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Why you should never delete your photos
20th May 2016 - 0 comments


A rainy day photograph I found in the 'Vaults' today. This was taken in Soho, London September 2015. I was out on a photo walk, one of the evenings after some heavy downpour in the UK that flooded most of the country. I took a few shots from this Soho location, but at the time, I wasn't sure which shot from the series was my overall favourite. A few months on, it turns out its this one I like the best. The moral of this story is never delete the photos from your camera, no matter how rubbish you think it looks at the time. Even when you get home and look at them on your big screen monitor and you are still unsure about what to keep and what to delete, for whatever reason.

If you are not sure about a shot, store it away - keep it, back it up somewhere. There are so many freebie 'cloud storage' services available if you don't have a USB stick drive, a portable hard drive to copy your image files to. I'm quite religious with my backups now after almost losing ALL of my original files stored on a failing hard drive.

After every photo walk I do, I create & name a new folder on my Mac with the date and location of the shoot for my reference (i.e 20 May 2016 - Soho). As I review the photos from that shoot, I save the usable files (one high res & one low res) in that folder, this then gets auto backed up to my portable hard drive via Time Machine, and then this is copied to my Google Drive cloud storage area, so if both my Mac and portable drive go up in flames, I still have my cloud copies! Yes I'm a tad organised, but it is for very good reason. I'm not just overly OCD!

If like myself, you make and sell prints of your work, you need to be able to find that file for processing. I will get a print enquiry from someone about a photo that I shared on one of my social media pages. If you don't know, some of my shared street photography images date back to 2009. That's over 7 years worth of photos, that's tens of thousands of images I need to easily access and find that high res version of a specific file efficiently. Thinking back to before I had this filing system, it was virtually impossible to find image files I was looking for. I just randomly saved my images to some folder or just threw them on the Mac desktop. But now I have my 'vault', it is so much more simple to find and grab any file when I need it, especially when I have a deadline to send an image file to the printing lab. It just makes my life a whole lot easier.

Another reason I keep my files, is every so often I review a batch of older images that I've taken. They that didn't make the original cut for whatever reason and occasionally find an image I really like from that bunch, and think why didn't I notice this one before. It could be for one or a number of reasons: a) I didn't think it was visually strong enough or b) I wasn't sure it was the strongest in the series I took or even c) maybe it was not perfect in your mind, but your style may have changed or maybe now you just don't mind quirky imperfections! d) other. Every photographer should have a 'vault', a personal collection, containing your body of work that you can return to, dip into, review, rework, get inspiration from.

What have I learnt from this? Simply taking a step back from my own photos, if that's a week, a month, or a year; disconnecting myself emotionally from my images, and revisiting them from almost 'another persons' point of view, can make you see them completely differently. I have occasionally found a few gems such as this one, that I had completely forgotten that actually ended up growing on me!

This image is available as a photographic print here.
Seen in Notting Hill Gate, London
15th May 2016 - 0 comments


Seen in Notting Hill Gate, London.

So much colour in this part of town. Taken on my iPhone as on my way home with bags full of shopping, I didn't take my camera with me. Not sure why there was a chair there, but it added to the randomness of the photo!
Columbia Road Flower Market - Street Photography
09th May 2016 - 0 comments


It was such a lovely sunny hot day at Columbia Road Flower Market yesterday! I love it down there - always a great buzz and atmosphere when the flower sellers are in action. I hosted a Sunday afternoon, street photography Meetup with my group We Shoot People. It was great fun hanging out with some lovely group members. Shame the weathers gone to pot today with the rain - typical British Summer! :)
Street photography London Meetups - May 2016
06th May 2016 - 0 comments
Some new May street photography Meetup events coming up with We Shoot People....



  • Sunday, 8th May 2016
    Columbia Road Flower Market
    Columbia Road Flower Market is a famous Sunday market in East London, within walking distance of Brick Lane/Shoreditch. On Sunday the street is transformed into oasis of foliage and flowers and is full of characters and a great atmosphere c/o the charismatic flower sellers! A great place to get up close and personal for some street photography and street portraits!

    We will take a short detour walk through the colourful, graffiti filled Shoreditch area then spend some time on Columbia Road getting some street shots. To join in, simply sign up as a member of We Shoot People Meetup group and RSVP!

    Next weekends Meetup walk will be Portobello Road Market on the 14th.
Seen in City of London, London
05th May 2016 - 0 comments
Seen in City of London, London.

New print on Etsy - Lisbon Travel photography
30th April 2016 - 0 comments
New Lisbon travel photography print available in my Etsy Store.

Taken during a trip in Lisbon, through the window of a tram on a rainy day. Square print format 8x8" to 20x20" on professional photographic or fine art paper.

A Prince fan from L.A
26th April 2016 - 0 comments


A Prince fan from L.A. just purchased a print of this image I took last Friday.

I never planned to sell the photo. I went out for a walk with my camera as photography has been very therapeutic for me. I was just trying to get my head around the news and I needed to do something creative that day, as a way to remember him by. So, its great to connect with another fan on the other side of the world through two of my loves.

