Sunday, 30 December 2012

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

I'm a little late getting this post up, but not to late for New Year.

I hope you've had a great Christmas and that 2013 is going to be even better than this year.

Take care

Friday, 30 November 2012


Model: Tara Bidwell
Photography: Richard Danter

More soon!

Take care

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Lest we forget

Never forget the sacrifices made by those who fight for our freedom.

Thursday, 1 November 2012


Adrianna is a model and fashion designer from Poland. She contacted me recently to work with her on some new shots for her modelling portfolio. Not knowing what she wanted I started by asking her about styles she liked. After a few emails and looking at different photos she decided she wanted natural lighting and to shoot outside so I started thinking about good locations.

I remembered a trip to Eling Tide Mill from a couple of years ago and thought it would be a good location. Whilst working at the mill itself was not possible, we found a great variety of backgrounds all in a short distance.

There were quite a few locations we didn't use, so I will have to plan another shoot!

Adrianna was very happy with the photos and we will probably do another shoot soon, maybe a different style to further extend her portfolio.

That'll have to wait a while though as she is getting married next month! Have a great day Adrianna!

I have so many interesting projects on the boil right now, so keep checking back for more news.

Take care

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Worldwide Photo Walk

Another year gone by already. It really does not seem all that long since our walk in Emsworth last October.

This year we were in Winchester, starting and ending at King Alfred's statue, taking in the Cathedral, college and many other parts of this historic town.

For this shot of the bookshop I had to stand on a wall and photograph over parked cars. That is one of the problems with photographing street scenes these days - the cars are everywhere! But with some patience and careful positioning I was able to get a few nice shots like this.

It also pays to take a few detours from the planned route. You never know what you will find. I found this shot just along College Walk. Looks like it is right out in the countryside, not five minutes walk from a city centre!

Just had to take the obligatory shot of King Alfred's statue. From the blue sky you'd never know how much it had been raining. We were caught by several downpours and had to take shelter in shop doorways and under archways wherever we could. But it was nothing like the very first walk we did 3 years ago...

Take care

Friday, 19 October 2012

Vintage Pin-up

I have photographed Charlotte a couple of times before, first at a strobist meet in Southampton and then again almost a year ago in Christchurch.

Both previous shoots were done on location, so this time we decided to do something different for fun.

Initially we were thinking of doing something inspired by Marilyn Monroe, but as we talked about it we broadened the idea to more of a vintage or pin-up style.

We had loads of fun and Charlotte has already asked if we can do another shoot!

It has been a really busy few weeks, so I have a few more things to blog about. Watch this space!

Take care

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Danny Boy

October already! Wow, those last couple of months really flew past. Time flies as they say. :)

Meet Danny...

Took this shot of him last week on a trip to Wales. At just 20 days old, that is quite a mop of hair!

Looks like a studio shot, but actually I took this in his parents living room with just a speedlite through an umbrella. Travelling light, but just goes to show you don't always need big studio lights to make a portrait.

More soon!

Take care

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Owl & Monkey Haven

Recently, whilst on a short break with my family, I discovered the Owl and Monkey Haven on the Isle of Wight. The haven specialises in the care of birds and monkeys which, for one reason or another, can not be released into the wild.

I must admit, when we first arrived I thought we would not be there for more than an hour or so. It is not a very large sanctuary, but we actually ended up spending most of the day there and we really enjoyed every minute.

Many of the enclosures are relatively new, with more being built. The animals look to be in good health and well looked after. The entire centre is in excellent condition and kept very clean and tidy.

There is a cafe in the visitors centre with indoor and outdoor tables and seating.

There is also a children's play area which my six year old daughter spent some time in, but she was really interested in seeing - and hearing - the birds and monkeys. We were very lucky to be there when the monkeys decided to sing us all a song! It was amazing, I have never heard anything like it before.

There were several talks though the day by the keepers and they were very good not only at talking about each of the different owls and monkeys, but also in involving the children and answering questions. They certainly had some very peculiar questions to deal with from some of the kids!

As you can see, they also brought a couple of owls out and gave everyone a great opportunity to get really close to these magnificent birds.

If you are on the Isle of Wight, or just near Portsmouth and fancy a good day out, then I really recommend visiting. Your entry fee helps fund the great work that is being done there and I really hope they can raise the money they need for some of their projects. This is certainly one of the best wildlife parks I have been to and I am sure you won't be disappointed.

I mentioned earlier about the monkeys singing. I'm not a videographer (as will shortly become obvious), but to give you a taste of what we heard here are a few clips I recorded on my iPhone. It started with just one or two monkeys in one enclosure, but soon others joined in until eventually it seemed like they were all singing along!

