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A summary of my latest shoots in words and pictures....
Where's Audrey?
24th August 2016 - 0 comments

The latest in my series of model call Boudoir shoots features the lovely Carina, and if you look closely enough Audrey Hepburn makes an appearance in one or two shots as well. If you want to read about my first model call session, and why I do them, read my blog post Do It For The Art

This was another photo session where I was completely free to try out various different ideas, and was working completely without any preconceived ideas. Carina was superbly confident and had and eye for detail herself, keenly clearing away any items that may have been a distraction in the shots. Lighting was no problem, a bright day meant ambient light was in plentiful supply, and gave the session a high-key feel. Needless to say the shoot ran very smoothly.

As usual I started with some implied shots, which always seem to be a favourite with my clients. As with my previous model call shoot, we tried some slightly more daring implied shots, with only hands and arms being used to cover the necessary areas! It's these kind of images where the model's chaperone comes into their own, checking that nothing that shouldn't be seen isn't before I arrive to shoot the set. After all, the model's dignity should remain in tact at all times!
Next up was a bit of fun with a chair, and a fan. As Carina said, it was a great way to cover certain areas, in a fun way too.

Moving on I shot a set of images using the mirrors in the room. I love incorporating mirrors (and anything interesting in the client's room) in Boudoir images wherever possible. It allows me to capture shots of the model using a variety of angles and focal points to give a wide range of images to choose from, in a short amount of time and with little movement from the subject. Carina's room had two mirrors, well, a dressing table and a wall mirror, so I worked on some shots incorporating both.

We finished the session with some more 'standard' lingerie shots, albeit from some high angles, which always work well.
I'd like to say a huge thanks to Carina for volunteering and giving up her time to model for me. It is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

I will be displaying more images from this wonderful session in my Eterno Boudoir Facebook Group, so if you're not already a member, join and see them before anyone else.

If you like any of the styles shown here and are interested in a Boudoir photo session, please contact me through our Boudoir web page here, and I will be happy to organise whatever you may need, whether it's for a chat about what is involved, answer any questions, or organise a consultation.

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An Urban Twist
02nd August 2016 - 0 comments

Meet Abby. She was kind enough to model for me in my most recent Senior Portrait session, which happened to take place around the Gorleston Pier. This area was chosen as I hoped to capture some more urban shots to add to my portfolio. I know beaches, woodlands and open fields are very pretty, but it's not for everyone, and some different backdrops look good from time to time….of course with being right next to the wonderful sand of Gorleston beach, it would have been criminal not to take one or pics there too!

As usual, perfect conditions eluded us on this evening…cloudy, no problem, but breezy…it's an issue, of sorts, especially when your model has long hair! Of course there are ways around it, but it does limit things like which way the subject stand (before getting a face full of hair for example). We worked around this as best we could, we are British after all, and if I had to wait for perfect conditions in the is country, I'd never really get to photograph outdoors at all!

With that in mind, we started around the grizzled looking shelters which grace the pier. The idea being the very pretty Abby standing out against the not so picturesque backdrop in the photos….

Abby began huddled up out of the breeze, while we went through the first few ice-breaking shots, before moving to the shelters themselves, gradually moving from the pier towards the beach nearby.

What I love about this area is the number of backdrops within a very small distance of each other; the aforementioned shelters, and their railings, painted containers, large rendered walls, the beach itself and the iconic bandstand in the Pier Gardens, and they were just the ones we used. Quite honestly I could photograph there for hours without running out of ideas, but both Abby and her mum may have had something to say about that!

Senior portrait sessions are aimed at recent school or college leavers, to document that particular milestone in their lives. As with all portrait photography, it makes a fantastic keepsake to look back on (particularly for the parents). So if you're interested in having a Senior session, (or indeed, any other Portrait session), please contact me for details via the Contact Page.

