Twenty Nineteen: A Year Full of Mistakes

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.” – Neil Gaiman Happy New Year folks! While many saw […]

I Have Learned: Twenty Four Lessons Learned In Twenty Eighteen

“The most valuable lessons in life are not taught. They’re experienced” – Unknown If you accepted my previous invitation to walk with me as I ruminated over the past 12 months, then I’d like to extend this invitation further and invite you to sit and stay a while as I share with you some of the […]

Faithful-Imagery-Christmas-Best-of-Twenty-Eighteen

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” – Søren Kierkegaard As I sit down to pause, reflect and write about the year that’s been, I will echo that single sentiment sighed by countless grown-ups and say, “where has the year gone?” Listen, I know we say this every single year […]

Celebrating Leo

“Sometimes the littlest things take up the most room in your heart”  – Winnie the Pooh My last hours of my working day were brightened by a welcome interruption. Melanie Finn-Dobson called me to ask if I was available to photograph her grandson’s 1st birthday and needless to say, I didn’t require much convincing; even […]

Zamore

“I’ll always choose you.” Yes that was the word. “Every single lifetime, I’ll choose you. Just as you have always chosen me. Forever.”  – Lauren Kate, Passion I organised this couple’s session with my close friend Christian and his beautiful wife Katrina in order to get out of a creative rut. As I’m sure many of you […]

Elise and Charlie – A Wedding Day to Remember

“They will stop calling brides beautiful after today, for you have simply set the standard too high” – Anna Godbersen Until Mrs Faithful Imagery comes along and draws the final and definitive line on the standard of beautiful brides, this title will rightfully belong to Elise Simpson who married Charlie Cook on Saturday 28th July […]

Cake Smash

“One of the many things nobody ever tells you about middle ageis that it’s such a nice change from being young.” – Dororthy Canfield Fisher If you’re reading this I’m going to assume you know what a Cake Smash is – a rapidly growing trend which originated in the US whereby small children were encouraged to […]

Stepping Over – Part One

“Never underestimate the difference YOU can make in the lives of others. Step forward, reach out and help. This week reach to someone that might need a lift.”  – Pablo It is 4:49pm on a Monday evening and I’ve just got home from work. The reason I open with this is because I normally arrive […]

Laura and Jennie

“How far should a person go in the name of true love?” – Nicholas Sparks, The Choice Speaking as a single person who is NOT in that situation, I often find myself asking this question and never coming up with a definitive answer. Would I be willing to forego personal comforts and conveniences and uproot in […]

Sonia

“And one day she discovered that she was fierce, and strong, and full of fire, and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.” – Mark Anthony She made my breath catch. Having recently found myself drawn to the beautiful jewellery and elaborate headed pieces worn by […]

A Family Reunion

Sometimes you accept a photography assignment without considering the sheer importance of what you’re doing or even how much what you’re doing really means to the client. As a photographer, unless you know the clients personally, you’re a spectator with little to no emotional involvement to the action. You turn up and do your very best […]

The Leicester Medial Student’s Graduation Ball: The POWER of YES!

“If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later!” – Richard Branson As I sit and write, the time on my laptop reads 01:55am. It is Sunday 24th June. I have just got home. My clothes, once dripping […]

Vanessa and Jeremy – A Wedding Blog

She was beautiful; like a movie star and a Disney Princess all rolled into one. Even though I’d photographed the lengthy bridal party preparation process and watched the skilled makeup artist carefully apply Vanessa’s makeup, I was taken aback by how striking she looked in her self-made white dress. If I thought that, I could […]

Nathaniel and Isaiah – Fathers Day Session

“A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.” – Billy Graham Though I can recall the myriad ways I have met clients over the years, a standout by far is my introduction to Isaiah and his father Nathaniel.I’d just stepped out […]

A Long Goodbye

“This is a long goodbye, yet not time enough. I have no aptitude for this. I cannot learn this. I would hold on, and hold on, until my hands clutch at emptiness.” – Juliet Marillier, Son of the Shadows This brief session wasn’t part of my plan. I’d been employed by Mike Hughes to photograph […]

Vanessa and Jeremy – Engagement Session

She’d planned this I was sure of it. The news came so cleverly that it took me a while for me to figure out what it meant.I was sat in a restaurant with a former colleague with the two large meals I’d ordered for myself. My phone screen flashed and as I discreetly checked it, […]

The Creative Process

I saw this list as an image recently posted on Facebook by a writer which she explained described her creative processes. I smiled as I knew I could relate. Everybody’s process is different, and I enjoy hearing about any creative’s processes despite their chosen form of expression. I enjoy listening to actors speaking on how […]

Mariola-Zelazko

As the popular saying goes, “every cloud has a silver lining” and in the storm clouds of a place I recently worked, Mariola was the silverest of silver linings. She was as warm and sincere as she is beautiful and was delighted when she agreed to posing before my camera. One session turned into four, […]

Superhero Series: Spiderman

As someone slightly obsessed with these caped and colourful costumed crime-fighters, I was a little too keen to photograph Tom Laxton as Spiderman. As well as being a university student, Tom masquerades as the web-slinger at children’s parties, charity events and hospital visits. More are on the way.

