Commercial Photography

Checkum campaign has the X Factor!

Checkum campaign has the X Factor!

Sean Smith from X Factor’s sibling duo, Same Difference is another celebrity to brave the on-going national Testicular Cancer awareness campaign known as Checkum. We photographed Sean a few weeks ago in London, but I will hasten to add that his sister, Sarah wasn’t present at this particular gig! Instead she took a hasty retreat […]

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TV Autoglass man drops his overalls for Checkum

TV Autoglass man drops his overalls for Checkum

Gavin Jenks from the Autoglass TV advertisements is another familiar face to reveal all for the Checkum Testicular Cancer Awareness campaign. Shot about a week ago in Birmingham, Gavin told us he had never done anything like this before, but was willing to expose himself in the name of charity and for the good of […]


Stuart Pilkington poses up North for Checkum

Stuart Pilkington poses up North for Checkum

Stuart Pilkington of Big Brother 9 is yet another celebrity to hit the headlines for getting his kit off for charity. We photographed Stuart in a Manchester studio very recently, followed a couple of days later by an additional celebrity shoot in London – soon to be revealed! The idea of the final Checkum posters […]


The story so far – ‘Checkum’ celebrity charity campaign

The story so far – 'Checkum' celebrity charity campaign

[slidepress gallery=’checkum’] The Checkum celebrity Testicular Cancer awareness campaign (sponsored by Macmillan Cancer Support and formerly Nikon UK) is now gathering pace, gaining national recognition and global media attention. I have therefore decided to create a quick blog post hosting a gallery showing the majority of the Checkum posters we have created so far in […]


Birmingham Royal Ballet – dancing for Checkum!

Birmingham Royal Ballet – dancing for Checkum!

One of our most demanding Checkum shoots to date took place on location at the Birmingham Hippodrome. In one day we photographed four male and one female artist from the world-famous Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB). Throughout the day, each artist took turns in performing to camera, something they are undoubtedly very used to. However, on […]


Ex-Coronation Street’s Adam Rickitt – Checkum

Ex-Coronation Street’s Adam Rickitt – Checkum

The latest star to join in with the Checkum testicular cancer awareness campaign is ex-Coronation Street actor and music star, Adam Rickitt.  Joined by my regular Art Director, Andrea and Make-up Artist, Sadaf Saeed we photographed Adam in Manchester at Slaughterhouse studios around a week ago. This time, some additional video footage was captured during […]


The making of a successful celebrity shoot

The making of a successful celebrity shoot

For around 20 years I have been involved in photographing celebrities, whether it be capturing the action during a TV or Film shoot, or a private commission to shoot an individual for a publication or advertising campaign. I’ll now describe how we execute a successful celebrity shoot, from start to finish. Firstly, teamwork and planning […]


Recent Checkum shoot and Press Release

Recent Checkum shoot and Press Release

Recently voted the best-looking housemate ever “BIG BROTHERS” Dale Howard is the latest celebrity to join forces with over 40 other top celebrities for the Famousmales Testicular Cancer Awareness Campaign in Association with Macmillan Cancer Support. Dale looking even better after leaving the BB house is now a Personal Trainer and is working in Manchester. Dale […]


Latest Checkum hot shots – Nick Youngquest

Latest Checkum hot shots – Nick Youngquest

Australian-born Rugby League player, Nick Youngquest is one of the latest Celeb’s in the queue to be photographed for Checkum, the national testicular cancer awareness campaign. The shoot took place a short while ago in Manchester and is another supported by Nikon UK (who kindly lent us a Nikon D3x body). For further information and […]


First photos shot with Nikon D3x for Checkum

First photos shot with Nikon D3x for Checkum

A quick trip down to an East London studio resulted in one of our first Checkum shoots with the Nikon D3x. A camera that yields a 24.5 mp image from a 35mm style DSLR body – fantastic! It was just like using my trusty Nikon D2x but with twice the resolution, a much larger viewing […]


Future Checkum images to be shot on Nikon D3x

Future Checkum images to be shot on Nikon D3x

Above – Nikon D3x test shot. Those who have been following my blog posts and Twitter ‘tweets’ will be aware that I have been approaching top camera manufacturers for a higher resolution camera body for use on future Checkum shoots (see previous Checkum blog posts). I am delighted to publish that Nikon UK have responded […]


Matt Evers – skates on for Checkum!