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Another Stunning Senior
20th July 2016 - 0 comments

Disappointing as the summer has been from a weather point of view, my senior photograph subjects have been quite the opposite. This session was the second in the series of 'senior shoots' that I'm running over the summer months, with the star of this particular show being Emily. You can see the first session in this blog post.

As is usual, this photo session was carried out in the evening, ready for the beautiful, warm light before the sun goes down......well, that was the plan. Of course, being at the mercy of the British Summer, means we are often left disappointed.....
Ok, so the sun didn't make an appearance, and in fact, we even felt a spot of rain during the shoot, but all was not that bad. Although the common conception is that sunny is best for portrait photos, that isn't necessarily the case. Yes, the low, late evening sun is beautiful, but anything too bright and high can be problematic. A bit of cloud, however, is the perfect natural diffuser, evening out the light wonderfully. So the fact that the sun was being a bit shy wasn't really an issue.

It's difficult for the ruins at Burgh Castle to look dowdy or unappealing, even under cloudy skies, so I was confident that this session would be successful, why wouldn't it? A lovely young lady modelling, and one of Norfolk's finest backdrops to to work in.
We started shooting on the bridge down near the river, before working back up to the church via the meadows inside and outside the walls. As usual there was a fair amount of people enjoying the area, so the occasional break was needed to allow backgrounds to clear. It was all very sedate. No mad dashes to catch fleeting appearances of the sun, just the concern that the clouds might yield rain, but we escaped that particular British summertime treat.

I am told regularly that modelling isn't as easy as it looks, and I'm sure it isn't. There is a lot to think about whilst posing for the camera, hence why I tend to keep things as simple and natural as possible. Emily did a great job, following directions superbly. I'd like to say a big thank you to Emily and her Mum for giving up their time so I could run this session. It's help like this, that helps me to keep practising (and developing)....standing still is not an option!

Senior portrait sessions are aimed at recent school or college leavers, to document that particular milestone in their lives. As with all portrait photography, it makes a fantastic keepsake to look back on (particularly for the parents). So if you're interested in having a Senior session, (or indeed, any other Portrait session), please contact me for details via the Contact Page.

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Do It For The Art
10th July 2016 - 0 comments

Promotional shoots are a god-send for me. Without them it becomes difficult to turn over fresh and different style Boudoir images to show on my various platforms. I do have clients that are more than happy to share a few pictures from their photo-sessions, but they are in control of which ones I use, and often are similar to those already adorning my boudoir gallery.

So to counter this I run a few promotional photo-sessions each year to boost my cache of shareable images. I work with a limited number of volunteers that model for me and allow me to post any of the shots in return for a free photo-shoot and a web gallery of images to keep. The difference with these shoots is that there is an element of experimentation involved, something I couldn't ask my paying clients to do. I often work in the moment, not planning poses and shots before the session itself, as I find 'happy accidents' make something new and fresh for me. It is, after all, about continually developing my style.

So this talk of promotional images and volunteers can only mean one thing....I've started my campaign of promo shoots, and this is the first! And what a way to start!
No nerves, just excitement from my model Laura before the session. That in itself is a rarity, I tend to use the first five or ten minutes relaxing my clients into the session, but there was no need here. Just a few very simple shots to start with, as I explained the posing and direction. We began (as usual) with some implied topless shots, both laying down and standing up too. (I always start with these kind of shots in a session, if the client wants to do them, due to avoiding strap marks on their skin). It's a bit topsy-turvy are my Boudoir photo put more clothes on as the session progresses!

Talking of which, the next set of shots Laura had considerably more clothing on than previously, a lovely big jumper. I've wanted to do some photos like this for a while, just to show Boudoir doesn't have to be about being nearly naked or lingerie clad.
Laura carried this look off wonderfully, wearing the jumper in an the off-the-shoulder style to give it a boudoir feel.

By this time the ambient light was beginning to fade, but instead if switching on my lighting, I went for a low key approach for the next group of shots. Based on the classic laying-on-back posing, I tried to make this more a candid style, with only a few images having eye contact, and those ones were as if I'd captured a 'moment' rather than the prolonged posed pictures I do regularly.

