Commercial Photography

Workflow – After the shoot

Workflow - After the shoot

Once you’ve completed a photo shoot it’s vital that all images are backed-up as soon as possible. It’s possible for memory cards to be lost, damaged or corrupted and I have witnessed this myself, especially in the case of SD cards! Of course some cameras now have dual memory card slots, allowing you to write images to two […]

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Workflow – Planning a successful photo shoot

Workflow - Planning a successful photo shoot

Whether paid, or not when organising a photo shoot I always plan as much as I can beforehand in an effort to ensure the outcome will be as successful as possible. The Brief Most photography briefs received from my commercial clients don’t provide a great deal of detail and are usually delivered by email. In […]


Portrait lighting: keeping it simple!

Portrait lighting: keeping it simple!

It’s easy to get caught up in thinking we need to utilise multiple flash heads to achieve professional lighting results but this is not always true. Much depends on the effect you are aiming to achieve and often there is a lot to be gained from keeping your lighting simple. After all, when shooting outdoors we […]


Music Photography

Music Photography

Creating Track Artwork For Band White Eskimo A few months ago I was asked by band manager and TV presenter Yvette Fielding to shoot the artwork for the up-and-coming band White Eskimo. I have worked with White Eskimo a few times in the past (see blog history), so I’m familiar with the band members but […]


Article Published In Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook 2017

Article Published In Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2017

Bloomsbury, publishers of the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook are due to publish my ongoing article on the subject of entering in to professional photography. First published in 1998, the article has been updated over the years to accommodate the many changes that have taken place in this ever-evolving industry. Since the advent of digital photography and web-based marketing, it has […]


How to plan a photo shoot with band, White Eskimo

How to plan a photo shoot with band, White Eskimo

A few months ago I was asked to organise another publicity shoot for up-and-coming band, White Eskimo. I’d photographed White Eskimo in the past on two separate occasions, once on location and another time in studio (see previous blog posts). However, this time it was requested that the shoot should be booked for the entire […]


Photo Shoot for BBC2 Sitcom, Boy Meets Girl!

Photo Shoot for BBC2 Sitcom, Boy Meets Girl!

Back in January 2015, I purchased the Nikon D810 and within days of owning this state-of-the-art high-resolution camera I received a commission to shoot images for the BBC2 sitcom, Boy Meets Girl. The brief was to photograph two models and in combination, produce highly artistic images of an unusual nature that could be used for display in an […]


How to light a Triathlete

How to light a Triathlete

                                    I am currently in the process of building a specialist portfolio related to Health, Fitness and Sports photography and recently completed a studio shoot involving Triathlete, Alison. Initially, the plan was to create a set of images […]


A photography workout

A photography workout

Over the past couple of years I have been called upon to organise a number of shoots related to health and fitness. This has involved photographing varying aspects of body building and other fitness activity, using both male and female models and shooting in studio and on location. A small portfolio of this on-going project […]


Location shoot with band, White Eskimo

Location shoot with band, White Eskimo

A few months ago I was asked to update the publicity photographs for Cheshire band, White Eskimo, who I had photographed previously in studio (link to studio shoot here). Unlike studio photography, location shoots can be much more complicated since the photographer has much less control over the elements, such as light and weather. As it […]


Photographers – consider the environment!

Photographers - consider the environment!

We are all familiar with the standard portrait ‘head shot’, normally seen positioned above or alongside a written article, sometimes with a short caption printed benth. Although images of this style are little more than quality snapshots, they do fulfil the simple purpose of putting a face to the story. The images here were taken […]


Shooting White Eskimo – A behind the scenes look

Shooting White Eskimo - A behind the scenes look

A recent commission to photograph the band, White Eskimo had me racking my brains for inspiration. I started by researching classic album covers and then created a mood board of images that suited the style of the band. I find creating mood boards is good starting point for generating initial ideas, but always aim to […]


