Archive for July, 2015

Family portrait shoot in Fareham, Hampshire – the Allgood’s

I’m shooting Trefor & Donna’s wedding in a few weeks, so as a trial run for them, we did a family portrait sesison in the grounds of their Victorian home yesterday. Just natural and relaxed, with a v.slight bit of suggestion on some stuff. I’ve mentioned it before about the buzz I get from walking into the unknown on a shoot, there is something testing about rocking up to somewhere and not knowing what I’m going to do with it! Some shoots have direction but this was more biased toward natural with a family of 5 being themselves in their home. Looking forward to shooting their wedding in a few weeks 🙂 x

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And he does it again- helping out photography students…

So in following on from my recent day at Fareham College chatting to the first year photography students about life as a pro-photographer, Tuesday saw me spending the day with Purbrook Park Yr10 photography students on a field trip to Portsmouth Dockyard, passing on my knowledge of converging and leading lines, composition, light direction, depth of field etc. for upcoming GCSE projects- all fairly basic stuff, but these kids have to know the basics first!!  The most challenging thing for the students was my demand of them shooting in Manual Mode, I know, I know, a bit harsh you say, but they have to start learning this stuff so it seemed a good idea.  Metering for bright sunshine, shade and inside the exhibits (Victory, Warrior and Mary Rose) was a challenge for them alright with iso ranging from 100-12800 and shutters slow and fast, apertures wide and shut down!  A cruel task-master, but a fair one…  I’m not sure how I keep being asked to do this kind of stuff, but I do actually enjoy it- passing on my knowledge and experience to another generation of upcoming photographers is rather gratifying actually!  Until next time….. 🙂

Prom photography, Hampshire – Grace

Grace is a local lass and this was her prom night (she goes to my old school also, so very local) and her Mum really wanted some great shots of her all kitted out dressed to impress, so being extremely local this was easilky accomodated one warm and fine July evening.  I ended up only shooting Grace as her friend was running late so my idea of taking them both out for some quirky backdrop shooting fell to the wayside and I shot Gracve inside her home to keep her from melting her makeup off in the glorious heat outside.  A refreshing change to have only a 30min shoot and then a 5min drive back here to HQ!  I should do more of these!!  🙂