Personally I love the results. The rim lighting and large areas of shadow can allow parts of the model's body to be lost in the image, which will help any ladies that have certain areas they would like to keep hidden from view.

The shoot from a model's point of view....
As I mentioned earlier, Laura had no nerves before the session started, and was only excited by the prospect. I asked her if there was any issue she may have had as to why she maybe wouldn't book a shoot, she told me that the only question she asked herself is what would you to do with the final photos? After viewing the final shots, she did confess that she wanted to have a print displayed on a wall in her bedroom, so she answered her own question in that regard. I then asked why she volunteered to model for me, the answer was fantastic…"for the pictures, you know….do it for the art!" Quality!!

I will be displaying more images from this wonderful session in my Eterno Boudoir Facebook Group, so if you're not already a member, go here to join and see them before anyone else.

If you like any of the styles shown here and are interested in a Boudoir photo session, please contact me through our Boudoir web page, and I will be happy to organise whatever you may need, whether it's for a chat about what is involved, answer any questions, or organise a consultation.

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A Run For The Sun
26th June 2016 - 0 comments

This is the first in a series of 'Senior' portfolio shoots I'll be carrying out over the summer months. Photo sessions which I'm looking forward to sharing with you, along with details of how my Senior Portrait Sessions will work.

Firstly, what is a Senior shoot all about? Well, it's aimed at young ladies and lads that have have just become school leavers, or are of college age, and it's to capture memories of that significant stage of their lives.

So what's the story of this photo session? Well, it was an evening shoot, in June at Fritton Woods with a lovely young lady called Clara. Fritton Woods is a location I haven't photographs at for a while. It was once a very popular Autumn location, but has fallen out of favour recently.

The clearing of large areas of the site has stopped clients wanting their shoots here, but it still has value as a portrait location. In fact, in some ways the open spaces have improved its appeal by adding another set of backdrops that can be used when photographing portrait subjects, but admittedly it has lost that deep woodland feel that it once had.

Weather-wise the sky was pretty much a blanket of cloudy when we (that's Clara, her mum and of course, me) arrived at Fritton for the session. So I was already counting out bright backlit shots from the shoot, meaning I was thinking on my feet as to what would work in the lighting we had. Clara, like all of my volunteer subjects, didn't have any modelling experience, so as is usual, the first part of the session was spent explaining how the poses are achieved, and shooting a few test shots to help settle Clara into the shoot.

Once we were up and running the session flowed nicely. The sun did make a fleeting appearance whilst working in a more open area, but not long enough to capture any substantial number of shots. We moved on to the old hut which I love to use as a backdrop, it's grizzly texture is a direct contrast to the usual good looking portrait subjects. It was as this set finished that the comedy moment of the session happened.....

You see Clara is a bit of an artist herself, and has a very creative eye. She knew the value of a low, bright sun to any images we could capture. I was starting to walk to the next location, whilst checking the shots I'd just taken, when I heard Clara call out "Sun". I looked up to see the sun had suddenly burst through the clouds, and Clara running back towards our previous location a hundred or so metres away. Knowing this was the light I had prayed for, I joined the sprint back towards our former spot, I was weighed down with camera bag and gear, and poor Clara was struggling to run with her tight dress.... I can only imagine what we would have looked like!

Still catching my breath, and being eaten alive by the local gnat population, my model hurriedly got back into the previous poses and I fired off some rapid shots. I was half blinded by the bright sun, so looking on the back of the camera I wasn't entirely sure that I had the shots I wanted....who says photography isn't rock 'n' roll!?

I'd like to thank Clara and her Mum for volunteering and giving up their time for this shoot. It was a pleasure to do, and enormous fun too. I'm looking forward to the next one, which (weather permitting) is coming very soon.

