It was fantastic to have been invited back to Chesford Grange to photograph the BARC Awards Dinner for 2017.

As usual, there was a great turn-out for this glittering event and we were their with our mobile photographic studio, complete with onsite printing.

All of the photographs from this black-tie event are now online and can be viewed by clicking the button below.

As a thank you to those that bought prints from us on the night, we’ve uploaded a complimentary copy to our Facebook page, so don’t forget to get tagging!

More than just indoor events

We don’t just do indoor events, we love being outside too! We can provide professional event photography services to all sorts of outdoor sporting events – including motor racing. Please get in touch to find out more.

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MX Photography  Off Camera Flash Training – 5th April 2017 23rd August 2017….. Book Early, Limited Spaces….

IMX030Well it is now our sixth year of offering training days  here’s your chance to learn how to shoot one of the most exciting motorsports close up… MX how to use Off Camera Flash to make your shots of MX any other sport stand out above your competitors…

The day is for both amatuer professional photographers. The day will be spent at one of the UK’s premier tracks, Washbrook Farm MX, near Chatteris, Cambs. The training courses are designed to cover all aspects of shooting MX the use of Off Camera Flash, both techniques which can be used for any sport.

My love for OCF started about 8 years, ago when I saw some images shot by a surfing IMX036photographer.. I wondered whether this could be adapted for MX, since then we have been working on our system, producing some stunning images along the way. The day will cover how to use lighting to make your images even more stunning, for event photographers, this will be a handy tool to make you stand out produce more profits. As I have said, this style of shooting works for all, simple example is the image at the begining of the blog… simple rider bike shot, but something a little special with the lighting, covering a football tournament? stick a kid 45 degrees to a goal, one foot on ball, ask him to give some attitude, take shot, no parent will walk away without that image.. Mountain biking, canoeing, rugby, anything… it all works.

If you wish to see the type of work we will be covering in the training day, please watch the video below..

Now MX… what a sport, fast, exciting, muddy, dramatic… but great fun. this is a great sport to shoot. The day will give you a chance to work on track, feet from the riders. We will cover the safety side of shooting MX, where your safe the definate no no’s of safety. I be showing you how to get 10 shots out of every corner or jumps, leaving you more quality images to sell to your customers. All shot using the OCF system

Later in the day we will have a little time on how to cover an event in a productive effeceint system, showing all aspects of how to make money from your hobby, saves you making all the mistakes I did to start with.

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The day will consist of:

Kick of at 9.00am with a hot cuppa a bacon roll… have a chat about the equipment we’ll be using, settings what we are going to aim for … Then a very long, but very important safety talk.

ImageMX PhotographyWe’ll start the day by grabbing some youth his bike showing how quick easy it is to setup the lighting capture some stunning portraits

Then out on track before the riders start, to talk more safety and start on the work of setting up your shots.

A few hours of shooting and explaining the light set ups…

Lunch and discuss

Another session working on lighting and ultra wide, then a bit of time at the end for you to have a bit of freeplay…

IMX33The van will be available to view any of your shots and see how we got on… I use Canon, any Canon users wishing to have a play will be able at the end of the day.. If you use Nikon, its not a problem, bring any flash equipment along you have. The whole day system we use are available for both Canon Nikon

Review of your shots from the day, group discussion on how you all got on.. finishing about 5…

Please bring cameras, flashes etc, lenses to be fitted with filters

Tea coffee are provided, we cannot cater, but there is an on site facility, for further information on the track please visit www.washbrookfarmmx.co.uk

The day will cost £ 90.00 per person and will be limited to seven, for more info are to place a booking please email mcdec@btinternet.com or contact me on 07957216682

If you need to discuss any services shown on our website, please feel free to contact myself on

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Article source: Image MX Author : Colin Brister

KT School of Dance held their 7th annual show at Coventry’s Albany Theatre in February 2017 and we were delighted to have been asked along to take the photographs of the production.

The dance school has been running for 10 years now and during that time we’ve photographed their dance and stage productions on a number of occasions.

It is clear to see that a huge amount of effort goes into putting these productions on and it pays off – the show was a spectacular success.

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It was one of those days that reminds me just how lucky I am to do the job I do. I love theatre and stage photography – who else gets to have their own private viewing?

All of the photos are now online and can be viewed by clicking the button below.

View the Photos

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It was wonderful to be back at Chesford Grange in Kenilworth to photograph the Pedestal Lodge’s Ladies Festival. It was one of those events that reminds me just how much I enjoy my job when I get to work with such lovely people.

All of the photos from the night are now online and can be viewed by clicking the button below.

Those that bought pictures from us on the night will find a complementary copy has been added to our Facebook page, so don’t forget to tag yourself.

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A cold start to the day at Bovington but that did not deter our show jumpers from a fine day of competition.

As usual a challenging course set by Stuart to help find the top riders.

To me nothing looks better than rider and horse working together to complete the round in the best possible time. Our part to is to provide some great equestrian photography.

We could just record the action but where is the fun in that. We decided to take some rider portraits as well. This is a project we will be continuing throughout the year. In part we will be doing some of it to raise funds for the Dorset Somerset Air Ambulance.

WE have set up a just giving page at 10 Years of Equestrian Photography.

Many may not realise that the Air Ambulance is basically privately funded and that on average a mission costs £2500. So there we have or target, fund a mission.

This will be my tenth year of Equestrian Photography so what a great way to put something back, something that has been needed by a number of riders and their family.

Article source: DorsetPhotoEvent Author : mike weeks

For our first Masonic Ladies’ Festival of the year we ventured to the Jurys Inn in Cheltenham to photograph the Kentish Round Table Lodge’s event. It was great to see so many people dressed up to the nines and having a great time. I believe that we last photographed this lodge way back in 2013 in Stratford!

All of the photos from the evening are now online and can be viewed by clicking the button below.

As a thank-you to those that bought pictures from us on the night, we’ve added a complimentary copy to our Facebook page, so don’t forget to tag yourselves!

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