December 14, 2009

London Chess Classic - London Eye

London Chess Classic - London Eye Dec 2009

Two of England’s finest chess players, Nigel Short and Luke McShane, went head to head in a game of blindfold chess in the Merlin Entertainments London Eye before locking horns in the London Chess Classic at Olympia from 8-15 December.

We were commissioned by a new client of ours, PITCH, to officially cover a London Eye Press call & Launch for the London Chess Classic.

Our objectives for the client were to capture creative branded photography of English Grandmasters Nigel Short and Luke McShane playing blindfolded chess in the London Eye, and to achieve press coverage of the images in national and London regional press

We had to ensure that an iconic background of London is captured in the images.

I have a fear of hights, and so being 443ft above the City of London is not my idea of fun - But in saying that. You feel so safe in the Glass Pods, and the view is really breath taking and something not to be missed.

When you are concentrating on doing your job as a Photographer you tend not to notice it as much, but I didn't feel uneasy at all.

Press Release...

For the first time in 25 years the UK will be hosting a world class chess tournament at London Olympia from 8-15 December.

The best chess talent in the world will be up against England’s four leading grandmasters: Nigel Short, Michael Adams, Luke McShane and David Howell. Russian former world champion Vladimir Kramnik and Norwegian Magnus Carlsen are joined by Hikaru Nakamura, aka ‘H-bomb’ for his destructive style of play.

Pictured above is Norwegian Magnus Carlsen next to his portrait, and Nigel Short & luke McShane playing on London Eye.

October 29, 2009

My Halloween Discovery

I made an eerie find last weekend. I was in Gloucestershire visiting relatives, when I discovered a rare find indeed. There hanging on a twig at the side of my parents garage was the skeleton of a Bat.

It must have died, then fallen from the roof and managed to get hooked up on a twig of a bush on the way down.

My children were really excited with the find, when I asked them what it was my youngest asked if it was a Dinosaur - when you see it's teeth on the photos you can understand why he made this assumption. The head looks like that of a Miniature Tyrannosaurs Rex.

I have found many skeletons in my years but never a Bat. Another unusual thing was there curled up in the Bat's rib cage was a Spider using the torso as a shelter or home.

I decided to do some photography of this strange find. It turned out to be a very tricky customer to photograph. Unfortunately the body had been twisted a little out of shape which made it harder to capture on camera due to the unusual shape.

I used a cheap close up lens I had in my bag for photographing small subjects like this and varied the direction of the flash to try and show off the teeth the best I could. I could have really done with a proper close up lens or some bellows to do it real justice.

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October 19, 2009

Dobson Agency signs up 100th photographer

The Dobson Agency are celebrating this week after registering our 100th professional photographer.

We are based in Scarborough, recently crowned as Britain's most enterprising town, and provide photographers for PR agencies, magazines and corporate businesses around the clock - and around the UK & Ireland.

Director Keith Meatheringham said: "This is a fantastic achievement and shows that we provide an innovative and reliable service to our clients. They appreciate the standards we set in PR and corporate editorial photography."

Instead of clients facing hours of trying to track down a photographer in many locations, one call to Keith can fix that in one go.

Keith said: "Once we get a job from a client, I arrange the photographer/s, brief them and organise getting the photographs back to the client.

We've established ourselves as one of the country's leading agencies to provide this service - we are cost-effective, efficient & give a friendly service which is why clients keep coming back to us.

“Every photographer that works for me has to keep to the high standards I set and therefore they produce high quality creative photography.”

Recently we were commissioned by a major supermarket chain to shoot portraits of 34 managers throughout the UK.

“A bespoke-designed website means that our clients have access to their images very quickly after a shoot or event. Our secure client login area enables our customers to view and download their photographs themselves.”

For more information about The Dobson Agency - whether as a potential client or as a photographer looking to sign up and get some rewarding work, go to or call...

Tel: (01723) 860770 or mobile: (07802) 530583 or contact us by email:

Press Release by Urban Media PR, York. More information contact...

Steven Lumley


Urban Media PR

Clifford House,

7-9 Clifford Street,

York YO1 9RA.

Telephone: 0845 833 0716

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Pickering War Time Weekend 2009

Picture of my family and I when we got dressed up for this years Pickering War Time Weekend.

We had a great time, and I would recommend this event to anyone. There is a really good atmosphere and it was so interesting to see everyone dressed up. There is plenty to see and do, and the event is getting bigger and bigger every year.

I managed to pick up an old uniform from the local saleroom and my wife did a great job trawling Ebay for outfits for my Boys and herself.
The outfits might not be totally correct for the era, but we did feel more involved.

