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Malory Towers by theatre company Wise Children. Set design by Lez Brotherston and front of house by Studio Three Sixty. My photography at Bristol venue Passenger Shed.

I recently had the great pleasure of photographing the set and bar of the Enid Blyton play Malory Towers for ‘audience experience design’ company Studio Three Sixty. The set was by Lez Brotherston.

The play was created by the company Wise Children and was playing at The Passenger Shed, Bristol.

This was a great opportunity to use my wide angle lenses to really capture the detail of the set. I was granted access on set between shows, so it was key for me to work speedily and efficiently – it was all rather exciting.

I thought I’d post the black and white versions of these pics, hope you like them.

Thanks, Paul.

Something a bit different, my photography on a Japanese skirt.

I was intrigued and pleased to receive an email from a Japanese clothing company called Keith requesting to use one of my photographs on a skirt. You can see the final product below in their catalogue and website.

The photo was originally one of a set I took for Westonbirt Arboretum recently for their Autumn collection. I’m pleased to say that Westonbirt were very positive about the idea of their fabulous arboretum appearing on a skirt… in fact, I believe it’s the first time the arboretum has appeared on a skirt!

Original Photo

As you can see, the clothes are all based around an Autumn palette using Westonbirt and the Cotswolds as a theme.

Looking forward to the next time an item of clothing feature my photos.. perhaps some owl pants next ✔

Autumn is here – photographs of the glorious trees at Westonbirt Arboretum

Last year I was proudly the official photographer over at Westonbirt Arboretum. Part of this commission included going to the arboretum at the turn of every season and photographing the trees and activities for the following year’s marketing.

One of my favourite set of photos from this commission was autumn. I’ve asked Westonbirt Arboretum if I could share some with you and I’m happy to be able to post some here. Hope you like them….

You can find Westonbirt Arboretum through their website , Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Portrait Session photo shoot with musician, public speaker and podcaster Katie Elliott

Recently it was my great pleasure to photograph Katie Elliott for some new press shots… I know Katie as a talented multi-instrumentalist, at the moment she’s perhaps most well known for her piano playing (here’s a Spotify link to her beautiful albuWalk The Edge by Katie Elliottm of piano music ‘Walking The Edge’ also available on Amazon), but she’s also a podcaster and public speaker who’s picking up a lot of attention.

Katie’s company Little Challenges is ‘a place to find ideas, tools and inspiration to make being human a little bit easier’. You can find out information there about her podcasts and also forthcoming book. 

Katie asked me if I’d like to do a portrait session… the brief was to take a set of images which would cover all of her various needs. We started with the headphones image above for her podcast.

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Thank You and Short Film about Bird / Bath – Exhibition by Paul Groom Photography

Thanks to Matt Bigwood of The Wotton Times for taking the above image of Paul Groom, photo used with thanks.

Bird / Bath

Thanks to everybody who came to my exhibition last weekend, I’m very pleased to say that it was a big success with a preview night which included Bristol jazz singer Lady Nade performing, a chance to meet Zonda the black eagle from The International Centre for Birds of Prey and also a slightly unexpected disruption by actors Nik Howden and Nikki Warwick.

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BIRD/BATH Photography Exhibition – April 20th 7.30pm – then 21st and 22nd 10-4pm

I hope you are all well! As some of you know, I have been very busy putting together a new exhibition of my photography and I would love it if you could come to the preview night.

The exhibition features large birds of prey portrait prints taken at The International Centre for Birds of Prey and several creative portrait shoots taken in the water at Wotton Pool. 

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The Mary Rose – a Behind The Scenes tour for Candis Magazine

In 1979 excavation work began on bringing to the surface King Henry VIII’s 16th-century Tudor warship The Mary Rose, which sank into the depths of The Solent more than 450 years ago. We are now able to visit and enjoy the ship and its contents which have been lovingly restored, reconstructed and housed in this breathtaking museum located in Portsmouth.

I was sent to the Mary Rose to carry out a Behind The Scenes set of photos for Candis Magazine. You might have seen my recent set of images for Candis from Trill Farm in Axminster, well this brief couldn’t have been much more different.

We spent the day visiting the various parts of the museum, here we see some of the items which were found on the ship, as well as the skeleton of the ship’s dog – named Hatch due to the location of where the skeleton was found.

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Trill Farm – a behind the scenes photo story for Candis Magazine

I recently had the great pleasure of visiting Trill Farm in Devon. It’s an inspiring place which includes an organic farm with restaurant, education centre, bed and breakfast and a farm shop… one of their main products is beautifully smelling soap.

I was asked to take photos of Trill Farm for a ‘Behind The Scenes’ story for popular monthly magazine Candis. Candis Magazine have sent me on many wonderful photo shoots (which I’m going to hopefully feature more of in future blogs) and this one was another colourful and interesting brief – I’m excited to share some of the photos with you.

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Liverpool Architecture Walkabout – Visiting Liverpool Central Library and Picton Reading Room.

As part of my photographic tour of cities around the UK (slow moving tour, but definitely happening)… I visited the striking, impressive, alive and generally amazing city of Liverpool.

I stopped by Liverpool Central Library first, you walk a few metres inside and look up to be confronted by this abstract spiral design with walk-way criss-crosses going right up to the top. The angles allows it to look almost spaceship-like. The next photo shows how it appears once you’re right up to the top.

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The Edinburgh Walkabout – Pt 1 of 2 : Fashion Model Photo Shoot with Zan Phee

Recently I was lucky enough to visit Edinburgh for a commercial photography job, whilst I was there I took the opportunity to photograph the beautiful city and I also organised a photo session with a model. This first blog post includes the model portrait photos, part two will be the buildings.

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Twitter Portrait Series: Photo Shoot with Artist Catherine Marsh

Although a good chunk of my photography work is in and around Bristol, I often travel around the country. I had a corporate portraiture job come up in central London a couple of weeks ago.. and I was pleased to realise that I had a few hours available to do some blog photography on the way…so I asked about on Twitter if anybody lived nearby and wanted to do a portrait session with me on my way. Artists Catherine (@Catherinelm) volunteered and we organised a session by a nearby lake in the beautiful Reigate.

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Pets and People Series: Gwen and Harriet the owl

Portrait Series: Pets & People

Recently I was talking about owls on Twitter (as I do a fair bit) and the lovely @trendyredmac replied saying her friend looks after a barn owl… immediately my mind started thinking this was a perfect photo opportunity… skip forward a few weeks and I’m visiting Gwen and her beautiful barn owl Harriet at Gwen’s tweed clothing company ‘Harriet Hoot‘ (named after her owl).

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