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.



A few family photos

Another weekend taking family photos and I’ve again picked out a few black and white versions to share on my blog.

These pictures feature cousins Alexander and Jude and were all taken on a short visit to Yeadon Tarn Park in Yorkshire and then in a local cafe as the weather worsened.



Grandson Photos

At weekend our grandson Alexander had his first overnight stay in Preston and we loved it. He’s so good and it was lovely to wake up in the morning and to have him in the house. Admittedly I was out for a walk a little earlier than usual that morning but it was worth it and I took this as an opportunity to grab some new pics…


Loving the new Fuji XF50mm f2 lens

On the face of it, the Fuji XF50mm lens is a bit of a odd focal length, a sort of portrait lens ‘lite’. ┬áThe acknowledged ‘true’ portrait lens in the Fuji line-up is the 56mm f1.2 but I liked the sound of this new 50mm lens. Compact, weather proof and fast focussing. I also thought it would be ideal for those indoor portraits of the grandchildren where space can be a bit limited.

At first I found it took a while before I started to ‘see’ at 50mm but now it’s hardly ever off my camera. I’m really starting to love this lens. The sharpness and speed of autofocus don’t disappoint plus it can focus incredibly close too.

Up until now my usual choice of lens for these types of pictures has been the brilliant 50-140mm f2.8 lens and this is still a lens I will use for events, it’s a cracking lens. When it comes to photographing portraits of children though, I think the 50mm may well be the first choice in future. It’s an absolute gem.

Here are a few examples from the XF50mm f2 lens:


The Grandchildren visit – the best Christmas presents of all.

The best Christmas presents of all came in the shape of of our two wonderful grandchildren. They are still a bit too young to understand much about festive traditions so were happy to play with wrapping paper and cardboard boxes as much as the presents! They also seemed to enjoy seeing the family just as much as we did, which was really nice as they were inevitably the focus of attention.

I had to take a few photographs of course and I thought I’d share some pictures here.

One of the images (a black and white portrait of Jude, our youngest grandson) appeared on the Flickr ‘explore’ pages when I posted it. It was viewed around 6,000 times in just 24 hours and many people commented and highlighted it as a favourite.

Another favourite of mine is the family group shot where Alexander (who has just started walking) came racing towards the camera as I took the shot, thereby ensuring that he was the focus of attention in the picture. Makes me smile every time I see it!




Lovely Jude

We had a visit from our grandson today. Lovely Jude is just nine weeks old but he seems to be taking everything in. As usual I couldn’t resist taking a a few photos of him.

I had the usual debate with myself on whether to post black and white or colour versions so I’ve posted a few of each. One photograph I’ve posted in black and white and colour. I really couldn’t decide which one I preferred. Let me know which you prefer.

Here are the pictures. We are already looking forward to seeing young Jude again!

All these photos were taken with the Fuji X-T1 coupled with the standard 35mm f1.4 lens.


A lovely new grandson

Exactly six months after our first grandson was born and we now have a second grandson. It is fantastic news and it was a joy to meet our new addition to the family at St James’ Hospital in Leeds on Saturday, just 24 hours after he had been born.

It’s amazing to think that the two young cousins will be in the same year at school, especially when you see how much Alexander, at six months old, has progressed in just a few months.

While at the hospital I managed to take a few photographs. I hope there will be many more to come but here weighing in at 6lb 8oz is Jude Robert.