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Another Chance to do Something New - Gem in Fancy Dress

Last week my favorite client was of the four legged variety. Gem, the new puppy belonging to one of our Burbage Carnival princesses, arrived with costume changes. And although not quite with a smile she was still ready to perform. That may or may not have had something to do with the pot of treats ready and waiting. Either way, I think we got what we needed.

I didn't really know what to expect when the request to photograph a puppy was first made. I've only done this once before and that was a few years ago. It wasn't easy that time. But I thought positively and hoped for the best and I couldn't have been happier in the end. Even though she didn't always look where I wanted her to she did sit where I wanted her to which is more than I can say for some of the children I photograph.

After 3 costume changes and a few nudes the shoot was complete. They say you should never work with children or animals (which is nearly impossible in this line of work) but I could defin…

Through the Eyes of the Students of Hastings High School

(Photo by Jess Whelan)

Well I have finally received all the model release forms I needed to post these images to my blog. I have been looking forward to posting this for weeks. The work you see in this post has NOT been shot by me. Every image here was taken by students of Hastings High School during their activities week, in which I was privelledged enough to be apart of. It was an inspiring week that made me feel so happy to see so many young students so enthusiastic for the craft. Its hard to remember a time when I felt as in awe of photography as some of the students clearly did here. This gave me a new enthusiasm for the craft myself.

(Photo by Tia Downs)


I had four main objectives when I agreed to help out on this week of activities. The first was to show the students how to take better pictures using their own cameras. All too often we stick to the auto settings provided on all new cameras as it is the easier way of doing things and in most cases it does produce reasonable resul…