Advent calendar kick-off!

Hooray, it’s that time of the year again: 1 December, start of the Advent season! Which also means that today we’re launching our very special Calvendo Advent calendar, opening one door every day until Christmas to reveal great images and, of course, calendars. Make sure not to miss our creative treats for you! You’ll meet a lot of our fab self-publishers along the way and maybe even find some inspiration for a unique Christmas gift ….

So, opening door number one and we’re saying hello to this lovely little lamb (look at its face!), featured in Andrew Kearton’s Animals in the Countryside calendar. A great one if you enjoy the countryside and animals. Obviously 🙂

CALVENDO self-publishers in conversation: Andrew Kearton

Location, location, location: Being at home in a place where the great outdoors of the Peak District is in spitting distance means that landscape photographer Andrew Kearton is perfectly placed for his work. Here, he tells us about his approach to photography, what he likes about Flickr, what to have in mind when creating a calendar plus he’s got a very simple, but nonetheless essential tip for Calvendo first timers.

Andrew Kearton

Andrew, can you talk a bit about your background as a photographer and how and when you took up photography?

I began photography as a means of recording the beautiful places that I went walking with my dog (who also features in my photography). I had only ever taken snapshots for years with a pocket camera but always had in the back of my mind the idea of taking photography more seriously. In 2007, I bought an entry level DSLR and was totally hooked from then on.

The past few years I’ve been trying hard to refine my skills. After leaving my previous job due to some health issues I became a self-employed landscape photographer last year. I’m lucky to live in a beautiful area on the edge of the Peak District national park so I am spoilt for locations. When my health improves I will go further afield.

How would you describe your style and approach as a photographer? Continue reading