Dancing in the moonlight

I rather like salsa dancing. I know its a bit of a cliche, but its such fun. If you haven’t tried partner dancing you really should give it a go, you won’t regret it – honest. Last week I was at a dance workshop trying to Tango and this week, I was at the amazing Salsa Bachata Social Club in Reading, for their monthly Salsa and Bachata party.

If you are in the Ding, you should shuffle your dancing feet there immediately, well immediately when their next evening is on, in March. Find out more about their next salsa party here.

I wanted to make a video of the evening and here it is. It seems to be proving popular on Facebook. You exclusively you can see what salsa dancers get up to on a Friday night.

I also create videos for all sorts of organisations and you can see some of my handiwork here.

Reading Stands With Orlando

I was very honoured to be asked to be the team photographer for Reading Pride’s vigil – “Reading Stands with Orlando”.

This somber and dignified occasion saw Reading’s LGBT+ community come together to stand with the victims of Orlando and their families. The names of the victims were read out and speeches were given by Chair of ReadingPride, Andrew Adams, Tania Ellwood representing MyUmbrella’s speech, Patrons Sarah Hacker and Kirsten Bayes and Jamie Wake. The speeches were marked by musics Thames Valley Gay Choir and a choir from a local school.

It was moving to see the Mayor, Councillors, the Police and people from all over Reading stand in silence and to remember that Hate Crime against the LGBT+ community is still a terrible fact of life.

You can see my pictures here:

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Burlesque Idol

Burlesque Idol is fantastic.

There I have said it, Tempest Rose and her team put on an amazing show. The quality of the burlesques, the venue and the atmosphere make every evening completely unforgettable. I was fortunate enough to be the photographer for the night at the last Hippodrome heat and was once again blown away by the show.

Here are my pics and if you haven’t been to the Burlesque before check this one out

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A Church In the Country

I visited on Saturday my family church, Llangwig near Pontardawe in South Wales. My grandmother and great grandmother are there and my father was in the choir when he was a boy.

It is a fantastically beautiful place and I deliberately went on Saturday as the weather was cloudy and warm and I knew that it would be at its most photogenic.

The church is worth a visit can you can find more details about it here

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Airlocked

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,