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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.

It was very easy working with Katie and I really wanted to put across how friendly and warm she is. Next we tried some slightly more corporate shots with a laptop in view.

Finally we needed a straight headshot which would be multi-purpose, the garden seemed a good breezy environment for this and brought a pleasing brightness to the images.

I’m pleased to see that Katie has already started using the images in various places – her Linkedin profile, her website as well public speaking events listings and more, it’s a great thing to see pictures we’ve created out there. Hope to work with you again in the future, Katie!

If you like the look of these images and would like to arrange a portrait session for yourself then please do get in touch and we can plan a shoot entirely around your needs.




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.

Short Film

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Short film by Andy Sutton showing the Bird/Bath exhibition.

Video editor and friend of the company Andy Sutton came along to the hall when Paul was unboxing the prints and setting up as well as on the actual preview night itself, he has very kindly put this footage into this superb film.

Exhibition photos

Under The Edge Arts’ Chipping Hall in Wotton-under-Edge was set up with swimming pool images on the left (taken at Wotton Pool) and birds of prey on the right (all taken at The International Centre for Birds of Prey)

Here are a few photos from the preview night.

…and a few close ups of the exhibits before the doors opened:

I hope you like the video and pics, thanks to everybody who was involved in the creation of the exhibition.

Special thanks to….

The photo subjects for the exhibition:
Jazz singer Lady Nade – Make-up for this shoot by Helena Restall
Actors Nik Howden and Nikki Warwick
Professional dance artist Emma Dickson:

The exhibition leaflet was beautifully designed by Lizzie de Pass, thanks:

Thanks to Under The Edge Arts for allowing me to use their fantastic venue:

Thanks to Wotton Pool for allowing me to use their fantastic pool:

Thanks to the Wotton Directory for putting my images on their magazine:

Thanks to Jason Titley for shooting the video footage of the actual photo shoots, which was made into a film:

…and finally another thanks to Andy Sutton for the exhibition film and promo film.

Here’s to the next exhibition!!


Wade in the Water


Here’s a little bonus video of Lady Nade singing Wade in the Water at the preview evening, filmed by Paul.

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Lady Nade singing Wade In The Water

Perfect subject matter!

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.

It was a real pleasure to meet one of the original divers who brought the Mary Rose to the surface all those years ago, Chris Dobbs (seen below in the orange overalls) had just graduated from college when he started working with the ship. We also see David Pearson, the conservation manager, checking on the artefacts which his team restore, some of which are then used for general display.

It was exciting to see up close a cannonball from the ship, these were worked on whilst at sea and made smooth ready for battle. The stones shown below would have been from the kitchen’s stove area.

Collections Officer Simon Ware showed us the private collections which are too delicate for public display. Below we see longbows and arrows which were beautifully preserved as they were stored in chests on the ship. Mary and Charlie from the education department showed me the replica items which are used to allow people to get closer feel for what life might have been like.

Visitors to the museum may not realise what goes on behind the scenes, too. The museum needs to be kept at a constant temperature with the correct amount of moisture. Brian Robinson checks on these levels. Also below we see the gigantic task of cleaning slides and transferring to digital to be saved for future generations.

A wonderful day looking around a genuine wonder – I highly recommend visiting. Thanks to the Mary Rose for giving us such amazing access to all areas, and thanks also to Candis for sending me!

Candis is a monthly women’s magazine, for more information do visit their website.

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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