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¬°Hola! - My Spanish Adventure.
01st September 2014 - 0 comments
I've not long been back from a fortnight in Spain. A well needed break in the sun, escaping the pretty disappointing weather here in the UK (or so I'm told). It wasn't all rest & play, I did manage to sneak a shoot into the proceedings. I'm not sure I can really call it my first international assignment, but it's not far off! I was travelling very light (photographically speaking) just a camera body and my trusted 50mm prime lens. The shoot was at a very sunny beach at Benalmadena on the Costa Del Sol, and the subject, the beautiful Alexandra.
The conditions were particularly tricky; a busy location I didn't know at all, coupled with a cloudless, blue sky with strong sun at a time of day I usually avoid in the UK. Luckily there was a picturesque backdrop complete with shade to grab some images before tackling the overbright rocky outcrop. Anyway, enough of the hardships (as if a portrait shoot of a beautiful bikini clad woman on a hot sunny beach is a hardship!) and onto the pictures....


Bright, high sun is not the photographer's friend. This is one of a number of shots taken in a nice shady spot.


A nice rocky seat for Alex, which I'm sure wasn't comfortable at all, but it didn't stop her smiling.


It was a truly beautiful beach with some fantastic rocky outcrops just right for posing on.


Alex had a quick dip especially for the last few shots. This is my absolute favourite from the shoot.


...and back to the shade to finish the shoot.

I've had quite a few enquiries regarding the female portrait shoots. n case you are interested they can be done as a Standard Portrait Location Shoot, with the the only extra being the makeover. Please get in touch for more details.
Woodland Walk
18th August 2014 - 0 comments
This shoot comes under the bracket of a personal project. I was on a family holiday with friends at the time (Center Parcs at Elveden to be precise) so I wasn't working (I promise) but my photography is primarily my hobby so it was ok!


Woodlands are fantastic location for a portrait shoot


The subject was our close friends' daughter who loves to wear pretty dresses (as most little girls do) and was dead keen to have some photos taken. So off we went walking a massive 20 yards from the back door of our villa. I love this Elveden Forest retreat, I only wish the woodland was public and a bit closer to home. It's perfect for photo shoots.


A simple trick is to call the subjects name while they are deeply engaged in something to get the most natural expressions


In truth it was another practice session for me, allowing me to hone techniques whilst under no pressure to catch certain shots. I tried some new things out, a few shots didn't work, but a majority did, helped in most part to my subjects wonderful nature. A joy to photograph and she had me in stitches throughout.


Little girls love a flower, and it helps make a great shot too.


What I found particularly good about the shoot was being able to concentrate on just one child. Normally I have to split myself between other family members and siblings during a photo session, so to be one-to-one meant a chance to just follow the action and capture the images as they unfolded. This was a completely child led session, where I could observe and engage where necessary.


The classic peek around a tree shot


In fact this session was a bit more than just a quick photo shoot. Looking back on the images I took it dawned on me that it has refuelled my love of portrait photography again. Having to balance my photo business with a full time job and a very hectic family life is difficult at the best of times. And, being truthful, the magic had faded a bit after a very positive start to the year, with scheduling problems and the such like taking the gloss off what should be an enjoyable time for me doing what I love to do.
Things will be done differently in the future, that's for sure, with the focus (no pun intended) back squarely on the enjoyment of the photo production process and less on the everyday problems that come with a business such as this. More on those later, but for now, let's enjoy the photos shall we?


Dancing daintily through the undergrowth whilst saving her 'pretty dress'!
Heather
11th August 2014 - 0 comments
I have this knack you know. I can turn a summer evening into a grey, dull affair in one easy move. All I have to do is organise a shoot for a personal project and hey presto. In goes the sun and out comes the thick grey cloud. On this occasion it didn't dampen my spirits or ruin the shoot, it just meant I had to rethink any low sun, arty flare shots I had in mind. I was always going to be on a winner. I had put out a model call for a redhead, as I don't have any in my portfolio, and I love red hair. One of the ladies I chose to model was the lovely Heather.
Apart from adding some red to my gallery, the purpose of this shoots was to experiment and practice a few techniques, something I can't well do with a paying client! The shoot took place around Gorleston Pier and nearby beach. Chosen because of the variety of backdrops in such a small area.



