The Rt Hon Simon Hart
August 4, 2020 6:44 PM Blog
The Rt Hon Simon Hart, Secretary of State for Wales popped into Montgomery accompanied by local MP Craig Williams. At very short notice I got an email from our Town Crier Sue Blower informing me of the visit and that she would be announcing the reason for the visit on the steps of the Town Hall at 7pm.With 45 mins to get ready I asked for a quick brief and said I'd meet Sue there at 6.45pm.Craig asked me if I could video the event which was fine but unexpected, without a gimble it stood to be a ......
Montgomery Vineyard Photo shoot
May 31, 2020 11:06 AM Blog
A real pleasure to meet Woody at Montgomery Vineyard after getting a call from Rebecca at Kelsey Media looking for a photographer to cover an article, she was writing for May’s Vineyard Magazine.As this was during the Corvid-19 pandemic we adopted and planned the best way to progress a photo shoot while maintaining the recommended distances and social interactions. Rebecca interview Woody over the phone and arranged for G17 to visit the Vineyard a week later. After being put in contact wi ......
Photography Studio Workshop Mid Wales
February 10, 2020 6:15 PM Blog
Welshpool Camera Club Studio WorkshopI had the great privilege of being asked to run a couple of studio lighting workshop for the WCC in Welshpool.The WCC asked if I could come along to demonstrate quick and simple studio set-ups, added to this, and to provide a wider range of photographic possibilities, G17 Photography Services teamed up with Melissa Pugh from M J Portraits in Newtown to give club members a full-blown studio experience. The workshop involved 2 sessions. The first was to ge ......
Hustings, speed lights and lady luck
December 7, 2019 10:24 PM Blog
So, a hustings is taking place and you volunteer yourself to capture on camera for the Town Council the event from both the audience perspective and the overall atmosphere for something that has the potential to have a varied response of mixed emotions – but what you forget is that the town hall has had a new coat of paint and is not at all like it was the last time I was in there!An hour before the event I pop up to set up my speed lights, two lights, one either side of the speakers seating. ......
Much Wenlock Kitchen Shoot
November 28, 2019 9:24 PM Blog
So pleased to be invited back to photograph another of Nick’s amazing kitchens – this time a painted kitchen in a converted barn near Much Wenlock. Free standing units making up an island with pantry cupboard and a beautiful brilliant white granite worktop. I arrive at the property and meet the owner Graham who is quite excited to have his kitchen photographed. He sees the array of lighting equipment and stands in the back of my van and offers to help me carry them in but I explain that if n ......
Scott & Sara (Yuexian) Wedding Day
August 19, 2019 9:36 PM Blog
1 wedding 3 lensesI first met Scott & Sara here at Hawkstone Hall a few weeks back. Scott had seen some of my work and asked to meet up, little did I know then that Scott is also a wedding photographer! On that first meeting we agreed to see how we got along, my shooting style and a look at the various shooting locations around the venue – we hit it off and it’s been a real pleasure to be invited to such a wonderful location and a special wedding. In the past I’ve managed to keep the lens ......
Scott & Sara Pre-Wedding photo shoot
July 20, 2019 7:00 PM Blog
Just spent a lovely morning over at Hawkstone Hall at the invite of Scott & Sara for a quick pre-wedding photo shoot. Absolute honour to be asked by Scott & Sara to capture their special day and a big thanks to them for arranging some time to visit their chosen venue to check out some special photo locations for their wedding day.Hawkstone Hall have not long opened up as a Wedding venue and from the quick tour I had this morning, they have got everything spot on. Amazing spiral stair cases, beau ......
Nick Over Kitchens
April 27, 2019 3:22 PM Blog
Email arrives in my inbox from a chap called Nick Over, Nick explains that he makes kitchens and wondered if this would be something I’d be interested in photographing for his promotional material. Quick bit of research on Nick and his work and I reply back saying it would be a pleasure. Nick arranges a photo shoot with one of his client’s whose kitchen he had just completed here in Montgomery, so a perfect starter. I arrive at the appointed time and Nick colleague Tudor introduces himself t ......
Grump Around the UK
April 7, 2019 1:35 PM Blog
While away visiting family in Kent I had an email from a friend saying Shamus Westwood would be visiting Montgomery as part of an 8k mile walk around the UK on Saturday and if I could take some photos of his visit. He sounded really interesting and was doing this walk to raise money for children with cancer - himself also having survived cancer twice. The tricky part would be getting there on Sat in time for his arrival, I had already confirmed a customer booking on Sat - but a quick phone ......
