Dare To Share?

From a very early age I was taught to share – even though we had nothing and this need to share has never left me.

When I visit camera clubs to do may presentations I am regularly thanked for sharing my “knowledge” and people often say that they are surprised I am so open as to how I “do things”. I have lost count of the number of people who tell me that so and so at their club knows how to do something to a high standard but when asked how they did it will say “oh, I’ve forgetting how I did that…. I did it a long time ago”… or similar statements.

Whether it be camera settings, what lighting was used, how a picture was constructed or even the name of the model featured in the photograph, many people will keep this information closely guarded.

In some ways I understand. If you have taken the time and trouble to learn something (especially if you have paid for that information) does it sit comfortably to then pass on that newly gleaned information to others ? I have heard people say “I had to learn how to do such and such a thing so everyone else should do the same and find out for themselves……why should I teach them”. I also understand that for some people telling others how they (for example) put their picture together might help others to “beat them in the monthly comps” – I have heard this reason for not helping others time and time again, I have also had personal experience of that particular mind set when the person involved would always shrug and smile when asked how they had created the image.

I was told a few years ago “that I was crazy” to show people how I did my textured images – I was told that I should “keep it a secret and tell no-one”. Those that know me know I didn’t take any notice of that piece of advice and there are lots and LOTS of people who have attended my workshops and those people are now producing some lovely textured images. Am I dismayed about that fact … not in the least ! I am thrilled to bits that they have embraced what I have shown them and gone off and done their own thing.

I try and help and give advise to as many people as I can – people come to my home for a one to one, I give critiques over the internet and I also run a Face Book group which is dedicated to help people be more creative. This is all done free of charge and I do it willingly in the hope that some (if not all) may benefit from the little bit of input I give them

Helping others improve is a great gift and seeing them blossom and move forward is a wonderful thing and I for one throughly recommend it.


Fine Art Nude 14th June – SOLD OUT


Just a quick update to say that the Fine Art Nude Photo Shoot on the 14th June is now fully sold out.

Thanks to all who have booked on the photographic sessions and apologies to all who were a bit late in requesting a place.


If you are interested in any further Fine Art Nude Photo Shoots or indeed a Fine Art Nude Workshop (for those people who would like to photograph Fine Art Nudes but haven’t done anything like it before) please contact me using the form below – I will keep you updated on future events

Fine Art Nude Studio Shoot 14th June (Only 3 Places Left)

The Fine Art Nude Photo Session scheduled for Sunday 14th June is almost sold out.



There are only 2 places left on the morning session starting at 9:30am and 1 place left on the afternoon session starting at 2:00pm.

There will be a maximum of 3 photographers to each model and the photographic shoot will take place in a studio north of Manchester.

We have 2 of the finest Fine Art Nude models around at the moment Freda and Raphaella Withlove. I have photographed both of these ladies before (Raphaella – a few years ago) and both are a delight to work with.



If you would like more information about this photographic session please fill in the contact form below and I will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Yesterday’s Fine Art Nude Shoot


Yesterday I had the absolute pleasure of photographing the very beautiful Natasha – who was an absolute star and a joy to work with.



Here are a couple of Face Book friendly images from the shoot … hopefully I will be able to add more later .


This shoot has really reawakened my love of photographing Fine Art Nudes and I going to do lots more this year.

I already have the shoot with Freda and Raphaella booked for June and really looking forward to that.

FINE ART NUDE Model Shoot Sunday 14th June


After the success of the Manor House Costume Shoot Joan and Marie are pleased to announce another spectacular photographic shoot.

On Sunday 14th June there will be 2 fantastic Fine Art Nude models to photograph in a studio (north of Manchester) environment.

The  models are Fredau and Raphaella who are considered, by many, to be two of the best Fine Art Nude models around at the moment

The photographic session will be split into 2 half day sessions with a maximum of 3 photographers to a model.

If you would like more information before the “official launch” please fill in the contact form below




Having “Faith” In Fine Art Nudes !

The model featured here is the very beautiful Faith and I had the  pleasure of photographing her recently.

As a Fine Art Model she is up there with the best – in my humble opinion.


Faith and a chair is a simple but great combination !


……..and Faith in a dress is a perfect combination too !


Looking forward to working with her again sooooooooon  as she will be one of the models in a future Fine Art Nude Workshop 🙂

If you would like to know more about these workshops please fill in the contact form below – many thanks

Early Fine Art Nudes – My Recent Journey

The Artists model

Having had a recent Fine Art Nude  shoot it has encouraged me to have a look back at my first photographic attempts.  I have drawn and painted many models both female and male in life classes at art school and the above picture (the first session I had with the delightful Ivory Flame) combined both disciplines …….well I think so anyway.


