Monthly Archives: June 2013

Live performance photographs: 2013 Diggle Blues Festival

live performance photographs - diggle blues 2013Live performance photographs of blues musicians playing at the 2013 Diggle Blues Festival.


The festival takes place annually in June and dominates the village of Diggle in Saddleworth for four days. Musicians and fans travel from all over Britain to take part in the festival.

Photographing live music is constantly challenging. Low light, packed venues and unpredictable performances test my camera and ability to the limit. That said, the biggest distraction, for me, is always the music…I enjoy it too much.

The main venues for the festival are: The Hanging Gate; The Diggle Band Club; Kilngreen Hall and the Diggle Hotel. Peformers included: Victor Brox, Paddy O’Hare, Mike Sweeney, Bluzebox, Mike Parker, Big Joe Bone, Babajack and Arthur Cale. The event is organised by Dave Wood and associates.

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Commercial photography for A2 Solicitors in Rochdale

Commercial photography for A2 Accident Solicitors in Rochdale

The challenge of shooting commercial photography at a busy solicitors office in Rochdale.

A busy working office is not the easiest environment in which to produce commercial photography. Staff are rushed off their feet focusing on their tasks and the last thing they need is someone pointing a camera at them. The lighting is mixed and there is always clutter in the shot. Paul, the owner, said he wanted my photographs to be honest and show how welcoming and hard working his team are.

I’m happy with real and to be honest, it’s what my eye is drawn to. Of course I can see the photographic value of a cheque being signed or  a handshake with a client but, for me, it’s pretty obvious when this has been staged. If you look at the shot on the left, it’s a group portrait and you might argue it is staged but, it’s in the office where they work and the staff are wearing their normal work clothes. I asked them to gather for the photograph so they stopped working, stood for two shots, in ambient light, and then went back to work. Believe me, I can think of easier ways of getting this shot but at what cost? Look at their faces, they are ‘real’.


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Wedding photographs – Rochdale Town Hall

wedding photographs at rochdale town hallWedding photographs at Rochdale Town Hall Registry Office of David and Debbie’s ‘gypsy’ wedding.


Family, travellers and friends journeyed from every part of the British Isles to be at this “Big Gypsy Wedding’ in Rochdale. For me, it was a wedding photographer’s dream; huge dresses, sixteen bridesmaids and Cinderella’s white carriage pulled by two majestic shire horses. Debbie’s plan to keep to a colour scheme worked brilliantly with all guests dressing resplendently in pink. To top it all, the weather was perfect.

“Stuart’s photographs say it all, they are stunning!  The quality stands out and he totally captured our wedding day. We loved the way he mingled with our guest’s. He’s confident but unobtrusive and just fits in. Nothing was too much trouble, he came to discuss the wedding photography beforehand and helped us to plan our big day. We felt comfortable in his capable hands. We loved his wedding photographs and would not hesitate to recommend him.”

David and Debbie, Rochdale

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Photography – Diggle Primary School Village Fete – Stuart Coleman Photography

Photography - Diggle Primary School Village FetePhotography at Diggle Primary School Village Fete – June 2013

Every year I go down and photograph the Diggle Primary School village fete. It’s a big event  and has, over the years, established itself on Diggle’s event calendar. Organised by volunteers, made up of parents, teachers, pupils and local residents, it raises over a thousand pounds plus for the school to use on pupil activities and resources. For the volunteers it’s a challenge and can get testing and frenetic but, no matter what happens e.g. bad weather, broken kit etc., they always pull it off.

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Wedding photography at the White Hart

Wedding photography at the White HartWedding photography at the White Hart, Lydgate, Saddleworth, Oldham for Wasili and Vivien.

Working at the White Hart is always a pleasure. It’s a great location on a sunny day with superb views over Oldham and Manchester and the gardens and grounds are ideal for wedding photography.

Wasili and Vivien wanted a relaxed, low key wedding with friends and family and that’s exactly what they got. The White Hart staff were brilliant and the weather was perfect. All weddings present challenges for photographers but, apart from compensating for bright sunlight, my day was a pleasure.

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Stuart captured our wedding day superbly with outstanding professional photographs. His easy going style and good humour belied his professional approach. He will do what you say but he will also capture those magical unrehearsed shots that give life and colour to the day. Stuart is a thoroughly nice chap, easy to work with and a very good photographer.

Thanks Wasili & Vivien Schelowok

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