Samuel Thompson

Best of 2018

2018 has been a mixed year for me with a lot less photography than I thought, but still getting some of my favourite pictures to date. I feel like over the past 12 months I’ve finally settled in to a style that I’m happy with, although I still love the challenge of shooting something new.

I kicked off the year with some great people, places and weather – the heavy snow in Somerset and the last minute decision to hike up Pen Y Fan with Laurence were highlights for me. Walking up a ‘mountain’ with a very heavy backpack full of gear at 4am was not a wise choice when I had been sat in an office for 12 months hardly moving, but getting to the top just as the sun was rising was 100% worth it. 

The summer months were spent shooting the 2019/2020 prospectus for Bridgwater & Taunton College, covering all their campuses which I always enjoy. Visiting their revamped kitchens at Taunton and days on the farm in Cannington are always enjoyable, and shooting more commercial agricultural stuff is a personal target for next year. I’ve been really happy with the shots from this year, and seeing them around Somerset on billboards has been brilliant. .

Back in November I received an email to say that I’d been awarded Somerset Landscape and Lifestyle Photography of the Year 2019. I’ve taken this with a pinch of salt, but I guess it should mean something. Over the last few months my desire to shoot has been low, but getting out with Ali for some cycling portraits reminded me of the fun you can have at 8am on a clear morning! Over Christmas I’m going to try and make a few impromptu trips to places around the UK to shoot, just to get the creative juices flowing again for 2019. 

Enjoy the photos below which are just a selection of my favourites from this year, in no particular order. 

Thanks to everyone who worked with me this year, I look forward to working with new people next year! 


Bianchi Dama Ali Sheehan
Dairy Cows
Cheddar Gorge
Defender Fording
Defender Greenlaning
Dora Sausage Dog Portrait
Jade Chidgey
Jade Roberts
Pen Y Fan
Summer Shooting
Trigger Twins
Trigger Twins
Blackbrook Barn