Sheepdog Trials – Greenlands, Henley on Thames


Sunday 22nd July was the Henley and District Agricultural Association Sheepdog Trials at Greenlands Farm, Hambleden nr Henley on Thames. The event was a great success with young and old watching the dogs rounding up the sheep.
With several trade stands and catering facilities available its a great family day out with only a small charge of £3 per adult on the gate and free entry for children!  To find out more about this great event, and the other events organised during the year including the Henley Show please click here.

To see more pictures from the event please click on the page at the top or click here to be taken to it!

#EJChurchill Mini Shooting Fair 20th/21st July

Well, here are a few more pictures from today’s mini shooting fair at E J Churchill. I spent much of my time talking to people and enjoying myself so did not take as many pictures as one would have hoped.  However here are some that made the edit! Mickey Rouse stole the spotlight today with his amazing shooting skills, although I don’t fancy going around to his place for a fruit cocktail! I met many great suppliers today including gun dog trainers Ian and Jill Clinton of Working Dog Company, Bridie Hicks of Hicks Hides whom makes beautiful handcrafted leather belts, The Foxdenton Estate Company with their delicious fruit gins as well as many other great suppliers. Check out the EJ Churchill website and Twitter feed to find out who the other great suppliers were. The staff ar E J Churchill have done a fabulous job at pulling out the stops and organising a mini fair for us punters in such short notice. Sounds like it going to be a nice sunny day tomorrow so I’d recommend unlocking that shotgun and getting down there for a round or two of clays! Just don’t take any tomatoes along! 😉

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#EJChurchill Mini Shooting Fair – Check out Mickey Rouse!

I had a fabulous afternoon at EJ Churchill shooting ground this afternoon at their Mini Shooting Fair. Its on tomorrow so head along – entry is free so its well worth the trip. Lots to see and some great clay shooting available.  Check out their website for more information here or follow them on Twitter @ejchurchill

In the meantime I was amazed by the talent of a top clay shot called Mickey Rouse who amazed with the crowds with his incredible shooting skills. Wow that man can shoot!

I’m busy working on images now to post before I hit the hay but to tide you over check this one out.

Don’t move or the tomato gets it!

#Country Life Readers Offers

Have you seen my advert in Country Life and wondering what it’s all about?

Based in rural Oxfordshire,   I am available to photograph your shoot days, your dogs and even your family! With 15 years experience of photographing people I will put you at ease and capture you at your best.  Please scroll down to see my different offers.

Shoot days are available at just £150 for attendance – during the day I will photograph in a photo-journalistic style, capturing the day as it unfolds. From the beaters to the guns I will tell the story of your shoot. I will spend time on peg with each of your guests as they shoot away capturing the great shots and misses!

After the event I can provide a CD of high resolution digital images for you to print. All of these images are digitally enhanced to remove blemishes etc and finished to the highest standard for your own use. Alternatively I will provide you with an album of the images expertly designed showing the images at their best in a beautifully bound coffee table book. Prices from £150 for the first book, additional books for your friends or guests are available on request at a discounted rate.

Here are a few page layouts from last season’s shoots…

Special thanks to West Wycombe Estate, EJ Churchill and National Association of Beaters and Pickers Up.

If you would like me to attend your shoot and photograph your day please email me at or call me on 07971 093423 to check my availability and to discuss the options.

I am also available for portrait photography, at your home or nearby location. With portrait sessions from just £25 why not get the family together at the country estate, family home or your favourite place for a family portrait shoot? During the shoot I will capture a variety of poses of the whole family, each smaller family group, the children together; any combination you like. These images will be beautifully composed, natural and relaxed, pictures you will be proud to display around your home. Framed wall pictures, canvases and albums available from £100. Follow my social photography blog at or email me ar for more information.

I am also available for most types of photography involving people, domestic animals and livestock from Editorial, Corporate, Business Portraits, Events and Wedding. Here is a selection of some of my favourite images.

