My Favourite Photographers

Photography is one of my favourite hobbies, something that I really enjoy and the main reason why I travel everywhere with a camera. I consider myself to be a decent amateur photographer, with a real interest in beautiful buildings, nature and candid shots.

But as much as I love taking photographs, there are just some occasions that call for a professional. This is especially true when it come to portrait photography. Composure, lighting and staging are all so important to getting the right shot, and it maybe that for a special portrait, a trip to a studio is required. Bidvine is a great way to find the right professional for your needs. You can simply state what it is you are looking for on their site, and then professionals will contact you with their details and pitch so that you can decide who to chose according to your needs. It is a great way to find the right service and professional for you.

When it comes to photography, I have my own favourite photographers whose work I admire and who I often seek out at photography exhibitions.

Eve Arnold

Eve Arnold’s work with Marilyn Monroe are some of the finest photographs that were ever taken of the screen goddess. Maybe it was seeing Marilyn through a woman’s eyes, but I just loved the natural beauty that shone through, especially when placing Marilyn in natural surroundings. I saw an Eve Arnold exhibition at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham many years ago, and the work just stayed with me.


In terms of modern day photographers, I love the work of Rankin, in particular his images of Kate Moss. I love the over worldliness of his images of the supermodel, the start backdrops and the elegance of his pictures. The pictures show a real relationship between photographer and muse, and they are just stunning.

Denis O’ Regan

In terms of rock photography, Denis O’ Regan is a king, and one I was honoured and privileged to meet and interview. Denis when he staged a photography exhibition in Birmingham, and he is a wonderfully humble man with lots of great stories too. His work with David Bowie on the Serious Moonlight Tour is just sublime.

George Hurrell

George Hurrell was a photographer from the golden age of Hollywood. You may not necessarily know the name, but you will have seen his stunning black and white images of the goddesses and icons of the 1930s, images that are so much about light and shade. In particular, Hurrell helped create the image of Joan Crawford that make her look mean, moody and magnificent.

Do you have a favourite photographer?


Personalised Photo Gift From CanvasChamp

With Father’s Day almost upon us, it is the time of year when we start to look at good gift options for dad. One gift option that is always popular is a special photograph that is turned into a gift, be it a cushion, a magnet or a canvas. This is a gift that can commemorate a special occasion, capture a unique moment, and is very personal to the one both giving the gift, and receiving it. A perfect idea in all aspects.

CanvasChamp prides itself on producing canvas prints at a fraction of the price you can find elsewhere. It can produce your print in a range of sizes that go from a small, discreet 20cmx20cm, to a large 40cmx50cm print. (You can also make your print custom by choosing the custom size option). You can choose to turn one specific image into a print, or can create a collage effect of some of your favourite images, or a wall display which features images of different sizes. There are also mosaic effects which are an effective and unusual way to show off a treasured picture, and, if you are feeling particularly artistic, and want to showcase your photograph in a totally different way, you can use the pop art effect to transform your image into a Roy Lichtenstein style image.

I love how easy it is to create your canvas at CanvasChamp. You can take images straight from your Instagram or Facebook accounts, as well as by traditional downloads, which I think is just perfect in our days of taking images at all times on all different sorts of media. Creating your image is simply a matter of uploading your chosen photograph and then moving it into your chosen position. The sidebar gives you the option to change size of frame, wrap and border and hardware and finish, and then the process is finished, it it as simple as that.  The frames are all hand crafted wooden wrap-resistant and the poly-cot coating over the canvas crowns them with durability and colour vibrancy.

If you are trying to think of a special present for dad this year, maybe a canvas print could be a gift that would truly delight, and really stand the test of time.


Interiors Focus: Wall Art

A home with lots of bare walls is a home without a soul.  Images added to your walls show your personality, your style and tell something about your life. You can purchase attractive prints from pretty much anywhere these days, but, in my opinion, the most attractive form of wall art are prints and canvases that are produced using your own photographs, making you the creator and controller of your own art.

Photo Canvas Prints are a big story in home decor these days, especially as, with the advent of smart phones and digital cameras, we no longer need to invest in lots of high range, technical photography equipment in order to create high quality prints. Anyone can be a photographer, and can then render their print onto canvas, creating both a beautiful picture and an unforgettable memory. is a fabulous company who produce high quality photo canvas prints at very competitive prices. Their canvas prints are a combination of first-rate canvas fabric and an HP latex ink rendition of your photo stretched over a hand-crafted wooden frame. All you need to do is upload your photograph,  select your format including size and the thickness of your canvas prints. Their canvases are then stretched so your image extends to the sides of the canvas, creating a stunning effect that will stand out on any wall in your home.

The colours are vibrant, and the service is very easy to use. The canvases are strong and sturdy (you can choose from 2cm and 4cms) and you can also add a framework as a further feature. If you want to display your canvas on your wall, you can also add an easel back stand, this would be perfect for smaller canvas pictures.

Canvases are the perfect way to display your most treasured photographs, from your wedding, your new baby, a family shot or a special occasion. They are also brilliant if you are an amateur photographer and want to treasure your favourite shot and they can also work well if you have created a formal shot with a professional style backdrop. Because they are usually dispatched within 24 hours, they make a great gift idea that shows real thought and consideration.


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