I like the contrast between the gorgeous model and the not-so-gorgeous background!



Heather was so natural in front of the camera, making my job very easy.



Shelters and steel containers. You wouldn't know we were 10 yards from the beach.



Finally made it to the sand. The dull weather meant the beach was deserted, so I could make the most of the clear backdrop.



Always leave the best until last. My favourite from the shoot.
Father and Son - July 2014
04th August 2014 - 0 comments
I know...A news post about a shoot!! I am very aware that it's been a while, but you know how it is..busy...no time...yadda yadda! I am going to be back onto these posts more regularly now as my method of choice for sharing what I've been up to. All part of a few changes I'll be making over the next couple of months, but more on that later.


All smiles despite a photographer looming over them....


Any way, enough waffle. The latest shoot. Another first, even after three years I still get them. A father and son shoot at Gorleston Beach, just last week, which ironically was the greyest day we've had for a while following a weeks worth of heat and sun, but I was more than happy with that. Nicely diffused light, just right!


One of my favourites. I don't think you can beat a 'non-smiling' portrait.


The subjects in question had come all the way from Nottinghamshire for this shoot, so it's just as well the grey didn't turn to rain, although I suspect they'd bought the clouds with them...!


Up, Up and Away! (He did come down though. And safely too!)


I really enjoy all my location shoots, but this one was just superb. The beach was very quiet, so no photobombing dogs or fluorescent clad walkers to avoid, the only noise was the laughs really. It's so important to make the atmosphere light, friendly and relaxed, as it comes out in the final images. I had no concerns with unrelaxed subjects in this shoot, both dad and son joined in, although one was a touch more active than the other! The other aspect was the photography itself. I'm always learning, but I think my recent shoots have clicked onto the next level for me. I've tried out a few different techniques recently which are now paying dividends. Couldn't be happier!
Comments are welcome.


After all that jumping around they deserved a rest.
Sienna
14th August 2013 - 0 comments
This shoot of the cheeky Sienna took a while to finally plan and complete, but we got there in the end. This little lady may only have been approaching her first birthday at the time these shots were taken, but her character was well and truly set. Delightfully cheeky! It seems to me that Mummy and Daddy will have hours of fun to come with this little princess....and that is just how it should be too!







Archie Returns
14th August 2013 - 0 comments
It barely seemed five minutes since I'd met young Archie for the first time when carrying out his newborn shoot, but I was back photographing him again. This time for his four month shoot as part of the My First Year Package booked by his Mummy and Daddy.
As you can tell by the shots below, he was on fine form, happy and smiling at his parents. I even got one or two myself. The shoot took place in the garden at his home, and why not? It was a very warm and sunny day, and everyone likes to be outside on such a beautiful afternoon. I also managed to capture a particularly sweet moment whilst he was having a cuddle with his Mummy.
We have a running theme with Archie's shoots. Namely his hats. He had a wonderful woolly one for his newborn shoot, and this time he sported a straw trilby, and looked an absolute treat. I can't wait to see which one he'll be wearing next time!






Back To The Beach
13th August 2013 - 0 comments
It's funny how I find that locations have their own little trends. I guess it's down to the fact that someone sees images from a shoot I've done at a certain place, and wants theirs done there too. Well this one bucked the current trend of Burgh Castle Fort, and took me back to one of my favourites, the cliffs at Gorleston Beach.
Liam and Hannah wanted some family shots of them with their two children Hayden and Olivia.
This shoot was a fantastic one. Both Hayden and Olivia are wonderful characters and this came across in the photos I bagged during this session. Much fun was had by all, particularly yours truly. I even managed some football banter with young Hayden, who, rather is misguided in thinking the Man. Utd. are the best team around.....tut tut!!










Young Love
13th August 2013 - 0 comments
It's not often that I get the chance to dedicate an entire shoot to a couple. Usually it's a few minutes with Mum and Dad as part of a family shoot, so I was very excited to have the opportunity to change this. The subjects for this shoot was the very good looking pair of Parease and Jack, at Burgh Castle Fort. The weather was fine and sunny which made for some lovely images of the couple.
Part of the job I have when capturing images of people is to read their body language and how they interact with other subjects in the shot. Whilst shooting this couple, it was perfectly clear how happy and in love they are, and were so relaxed and easy in each others company, it made my job so very easy.....