Email from Michelle:
"I am a classically trained photographer but work as a real estate broker now and used to do live music photography in LA. I loved Prince. He is my favorite artist and have been looking for something to remember him by in our home and I love your image. Thanks for capturing it."

I've since added this photo to my print shop.
Seen in Notting Hill Gate, London
24th April 2016 - 0 comments
Seen in Notting Hill Gate, London

Seen in Brixton, London
23rd April 2016 - 0 comments
Seen in Brixton, London 2016

RIP Prince
21st April 2016 - 0 comments






I'm shocked and saddened to hear the sudden news about Prince. You see, Prince was my childhood musical idol. I became a fan when I was 13 years old. I went to my first gig when I was 17 years old and was very lucky to have seen him live over 30+ more times, and so I have some happy concert memories: I once got to shake his hand (didn't wash my hand for 48 hours!), at a very early after-party gig, Prince stage-dived and I was one of the fans in the crowd who got to hold him up as he crowd-surfed, I've touched one of his guitars as he handed it to fans in the front row, I've been front of stage several times, made eye contact with him (which converted me to jelly every time), I saw him perform with Amy Winehouse, I've queued outside in the Winter cold and rain for over 8 hours+ just so I had a chance of front row tickets (which I got).

I literally did anything to see & hear Prince perform live whenever he was in London. Why? for the reasons that he was a one of a kind, versatile, creative genius. A once in a lifetime musical legend, a pioneer, the likes of which we will never ever see again.

I am privileged to have witnessed his classic, and still one of my favourite songs, 'Purple Rain' played live. Each time he performed it, I sensed something very spiritual that I cannot explain, touching my heart & soul just like it did the first time I ever heard it! Anyway, thank you Prince Rogers Nelson for your one of a kind talent & brilliance. I will keep all these and more happy memories with me always.

‪#‎RIPPrince
Female street photographers
11th April 2016 - 0 comments
Honoured to be one of the female street photographers on this updated 2016 list. The list is meant to serve more of a 'who's out there' list rather than a top ten, favourites type list.



As mentioned in Casy's blog post, recognising woman in photography, particularly in the genre of street photography, where we appear to be the minority, when it comes to top streettog lists, featured publications, galleries, exhibitions, received recognition, awards, etc is a step in the right direction. So, am honoured to be in the good company of talented women from around the world, who are also into street photography! Click this link to check out the Female Street Photographers list.
Seen In Camden Town, London Street Photography
08th April 2016 - 0 comments
Seen in Camden Town, London.

London Street Photography - April Meetups
01st April 2016 - 0 comments


Here are this month's street photo walk events coming up with We Shoot People, a Meetup group for beginner and intermediate photographers with an interest or passion for street photography.

These social based street photography weekly events are great introductory way to get out about and explore London, meet fellow street photographers in a very friendly environment, and hone your street photography skills!

April Street Photography walks coming up!

  • Brick Lane/Shoreditch - Street Safari Sundays - 3rd April

  • Camden Town - Midweek evening - 7th April

  • Vaisakhi Festival @ London Bridge - 9th April

  • Covent Garden / Seven Dials - Midweek Walk 13th April

  • St. Christopher's Place - Midweek Photo Walk - 20th April

  • Brixton Village & Markets - Photo Walk - 23rd April


Its very simple. Just sign up & RSVP to join us for some street photography this month!
http://www.meetup.com/We-Shoot-People-Street-Photography/

If you wish to hone your skills even further and take your images to the next level, I offer beginner & intermediate 1-2-1 tuition in London and beyond.
Symmetry of Strangers
29th March 2016 - 0 comments
As humans, I think most of us feel the need to connect with other human beings in some way, whether instinctively or subconsciously. As a street photographer, I often always notice the 'mirroring' behaviours of others, which I find interesting to observe from both a photography & psychology point of view. It is quite entertaining to watch complete strangers engage in these mannerisms, especially if you are an avid people watcher like me, equipped with a camera!



"Mirroring is the behaviour in which one person subconsciously imitates the gesture, speech pattern, or attitude of another. Mirroring often occurs in social situations, particularly in the company of close friends or family. The concept often affects other individual's notions about the individual that is exhibiting mirroring behaviour, which can lead to the individual building rapport with others.



Mirroring is the subconscious replication of another person's nonverbal signals. This concept takes place in everyday interactions, and often goes unnoticed by both the person enacting the mirroring behaviour as well as the individual who is being mirrored. The activation of mirror neurons takes place within the individual who begins to mirror another's movements, and allows them a greater connection and understanding with the individual who they are mirroring, as well as allowing the individual who is being mirrored to feel a stronger connection with the other individual."


Steve McCurry Exhibition - Beetles & Huxley gallery
19th March 2016 - 0 comments
Today was the last day of a Steve McCurry exhibition at Beetles & Huxley gallery in Piccadilly, London. The exbitiion displayed a cross-section of works from his long photography career. If you have never heard of Steve McCurry, he is a veteran photojournalist spanning over 30 years. His most well known portrait, known as the Afghan Girl, which became one of the most iconic images of the twentieth century after it was featured as cover of National Geographic magazine.



