Working as a commercial photographer at 2000 Tree's festival.
As a PR Photographer in Gloucestershire I get to meet lots of people and quite a few TV personalities. But it's always a special pleasure to work with BBC Countryfile's Adam Henson, I've worked with him on jobs for one of my regular clients Countrywide .
Yesterday he was opening a new anaerobic digester near Cheltenham for local company Andigestion Ltd, I also got to meet Norman Grundon who is the chap who owns all the Grundon lorries that we see up and down the country.
Last week I went to Castle Donnington near East Midland's Airport to photograph the UK's biggest roof-mounted solar panel array on the roof of Marks and Spencer distribution centre.
More than 24,000 panels spread across the building's roof - which is the same size as 11 football pitches. Anyway it sounded like a straight forward job. So I set off with reflectors and light weight studio lights, my plan was to get the sun on the clients back and fill in with studio flash to get either a dramatic stormy sky or travel brochure blue one. A nice man from M&S led the way up an internal ladder toward the roof, when he opened the hatch water cascaded onto us, I felt like I was getting out of a submarine. It was absolutely chucking it down, windy and cold.
You can't be a professional photographer in the UK for 25 years without learning how to deal with our climate. So we went for a cuppa, and as soon as it eased we did a 5 minute shoot and dashed back in for cover. The point of my tale is that when things don't go to plan it's good to have an experienced safe pair of hands to save the day. With a little bit of photoshop I got the sky looking respectable and every one was happy.
|Inspector Kevin Roseblade|
|BBC Apprentice winner Michelle Dewberry|
|BBC Reporter, Steve Knibbs co hosted the event and was brilliant, I have worked with Steve many times when I was working on the Western Daily Press and I knew he likes to chat, but I had no idea he had such a talent for public speaking.|
|Dancer Helen Musser from the Inner Ground Dance Company at the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Conference at Bristol's City Hall.|
|Ali Brown from the Knittifi Workshop, a collective of knitting artists at the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Conference at Bristol's City Hall.|
|Singer and Quartet, 'Bewitched' at the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Conference at Bristol's City Hall.||L-R/ Joachim Roewer, Cliodhna Ryan, Kenneth Rice, Deidre Moynihan and Malachy Robinson.|
|Bringing Creativity to Life class at the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Conference at Bristol's Watershed.|
|Linda Boyles (left) and Ali Russell playing lunchtime games at the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Conference at Bristol's City Hall.|
|John Powell and his wife Hannah from Huntley, Gloucestershire who set up their own valeting business with help from mentor Grant Cozens from Gloucestershire Enterprise .|
AFTER sending out 600 CVs to potential employers without success, jobless John Powell refused to give up.
He decided to sell the family car and held numerous car boot sales to raise the money he needed to launch his own business.
And now John's successful mobile car valeting service Mirror Finish has become a shining example how determination can pay off.