Tuesday 16th May 2017 I saw an advertisement for a competition for Nikon users to enter with a chance to win a days photography workshop in the Lake District photographing which is undoubtedly some of the most scenic landscapes in the country, if not the world, still lakes, waterfalls and stunning views are on offer as well as:

  • A one-day photography experience travelling through the spectacular Lake District
  • On-hand Nikon School expertise
  • Your chance to win a Nikon camera

I am waiting patiently for the email fingers crossed and baited breath 🙂

Community First Responder

I have been invited to apply for the role of a Community First Responder by the Welsh ambulance service, in order to progress to the actual CPR training I have to obtain 9 certificates from the online e-learning portal which as you see below I have done.

I start my training for this post on the 3rd April, it will last until the the 6th April, upon satisfactory completion I will gain the title of Community First Responder which would require me to attend a myriad of places to assess the patient to see if they require hospital treatment at which time I would confirm the need of an ambulance for patient transportation.


I will post back any updates during my training.


My training had to be put back to the 26th June 2017 and lasted until the 29th June, after a hectic 4 days and plenty of data to digest I am pleased to say that I was successful and have now passed all my training, now I am looking forward to getting out there and helping to save lives!

Rugby Experience Day with Ian Cook

Sometime ago I entered a competition that was being hosted by Cambrian Photography to win a days tutelage and a experience photographing a rugby match in which the WRU National Cup Champions – RGC1404 from Ian Cook a professional sports and commercial photographer with over 10 years experience in the field under his belt. As I am trying to get into Sports Photography I felt that this was a fantastic opportunity for myself to gain a valuable insight into what it was like to document a professional match.

I sent off my one image for consideration and hoped for the best, I honestly thought that I would not hear anything else until I received an email saying that I had won a ticket for the day!

Excited to say the least as I have never won anything like this in my life, the invitation was for Saturday 29th April 2017, unfortunately my bubble was burst when my wife was admitted to hospital and needed 24 hour care, this was preventing me from attending, needless to say, this will be a fantastic opportunity missed, hopefully Cambrian will hold another competition along the same lines which I would obviously enter in the hope that I could achieve the same result.

Creative Futures Week – Tim Wallace

Tim Wallace – INSPIRE

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photo courtesy of www.ambientlife.co.uk

This talk was by far one of the best talks I have attended whilst studying at Glyndwr, Tim really has opened my eyes with regards to the photographic industry, Tim was not a me, me ,me type of person but spoke about obstacles that will present themselves, he told us that we would all fail at one time or another, I believe that failure makes the person overcome obstacles that would normally halt you in your tracks,


Tim Wallace has been taking photographs since he was seven years old, when he was 16 he worked for the Daily Mail in the darkrooms where he found his appreciation for his style of work, after this he joined the Royal Marines, Tim suffered an horrific injury that put an end to his service in the Marines and decided to go back to photography of which he has been doing professionally for the last ten years, Tim never attended university in fact, when he was 15 he ran away from home and spent 6 months on the streets of London before finally getting his break at the Daily Mail.

Tim has become very successful in his line of photography having worked for giants such as Aston Martin, Ferrari, Mercedes Benz and Jaguar – Land rover to name a few, Tim has travelled far and wide in his work capturing images of planes, helicopters, cars, yachts and more, he has been interviewed by organisation from all over the world, won numerous awards such as

“International Commercial Advertising Photographer of the Year 2011
UK Motor Industry Professional Car Photographer of the Year 2012
International Travel Photographer of the Year 2013
Medium Format Photographer of the Year 2013 3rd
Hasselblad Photographer of the month
Landscape Photographer of the Year 2010
BBC Best New Creative Business Award 2006″

(Wallace T. (). AMBIENTLIFE. Available: http://www.ambientlife.co.uk/TimWallace.html. Last accessed 19th March 2017.)

Tim kept urging the audience to participate but I feel that if anyone did, then they would miss out on something that he was going to say, he definitely has a knack for capturing the audience as well as the subjects he is in front of.

Tim uses a Hasselblad camera, this is an expensive piece of kit with a price tag of £20000+

I remember him saying during his talk that if he didn’t get a job shortly after purchasing his camera his mortgage wouldn’t be getting paid!

Fortunately he did get work and as they say, the rest is history!

Creative Futures Week – Adam Lee

Adam Lee – Career building and networking.

