The Glorious Twelfth

It’s that time of year again!! The Glorious Twelfth has come around & after a last minute flurry of preparation we are back out in the field for another season.DSGM- ML-IMG_2945_120The shooting season follows a traditional pattern starting today ‘The Glorious Twelfth’ with Grouse, Ptarmigan & Snipe followed by Duck, Geese & Partridge on September 1st & finally Woodcock & Pheasant on 1st October.DSGM- ML-IMG_4639_044I was lucky enough to be invited to photograph a grouse shoot last Autumn in Yorkshire. Here is a selection of the images from the day.

I am available to photograph your shoot day from just £250 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 he will tell the story of your shoot. I spend time on peg with each of your guests as they shoot away capturing the great shots and misses!

After the event we work on the images and upload them to a secure gallery for your guests to see. We can also provide a CD of high resolution digital images for you to print from. All of these images are digitally enhanced to remove blemishes etc and finished to the highest standard for your own use. Alternatively, we can 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 £250 for the first book, additional books for your friends or guests are available on request at a discounted rate.

Here’s to a great shooting season – photographs & birds!

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The Field Magazine Cover and New Website!

Those of you that do not follow me on Twitter or Facebook you will be left in the dark so here is the news!

I am delighted and proud to say I have the front cover of The Field Magazine this month for their partridge issue! The picture was taken on the West Wycombe Estate two seasons ago.

the field cover

Also my new ‘The Sporting Picture’ website has just been launched today. Please click here to see it. My Sporting Picture blog (which you are reading now) will continue to run alongside my website.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me over the last few years in making my countryside and country sports photography possible.

Have a great shooting season!

 

 

#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 thesportingpicture@gmail.com 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 ww.marklordphotography.me or email me ar marklordphotography@gmail.com 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,

Mark

 

Pictures from the Open Working Test for the Bucks Area of the United Retriever Club

 Here are the photographs from the Open Working Test for the Bucks Area of the United Retriever Club held on the Portman Burtley Estate, Beaconsfield on Sunday 20th May by kind permission of Shoot Owner, Mr John Blakeston. The test was a qualifying event to select the Bucks Area team for the URC Area Finals to be held on July 15th.

Prints or digital files can be purchased by emailing me at thesportingpicture@gmail.com. Prints and digital files start at £10 each. All orders will be digitally enhanced to remove blemishes, ‘dribble’ (on the dogs!) unwanted debris attached to them such as small bits of bracken etc. Black labs may appear dark in some of the proofs however anything purchased will have a good tonal range and detail in the dogs coats. Any questions or feedback please email me. Thank you,  Mark

Prince’s Countryside Fund Charity Shoot – The Pictures

Earlier this week I photographed a charity clay pigeon shoot for The Prince’s Countryside Fund hosted by Sir Edward Dashwood at his West Wycombe home. E J Churchill put on a superb display of targets for the guests to shoot in the grounds of West Wycombe Estate. After a breakfast served in the hall the 9 teams had an eventful morning shooting in their teams of 4 guns over the various stands. England rugby star Phil Vickery, the new ambassador of The Prince’s Countryside Fund was there demonstrating his sharp shooting eye and support to the other guests and the PCF.

With teams from various industries that support the PCF competing the final winners were Samworth Brothers and runners up Dovecote Park who had their awards presented to them by Sir Edward Dashwood, Phil Vickery and Managing Director of Waitrose, Mark Price. With other notable figures in the teams it really was a great fund raising event for the PCF and raising awareness to help rural communities across the UK.

To find out more about the Prince’s Countryside Fund and to support the Great British countryside and it’s people please click here.

If you wish to purchase prints or high resolution digital files from this event please email me at the thesportingpicture@gmail.com Thank you, Mark

You can set your watch by him

Last season I was lucky to meet this gentleman who has been living on the same country estate in Oxfordshire for the last 46 years. During the shooting season you can guarantee he will be out on the shoots walking the hedges with his stick tapping away at his own pace. I got chatting to him and learnt quite a bit about the history of the estate and its ancestors! This year I will try and get some more information from him – it’s gents like this that make the countryside such a wonderful place.