A mini photoshoot for Laura and Ryan at a local country park. An early start saw the sun just breaking through the trees casting a beautiful light over the happy couple.
This was a very relaxed laid-back shoot, just a walk in the park capturing some special moments for the couple. A mixture of black and white and colour photography was taken, no tripod or fancy equipment was used, just me and my Canon 6D with a EF 24-70 Zoom Lens.
I have used premium brand Folio Albums to create Ross & Sarah’s Wedding Album. The stunning wedding took place at Suites Alba Resort, Portugal, summer 2016.
The front cover is made from Linen, colour Pebble and contains 22 spreads on Art White Cotton Paper. The album is presented wrapped in a canvas bag and I designed in Illustrator the image on the brown cardboard box packaging to add personality and the finishing touch to the album.
Photographing The Album
As the wedding was beside the beach I used cork sheets; cork is harvested in Portugal and when photographed represented sand. I used shells collected from the Algarve beach and coral coloured cotton sheets also used as the main accent colour to the wedding.
Photographing products I have always found tricky with lighting, how to position the camera, whether to keep the whole frame in focus and how much to include in the frame. With this I’m mind I photographed the album outside in the garden using natural light and decided to go for a hap hazard, carefree laid back feel to the set of photographs.
A super vibrant, colourful and rather amazing wedding day; full of laughs and fun.
I was so happy to get the opportunity to photograph this wedding. I met Emma and Rayner at a local wedding fair and knew right away this was a wedding and couple for me, both being funny, witty and creative
The style was modern day vintage with loads of personality and a few quirky twists.
Emma ‘Rocked’ with her Sea Mermaid coloured hair, fashioned in a 1940’s style. A hand crocheted flower posy and iridescent blue shoes finished the look. The guys wore hand crocheted sunflowers and brown suits, complimented by colourful bow ties, white shirts and braces
I am so thrilled to share this wedding with you and hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.
There was so much effort and creativity put into decorating the venue. The table decorations were handmade by the couple and their creative flair could be seen throughout the day in all the little details.
A playful theme of Rainbows, Sunflowers and paper hot air balloons.
The guests and couple were all great fun.
The First Dance
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”You made us feel so relaxed and like we were being photographed by a friend. You really have been a star throughout” Mr and Mrs Coss
Towards the end of April 2017, I spent a few days travelling around Holland in search of the tulip fields and windmills. Based in Rotterdam, by car I travelled north to the small island of Texel. On the way I visited Keukenhof Gardens, The Molencomplex and continually stopped by the roadside to photograph the colourful Bloemen fields.
I took the Canon 450D on this trip with a standard lens. no tripod, but picked up plenty of Tony’s Salted Caramel Chocolate, Yummy.
Unfortunately the weather throughout the trip was cold, wet and hailstones, not perfect conditions for taking photos, but you have to make the best of it and with a bit of perseverance and patience I managed to get the shots I wanted of the beautiful flowers and charming windmills. I was extremely lucky to see so many fields still in bloom and even managed to follow by foot, the tractor cutting the tulips.
Keukenhof Gardens, Lisse. The gardens were understandably very busy. Bright and colourful tulips were in abundance. A sea of colour it was hard to pick which flowers to photograph, they were all so beautiful. Below are the tulips I managed to capture between the crowds of people.
In comparison, by photographing at the roadside there was more time to compose the shot and soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the experience. Wind Turbines boomed away beside the rich coloured fields creating a dramatic scene.
The Molencomplex is a world heritage site and home to 19 windmills. A tranquil place and a pleasure to visit. It was a quiet day (perhaps the rain had deterred people form visiting) I spent many hours here walking around the site and using the many footpaths to gain a different perspective of the windmills. A walk further out of the area I came across a small agricultural field with a cow posing in the perfect position, in front of the windmills.
All photos have been post edited in Capture One Pro and a bit of tweaking in iphotos, no photoshop.
I hope you have enjoyed looking through the photographs.
Kenilworth Castle is a magnificent backdrop to Rayner and Emma’s pre-wedding photoshoot; with their interests in history and Renaissance Art it was the perfect place.
There was no shortage of photo ideas. With a fantastic location we decided to go with the flow, making the most of the weathered and textured stonework, the confined rooms, the open grounds, the remains of a tower and the stunning views from the castle.
A real mixture of photos. I think of Renaissance Art as very solemn affair although very beautiful and skilled. When Emma told me they both liked this period in Art History I decided to use more natural areas around the castle. An outer castle wall covered in creeping ivy was a good backdrop as was an impressive upturned root with gnarled branches in the castle grounds and a pair of grand oak doors. Emma brought along a pair of lovely sparkly red shoes to wear. I wanted to include these as much as possible in the shoot and dancing came to mind in the ruins of a turret creating fun action shots. A present from Valentines Day they gave a flash of colour to the cold February day.
Like most couples I meet Rayner and Emma were not keen on having their photos taken, however there is always a turning point in a couple shoot and after the first few shots both Rayner and Emma were both enjoying themselves (I hope!) and thats when the best shots start happening.
This was the longest and the most shots I have taken to date on a couple shoot, about 70 edited in all. I think all three of us had so many ideas and there was so much scope to try things out, I just kept snapping!
