Sunday, 19 December 2010

Photography Courses in Sussex 2011

Our courses have developed extremely well this year and both I and the students are thoroughly enjoying them again after a challenging year.
I am running another course on January 17th if anyone is interested and available. We have frozen prices at last years rates for the year ahead; this will be our third year without any increases so representing etter value than ever.
We start on the South Downs (collection from Brighton Station available) where we develop key skills in getting to know your camera. After abou an hour and half we move on, by car to a secondary location on the Downs and start utilising what we have learned in the morning. Stopping at a Sussex pub for lunch, we then travel back down to Brighton seafront and take in all its glory, the beach huts, Peace Statue,, wonderful Victorian architecture, fishing boats on the beach at Hove and ending at the derelict West Pier at around 4pm, when the light finally fades.
See more at or for One day photography workshops with a professional photographer. Our students generally leave enthused and far better photographers than at the start of the day and we are pitched at beginners and keen amateurs.
Contact 07985 564401.

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Landscape Photography Course Brighton, Sussex

See more abot our photography courses for One day in Brighton, East Sussex, here:

This weekend, despite a temperatre of -2 in the morning and intermittent snow flurries, saw us all thoroughly enjoy the day ot with our cameras in the landscape of Sussex, around Brighton. We run a 1 day landscape photography course here in this lovely town, starting on the exquisite South Downs with there gentle drama, and on this occassion frozen fauan. Mushrooms were the early interest, along with the natural landscape. Wrapped up warm and with thermos flasks of sweet tea and soups we ventred along the South Downs Way in the direction of Winchester for a mile or so, before the cold got too mch and we headed back to the car park with a series of outstanding images.
For me, what makes these courses so enjoyable is watching students discover new aspects of their cameras and starting to apply new learned knowledge hands on. It is an absolute pleasure.
After a very long and leisurely 2 hour lunch (it is usually 45 mins at most) due to the exteme low temperatures outside, and after some refreshingly intelligent conversation, we set off to Brighton seafront.
The light got the better of s shortly after 3.45pm bt not before some lovely shafts of light fell on the beach huts and across the Chanel, giving us some magnificent skies and silhoettes to contend with. The starlings, as they are prone to be at times, were late. However they gave a spectacular display as they raced in from above the Grand Victorian sqares in Hove and over the sea to there roosting position over the Palace Pier. They appear to have abandoned the West Pier, in it's dilapidated state in favour of the Palace Pier. Known as a murmuring, the starlings gather in social groups of two or three, several thousand in each flock, and circle and sway high above the Pier slowly descending s the light fails and the sun sets. As each flock pass each other they produce to the eye a thick cloud of density that is perfect for photographing and remains absolutely awe inspiring. I have been enjoying these daily events for nearly 20 years now and as a natural phenomonen it never ceases to me. The event started apparently after the Great Storm of 1987 which destroyed much of their habitats, a great nmber of Elms were lost that night and are still used in furnitre making in the City. As such a rare wood it is highly popular.
Many other trees were lost too obviously hence this fantastic daily event at this time of year, right through into new year, of thousands upon thousands of starlings swirlng above the Pier with such grace and silence.
The volume increases as they land, bt within a few minuites there is silence again and the event is over. Almost as quickly as it started.
This weekend has made me realise just how much I enjoy these courses....the prospect of getting out of bed and going outside for the day on sunday didn't initially see me jmping ot of bed. But once out in the landscape it was an absolute pleasure and even I found myself lying prostrate on the frozen ground photographing mushrooms in Macro growing out of cow pats....I guess I could always stack shelves in Tesco's for a living instead but hey, I love what I do. See the Pics below.
This weekend also saw us run our first Open House as part of the Brighton and Hove Artists Open Houses. My beautiful partner Georgina was displaying her jewellery that designs and then has produced by artesans in Italy and I had several Art prints and canvases on display too, some around Brighton, one from West Wittering and a short series from Tate Modern. Also the cup cake below........see what you think. You can find more at
So, to the Courses again, it is clear I need to do more offline marketing to get these courses noticed. If I could do these 5 days a week I would not only be quite well off but extremely happy. They are a joy to conduct and the feedback from one student telling m I was a good teacher, is always encoraging to hear not having formally trained in teaching. The really good thing is that I am able to convey the photographic skills people are seeking and impart that knowledge clearly and concisely in a manner that is both understood and appreciated.
Now I can wait for the next one, so get booking folks! If you are buying a camera for somone, get them a days course too to learn how to use it and get the very best from it. The Course Vouchers make excellent Christmas gifts and are open for 12 months.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Photography Courses in Tuscany.