I think mono and Fine Art Nudes go together and I feel that this photograph is a nice example of that. This was my very first Fine Art Nude photographic session back in 2008 – I am pleased to say there were many more to follow and now I organise Fine Art Nude photographic workshops to encourage others to “have a go” at the genre.

Kat 2A


I learned quite early on that I could use the pictures I took in the studio to turn them into something more……. creative !  Here is an example

Holly Start Fairy                            Holly Fairy



Fine Art Nude Revisited !



A few days ago I enjoyed revisiting the Fine Art Nude genre. Along with my 2 photographic friends (Marie & Robert) we hired a nearby warehouse studio and engaged the services of Faith a super model who I had never photographed before – but who I can guarantee I will photograph again…..very very soon. In this top picture Faith is wearing one of the costumes which will be featured in the upcoming Manor House Costume shoot  in March.



Although the warehouse was freezing cold Faith was fantastic and I came away with a whole load of beautiful images – some of which could be used almost straight out of the camera and some that I will use in a composite.


I have organised and run many Fine Art Nude workshops in the past and encouraged people who attended to take up the genre …..  many have and have been successful in national and international photographic competitions (some have gained gold medals).  So I am looking forward to the Fine Art Nude Workshops that have been planned for 2015 (but details not released as yet) and others that are still in the pipeline.

Aims and objectives for 2015 are….. do more Fine Art Nude photography, organise and run more workshops, work with new models and learn and do more digital painting – I am super excited !!!




Nude 11

Looking at my diary I am really excite about what is happening in 2015.

There are a number of FINE ART NUDE workshops which have been planned for the first half of 2015  (March & June) along with some spectacular costumed shoots at a manor house using VERY well known models (the models are very experienced fine art nude models and there will be an opportunity to obtain some beautiful fine art nude images from the shoot too)- more of this soon.

On a personal note I have a couple of themed shoots which I am going to work towards as well as an overdue return to my much loved FINE ART NUDE photography which I have neglected for a couple of years.

I am also looking forward to doing some judging in 2015 which I thoroughly enjoy (and would welcome the opportunity to do more)

So if you want to know more about the FINE ART NUDE workshops and the costumed manor house shoot please contact me (using the contact me form on this site) and I will give you more details.

All the best for 2015 and hope that it finds you in good health and happiness



Nudes or Fluffy Kittens, Flowers and Puppies?

When I tell people that I very much enjoy photography I know what their next question will be.

“Oooooo, how interesting…… What do you like to photograph?” 
 It’s at this point that I hit the same old dilemma – Do I fess up and be honest or do I fib and say “fluffy kittens, flowers and puppies
Well, I was brought up to be honest so I smile and say “Fine Art Nudes” ….. And that’s generally where the conversation stops ! It’s NOT what the other person was expecting me to say and therefore the conversation quickly changes to “oh eeermmm, well,  I wonder if it will rain tomorrow?
I organise regular Fine Art Nude Workshops for photographers who have never worked in this genre before. I try and make it as “stress free” as possible. Most people are very nervous to begin with, which is understandable, so in order to ease the stress  I find an experienced Fine Art Nude Model, the studio, the lighting and instruct the attendees on how to photograph and pose the model. I also provide a nice lunch.
It was whilst I was buying the food for the lunch at our local supermarket that the lady on the check out decided to strike up a conversation about the food she was scanning in. The conversation went like this ….
Checkout Lady :  Ooooo  are you having a family party?
Me: No
Checkout Lady: A party for friends?
Me: No
Checkout Lady: Well, it looks like you are having a party – are you having people round for a meal?
Me: No.
Checkout Lady (looking puzzled): Well you certainly have a lot of party type food – it’s not all for you is it?
Me: No – actually I am organising a workshop
Checkout Lady: Oooooo  how exciting….what kind of workshop?
Me (now rushing to put food into my trolly/cart): eerm.  A Photographic workshop
Checkout Lady (now smiling broadly): Ooooooo I LOVE photography  – what will you be photographing
Me: Nudes
Checkout Lady:
She never spoke to me after that and didn’t even give me eye contact!  I should have said fluffy kittens, flowers and puppies at least then she would have given me a goodbye smile.
Its strange how this photographic subject matter seems to stop people in their tracks. Its probably that they don’t expect a middle aged woman to “ do that sort of thing”.
Photographing nudes, however tasteful, always seems to polarise people –  therefore I am going to “speak” more about this subject in the days and weeks to come – in the meantime here are some examples of what I photograph.
Holly 1
On Pointe
Darling 2