I think these photo sessions are make a beautiful keepsake for young adults as they begin their post-school journey into the wider world. If you would like details of my portrait sessions in general, or more specifically, for a senior shoot, please get in touch with me via the Portrait Contact Page

I'll be sharing more of the beautiful images from this shoot on my Facebook Page and Instagram Account so please feel free to give them a follow and keep tabs on some extra photos from this and other sessions.

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A Lady That Lifts
15th June 2016 - 0 comments

I've photographed the lovely Sue King before in a more traditional shoot, so when she contacted me to capture some images of her training in readiness for a bodybuilding competition, I was intrigued, and had to say yes.

The competition was the Anglian Bodybuilding Championships held at the Seashore Holiday Park in Great Yarmouth on 5th June, but the shoot was timed to be two weeks before, when she would look her best in training.

So one sunny Sunday morning, I entered BWell Gym on Bessemer Way to photograph Sue in action. As she worked out, I snapped away, stopping occasionally to talk about what she was doing in training and the diet she was following to get into such fantastic shape. She mentioned how supportive her trainer, Mark Spinks had been throughout the whole process. Sue was to be competing in the 'Miss Toned Figure' class, but was only entering for experience, and didn't expect to do too well. As it turned out, she surpassed all her expectations by finishing second in her class, a fantastic achievement.

I've always found environmental portraits fascinating, these are usually of people working, but in this case training. The attraction for me was the 'something different' to shoot, and I was so glad I accepted Sue's request. It was a fascinating hour spent with her, and I left with an SD card of some great gym shots, and a huge admiration for the dedication Sue has shown in her preparation for this event.

Sue is trained by Mark Spinks of Mark Spinks Fitness, his Facebook Page can be found here.

If you would like me to capture you in a similar way, please contact me here.

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A Beauty at Burgh Castle
14th June 2016 - 0 comments

Burgh Castle ruins, a beautiful early summer evening, with a lovely family, and a delightful young lady that was the star of the show. Light to die for….What could go wrong?

Potentially, quite a bit I suppose. Our star is a toddler, which, I would say is the most challenging age group to photograph. This isn't due to behavioural issues, not at all, but purely down to children of that age being inquisitive and enjoying the new surroundings they are put in, exactly how kids should be at that age. So getting their attention isn't going to happen too much.

As a side note...I think generally parents worry about the behaviour of children during a photo shoot, but to be honest I don't. I'm relaxed about it all, and am more than happy to let the children be children, after all it's the reason why the final photos work. No stuffy studio, no confined areas, just kids being themselves….and the result….just see for yourself.

So back to this shoot. As I mentioned previously, expecting a toddler to give you an hour of undivided attention isn't going to happen. So I have a wild and devilish way of dealing with this…I sit, stand or wander patiently with them and capture the moments as they arrive. It's by far the most satisfying method of photographing the cutest stage of childhood. It was around 10 minutes after my camera had made an appearance out of my bag before I took the first shot, you really can't rush these things. I let the little star run the show at her own pace. She played with flowers, walked through the grass, chased Mum and Dad, played peep-bo, and peeked through barred gates, all against one of the most fantastic of local backdrops.

What do they say? Never work with children or animals. To be honest, my photographic life would be a very, dull time if I didn't, and quite honestly it's why I loving doing what I do so much.

Don't let time fly by without capturing your family while they're young. These precious times don't last forever, contact me for further details here…I'm waiting to hear from you!

Is this THE perfect wedding present?
09th June 2016 - 0 comments
How could any groom say it isn't?
Beautiful photos of his beautiful wife-to-be....

The second most common reason many ladies have a Boudoir photo session (after a treat for themselves) is as a gift for their partner or spouse. Increasingly, this has become a wedding gift for their husband- to-be on their big day.
This shoot was booked exactly for that reason, and I'm betting good money, the groom will love these photos immensely.

What I love is to try some different shots when the opportunity arises. Working at clients' houses means I have to work with whatever backdrop is available. Personally, I think this adds a sense of uniqueness to every shoot I do. The huge mirrored dressing table in this location allowed me to capture these stunning shots.

