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Dance photography

Dance photography

Dance photography is a fairly new venture for me. But it’s been one of the most rewarding. Creating lots of new friends and clients along the way.

Getting out on location and exploring. Challenging dancers to perform in some unusual places along the way. Challenging me to push for more creative thinking on the spot. I go to a location with a rough outline of what we both want to achieve and a notion that we can improve or exceed our objectives. Pushing boundaries is a most rewarding challenge. You never know what opportunities you might come across like a deer 🦌 a tree that is begging to be climbed a paddling pool on a cold day, fountains and a mosaic octopus!

Pushing boundaries is a most rewarding challenge

This year, unfortunately, we have been unable to explore and capture anything so far and I really do miss it. But there is light at the end of this tunnel with shoots being booked in for next month. So stay tuned

Working with dancers at any level is always fun. The only thing letting us down is the weather .

Ian x

Just for dogs

The idea first came to me while taking portraits of dogs at the “Dog Lovers Festival” run by Mad Hatters Events in Elvaston Park.

What if I could do Something to help promote a local dog charity? Having talked it over with my partner. She suggested a charity her friend did collections for up near Ashbourne. So of I went looking for a Rescue centre in Brailsford, Ashbourne. Where I met up with the Lovely Maggie, rushed off her feet!

They very kindly let us pitch our portable studio up at the next event(2 days away at the time) and it was a great success we helped raise some money and made some new friends and I fell in love with every dog there!

The story continues……
Now I go up whenever Maggie shouts, and spend a couple of hours taking portraits of new arrivals so we can find them homes as soon as possible. Its been a fantastic success and most dogs are finding new owners. Which makes myself and everyone at Just for Dogs very happy.

supreme instants which pass with the ticking of a clock

Success in photography, portraiture especially, is dependent on being able to grasp those supreme instants which pass with the ticking of a clock, never to be duplicated – so light, balance – expression must be seen – felt as it were – in a flash, the mechanics and technique being so perfected in one as to be absolutely automatic.

Portraiture blonde in moody lighting

Why the change?

I’ve traded under “Ian Richardson Photography” since the beginning, over 30 years in all. Not ver exciting I know but functional, does what it says on the tin, if a little long winded. ‘Irpimages’ came about while looking for a domain name 3 and a bit years ago after not being able to acquire the names I wanted we added the images and settled on a ‘’ but if you read it properly it never really jelled with me “Ian Richardson Photography Images” does really work. I have also found it gets mixed up by people and becomes “RIPimages” quite a lot.

So I’ve always wanted to change it to something simple. Then after a number of years there was a ping in my head “the year I started doing this thing that I do and what i do! “1986” “photography” . And there you have it “19graphy” sorry “86photo” complete with its very own “.com“ .

That how was born, or more to the point reborn.