Anna
12th August 2013 - 0 comments
Back in May I put out a casting call via my Facebook page asking for volunteers to model for me to try out a few ideas for my Makeover Location Package. The response was frankly overwhelming, which on one hand was great to know that so many ladies were interested in having a shoot done by me, but on the other hand it was a bit of a decision to make. But a decision was made and it was to choose Anna for this particular shoot.
After a meeting, we decided on Burgh Castle as the location, and prayed for a sunny evening so I could capture the images I wanted. As usual the conditions decided not to play ball. Earlier that day they were perfect, but by the time we started the shoot the sky had clouded over and the breeze had picked up. We carried on regardless, and I was pleased with the resulting shots.
Anna was fantastic throughout and, considering she hadn't modelled before, did a grand job. She seemed to enjoy the experience and was keen to do another shoot to nail those summer evening images I was after.







Noah
12th August 2013 - 0 comments
Everyone loves a baby shoot. I know I do. I had the pleasure of capturing images of the cheeky Noah in his Grandparents back garden. The decision to do the shoot outdoors was based on the fact that he was mobile, which gave both him and me freedom to move about unhindered, and also because it was June, so the weather would be nice enough. Well the first part was right, but the weather looked like it wouldn't play ball. The weather on the day was windy and not particularly warm, and it was a late call by Mum to say she was happy to go ahead.
I'm glad she did make the call though. Noah was a joy to photograph. As you can see, I managed to capture a range of emotions, but on the whole he was happy and smiley, proving to me that like most children, he loves the outdoors.







Mum-To-Be..and Harriet Too
11th August 2013 - 0 comments
It had been a while since I'd done a Bump shoot, so I relished the chance to do another one with Mum-to-be Rachael and big sister-to-be Harriet. As usual with these shoots, it was taken indoors using a very simple studio type set up, and the images captured were nice and simple too....just the way I like them. Rachael looked fantastic, and was very relaxed throughout, which gave the images the same feel. The shots I've posted here are of Harriet on her own and one with 'bump'. I'm happy to report that 'bump' was born just a few weeks later, and was a little brother for Harriet to spoil!






A Surprise Revealed
11th August 2013 - 0 comments
The purpose of this secret shoot in May was to produce a canvas print as a birthday present for Toby and Abi's Mum in July. It was mission accomplished, and it remained a secret until the big day too, which was Dad's biggest fear!
A different location for me this time, namely Herringfleet Hills in Suffolk. I have been there many times before to capture landscape images of the nearby Smock Mill, but I'd never to shoot a portrait session. I will suggest it to future clients, it has a number of different aspects and backdrops inside a relatively small area.
Anyway back to the shoot in hand. Again it was interesting in seeing the different personalties that always exists between siblings. It tends to be the older one that is the quieter one, with the second child having a bit more, shall we say...energy? This was definitely the case here too. Toby was much more reserved with sister Abi being in perpetual motion! I think the images captured show this difference, even though Abi was still for the few seconds it took to take each shot. It's all in the eyes....!




A Family at Fritton
11th August 2013 - 0 comments
Back in May it was off to Fritton Woods for a family shoot with big brother Travis his younger twin brothers Evan and Fletcher(luckily for me they were non-identical!) along with Mum Kerrie and Dad Gavin. We went for a little walk into the woods to my favourite area to shoot in. The weather was a bit touch and go (isn't it always?!) but we did avoid getting wet. Maybe it was the multiple umbrellas being carried about that put off the rain from actually making an appearance!
Like all my family shoots, this was fun and very relaxed. As it should be in such a peaceful environment. I think the images captured of this handsome family show this to be the case. Mum must have been impressed, because she's booked the boys in for another shoot already. So keep an eye out for the family appearing on these pages again in the not too distant future.....




