How to deal with a celebrity?

A celebrity or VIP can be tricky to handle, you know what you’d like them to do at an event or opening ceremony, but often everyone is too polite to ask.

After 30 plus years of photographing famous folk I have realised that all they want is some clear direction and no faffing about. For them it is part of the job, a normal work day and they want the pictures to be done quickly and successfully for the host. After all the VIP has either been paid for this or they feel passionate enough to support the cause.

My plan is to always find out what the client would really like in an ideal world and then set it up, when everything is in place I’ll ask the VIP if he or she wouldn’t mind joining us for a quick photo, they step in, smile and it’s all over. Everyone is happy, I then move out of the way and carry on shooting candid pictures from a distance.

Here’s some pictures from an event I did with Professor Robert Winston earlier this year.



Why you need a good headshot

A bad headshot on your companies website doesn’t make a great impression. A dreary photo taken on an iPhone is never going to cut the mustard. On the other hand a professional headshot will make you look professional and create the best first impression for potential clients.

You can then get the photo working for you in so many ways, company website, Linkedin, Press Releases, Blog posts, Twitter, Brochures, Business cards, the list goes on.

I can come to your office and bring a studio with me, it couldn’t be easier.

If you would like me to shoot your new headshots get in contact.

No excuse for rubbish looking pictures on your website.

Last week I was booked by a small local business in my home town of Nailsworth, Gloucestershire. The Optical Shop are great asset to the town and well thought of locally, but they didn’t have a website so no one out of Nailsworth knew about them.

This collection of pictures took me one hour and only cost the client £135. They are now about to publish their own site that looks every bit as good as any of the national High Street chains.

My fees are really simple with no hidden extras or complicated licences.

£135 for the first hour then £80 per hour

Half day £300

Whole day £500

Christmas help from Tesco's


I had the pleasure of meeting Rosie Radford whilst on a Christmas shoot for Tesco’s magazine. The compassion she showed the people at the Cheltenham Open Door Project was an inspiration for us all. She treated everyone there with respect and kindness and I could see how much it was appreciated by the homeless folk she was feeding. Rosie’s doing more than just filling their bellies, she’s showing them that people do care, and that gives them hope. 

Super cool dog

I was doing a corporate portrait today at a directors home. Once we got the work picture done we had a great laugh dressing up the family pooch and I got my favourite pic of the week.

2018 Heist award for best Undergraduate Prospectus

University of Gloucestershire have combined vibrant, creative photography with a detailed focus on student stories and course content to produce a winning prospectus.
— Judges Comments

I'm absolutely delighted to be part of the team that produced the 2018 prospectus that has recently received the Gold Award for Best Undergraduate Prospectus. I am particularly pleased to read that the photography was given a special mention. 


How good pictures can help propel your business into the big time.

I was absolutely delighted to read about the incredible success of a business that I am proud to say I worked with at the start. James Mansfield and James Flower approached me via a mutual friend back in 2010 to take a selection of pictures to help launch their business. I had a feeling that they would do well as they were such nice fellas and switched on to. I'm so chuffed for them and I wish them every success in the future.

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Harry Potter Shoot


Students at the University of Gloucestershire have their very own 'Dumbledore's Army' society and I was asked to photograph a meeting for social media. The university's Harry Potter fan club has over 200 members who meet every week for Potter-related activites, including movie nights, quizzes and fancy dress parties. The pictures proved to be a massive hit on line and the University received some record breaking hits for the posts the Marketing department produced.

This is a great example of making the most of my pictures, you needn't just use them for your website or brochure, they can go on working for you in all sorts of ways.

70th Anniversary for Cheltenham law firm.

I was delighted to help Willans solicitors celebrate their 70th anniversary last week. The Cheltenham law firm was started back in 1947 when the first job of the day was to light the coal fires in the office. The photos found there way in to prestigious Gloucestershire publications Cotswold Life, South West Business and the Gloucestershire Echo. Once again demonstrating that  quality relevant photographs are essential for effective marketing.

People with proper jobs.

Last week I was pleased to be asked to work with the NHS. I spent half a day with the staff at a new hospital in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. As always I tried hard not disturb the work flow, just sat back in a corner and photographed people at work. I was struck by how cheerful and positive everyone was, it's easy to get a dim view of life in a hospital if like me you read a lot of newspaper articles. I reckon I met the whole staff when I took a group pic for the NHS magazine and everyone of them were a pleasure to meet and a joy to work with.

I left feeling that I should have a proper job rather than just watching other people work, but after 30 years of snapping people at work I probably wouldn't be of much use to them.

A proof of the NHS magazine featuring the mass group shot. I took along a portable studio that I set up outside and photographed them in groups of 3 or 4 and a clever photoshop wizard stitched them together.

Specialist bike transporters WMB

I recently had the pleasure to work with two former truckers/bikers Paul and Tony from WMB Logistics in Gloucester. Ten years ago they created a special cradling system to transport bikes safely and they've now become the most trusted company that work with the worlds biggest brands.  

Paul and Tony founders of WMB Logistics

Paul and Tony founders of WMB Logistics

One of the many beautiful bikes that caught my eye was this special made for the super bike legend Carl Fogarty.

I couldn't resist a chance to sit on this supercharged beauty made especially for Carl Fogarty.

I couldn't resist a chance to sit on this supercharged beauty made especially for Carl Fogarty.

Dream job for a petrol head

I like nothing more than messing about in an old classic motor or riding an old Brit bike. I'm fortunate enough to have a couple of these toys myself. So I was super chuffed to get a call from vintage and classic car expert, he used to be the Director of Classic Cars at Sotheby's, so there's not much he doesn't know about old cars.


Martin and his business partners Richard and Angus look after a treasure trove of beautiful cars and bikes on the site of an old airfield deep in the Cotswolds. I was booked for a couple of hours to photograph the collection, but stayed a lot longer soaking up the atmosphere of the place and wishing I had chosen a different career. I'd love to be paid to look after such exquisite motors and get to exercise them now and then.


Lighting is always a bit tricky with cars if you need to use flash because of the reflections on the many curved surfaces. Over the years I've found that if I can't get it right I just blast a load of light from several flashes into the ceiling and see what happens, usually this is fine, but it chows through your batteries, especially if it's cold. 

Vintage and classic car expert Martin Chisholm

Vintage and classic car expert Martin Chisholm

I couldn't resist a quick selfie - Clint Randall

I couldn't resist a quick selfie - Clint Randall