All Hail Queen Gog!

International Womens’ Day saw me taking pictures at the awesome Alternative Queen of Reading cabaret held at the Shenai ballroom. The evening was amazing with female comedians, musicians, burlesques and poets taking the stage to show how amazingly talented they are. All of this was compared by the utterly amazing Berlin Baroness . The judges were last year’s amazing winner Robyn Thick with a Y, Sarah Hacker Deputy Mayor of this great town, Caz Cook        late of the lamented Evening Post and Iszi Lawrence ace comedian of this parish. I was asked to shoot the gig and to make sure that I captured every moment on stage. It was a great event, hugely entertaining, a huge challenge to shoot and not get in anyone’s way – well not too much.

The winner was the hugely talented Gog, who is pictured here. Her cheery North Walian gog humour set the bar very high and set her on the road to Queendom.

The main publicity shots have been given to the tireless organiser, Steph but here is a selection of black and whites which I like to think captured some of the action on stage and back stage action.

If you missed out, you missed something very special, don’t miss it next year.



I was asked by the fantastic Reading 3 piece band, Airlocked, to take some artwork pictures for their website, Facebook and publicity. We have been scouting locations around Reading and came up with this fantastic urban location, As with every photoshoot there are the technical details, getting the bits of kit to work in conjunction with each other, then comes the posing and then the processing. To me the guys looked great and I thought that a desaturated look would do these guys proud and bring out the look they were looking for.

If you are a band that is looking for either gig shots or portfolio shots give me a call.

2014 is over long live 2014

Its the end of January and I am just starting to catch up on 2014. Late I know but last year was so fantastic. I shot gigs at the Rising Sun, Shenai, Sun Inn, Risc, Walkabout, East Reading Festival, Swan Fest, Penta Hotel, Watlington House, Up the Junction and a host of other places around Reading. The bands I shot is almost without end. Some gigs stick in the memory, other’s less so, but they were all fun and I saw my pics being used by bands around the South. I thought I would put a few of the shots that I liked best up to remind me what a great year it has been and to inspire me to work harder and get more gigs shot in 2015.

If you are a band and looking for someone to shoot your gigs or do portfolio shots, give me a call. I’d love to help,

Glitterbox Burly Brilliance; Again

Have just finished processing the latest pics from the Glitterbox Burlesque Christmas show fronted by the incomparable compere Alfie Ordinary. I cannot recommend the Glitterbox shows more highly. Amazing and Alfie Ordinary can tickle my ivories anytime, I was supposed to be working but couldn’t concentrate because I was laughing too much. The dancing actings are subtle, funny and will always put a smile on your face. The next show will be in the summer and you have got to, I say got to go.

As a photographer it is pleasure to work with a group of people who are so professional and also make me smile.

So if you are making any resolutions for 2015. Get down to the Glitterbox Burly in Windsor. You’ll love it…….honest.

AND don’t forget if have always promised yourself a glam photo shoot, give me a call. This is the year to make it happen.


Reading Vintage

I had the opportunity to shoot at the Reading Vintage Fair, which was taking place at the fantastic Purple Turtle. The Turtle has been recently renovated and is a great place to go for a drink if you haven’t been there recently.

The vintage fair was a fantastic mix of clothes, make up, records and people. The people were particularly photogenic and make me wish I still had hair so that I could wear a quiff.

This gallery shows some of my pics and you can see the whole set here.

OxJam Reading Takeover

Fantastic day shooting at the Oxjam Reading Takeover, over 60 bands playing in upteen locations. I was the MC and photographer for the Sun Inn pub Castle St and was very pleased with my shots. The bands were amazing and the lighting and sound out of this world. This was organised by the brilliant Producktions who if you are planning an event you really should use. A long day with more than a few technical challenges but a great success.

I love being at a gig and taking pictures its always a challenge to get the light right and the framing interesting. I was also processing, uploading and tweeting in real time so that OxJam goers could get up to date images. It was very stimulating to do it all in real time. Twitter, FB and Instagram were humming. I learnt loads and will be able to make some changes for next time.

To see all the images click here but I have put a selection of images here in a gallery too. Enjoy

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