Pickering War Weekend

Great time at Pickering War Weekend.

Pickering in North Yorkshire held it's War Time Weekend, 16-18th Oct, and I was there with my camera. I even got into the spirit of things and got dressed up with my Wife and two Children.

Pickering in North Yorkshire recaptured the spirit of the second world war, with its annual War Time Weekend. It is a tribute to the men and women who kept Britain's railways running throughout the war. Hundreds of skilled
re-enactors helped create the authentic atmosphere that has earned it an international reputation for authenticity. Other North Yorkshire Moors Railway line villages including Goathland, Levisham and Grosmont took part with wartime signs, notices, sandbags and taped up windows, and re-enactors everywhere, showing how life was during the war years.

On saturday, there was a parade through Pickering of period civilian and army vehicles and in the evening, a superb costume dinner dance, complete with NAAFI canteen and Glen Miller type orchestra.


Gazette & Herald
Glendale House - B&B Goathland, North Yorkshire
North Yorkshire Moors Railway
Pickering Online
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October 01, 2009

What Links do I have?

I decided to do a search of Links I have to my web site today on google. Here are my results...
It's surprising how many Search Engines are out there.

September 23, 2009

Major neuromuscular services review in Scotland announced

In September I was commissioned by the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign to Document their recent trip to the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.

Pictured: Families and MSPs at Scottish Lobby in September 2009

Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, yesterday evening pledged that people with muscle disease in Scotland will receive the care support that they need after announcing a thorough review of neuromuscular services.

Campaigners had called for an urgent review of health and social care services.

The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign's Building on the Foundations in Scotland report revealed that the 5,500 adults and children living with muscle disease in Scotland face a ‘postcode lottery' of specialist services.

The announcement of a review was made as families and supporters gathered at a lobby yesterday at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. One of the crucial issues raised was the fact that there are currently only two part-time Muscular Dystrophy Care Advisors (RCAs), which is inadequate to care for the 5,500 people with muscular dystrophy in Scotland. The Regional Care Advisor posts are a vital resource for coordinating services and providing support, especially during the transition to adulthood.


Major neuromuscular services review in Scotland announced

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September 04, 2009

Barcelona Bangers rally

I was commissioned by a PR Company recently to do some pictures for SAAB one of their clients.

A local team of adventure rally drivers has completed one of Europe's toughest driving challenges, raising money for charity in the process, with the help of car dealership Alexanders Saab York.

The team, comprising drivers Neil Gulliver and Mark Dennis, competed in the 2009 Barcelona Bangers rally - an event which saw 50 teams gather in Calais on 10th September before embarking on a three-day cross country journey to Barcelona, travelling in a car purchased for less than £200.

In order to successfully complete the rally, each team had to drive this vehicle over the 920 mile route - during which they crossed the French Alps - to the finishing line, completing several challenges along the way.

The team selected a classic Saab 9000 to transport them across Europe, which they purchased for just £10. Local dealership Alexanders Saab York then checked to ensure the car was roadworthy and also made a generous contribution towards the cost of the team's fuel, allowing the team to complete the rally and raise money for their chosen charity - Macmillan Cancer Support.

See the Story Here...

Alexanders Saab - York
Barcelona Bangers Rally - 2010
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August 18, 2009

WWII Bomb - Detonation

Spent today photographing a story, for the Daily Express and other Papers, about a 500lb WWII Bomb which was discovered while someone digging up a second world war bomber which crashed in the village of Ebberston near Scarborough.

We had a Press briefing this morning at 10am and we were told their was a 1,600 meter exclusion area - which was not going to be perfect for photography. I decided to set up a video camera at the edge of the field just in case. I was glad to find that the camera was still in perfect condition on my return, so too were the ITV & BBC Cameramen's more expensive Cameras.

Unfortunately I have a problem with my old manual Tamron 300mm f2.8 and so I had to rely on my Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 without a 2x convertor! So I had to crop it quite considerably. If only I could warrant buying a £7500 400mm f2.8. In my dreams.

Interested in the Story see below...

Yorkshire Post - I'm in this video.

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August 03, 2009

Seaham Hall for our Wedding Anniversary

Our wonderful stay at Seaham Hall, Serenity Spa Hotel in Co Durham.

Last week I booked a surprise Hotel & Spa for my wife and I for our 11th wedding anniversary, we had a fantastic time, and we enjoyed every minute. It's not very often I stay in a 5* hotel, and I was very impressed.

