Monday, 15 August 2016


The New Boots...

In order to have new boots, there need to be old boots.  My old boots have been in service for a season or so and are most definitely past their sell by date.  Water damage, snow damage, and most latterly puppy damage have made sure that they are really not even fit for gardening.   They are the second pair that I have had, the plus side being that they fit like a glove, are as comfortable and have just about done the job and are pretty affordable.  The downside, they split across the middle of my foot and they aren't tall enough, and I hate wearing gaiters.

So it's a hard task.  I need something that is wide enough to be comfortable, that will give enough flex across the middle of the foot for me to be able to "bob down to shoot", and not split, that are tall enough to negate the need for gaiters, that are warm enough to see me through the coldest of seasons, that will survive all year round wear, the summers often destroy boots and waterproofs more than the winters, that look good (a small amount of vanity is surely acceptable) and that will above all last more than a couple of seasons.

And then I heard about Brandecosse and their Diemme range of boots and in particular the 11" Cervo's.   These boots are handmade in Italy and supplied in the UK by Jane Trueman and Brandecosse, two small family run businesses working in harmony.

From the moment you open the box, you are struck by the beauty and detail of the workmanship.  A beautiful warm chestnut brown, polished and buffed to a mirror shine, the smell of leather as you lift them from the box is intoxicating.

I have very wide feet for a lady which normally means I wear a mans boot, which the Cervo's are, this also means that there is often a little extra room.  This small issue is cleverly covered by the inclusion of a set of insoles designed to add padding. 

I initially tried a size 41, and they fit, with a thin pair of socks pretty snugly, but knowing that I would be covering fair distances in these boots and would need to wear them with thicker socks, I opted for a size 42 and the addition of the insole created a perfect fit with a pair of standard thickness shooting socks.

Time for the test.

First up was an HPR training day on the moor.  No real mileage covered and pretty easy going, everything was good.  But the next couple of outings really would put them through their paces.

The Glorious 12th, and my boots and I joined our local Grouse shoot on photography duties for the start of the season.

Half a day on Friday across Yorkshire Moorland and I was over the moon that my feet were as good as new at the end of day one.   Saturday and a different moor, out with the picking up team and 10 hard miles covered.  I had plasters, spare socks and pain killers packed just in case, but needed none.

The terrain was far from easy, from near vertical climbs to the top of the moor, down gullies and ravines, across burnt heather and then out across the white grass.  Bog ponds, standing water, cloughs swollen for the previous evenings rain all added to the testing conditions.

I ended the day with dry, warm, feet that were as good as when I put the boots on.


Comfort In terms of size, I did need to go up an extra size from my normal fitting but with the insoles this wasn't a problem and meant my feet had enough room.  I haven't worn tall boots before and the first morning lacing them up a few choice words may have been heard.  There is a definite art to lacing 11" boots.  I haven't as yet discovered it but I am sure the method will come.  What I did find is that if you lace your boots too tightly at the start of the day, as your calf muscles expand as you are climbing hills so the circulation becomes a little constricted.  Again this is just getting used to wearing longer boots.
The boots do feel heavy, but this is only to be expected after wearing short ankle length hiking boots and something I am sure I will get used to. The grip was fantastic.  First time out across the cobbles and boulders I felt a little unsure but after I learnt to trust the grip it was great to be able to walk down a bracken bank without the fear of slipping and to cross wet rocks and still feel sure footed.

The 11" meant that it didn't matter how many unseen bog holes I disappeared down my feet remained completely dry all day.

I also left my gaiters at home, which for me was brilliant, I find them a nuisance and it was nice to be  free of them, although i am sure many would continue to wear theirs.

Durability :  The three sessions out the boots have had have been pretty hard going.  My initial concern was that the beautiful Italian leather would end up looking like suede with all the grazing from the heather and rocks.  The boots were treated with Graingers conditioning treatment before they arrived and were good to go straight out of the box.  Brandecosse also recommend Cherry Blossom Renovating Wax to keep the leather in tip top condition.

