer Preston; Portrait photographer Ribble Valley; Portrait photographer Southport; Portrait photographer Ormskirk. Portrait photographer Blackburn; Portrait photographer Chorley.

Portrait photographer Lancashire; Portrait photographer Wigan; Portrait photographer Bolton; Portrait photographer Preston; Portrait photographer Ribble Valley; Portrait photographer Southport; Portrait photographer Ormskirk. Portrait photographer Blackburn; Portrait photographer Chorley.

Portrait photographer Lancashire; Portrait photographer Wigan; Portrait photographer Bolton; Portrait photographer Preston; Portrait photographer Ribble Valley; Portrait photographer Southport; Portrait photographer Ormskirk. Portrait photographer Blackburn; Portrait photographer Chorley.

On the Northern Belle with CAFT and Noddy Holder

On September 4th we went on the Northern Belle, the luxury train which is the UK arm of the company which owns the more famous Venice-Simplon Orient Express. The trip was organised as a fund raiser by the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust (CAFT) and was hosted by CAFT patron and rock legend Noddy Holder and his wife, Suzan.

Fifty six guests enjoyed a five course fine dining menu with wine and excellent service form the Northern Belle’s stewards, with entertainment provided by Gravity Live, including an acapella trio, violinists, magicians, jugglers, and contortionists, entertained everyone as the Northern Belle toured the Northwest and the Pennines before returning to Manchester Victoria Station via Carnforth (forever famous as the location for the Classic film Brief Encounter.

The evening raised £16500 for CAFT. If you’d like to find out more about The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust or about their amazing fundraising events, please call the office on 01565 830053 or visit the CAFT website.

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Broc's first puppy portrait

Meet Broc, Ewan and Emma’s gorgeous brown and tan border collie puppy. She’s still a bit wobbly on her paws but she’s as bright as a button and ever so cute. As she grows up I’ll be documenting her progress on my blog and you’ll be able to see the pics on my blog.

Puppy portrait photography sessions are great fun to do and a bit chaotic. You never quite know how things will turn out. Ewan made Broc a new wooden bed as he couldn’t find one that was quite right for her. As friends have seen pictures of Broc’s bed he’s now getting requests for more. If you’re interested you can contact him through me.

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Justin Moorhouse & The Children's Adventure Farm Trust

A couple of weeks ago Helen, the press officer at the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust asked me to pop in to take some photos of comedian Justin Moorhouse and the cow he had donated to CAFT.

CAFT is a fantastic charity and I’ve been helping them with event photography for their charity fundraising events over the last couple of years and it’s been a real pleasure to be able to help them in a small way. They need to raise £1 million each year and they don’t receive any statutory funding.

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CAFT provides a variety of programmes for terminally ill, disabled and disadvantaged children from all over the North West.

The needs of the children visiting The Adventure Farm range from complex and severe physical and learning disabilities, sensory impairments and terminal illnesses through to children who act as Carers for a family member, those dealing with bereavement and children who have been victims of abuse.

The Adventure Farm is a lifeline to children who are in desperate need. CAFT brings a little light and fun into the lives of children who have known terrible hardships at such an early age.

Helen Crowther, CAFT’s press officer and one of trust’s fundrasers told me “Justin is a long-standing supporter of our charity, he regularly aids our fundraising and spreads the word about the amazing work we do here at CAFT. It was no surprise therefore when he called me concerning a donation, but what I wasn’t expecting was that it would be a cow! We’re not a working farm so it was a relief to discover that this particular cow was fairly low maintenance and we gratefully accepted his very kind offer.

The cow has now been put out to pasture up near our pond and has quickly become one of the star attractions on our amazing 10 acre site. She joins a whole herd of animals including miniature donkeys, ducks, chickens, budgies and quails, helping us to provide a stimulating and fun environment for disabled, ill and disadvantaged children from all over the North West.

This was also a great opportunity for us to spread the word about our work, and to let everyone know how supportive Justin is of our work. Andrew is always on hand to help us and he didn’t hesitate for a moment when I needed a photographer to take some pics of Justin with the cow which I’ll be including in Press Releases and on our own blog page on our website. Thanks Andrew, you’re a star!”

The news story appeared in the Manchester Evening News and on the Knutsford Guardian website on Monday August 3rd, 2015.

If you’d like to find out more about CAFT or would like to make a donation please visit their website or call 01565 830053.

A retiring head teacher

Last summer I was asked to photograph Mary Speakman, the retiring head teacher of Altrincham Girls Grammar School. The framed portrait was to be hung in the school hall with the portrait photographs and paintings of other retired head teachers going back over fifty years or more. I thought it was going to be a bit of a daunting task because these types of portrait photographs tend of have a particular style and it’s not one that I’m fond of.

Fortunately Mary wanted something different to the traditional head teacher’s portrait. She had seen my work and asked me to take her portraits my way. I brought makeup artistVicky Spencer with me to do Mary’s makeup and then we set off around school and took a series of photographs for her. My favourite, and the one that was finally chosen was of Mary in her gown while she was sat on the platform that had been built for the sixth form art show in the main hall. I wanted to make a photograph that summed up the academic and creative achievement that goes with a school like Altrincham Girls Grammar School. In the chosen photo Mary is sat amongst the mannequins in the fashion display.

The final framed photograph is 43″ high and hangs in the school hall.

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Family portraits at Dunham

This was a fun session and very interesting because Jules and Jez live a few doors away from another of my clients in a very similar home. The sessions were done on the same day, just a few hours apart. But they couldn’t have been more different and style of the photos were radically different too.

We went down to Dunham Park and used the park land and the track approaching it as backdrops for their family portraits. There were loads of really quirky things to use but my favourite was the mounting step by the old stables. Everyone was up for doing something a bit different and this is what we did.

The final photograph was printed on Giclee fine art paper and framed in a large contemporary frame. It’s one of my favourites from 2014.

A family portrait session at Dunham near Altrincham in the Spring of 2014.