David Lapham’s 60th Birthday Party

Laura, David’s daughter has been a very dear friend for over 14 years so when she asked me to photograph her father’s surprise 60th birthday party, it was a no brainer. Despite being met with numerous technical challenges at the start, the party was great fun and a real testament to the healing power of […]

McGough Leaving Do

A simple request for a family photograph to be used in a job application turned into a full family shoot with some great people. Have you ever met people who leave you feeling energised and inspired? This is what this family did. They were fun, enthusiastic and so willing to get involved. An absolute joy […]

Dominic and Evangeline

It’s not every day that you get invited abroad to photograph an old friend’s wedding so naturally I said yes and months later, I was flying out to Amsterdam. Having never been or known anything about the location, I had to think on my feet a lot about the best places to photograph the couple […]

Steve and Tracey

I was approached by the bride (a dear friend of mine) who wanted to ask me two questions. First, could I say grace at the wedding meal and second, could I photograph it. I said yes to both and have to say, it was the biggest I’d shot. Set in Bristol and attended by some […]

Chris and Sarah Smith

Chris and Sarah were former colleagues who’d already booked their photographer. As a gift to them, I wanted to offer them a studio set up in order to create an alternative wedding album. I was given a large space and allowed to set up my make-shift studio (complete with props table). I shot the bride […]

MonQ Aramotherapy

A friend wanted some pictures showcasing her MONQ aromatherapy inhalers so she can submit them for a competition. The slowly dimming light and earthy colours were a great fit for the diffusers she wanted to use for the shoot. I was very happy with the results.

Drone

What do you do when you see a stranger flying a drone in a local park? You scare him with your enthusiasm and ask to take pictures of it. Thankfully, he didn’t flee in terror but allowed me to take several pictures of the drone in flight as well as whilst stationary. That was a […]

BP Sports Massage Session

Fewer things are better than seeing people you care about grow and succeed. Ben Plummer of BP Sports Massage is a young man I’ve known for years and seeing him develop a successful Sports Massage Business has been a delight. As you can imagine, I was thrilled to be asked to take pictures to showcase […]

Athlena Massage Session

I met Pippa (founder of Athlena Sports Massage) through my friend Eden who wanted some work doing for her website. Though she wasn’t in a position to pay me, I agreed on the provision that she spreads the word about my work. Months later, many of my family shoots have come from her with more […]

A Folio of Eyes

This is where my love of photography exploded. Armed with a Panasonic FZ28 compact camera, I approached friends and strangers and asked to photograph their eyes then go and edit them on Windows Photo Editor. It was great having a project which brought a singular focus to my work and to do something which pulled […]

Calver Family Session

I shot these images of my sister and her beautiful family as a gift for my mother and was delighted with the results. I set up in her home and after a few technical problems solved by my tech-savvy brother in law, got to work. I particularly like the ones where my nephew and brother […]

The Jules Carter Trio

This was something a little different and having done it once, I want to do it again.As I’ve said before, I have a strong liking towards film noir and dramatic lighting and try to incorporate it in much of my work so jumped at the chance to try this with musicians holding their instruments.

Groves-Hunter Family Session

How times flies. I met the Groves-Hunter boys when they were small enough to fit in my hands 15 years ago so was I excited to photograph them as teenagers. The shoot was organised as a gift to their father to show their deep appreciation for his presence in their lives and what he meant […]

Indy Burmi

The popular saying makes the bold declaration that age is just a number; intimating that age is no excuse to do whatever you want to do. Whenever cynicism rises up and I’m tempted to brush that well-worn quote aside, I look at Indy. The man is 50 years old and looks better than men half […]

Eden Williams

Never judge a book by its cover. Eden may be small in stature but her heart and hunger to learn are a force to be reckoned with. Her dedication and commitment to fitness is both a challenge and a provocation and as if that wasn’t enough, she’s a great girl who’s become a good friend […]

Natalie Panter – An Unsung Heroine

Meeting clients for the first time is always nerve-racking; even for someone like me who prides himself in his ability to engage with people and form connections in a limited space of time. The success of my family sessions really depends on my ability to engage with each person and if I can’t do that […]

For Love or Likes

I read a quote on Facebook recently which really got me thinking and put into words something that has been in the back of my mind for some time.The quote simply read, “Imagine voicing your opinion on Facebook and not getting any likes…” ‘Likes’, that little blue thumbs up icon which makes us feel validated; […]

Subway, Nandos and jet black backgrounds

I hear myself say the same thing each and every time. Countless times as I push through the heavy glass doors, I tell myself to experiment, to live a little and be enlightened by something new. Those green and white menus offer so much more than my predictable foot long BMT on hearty Italian bread, with 4 layers of […]

Studio Lighting Workshop with Scott Choucino

A short post but one that I’m happy to talk about. I attended a great workshop last week ran by renowned photographer Scott Choucino about Studio Lighting. A short post but one that I’m happy to talk about. I attended a great workshop last week ran by renowned photographer Scott Choucino about Studio Lighting. There were fewer people in […]

Be Prepared

Preparation is everything. We’re taught this from an early age and we’re reminded of this as we grow up. Sometimes we heed the advice given, apply it and enjoy the bountiful rewards and other times, we ignore it and let hindsight teach us some very difficult lessons. Preparation is the difference between leaving 30 minutes […]

Stepping Out

There are so many quotes and phrases that summarise what I want to say in this post but the themes are the same; stepping out of your comfort zone, leaving behind the familiar, taking a step of faith into the unknown and feeling the fear and doing it anyway. Looking back, I don’t know why […]

What’s in a Name?

A name is more than just a means by which to identify things or people or even a way to differentiate one thing from the other. Names carry meaning and are often given according to purpose, function, circumstances of conception or even destiny. Naming a family pet, a child or even a brand can be […]

In the Beginning

Every hobby/interest/ pursuit or idea has an origin and my love of photography is no different. It’s hard to trace the exact date because I grew up with it. My father was a photographer. I remember him regularly cleaning his camera equipment, sorting through negatives or asking my siblings and me to pose for him. […]