I have to say when I looked at the boots on Sunday morning after they had dried out I was dubious that they would ever look the same.

I have brushed away the remnants of the moors, wiped away the dirt and applied two coats of wax and buffed,
I am happy to report, my boots are as good as new.   If you want to keep you boots in good condition so that they last, its simple, look after them.  Dry them out, clean them down, polish them back
Cost :  Expensive or not is a matter of opinion.  I spend my life out in the countryside, either as a fieldsports and rural life photographer or training and working dogs, all year round.  For me my boots are a tool of my trade and these are worth the investment.

Obviously everyone has different size feet and this only my view on how I have found these boots.

I was desperate for there to be a tiny niggle that I could mention, or something that wasn't quite right, just so it didn't sound like the perfect report, but there really is nothing, at the moment, that I would change about these boots.

As the season progresses and the weather changes I will report back on how me and my boots fair, so watch this space.

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Wednesday, 29 June 2016


It's strange what life sometimes throws at us.  Opportunities, that had the time been right, might have led us along a different path and those that you just grab with both hands and nothing is going to stop you. 

And so,  a chance meeting with the lovely Sarah Barraclough has led to a "blossoming" friendship between Moorland Falcony and Workingline Images, and one which is filled with excitement for the future.

Steve and Sarah have been running Moorland Falconry for a number of years, and whilst previously they could be found carrying out displays at Game Fairs and such like they are now concentrating more on their birds and on the educational aspects they offer.   They specialise in British Birds of Preythey are both passionate to teach children and adults alike about their charges.  In fact, once Steve has started, sit back, relax and enjoy (but watch the time because it's gone in a blink).

Since I was a young girl, I have had a fascination with Birds of Prey.  My Dad was gifted The Audubon Society's Book of Wild Birds , it was huge and lived on the bottom shelf of the glass cabinet at home.  Thick, crisp, glossy pages, with stunningly beautiful photographs (which even then I could appreciate) held my attention for hours.  

And then, without so much as blink, forty years later, I am standing in the woods behind our home with Chesnut the Tawny Owl, in front of me and I am attempting to re-create those incredible glossy plates.

I was hosting a "catch up" event with one of our Dog Photography Workshop Groups and Sarah had offered to bring Chesnut for the girls to photograph as a surprise.  And from that point there was no going back !!.

Andrew also has a passion for wildlife and living on the edge of a moor, Curlews, Lapwings, Oystercatchers, Grouse, Buzzards and of course Kestrels are not uncommon sights.   But for him the Kestrel and Barry Hines' story "Kes" have a particular place in his heart. 

But, it was never going to be so easy as "come up and see my birds" ... Steve and Sarah are obviously extremely protective of their feathered family and so both Andrew and I need to learn how to behave around the birds and how to interact with them. 

What comes next is proving a challenge ...  we are both Learning the Lure.  Now, I will be honest and say that Andrew is far more coordinated than I will ever be... swinging a lure around standing still is one thing, swinging a lure and moving is something altogether different and then add a Peregrine, or a Kestrel or a Lanner Falcon coming towards you at full tilt and well... I may just stay this side of the camera.  As for Andrew, watch this space !

Then an incredible opportunity arrived, a new addition to the aviary ... and would I like to come and photograph her ???..  the question needed no real answer.

This is Blossom, she is a European Kestrel and I have the privilege of charting her life from fluffy chick to mature Kestrel in photographs.

I first met Blossom when she was 17 days old and was no more than a ball of fluffy feathers, albeit a ball of fluffy feathers with a steely gaze and razor sharp talons.   

Sat on Steve and Sarah's sitting room floor, Blossom was learning how to feed herself pigeon breast. 

Blossom is what is termed an "imprint", and I will cover this in more depth in my next blog, for now, it's a case of getting to know you and introducing Blossom to as many new sights, sounds and experiences as possible.