New for 2011, we are now running photography courses in Tuscsny, Italy. Staying in a stunning 400 year old Villa we go out into the landscape and produce all the wonderful images this incredible landscape offers. Enjoying fine foods and wines in the evenings and reviewing the days image making, living in historic surrondings and savouring all this wonderful land has to offer, those who love Tuscany will love our Photography Courses too. Our bespoke Tuscany Photography holidays and wine tours will charm you and your family or friends. You may well not want to come home.
Cooking classes and Vineyard tours available as optional extras.
Please get in touch for more info or see
Call +44 7985 564401 01273 542970
Services of a translator available.

Photography Courses in Sussex

One day Landscape Photography Courses in Sussex, get to grips with your camera and its settings.
We spend the day on the beautiful South Downs and on Brighton seafront.
Gift Vouchers available open for 12 months. Call us on 01273 782550 or 07985 564401

Photography Portraits in Brighton, Sussex

For Photography Portraits in Brighton, West and East Sussex, use James R Gordon see or call us on 07985 564401. Beautiful colour or monochrome photographs produced and delivered in time for Christmas.

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Christmas gifts and vouchers, Brighton, Sussex.

Our photography courses in Sussex go from strength to strength, along the beautiful South Downs National Park and into Brighton, along the stunning Victorian seafront, all year round. Vouchers as gifts make superb presents at Christmas for the aspring photographer, or keen amateur.
Prices are a highly competitive £105 and we go out in small groups up to four people, and develop skills in photography with a professional photographer all day long.
Taking in the wonderful surroundings and all Sussex has to offer, our unique one day photography courses are ideal for anyone with an interest in the medium wanting to get more out of their camera, DSLR or point and shoot camera. It is the creativity of the person behind the camera that gets results, not the whizz bang technological aspects of the camera itself.
We positively encourage all comers and send you away with a whole new range of skills under your belt and a marvellous collection of new images, plus the invaluable confidence to go on and develop your photography independently in the time ahead.
The one day courses are ideal for those unable or unwilling to commit to a Term course over several weeks or months. Take a day off and come and join us! Courses run Saturdays and Wednesdays. See more details on Courses at

Wedding Venues in Tuscany has secured two new Wedding Venues this week. Both are very beautiful, one absolutely extroadinary, again owned by local Aristocracy. For more details, and to make reservations, or to contact us for more information, please contact us through
We also have a new Venue outside Rome in the pipeline, as well as our existing Venues, the most exquisite and amazing historical Villas available in Tuscany. Used by Hollywood Directors and celebrities alike, these unique and stunning wedding venues in Tuscany are off the usual maps and only available through us.
With superb caterers providing the fine and dynamic Tuscan food you would expect, and the most sophisticated wine lists from local suppliers and vineyards as well as the bigger known Chianti's and brands, you might just find yourselves enjoying this extraodinary landscape nursing a hangover or two. They know how to party in Tuscany, in the most idyllic surroundings.
So, if you are seeking exclusivity in Tuscany for your wedding, get in touch with us at Our professional interpreators are witing to guide you to the party of your dreams.

Photography Courses in Tuscany,Italy and Sussex, England.

Well, another trip to Tuscany has produced great results. The Vineyard is expanding, Chianti has arrived and settling in preperation for tastings with various wine merchants, and at least two highly exclusive new Venues have also signed up from this visit.
Photography Courses in Tuscany are now available, please get in touch for itineries as they are complex and costly, but essentiall provide for a couple of excellent days photographing the Tuscan landscape, visiting historical towns, Sienna, Asissi, Cortona, Montepulciano not to mention the gorgeous Tuscan countryside around as well. We will also be visiting Towns for cultural tours, and then on to the Vineyards for wine tastings with wonderful local produce, pasta dishes, cheeses and meats.
In addition, we will have the choice of at least four Venues, and you may have well stayed in more beautiful surroundings but these Villas, one in particular, belongs to an Aristocrat and it is the most enchanting place, with beautiful gardens, and decaying in charming way, so steeped in history taking in Religious History, complete with its own Chapel from where an exiled Pope preached secretly some 600 years ago, I challenge anyone to find a more asthetic and incredible Venue in this beautiful place in Tuscany. With the services of a professional translater, accomodation, food and courses, plus your flights and transfers these courses are not cheap. Prices will be starting at around £900 for4 days and thre nights Accomodation.
Please get in touch for these fantastic courses and excursions in Tuscany, Italy.

