… and the leaves that were green turn to brown……

..and the leaves that were green turn to brown… a line from a Paul Simon song.

So it’s autumn and the leaves are changing colour now  and I thought I would do a digital painting to celebrate the fact.

A bit more of a a subtle digital painting this time.

The leaves WERE actually green and I HAVE turned then to brown – does that make me Mother Nature or a picture manipulator?

Thanks Mr. Simon for the inspiration.

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.

More Fine Art Nudes Revisited


A few more images from this weeks Fine Art Nude shoot with Faith.


For too long I have neglected my absolute love of photographing Fine Art Nudes and have decided that I will do more of it in 2015. I have also decided to go back to my artistic background and learn more about digital painting. I am a self taught photographer and also learned Photoshop by watching YouTube tutorials, buying videos and books. I may do things the long way round ….. but I get there in the end.


This year I am going to spend much more of my time becoming more skilled in the use of  Corel Painter – which I have dipped in and out of for the past 3 or 4 years. Hopefully its going to be a very artistic 2015 🙂



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



In The Beginning There Was The Nude…….


Portia 1

So, I have told you about my encounter with the check out lady who was stunned to learn that a middle aged woman wanted to photograph nudes and found it difficult to give me eye contact or send me off with a smile (see blog below Nudes Or Fluffy Kittens, Flowers And Puppies).

I can just imagine the conversation in the canteen at the local Supermarket

Checkout Lady: well, have I got a story to tell you ladies

Doris: do tell

Checkout Lady: this woman came through my checkout point and guess what !

Gladys: she tried to leave without paying?

Checkout Lady: No!

Sylvia: she had a turkey under her sweater?

Checkout Lady: No !

Mavis: she had a gun and tried to rob your till?

Checkout Lady: No, worse than that !

All three ladies: Gasp! Gasp!  Gasp!

Checkout Lady: she photographs people in the nude !!

Gladys: what… hang on…. She photographs people when she isn’t wearing any clothes?

Checkout Lady: No….. SHE is clothed but the people she photographs aren’t !

All three ladies: eewwww

Seeing that I have told you the end of the story I thought that I would tell you how it all began. This is my photographic journey in the genre of Fine Art Nudes.

So…. Sit down, get a nice cup of coffee/tea (or other beverage) and a biscuit and I will tell you.( you don’t need to make yourself quite as comfortable as the beautiful Ivory Flame pictured below)


Holly & Sofa

So I have established that the first question is “what do you like to photograph?” with the  answer “Fine Art Nudes”.

I can pretty much guarantee  the next 2 questions will be  “Why” and “How long have you been doing that?”

Well, hopefully, I will answer both of those questions….

It all started when I was at school (yes as long ago as that). I was very good at art and it was decided, by the teachers, that I would benefit from attending the Warrington School Of Art . So I went along on a Saturday morning for the next 5 years and I enjoyed every minute.

I wanted to be a dress designer when I left school, so was thrilled when I found out that I was being tutored by Ozzie Clark’s Art Teacher. Ozzie Clark went to school in Warrington and became a very famous dress designer in the 1960’s. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ossie_Clark


This Art Teacher  taught me so much about the rules of composition (and how to deliberately break them), colour harmony, visual impact etc and I am grateful to him for helping me to developing my artist’s eye. I designed and made lots of clothes for myself and my friends. Some of the resulting outfits were FAB others … well you can imagine were not so marvellous but it was the swinging sixties anything went fashion wise (thanks goodness)

For one reason or another I was unable to go full time to Art School when I left school and began working at a local company that manufactured wire. Working there was horrific (lots of tales to tell about THAT period of my working life) but I still had a passion for art and decided to go to evening classes. My Mum encouraged me (as she still does) to continue with my  drawing and painting and was therefore very  happy when she knew I had signed up to an Art Class – little did she know what I was about to draw !

Now this is where I first encountered my first nude model and this will be the subject of my next blog.



Nude 11





Holly and rope





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