How many people do you know that hate being in front of the camera? Are you one of them? (and if you are a photographer.. shame on you! you should never ask someone to do something you are not willing to do yourself) Can you imagine how tough it would be feeling uncomfortable in front of the camera with a photographer you barely know.. on your, not to be repeated, perfect wedding day. Personally,I think getting to know your wedding photographer before the wedding day is essential and what better way than an informal photo shoot where there is no pressure. I met the lovely Lucy & Steve at the now sadly closed Kings Arms Hotel (more…)
Wow! what a busy and glorious Summer.. so much so that I got a little delayed in posting to the blog.
To make up for that, here is a slice of Summer in the form of Zoe & Charlie’s e-shoot, near Bigbury, Devon.
When I was asked to shoot a friend’s wedding a few things went through my mind…
1. I would be honoured to capture their day
2. If I shot the wedding, It would be as their wedding photographer and not as a guest
3. would I rather be a guest?
I would not want to compromise either the photography or the enjoyment of being a guest, so in my mind I am one or the other.. not both!
Luckily for me, this balancing act between guest or photographer was not an issue, as Rupert & Ryan are having a 3 day wedding event in South Wales. So I will be a guest for days 1 and 3 and dedicate myself to the photography on the wedding day.
Anyway, onto the post for today.. Ryan & Rupert hit the beach for their engagement shoot
I must confess, it has been a little while since my last blog.. but I’m back once again and sharing the lovely couple that is Jonathan and Tamsin.
I still struggle with how to name a shoot of this kind, but regardless of the name a pre-wedding photoshoot is a fun way for both the couple and photographer to build rapport and trust. Also, in a typical wedding the couple and photographer meet, discuss and book the wedding photography up to 18-24 months before the wedding date itself.
So a pre wedding photoshoot a month or two before the wedding allows everyone to become reacquainted before the big day.
Today, the light was amazing changing from moment to moment.. Sunshine, Cloud, Rain, Hail and back to sunshine all within a few hours. Devon is a wonderful place that never fails to inspire.
Here are a few from my walk today
Not a very wordy post today.. just a few images from my walkabout at one of my favourite beaches in South Devon.. Torcross
It was my birthday and it has been ages since I’ve been out for a shoot for the pure pleasure of it, rather than shooting for a job.
I have been pondering the meaning of this post on and off for the better part of a decade and thought it was about time that I tried to put my thoughts down on virtual paper. What this blog post is not: This is not about Kung Fu martial arts, it is not even about martial arts in general… it is about the original meaning of gōngfu and how it relates to learning the craft of photography.
Obviously, with my passion for Martial Arts and my Photography, there will be an quite a lot of cross over. My Martial Arts flavours my approach to photography and my photography helps me see my martial arts in a new light.
How many times have you read a review of a product and the review reads like the spec sheet? You know the type, filled with all the information you could have picked up from Amazon. This review aims to be a little different to that.. I have used this bag every week for the last 3 months so I have a fair idea of its strengths and weaknesses (There is no perfect bag, even if there is a perfect bag for a certain situation).
A little of my history with Think Tank Photo.. I’ve been a user of their photo bags since 2008/9, starting with the Modular system and then the Airport Accelarator. Both the bag and the modular kit are still in regular use and although they have been worked hard, they still look and function great!
So having established that I am a bit of a fan of ThinkTank bags, lets see if the Retrospective 50 lives up to my high expectations
My first impressions of the Retro 50.. were twofold
1) Damn it is BIG
2) and oh so pretty! (more…)
When Absolute Dental of Kingsbridge asked me to do a commercial photo shoot for them I had images of cliche shiny white smiles and tools of torture. Fortunately the lovely people at Absolute Dental are more forward thinking than my antiquated thoughts of pliers and pain. Emma and the rest of the team are more into promoting the benefits and lifestyle choices that oral hygiene can offer.
Walking in to Absolute Dental is more like entering a Health Spa than any dentist I’ve previously visited.. (more…)
When my best mate’s sister asked if I would shoot her wedding, I was thrilled! I’ve know Melissa now since 2004 and even lived at her folks’ house for a few months before my round the world travels in 2004/5.
I think it is fair to say that a Wedding Photographer’s job is so much easier when there is a rapport with the Bride & Groom.. Which is one of the reasons why a good photographer will always try to meet the happy couple before their wedding day and even arrange a pre-shoot.