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 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 😉
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…
One of my favourite restaurants, Savai in Nottingham has undergone a superb revamp inside, and there were a host of regulars there on Sunday to see Carl ‘The Cobra’ Froch officially relaunch the popular Italian venue.
I had chance to chat to the ten-times world, five British and eight Commonwealth title winner and despite winding me up to start with, saying I can’t photograph him because of ‘image rights’ (could have been true!) he was very much a ‘man of the people’
Carl gave out gifts to people who had helped in the refurb and was patient enough to be snapped by me, another guy shooting video and dozens of iPhone-weilding snappers!
The Cobra is rapidly turning into Nottingham’s own Frank Bruno – and he deserves every success.
Charlotte Meadwell (left) and Lynda Reddington of Nottingham Property Investors Network meeting at the EMPO Expo Nottingham Landlord’s Show held at East Midlands Conference Centre on Tuesday.
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…
Malcolm Hall, owner of super-successful fastening firm Hall-Fast has only been in business for five years – but his firm is a finalist in the Nottingham Post’s EMB-sponsored Nottinghamshire Small Business of the Year Award.
Naturally, as a discerning businessman, Malcolm chose Spike to have him looking his best for the paper’s promotional picture, modeling some of the latest in bespoke builder’s fashion available from their trade counter.
Singers from property companies throughout the Nottingham area joined forces at Oceana nightclub recently to make X-Factor look like a bunch of beginners.
Nottingham Hot Property was established in 2004 by Malcolm Wright to raise money for Nottingham based children’s charities and over the years it has raised over £180,000 for them. All the singers and musicians are from local property firms and spend weeks rehearsing to get the performances pitch-perfect. See event photos (by me) here
We’ve been having our usual ‘fall of snow so the country grinds to a halt’ fun and games this week. As a professional photographer, I’m like a ‘Photographic Mountie’ in that I always get a photo of my man. Or woman. Or not, as in this case.
My assignment was to photograph the MD of an engineering company in Derbyshire yesterday. We arranged the time earlier this week. I battled through blizzards and left my car parked precariously in half a snowdrift, as despite it being a four wheel drive Jag, it struggled to get up the lane to the company’s offices, which was both uphill and covered in two feet of snow.
So as I was hiking up the hill, one of the firm’s Transit vans returned to base, took a flyer at the lane and ground to a skiddy halt five yards later. I left them, wheels spinning, determined to reach the top on time.
Halfway up the hill, I found a firm of four-wheel drive mechanics, grinning at my hike and also the large flatbed truck belonging to the firm I was photographing. That too, was stuck and didn’t look like it was going to get to London that night, as planned. They advised that we should all get ‘proper vehicles’ like their custom Range Rovers and the like. They pointed me in the direction of where I could find my MD.
Imagine my disappointment then when I got to the door of the office and found it padlocked shut.
A solitary fitter, the sum total of the company’s workforce that day, informed me that the boss wasn’t in today, he’d been snowed in back home at Sheffield. On phoning the chap, he was most apologetic, had forgotton about me, and bearing in mind he had spent the morning shutting down his various site operations in Lincoln and Birmingham, I could almost forgive him.
So I set off back, pausing only for a photograph from the fitter to prove I’d been there. On arriving back at the car, I got a call from a different client who had booked me for a financial dinner that evening in Nottingham. Called off due to snow and postponed to January.
Not n’ice’ news eh?
I waited a while before getting my iPhone 4, I’ve had all of them since the original on the day of release. Yeah, I know, I’m an Apple fanboy – like a magpie, I love their shiny stuff. They just do it better than other makers of tech kit – when they work as intended…
This time I wanted Apple to sort out the ‘Version One’ teething troubles first. Plus I wanted to ask a few real life users about the reception problems due to the aerial around the body. Although right handed, I use my phone in my left (so I can write,etc) and this apparantly makes the issue more noticable. Friends said they were having no problems, although I did not they were all using a case, so better get one from Apple whilst they are still giving them out free.
So, I took the plunge and went with one from the 3 shop. Having just unboxed it, charged overnight and synced it, imagine my frustration to discover the autofocus on the front camera doesn’t work. The camera pointing to me does, however. The problem is there for both stills and video. Not very good for a photographer like me!
So, back to the shop for an exchange. I wouldn’t mind so much but it took that long to do all the blooming paperwork when I bought it, I got a parking ticket 😦
UPDATE: After an hour out of my life including travelling time, the shop exchanged my phone for a new one. He’d not seen that problem before, although had one where the screen was totally black. My number ported just before I took it in to the shop, leaving my old iPhone 3 on O2 useless, and my replacement iPhone 4 useless, as even witht the sim in, it has to be synced with iTunes. . .
. . .Back home now, attempting to restore from the iTunes back-up. Frustratingly, the error message says:
“The software on the iPhone is too old to restore from the backup. Set up as a new iPhone and update the software before you can restore” Grrrr.
There’s a photograph of Nottingham surgeon Damian Bragg (28) who drives a Porsche with a personalised plate SU56EON (space missing) in tonight’s Nottingham Evening Post.
Having had several parking tickets whilst on photography assignments in Nottingham city since the wardens arrived, I have empathy with how Damien Bragg is feeling.
He was on duty during the night and ‘forgot to display’ his permit for which he pays just over £18 a month so was clamped.
It’s not an excuse that his registration looks like ‘surgeon’. He needs to put a space between SU56 and EON to be legal, he has ‘Vanity Plates’ fitted there, they are not road legal. He says: “My car is easily recognisable and I frequently park in this car park”
He said that “lives could have been put at risk” by the clamper’s actions.
Presumably it’s made clear that staff must display the permit like I have to display my parking ticket. One of my tickets was when my ticket had unbeknown to me, blown upside down as I closed the door!
He’s obviously doing well driving a Porsche at 28, so a £35 ‘reminder’ to display his permit in future won’t be too much hardship in my opinion.
Talk about an on-the-spot news photographer See my post above – Hot News Photography in Calveron, Nottingham, tonight on the title bar. I was in the kitchen next door – you can see how close the flames got!
Sometimes a photography brief from a client can be a little unusual or challenging…
Latest was one where the requirements were to photograph a dog at a vets ‘Looking up expectantly’ and ‘Looking at his doggy toy’ amongst other shots.
But unfortunately, the dog was blind.
He didn’t want to be apart from his owner, so to get shots of him on his own, I got him to cuddle and stroke the dog until he relaxed a bit (vets are stressful places y’know) and quickly move out of shot.
This worked fairly well, but the best shots I think were with him being fussed over. Here’s one of him looking doleful yet cute:
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