2016 Year in review

2016 –

 Twelve months of Photography
with Line & Light


Martine running

Dan Training

Welcome to 2017!

2016 is over, but before we launch into our next calendar of courses, we thought we’d reflect on a great year with you all and highlight some of the activities, locations and photos we, and you have taken over the last twelve months.

So grab a cuppa, sit back and enjoy browsing this lot……
We kick off with some silly snaps of the team in action – Bob tracking Martine on the run, Paul explaining the art of head room and Dan demonstrating the best way to pose with a gorgeous model!


Our year always kicks off with our Beginners platform of courses, we love Judith Gurd’s piccy of Dan trying to flap his wings 🙂

Dig 1 Comparing images Dan trying to fly


Our Astrophotogaphy courses run up at Sherwood Observatory and always bring in a crowd from across the country.

In 2016 we hosted photographers from as far afield as Newcastle, Essex and Bristol. We’ve been lucky more often than we haven’t, and as this pic shows, when we can get the dome open against the night sky, it makes for a fab pic.



As part of Martine’s role as Brand Ambassador for Manfrotto, she’s been hosting architectural walkabouts for them and WEX, the Uk’s largest online photo retailer. 2016’s was a local affair, after previous events at Norwich Cathedral and Sandringham; and this time, the day was spent at Wollaton Hall.

It was the first occasion that Martine had taken a photo group up to the restored Prospect Room and decided it was a ‘must-do’ for one of Line & Light’s Portraiutre Days. Suffice to say, we’re there with our new model in February and can’t wait!

Prospect room


We have images from Samantha Watson illustrating her day on the Flash Workshop in the spring. You wouldn’t have thought our model sat in the tree in broad daylight, but she was! The power of flash eh? 

Water splash

Holly posing


Les Bailey’s lovely images of one of our favourite locations – Papplewick Pumping Station, have been used to illustrate May’s course. The Rhododrendrons by the lake were in flower and the weather didn’t disappoint. The boilers were being stoked and there was smoke and steam aplenty. We’re there again this spring, why not join us?

Pump engine

Pump house boiler room


Our portraiture day at Holme Pierrepont Hall saw a change to the usual theme and brought a couple together for a beautiful shoot with lots of humorous moments too!

Here are H Holloway, Matt Ashmore and Kay Marples’s super pics of our fab couple (who had only met once prior to the shoot and yet acted as if they had been very happy together for years!).

Holly and Nate

Holding hands

Lord and Lady


Our days with Jan and his falconry team are always a treat, and 2016’s had flying displays under blue skies. We’re with them again in April and can’t wait.

Birds of prey


Thanks to Louise Clarke and all of the intrepid photographers who braved the torrential rain with Paul at Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire and got some cracking pics as a result.

We love the motion blur on the background of this shot Louise, nice one!



On what would have been the 72nd birthday of Martine’s beloved mother Kate, Line & Light took the opportunity to raise money for Breast Cancer Research in her memory. It was a firmly family affair, with Martine & Paul running a Digital Stage 1 day, whilst James sold homemade cake and played guitar requests at break times.

We raised a massive £1180 in the end, and would like to take this opportunity to say a massive ‘thank you’ again to all of those who were so generous in their support.

Charity Group Shot

Fund raising

Happy collection


Martine’s Modern Architecture days are when she delights in sharing her enthusiasm for the built environment and perspective control lenses with like minded individuals! Even those who admit to a little quizzical head scratching with the design of certain modern buildings come away with funky fabulous pics and a new found passion for all things architectural …. truly!!! 🙂

Thanks to Richard Redshaw and Della Astle for their lovely images.

Mono Handrail Mono Stair Detail Quiet Uni Views


All of our tutors shoot and teach outside of Line & Light, and the Royal Institute of British Architects are one of the organisations who call on our skills throughout the year.

Martine went to Cambridge University and Birmingham City University on several occasions to deliver workshops for both architects and architecture post grad students. Here’s one of her groups in November learning about colour temperature changes in interiors.

In 2016, we had Bob judging regularly for the region’s Photographic Societies, Paul teaching Video Skills for industry and Dan running staff days for Toyota to name but a few of the training and evaluation sessions we were involved with.

Cambridge Uni architecture students learn photography with Marti


We finished the year with a glorious day at Lord Byron’s Newstead Abbey in Notts. We’d not run this event for a while, but brought it back by popular demand.

If you’ve not been before, the house is dressed with sumptuous displays and we have the run of it with our tripods and lights, as Diane Simpson and Glynis Harrison’s pics delightfully illustrate. You can be sure that Martine will bake and we will finish the year in style again this coming winter!

Newstead Abbey at Christmas 2016

Newstead Tree

Newstead Hall tree

Newstead Table

Line and Light Logo

Join us for a great day with your camera in 2017!