So whether it is a shoot day, some pictures of the children or some head shots for the business, please contact me to have a chat about your requirements which I hope to be able to help with.

Quote Country Life and claim 10% off the total cost of you photography bill!

Thank you,



Some of my favourite images from 2011/ 2012

Here are a few of my favourite images from the last 12 months from various shoots and trips away. I have some new business cards on the way featuring some of these images so if you see me at an event please tap me on the shoulder and I will be happy to give you a card!

I hope you enjoy them….

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Where do pheasants go on holiday?

Ever wonder where all the birds that escape the shooting season end up in the summer? Well, on a recent trip to the Scilly Isles I spotted numerous pheasants and partridge sunning themselves on Tresco! A long migration of 30 something miles from the UK mainland to Scilly or maybe they hop on the Scillonian?

Only joking! The Tresco Estate owned by the Dutchy of Cornwall  is leased by the Dorrien Smith family who run their own shoot on the island. For those that have never been to the Isles of Scilly I’d strongly recommend it. It really is heaven on earth and the Tresco estate and the Abbey Gardens are breathtaking!

I just need to get back there now for the shooting season…. Hmmmm….

United Retrievers Club – Bucks Area Novice Working Test at Englefield Park, Sunday 8th July 2012

Oh… it’s him again!

Yesterday I was at the home of the Benyon family photographing the above gun dog event in their deer park. I photographed a mark and a blind event in the morning and then a mark water retrieve in the afternoon. I’m a total novice at this and still coming to terms with the lingo so please forgive me if I’m talking nonsense!

Anyhow, for all those competitors eager to see the pictures of their dogs here they are! Before you shoot down the page to see them please read the following:

For all those black lab owners who struggle to recognise their dog I have now photographed each handler at the start of their test as an indication that your dog will follow! Most of the pictures are great of handler and dog however if you are not happy with your expression etc please note they are for reference only.

All images on here are purely for viewing and the colours and contrast are only an average setting. Black dogs may appear too black and lighter dogs may appear to light. The foliage of the mornings events may look better in some images than in others due to the process I apply to get these images online asap.

Prints or digital files can be ordered by emailing me at or calling me on 07971093423. Any orders will be colour assessed by me and produced to a high standard. Blemishes can be removed on dogs as well as owners (!) if necessary. I will naturally clean up eyes, dribble etc on the dogs unless asked not to do so. As we all are aware black dogs coats can show a lack of detail when photographed – in most cases any prints ordered will show very good tonality in their coats.

At the last event at West Wycombe I offered a sequence of images at half price e.g 6 images for the price of 3 – this is a great offer if you wanted a series of your dog running, jumping retrieving etc. This offer is available for any print order over 6 prints.

A couple of people have also asked me if I can do a montage of images of 4 or 6 pictures on one piece of paper.  So I would now like to offer an additional product of a montage with your dogs details on it and the date of the event such as the montage featured below. The Cost of this is just £50 and can contain up to 8 images. I will display them in the most suitable way.

I am happy to put whatever info you require on the montage so please just email me your requirements.

Also, as lovely as the colours were (especially in the morning!) I can also offer black and white versions such as these images below.  Black and white offers a timeless more classical portrait of your dog removing the complication of bright surroundings. If you wish to see you dog in black and white please email me the reference number and I can send it back to you for you to view before making your decision.

For all orders over £25 made before the 20th July please deduct 10% from the total.

Now onto the stars of the show…..

Print Prices
6×4 -£10
7×5 -£12
9×6 -£15
12×8 – £20 closest to A4
15×10 – £25
18×12 – £35 closest to A3

A3 montage of up to 8 images with dogs details etc -£50

A4 montage of 4 images – with or without details £25

p+p £1.95 on all orders.

Canvases and framed wall products available on request. Should you require something that is not featured on my price list please do get in touch and I will do my best to accomodate your request.

Thank you,

Mark Tel. 07971093423