December 31, 2013  •  1 Comment

As the last hours of 2013 slowly diminish away and 2014 fast approaches I wanted to create a blog to give everybody I have shot, worked with or just enjoyed spending time with a big thank you and to share a favourite image from each of the shoots I have done in 2013.

As soon as I looked at the gallery to find out which picture will be first it reminds me of how fortunate I have been this year to shoot such amazing people and wonderful events and thinking, this could be a looong post!


To go to the full galleries just click on any of the images. To get back to the blog use the back button on your browser


Anyway, here we go.


Autosport International

For the last 5 maybe 6 years my photography year always starts with Autosport International at Birmingham NEC with a large selection of cars and celebrities from the motorsports scene

Autosport International 2013

The legendary Formula 1 driver Sir Jackie Stewart


February started off with a show I always enjoy, Race Retro at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry where there is the opportunity to see classic rally cars both on display and racing.

Race Retro - Stoneleigh Park

Two more Formula 1 legends. Sir Stirling Moss and Murray Walker OBE

Also in February I got to shoot three fantastic models.

Vicki Blatchley

Vicki Blatchley at Studio One

Giorgia Davies

Giorgia Davies at Saracen House

Amber Tutton Amber Tutton at GM Studios


March bought the start of the British Touring Car Championships and with it the BTCC media day at Donnington Park

BTCC Media Day - Donnington Park

It also gave me the the chance to shoot with the lovely Nicki-Ann

Nickie Ann

Nickie Ann at GM Studios


My first event of April was a newly named event at Santa Pod called Festival of Power which had action in the arenas, on the track and in the air.

Eric Teboul on his Rocket Bike. Fastest man on Two Wheels

Next up was The Big Bang show, again at Santa Pod for all things VW

Big Bang - Santa Pod

Then it was back in the studio for one of my favourite shoots of 2013 with Natasha Kalashnikova

Studio Shoots

Natasha Kalashnikova at Saracen House Studios

I also got to shoot with Natasha Fretwell

Natasha Fretwell at Saracen House Studios


May had three shows in the calendar.

Britcar and BRSCC - Silverstone

Street Nationals - Santa Pod

Modified Nationals - Peterborough Arena

Modified Nationals cannot be passed over without this video very well edited by Simon Pow and starring the lovely Faye Evette Betts driving the Performance Direct Peel towards the end of the day.

Faye makes a break for it



As always, June is a very busy month so lets just get on with the pictures!

Classic Ford Show - Santa Pod

Britcar - Rockingham Round

Performance Vauxhall Show - Santa Pod

Back With Mods - Santa Pod

Japshow - Santa Pod (Couldn't do a blog without including the lovely Michelle Westby!)

June also included a location shoot and a studio shoot

Louise Lovell at Stoke Bruerne

Kimberley Rain Phoenix Kimberley Rain Phoenix at Saracen House Studios


July is another busy month for shows so....onwards

Japfest 2 - Donnington Park

Dragstalgia has to get a special mention because it has to be one of my favourite events for the sheer spectacle of classic drag cars

Dragstalgia - Santa Pod

BugJam - Santa Pod, one of the biggest shows on Santa Pods Calendar and this year hotter than Spain!


August bought me a little close to home with Northampton Music Festival which had lots of up and coming performers performing on the streets and in the pubs of Northampton.

Northampton Music Festival

Burnout Competition at Ultimate Street Car - Santa Pod

Ford Fair - Silverstone

Northampton Balloon Festival

AACI August Open Nationals

And one studio shoot with the lovely Kylie McKerrell

Studio Shoots

Kylie McKerrell at Saracen House Studios


September had me out and about again and at some different locations too

Top Fuel Dragster at FIA Finals

Top Fuel Dragster at FIA Finals - Santa Pod

Next was a trip back in time to World War II

Sir Winston Churchil at the Stoke Bruerne 'Village at War' Weekend

Trax Another regular show to the scene. Trax - Silverstone

Britcar 1000k - Silverstone

Next up is another new show which I think will just get better and better. Sywell Classic - Pistons and Props at Sywell Aerodrome. A collection of classic cars and planes both on the ground and in the air (The planes that is!)

Sywell Classic - Pistons and Props

Sywell Classic - Pistons and Props


October was a quiet month for shows but gave me a chance to have a shoot with the lovely Jennifer Annette Payne and another shoot with the equally lovely Giorgia Davies

Studio Shoots

Jennifer Annette Payne at Saracen House Studios

Giorgia Davies at Saracen House Studios


November meant time to move indoors and become a regular of Birminghams NEC!

David Soul and the Gran Torino from Starsky and Hutch at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show

Something a little different, Birmingham Comic Con

Eye Candy at Motorcycle Live

Even with all the shows I still found time to fit some studio shoots in.

The first was a Boudoir Photo Shoot Course run by Andrew Appleton. I highly recommend his courses which you can find here 


Gemma Bortolozzo was the fantastic model making the Boudoir photography training even more worthwhile

You can see my other blog covering this course here - Boudoir Photography Workshop

Next up was a shoot with the gorgeous Amber Tutton

Amber Tutton at Saracen House Studios


And so December is finally upon us. In December I managed to fit in one studio shoot and one event

Britain and Irelands Next Top Model girls at Clothes Show Live

Nicola Hayward at Saracen House Studio


I know this is an absolutely huge blog and if you have made it to the end I salute you!

I would like to thank everybody that has appeared in these photos for helping me to get some fantastic shots and hope to do more with you in the future.

A big thank you to Andrew at Saracen House Studios for his help and a fantastic studio for me to get results that I am extremely pleased with. If you want to use his studio check out the website - http://www.saracenhousestudio.co.uk

Also thanks to Gordon Milner whose studio I have used a few times and is perfect for natural light style shoots. You can see his website at http://www.gordonmillner.co.uk







1.Tim Huckle(non-registered)
You sure had a busy year Darren, some cracking photos in your collection; hope to see you about at some of the events in 2014.
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