Pheasant Game-shooting Photographer – John Alexander Photography

View down the gun line during the pheasant drive



Having grown up in the Oxfordshire countryside I have always enjoyed taking part in rural activities. In 2010 I photographed my first pheasant shoot in Gloucestershire and I loved the immediate thrill and action created by the starter horn. Game shooting photography has allowed me to combine my love of landscape photography with creating dynamic shots of people.  No game shoot is ever the same whether it is the weather or the group of people, I can never take the same shot twice meaning my shots are unique to each shoot.  I practise a documentary-style meaning that my photos capture the action of shoot days creating a last memory of the day.

As shown in my other photographic exploits I'd much rather be outside then in a studio, which is why I enjoy these game day shoots so much; there is something about being in the countryside on a frosty morning with the sound of the gun dogs and the guns striding towards the first drive that I find really exciting. Some of my favourite shots have included a guns smokey barrels at dusk as well as some slightly more comical shots such as a spaniel appearing to drive a landrover. My shots range from formal to fun allowing for the ethos of every shoot to be captured. 

My game shooting photography has been featured in The Shooting Times Magazine as well as on the front cover of Country Life.  I thought I would show you a few of my favourite game-shooting photographs I've taken over the last couple of years.