Having parents from the land of Geordies yet being born in Exeter and living in London, Oxford and Milton Keynes most of my life I would have thought I would have been a little less excited about a trip to the North. However in a recent work trip to Leeds that involved months of Madras training and elocution lessons I was quite surprised at the excitement I felt when I got to the train station, asked the man in the info booth how to get my hotel, and he answered with an awesome Yorkshire accent. I blame the altitude.
So I had a day booked at Hallam Mill this weekend with the fabulously talented Katy Cee and Raphaella. I have worked with Katy several times now and have been trying to work with Raphaella for about a year, but schedules and things kept getting in the way.
After a 5am start and a 4 hour car ride the day begun at one of the best studios I have worked in. The open space, cool flooring, natural light option, Victorian iron work and a menagerie of props to make the BBC weep all meant that pretty much any photographer would quickly find a home. Jim the studio owner is also really friendly and makes great tea.
A rather awesome day was had all round. The 4 hour trip back was a real adventure with torrential rain, gusting wind and driving a smart car that deals badly with both of these - but the pins and needles in the hands have now worn off so I think all is good in the end. So, some photos from the day.