Classic Car Show #1 – Official Show Photographer 2024

Turvey House Classic Motor Event

Last Sunday, I had the pleasure of photographing the Classic Motor Events (CME) classic car show at the stunning Turvey House for the third year running. As official show photographer for CME, I cover all their shows across the South of England, but this one is a bit of favourite of mine.

Despite a grey start, the weather was reasonably kind, and we were still able to enjoy a great day.

Diverse Collection

The show featured around 400 classic cars, ranging from sporty icons to vintage classics and unique finds. Each car had its own story and charm, making for an exciting and varied day.

Friendly Faces

One of the best parts of the day was the friendly atmosphere. Car enthusiasts, owners, and curious onlookers all gathered, sharing their passion and stories. Conversations with car owners both familiar and new are always a highlight of my day and add a little more meaning to each shot, for me at least!

As well as the huge number of classics on show, there were the usual vendors selling all manner of car related wares and toys, bars, food stalls, the Land Rover radio control car assault course (a stalwart of most of the CME shows), bouncy castles and slides and of course, the wonderful singer.

Watch out for the pictures – coming soon

Car shows are a must for any car enthusiast, but these ones have something for all the family. Stay tuned for the photo gallery from the event, coming soon. Until then, here are a few of my favourite shots and I’ll be keeping my camera ready for those unexpected classics.

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We’ve done it again! BrightRise photography wins SME award for second consecutive year.

The results have been finalised for the annual Midlands Enterprise Awards 2023, hosted by SME News, and we have been awarded “Best Portrait & Events Photography Service – South Midlands” for the second year running.

This is a fantastic acknowledgement of our progress over the last year and the hard work we’ve put in to growing our business.

Thank you to all on the judging panel and to all our wonderful clients across the region.

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BrightRise photography wins SME award!


The results have been finalised for the 5th annual Midlands Enterprise Awards 2022, hosted by SME News, and we are delighted to announce that BrightRise photography has been named as Best Portrait & Events Photography Service – South Midlands!

This marks a significant achievement for us and is a welcome acknowledgement of “the hard work and dedication you have displayed compared to others throughout the Midlands region”.

Thank you to all on the judging panel.

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Helmdon Advent Windows – Helmdon, Northants

Over the last 23 days, the villagers of Helmdon have been unveiling their Christmas advent windows daily. I have had the honour of being the official photographer and so have been out and about every evening photographing them in the dark, cold, rain and frost! Regardless of the weather, it’s a beautiful, community activity that really helps to build the feeling of Christmas cheer. Thanks to all involved in putting together such a cracking display this year.
I’ve added a few examples below, but the full set from 2021 can be found on the Helmdon parish council website, as well as those from previous years.

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School photo shoot – Brackley, Northants

If you were unable to get your child’s school photo this year for any reason, or you weren’t keen on the official one, BrightRise photography will be holding a 2-3 hour studio session next week in Brackley (venue TBC, likely to be Egerton hall or the old Fire Station community room). Time will be between 16:00 and 18:00, or later if interest is high.

There is no up front charge or any commitment to buy. Prices are £10 for each 6×4″, or £12.50 for each 5×7″ print. Digital copies of pictures will be £15 to own. Prints are guaranteed to be delivered well in time for Christmas.

If you’re interested in coming along, follow us on Facebook @BrightRisePhotos where confirmation of the location will be published soon. Alternatively, you can find updates here, or follow us on Instagram brightrisephotography

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School photo SOS – Brackley, Northants

Were you happy with this year’s school photos?

Or was it one of those days when their hair simply wouldn’t behave, they were just in a grump, they were away when the photos were taken, you wanted the picture with siblings but couldn’t get it done? Even the best photographers can only do so much to get you that perfect shot.

At some time or another most parents will have received the proofs of their child’s photo and thought… meh. If this is you this year and you would like to try again, BrightRisephotography will be setting up a pop-up photo studio in the Helmdon Reading Room from 15:20 to 17:30 on Weds 10th November.

If you’re local to Brackley, you can book your 10 minute slot for £5 by calling 07843 980351, emailing, or contacting us here. Proofs will be sent through to you by email shortly after and if you like them, they’re all yours as digital files for just £10.

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Canine capers! Helmdon, Northants

Last Christmas I was asked if I would be able to issue a doggy photo shoot gift voucher as a present. It’s been a few months, but finally this week the weather, dogs and timings were right, so off I set for my first ever paid pet photography commission.

On arrival I was met by the absolutely wonderful Marmite, Worzel and Casper, the three dogs who were to be my canine subjects for the next hour. The sun was out, the garden we were in had the most colourful flower beds the dogs were lovely – I’ve not had this much fun working (or as I see it, playing) for a long time. Thanks to the hosts for making me so welcome and being really interactive with the dogs, the shots we got were, IMHO super.

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