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Garden Design – Photographing a Cheshire Garden

As a professional garden photographer, I very much enjoy working with garden designers. Each assignment is different, capturing gardens of all sizes, ranging from rural to urban, traditional to contemporary, formal to beautifully wild. When I’m commissioned to photograph a design project, my aim, in all cases, is to provide

A hot air balloon rises over the lake at Trentham Gardens, Staffordshire, while the early morning sun illuminates the Italian Garden, featuring fastigate Irish yews, herbaceous borders and planters containing Portuguese laurels (Prunus lusitanica). Photographed in October.

International Garden Photographer of the Year Competition – Award Win

I’m delighted to have won a Finalist Award, in the Beautiful Gardens category of the International Garden Photographer of the Year Competition 9. The award-winning photo was taken in the Italian Garden at Trentham Gardens, Staffordshire, last October. I wanted to photograph early in the morning and was allowed access

Arley Hall and Garden - Ilex Avenue and Hydrangeas

Arley Hall and Gardens in October

First published in my original blog October 2012 Arley Hall is one of my favourite places in Cheshire. Its gardens are a delight throughout the year, but the historic double herbaceous borders must be the climax of any visit, rewarding you with a dazzling display of profuse colour at the

Residential Photography Course

I’m delighted to be working with the very talented photographer and trainer Jane Burkinshaw, on a new residential photographic training course, taking place in North Wales later this autumn. Called ‘Get creative with your camera – How to unlock the potential of your D-SLR’, the three day, two night course

Two golden statues rise above The Central Piazza at Portmeirion, Gwynedd, with The Pantheon in the background.  Photographed in October.


First published in my original blog October 2012 In many ways the village of Portmeirion couldn’t be more Welsh. It’s located in the ancient county of Gwynedd, in the village and community of Penrhyndeudraeth, and on the estuary of the River Dwyryd. Yet when you enter Portmeirion you are transported

Tatton Park - Mansion and Italian Garden

Stately Homes for Photographers – Part Two

This is the second in a series of posts featuring what I think are wonderfully photogenic stately homes – all well worth a visit. Here are three more of my favourites heritage destinations, Montacute House, Sezincote House and the mansion at Tatton Park. I will provide details of more historic

Slad - Rosebank and Wildflowers

Laurie Lee – In Search of His Roots

First published in my original blog October 2012 Travel writer, Paul Murphy, is about to embark on an epic journey across Spain, much of it on foot. He will be following a path already trodden by one of the 20th century’s most popular authors – and over the summer I

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