Merlindale Holiday Rental

This website was built by The Big Frog for his longest standing client back in 2006 and has been maintained ever since.

Since then, The Frog has re-vamped the website about three times, having taken photographs and written all the copy from scratch, and designed the site in WordPress. So there’s not a word nor an image on the Merlindale site that hasn’t been produced by The Frog!

Derwent Living

I was employed in a full time capacity within this organisation for about a year back in 2014, I was principle photographer and sub-editor of their ‘Derwent Life’ magazine.

See the ‘Photography’ category for more work that I produced for them (all images Copyright Derwent Living) – but here is a typical portrait for the front cover.  I would also write a centre-spread feature inside the magazine.

Corporate Events

The Big Frog can attend conferences and trade fairs, when all the members of your organisation are under one roof, and take corporate portraits, group shots and the like. Here are a couple from a recent conference in the City of London, for a trade association working in the UK food safety industry.

Name badges have been Photoshopped for commercial confidentiality reasons.




The Big Frog was once a photographer with a Derbyshire housing association and produced some high quality work for their magazine Derwent Life.

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This photograph was of the CEO Peter McCormack (pictured far right) visiting a centre for work experience in gardening and horticulture in Ilkeston, Derbyshire.

Ghost Hunter

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Another photograph taken for the front cover of Derwent Living Magazine, this is professional ‘ghost hunter’ Richard Felix in his garden at Ashbourne, Derbyshire.

Terry Christian

I knew Terry, who has had a varied career as a broadcaster on TV and radio since the 1980’s, via a friend-of-a-friend.

© Derwent Living – kindly allowed to be featured here

He was happy to pose for a feature in Derwent Living Magazine about his early connections with Radio Derby.

Judith Hann

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Judith Hann used to present a programme on the BBC called ‘Tomorrow’s World’ from 1974 and early 1994. I knew her because her brother taught me maths at school, and she invited me to her Oxfordshire home to take photographs of her pursuing her love of cooking with herbs from her own garden. Whilst I was working at Derwent Living I took some portraits for a feature on her Derby connections.

Dad’s Army

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When working at Derwent Living, some of my colleagues and customers dressed up in Dad’s Army Home Guard uniforms to symbolise the ‘fight’ for the ‘Homes for Britain’ building campaign. We shot the images at Crich Tramway museum, Derbyshire.

Red Monroes

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A photo taken whilst working at Derwent Living as a favour for a member of staff who was in a band called the ‘Red Monroes’

Marston’s Coopers

This image was taken for a Marston’s brewery company report cover in Burton upon Trent in about 1995. The older man in the image (who passed away in 2017) was retiring, leaving the only surviving cooper in Staffordshire, his apprentice, who in turn had just finished his apprenticeship.

The photo is taken in the ‘Union System’ room at the brewery, all those huge barrels in the background having been built or maintained by the men pictured.