A Rainy Day in Regent's Park

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of taking some family snaps with George, Charlotte and the ultra-cute little Camille, which you can find a collection of below. However, the shoot very nearly didn't happen. We'd literally been trying to do it for 6 months (!) as either Covid or the British weather kept foxing us at the last minute, so this was a highly anticipated session. As the countdown to the big day got closer I kept an ever more weary eye on the old weather app and unfortunately things just kept getting bleaker and bleaker, but it'd been so long and we'd already put it off so many times that we just decided to go for it. That morning things were looking good and I even texted George saying 'I think the Sun is coming out!'... Big mistake. Obviously as soon as I got out of the tube station ,a fairly torrential deluge of rain started pouring from the sky, and I was forced to stand under a tree with some elderly Norwegian tourists letting the worst of it pass and thinking "this is going to be a disaster."

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Victoria Park Lockdown - Photos for 'An Unexpected View' by St Margaret's House.

I couple of months ago I saw a post in the Victoria Park Friends Facebook group (one of my absolute favs) from a representative of St Margaret's House in Bethnal Green looking for photos of the park taken by it's members for an upcoming exhibition at SMH. Thankfully, after a couple of years of on/off lockdowns with the park right next to my house and a few lens upgrades that had me wanting to get out and take photos, I had a lot. So I went through the however many thousand photos I've got on my computer and got all the best ones of the park together and sent them over to see if any were suitable. Long story short, they were! SMH loved some of the photos and wanted to feature them, so I got some prints done, dropped them in and they are now hanging at the Gallery Cafe in Bethnal Green. The exhibition started on Monday and will be running I believe until sometime in August, so if you'd like to go and check them out along with the work of other local photographers and artists please do! I'll include the address at the bottom of the page, but I thought to celebrate all this happening I'd include all the photos I sent over for people to see what I've been up to and how the park has been looking over the last two years.

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A Very Containerville Christmas

Just before Christmas last year when being allowed to hang out outside was still a thing, I got a call from my old pal Jackie at Containerville London asking if I'd be free to come and take some pictures of their outdoor Christmas market at their Emma Street site in East London. As anyone that knows me well will attest, I freaking love Christmas. I also love Containerville having worked in an office there for the best part of 2 years, so it really didn't take much convincing for me to go down and take some pictures for all the lovely folks there. The Emma street site also wasn't finished when I used to work there, so it was exciting to see what they'd done with the space, and I was pretty blown away with the results. Here are some photos from the day:

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Not All Heroes Wear Capes

At the start of the year I was forced to quarantine for 10 days after a possible contact with the virus. Like seemingly everyone else my age in East London I'd recently taken one step further into becoming a walking stereotype by getting a puppy during lockdown. As anyone that's had any experience of a spritely 4 month old puppy can attest, they do not deal well with being locked inside for long periods of time, so destruction of the house was looking imminent. Thankfully, we seem to have amassed a number of good eggs that we're lucky enough to call friends over the years, and with not much to do at the moment but go for walks, we luckily had no problem finding people to take her for a spin around the park. Around this time I'd also got a brand new 85mm lens specifically for portraits that I was harbouring growing frustration at not really being able to use due to not having anyone to take photos of. This is how the 'Not All Heroes Wear Capes' mini series was born; a doorstep portrait of all the wonderful pals that came to help us out in all their dazzling 85mm glory. Enjoy!

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The Best of 2020

For most people, 2020 will forever go down as one of the worst years on record. As I'm sure I don't need to highlight, the Coronavirus pandemic has caused untold horrors this year; at the worst end of the scale millions of people around the world have lost their loved ones, jobs, homes or indeed their lives this year, while their more fortunate peers at the other end of the spectrum have had to endure the catastrophes of being stuck inside for the best part of 9 months, the ever present threat of completing Netflix and the many pitfalls associated with becoming new puppy owners. It is directly because of the fact that 2020 has been so awful for such a huge number of people that I feel a pressing sense of guilt in saying that in terms of learning, personal development and average level of contentment, it has been undoubtably one of my best. As this entire website will attest, my greatest acheivement this year has been becoming an at least semi-professional photographer, so I thought at the start of the new year I'd put together a collection of the photos that have been a result of this journey alongside a (hopefully) brief commentary of how this has happened for anyone that may care. Please forgive the length; I took 11,649 photos in 2020 so getting it down to this many is actually a minor triumph.

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Sundown with the Schikwambi-Kells

Way back in July when you could still go out in a t shirt at 6pm, I had the pleasure of being asked for a family photoshoot with Rosie, Paul, Lyra and Nanny Cath in Victoria Park while Cath was down from Middlesbrough. As always, we waited until golden hour on a lovely summer's evening and took a picnic rug down to Victoria Park so everyone could properly relax during the shoot.

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Bath on the Beach! - Paradise in the City

Back in the first week of August I took a trip to Bath for a few shoots with various West Country businesses, the first of which was the unforgettable (unless you indulge in too many of their cocktails!) Bath on the Beach. When I got asked to do the shoot I had a certain idealised image in my head of the place, namely a sun drenched paradise with white sand, palm trees and free flowing ice cold cocktails. What I was not expecting however (due to the fact that we're still very much in England) was that that would be exactly what I found there!

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Hackney Sunset with the O'Connell-Reynolds

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing the O'Connell-Reynolds family (Paul, Vanessa, Skye and baby Ruby) on Hackney Marshes. Paul asked for my family photography package as a surprise birthday gift for Vanessa, who had also had a private yoga session with Marion and slap up Thai meal beforehand. What a birthday!

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Foord-Williams Family Outing

A couple of weeks ago I had a lovely afternoon location photoshoot with new parents Jack and Emma Foord-Williams and their adorable little son Asa. He was born right as lockdown was starting so by the time being allowed back into parks came around they were very keen to get out there and get some nice professional photos of him before he got too big!

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Family Photoshoot with the Murpheys

In late June 2020 I travelled down to Hilly Fields in South London with facemask on for a lovely family photoshoot with the Murpheys (Will and Morag) and new arrival little Callum. It was a beautiful sunny day with temperatures (and parents for that matter) in their early 30's and not a cloud in the sky. We waited till around 6 PM for the photoshoot to avoid the harsh glare of midday light and get as close to golden hour as we could before the little one's bedtime.

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