First impressions are that the hotels exterior needs a good lick of paint. Unfortunately the Water Vortex Sculpture 'Charybdis' in front the building could also do with cleaning up too, such a pity you don't get to see the best of the great work of art by William Pye.

Once inside the Hotel, we were made to feel very welcome and special and the porter was really helpful. The Hotel interior is fantastic, there are a few places here and there which need touching up, but unless you are looking for faults you really don't notice them.

We had room 11, which was a lovely large room and the bathroom is equipped with Double free-standing Bath, Shower and his & hers basins. The room was lovely and had a view out over the beautiful gardens. The Bed was the most comfortable bed we had ever slept in. The room felt like a suit not a bedroom.

We had an a la carte meal in the White Room
for dinner (Michelin Star Restaurant). The Chef is Kenny Atkinson from the TV series the Great British Menu. It was a 3 course meal with canapes in the lounge, and extra dishes thrown in between courses, and special treats with your coffee too. We even took our own bottle of wine and they didn't charge us corkage. They also wrote Happy Anniversary on our desert plate in chocolate, which was a lovely touch. The meal and service was truly exquisite and the only small thing that let it down was the Pan fried Confit of Pork Belly was very fatty all the way through even for belly pork, and we were not keen on the Pigs Ears in batter canapes. Pushing the boundaries a little too far I thoink. ;-)

The Spa was great too, and so relaxing. We made full use of the Spa on the day of our arrival and on the day of departure. I think it's so nice of the Hotel to let you use the Spa facilities, before you have checked in and even after you have checked out, for the whole day if you like. I also think the 12pm check out time is perfect too, this really lets you relax and unwind before you vacate your room.

All in all I think there are a few things they need to address, but overall it is a fantastic Hotel, and I would love to stay there again, and I would really recommend it to anyone who is not over critical.

Thanks Seaham Hall - My wife loved it.

July 29, 2009

Dog wins Gold Award

I was up in Cumbria this week shooting pictured for a national story on behalf of PDSA for a press release. See story below...

Labrador wins Gold Award

Bosnich (Bos), a devoted black Labrador-cross from Brampton in Cumbria, has today been awarded a PDSA Gold Medal - the animals’ George Cross - for saving the life of 73-year-old Mark Corrie, who was missing for two days on the Cumbrian fells.


BBC CUMBRIA - You might even be able to see me taking pics ;-)
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Great time in Northumberland

I had a job for the PDSA in Brampton in Cumbria this week. I decided to do the job myself and take my wife and children too for a couple of days away.

Had a great couple of days in the neighbouring county of Northumberland staying at the lovely Wydon Farmhouse B&B in Haltwhistle.

Linda made us very welcome and our children really enjoyed their stay. Linda even left a couple of glasses in the room while we were out as we had brought our own bottle of wine. Nothing was too much bother and we will definitely be staying there again.

We stayed in family room called the Bluebell room one of three en-suit bedrooms seperate to the farm house, which look like they have been converted from an old barn. The rooms were clean and well equipped, with ours even having a wet room. The cooked breakfast was really tasty and the local sausages were to die for. The location was lovely. I popped out at midnight to get something from my car and because it was a clear night and there is no light pollution in the area - the view of the stars was breath-taking.

Hadrians Wall

We visited a few Roman sites in the area like Vindolanda and the Roman Army Museum at Carvoran, but we found Housesteads Roman Fort to be the best of all of them. We visited it in the evening when the place was officially closed, but it was fantastic, and the views were amazing. We bought a joint family ticket for the Roman Army Museum and Vindolanda which saves you about £6. It's certainly a beautiful area, and worth staying a few days to see everything.

Wydon Farmhouse B&B
Roman Army Museum

July 11, 2009

Happy Guests Lodge - Warrington

I had to stay over in Lancashire recently after getting a job in the same area the next morning. I found it very hard to find somewhere for under £60 for the night. It would have been cheaper for me to drive all the way back to Yorkshire and back the next morning. So I really needed somewhere for around £40 to make it worth while. Eventually the office found me some accommodation for under £50 at the Happy Guests Lodge near Warrington.

The Lodge is run by a Chinese lady and her husband who are very friendly.

They were really nice on the phone when booking and on arrival the location was a little off putting at first, but once inside the reception staff made me feel really welcome and the service was very good. It's an unusual set up with a kitchen just behind the reception where they offer chinese meals - I had a chicken curry & rice which was lovely, and they even brought it to my room for me at no extra charge. They even have a fridge behind reception with cold cans of beer and other refreshments.

