Massive congratulations to the Museum of Liverpool for winning the best view in the UK and it was with this photo that they took the top prize... Always more than happy to help!
Travelling across Europe with a Drone sounds a little cumbersome and complicated - but it really is pretty straightforward. Grab yourself a small padded backpack off Amazon for around £40... then pack it inside your hardshell suitcase and forget about it till you arrive on a beautiful Greek Island. Once there get up nice and early and drive across the Greek countryside to a very very special place. Navagio Beach - or Shipwreck Bay as it's colloquially known. All the more special first thing in the morning before all the tourists hit it. This place is something else. Dramatic white chalky cliffs descend dramatically into the Aegean Sea. A boat that was once used to transport contraband washed up on the beach years ago. Culminating in a stunning spectacle. One of the most photogenic spots on the planet.
Here's a quick photo taken from the Drone to give you an idea.
One of my favourite venues on the planet - the Liverpool Cathedral. I first spotted Ben Fogle early in the evening looking a little lost. It was the first time he'd been in the cathedral and was in awe of the sheer size of it. He wandered over in the near darkness and asked me if I knew where the client was. So we wandered through the incredible structure to the ornate Lady Chapel where guests were arriving. Lovely guy, totally chilled and just how I expected him to be. It never ceases to amaze me just how many British people have never heard of, let alone set foot in, the Liverpool Cathedral. Here's a few photos from the evening.
Over the past few years I have worked with the South Manchester region of Wythenshawe - namely their Real Lives and Real Food campaign which has been a great success in the regeneration of such a wonderful area. Had a lovely day down there recently shooting mostly the parks and green areas of Wythenshawe. Climbing up onto the top of an apartment block gave me a nice unique view of the Manchester skyline. I often find it a bit difficult to get a "classic" skyline shot of Manchester as it pales in comparison to Liverpool - but I think this shot definitely does it justice and perhaps paints a different picture of the cold, grey industrial north that people perceive it to be...
First started working for the BBC family of food magazines about 7 years ago - and it's great to still be shooting for them all this time later! One of the best things is going to these up and coming restaurants across the north of England - is shooting them before they become famous! One such example is a recent shoot at Van Zeller in Harrogate. A fantastically beautiful Yorkshire town. Nestled in the cobbled backstreets is Van Zeller. A restaurant that is carving out it's own niche of delightfully fresh seasonal fayre. I also got to taste - so I can practice what I preach!
Here's some photos from the shoot:
Was such a pleasure to photography Myleene Klass in Liverpool recently. She started "tinkling the ivories" and was both amazing to hear - and to photograph...
I have a very talented wife. Not only is she a criminal barrister here in the UK - she's also an interior design visionary. The last two houses we've owned have been cleverly yet sympathetically transformed. Natalia's style is constantly evolving - with her latest effort being spotted by Made.com from her Instagram feed. The black and white contrasts in this latest style is something I love photographing too - so makes it a bit of a "dream team" effort. Special thanks also to Coco our labrador - for adding a hint of "chocolate" to the scene...
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Seems like a lifetime ago now - scuba diving in the crystal clear waters of the Red Sea. This time of the year the Oceanic White Tip sharks come up to visit. The water currents and the temperature are just right for these incredible creatures to bask off the back of Elphinstone Reef off the coast of the southern Red Sea. My now wife Natalia took these fab shots of me whilst I was filming the sharks. Warm waters meant no wetsuits and basically no protection whatsoever! Was one of the most epic dives of my life!
Such a beautiful still evening in LIverpool town. The Liverpool skyline is ever changing and is always such an engaging subject to photograph. Was loving the interesting cloud cover and the chance to see stars over a big city is always a bonus!
An entire shoot in heavy rain... that was a challenge and a half! Was fantastic meeting the incredibly engaging, enthusiastic host that is Paul Rose. What a legend! If I have half his vitality when i'm his age - I will be very very happy! Such a pleasure to work with professional people. SO rewarding!
Just had a great meeting with the marketing team at LFC Foundation. Really looking forward to getting my teeth into a new branding project for the team there. It's all heavily image based (which works for me!) and will cover all aspects of the global brand that is LFC!
Photo above is a shoot I did for them a few years back. Lucas Leiva being the only player still there - with Raheem Sterling and Joe Allen moving on in that big ol' professional football world!
Wasn't the best night to fly the Drone out over the Mersey - but was just still enough to test the low light capabilities of it. Wind was blowing around 10mph and there was a few blurred shots that were promptly deleted! This panoramic has been stitched together in Photoshop from multiple photos. I love the vantage point/different perspective the Drone gives - on a skyline I have been photographing for over 8 years.
The first thing I did before the Liverpool Sky Ride was look up to the sky. And all I saw was dark grey ominous clouds. But the sky soon cleared and the green leafy streets of south Liverpool were transformed into a sea of high-vis cycling vests cruising their way into the city of Liverpool. I jumped on my own bike and captured some of the action. Here's a few photos below:
One of the best things about being a professional photographer is having professional equipment at the ready to photograph loved ones. One of the worst things about being a professional photographer is that come the weekend - after a crazy busy week - the last thing I want to do is get my cameras out again! But sometimes... it's a no brainer.
Really looking forward to heading back to the amazing Greek Island of Zakynthos or Zante as some people call it! Will be heading back to one of my favourite spots on the planet in the northern part of the Island - Shipwrecks Bay. It has the most insane light blue water. This is because the chalky limestone pebbles are constantly moving/rubbing against each other as the waves roll onto the shoreline. This creates a milky powder, mixed with the blue Med.... and voila!
This time I will also be taking my Drone for a bit of a flight around these amazing cliffs. Can't wait!
Great shoot with BBC presenter Paul Hudson up at the dramatic Malham Cove in Yorkshire. This was for a new series based on the extreme weather patterns this crazy planet of ours is currently displaying... Great guy, great location, super shoot!
What an absolute beauty day down at "Another Place" in Crosby Liverpool. I had the Drone (new toy) up recording a little bit of video. It's been a while since I recorded any video. About 12 years in fact! But was nice to put together a quick clip to showcase the amazing "iron men" of Crosby beach. Using the Drone takes a bit of practice as controlling the aircraft and the video camera simultaneously takes some concentration. But we got there in the end! Enjoy!
There a few things in life you have to pinch yourself to make sure it's actually happening and real. This was one of them. Was very honoured and privileged to be the official photographer at the Liverpool Town Hall when Her Majesty the Queen visited Liverpool recently. The city of Liverpool also presented her with some of my photography as a gift. Pretty surreal stuff!
Then when I got back and looked at the ship - it looked vaguely familiar. I realised I had photographed her in her home country. A few years back I was out in Buenos Aires on assignment for Conde Nast Traveller magazine - and there she was in the beautiful Buenos Aires harbour at sunset. So nice to see her again!