My lovely client was fantastic all the way through the shoot, initially nervous, as most ladies are, she soon got into the swing of things. I love watching the transformation, as the nerves subside and the confidence begins to grow.

There is a lot of secrecy involved in organising photo sessions as gifts, my discretion is assure of course, but having to hold back from sharing such fantastic shots borders on painful at times!! Still it's worth being patient, after all, don't good things come to those who wait?

How about you...?
It's never lost on me how much courage it takes for women to have a Boudoir session, and I admire anyone that goes through with booking a shoot. Ladies frequently have concerns about how they look, but the confidence they gain once the shoot is over is very apparent. If you would like to boost your confidence, or get some information about an Eterno Boudoir session as a gift for your husband-to-be, your partner, or just for yourself, then please get in touch via The Eterno Boudoir Web Page
Low Key Lovelies
14th April 2016 - 0 comments

This session was the result of a winning entry in a recent selfie competition which I ran on my Facebook Eterno Boudoir Community Group. This session had a variety of standard higher key images and low key images, it's the latter that I'm sharing here…
Many ladies that I speak to love the low key images, those which are dark or in shadow. Apparently because it keeps a lot hidden, which true, but artistically it's the mystery it gives an image.

They are not necessarily the easiest shots to capture….getting the correct balance of shadow and highlights is hugely important, but when they are right, the images just sing.

An Air Of Mystery
14th April 2016 - 0 comments
I loved this session immensely, and enjoyed the proof reveal even more. This one was all about instilling confidence, and removing the tag of 'not being photogenic'. It worked. Whilst viewing the proofs the lady seemed to disbelieve that the photos were of her, always a good sign. I have to admit, whilst viewing her proofs, the lady went very quiet, which thankfully was her trying to take it all in!
Not everyone wants to show off their Boudoir images, that is totally understandable, and I respect their wishes and reasons hugely. So when a client agrees to share any shots from her shoot, I am very grateful. The one image shown here is beautiful, I'm sure you'll agree!

The session itself was just fantastic. The shots I was getting were just beautiful, and so easy to capture too. Despite being clearly nervous about the whole experience, and telling herself that she was not photogenic, this lady was just superb. Very natural in front of the camera, and made my job so very simple. It's just a reminder to all...don't judge yourself harshly, it's not how others really see you!
All Things Bright and Beautiful
14th April 2016 - 0 comments

Boudoir sessions often appear on a lady's 'list of things to', but I've never knowingly shot a bucket list Boudoir session....until now that is...!
It was great to speak to this lady at her ordering session, telling me that even though her partner didn't understand why she had the Boudoir session, she had told him he didn't understand, just accept it was going to was on 'the list' after all! Boom!

Back to the session itself. The ambient light for this shoot was very bright indeed, which far from being problematic, only helped to give a very natural high key feel to the images. This is itself was a bit of a bonus for a shoot in March. Normally I'd be reaching for the artificial lighting! I don't overly plan how I'm going to light my sessions, relying more on decisions made at the time of arrival. I honestly think you have to go with what's happening, the results will look a lot more natural for sure.

A key feature of my Boudoir sessions is that they are a very light-hearted affair, with this one being no different. The standard of banter between the client and her chaperone friend was outstandingly high (which entertained me hugely), but more importantly helped keep everything relaxed.
Another interesting fact about this shoot, was that it is part of a growing trend of photo sessions which are taking place further and further away from my base in Gorleston. It is pleasing for me to see the word (and the business) spreading further afield. So don't be put off by distance...have camera will travel!!

The fantastic make-up for this session was carried out by Make-Up Artist Tamsin Morton, you can take a look at more of her work, and contact her through her Facebook Page.
Summer Part 5
11th October 2015 - 0 comments

The location may have been the same as the previous shoot I shared with you, even the weather was fairly similar, but the average age of the 'children' involved wasn't.... In fact they can't even be classed as children anymore. That in itself gives the shoot a whole different feel. I can interact verbally for starters and don't have to jump around in a deranged manner to get a reaction.

