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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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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 […]


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 […]


Celebrity profiles from Up North

Celebrity profiles from Up North

Martin kemp The location was Manchester city centre and the event, Grimm Up North 2011. A few days ago I was asked by Festival Director, Simeon Halligan to photograph celebrity guests attending the event. I was generally given a 10 -15 minute time-slot to get the shots, which meant there was no time for error. Since […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]