Saturday, December 24, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
My big news is a collaboration with the Leek United building society,starting this month a selection of my images will form the back ground to the pages on their web site. The picture will change to keep pace with the seasons and help keep the web site looking fresh and interesting for their members. Here's a link to their site Leek United and here's a link to their news page all about me
That all for now I would just like to wish everyone a happy Christmas and a great New Year, I will leave you a picture of a moorland pony that right after this shot tried to eat my camera, every ones a critic!
Monday, November 28, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
The first thing is Staffordshire Life running a couple of my photos, one of which made the cover!!!!! Now it might not seem like such a big thing to you but for me it's massive. When I started full time just under a year ago I had a list of things I wanted to accomplish in my first year and one of these was a photo in Staffordshire Life. Now I did manage this in February so I reset this goal to a cover image for sometime in the next 2 years, so to get it in just under 10 months is really pleasing.
Below is the second bit of good news, The Staffordshire Moorlands calendar has been going for about 20 year and this year all the images are mine. This is a wonderful showcase for my work and also looks to be an on going commitment with 2013 already being discussed. See here for more details.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
I've also decided on the theme for my next exhibition in May, giving me 6 months instead of 6 weeks to work on it.
Before I go I am starting to book up for portraits to be used as Christmas presents, so if you are looking to get one done book now!
Friday, September 2, 2011
The day went very well, the train was on time and the weather behaved its self (mostly). After a short civil ceremony in the station and a few photos with the bride, groom and steam engine (never thought I would write that sentence)it was on to the train for Champagne and Strawberries.
With Monday being a holiday I did not get the chance to start on the photos until Tuesday, but by the end of the day had weeded out the poor ones and was ready to hand finish the rest about 200 images. The first thing that jumps out of the pictures is Sarah's smile, it just never stopped, the next thing was just how much in love they both are, I was getting tears in my eyes just looking at them which is not good when you are trying to edit them.
The final 204 images were finished by Thursday, very quick, you would normally expect a full week at least, but there was a reason for the rush as they are off to visit relatives on Sunday and wanted to show them the pictures.
The last thing was the wait for the bride to pass judgement on the pictures, know matter how good you think they are she is the boss where this is concerned. As always the result was a happy one, for which I'm very glad, having shared their big day the last thing I would want is to disappoint them in any way.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
This is a great opportunity to get family photographs while the tan is still showing and have them ready for gifts at Christmas.
The shots below will give you an indication of the type of portraits available, all these were done in the home, some under less than idea conditions.
Lucky for me I have a great Osteopath and by Friday was almost fit for work and after a rest full week end, watching Caz cut the lawn, I started my latest job yesterday.
The job in question is photographing items for a web site, something I've done loads of, but as with each job it posies new challenges, the biggest with this one matching the previous photographers style and technique so the site keeps its overall great look. The items in question are all to do with your dog or cat, so dog toys, leads, collars and poop bags, and for the cat in your life a great little item the Plague rat. When people think of the life of a professional photographer it probably seems like a collection of photo shoot of beautiful women and fast cars, but for me the challenge of photographing everyday items to a set standard and repeating that over and over again is great, I spent the whole day totally engrossed in my passion, pushing myself to my limits, I feel very lucky that I now get to do that on a daily basis.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Monday, August 1, 2011
The Nicholson War Memorial a Grade II listed building and the tallest in the country towering 80ft above the town of Leek in Staffordshire, has had a £178,000 grant for its restoration by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
I have had the chance to photograph from the top before the scaffolding is removed later this week.
Thanks to John Povey and Julie Taylor.
Saturday, July 30, 2011
I've taken a completely new direction on the style going a way from the black photo gallery feel to a brighter white look. There's a lot more space for information and loads of links always to hand what ever page your on.
As it is a complete change feed back would be welcome.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
This fete is one of the best in the country, listed in The Times Weekend supplement as 'One of the 20 great fetes', and it is all down to the hard work of the local volunteers.
My picture taken on the day can be seen HERE
Friday, June 24, 2011
The first is a weddings page which can be seen here, the next is a Portrait page which can be seen here.
As soon as I can get the thing finish I will up load a completely new home page that will match these two. The work is taking some time as it is having to fit in with my other photography and web design work.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Friday, May 27, 2011
The images taken at Scooterfest are all viewable at www.bretttrafford.com/scooterfest
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
So what is it all about, Hidden Views is about the need to see places you are not normally allowed to see, the idea arrived in the second week in March and at first I nearly did not use it as the time was so short. Not only was there the matter of getting 30+ good images (hard enough on its own) but these had to be taken in places you would not normally get to or even see.
Problem 1, Where was interesting enough to photograph, as these views are normally hidden, how would I known there was a view worth seeing?
Problem 2, Getting access, who do you contact, how do you get in and having taken all that time and effort then back to problem 1.
The out come surprised me, access was no problem once the right people were contacted, in fact the best part of the process was meeting loads of great and very helpful people. The images that I finally selected are better than I could have wished for given the condition in which most of them were taken as hidden views are normally hidden for a reason, bad light, cramped conditions, or poor access.
So the exhibition started this Saturday and runs for the month of May, I will be there Saturday morning and would love to see you all.
The picture is as good an example of the exhibition as you could get, it is taken in side the Monument, Leeks most iconic building, looking at the clock workings and showing the back of the clock faces, faces whose fronts have been seen by everyone in the town, but the backs by only a select few, a truly hidden view.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
Brett Trafford photography is happy to join this historic market town in a week-long feast of fun for all ages! From crafts, art, workshops, demonstrations and concerts, Something for everyone!
As part of the festival there is art in the high street where a number of shop fronts are used to display work from local artist, I have my work on display at Hallmark cards and am running a free prize draw for a portrait shoot, just call in to Hallmark cards for an entry form.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
Other work in progress is a 5 week photography course, this is due to start in February and although the bulk of it is already written I will find my next few weeks very busy rewriting bits and compiling the photographs.
For the last bit of work in progress look at the image below, an attempt at a change in style, trying to bring more darkness in to my images.