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  1. CRM Systems - The Guru Kevin Maddison

    Systems Are you like me and have used every CRM system known to man?  As a photographer, it’s tough to commit all of those clients that you’re working with into a CRM system and use it to its median percentage.  We could easily get distracted and we get bombarded by…

  2. Northumberland Cycling photographer - Cycling Plus Magazine - Featured work

    A few weeks ago I was contacted by a reporter in Bristol who was writing an article about a cyclist living in Rothbury in Northumberland. The story that he was capturing was an amazing one from an ex-footballer, who worked at the fire service who has always been a keen…

  3. Networking - Necessity or opportunity?

    Networking - Amazing fun or a necessary evil?  So as you know, I do a lot less networking than I used to.   My networking these days really does focus on my Fore Business golf networking and a little bit from Mint Business Club and Social+ Network+ when I can make…

  4. YORKSHIRE!!!! Photographer on tour

    As a lot of you know, I spent a lot of time in Yorkshire in my 20s and into my 30s, living in York and Leeds/Bradford, as my friends often find out.  And it was a great experience being in Yorkshire and experiencing the cultures and the people in a…

  5. How much stuff? Professional photographer kit list

    Over the last few weeks, it’s been really exciting to work with so many different clients and on so many diverse projects. But one thing that’s come up a couple of times, certainly with new clients, is they’re surprised when I turn up with as much equipment as I do.…

  6. Fyto Hydroponics

    I was recently approached by a local start-up company in Hoult’s Yard, called Fyto Hydroponics. Now with the background in science that I have, obviously I’m aware of hydroponics and the potential world-changing technology that is around the subject and where developments are currently being made. It’s certainly one to…

  7. James Vargas Saxophone Legend // The Craziest Shoot Of My Life

    Okay, so I couldn’t decide what to call this blog post. It was a toss-up between ‘James Vargas Saxophone Legend’ and ‘The Craziest Shoot Of My Life’, ‘cause like that’s kind of true.  A couple of weeks ago, I got a one of those random phone calls that I really…

  8. Verisure - Brand Photography

    Verisure UK.   Now if like me, you’ve been on any of your social medial platforms over the last six months or so, you’ll have seen an advert for Verisure Alarm Systems which offer monitored alarm systems for homes and businesses all over the world. Now, I assumed they were a…

  9. The Story Of The Second Man On The Moon - Dr Andy Aldrin

    As I’ve said a lot in social media recently, the last couple of months has opened some amazing doors and some amazing stories to me and my business. After Covid, there was a lot of work around clients that I’ve worked with a lot before and very socially distanced photography…

  10. The Secret Signing - Ben Stokes

    In the current world of the many different platforms and different opportunities for people to contact me, I often get contacted in different ways, whether that’s on social media platforms, via email or my website or on the phone. I don’t so much get letters and carrier pigeons these days…

  11. Photography Adventuring in Wales with Ash Dykes

    National Geographic: Walking the Yangtze.  Book: Mission Possible.  3x World Records.  Motivational Speaker.  Joe Rogan Experience #1410 This story goes back four years (wow that is a long time ago now) when I originally started listening to podcasts. Ian Farrar’s “Industry Angel” podcast for the North East was suggested as…

  12. Fore!

    As I’m sure comes as no surprise to anybody who has seen my LinkedIn stream of late, I do play a little bit of golf.  And this is something I’ve done since I was 11 or 12 years old and now I’m playing, dare I say it, as much golf…

  13. Sidetracked Magazine – The Creator’s Tour, Newcastle

    The other week I had the opportunity to be part of something that I have been aware of for a couple of years now and due to Covid couldn’t happen. Sidetracked Magazine has been a part of my escapism for quite a few years now.  It’s a print magazine that…

  14. Jeff Stelling - Prostate Cancer UK - Charity Photography

    UNBELIEVABLE JEFF For many years I’ve been a supporter of the work that Prostate Cancer UK does supporting men with the prolific cancer problem across the UK. The work they do is absolutely fantastic and to be asked to shoot one of their key events of the year, the Jeff…

  15. Play with a Legend (Newcastle legend John Beresford)

    As a 90s football fan - or a Newcastle fan growing up in the 90s, the entertainers were really, really a team that hit a lot of buttons as a football fan and entertained the nation. One of those players that did a lot of that was John Beresford and…

  16. Sun is out… so are the marketing plans

    Sun is out!…and so are the marketing plansLast week was the reopening of many people’s world’s. The creaking door of restrictions easing in the UK has put smiles on so many faces.From the outside hospitality fun through to street markets in Skipton I saw at the weekend.It’s clear from my…

  17. 72 holes of pain for a great cause

    BUSINESS BEATS CANCER NEWCASTLE - 2021 GOLF MARATHON It’s currently 3 days after the epic day but I’m still feeling it. When Kevin Maddison ( Root Cause Consultancy) suggested a 72 hole golf marathon it sounded like a great idea. We have all done 36 in a day for competitions…

  18. ASSUMPTIONS

    AssumptionsSo, how many assumptions did you make this morning? About the weather? About the way today will pan out?I get asked where I did my degree in PhotographyWell, you all assume I have a degree in Photography, Nope my degree is in Chemistry! I have a degree in straight Chemistry…

  19. Fore Business - April 21

    GOLFERS - ONE FOR YOU FORE SUNDERLAND + NEWCASTLE   Well, after a little covid related break the Fore Business Sunderland group welcomed the Newcastle group to the Fairways of George Washington yesterday.   From the biting cold first thing, to the shorts by 11 holes it was a cracking day all…

  20. SnapGolfer

    Sports photography in frosty Northumberland.  One of the last shoots of 2020 was on the fairways of Newbiggin Golf Club for a new company launching in the next 2 months. Snap golfer is the go to place for your golfing needs! I know that sounds like a sales pitch but…

  21. Best Phone Apps for Photography

    BEST PHONE APPS  Which app do you use for taking photos on your phone?  The stock one that your phone tells you to use?  Is it the best?  So, I like most of you do use my phone a fair bit in the week for behind the scenes and where…

  22. Tools of the trade

    SHOW ME YOUR TOOLSTools of the trade, you would expect me as a photographer to have a fair bit of equipment and you would be right. This isn’t all of it but it is all I could fit on the floor! This doesn’t include modifiers, extra light stands and backgrounds…

  23. PRESS COVERAGE - Local Hero and Mint Business

    Even though we are in lock down its still great seeing my work featured in the local press. One being a new ish image and one being from years and years ago! I often forget to share some of these, it’s easy to not grab a copy of the paper…

  24. Travel photography - Peru Week

    TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY - PERU WEEK PERU WEEK - DAY 1 You requested it so here we go into Peru week. So back in 2010 we went on our honeymoon to the other side of the world. It was a very tight call between a few weeks in Peru or the…

  25. COVID-19 Update

    Covid-19 is going to change things.  Well, life has changed a bit hasn’t it, here I sit writing a blog for the first time in ages. I have a fair bit of time on my hands without the ability to go out and shoot for my clients. That said, I…

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