Greater Manchester Marathon Photos – 2012

Greater Manchester Marathon Photos - 2012

To see a gallery of images, click here. On the day of the Greater Manchester Marathon 2012, Manchester lived up to its reputation and delivered one of the wettest and windiest days I’ve ever struggled to work in. I’d received a commission from Runner’s World magazine to cover the event and despite the driving rain and […]


Ian Strikes gold at BIPP North West awards 2012

The British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) recently held their annual North West photography awards in Liverpool and I was delighted to hear that I’d achieved a Gold award in the Environmental Portrait category. The winning image was part of a series shot in Manchester over a couple of days using Nikon off-camera flash combined […]


Checkum campaign – back with rugged vengeance

Checkum campaign – back with rugged vengeance

Wayne Godwin and Ashley Gibson of Salford Reds are the latest rugby star duo brave enough to reveal all for Checkum. Wayne and Ashley were photographed for the campaign a few weeks ago at NPD studios in Leeds, a fantastic well-equipped and spacious facility for still and TV/movie shoots. The duration of the shoot was […]


Boxing shoot – Round two!

Boxing shoot - Round two!

As a result of some encouraging comments from a magazine editor who happened to stumble upon my blog (see the comments below my last blog entry), I responded by adding in a few more action images to the boxing theme I’ve been shooting recently. The original boxing images had been created for two purposes – […]


Boxing shoot – round one!

Boxing shoot - round one!

It was the day of the Royal wedding and rather than partaking in the offer of a Champaign breakfast and joining the nationwide party, I instead ventured in to Manchester to photograph a passionate group of male and female boxers in a location not far from Manchester City football ground. The shoot was initially organised for […]


Ian’s nude image wins BIPP silver award

Ian's nude image wins BIPP silver award

Portrait of a Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB) Artist. The British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) regional award ceremony was recently held in Liverpool during the first weekend of April 2011. Although I couldn’t attend this year I was delighted to learn that I had won a silver award for one of two images that were […]


Ian to be published in Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook 2012

Ian to be published in Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2012

A&C Black, publishers of the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook have recently recommissioned an update to my ongoing article on the subject of working as a professional photographer.  First published in 1998, the article has been updated over the years to accommodate the many changes that have taken place in this ever-evolving industry.  Since the advent of […]


Things that go bump in the light

Things that go bump in the light

My friend Jenny has featured as a model in many of my images over the past 10 years (see gallery below). As professional artist, Jenny is often game for ‘playing a role’ and shooting images with a twist but this time we had a different agenda, to capture a special moment in Jenny’s life. My aim […]


Corporate portraits that are crème de la crème

Corporate portraits that are crème de la crème

A couple of weeks ago I was asked to shoot some corporate images for Graham Shapiro, owner of GSD (Graham Shapiro Design). Graham had recently won the Crème De La Crème business award, another to add to his ever-growing collection of awards. Graham required a variety of images for press releases, magazine articles and other […]


From the pit to fit – all in one week!

From the pit to fit – all in one week!

Since my last blog entry I was asked to shoot something completely different – promotional photos for Manchester based fitness boot camp Front Line Fit. The image above is a good demonstration of shallow depth-of-field. A long 200 mm zoom lens, coupled with a wide aperture help to isolate the subject from the background, giving the […]


Jodrell Bank – an astronomical view

Jodrell Bank - an astronomical view

In the heart of Cheshire and only a few miles from my home resides the giant radio telescope, Jodrell Bank. I pass this impressive structure quite frequently but yesterday noticed it looked very different. It was 6pm and the sky was pitch black and for the first time the giant white dish was illuminated brightly […]


The Nikon D3x put through its paces with TAPFS

The Nikon D3x put through its paces with TAPFS

Click any image for larger view A few months ago the PR department at Nikon UK lent me their top camera, the Nikon D3x. Nikon offered the camera for around two months in support of Checkum, an on-going celebrity charity campaign that I’ve been involved in for the past two years. I have already reported […]