So the camera was a new experience.  I was initially worried that the flash would spook her, but Blossom is unflappable. After finishing her supper she strutted across the floor to investigate what was going on.

Much like a puppy or a child, after she had fed and amused herself for a while, it was time to rest.

Just over a week later, I got a message from Sarah telling me a I really really needed to come and see Blossom, that I wouldn't believe the difference.  So with camera in hand and new puppy as co-pilot we ventured up the hill.

What a surprise. I seriously could not believe the difference that a week had made,  no more the fluffy ball with steely eyes, now a stunning young Falcon finding her flying wings.

Steve and Sarah talked me through how the last week had gone and that Blossom had taken her first flight only the day before, I was there to witness Flight No.2 !!!!

Having spent the previous afternoon atop the greenhouse roof, Blossom was happily sat next to Steve's glove taking everything in.

Her first perch was the gate post at the end of the track adjoining open pasture land, she sat for a while before deciding that the time was right, and how my heart soared as she dropped from her post and headed towards us.  

From a photography point of view, it was a huge learning curve.  Dogs, horses and humans are to a degree predictable in their movement, but birds, and birds in flight are something very new and something very unpredictable.  Over the coming weeks, I hope to learn to read Blossom's movements and to understand how she will approach Steve and the lure, and maybe then I stand a chance of capturing a picture that does her justice, for now "snaps" will have to do. 

For some reason as soon as she lifted from her perch I expected her to soar, but no, she came in low and fast and straight for us  only lifting and arriving at Steve's hand at the last moment to take the prize that was waiting for her.

The next attempt saw Blossom initially mobbed by Swallows on the barn roof.  Deciding that she had had enough of the pesky critters she decided to venture out across the paddock.  Coming out from the shelter of the barn the wind had increased and was obviously something new for a our young Kestrel.  Sat on a stone wall a good distance away from Steve, Blossom decided to that really Dad needed to make this a little easier, so with much coaxing and reducing of distance she finally managed to reunite herself with the glove.    More than enough excitement for one day.
I can't wait to see the difference another week will make. 
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Tuesday, 26 January 2016


Well what a rapid fire end to 2015 .. lots of orders, lots of calendar sales, lots going on and so much to look forward to for 2016.

The New Year always heralds a date with The Holderness, and already I can't wait until the next time we meet up... 





It has been great spending time out this season on a local shoot, not only has it been great getting to meet new people but also to see some of the dogs I have watched training all summer now being put through their paces, and some for the the first. 




A new adventure for 2016 .. I have decided to take a set of Equine Portrait and action shots.  I am looking to cover a number of disciplines from dressage, point to point, show jumping and regular hack ..... 

Watch this space for special commission rates and portrait days




 And then a couple of Puppy Shoots ...


Wednesday, 18 November 2015


Lots has been going on, in fact so much so that it was August when I last managed to update the blog. 

Lots of different occassions from Weddings, Working Tests, Field Trials and private commissions to Dog Photography Workshops and private 1-2-1 lessons !!!!


 The first wedding of the season was Sally & Mark.  A beautiful working Chateau in Southern France was the perfect backdrop to a wedding that was more "Mamma Mia' than "Mamma Mia".
I couldn't have been more nervous, The Father of the Bride, a photographer, and The Bride .. another photographer !!! ... but the sky was blue, the temperature steadily climbing and a gentle breeze to keep it just this side of uncomfortable..
" I DO"

The day threw many photographic curves my way,  generally I avoid flash photography but with so much sun, the use of fill flash was essential and by the time we managed to get around to taking the goup shots ...... 
it was dark !!!!!

It was a memorable trip for many reasons but I am so glad that I didn't let the nerves get the better of me.
"those kisses don't only happen in the movies...."
Hold her steady !!   

As the time started to slip away so did the light and eventually we managed to set up the group shots 
"in the dark" ...
Groovers in the House .. dancing till they dropped.


