Wild Thing


I met with one of the guys who is looking at the new internet business with me. I kind of expected there to be a financial obstacle to get in the way that would render this whole thing useless and fruitless. Again, I am pleasantly surprised that no such issues seem to exist. Sure we would need to raise many ¬£millions of other peoples money, invest it and turn into something even more significant. However, I have now got to the point where my normally very sceptical brain is fast running out of excuses as to why this would not work. The whole thing is extremely exciting and needs to be further developed and then mashed together into some kind of exciting ‘pitch’ that will give it some more form and reality. My reckoning is that it has a 5% chance of succeeding as we sit here today (this is a vast improvement on 0% from a few weeks ago). Only more time will see how that develops and what %ge we can build that into.

Friday night saw Claire come round to review her portfolio of fully processed images. I did the full works including a sexy slideshow and full Adele soundtrack on a full iMac display. I think she really loved the photographs and stayed to have a chat about some of the images and to have a glass of wine whilst chatting about life and the marketing world in general.

Saturday we decided to shoot off down to the south coast and stay overnight in a B&B. We travelled down early and landed in Weymouth. We wandered along the seafront and watched a slightly odd military bridge building display that I am sure was to mark some commemorative event but we didn’t spot what that was. After a refreshing cup of tea we decided to mooch over to Osmington Bay and grab a lovely relaxed lunch at the Smugglers Inn. What a little gem and so close to Weymouth itself but poles apart in terms of feel and ambiance. After filling up we cruised along the Jurassic Coast and went for a stroll along the beach at Lulworth Cove and watched a couple of mad heads swimming in what must have been an icy English Channel. The tide was fairly high and the sun poking its nose through now and again made the cove light up and bathed us in a warmth that dispelled the chill of the bitter southerly wind in a second. Up on the cliff tops was a different matter. The wind was ferocious and made standing upright on the top overlooking the coast quite difficult. We sought more shelter and decided to head off down to Durdle Dor and its renowned arch. Parking up we made the trek down the hill to the top of the cliff overlooking the beach itself. I was a little surprised to be encouraged to walk down the less than inviting steep steps onto the beach itself but did so with good grace and a little trepidation. The trip back up again was not quite so welcome but blew the cobwebs away from the lungs and made the calf muscles burn. It is no wonder the bay is so well photographed. It is a beautiful and quite serene place. I will return one day in the Winter and photograph it myself, if not only because it is one of those lovely venues one should have visited and tried to do justice to.

The evening saw us head towards our destination via Corfe Castle and on towards Swanage for a few drinks, a meal and a listen to some Blues in a local bar. The next morning we headed off to look at Kimmeridge Bay, a place I have visited and photographed before. It also is beautiful but the tide was fully in which benefitted only those with sails and kites attached to them out in the bay itself. We headed back towards Weymouth and on to Portland Bill. I don’t recall visiting here before but having lived and grown up close by I can’t imagine why not! It is stunning. I am now desperate to return soon to photograph the whole of the area itself maybe spending a week or so just exploring and searching out the best shots. Again, the lighthouse itself is well photographed but that isn’t an excuse to ignore it and not capture your own images of such a wonderful part of the country.

Today has been spent working again on the new internet project and making final preps for tomorrows commercial shoot in Wokingham and then meeting up with my friend who is 32 today! Happy Birthday Benjamin! My ‘quiet’ week has also jammed itself up with various meetings with experts on IT, Marketing and hopefully maybe even an Assistant Photographer!! Watch this space as they say, exciting times are afoot….

Claire Richardson

Claire Richardson kissing goodbye to shyness!

Claire Richardson

Cowgirl Claire




Monday started oh so well. I had to travel to Bath to discuss some regulatory stuff about the website business we are currently looking at. I wasn’t looking forward to it as I really thought this might be the big ‘something’ in the whole plan that might prove to be a hurdle too far. I met with Jeanette and we headed off to a suitable coffee house. Refreshments in hand she proceeded to inform me that not only was my proposal not too difficult but I was making it even more tricky than it really had to be! But “this is the FSA” I cried, but she would have none of it. It was easy, easy as pie. Stop being so concerned! This from a Compliance Director!! Cool.

With a spring in my step I headed off to visit a Marketing Agency to discuss this business idea. I met them in a building in Bath Spa called “The Dispensary”. I kid you not, I could have spent all day just looking at the building. The attached photo is a mobile upload of the meeting room we met in. It was quite the coolest room I have ever held a business meeting in. It was simply ace. As was the whole building. Its history is that it was the first ever free dispensing chemist in the UK! It’s Board Room is the dispensary room itself. Amazing and brilliant. The meeting went well and I hope to hear from the agency about photography as well as the idea as well!

Sometimes we all have to undertake the less cool things in life as otherwise our taps would drip constantly and our food wouldn’t taste the same from dirty crockery etc. Well, Tuesday was a bit like that. I spent 3 wasted hours waiting for my car to have its brakes done while I merrily sent personal emails from my laptop whilst drinking the obligatory Earl Grey. In the afternoon I went to South Wales to discuss the photography ideas we had around the brief we were given a few weeks before. They seemed to be well received but it is a long road and I hope we will hear positive news shortly.