The rooms and facilities were VERY spacious and clean with modern design and furniture. They had wireless internet too which is a must for me. But unfortunately this is only available in reception and the lounge area upstairs.

Happy Guests Lodge
Happy Guests Lodge BLOG

July 10, 2009

Lawnmower Collector

Lawnmower Collector has one for every day of the year

I did some pictures recently with Caters News which made the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph.

Stan Hardwick from Scarborough has collected over 365 antique lawnmowers over the years and stores them in his house garden and sheds.

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May 07, 2009

Tyne Tunnel Photography Commission

Tyne Tunnel Wall - Jarrow

One of our Clients has commissioned us to do some progress photography of a wall they are building in Jarrow, Newcastle.

Tensar are supplying materials for a long wall that will be used to retain earth behind it, alongside the slip road entrance of the South Entrance to the new Tyne Tunnel being built.

The wall is constructed by putting in a thin concrete foundation (Phase 1 photo) then laying geogrid into the earth behind the wall, fastening the wall blocks to the geogrid, then filling earth over the geogrid.

This is done in successive layers – Phase 2 is a mid-construction photo stage showing the wall half way up with all the construction detail, and Phase 3 is the finished wall, with shots showing each of the 2 different colours of wall block used.

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Trip to Parliament

My Trip to Parliament.

I was commissioned this week to cover the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign's trip to Parliament.

Disabled commuters are forced to pay more for an inconsistent and inaccessible public transport system across the UK, as revealed by a three month undercover investigation published by the MDC Trailblazers team.

The investigative report End of the Line which was presented to Parliament on the 5th May, includes over 200 mystery commuter journeys. The trips were undertaken by young disabled campaigners in order to assess the state of our nation's public transport system.

Read the evidence from you region here.

For more information - See the MDC Web site below...
Muscular Dystrophy Campaigne - Trailblazers

More about the 'End of the Line' Report HERE

Watch the London Tonight Video HERE

Dog Swallows Homer Simpson

Doh - Silly Dog!!!!

We did some photography this week in Aberdeen for one of our clients 'PDSA' about a Dog called Dixie who swallowed a whole Kinder Egg and ended up having a Homer Simpson Toy in his stomach.

Our photographs made the National Newspapers and lots of other on-line news & media outlets.

If you have a similar story please get in touch, or want us to handle a good Press story - Please contact us.

Just some of the links where our photos were used below....

April 23, 2009

Recession be Damned Beer


Entrepreneurial licensee, Paul Boggia, from the award winning Kingston Arms in Cambridge, today launches a tongue in cheek attack on Alastair Darling’s budget and plans for our economic recovery.

The Kingston Arms, renowned for consistently serving a wide range of outstanding real ales, has joined forces with industry drinks supplier – Waverley TBS and The Publican newspaper’s Proud of Pubs campaign – on their Local Hero cask ale programme.

We were asked to do some pr photography for the above story for a PR company to coincide with the budget.

The story went as an exclusive in the Sun. See Link below...

April 03, 2009

Photographed Absolute Radio's Breakfast Show Live from Whitby

I was commissioned by Absolute Radio this week to photograph Christian O'Connell's Breakfast Show live on board a boat, The Chieftain, in Whitby Harbour.

The radio station, formerly Virgin Radio, are celebrating the release of the new film The Boat that Rocked, by making their way down the the east coast of England in true pirate radio fashion - on a boat!

Join the team from 6AM to 10AM each day as they broadcast the show live from five different locations. See Link.

It was a lot of fun, and they were a great team to work with, especially with the lovely Vicky Butler-Henderson doing the traffic.


East Coast Tour
The Breakfast Team
On Board in Whitby
Boat Leaves for Grimsby
Brian's Jump for the RNLI

Whitby Gazette request my Photography services

Photographer for 2 days on the Whitby Gazette.

This week I was commissioned by the Whitby Gazette to provide two days photography cover for the local by-weekly newspaper.

I love Whitby in North Yorkshire and really enjoyed working for the newspaper.

It's a beautifully preserved traditional seaside resort with a fantastic history.

See Links of my published Photography on the Whitby Gazette web site here...

Celebrations for centenarian Joy

Make souvenir badge at museum
Absolute Radio broadcasts live from Whitby

March 26, 2009

Don’t Cut your PR Budgets in a Recession: “If I were down to my last $1, I would spend it on PR. Bill Gates, Microsoft.

Importance of Maintaining PR through a Recession

Don’t Cut your PR Budgets in a Recession: “If I were down to my last $1, I would spend it on PR. Bill Gates, Microsoft founder.

