2012 In Pictures

30th December 2012
In: Blog
It's that time of year when we are treated to reviews of the past twelve months from various quarters, so why should I be different? I did consider a word based piece, but after reading it back it even bored me to tears. Being a photographer it seems ludicrous not to use images to summarise my year. Simple I thought, but looking through the shots taken over the last twelve months, it dawned on me that this wasn't going to be an easy task........
I can genuinely say that I have thoroughly enjoyed every shoot I have undertaken during 2012, and it's the people I produce images of (and for) that has made this year so rewarding for me personally. I have dealt with a lot of shoots over the past twelve months, far more than I anticipated, and to add to the complications, this years super wet weather made scheduling a nightmare. Many shoots were postponed at short notice, but those who were affected were very understanding. I suppose we've all lived in the UK long enough to know what to expect. So before we start, I must say a huge thank you to all those that have used my services this year, those that have supported me, recommended me to others and taken time to comment on my images via. Facebook. It means a lot to know that I am pleasing some of the people, some of the time!

Onto the images. Of course I wish I could include my favourite image from every shoot, but that would be impractical, so I've opted for fourteen to share. Some hold some significance in respect to the business and what path it will take, others just because I like them.....I just hope you do too.

So in no particular order.....


Frenchie
First off is this promo shot of Frenchie Debonaire, taken last December just before Christmas, but the edit and subsequent posting online didn't happen until January. To be honest, I have two or three faves from this shoot, but I decided on this particular shot because of the Film Noir/Hollywood style it portrays. This shoot was a major turning point for me, apart from bringing in an audience, it opened my eyes to the amount of ladies wanting similar images taken of themselves....



Bigg Nev
Next comes Bigg Nev. Nev was kind enough to model for myself and a colleague when we were experimenting with studio set-ups in Norwich over the winter. As you may know, I'm not totally in love with studio photography, particularly the big bright Venture style, but this image did change my mind to some degree. It's the Fine Art style that appeals to me, where the image draws you in and asks you questions.



Daisy and Tobie
Brother and sister here taken as part of a family portrait shoot. I had to reshoot this session due to the weather gradually worsening throughout, but I managed to get this one in the first shoot. This one is all about the eye contact with the viewer. To get both children doing the same thing at the same time was fantastic, and totally makes the image for me.



Jack
This little lad is actually my nephew, and was part of his My First Year photos (this particular one at eight months). As with Tobie and Daisy, it's the eye contact with the viewer that grabs the attention. The conversion to Black and White really accentuates this, as is the case with any shot of this style.



Maci-Jae
This one is simply the pose and expression. Maci-Jae is holding a daisy and looking towards her mummy, who is standing out of shot. So cute and captures the innocence of youth wonderfully.



Ashley
Another kind portfolio shoot volunteer. This shot was taken on North Beach, Great Yarmouth. The aim of the session was to experiment with some off-camera flash, but a technical hitch meant this was not possible, luckily the summer evening light saved the day. This one made the cut purely due to the fact it is so different to my usual portrait style, almost fashion like. The image was edited to suit this feel.



Cousins
Siblings Will and Lara with their cousin Dannielle at Burgh Castle one summer evening. It's one if those moments captured by chance, and makes a fantastic image. Lara just joked about Will, and he reacts....click. The expressions just make me smile every time!!



Billy and Josh
This image is nothing like my usual style, but this shoot was so much fun I felt like I had to include a shot from it. I managed shots of older brother Billy with no problems, but Josh was very mobile in quite a confined area. The soft toy was one of the bribing methods we tried to get Josh to stay still!!



Ruby
This one is a definite favourite of mine. As we were preparing for this shoot on Gorleston Beach, I noticed this pathway through the dunes which I thought would act as as a nice lead in with framing from the marram grass. Once we were a little way through the session, I gave this shot a try. I'm so glad I did too!!



Kenzi
As a portrait photographer it's important to connect with the subject in order to get the best images. A bit of conversation to take their mind off the camera, and the real person comes to the fore. Kenzi epitomised this to a tee, we had a proper good (and entertaining) chinwag with the resulting images speaking for themselves.



Emma And Her Boys
Another fun shoot at Burgh Castle fort. Given the ages of the boys, this family portrait could have been a long time in the making. However this image was one of the first ones I took of everyone together, and what a cracker it is!



Jaden and Ollie
Taken in Fritton Woods on a very sunny Autumn afternoon, this one of two brothers isn't made by the Autumn colours, for me, it's the little one looking up at his older brother. It shows the differing characters of the two siblings perfectly.



Sisters
This one was taken the same afternoon as the previous image, it's of two sisters posing for a shoot with the intention of using some of the images as Christmas presents. Much like the shot of Ruby earlier, I noticed this tree and the light behind it by chance, as I was about to finish the session. In this image it's the pose and framing, coupled with the beautiful soft background light and colours make this a winner for me.



Boudoir
Following up on the shoots with Frenchie Debonaire, August saw my first Boudoir shoot. The images produced and the reaction from my client was enough to convince me this was one genre I needed to include in my portfolio of services.







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