Destination Montgomery and "Art"
February 23, 2019 12:46 PM Blog
It was great to meet up with Ralph Jandrell the other day. I had been put in contact with Ralph through a tourism initiative in Montgomery called Destination Montgomery. This small team of dedicated individuals have done some amazing work for Montgomery including Walkers Welcome, Walking Festival and promoting local businesses to ensure they get the best exposure using all media outlets. Along with this is the support to the local community including groups, events and shows. Destination Montgom ......
April 12, 2018 8:12 PM Blog
It's that time of year again and one that I always look forward too. Vaisakhi, the Sikhs celebration to mark the birth of the Khalsa way of living in the Sikh religion. It is one of the most welcoming, warm and colourful events of the year and always a happy experience either behind or in front of the camera. More images to come but why not take a look at a small selection from last year in the Sample work section.....
Finding Inspiration
April 6, 2018 7:54 PM Blog
Photography is an absolute pleasure to get involved in, it can put you in all sorts of places and situations where normally, without a camera, you would feel quite out of place and often vulnerable. Not only does photography allow you to be at that extraordinary place or involve you in some amazing experiences, it also, after time, provides an opportunity to look at things differently, a socket on a wall, shadows on the pavement, raindrops on glass…. You start to notice the abstract and a ......
Kitchen Photo Shoot
March 23, 2018 8:12 PM Blog
Two Hahnel wireless speed lights and trigger, two 80cm Wescott soft boxes, two stands and a light meter (for speedy readings) plus a 2-meter black backdrop and I’m set to go, did I pack the camera – yes – phew!I’d arranged with the owners, Claire & Alistair to pop back over to Mellington Hall and shoot the kitchen staff, which they seemed very keen for me to do for some reason !Most occasions, I never really know what the shooting environment is going to be like above asking roughly via ......
The Checkers
March 7, 2018 8:10 PM Blog
Another complete interior photo shoot at the beautiful Checkers, a Michelin star restaurant in Montgomery. A wonderful building whose size, from the outside, is quite misleading. Five rooms with en-suite bathrooms, beautifully decorated plus a large restaurant and lounge area.
Mellington Hall
March 1, 2018 8:08 PM Blog
Mellington Hall, set in the most beautiful landscape, a Grade II Listed building with spectacular views in every direction. Recently under new management, the owners, Alistair & Claire, required photography of the building, it's rooms and general life around the estate. The photography needed to reflect each aspect and detail of the building, architecture, features and portray the life around Mellington Hall, even allowing a glimpse behind the scenes and the unique character and dedication to se ......
Model Test Shoot
February 28, 2018 8:06 PM Blog
Big project coming up involving the beautiful Reegan and an amazing Victorian Hotel to provide the perfect setting for a "Breakfast at Tiffany's" themed photo shoot. Met up with Reegan and went through a couple of relaxed test shoots in preparation for the main event which should take place middle / late March.
February 24, 2018 8:04 PM Blog
I've recently had the chance to photograph some amazing interiors recently, from Gothic, Art and Michelin-Star establishments. An amazing experience and one where you need to take the time to look and adsorb every little detail around you while also being able to look at the bigger picture. A completely different experience from model or corporate photography where more often than not, time - or the lack of time, becomes the challenge.
Daylight light
December 9, 2017 8:03 PM Blog
Kinda liking these weather warnings, good excuse to stay inside and catch up on those little jobs that never seem to get done. Today it was high time to sort out my printer profiles and get some decent lighting set up in the studio. Printing and viewing under artificial light can be such a pain as you end up wondering if the printer is playing up, if it's me going bonkers or those pesky gremlins are having a laugh! Well the installation of a 5.5k kelvin tube should make all the difference and al ......
Family Photo Shoot
December 3, 2017 8:00 PM Blog
A wonderful morning shoot with such a lovely family from, well, all over the UK. Helen contacted me to see if I would run a family photo shoot at a house that was being hired for the weekend just outside Montgomery. Helen explained that it was her Mothers 75th birthday and that the family did not really have many photos at all over the years so Helen did not want to let that happen for this occasion. Everything in place and not knowing the location too well, how big the house was, the light etc, ......
MJ Portrait Fashion style photographer
November 17, 2017 7:58 PM Blog
Very honoured to be asked by Melissa to take a set of studio shots to story board her business in Newtown. Melissa had organised a client, who knew why I was there, a hairdresser and make-up artist for this shoot - my role was to capture the essence of a typical mornings MJ Portrait Fashion shoot.Melissa does not like to use flash for these kinds of shoots, only natural light - which is a skill in itself especially when the available light on an overcast day is at best minimal. As Melissa normal ......
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