Sometimes impromptu photoshoots are just magical.  Grandad George had an afternoon with his grandchildren and his magical MG ...  He was after a couple of shots as reminders of the day ... "just before the rain" he said !!!


Well it was probably the hottest day of the year when our local farmer decided to gather his flock that was spread out across the moors for a spot of shearing.  

The sheep were driven in, on foot with dogs, across the moor at 5.30am to make the most of the cool morning... !!! By 8.30 everyone was hot, dusty and in a need of a tea break.  

A hard job but I am sure the sheep appreciated their short back and sides. 

 Click HERE to see full gallery ...


A couple of days at the fantastic Yorkshire Game Fair... if you didn't make it this year, this is one for next years diary.  Fabulous main arena displays, great outdoor cooking demonstrations, the usual bows, arrows and guns together with the National Gundog Competition and various long retrieves and scurries.  Something for everyone, young and old.
 For full gallery of the Yorkshire Game Fair click HERE


Autumn arrived and so too the hunting season.  Out for early morning excercise with The Claro Beagles, introduced me to these quirky character full hounds.

 I've joined the Claro a few times this Autumn, when time has allowed and to see a selection of galleries click HERE


 This year was a quiet year for Grouse.  With moors recording massive drops in the numbers of grouse, mainly due to inclement weather conditions during the hatching and rearing season, shoot days in some areas were cancelled and the grouse left to recover, whilst in others it was business as usual.

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On your marks.. and we are off..  
   First trial of the season was the Gwynedd Spaniel Clubs Novice Stake - Lancaster.

A gloomy and very wet start but the sun managed to come out and make for a lovely end to the trial.
For full gallery click HERE


Our October wedding date arrived and myself and Caroline Bridges headed down to Northampton to photograph Samantha and Matts wedding.

Early October and the weather held .. blue skies and NO rain !!!.  
A lovely venue in Northampton, our Bride was stunning and her new husband wasn't bad either !!.   

Sadly due to a poorly labrador, the dogs stayed home, but not to be forgotten or to miss out we have booked a mini shoot for Sam and Matt with Coal, Finn and Jed !!!

See you soon guys xx



 I attend many Kirkbourne Spaniels Training days and Working Tests and even though the winter is fast approaching training continues apace.

We recently had an intermediate training day held at Driffield.  
After a miserable start the sun came out and we ended the day in shirt sleeves with dummy launchers and flying goldies !!!

 For the full gallery click HERE 
and for more information about all that Kirkbourne Spaniels can offer you and your dog visit their WEBSITE
It's also been great to catch up with my friends at N.E.F.R.A (Northern England Flatcoated Retriever Association) ... the most recent training day was a cold game day and the dogs performed brilliantly.  Retrieves over the water, over walls, through rushes, over fences .. no stopping the novice and open dogs.  For the puppies it was the first game some had seen.. and Gary took his time and encouraged each dog and handler with it's first retrieve. 

For the full gallery click HERE 
and for more information about N.E.F.R.A visit their WEBSITE   

So, what else have we been  up to !!! (as if there were enough hours in the day).


Well, in conjunction with Caroline Bridges Photography we ran our second "Dog Photography and Processing" Workshop.

Our courses are limited to four photographers to ensure everyone can have individual tuition time.   We spent a fabulous morning out on the moors with our models Bob, Elvis and Billy and then headed back for an afternoon of processing.
Our next course will be run in March and for further information or to reserve your place please contact us at :

I also offer 1-2-1 lessons from basic camera principles and use to action photography, animal portraits and if required lightroom processing.

Max had already been on an action photography workshop but wanted to practice her portrait skills, and also wanted some of her own shots of her dogs to print ... so she bought them with her. 

We didn't have a huge amount of light so we also practised using a tripod.  I think it is safe to say that Max was over the moon with the results.


 Sometimes it's good to step outside of the box or in my case, fill my viewfinder with something different ....

 and I will be doing a lot more of this during 2016.....