Saturday, 31 December 2011

Wedding: Kathryn and Nick

I'm kinda late posting these photos, but better late than never!

After the ceremony we all made the short walk to the Hotel for the reception.

Fortunately the weather cooperated, which was a relief since it was raining hard earlier in the day.

So we were also able to make the most of the gardens at the hotel.

Kathryn and Nick had a fabulous day and I really enjoyed it too. As always it is a real honour to be invited to a wedding and be a part of such a special day.

So no more weddings for 2011, but quite a few booked for 2012 and even 2013 already!

More soon...

Take care

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Blogs: Jackie Wood

My good friend Jackie has just started a new photography blog. Since she and I have a lot in common I thought I'd share the link with you:

I'm really looking forward to reading her posts! It's hard starting a blog, I have been doing this for almost exactly a year now and I still find it difficult to keep on top of it at times. With 2012 just days away I am making it a resolution to post more frequently and hopefully add more notes around the photos I share.

Anyway, head on over to Jackie's blog and say hi! :)

Take care

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Christchurch with Charlotte

I don't think I have been to Christchurch before, but I will certainly be going back. Charlotte wanted some casual winter fashion photos and suggested we see what the old ruins had to offer.

She made an excellent choice. Just a short walk from the town centre we found the ruins of a Norman house and castle keep, bowls club house, and of course the priory and gardens.

So many wonderful backgrounds for portraits, we were really spoilt for choice. So, we decided to make the most of it and take a few photos in each location.

It was a real pleasure to spend a little time with Charlotte and I wish her all the best with her new job!

Take care!


Sunday, 20 November 2011

Autumnal Fashion

Had a great shoot recently with the lovely Rachael. I wanted to concentrate on doing some natural light photography and experiment a little and was very pleased when Rachael agreed to be my subject.

Armed with only a camera and reflector for most of the shots, we worked in a small area in the Queen Elizabeth Country Park.

Considering the time of year, it was really warm and the leaves were still mostly green! Should have waited another week or two, they went to reds and yellows pretty soon afterwards, but then the wind picked up and all the colour was lost again.

All of these shots were taken with my Canon 5D Mk II and 70-200mm lens which was wide open at f/2.8, as you can probably tell. When I have the room, this is definitely my favourite lens.

Rachael was wonderful to work with, not just because she is beautiful and knows how to pose well, but also because she was a lot of fun. I think we spent as much time laughing as working, which can't be bad.

If you'd like to see more of Rachael's work, check out her online portfolio here.

More soon!

Take care

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Maternity: Michelle and Bump

I was delighted when Michelle asked me if I would photograph her and "bump". At 36 weeks, it won't be long until we get to meet the baby and call him or her by name. :)

Really like these in B&W. And just for fun...

Having two layers of netting creates some interesting patterns.

Check back in a few weeks and maybe there will be some baby photos for you to look at!

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Wedding: Sue and Damon

After the engagement session, I was really looking forward to this wedding. Sue and Damon are a lovely couple with a wonderful sense of humour so I knew it would be a fun day.

It was an early start at the bride's home to get photos of the dress, shoes and accessories before Sue got ready. Then off to the groom's parents house for some shots of Damon and his best man. Then in to Portsmouth to catch Sue's arrival...

After the ceremony we took a trip to Staunton Country Park for some special photos of the couple.

We didn't have long though, because the guests were waiting to see the newly married couple at the reception.

Friday, 7 October 2011

4th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk

Every year, for the last four years, Scott Kelby has organised a photo walk. Not just any photo walk though... Thousands of people, in hundreds of cities around the world, walk and take photos. Just for fun.

Everyone uploads their photos to a Flickr group meaning that this one group contains a snapshot of the world from one particular day. Well, almost, this year the walks were spread over two days. :)

The last couple of years our group, lead by Barry, has walked along the seafront from the hover port in Southsea, through old Portsmouth to the Spinnaker tower.

This year we visited Emsworth and walked around the mill pond.

The photo above was taken looking back at Emsworth from the pond wall.

Another change this year was the date. Previous walks have been held in mid July but, since it is rather hot in some places in July it was moved to October this year. Would you believe it, we had pretty much the hottest start to October on record!

But it was a lovely way to spend a morning and I am already looking forward to next year.

