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An amazing NEW Partnership been created …

We thought we would share some news with you about a NEW partnership that we have recently set up with Landscape Photographer Shaun Derby… 

But how did it all begin you ask?  … Well in September 2018 we launched our annual photography competition for people to supply images to be used in our Owners’ Calendar for 2019. 

We got a call mid-October from Shaun letting us know that he had entered an image but would like to send a few more across. Once we received these the marketing team thought we could use some of them for some up and coming marketing promotions.

Then we thought we could form a partnership where Shaun supplied us with stunning Lake District images and we promote his work to our Heart of the Lakes owners & guests.

That’s enough about the how … let’s find out more about Shaun;

First of all, I would like thank Heart of the Lakes for this opportunity to work with one of the most well know holiday cottages companies in the Lake District.

When the team asked me to write a bit about myself I thought I would let you know how I got in to photography …

My interest in photography started over a decade ago when I bought my first SLR which was a Nikon F80 (film) which soon after was

upgraded to my first digital SLR being a Nikon D70s. For many years this was just used as a point and shoot camera, but I did dabble a bit at sports photography as I had an interest in superbikes.

When my daughter was born in 2013, I convinced my wife that we should invest in a better camera as I wanted to capture those special moments myself and start doing some landscape photography. 

This was in the Peak District as we resided and worked in Sheffield. To that end I invested in a Nikon D800, a significant jump not only in quality but also technically. However, this camera being classed as a pro DSLR has no preset functions (which I knew) so it forced me in to learning more about photography as there wasn’t really an auto option.

Since that moment it has been a constant but steady learning curve as I’m self-taught, and all my photography has had to fit in around my previous job in palliative care (working shifts) and family life, so as you can image this has been difficult at times to get consistency.

However, over the last 2 years, and in particular the last 12 months I’ve been able to put significantly more time in to landscape photography as I’m currently a full-time dad to my 2 amazing children while my wife works at BAE.

Now being a full-time dad, I have a lot more opportunity to get out with my camera, build a portfolio and website, but I would also like to go professional and make a career and living from it. 

Heart of the Lakes - Lake District Cottages have over 320 cottages in delightful locations offering stunning views and peaceful relaxation after a day's walking on the fells or exploring Lakeland villages.