Deserved win for PNE Ladies

On a freezing cold afternoon, PNE Ladies triumphed over Bolton Wanderers u21 Ladies at the UCLan arena.  The final score was 3-1 to PNE.

It was a vital win for Preston against  another team struggling at the bottom of the league.  PNE dominated throughout the game and the scale of their victory could have been greater based on the number of chances and pattern of play.

The condition were difficult – a bitingly cold wind and the odd flurry of snowflakes. Credit to both sides for the way they went about the game.

It is to be hoped that this will give PNE the confidence to go on and win more games in the weeks ahead.



Magazine shots

I thought I’d post a couple of photos from two very different magazine shoots recently. These are black and white versions of shots that I submitted for the magazine features but I still like these monochrome versions.

The first shoot took place at The Cartford Inn, one the best ‘gastro-pubs’ in Lancashire. The ambiance, the staff and the food are all top notch. The photos I’ve included are of the award winning chefs but I was also photographing the food and restaurant areas for the magazine feature.

The second magazine feature was about the RejuvaMed skin clinic in Chorley. Here I was photographing Dr Grant McKeating and his team. The skin clinic employs some hi-tech methods but it’s all about the people here.


You can view more of my photos from these shoots in the latest issues of Live Preston and Live Ribble Valley magazines. Check them out – they are producing some really good quality magazines.


Disappointment for PNE Ladies

It’s fine margins between the disappointment of defeat and the joy of winning. Preston are languishing close to the bottom of the league, while their opponents Bury Ladies are close to the top.  You certainly wouldn’t have known based on the first 20 minutes of the game, which PNE dominated.  When chances come your way though, it’s the teams at the top that seem to put them away and that was the case down at UCLan Arena today. PNE could easily have been a couple of goals to the good before Bury scored but it wasn’t to be.

Preston played some good football and probably had as many chances as Bury but it was Bury who took all three points with two goals in the first half and another in the second. If Preston continue to play this way then it can’t be too long before they get more points on the board.

Photos below. Click on any photo to view slideshow.


Preston Markets at night

The recently refurbished and updated Victorian Markets in Preston are now open and the use of modern LED lighting really brings a little something extra to the building at night.

In these few photographs here I’ve tried to show off the architecture including the fantastic canopy roof.  I really hope people use the markets – they are a great addition to the shopping experience in Preston.

Last week on the 365 Project

So another seven photos and this could well be the last week I post a set of pictures from the 365 project. I’m still taking a photos every day but I don’t like posting pictures I’m not happy with and that has been happening out of necessity for this project.  I guess that is the pressure of a 365 project. You have good days and bad days.

There are a couple of pictures in this group that I wouldn’t normally post but there are some good ones too.

I’ll let you decide which is which!




Preston’s Victorian Market re-opens in black and white

Preston’s newly refurbished Victorian Market re-opened today and I went down to take some photos for Blog Preston.  I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect but I loved it! It was really buzzing today as hundreds of people came to have a look around.

There are many familiar faces, market traders who have moved from the now closed indoor market and there are some new faces too.  The glass sides to the market hall give the place a light airy feel whilst helping to keep out the bitterly cold wind but it’s still cold!  In some ways The market reminds me of Covent Garden or one of the London Markets – an interesting place to browse, relax and have a coffee or even a glass of wine.

It’s a fantastic addition to the City Centre and it deserves to be a success. So come on people of Preston, get down there and enjoy the shopping experience. There are some great stalls: butchers, bakers, cheese makers; as well as flowers, sweets, fruit and veg and even beauty products if you fancy a hair extension.

Here are a few black and white pictures from the day. You can see more of my pictures, (in colour), appearing on Blog Preston over the next few days too. Click on any pic below to enter slideshow view.




365 Project – seven more pictures

Well that’s January completed and into February. It’s nice to make it this far!  This week I’ve had to take the unusual step of including myself in a couple of pictures. I don’t really like doing that but at times it gets difficult, especially when the weather is wet and miserable.

I’ve also included three black and white photos this week. Sometimes photos just seem to work better that way.  The old ruined mill is a good example.

If you prefer colour take a look at the Lytham sunset, plenty of warm tones here. On the selfie front, there’s one of me showing off the first album I ever bought – seemed appropriate in the week that Elton John announced his final tour, albeit a three year one!

Hope you enjoy the photos.