So we wandered around the beautiful ancient site, avoiding the strong breeze and strong low sun, to capture some family shots, and individual ones too. It was a genuinely relaxing hour or so I spent working on this shoot. I really lovely family who were all open to my direction, they even laughed at my weak attempts at humour…..well once or twice anyway!

With family shoots, it's always the parents that are happy to let the kids be photographed individually, but we can't be having that, can we? I got Mum to take centre stage on a few occasions, and I have to say, she was a natural in front of the camera. It's no surprise her children were equally as good too!

I quite often take this shot with the parents in the background, but flipped it around this time. I think it works really well…a little twist on the norm!

Summer Part 4
07th October 2015 - 0 comments

A family shoot at Burgh Castle is the subject of this latest instalment of my Summer blogs. A fine day, a fair walk through long meadow grass, two small children, mum and dad and a man with a camera….what could possibly go wrong….?

Fortunately, nothing went wrong. Why should it? I often hear the expression "Never work with children or animals" from parents after (or during) a shoot, particularly if they feel that their children aren't quite 'performing' as they think they should. To be honest, it never really bothers me. Children are children, they shouldn't have to 'perform' for the camera.

What my shoots are about is capturing personality through the lens. You can't expect direct eye contact from all or smiles on cue, I think you have to accept the moments for what they are. A record of a short period of time you spend with a family. Sure working on a shoot with younger children can be somewhat unpredictable and, to the casual observer, almost chaotic, as parents and photographer jump about like demented beings to catch attention, distract and cajole, but isn't that the fun part? It certainly is for me, and it beats an hour at the gym too!
This shoot followed the description above….much noise and hullabaloo, a lot of laughs, smiles and giggles…just perfect.

Summer Part 3
28th September 2015 - 0 comments

For this shoot (or more accurately shoots) I was back to Gorleston Beach to update the family album for yet another returning customer. This one was split over two sessions to accommodate the family diary, and each were similarly in conditions, which helped knit the two shoots together from an image point of view. A typically English summer evening greeted us on both occasions, dull with the threat of rain, nothing out of the ordinary! To be honest, they are my favourite conditions for a shoot. The clouds diffuse and flatten the light which gives an even light on the subjects….the only thing I had to deal with was the ever present breeze, again nothing out of the ordinary!

As ever with family shoots, there are elements of calm and activity to add variety to the images captured. A race between siblings is always entertaining, and the level of competition is always high. I can't divulge the result of the races I witnessed, I wouldn't want to start any arguments!

Boudoir Blog - Lady In Red
19th September 2015 - 0 comments
I tend to pick up much of my work through word of mouth, recommendations, and images seen through my social media platforms. With my Boudoir work is almost definitely always the case. It's quite a big step for many women to even pluck up the courage to enquire let alone go through with a shoot, quite often the deciding factor in having a Boudoir session themselves is that they have seen someone they know has had a shoot and enjoyed the experience too.

This shoot was no different. The eagle-eyed amongst you may recognise the backdrop to one of two of these photos, as this lovely lady's sister was the subject of a photo shoot earlier this year. I'll let you look through my boudoir gallery and news/blog section to see if you can spot who it is!
Although the location was the same, and there are similarities (requests of 'I would like a shot like that' etc) I tried to make the shoot feel different. After all, everyone is unique and to do a carbon copy of a previous shoot is not what I am about, and certainly not what the client would want!

Earlier the weather was very cloudy and dull, meaning I was looking at having to use artificial lighting for the photo session, but thankfully the sun did appear, meaning I could work with my preferred ambient lighting to produce these boudoir shots.

Shooting into the light helped produce the high key feel to the image above. Over exposing the background to white makes the whole shot far more simple in composition.