An experimental and evolving body of new work. The new collection is a nod towards, fine art Renaissance paintings of flowers. I was very much influenced by my parents gothic inspired country home and garden and this aided me in creating a series of still life photographs with a dark edge.
Collecting a variety of flowers from the garden, (Alliums, Hebe, Artichoke, Roses, Agapanthus, Sedum, Dried Allium Seed heads, Lavender, Blue Spier) objects from the pine dresser and dusting off antique cut glass, I started to arrange and photograph the items using a black velvet background in the family living room. Later the photos were edited using Capture 1 Pro 9.
This will be an ongoing, organic project which I will continually add to.
Ross and Sarah were married at this luxurious resort with close friends and family. Set on a dramatic cliffside with a beautiful beach at the bottom, there were ample opportunities for photographs of the couple, their daughter Darcy, the groomsmen, bridesmaids and guests.
Being my first destination wedding I was full of excitement. I packed my Canon 6D Full Frame DSLR with a 24-70mm which can also handle macro, Canon 450D with a 50mm lens for close up shots with a shallow depth of field, Canon Speedlite 430 EX II, loads of rechargeable batteries and a high factor sunscreen.
The colour theme for the wedding was blue, cream, lilac and coral. Sarah wore a beautiful, delicate Karen Willis Holmes dress https://www.karenwillisholmes.com. All hair and make-up for the Bride and Bridesmaids were done on site in the honeymoon suite. Rather than take the usual photos of the hair and make-up being done, I took the girls made-up, outside in their robes using the backdrop of the resort which was landscaped with tropical plants, for some natural photos.
I wanted to use the beautiful surroundings as much as possible and as such the golf buggy proved to be a fun prop and the precarious walk through rough terrain, where you could stand out on the cliff above the ocean made for some awesome photographs, especially with the speedboats passing through the caves.
The outside wedding ceremony started at 3pm and the party went through the night until 2am. There were also three videographers and a drone. It was great to work with other photographers and to talk through ideas for the day and learn how they were going to use the light and sunset for their own shots.
Beautiful surroundings, lots of laughs, fabulous people, fantastic food all made for an unforgettable day.
A relaxed wedding morning celebration at Coombe Abbey Hotel, Coventry.
Coombe Abbey is a large impressive former monastery and as such is a fantastic wedding venue. Dark gothic interiors, contrast with the open expanse of uniform gardens and an impressive lake while the Abbey exterior serves as an amazing backdrop.
An early start. Preparations were in full swing by 6.30am, tea and pastries were served from 9am for the guests and the ceremony started at 10am, afterwards it was cupcakes and drinks on the terrace, by 12.30 Mr and Mrs Bertram were off on their honeymoon.
A black and white colour theme, the bridesmaids wore black dresses with white rose bouquets, while Jess wore an impressive wedding dress by Mori Lee http://www.morilee.co.uk complemented with a bouquet of black roses. Stunning!
The wedding was a real joy to photograph, there was so many opportunities for great composed photographs and the weather and light were fantastic. Jess and Chris were evidently happy and smiled throughout the morning, making my role as photographer so easy and enjoyable and I hope this shows in the photographs.
A sunny and bright day the weather was perfect for lots of posed and natural shots outside in the manor grounds all through the day until dusk. It was a relaxed and special day.
So we’ve seen them! (the wedding gallery) I just can’t put into words how fantastic we think they are! The detail is unbelievable so many memories I could have forgot but all documented forever. I have already spent hours looking at the photos and we will spend many more. We couldn’t ask for anything else. Just thinking about it makes me emotional!! So what can I say but a massive Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!
A different photo shoot for me capturing not one but two Dalmatians out in the country. It was tiring but fun chasing Bella and Jensen around trees and fields for nearly 3 hours with their owners Dave and Leslie.
The weather was fantastic, the sun was just peeking through the clouds giving rise to some great light and shadow shots. The Bluebells contrasted beautifully with the black and white colours of their coats as did the long green grass and light wood bark of the trees.
I was hoping they may have tired throughout the shoot, so I could get some creative, laid back posed shots, but there was no stopping these two, they were on a mission. Forever full of energy, sniffing everything insight, picking and running off with litter, and barking and chasing other dogs, all closely followed by me, trying to get a good shot with my camera, it was all great fun. There was an instant when Bella and Jensen were frantically chasing each other at full speed through the trees this resulted in one of my favourite shots.
Bella and Jensen are two amazing Dalmatians full of energy and fun not stopping still for one moment until they are bribed with a piece of sausage!
A challenging experience, both Dave and Leslie were great luring and bribing Jensen and Bella into various poses. They hid behind trees and ran down hills and through trees, while I mostly crouching down or running with them could anticipate the shot. No fancy props in my camera bag, just my full frame Canon 6D with a 24-70mm lens and Black Rapid strap http://www.blackrapid.com no flash was needed.
Photographing animals while they are moving is never going to be easy, but you have to go with the flow, watch their personalities and be very patient. I experimented with many different camera settings, but in the end I just went with a fast shutter speed and kept shooting, shooting and shooting.