Thursday, 30 December 2010

Season is hotting up!


As the weather gets colder, the shooting season is hotting up! This week alone we have 5 shoots commissioned, and as the season ends very soon, we have to make the most of the incoming work.
Todays shoot was a new one to me, Wood Advent on Exmoor, what a superb place! Fantastic company, superb shooting, high birds, and kind weather......what more could anyone ask for?
Once these few busy days in the field are over, all the photos from the commissioned shoots will be available via password, online.

Monday, 20 December 2010

Theres sno-where quite like it!
























Despite the heavy snow falls across the southwest this week, amazingly my two major jobs were not cancelled (although 3 smaller ones sadly had to be.)
The best day out in the snow, was on a private commission nearWitheridge, Tiverton, where I spent the day on a lovely friendly walked up shoot. A really varied shoot that included duck, snipe and pheasant, and in a beautiful location, with a flight pond to die for!
North Devon is lovely at the best of times, but add a bit of glittery snow and there really is no where quite like it! The other job that worked so well in the snow was for a small editorial in a new horse magazine......the article was about equine care in winter so the snow really made it more authentic!

Monday, 13 December 2010

Its such a Boar!




















I have just returned from an editorial commission in Germany on a wild boar shoot......what a time we had!! The commissioned photos are embargoed for now but this is just a taster!
I also managed to secure a couple more jobs on the back of this one so it was a good trip, and despite 12 hours drive from home to Rheinland, it wasnt as bad as our previous journeys there, and returning on a Sunday (Lorries cant drive in Germany on Sundays) the Autobahn was nice and empty for a 100mph blast now and then!

Friday, 3 December 2010

so what are you?














This was the question posed today when someone rang up and asked me "Are you a Devon pet photographer".....
"Not exactly" I replied!!
Somehow the idea of being labelled "pet photographer" seems somewhat cheesy and kind of like the pet equivalent of a childrens portrait photographer. Now the latter is a very skilled job and one I would hate to have do for my living, as Im not a huge fan of the small people....despite once being one myself....so all hats off to those folk who do it well, but I really dislike the idea of a label as I am many things, in many hats. Most of my work is editorial for publications, however I do also do a lot of portrait work with animals....so maybe its the word "pet" thats the problem for me? The thing is, the animals I work with are far more than just pets. Most of them are working animals in one way or another, be it gun dogs, hunting hounds, event horses, prime breeding cattle, endurance arab horses, exhibition poultry, sled dogs....the list is endless. For example this week I have been comissioned to photograph pedigree holstein cattle, a hound for his stud advert, 2 lurcher puppies for a proud (and yes a pet!) owner, and 2 horses for a producer.
Anyway the phone call all ended well as the lady in question was looking for a professional photographer in Devon, with endless experience of photographing dogs (pet ot otherwise), to undertake a private commision for her new "best friend" aged 8 weeks. That would be me....and Im looking forward to meeting "Buddy" next week.