Jökulsárlón Iceland

I spent a couple of hours here on a whirlwind trip to Iceland. It took us 6 hours to travel by car from Reykjavik where we were staying for a couple of nights. Nothing could prepare us for the views of the spectacular icebergs. It was as though we were standing on another planet. Truly breath taking.

I used the Canon 6D and have edited the photos in Capture Pro

Landscape photographs of Jökulsárlón Iceland

Magic Horse Photoshoot.

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.

 

Maxine Personal Trainer//Location Airport

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

Kenilworth Castle Pre-Wedding Photoshoot

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.

Summer Flowers Inspired Gothic Still Life

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.