Despite not being a full-on wedding photographer, I do cover a handful of weddings every year. These functions typically come my way by word of mouth – from people who know my photojournalistic style and informal coverage of family functions and events.
Jade and Martin’s wedding was the largest wedding I have covered recently, and included preparations at the bride’s father’s home, travel to the wedding location, outdoor ceremony and both afternoon and evening receptions.
The day started mid-morning, where I photographed a team of of stylists and markup artists preparing the bride, bridesmaids, maid of honour and bride’s mother at the family home.
A few weeks ago I took some promotional shots for a local theatre company who were promoting their latest production Agatha Christie’s The Hollow.
The brief included a series of posed shots from the play featuring the performers in costume with props. The photos were then used in promotional materials including posters and the programme for the production.
The shots were taken in a rehearsal room at the company’s headquarters using my mobile studio.
Interestingly, the crab shown in the last image was actually a flat printed cardboard cutout, but through the magic of photography appears very real and three dimensional.
In addition to the posed shots I was also asked to provide some informal black and white images of the play in rehearsal. Other theatre companies have also asked for these in the past and I’m more than happy to provide these. The rehearsal shots were taken handheld using ambient lighting.
Along with the posed shots these images also appeared in the programme.
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Last week I covered Hertford’s first Food & Drink Festival – a two day event featuring markets, demonstrations and exhibitions.
As well as the usual Saturday charter market there was also a Farmers’ Market of local produce such as fruit and vegetables, bread, cheese, cakes and locally brewed beers and cider. In Market Place Andrei Lussmann and Mat Gomes presented creative kitchen cookery demonstrations whilst the museum staged an exhibition titled A Brief History of Food & Drink.
There were plenty of photo opportunities during the weekend and food makes a very appealing subject! In addition to the food photography, the displays and demonstrations were fun to capture.
The gallery here shows a small selection of some of the photos I took. The creative cookery demonstrations were aided by an overhead mirror which provided some excellent views of the chefs at work.
Last month I spent a couple of hours working with a friend’s daughter Becca, producing a selection of studio and location shots for her portfolio. The studio shots were taken using my portable background and lighting whilst the location shots were taken around a local church.
The aim was to produce a selection of both colour and black and white images featuring various angles and poses, and Becca was very easy to work with.
We spent a couple of hours with different seating arrangements and lighting configurations using the studio before moving out to the church. Luckily the weather was on our side and the outdoor shots were all in the shade, so there were no issues with bright sunlight.
A couple of interesting edits to the colour photos included the removal of a wheelie bin (I noticed this before shooting but wasn’t able to move it) and the recolouring of Becca’s hair.
Our two hours together produced over 20 finished images and I’m very pleased with the results, as was Becca.
I had a great day photographing Rock At The Castle on Sunday. The event is one of the bookends of the Hertford Music Festival, this year marking the start of the three week festival with a line-up of bands that included The Ghost of Samantha, The Huxleys and Suburban Dirts.
Despite a worrying forecast of prolonged showers, the afternoon turned out to be mostly dry and sunny, with just a five minute flurry of rain.
As usual, I cast my lens around to capture the atmosphere both on stage and in the castle grounds. As a sponsor I was also able to take advantage of a backstage pass that allowed me to take shots from the back of the stage as well as in front.
You can either click on the images below to scroll through the gallery or view an on-page slideshow.
I have two more music events to photograph this year – Rockin’ The Car Park at The Farmer’s Boy in Brickendon and the fantastic Wilkestock, which this year is a three day event (after which I’ll probably need a few days off!).
Earlier in the week I photographed a show home at a new development of 13 spacious town houses.
This was my first time photographing interiors, something I’ve been interested in getting in to for some time. I had the run of the show home so there was no pressure and I could take my time choosing the best angle and compositions.
The property was ideal material, being large, finished to a high spec, beautifully presented and with lots of light.
I used a tripod for the vast majority of shots and set the ISO to 100 and aperture to f11. In many of the shots I boosted the EV, in some cases by up to 2 stops.
A handful of shots required a bit of a tweak in Photoshop but the vast majority were fine straight out of the camera.
This gallery features a small selection of photos taken with my Nikkor 35mm f1.8 lens. The large aperture affords a shallow depth of field as well as allowing held held photography in low light. Being a prime lens is is also extremely sharp.
The photos shown here demonstrate the depth of field and low light capabilities of this excellent lens.
Click on any image to see more information and then again to see a larger version of the photo.