It’s common knowledge that during a recession, businesses that succeed are the ones who don’t cut their PR, advertising & marketing budgets. Therefore this is the perfect time to rise above your competitors.

The danger, in a PR context, for businesses in a recession is that most tend to withdraw, and stop communicating with the outside world. All that happens then is that the outside world stops talking about you.

All dialogue can be then lost with the specific markets and communities in which the business operates and the company’s brand and status is therefore weakened. Unfortunately cutting PR budgets, is a natural response. And unfortunately most of our clients seem to be doing just this.

In better times businesses know that PR is no longer a luxury item but it’s a necessity. This doesn’t change when times are bad. In actual fact PR becomes much more important than ever before. If you start reducing your PR spend, you begin to create a problem that will come back to haunt you for months and years ahead. This problem can usually be very hard & expensive to rectify.

On a positive note during this current economical climate, most PR / Communications Companies and also PR photography companies like ourselves are more than willing to negotiate discounted rates with our clients. It’s also worth bearing in mind that you will also find Web Site Design & SEO companies willing to reduce their prices, giving you the opportunity to promote your web presence more cost effectively. I recently paid a company around £250 for some work on my web site recently is already reaping rewards. It’s also the best time to negotiate Advertising fees with Newspapers, Magazines & Television companies.

Just remember that when we do start turning the corner and heading out of these bad economical times, which we will, it’s the businesses that have spent more on PR that people will be going to first because of their ongoing PR & communications strategies.

Another point worth thinking about is that most of the news we see & read is so depressing. Contrary to what most people believe people are always interested in more positive stories. Every Company has plenty of these so use this to your advantage. Most companies don’t realise they could be getting press coverage almost once a week if they have a good relationship with a good PR company.

Never underestimate the power of PR.

March 20, 2009

Dobson Agency now has it's own FACEBOOK group

We have recently created our own Dobson Agency Facebook group which you are welcome to join and find out more about us and our photography services. We look forward to getting to know you better. See you soon. Join us Keith

March 16, 2009

Photographing Neil Morrissey at his new pub, in North Yorkshire

I recently had the pleasure of photographing actor Neil Morrissey & celebrity chef & fellow business partner Richard Fox at their pub Ye Olde Punchbowl in Marton-Cum-Grafton, in North Yorkshire.

I was commissioned by
The Publican Newspaper to do some photography for a feature on Neil and Richard’s micro brewery, where they produce their own MorrisseyFox brands of beers.

It’s a really lovely pub they have, with a very stylish mixture of old and contemporary design. I didn’t have chance to eat this time, but, the food looks fantastic. So I’m looking forward to booking a table in the near future and sampling their menu.

I was impressed with their beer too. While I was there I had a glass of MorriseyFox Blonde which I found to be a very refreshing pint. It’s a hybrid of Larger and Ale, and if only I wasn’t driving I would have quite happily sunk a few more.

Before I left I asked if Neil if he could right a little message to my son, as he is struggling with his English work at school. One of his favourite TV programs is BBC’s
Waterloo Road, in which Neil stars as Dept Head of School Eddie Lawson. Neil very kindly agreed, and my son was over the moon. I must say we have noticed him trying harder since.

Link to the feature & photographs in the Publican…

March 10, 2009

Muscular Dystrophy Campaign Tesco Charity of the Year 2009.

We were recently commissioned by the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign to photograph 32 of their Tesco Charity of the Year photo-shoots throughout the UK. All of these were completed within 5 days.

All the images from the 32 locations were uploaded by our photographers directly to each individual assignment created on our web site’s secure client area for the charity to view & download when they please. Making life much easier for them, and saving them a lot of time and hassle.

More information below on
Muscular Dystrophy and the COTY, please see below…
Muscular Dystrophy Campaign has been selected as Tesco Charity of the Year 2009 as the staff and customers of Britain’s biggest retailer aim to raise £3 million for the Giving children equipment to be independent campaign. Tesco staff and customers can help us buy vital specialist equipment for children with muscular dystrophy, allowing them to lead happier, more independent lives.

February 10, 2009

FREE Bottle of wine & Chocolates - For any Client who commissiones THREE or more jobs in the same calendar month.

We are offering all current or future clients a FREE bottle of wine & box of Chocolates to any individual client who commissioned THREE or more jobs within the same calendar month.

Each gift will be delicately wrapped and delivered to the address of your choice (UK only).

Starts 1st March 2009 Offer is limited to one gift per client per month, and does not include multiple clients within one company.

Note: This does not apply either to any discounted work.