River Cottage 10th Anniversary

On Thursday 8th September we visited River Cottage HQ for their 10th Anniversary celebrations, the launch of a new booked titled “River Cottage A-Z”, some great food, and more than a little wine.

As per usual, I took my camera along, and documented the event.

Hope you like the photos.

We arrived on the back of a tractor
Homemade cider cocktails in the sun
Live music
Time to refelct in the kitchen garden
Farm cat
Taking in the scenic views

And then the man himself, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall arrived with a short message.

Buy my book!

Hugh thanked those who had been involved in the creation of the new book and also been a part of building the River Cottage community.

Tim, sporting an excellent hat, but no longer with the sideburns
Pam The Jam
Mushroom John
Selfie time
Book signing
“You bought how many books?!”
Announcing Britain’s favourite ingedient

I took a few candid shots of the party-goers enjoying Hugh’s pontifications.

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More live music


Thank you for looking.


Christmas Market with Harley Monster

Slightly out of order with my blog posts, but this has to come next seeing as it’s Christmas week, and the photos are all from the German Christmas Market in Manchester. This photoshoot was arranged by the fabulous model Harley Monster¬†who I’ve been lucky enough to work with before. As previously Harley and I didn’t have much of a plan, we just met up at the market and had a mooch.

I wanted to get some wide open aperture shots, hoping to catch a bit of bokeh from the lights on the market stalls. I also find markets a great place to capture some candied street moments, so this was my first combined model shoot and street photography session. Hope you like the results.

Harley loved this bear
Harley loved this bear
Trying on hats
Trying on hats

The guy working on the hat stall was a real character. Earlier in the day he’d cycled to the clinic to get some injections ready for his upcoming trip to India. The story of his immunised wobbly ride home was hilarious, and more than a tad dangerous. He was kind enough to pose for a picture, but I was too scared to ask if he’s be a part of my 100 strangers project. Guess I’m out of practice.

Hat Seller
Hat Seller

It wasn’t all about Harley and hats though. I did get the chance to capture a few candid moments of the other stall owners and their customers.




But of course if you have a wonderful model in tow it would be a shame not to take some more pictures of them.




I would like to say a big thank you to Harley for dragging me around the streets on Manchester once more. Having such a beautiful model really does help bring out the best in my pictures. Thank you.

Thank you all for reading this, and hopefully enjoying the images. I wish you and those you hold dear a very Merry Christmas.