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gigphotos-logoI’ve just made a new website specifically for my music photography.  Check it out at


Training Clients Gallery

By popular request, I’ve added a quick page with a few sample images taken by training clients on workshops and one-to-one training days.  There are just a few images for now, I’ll add more later!

You can see the gallery under the training section, or just take a look at 

The downside of getting noticed..

There’s an unfortunate downside to mentioning my forum anywhere on the net, I seem to be attracting the wrong type of attention because I’ve recently been seeing a dramatic increase in the number of attempted spam registrations.  At present it’s in excess of 30 attempted registrations per day.  Even with the obvious ‘are you a human’ type questions and captcha codes they still keep coming so for now at least I’ve had to take the same precautions as other forums I admin and banned registrations from free/disposable email addresses such as gmail and hotmail.

I realise that many people do use one of these addresses as their primary email and so it may be a little inconvenient for some people but rest assured if you’re not actually a dirty spammer and you’d like to join the forum we’d love to have you on board, but please just send me a message via the contact page first with your name and email address and I’ll add you manually and override the email block for your address.

Sorry for any minor inconvenience that might cause, I’m afraid it’s the only way to deal with it at the moment.

Time for a freshen up..

I figured it was time I actually got around to sprucing the site up a bit, especially as this year I’m planning to develop the photography business further.

I really wasn’t happy with the way the galleries looked on my previous site, mainly as I always felt frustrated by the way the automatically generated thumbnails rarely showed a decent crop of the images, so I wanted to be able to have different sizes and shapes on the same page.  I’d seen several sites recently using the masonry style approach so I thought I’d give that a go and so far I’m pretty happy with the results.

Just the one test gallery up for now with a few of my portraits. Let me know what you think!

Take off and nuke it from orbit…

So, last weekend I fired up Dreamweaver with every intention of finally cracking on with some work on the site and I realised that in spite of all my grand ideas and good intentions I’d been procrastinating for weeks months and still not added anything of value. I’ve just been too busy talking myself round and round in circles obsessing about where I wanted to go and how I wanted to do things. So much so that I never actually did anything worthwhile as I got so wrapped up in the technicalities when what I should have done is focussed first on content.  I came to the conclusion that the only way I was going to get anything sorted was to take some fairly drastic action, accept that this current incarnation wasn’t heading anywhere. Only one thing left for it..

I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.
Ellen Ripley (Aliens)

I figured that first and foremost this is a photography site, and so I should be focussing first on the photographs and keep the design as clean and simple as possible. This was inspired in part by the lovely clean design on my friend Gonzo’s site and an evening of googling for ‘awesome photography websites’ and other such terms.

Next up, I knew that one of the things that’s been constantly holding me back was the problem of maintaining nice looking galleries without spending hours and hours hand-rolling them all and so it seemed sensible to swallow my pride and stop worrying about building everything from scratch. there are far cleverer people than me out there doing that already so this whole re-vamp is going to be a really stripped down wordpress install.

So, that’s the plan. Hopefully I won’t break anything. In the mean time, cover me – I’m going in..