Matt Evers – skates on for Checkum!

Matt Evers, American Figure Skater, TV Presenter and male Model recently shed all but his skates to take part in Checkum, the on-going testicular cancer awareness campaign sponsored by Famousmales and Macmillan Cancer Support (for more information see my past Checkum blog entries). Matt is one of the stars of TV’s Dancing On Ice and […]


Monty Halls joins in with Checkum

Monty Halls joins in with Checkum

Yesterday, I traveled to London to shoot another celebrity for the Checkum testicular cancer awareness campaign. Keep following my blog to find out who braved all to camera this time – all will be revealed soon! In the meantime, I have posted another campaign poster. View my past blog entries for other posts relating to […]


Ian’s ‘Checkum’ images appear on TV

Ian’s ‘Checkum’ images appear on TV

BBC Bargain Hunt presenter, Jonathan Pratt was one of the latest celebrities to take part in ‘Checkum’, the ongoing testicular cancer awareness campaign where celebrities bravely shed their clothes in the name of charity (see here for further details). Over the past few months I have been commissioned by sponsors, Famousmales to photograph those who […]


Another celeb shoot – Checkum charity campaign

Another celeb shoot – Checkum charity campaign

Following on from my previous blog entries, a recent trip to London resulted in another celebrity in the can for the ongoing charity campaign,‘Checkum’. This time we photographed former Hollyoaks star Marcus Patrick (aka Ben Davies), who has also appeared in BBC TV’s Strictly Ice Dancing and Weakest Link, amongst others. Although we used a central […]


Article in Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook 2011

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 […]


Latest shoot – X Factor’s Laura White

Latest shoot – X Factor’s Laura White

Monday the 1st of November took me to a central Manchester studio to photograph star of X Factor, Laura White.  The photos were taken mostly for merchandising purposes for Laura’s current tour with Peter Andre, for the cover of her new tour CD, plus her website and Twitter site – more info on Laura’s blog […]


Celebrity males strip for charity!

Celebrity males strip for charity!

If you have been following my blog you will know from past entries that I have been working on an on-going national charity campaign called ‘Checkum’.  The aim of the campaign, sponsored by famousmales.uk.net, is to raise awareness of testicular cancer and ultimately encourage men to get themselves regularly checked out against the disease. Radio interview […]


Cold snap – the local park!

Cold snap – the local park!

Further to my las blog entry, just a few days later the snow came tumbling down all over Britain.  Here are a few scenes from the local park in Wilmslow, Cheshire.  All shot with a Nikon D2x and 18-200 vr lens.


Shoot your friends and be free!

Shoot your friends and be free!

Commissioned photo assignments take up much of my time and style and subject matter are mostly dictated by the needs of the client, which can sometimes stifle creativity.  Therefore, during those rare occasions when jobs are not running back-to-back, I sometimes find a window of opportunity to shoot whatever I want, whether it be for […]


Going, going, gone: Latest shoot in Sussex

Going, going, gone: Latest shoot in Sussex

Click any image to view larger version. A recent overnight photo shoot took me to Billingshurst in West Sussex, where I was assigned to shoot Jonathan Pratt, Managing Director of Bellmans Auctioneers and star of BBC 1’s Bargain Hunt.  The location was a four hour Journey away from my home near Manchester, but thankfully it […]


Cast and crew of movie – ‘The Descent 2′

Cast and crew of movie – ‘The Descent 2′

Click image for larger view My friend Simeon Halligan and partner Rachel Richardson-Jones recently organised Manchester horror film festival – Grimmfest.  In addition to screening Simeon’s own feature film ‘Splintered’, the festival is also hosting a number of other films within the Horror genre and includes interactive events such as public signings and Q and A […]


Shooting on the fly

Shooting on the fly

James Pritchard (Pro Rugby player – Bedford Blues)    Click any image for larger view Recent commercial shoots have taken me up and down the country, from Bedford to Chester to Hartlepool – all in one week! Planning the shoot around the client’s brief is essential and I have therefore developed a list containing a […]


Holiday – what holiday?

Holiday – what holiday?

A recent family vacation to Corfu and I thought I’d be laying my camera to rest for a couple of weeks. Not so, only two days in to the holiday and I discovered from a Greek local that in a matter of hours an important annual event was due to commence, hosted by the residents […]