I love this particular image. It's a subtle twist on the classic 'lying down' pose, and the red lingerie just accents it perfectly.

Not looking at the camera is a must for some people. Not everyone feels comfortable looking into the lens, the Boudoir genre is perfect for these types of images.

If you are interested in a Boudoir shoot, please contact me through my Boudoir Web Page. There are also links to my brochure (which contains all the information you will need) and to the Boudoir gallery so you can see how fantastic many other ladies look in front of the lens.
Summer - Part 2
16th September 2015 - 0 comments

Next up I switched locations (and counties) heading off to Oulton Broad and, more specifically, Nicholas Everitt Park for a shoot with another returning customer. (there's a bit of a theme building here..) This shoot was a casualty of rain a week earlier, but eventually we met up to update the family album.

You really can't win with the weather. After suffering strong breezes and grey skies for much of July, this shoot rewarded me with unbroken skies and strong, low sunshine, meaning there was a bit of rethinking and reworking of positioning the subjects at times.

The brief was 'one or two' shots of the whole family, with a majority of the shoot to concentrate on the children. No problem, quite a common request. Not often do the parents want to be centre stage, or even on stage at all. Working with children can be 'interesting' at times, often unpredictable, but honestly is the most rewarding aspect of this job. Bringing their various characters out in the photos gives me the biggest buzz, and, in a way, is fairly straight forward, especially with the younger ones. There is no pretence, or concerns about self-image, what you see is what you get.

Summer - Part 1
13th September 2015 - 0 comments
Summer - Part 1
The summer…well what we had of one. Spring, quite frankly was a non-event, at worst it was and cold and windy, at best cold and breezy, so not much was done in the way of location portraits. I guess that is the way of things when you're relying on good outdoor conditions in this country. So I waited patiently for the warm weather to appear, but even the summer has been frustrating. A perpetual nagging wind (or strong breeze) which showed no songs of relenting. It was challenging to say the least, but of course not every day was a write-off as you'll see…

Back in July was a trip to Burgh Castle and a shoot for a family visiting from Singapore….(just wondering at this point if I can mention 'international' anywhere on my photography CV?) They were technically a returning customer, having bought a location photo shoot for their sister-in-law as a gift, and liked the photos so much they booked me for their shoot when they visited good old Norfolk.

Due to the time constraints I had to pick an evening for the shoot a few days in advance and hope that a weather postponement didn't rear it's head. Our luck held and away we went. Two brothers, Mum and Dad and Grandparents (not pictured here) too all enjoying the beautiful scenery and evening light. A bit of fun with the kids, and Mum and Dad even managed a few shots together in peace and quiet, fantastic. I thoroughly enjoyed the hour or so I spent with the family, so relaxed and happy to try things to help the photos show a bit of zing.

You can see more of my 2015 summer shoots soon, just keep your eye open for Part 2, which follows very soon.
Portrait Blog - July 2015
06th July 2015 - 0 comments

Last Autumn I did a family shoot out near Herringfleet, which featured this young lady. Whilst editing the shots, I became more and more amazed on how natural she was in front of the camera, and what a wonderful expression she has too. You may (or may not) have noticed the images I choose to post online aren't always the big, happy smiley shots that parents (Mum's in particular) crave. Of course, I'm not adverse to a smile in a shot, it's just that I like the enigmatic expression, you know the one; the Mona Lisa look, the one which challenges the viewer to work out what the subject is thinking. To me, that kind of look in a photo or image is priceless it draws the viewer in again and again. So, keen to have THAT expression as part of my portfolio, I asked Mum if I could do another shoot with said young lady. Mum agreed and so here we are.
I chose my favourite portrait location, Burgh Castle, purely because the time of year promises the most stunning backdrops when the sun is setting, but this is good old Great Britain where the weather very rarely plays ball. Instead I was faced with a heavy cloudy sky, and no real sun. The breeze was light, which was some consolation, but my dream conditions remained just a dream! I may have mentioned this before now, but I always let the lighting conditions determine the editing style, even if I have a pre-conceived idea before any shots are taken. In cases like this I think monochrome shots work really well, with muted colour edits to add a different style.

