Professional Practice Reflective

This is the end, beautiful friend, the end…

And now I have to look back on all that I have done this year to promote myself professionally. Do we go blow by blow? Nah, the martial arts was last year. Maybe the highlights would be a better approach.

I mean, I started the year coming off an entrepreneurial placement year so the idea of just posting business related blogs could be a bit old, but that wasn’t the drive of the blog. No, the drive of the blog was cataloguing my progress, sharing what I am up to and who I am looking at and working with. Right from the start of my blogging I’ve been clear that I’m not one for creative writing, I leave that to my father – a man of quick wit and even quicker pen. All I can hope is that this blog has been slightly useful, informative and at least a little amusing.

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Penultimate Post


This is the second to last post I will do about my Bachelor’s Degree, an it was a good last day of shooting. The variety to the day kept things really interesting for me with the day starting off with shooting my friend’s textile work which she has made for her final pieces. I met Becca last year on my EPY and so was happy to shoot her wonderful creations:


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Source Photographic Review

Yesterday I got an email from our tutor telling about Source Magazine and how positive an experience being involved in it had been for some of last years graduates. So naturally I jumped at the chance and contacted Source to see if we were not too late to be in this years submissions. After talking to Source on Twitter I arranged to be the lead student, and quickly got the details for all interested, their images and artist statements and the submission fee. I was very impressed with how quick my fellow students jumped at this opportunity and how organised they all are, especially with final hand in just days away!

Tomorrow I’ll be checking over their submissions and uploading them to Source.

You can see here a sneak preview of some of their work:


Textile Students

Is it any wonder I find time to work with students from other disciplines when they are so talented? This is the final year work of textile students Rhi (top left), Liz (top right), Caz (bottom left) and Abbey (bottom right).
TextilesI really enjoyed working with them and hope to collaborate with them again after graduation. Thank you for choosing me to shoot your work.

One Flesh

Last Friday I was brought in by Naomi Sumner to photograph the rehearsal of her new play, One Flesh. I’ve known Naomi for many years, photographed her, taught her some kung fu and convinced her to be a lion, and on quite a few occasions discussed theology with her. We both come from the opposite sides of a theological divide, her a charismatic Christian and me an atheist, but we both really enjoy talking about it. One Flesh is a play which explores marriage equality and how that fits with Christian beliefs, so I knew I’d enjoy being there for the rehearsal.
The play is well written and acted, and doesn’t shy away from quoting scripture that undermines, or promotes a homophobic aversion to marriage equality. I knew it was well acted when I found myself wanting to argue with the characters, happily I managed to stop myself lol.

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Booked for a wedding

In 2014 I was brought in by TMAS Liverpool to photograph their Battle of the Forces event. This is a fight night they hold quite regularly and sees fighters from different police forces coming together to compete and raise money. Before the fights started I did some portraits of the competitors and Karl, one of the fighters wanted a shot doing of him and his girlfriend Gemma. Having a bit of a chat with them quickly led to the realisation that we know a lot of the same people as they train at Lowe Martial Arts which is a part of the CMAA, who I also train with. This is the shot I did of them, you can even see it on the wall at the Denton dojo:


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Getting published in the Telegraph

Last September I did a shoot with Rachel and Aaron, who’s wedding I’ll be photographing next month and was really pleased with the results. So when Rachel messaged me to let me know that one of the shots had been used in an article about student debt and the larger implications of debt, I was quite happy. Rachel knew I was fine with her using the images, I’d already granted them full usage. The shot that was supplied to the paper was this one:

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