Friday, 24 September 2010

Photography Courses Tuscany and Sussex

Our One Day Landscape Photography courses continue and are now bookable online at both and
In addition to our established and highly popular and succesful courses in Sussex we will be running unique courses from an exclusive Venue in Tuscany set in its own beautiful grounds, and the courses will run for at least two to three days. There will also be opportunities to tour the local areas and towns as well attend an exclusive wine tasting event at a Vineyard producing superb Chianti, to meet the owners, explore the vines and landscape and to have an intimate insight into how this remarkable wine is produced, from the producer, as well as sample the wines themselves too! The wines can be ordered and shipped anywhere in the world by the case of 12. The Sangiovase grapes are produced from vines established for more than 100 years by this producer with three decades experience, who is expanding rapidly due to demand. 2010, having been the perfect Tuscan summer, promises to be a truly fantastic year and having seen the grapes on the vine in September, the harvest will commence with gusto in the early part of October.
To join one of our courses in Tuscany, staying at a truly exclusive, historic Villa, set in huge wonderful grounds, and take in the optional tours locally, please get in touch. Prices start at around £900 including Accomodation, breakfast. tours and transfers.

Thanasis Papadopoulos Wedding Photography

I am delighted to announce that the highly talented Destination Wedding Photographer Thanasis Papadopoulos has joined our community of Destination Wedding Photographers at Thanasis operates out of Cyprus and travels globally providing beautiful photography for couples right across the world. Educated in Britain, Thanasisis fluent in English and Greek, amenable and approachable with a subtle gentleness to his work. See Thanasis' work at

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Photography Courses in Sussex

We are running our incredibly popular and succesfull photography courses in Sussex again this summer, on the south downs and Brighton seafront, so if you are 'flummuxed' by your camera and it's settings, or simply want to understand more about photography and how to get the best out of your camera, then come and spend the day with a professional photographer and start taking better pictures and let your imagination run riot.
What a great word 'flummexed' is!
See more about our courses at clicking on Courses in the main menu and see more of our photography at, covering Brighton and the south east, northern France and Destination Weddings across Europe, including Italy, Tuscany, Amalfi Coast, Italian Lakes, Marche, Provence, Montpellier, French Riviera, Paris, and northern Spain, Barcelona, Catalonia, Madrid and Portugal.

Zoppini watches and jewellery in the UK.

We are now selling Zoppini watches for men, chronological watches, known as Chrono watches, zoppini sunglasses for men, cufflinks, chains, necklaces, bracelets, leather wallets, pens and money clips all from Zoppini in Firenze/Florence. We will also beat any online price in the UK plus free shipping. For all your Zoppini goods in the UK buy securely online at using the Zoppini tab in the main menu. All items shipped directly from Florence, brand new, boxed and shipped securely. Call us for more details on 07985 564401 or 01273 782550.

Monday, 19 July 2010

New Jewellery for fashion retailers in the UK with Italian and Charming Ltd is a UK Wholesaler of fashion jewellery for the UK fashion and jewellery retailers and markets. For new products from Zoppini in Italy, and other manufacturers, please see the website for examples and get in touch.

UK and Destination Wedding Photographers sought.

Advertising and referral opportunities for local UK and Destination Wedding Photographers at See more info here

Zoppini Watches and mens jewellery in the UK here at the best prices, call for details if your favourite product is not listed, we can supply and will beat your best quote with evidence

Photography Courses running in Sussex

Our Landscape Photography courses are running again after a brief hiatus. If you would like to book a photography course in Sussex, Brighton to develop your skills or simply learn how to manage your camera settings, improve picture quality, understand composure and have a fine day out on the Sussex Downs and Brighton seafront at the same time, book a photography course here.
Limited dates for 2010 remain and Xmas present bookings are already coming in for 2011.

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Handmade Website Design, Brighton, for

Handmade is a company providing Webdesign solutions for small to medium sized Companies.

Our most recent client has been Italian and Charming Ltd, a jewellery wholesaler based on the south coast and about to step up into offices in Hatton Garden. The brief was straight forwards enough. As a wholesaler with sole rights to distribute Zoppini products of Florence, Italy, the company needed a web profile. Working with a newtowrk of sales Agents and using Zoppini branding, imagery from a photoshoot with Maxim magazine, and products sold by Zoppini including fashion jewellery in silver and stainless steel, as well as watches, pens, cufflinks, and charms, in addition to the fashion jewellery produced by Zoppini, a simple, functional and descriptive site was required to increase presence in the market and engage new retailers to sell Zoppini products throughout the UK and Northern Ireland.
Some of the imagery is a little outdated, in that a new set of images are in production for 2010 and we should have those shortly from Zoppini directly. Relevant contemporary imagery relates to the Concept Store in Dubai. Other imagery was produced by ourselves, through www.FivewaysPhotography in Brighton, Sussex after attending a sales meeting at the Companies HQ. The Company also has major networks in Arezzo, Italy, south of Florence, and I will be attending a tour in Tuscany with the Agents in early 2011 to produce imagery of the meetings with Zoppini next year and producing relevant and unique imagery in the lovely Town of Arezzo as well as the surrounding Tuscan countryside and hills.
We are retained by Italian and Charming; the company owner was particularly pleased with the manner and way in which we conveyed their professionalism, through photography and engaging the search engines as well as producing the written articles from 'bare bone' information given to us on both Italian and Charming Ltd and Zoppini.
We are delighted with our clients comments and look forward to working with the company on matters of SEO and Photography in the times ahead. Please see the site here. is seeking new and talented wedding photographers in the Destination Wedding Photography business. We already have some of the finest Destination Wedding Photographers in the world on the site so come and see what is happening and join us before the inevitable price increase in April.