Happy St. Patrick's Day
17th March 2016 - 0 comments
Happy St. Patrick's Day !



Kids with the best view, watching the St. Patrick's Day parade, London 2012.
Etsy London photography print sale
12th March 2016 - 0 comments


Recently sold on Etsy...
8 x 10" print: Embankment tube station, London 2012
fine art print to a buyer from Chicago IL, USA
1-2-1 Street Photography Workshop Review
11th March 2016 - 0 comments


Mark, a member of We Shoot People, came along to my Brixton Meetup group event about a month ago, I remember distinctly because it was the first time I had been to Brixton as a street photographer (and coincidentally the same morning I went to visit the David Bowie fan memorial in the area). Mark expressed some interest in a 1-2-1 street photography session with me and we kept in touch via emails so I could get a better idea of what he was looking to learn and how I could mentor his street photography. I typed up a customised agenda of street photography topics and areas I knew Mark specifically wanted to work through, and we scheduled to have half an afternoon of daylight / half night photo shoot around central London on a weekend.



Needless to say, Mark was the model student, very inquisitive, enthusiastic, had a good eye for street moments, and luckily as I do a lot of talking as I walk, soaked up everything I was saying. Overall, it was a very fun afternoon for me and he made my task as a tutor very easy to do. I asked Mark if he wouldn't mind sharing a few of his favourite pics from the day.



I’m a novice photographer with a little under 3 years experience. I met Linda through her ‘We Shoot People’ street photography meet up group after accidentally stumbling on her images online about ‘active street photographers in the UK’.

This was an absolutely nerve-wracking experience for me but Linda made me feel at ease over a coffee and ran through a list of small initial tips to help me get started. We walked and talked around areas of Seven Dials, Soho, Park Lane, Mayfair and Oxford Circus, finding countless interesting areas and listening to her talk about her ‘process’ of looking for opportunities. It was a very rewarding experience and I felt I learnt a great deal about everything from composition to processing.

I can’t recommend this 1-2-1 session highly enough, nor the meet-up group for those eager to learn the basics of street or candid photography. On top of a great day’s tutoring, I also had Linda look at a few of my favourite shots and give her opinion on my thought process in the capture and also of my image itself. I won’t win any prizes for the overall images I took but it was a vast improvement on everything I had attempted beforehand and look forward to repeating this lesson in a few months time.

Great company and a great day’s photography. Mark
1-2-1 street photography vs group workshops
10th March 2016 - 0 comments


I recently had a 1-2-1 street photography workshop session booked with Mark, a member of my We Shoot People Meetup group recently. I started a beginner group because at a time when there were no other similar London street photography groups offering that service to beginner photographers interested in street photography, to meet their peers in a social way for photo walks around the city.

People ask me why I teach 1-2-1 street photography workshops, and not group sessions? The answer I give, is purely down to my own experience, as I HAVE done small group sessions before in the past. Is mainly down to the simple fact of knowing that most, if not all the students who attend, are at different levels when it comes to street photography, both technically and creatively.

I have taught group workshops, which were fine, but I had to teach it in a more generic way, where it was more like 'one size fits all teaching. In contrast, when someone approaches me about street photography tuition, I have to work a little harder and I am challenged (in a good way), as I get to tailor a workshop just for that one student. I start by getting to know them personally in terms of a photographer, try to understand what specific topics they hope to get out of tuition with me, their tastes and influences in photography and art, their current level of experience, and where they want to be, in say a year from now, etc.



If I asked 10 different beginners these types of questions, I would typically get 10 different answers, because photography is not generic, it is subjective and personal. There is no one size fits all when it comes to art & photography. So why teach that way? Based on your personal influences, who inspires you, why you started photography and why you want to creatively pursue it, plus many other factors will change your answers. By customising a workshop based around a student, it makes a session much more fun and productive.

So, when a keen novice photographer like Mark approaches me for mentoring, tips, tricks, advice. I explain to them that I will teach them all that I know in techniques and training, how I approach taking a street photo in the best composition, dealing with tricky subjects, technically taking the shot, post processing, etc. but once the session is over it is the ongoing practice and training of the eye thereafter that they will need to keep up to improve their photos.

I get more satisfaction from helping a student 1-2-1, to bring out their strongest qualities, improving on any weak spots I can spot whether creatively or technically, push them to find their own creative identity in their journey, and discovering their own style.

My mentoring continues post 1-2-1 session. I ask students to email me their favourite shots from our workshop. I then give 'constructive' feedback and any post editing tips they need. During and at least by the end of a session, I can usually see a marked improvement on not only a student's confidence but also in their photos!
Soho at night in the rain
09th March 2016 - 0 comments


Ed's Diner at night in Soho, London. I used to moan about our British weather, especially the rain, now I go out in it and take photos! :)

Available to buy as a lush colour print!