Accompanied by Mum and big sister, we wandered through the Castle area down to the footbridge which leads to the nearby marina. There the shoot started (and stopped several times to let walkers pass by) using the bridge as the prop to try a variety of poses. We then headed up to the beautiful meadow grass areas inside and outside the fort walls, to finish the photo session. My model was superb (once again) and blessed the images with her wonderful expression.
The last few shots of the shoot were a bit of fun, where I was being 'shot at' with some flower heads from the meadow. Always nice to see a smile too…..

Share The Love - The Shoot
05th July 2015 - 0 comments

Some of you might remember that I ran a spot competition near to Valentine's Day called 'Share The Love'. Basically I announced the competition with no warning and participants had just 24 hours to enter by naming a friend, partner or spouse who they thought would love (and deserve) to have a Boudoir shoot. They also had to give a justification as to why they thought their nominee should win the shoot and the digital images that made up the prize.
The winner was Kelly, who was nominated by her husband. During the consultation for this shoot Kelly admitted that she didn't know what hubby had said to justify why she should win. Even now I'm not sure if he ever revealed this, so I won't divulge them now, but rest assured it was more than enough the claim the prize.

The shoot took place, as most of my Boudoir sessions do, at Kelly's home. I had to add light to the bedroom where the photos were being taken as the ambient light was well below what I needed, so out came the Lupo DayLED to illuminate the lovely subject of the shoot. At this point, I'd like to mention the size of the room we were shooting in for this session. Our model was concerned that the room wouldn't be big enough for the photos to be taken in. That said, it was around the average size space I have to work for boudoir shoots. Very few bedrooms have the luxury of being big spaces, so please don't be concerned that your room size may not be adequate, you'd be very surprised at what can be achieved in any area.

I was very impressed with Kelly and her attitude to the session. By her own admission she doesn't feel comfortable in front of a camera, however I didn't get that impression at all. Once the initial nerves had cleared I thought she came across as a pretty confident woman, trying things I didn't think she would have done after listening to her at the consultation. So well done to you Kelly. It just shows that it's all a state of mind, and that Boudoir isn't the scary prospect it might seem before the shots are taken.

Molly - Part 2
03rd June 2015 - 0 comments
The first time we saw Molly grace these pages was after her Boudoir shoot back in April. You may or may not know, that I have sponsored Molly for her entry in the Miss England Regional Finals for Norwich & District. At that time she was looking forward to her pageant. SInce then, I'm pleased (and proud) to say that Molly was placed second in the main event and won the regional Miss Social Media section, which I'm sure you'll all agree is a fantastic achievement. Molly has managed to go one better than this, by becoming England's Social Media Queen for 2015 AND qualified for the semi-finals of Miss England.
You can keep up with and help support Molly by following her Facebook Page Molly Spinks - Social Media Queen 2015

So onto the shoot. I chose Caister Beach, as it's local to Molly and a place I love to photograph. The evening was sunny and we were rewarded with some nice soft, warm light, and also a chilly breeze! Well, this is the UK, and I suppose we should count our blessings. Despite being cold, Molly did really well, once again she came across brilliantly on camera and was very relaxed and natural model.

The setting sun gave a warm feel to the shots captured, so it would be ludicrous to not show some off, but I do love the black and white images from this shoot too.

I'd like to thank Molly for modelling for me in both this and the Boudoir shoot, and wish her the best of luck for the Miss England semi-finals on 5th July in Newark.

This is one of a number of female location shoots I have coming up over the summer months. It's much like a Boudoir shoot in that it can be a great confidence booster for those ladies that feel Boudoir isn't for them. So if you are interested in having a location portrait shoot with me please view the Portrait Information webpage for prices, details and a contact form to organise a no-obligation consultation.