Marilyn
22nd June 2013 - 0 comments
No, that's not her name. The lady who booked me for this Simple Boudoir Shoot is a Marilyn Monroe fan. So much so, that one of the shots she requested was to replicate a classic Eve Arnold image of the world's most famous sex symbol. Of course, I don't do copies, so I did my version. After all, I don't think you can ever improve on a classic image. My version can be seen here
That was only one of many images captured during the shoot. The lady in question was a fantastic model throughout, trying quite a few different poses and ideas, many of which you won't get to see, but a few of our favourites can be seen below.
Talking to her afterwards, she tells me she'd love to do another boudoir shoot. As although she was initially nervous (not that I could tell!) by the end she found the experience very enjoyable.....






Brograve Mill (Landscape Shoot)
06th May 2013 - 0 comments
Looking back over my computer hard drive I noticed that during 2012 I only managed one solitary afternoon taking landscape photographs. This was for two reasons, the first being very busy with the portrait work and another the awful weather. I made a promise to myself to get out and do more this year, and I'm already on shoot number three, so far so good!
For this shoot, I teamed up with fellow photographer Terry Lewis, to show him Brograve Mill, which is close to Horsey in Norfolk. I'd visited Brograve on two occasions before, neither which much success. This derelict mill is one which attracts a lot of photographic attention, and this day was no different. There was already a snapper in place shooting images as we arrived. Having checked with him that we wouldn't be in his shot, we wandered further along the cut to shoot the mill from further away. Being mid-afternoon, the light was still a bit flat. so the two chosen images were converted to mono to give them the interest I wanted. Next time we visit will be in the soft evening light, where I hope to bag a fantastic colour shot.




Gorleston Beach - Landscape Shoot
06th May 2013 - 0 comments
I'd bought myself a new set of filters, so I had to try them out didn't I? The weather was bitterly cold, dull and windy, far from ideal for the traditional landscape images, but perfect for long exposures.....
My favourite image from that shoot (or more accurately the only one I've had time to process) was this four minute exposure. Too achieve this I used a 10-stop ND filter and 2-stop ND Grad, along with a warm hat and gloves!!

Simple Boudoir
05th May 2013 - 0 comments
My latest Boudoir shoot was a simple one. By that I mean there was no makeover with this one The client chose to do her own hair and make-up, and, as expected, did a fantastic job. Simple too because all the images were shot in natural daylight, through two windows in the same wall. Just the way I like it.....
Now nerves are always part of these types of shoots, mostly from the client, but I haven't seen anyone so nervous as I did when I arrived for the session. The nerves didn't last long, a bit of a chat, talk through what would happen, and a few shots in, they had disappeared completely. In fact, I would be so bold as to say the lady enjoyed the experience. Looking back after the shoot, she tells me, she wondered what all the fuss was about!







This initial attack of the jitters had me thinking about why many women would love the idea of having a shoot done, but are too nervous to book, or even enquire.
Whenever I post Boudoir images online, it is with the express permission of the client, and is always anonymous. I know this lady is well known locally to a number of people, and she even posted images on her own Facebook page, but a promise is a promise...no names!
I have written a blog piece to help explain the boudoir shoot process and to alleviate some of the issues ladies may have with having a shoot done Boudoir - Too Nervous To Enquire
At Home With Harriet
05th May 2013 - 0 comments
A slightly direction with this baby shoot, in that it featured proud parents as well as young Harriet. Admittedly, I don't do many of these kind of shoots. Not many parents are keen to jump in front of the camera with their new arrival, so it's a nice change to capture images of the family group together.



Adorable Archie
07th March 2013 - 0 comments
My second Newborn shoot in just over a week starred the adorable Archie. Once again my subject was a handsome, well behaved chap who made the shoot very straightforward. Archie was so relaxed, he even dropped off to sleep halfway through, and managed to stay asleep during some shots taken on his Daddy's shoulder.






Back to Burgh Castle
07th March 2013 - 0 comments
Another shoot at the ever popular location that is Burgh Castle Fort. It's a winner because it's within easy reach for a lot of local clients, and boasts wide open spaces for children to run around in, and for me, offers a number of backdrops to keep everyone interested. For this shoot another key reason was it's lack of sand....not everyone likes a beach!
So let me introduce Adam and Ella, with their cousin Zac, who joined me at the ruined fort on a typical grey, cold winter day. Despite the chilly conditions, we all had fun, particularly the gate balancing game towards the end of the shoot, which proved to be more difficult than I first anticipated!!