Kat and I had some time off in June last year, so we decided to take a trip up to Blackpool.

A couple more of Burt, following on from the recent photo post.

A rather regal-looking Burt Swan, photographed after the Swan family portraits.

I had the pleasure of photographing the Swan family a couple of weeks ago. Specifically, their newest member: Heathcliffe. It’s been literally years since I’ve photographed a baby – or taken any traditional family portraits at all, for that matter – so I had a lot of fun photographing baby Heathcliffe. I also photographed the Swan beagle, Bert – look out for photographs of him in the next couple of days.

After not really picking up my guitar for a couple of years (which coincided with me becoming obsessed with photography, funnily enough), I’ve decided to start playing again. Kat said she’d like to learn, so I gave her a quick lesson the other night. And what do you teach someone who’s new to guitar? The opening bars to Deep Purple’s Smoke on the Water, of course.

Behind the visitor, whose name I didn’t catch, is excellent work by Simon Roberts and others. I’d say that this photo is a reasonably fair representation of what the visitor actually spent most of his time doing whilst in the venue.

I’ve been volunteering for the FORMAT13 Photography Festival in Derby for the past four weeks, mostly performing invigilation duties. This is Matt, who I had the pleasure of invigilating with this past Tuesday. If you’ve not had a chance to visit FORMAT yet, and can get to Derby either tomorrow or Saturday, I strongly recommend checking it out. The festival is spread over numerous venues across the city centre and beyond, so prepare to spend […]

Kat has an awesome camera satchel from Porteen Gear that she uses to carry her various cameras around with her when we’re out and about. Satchel-type bags are great for photographers because they allow easy access to your gear. I personally use LowePro rucksacks for carting my gear around (currently a CompuDay Photo 250 and a Fastpack 350), as I’m usually travelling with more than just my camera. If anyone has any particular preferences then I’d […]

WordPress 3.5 was released a fortnight ago, and along with it a new gallery system. The new system works significantly better with tablets than the old Fancybox system that I was using. Fantastic! Check out this new gallery for a demonstration (click on images to view them in the new full-screen gallery view). A couple of weeks ago, after a day spent revisiting old negatives and fawning over prints, it struck me that I was becoming […]