A Monkey's Revenge - My Blog

Epic fail!

I've been playing around with Ai, something most photographers and artists, in fact all creative people are worried about.

Here is my first ever Ai generated image and I tapped in "Man on a bicycle, legs splayed out, feet off the pedals with a newly cut Christmas tree in the front basket, cycling up a hilly road in the style of John Robertson" to create it. I'm not sure Ai knows who JR is though although Salvador Dali etc. are listed!


Why You Need a Professional Photographer......

In today's digital age, where everyone has access to a high-quality camera on their smartphones, you might be questioning the need for a professional photographer. However, when it comes to representing your business and creating a strong brand image, nothing beats the skills and expertise of a professional.

In this blog post, I aim to highlight the importance of hiring a professional photographer for your business and how it can positively impact your marketing efforts, make a lasting impression on your customers, and ultimately boost your sales. First impressions matter, especially in the world of business. When potential customers or clients visit your website or see your marketing materials, the first thing they notice is the visuals. It's human nature to be attracted to images and make judgments based on them. If the images representing your business are of poor quality, it can reflect negatively on your brand and credibility. On the other hand, professional photography can instantly elevate your business image and create a positive perception among your target audience.

At the end of the day, investing in professional photography is an investment in your business's success. By conveying a strong and positive first impression, you are more likely to capture the attention of potential customers or clients, forge a connection with them, and ultimately drive sales. Don't leave your business image to chance; hire a professional photographer to take your visuals to the next level.

In conclusion, professional photography plays a crucial role in creating a strong brand image and enhancing your marketing efforts. The exceptional quality, tailored branding, and versatility offered by professional photographers can make a significant difference in how your business is perceived by your target audience. By prioritizing high-quality visuals, you can make a lasting impact, attract more customers, and ultimately boost your sales.

If you're ready to enhance your company image and take your business to new heights, contact me for a chat about improving your company image at www.jr-photos.com.

 Remember, a picture is worth a thousand words. Make sure yours speak loudly and positively about your business.

Everything stops for tea

It's a very good English custom, though the weather be cold or hot. When they need a little pickup, you'll find a little teacup Will always hit the spot....in the words of Jack Buchanan who sang 'Everything Stops for Tea' in an impeccable English accent, despite him being a Scotsman.

Almost everyone offers a cup of tea or coffee on arrival at a shoot, especially if I've driven a long way to get there. Notable exceptions include an ultra religious Yorkshire farmer who sat and drank his and ate his breakfast while I waited at 5 am after a horribly early start. Also a titled gentleman who kept me waiting 2 hours whilst entertaining guests to lunch in his stately pile.

From tea in a fine bone china cup during an interview with Lady Hesketh, mint tea in Morocco to chai and samosas with Kashmiri terrorists, I've usually accepted the offering gratefully as it always seems rude to me not to. Where is the strangest place you have partaken of the national beverage?

Copyright-cheque please!

I hereby licence these photos for any use in any known or unknown galaxy for the rest of eternity. Any first born shall become the licensee's property, although no sending them up chimneys or stuff like that.......

You can LICENSE photos and agree favourable terms for both you AND the photographer. You DON'T need to demand copyright!! If I go to a restaurant and buy a meal, I don't expect the chef to give me the recipe and perhaps all his/her raw ingredients.......maybe a mind transfer so that I can replicate the dish exactly the same as they did. Perhaps insist they hand over their kitchen equipment..... Next time I want a similar wonderful meal, I'm gonna have to go back to their restaurant and pay out for another meal. Simples really! Good for their business and self esteem, and good for me to leave them to their expertise and creativity without any interference from me.

Share the love and don't demand copyright from photographers because some numpty has decided that is required of you- it isn't!


Phew! I've had a busy week and it continues today with editing images for the Waitrose job I did on Thursday. I can't talk about that yet, so here are two images from The Feathers Hotel where I nipped in for a breakfast cuppa as I arrived an hour too early. I'm a bit like John Cleese in the film Clockwise- a time botherer. That M42 around Brum can be deadly for delays, but when it's working everything drives around it like a well oiled machine.

I only saw 3 couples in the magnificent hotel dining area with it's beautiful crystal glass chandeliers and curiosities like the models of a bloke in a straw hat and the black swan with a guilded beak in the fireplace. Being a cheapskate and short of time I paid for the coffee,(£2.90- a bargain for a posh hotel!), and bought a chocolate croissant from the nearby Greggs bakery which had opened up early.

Sad to hear that next week we may all be in another national lockdown and hotels like 'The Feathers' are bound to take an economic bashing. #commercialphotographer #editorialphotographer #photography #johnrobertsonphotography

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