Take care!

Thursday, 15 September 2011

The Pool Shoot

Any time I get the chance to work somewhere new I jump at it, so I was delighted to be asked to photograph in a beautiful garden with a swimming pool!

I was also very lucky to have the lovely Chelsea to work with. I think the shot on the decking (above) is very Hollywood!

Whilst the clouds made it easier to shoot (like having a huge softbox) it was quite chilly at times, but that wasn't going to stop Chelsea getting in the pool...

All of these shots are lit using a mixture of ambient and off-camera flash.

For this set I used a Canon 580EX-II in a Lastolite EzyBox. The camera was in Manual mode at all times, but the flash was fired via a second 580EX-II in the hot-shoe using E-TTL metering.

Using a little negative compensation the light from the flash blends in nicely with the ambient giving a much more natural feel. I think it worked very well.

Take care

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Wedding: Kim and Kriss

I met up with Kriss at the hotel before the ceremony. Took this shot of the rings on the desk in his room. The soft morning light coming from the window was perfect.

We arrived at Portsmouth Register Office with plenty of time to spare. On such a beautiful morning it nice to have a little time to enjoy the sunshine.

I love the old red brick building and the contrast with the modern towers in nearby Gunwharf Quays.

Both Kim and Kriss wrote their own vows and I think quite a few people had tears in their eyes listening to them. There could be no doubt how much they love one another.

After the ceremony we head off to the Waterfront Brasserie in Lee-on-Solent for the reception. It looked like a couple of the bridesmaids were going to go for a paddle, but thought better of it at the last minute!

As the sun set we took a short walk on the beach. The partying continued until long after dark.

Congratulations to Kim and Kriss.

Take care,

Monday, 29 August 2011

Engagement: Sue and Damon

I have probably walked past the Rock Garden in Southsea many times without noticing that it was there. Then Sue suggested it would be a good place for an engagement shoot.

She was right, what a great place! It was a beautiful afternoon so there were quite a few people around, but with all it's little nooks there were plenty of places we could shoot without any random strangers appearing in the photo.

Using the quiet areas also helped them get over their nerves. Everyone is a little nervous to start with but it only took a couple of minutes for them to relay and get in to the swing of it.

We ventured out of the garden and on to the Promenade. The shelters offered some shade from the sun which, at times, was quite strong.

As another fun engagement shoot drew to a close we talked about the wedding and how the plans were going. It's not long now!

Take care

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Wedding: Lesley and Alexander

In the historic St. Mary's Church, Alverstoke, Lesley and Alexander stood before the alter. After all the planning and preparation, the day had arrived, and they were now husband and wife.

Like most grooms, Alexander occasionally looked nervous as he waited for his bride. As the music started and the doors opened the nerves vanished and there were smiles all around.

There were a few tears too, but soon the celebration swept them away. At the reception, the adults talked whilst the younger ones played golf. Lots of catching up to do with friends and family not seen for a long time.

At the end of the day many took to the dance floor whilst others decided to try their luck at the roulette wheel or play a few hands of poker.

Congratulations Lesley and Alexander!

Take care

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

A Splash of Flash

Last Sunday I met up with Jackie, a fellow Photographer, at her home in Windsor. We had arranged to do some experimentation with off-camera flash for a couple of hours. As luck would have it, the sun came out, who would have thought such a thing could happen on a July weekend in England eh? Problem was that it was really strong and the poor little EX580's had to really work hard.

Sophie (above) and Rebecca kindly offered to be our models for the day, and what wonderful models they were.

One of the best things about being a photographer is meeting new and interesting people. I could have talked for hours! Both Sophie and Rebecca were a real pleasure to spend an afternoon with.

Being a model is more than just looking pretty, it is really hard work and, at times, a little boring, but they were very patient and stuck with us for the duration. I think the results were worth it, hope you agree!

More soon... take care!

Friday, 8 July 2011

Engagement: Lesley and Alexander

Had so much fun with Lesley and Alexander on their Engagement shoot. Whilst the kids, under the (mostly) watchful eye of their grandmother, practiced their putting skills we made the most of the wonderful surroundings on a very beautiful day.

I really enjoy the time we spend on an Engagement shoot. It is a great way to get to know each other before the big day.

Here are a few of my favourites from the afternoon...