Well – it’s official! The latest copy of Professional Photographer magazine has just come dropped on my doormat, announcing entries for their Professional Photographer Of The Year 2013 competition – and I’m one of the four judges.

I’m deeply humbled and honoured to be part of such an esteemed publication – my constant source of reading all things professional in the photographic world ever since I was at College – and now I’m part of the editorial judging team for the competition. Wow!

It really means a lot to me this one, and I’m really looking forward to seeing the quality of entries for the various categories over the next few months. If you are a photographer – go for it! This competition carries so much kudos, and the depth and breadth of the entries – in all categories – is just amazing!

I’m obviously interested in the entries for the Weddings category – just to witness the quality of work from fellow wedding photographers from all over the world, and see their stunning work ‘on the table’…

Good luck to those of you entering this year’s PPOTY…and sorry, no bribes accepted! 😉


Looking at the work from this Year’s overall winner (I won’t name him here – just in case!!), you’ll see why the competition is so respected. The winning image for 2012 is just incredible, and one of those shots every wedding photographer would want in their folio. Check it out in this month’s issue and see for yourself.

So, get those entries uploaded to the PPOTY website – and it’s onwards and upwards for me, and looking forward to the finals!


Hayley and Dan are getting married next Summer, near Dan’s farm in Brede, near Hastings, Sussex. They have booked me for their wedding photography because they love my approach and style…a classic case of wanting a photographer they can trust, who just quietly ‘gets on with it’ and one who doesn’t force the camera on them.

They were up in Manchester recently, so we had to go for an early E-Shoot in Lymm, since they had to travel back down to Hastings. So…the E-Shoot took around 30 mins or so – around the same time we allow ‘for real’ on the wedding day, to photograph some formal portraits. Lymm was its usual charming self…and quiet since the shops hadn’t even opened yet…apart form the florist, a window cleaner and the gorgeous smell coming from the bakery, we had the place to ourselves virtually.

I’m looking forward to going down to their part of the world next year for what looks like a fantastic wedding in the local village, followed by a full-on celebration back on the farm. Poor Dan’s working flat out to landscape the grounds and get everything ready in time. I’m sure it’ll all happen!

Since time was pressing for this shoot, I travelled light with my trusty D700 cameras and 24-70mm and 70-200mm lenses. The new D600 stayed indoors…’s still working its ‘apprenticeship’ yet before being unleashed on my clients. For the photographers out there, these images were processed in Camera Raw 7. I’ve dropped Lightroom for 2013 wedding work, because I find ACR quicker, faster and cleaner to work with…and I prefer the results I achieve, keeping an almost 100% Photoshop-based workflow system.

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