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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Ian publishes article on Professional Photography

Ian publishes article on Professional Photography

Once again, I have published my on-going article in the 2010 edition of the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook (A&C Black) 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 […]


Low-key lighting (pregnant nude)

Low-key lighting (pregnant nude)

Low-key lighting is a technique where normally only one light source is utilised and can be a fantastic way to create images of the nude body without revealing too much.  In addition, because only selected areas of the subject are illuminated, the lighting can be controlled to achieve a far more flattering image than, for […]


Lucky landscape – Bamburgh Castle

Lucky landscape – Bamburgh Castle

A quick trip to Northumberland saw some cold and windy weather but some fantastic evening light, as this shot of Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland illustrates. Summer lighting in the UK is often misty and I have found time and again that cold days can yield the best results due to the crystal quality of light. […]


Recent personal work – how it was created

Recent personal work – how it was created

Click on any image for a larger view I have recently produced a flyer and business card to promote ‘stylish portraiture’ and therefore needed a few new images that would work together as a theme. I have placed a few of the resulting images here with a description of how they were created for those […]


Ian to publish article on professional photography

Since 1998 I have published an on-going article in the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook (A&C Black) on the subject of working as a professional Photographer.  I am delighted to confirm that the publishers have recently asked me to contribute to the 2010 edition.  For those interested in making a living from photography, the article offers a wealth […]


…and here it is – ‘Life Changing’

…and here it is – ‘Life Changing’

Click on image for larger view Above is the final image of a year long project, that started as a nude shot at the tale end of a yoga shoot (see previous blog entry) and became a series of three images as a result of finding out the model was pregnant.  I always prefer to […]


Body beautiful – custom lighting the nude figure

Body beautiful – custom lighting the nude figure

(click any image to see larger version) With so many photographers around these days (or at least, digital shooters) it is more important than ever to try something different in order to stand out from the crowd.  If I have time, I always try to experiment with unusual camera angles and alternative lighting techniques, but […]


When on holiday, shoot stock!

When on holiday, shoot stock!

I consider stock photography to be an on-going shoot and a part of my everyday life, especially as it is becoming a significant part of my income.  I am constantly thinking of ideas for images that might sell, often planning shoots in depth and taking in to consideration all the ingredients required to create saleable […]


Taking Stock – Scotland & Spain

Taking Stock – Scotland & Spain

Images of people far outsell any other subjects I submit to agencies.  However, just under a year ago I took a short trip to Scotland and shot a few landscapes.   These have sold pretty well over the past few months and gained a couple of awards.  All the Scotland images were captured over a period […]