I was recently commissioned by Home Group to produce some artwork for the reopening of one of their residential buildings in Newcastle. My brief was to produce large scale prints for the foyer area, featuring former resident Brendan, to fit the centre’s motto Let’s Live, Let’s Learn, Let’s Work, using the logo colours.
Brendan, 19, has certainly fulfilled the philosophy and ethos of the organisation. Having previously lived and studied at the centre, he now supports the current clients and helps teach the skills needed to create better lives for themselves.
Talking to Brendan about his life helped me to develop my concept for the series. He has not had an easy few years, but is an incredibly positive, mature, inspiring and hard-working person. He is, without doubt, his own man, and, as such, I wanted to reflect his individuality in the images through the use of his arm tattoos in an abstract way. I also wanted to work with the confident colours and clean lines of the renovated building, and place Brendan within that context. This is my favourite image from the series.
I’ve worked with Home Group, the social enterprise and housing charity, on a number of occasions and I always enjoy my time with the staff and clients. These images were shot for their brochure to showcase the services they offer and the work they do with clients in the north east.
The tiny-but-perfectly-formed Buttermere Church in the Lake District is where Adam and Katy will tie the knot later this year. They live in Leicester, but as Katy was brought up in the Lake District we thought it would be a nice idea to meet at Derwentwater in Keswick for their engagement shoot.
It was a beautiful sunny day (unusual for the Lake District, in my experience…) and nobody got wet despite some serious rocking and rolling on the rowing boat. I’m sure that’s a good omen for an equally dry and beautiful wedding day…
Hanging out with the Hammonds, their lovely kids, and niece, on Easter Monday.
Sophie and Martin brought their very sweet daughter Amelia along for their pre-wedding shoot at Bolam Lake, in Northumberland, on a sunny Sunday earlier this month. The lake is not too far from where they live and it’s a spot they visit regularly, so it was the perfect place to take some family photos.