This was a two hour portrait session capturing Leah and 10 year old Magic at the stables and open fields. Just after midday, the sun was at its strongest, and although this provided a few challenges, (harsh shadows), it also gave a few surprises and the strong light was used to our advantage. Being patient and working around the shadows and the full sun, resulted in some nice bleached out shoots as well as some dark contrast tones to the photographs.
Thank you for taking your time and making us feel so confident, beautiful and relaxed. Leah and Magic
The shoot was totally relaxed and although Magic made a canter for it at one stage and trotted back to the stables, he was an absolute star. He is a gentle and calm horse and was quite happy for me to keep snapping my camera around him. Although, there was no real plan for the session but to get some nice shots of Leah and Magic together, I thought on my feet and used the location to dictate many of the photos.
Props are not something I usually use, but this time I brought a large bouquet of flowers with me. The flowers provided another element to the shoot and worked well to add a bit of kitsch and surreal modern photography to the shoot.
There were about 40 photos on the final edit, here are a few from the shoot.
The brief was to create dynamic shots that Maxine (Personal Trainer) could use to promote her new business MaxiFIT
It was decided to use an industrial backdrop to add an edgy vibe to the photos. The chosen location was a 1970’s Airport. The white hanger doors and the parts of a stripped back aeroplane were the perfect props and provided a terrific backdrop to the day.
The photographs were taken with the Canon 6D camera and shot on a overcast day between 10-12pm which gave a nice moody light. For many shots I waited for the sun to shine through the clouds which gave a super strong light using the hanger door and the metal from the plane as my reflector.
Here are a few photos from the shot
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
If you were a guest at the wedding and would like to see the full album please click the link.
”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
Bride’s Shoes: Irregular Choice, Lazy River
Bride’s Dress: White Rose
Crochet Posy: Hippo Egg
Cake: Claire’s Creative Bakes
Venue, Day Time: Nettle Hill, Warwickshire
Yay Road Trip!
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!
Here are just a few shots from the day.
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.
A few photos from the afternoon.
WOW, What A Wedding!
On 24th June I headed to the Algarve, Portugal to photograph the marriage of Ross and Sarah at Suites Alba Resort, Lagoa, Algarve. http://www.suitesalbaresort.com/suites-alba-resort
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.
Here are a few photos from the day.