Adam Lee is a freelance photographer based in Liverpool, UK. Although this talk was beneficial, stressing the importance of networking and getting your name out there and being recognised by as many people as possible I could not help but feel that he had a big hand in getting where he is today because one of the ladders he climb on was that of his mother, Sara Maitland who is an author and commissioned Adam to take photographs for her books, this undoubtedly has helped Adam a great deal, getting his images out in the media world and getting them recognised. Adam spoke of a time that he was doing a personal project on a farm in the middle of nowhere when after several weeks he was approached by someone in the village and commissioned to do some photography work, this ultimately lead onto other commissioned work. He was definitely in the right place at the right time. Adam also covered a project on the street names in Blackpool, the insight to this project was to see who or where the street names derived from, this was commissioned by Blackpool Museum and was documented as part of the Museum in the Making event held at Winter Gardens. Another project that Adam was commissioned for was the Bentilee Neighbourhood, this was a group of individuals, both adults and children from Bentilee, Stoke on Trent, focusing on growing up in the area.

Adam is Chair of the Board of Directors of LOOK: Liverpool International Photography Festival in Liverpool which is running from 7/4/2017 until 14/5/2017. This is an event that I would be interested in attending but I personally think I would go to the launch night, this would give me a better chance of networking, something that Adam stressed several times during his talk, along with the importance of being ‘visible’ in the community, working for free getting involved with different events and eventually you will get commissioned to do work at which time you will start to earn, Adam has documented several events all of which have helped him to get to where he is today, I will definitely take some points of this talk away with me, Networking is important, the willingness to do things that get you noticed, all eventually lead to climbing the ladder to success.


Thank You for the insight into your life Adam and thank you for the talk.

Student Sports Photographer Glyndwr University

Thursday 2nd February I had a meeting with Will Medforth – Sports activities manager at Glyndwr University at which I signed a contract which basically allows me to attend any of the sporting events that Glyndwr are participating in and take photographs, the images that I capture are basically for the University to use in documenting the progression of the teams and hopefully to entice more people to join in from the Uni, this is something that I hope to enter into after I have finished University, Sports photography is a passion of mine, I love the fact that I am able to capture a moment during the fixture that will be here for many years to come, it will also give the people captured in the photographs to be able to look back in years to come and remember what they achieved and the amount of fun that they had, I am looking forward to receiving my first set of fixtures as the dedicated sports photographer for Glyndwr, that I can choose from and getting started doing what I really want to do.

Glyndwr Men’s 1st v Liverpool Hope

Wednesday 25th January 2017 was my initial appointment with one of the sports teams at Glyndwr, this was really to see if I was able to capture the images that were going to be required to become the dedicated photographer for Glyndwr Sports teams at the University.

The location was Colliers Park 4g pitch (Wrexham FC’s training pitch) in Gresford, with a 2pm kick off time, I arrived at 1:30pm and got my kit together which comprised of a Nikon d3200 fitted with my 18-55mm stock lens and my Nikon d5300 fitted with my Sigma 70-300mm, the lighting was pretty good, it was a cold, clear sunny winters day so I set both camera’s shutter speed to 1/500th and had the white balance on direct sunlight which gave me no motion blur and a good quality photograph, however 10 minutes into the 2nd half an incident occurred which resulted in the referee walking off and leaving the gave without an official resulting in a match abandonment with the Men’s 1st team trailing by two goals to nil. In all my time watching or attending football matches I have never experienced anything like what I say that Wednesday, it was almost comical. Overall a very enjoyable experience, one that I will be doing again very soon.

Hy Peskin – Photographer

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Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1915 to Russian immigrants, Hy Peskin would grow to become one of the most revered photographers in American history. he spent his career shooting icons of history, covering sport and political dynamos from angles both candid and stark. American icons like Jackie Robinson, John F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, John Elway, Joe DiMaggio, Ben Hogan, Rocky Marciano, and others rose to fame in front of Peskin’s lens.  He began his career at Ebbet’s Field, where he made the Dodger’s a household name. As they were catapulted to fame, so too was Hy’s career – He soon became the most renowned photographer of his day.


Image 1:

Thorn, J. (2013). Double Exposure. Available: https://ourgame.mlblogs.com/double-exposure-1d279ce630fc#.4nvx89873. Last accessed 26th Dec 2016.


David Bergman – Photographer


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New York based editorial and commercial photographer David Bergman is best known for his tour photography, portraiture, and sports imagery. A former Miami Herald staff photographer, he is now Bon Jovi’s tour photographer and has worked with celebrity clients including Drew Carey, Avril Lavigne, Gloria Estefan, and Joss Stone. Sports Illustrated is a regular client and he has 12 covers to his credit including the 2010 Super Bowl. His panoramic Gigapan image of President Obama’s inauguration was viewed online over 15 million times, and he has made similar images at the World Series, Super Bowl, and Final Four. Bergman has produced still and video projects for companies including FremantleMedia, Embassy Row, EMI, and SONY Music and has been published in Rolling Stone, Time, Newsweek, People, Entertainment Weekly, Blender, USA Today, and The New York Times.


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Colton, J. (2015). DAVID BERGMAN: ROAD WARRIOR. Available: http://www.zphotojournal.com/photo-journal/2015/1/29/david-begman-road-warrior. Last accessed 26th Dec 2016.