Wednesday saw me visiting our accountant to discuss the normal accountancy things that make the world tick and our businesses survive, hopefully! Rod is a really great bloke and we had a good chat. I do love meeting people and chatting, I wish there was more time in the day! I managed to finish the processing of Claire totally and have put together a whole slideshow with music for her. She arrives tomorrow to see the whole thing played out on a 27″ iMac with masshoof speakers! I really hope she likes them as much as I do. I have played the images time after time and I know I am like an artist that wants to continually tinker with each image but really, although I say it myself, I absolutely love the set. One or two are stunning, really stunning. I hope she loves them. She is excited so it will be a rank shame if she doesn’t!

I played a game of Badminton that I haven’t played for many many years. I haven’t lost it. I was good before and I still love the game, however, the fitness isn’t quite what it used to be! I hope to continue this along with my new found fitness and weight loss regime! I came home and then we went to do our Radio show last night, same drudgery in that we have a fantastic facility with a great product but absolutely no marketing and no decent website etc. Its frustrating cos the guy that runs it is so passionate and a really good broadcaster, they just need to get their act together. Familiar?

Today I did something that I haven’t done since I was very young, foolish and naive! I overslept! I didn’t have anything to go and do but 10.50am! Heehee, boy did I feel guilty. Ho Hum. This afternoon I went to the studio we have hired to complete the big agency shoot we have next tuesday. Wow, what a great place. A brilliant studio and the guy that runs it is very similar to me. Left another career to undertake the wonder of photography and is hopefully making a success of it! All is good there and he has an iMac so I can shoot tethered for the client to watch and see. Now tethering. I paid ¬£28 for a 20m USB cable with boosters and the lot. Guess what? It doesn’t work!! Damnit. Now what? Bugger. I need to be able to shoot tethered. Sod it lots and a visit first thing is required to the sellers to take the said lead back. Bloody useless and these tech issues are starting to hack me off big time. So much time wasted dealing with them all. Grrrr…..

Tonight I have spent many hours processing the Hotel Garden images and have done most of them. I hope to be able to send them a disk tomorrow that has all the images they need for their website and other collateral. I am pleased with these and they look really good. I also heard back on the QT that the images taken the other day were well received by the appropriate agency. This is really important info and I am really pleased as I was happy with them myself which means we are all on the same hymn sheet.

Now just to decide how to overcome tethering issues…….


Frustrating Mondays


Are Mondays always as frustrating as they are often made out to be? Well if this one is anything to go by then yes they are! After a brilliant week last week, today has been an anti-climax.

I was telephoned on Sunday by Huw from The Old Rectory where I was due to visit and take some images. However, due to an almost hurricane force wind and the prospect of torrential rain, we decided to postpone the session by 24 hours. I was called again this morning to be told that our friends at the Met Office were not forecasting anything brighter on Tuesday and that the trip should be further postponed until better weather was more likely to be forthcoming. Annoying for all of us as the exterior of the Rectory and the grounds themselves were looking amazing before the storm. We will get the job done but it would have been good to make the most of the great weather we had been having and the beautiful springtime gardens. Never mind, we shall return very soon.

I don’t know if I mentioned that on Friday I realised my fantastic file storage system had let me down big time. My Western Digital external hard drive was appearing as “not recognised by this computer” (my iMac) having previously been recognised for months with no issues. Upon many hours of internet trawling I realised that not only was this a fairly common problem for Western Digital external hard drives but also that it was likely to be fairly serious, potentially resulting in lost data! Now, this kind of thing has never happened to me before and I must say I do a fairly good job of backing up most files and images especially given the important nature of some of my work. However, upon further investigation, I realise that my system of backing up was not flawless and I have indeed several months of images that exist ONLY on this damn drive. Well, today (Monday take note), I telephoned the computer shop where I took the drive to be ‘repaired’ (saved more like) to be told that they had ripped it out of its housing and plugged it into a PC whereupon they had been asked to format the drive. The good news is that the PC recognised it and asked the question, the bad news is, they don’t have a Mac there to test it out on. So, I popped over and gave them my little MacBook Pro to test it on, with the promise they would call me later. Yep, you guessed it. They didn’t call me! So, I am still none the wiser re the hard drive and its contents.

Frustrating? You bet.

However, on the upside, we received confirmation that we are indeed invited to attend the Take That ‘pre’ show that takes place at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland the day before the official Progress tour begins. We will be one of only a few hundred privileged enough to see the show before anyone else and we will be asked to sign confidentiality agreements and to hand in ALL equipment that is able to record either visual or audio data. That means no photographs. The upside is that we hope to meet the people that know these things and manage to get a pass to at least one of the big stadium shows and snap away in the ‘pit’ along with no doubt countless other people for the Godin project. I will also take some kit just in case we get a chance after the gig to seek out our main man. To say we are pretty excited is an understatement and the only thing that could possibly stop us is some kind of Icelandic volcanic ash preventing our flight from landing at Newcastle airport the morning of the gig! Haha….wait a minute, have you seen the news today? OMG! Oh yeah, I forgot, it is Monday…

Oh well, I will post a gratuitous image of a lovely lady taken for my ‘Lyrics Project’ to cheer me up!

Voyeur Nude

Voyeuristic Nude