As much as I hate the idea of keeping any animal in a cage, they are very well looked after at the haven. They have excellent facilities and they certainly seem to be very happy indeed.

Take care

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Wedding - Hannah and Matthew

I'm delighted to be able to share some photos from Hannah and Matthew's wedding in Portsmouth.

Both Bride and Groom arrived in style...

After all the rain we've been having over the last couple of months it was great that the weather turned just in time for the big day.

We did all the usual group shots after the ceremony but waited until after the Wedding Breakfast to create some special shots of Hanna and Matt.

It is great when we can work with the couple to plan time for shots like these.

By doing the photos a little later in the day it means that everyone is fully relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera. Not that either Hannah or Matt was ever nervous about the photos as you can probably tell!

This was such a fun wedding and, even though Lorna and I were working, we really enjoyed the day.

If you'd like to see more from the day then click play on the video slideshow below...

Take care!


Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Blackgang Chine

Just returned from a short holiday on the Isle of Wight. It was great to get away for a few days with the family and, unusually for me, I was able to unwind and relax pretty quickly.

I took this photo from Blackgang Chine park. The kids had already done just about every ride and explored the dinosaur, fairytale, wild west and other play areas. There is a lot to keep them entertained.

Erosion along this part of the coast is amazing, several metres are lost every year. You can see a recent rockfall about half way up the right edge of the photo. Panning just a little to the right I could have included the homes, some already empty, which will eventually follow the others to the bottom of the cliff. The park itself seems much smaller than I remember it from when I was a child, maybe that is just my memory playing tricks with me though. :)

We should really go to the IoW more often, it isn't so far away, but taking a car over on the ferry makes it quite expensive. The hovercraft is cheaper, but then you have to rely on public transport. Whilst it is actually pretty good from what I remember, it does limit what you can take with you. But, once you are there, there is plenty to see and do.

Well, the holiday was nice, but have to get back up to speed pretty quickly as I have another wedding this weekend!

Take care

Friday, 27 July 2012

So exciting!

Well, I had a wonderful surprise this morning. I subscribe to a number of blogs and read through them each morning whilst drinking my coffee (it takes at least two cups to wake me up!).

When I reached the Weekly Photography Tips feed there was ONE OF MY PHOTOS! I'm so awake now! :o)

Thank you Scott!!


Thursday, 26 July 2012

Lacock Abbey Revisited

Back in April I took a trip to Lacock Abbey with some college friends. I wrote a blog entry about it and included an HDR image I created using Photoshop.

I wasn't totally happy with the results. Though it was a fairly accurate reflection of how I remembered the room, I felt it was a little soft and lacked some texture.

The image you see above was generated from the same series of photos, but this time processed with both Photoshop and Nik HDR Efex Pro 2, and I much prefer this version. Click on the image to see a larger version.

The photos were combined in HDR Efex using the Dark dark to bring out the texture I wanted, but then back in Photoshop I desaturated the image a little to tone down the orange. I also used the patch, clone stamp and healing brush tools to remove what looked like a plastic covering on part of the wall (if you look closely at the photos in the original blog you will see it).

What do you think? Do you prefer this or the original version?


Thursday, 19 July 2012


Since it is Prom season I thought I'd share just a couple of photos I took recently of Ashlea.

The dress was hand-made just for the occasion - by my wife!

Take care


Thursday, 12 July 2012

Introducing Thomas

It was only a month ago I posted "bump" photos of Kaylie and Richard. Well, the bump is now this charming chap. I am very pleased to be able to introduce you to Thomas! :)

Usually very young babies sleep through their sessions, but not this little one. He was bright and alert almost the whole time. Only near the end did we get a couple of shots with him asleep.

I think he'd have crawled away given half a chance.

It was great to see Kaylie and Richard again and I am sure they are going to have lots of fun watching Thomas grow.

Take care!

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Engagement: Hannah and Matt

Well, it may have been the wettest June on record, but when I met Hannah and Matthew in Staunton Country Park for their engagement session it was a beautiful day.

The park is a lovely venue for a relaxed session, and it really does help to spend some time together before the big day. It gives me a chance to see how the couple act together, they can see how I work and get used to having a camera pointed at them.

We took a walk down to the pond and I am pretty sure Hannah was thinking of pushing poor Matt in!

In just four weeks I will be photographing their wedding day. I'm really looking forward to it!

If you would like to see a few more photos from this session then hit play and watch the slideshow...

More soon!

Take care