News & Views from Nottingham Photographer Paul 'Spike' Reddington

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Real Life Tonka Toys

A Caterpillar Quarry Haul Truck ©2015 http://www.spikephoto.com

“Real tough toys for real tough boys” went the slogan for the eponymous metal trucks, diggers and fire engines made by Tonka going back to the 60s and 70s. And I remembered the slogan without Googling it!

My latest assignment takes me into the realm of real-life ‘Tonka Toys’ as I am doing work for a quarry that is full of noisy, chunky and very, very big trucks, excavators and diggers.

And dynamite. Or whatever the modern explosive equivalent is for blowing up rock!

So it’s a ‘big boy’s’ and photographer’s paradise really.

Right up my street 🙂


In today’s Nottingham POST – my photo gives manufacturing publicity

Paul 'Spike'Reddington shows off his shortlisted picture on his iPad

Paul ‘Spike’Reddington shows off his shortlisted picture on his iPad

In a bolt out of the blue phone call, I discovered that LEEC, one of my photography clients had entered some of my pictures into a national contest run by a manufacturing industry body. At first I thought the lady had said she was from EE and I thought it was about my mobile – but it was in fact EEF!

Turns out that my photo is on display at the House of Commons with the other short listed finalists, and they are inviting me down for the presentation ceremony there next month.

Maybe I will end up shaking hands with David Cameron? Who will have the cheesiest grin? Me I bet.

Wish me luck!


Spike client Handelsbanken gets press coverage in Nottingham POST

Spike Photography client Handelsbanken’s new office is in the news today. The official opening of their West Bridgford branch was celebrated with a drinks and canapes party and I was there to record the event for posterity – and the POST!

Branch manager Ian Davys knows me from way back, we often bump into each other at events for Nottingham’s great and the good, so it was a no-brainer for me when he asked me to take some great photographs of him and the team at his new outpost of the Handelsbanken empire.

Behind Ian and Neil Clarke, Leader of Rushcliffe Council, is part of a mural of photographs I took for their boardroom – and it looks amazing – even though I say so myself 😉

Handelsbanken West Bridgford opens

Branch manager Ian Davys greets Councillor Neil Clarke, leader of Rushcliffe Council, who own The Point, where Handelsbanken’s West Bridgford branch has opened.


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Sir Ranulph Fiennes – World’s Best Explorer

Sir Ranulph Fiennes - World's Best Explorer

Dianne Allen, President of Nottingham City Business Club with Sir Ranulph Fiennes.

Today I photographed Sir Ranulph at Nottingham when he spoke to the Business Club. His story was like something out of a Boy’s Own adventure – but true! He told how he started his climbing carreer on Public School drainpipes, then onto his gung-ho antics in the army and SAS, then clearly not quite wringing enough excitement out of life, how he went on various expeditions which would make the bravest man think twice.

After seeing photos of frostbitten fingers and toes, I had to wonder why his wanderlust drove him to such extremes, but unfortunately he didn’t touch on his big reason why…


Venture Photography portrait studio in Nottingham closed down?

Driving past the other day, the building they were in has a big To Let sign outside it but their signage is still up and pictures are in the window.  I had a call yesterday from a dad who wanted Work Experience for his daughter, but I’m too busy at the moment, so suggested Venture Photography. However, he said they had closed down.

He asked me about Olan Mills and I told him that they went out of business many years ago, then were revived by some guys and they sprang up in a shop in Huntingdon House, on Huntingdon Street, Nottingham, but they didn’t last too long and were soon closed.

Now Venture have a reputation for very expensive portrait sessions despite their ‘£25 voucher offer’ – see: http://www.ukscrappers.co.uk/boards/showthread.php?t=114829 so maybe the recession has done for them? Their phone number is disconnected.

Anyway, I am always happy to provide some really great family photography or portrait sessions at a much more realistic price – get in touch if you are interested…


You’ll find all the good looking people in Nottingham

Nottingham Party Girls

All ready to celebrate Abel's 21st birthday party are this smattering of stunning students from Nottingham University

With a rumoured ratio of four good-looking gals to every guy, there’s no wonder Nottingham’s two universities attract attractive folk from all over the country.

I was fortunate to be commissioned to photograph a chap called Abel, who celebrated his 21st along with a bunch of student pals at top restaurant, Harts.

Very tasty!

Click here to see the pictures…


What’s the story, your Royal Highness?

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visits First Story's launch in the East Midlands at Nottingham

It was a pleasure to snap Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at Nottingham’s grand Council House in the Market Square today. Her Royal Highness was visiting First Story, a charity with the noble aim of inspiring students who might not otherwise get the opportunity to write, and get their story published.

London based First Story were launching in the East Mi

dlands with the aim of fostering creativity, literacy and talent in the region and naturally picked the best photographer in Nottingham for the job 🙂

The Duchess arrived behind schedule after three other visits in the region, however she made time to sit and have an unhurried chat with the young students and also left time to meet the dignitaries and VIPs afterwards.

Potentially some budding journalists for the Nottingham POST newspaper, methinks?