For thos interested in Photography Courses in the UK, particularly Sussex, please see courses in the main menu relating to the one day photography courses we run around Brighton seafront in Sussex and on the Downs. There are an excellent way to get familiar with your cameras settings and understanding composure and lighting techniques with both film and digital slr's. And a great day out too! is now live and helping couples source the Venue of their hopes and dreams, and of course budgets. If you would like us to review your Wedding Venue so we can recommend it to couples making enquiries then please get in touch. Acting as an independent, third party recommendation service, we are seeking unusual and interesting Venues in particular, to join with us. continues and headshots for actors, dancers, actresses, musicians and budding stars are always available at a very reasonable cost without compromising quality ever. We are also available for Commercial Photography and Editorial Photography in Sussex, Surrey, Kent, London and the south east, as well as Overseas such as France, Spain and Italy.

Lastly, three local sites relevant to communities in Brighton and Hove are now live; has grown very quickly and many local shops and businesses are now with us. went live in the new year and is growing in challenging trading conditions and is also now live and seeks to distinguish Hove from Brighton and maintain its own identity which, some feel, it has lost since the City status was conferred and both towns were amalgamated into one Unitary Authority. Please take a olook.

Friday, 29 January 2010

Italian and Charming. Wholesalers in the UK for Zoppini Charms, Jewellery and accessories.

Two new sites have now gone live in recent days......... a Jewellery Wholesaler from Tuscany based in the UK and a community and services site for the Kemptown and St James' area of Brighton and Hove, east of the Pavillion, here in East Sussex.

And for we have two new customers, so please welcome Talking Tots for childrens language development in Brighton, Hove and Lewes, as well as Mick from MB Roofing, who has so many positive comments and feedback from his customers he is clearly the Roofer to use in Brighton and Fiveways.

On meanwhile, Elaine Borges-Ibanez of Reel Life Photography, a Destination Wedding Photographer based in Yorkshire, has joined the site for her fourth consequitive year; Elaine is our longest standing customer and a lovely woman with it, over the years I've grown to recognise her as a friend as much as a customer, and we completely endorse Elaines photography and could not recommend her more strongly. See Elaines work here And we are likely to see Ivan Luckie providing coverage for Weddings in Mexico in the next few days too, but I'll save Ivans welcome for next time.

Friday, 22 January 2010

Photography Courses in Sussex.

Well, happy new year folks, 2009 keeps rearing its ugly head but here we are late Janury 2010 with all that the new decade promises. Somehwat overflowing with optimism here, lots going on, some sad, some very bad, and some unbelievable good fortune too, not to mention good health and the very best friends and family around me, so what's to grumble about? Absolutely nothing! Although a healthy dose of realism is always a good idea, I tend to remind myself from time to time that whilst men makes plans God laughs. :-)

On the photography front, sands are already shifting, but I hope to be running courses in the south of France with Deyan Photography of Australia some time in June, and a first visit to Egypt is also planned for the long overdue Suez project; there's a chance to visit Marakesh and I am planning, with some trepidation (hence the God laughs comment above) to go up Killi before it loses it's snowy peeks completely; but that's October and this is January, with winter and Xmas padding still evident some serious training has to occurr between now and then.

I have been working on various websites, producing images for Elwood Wines in Brighton (see and also working on a new Jewellery website. Currently planned are the new local sites for Brighton KemptownOnline and SevenDialsOnline so keep a lookout since the site has been such a success.

Last month a number of photographers joined us at including I am delighted to say Jeremy Standley; Jeremy is without doubt one of the very finest Destination Wedding Photographers in the world today, hugely respected by his peers and those elsewhere in the industry too.

Lastly, on the photography courses front I am looking to extend geographically from Sussex to London as well with the potential to go into any area in the UK and deliver day courses, so long as sufficient numbers make it worthwhile. I was approached by two people from Newcaslte asking me to run one on the Northumberland coast and have asked them to come back when there are at least 8 of them. So, similarly, if you would like me to run a course elsewhere do get in touch; I am now setting dates for the Sussex courses; snow and ice shut one course this month already, so next dates are likely to be in February and March. Do get in touch if interested, the courses are extremely good fun and very inspiring. See more here