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To the woods engagement photography session

Woodland engagement shoot with lovely Puli puppy

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A recent engagement shoot, with a difference….a doggie difference! 

Its no surprise to find that I love dogs and that they are very welcome on engagement shoots - but this one was a real surprise as she is the first Hungarian Puli I’ve met.  As she is a puppy she is all fluff, energy (dreadlocks may be her chosen style later on) and fun!  So our shoot was little different.

As it was an evening following one of the recently really hot days a trip to the woods with lots of shade was required to keep our furry friend cool.  She is a lucky girl. Her owners absolutely adore her, so much so that she was in a lot of the images! 

In fact when she wasn't she soon let us know about it :)  So here a a few images from the session.

This lovely couple marry next year and are so well organised already, that their day promises to be wonderful.  I’ll be there to catch all the details and I’m really looking forward to it.

 

 

 

Hands and expression

Hands

I was editing some portrait work and realised as I was cataloging, how often I photograph hands, just hands, as a main subject as part of a wedding day.

The photo with the mehndi was the grandmothers hands, we did’nt share a language but we both understood what I saw when i showed her the image.  

It never fails to surprise me how much we say without words and that a gesture or action conveys so much, the togetherness,  the support, the fun.

Back to the Convention 

SWPP Photographers Convention in London

Luckily for me I love learning, I always have, so every opportunity to extend what I can do photographically is a must.  I want to be able to offer the best images I can produce. 

The Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (SWPP) of which I am a member, hold a yearly convention in London.  The event is perfectly timed as a great kick off to the new year and includes a range of speakers giving classes on all aspects of photography.

For me it is great opportunity to learn and expand my outlook.  I select classes on specific subjects that I intend to work further on this year.    This time these included natural posing, (which is the way i like to work) and have I some additional things I can bring to this.  A more technical class looking at technology changes within equipment which will help with some of the investments I will make over the year, and a lighting class which I should joke was illuminating, but really gave me some ideas about using the equipment I have but in a more daring way! Its a technique that needs lot of practise and I’m working on it - as I loved the results.

2017 a quick look back

My favourite images from 2017

Well its all about looking ahead now, its 2018 and lots of things are happening already!

I’ve met some lovely people last year, at a whole range of events and I’m looking forward to photographing a wide range of engagement shoots, people and creating wedding photography for my couples to treasure.

So before I start talking about that, a quick look back at some of my favourite images from 2017.  

As a wedding photographer providing photography is a real pleasure. Thank you to my couples for letting me share your day.  Shooting couples who deeply love each other, just makes the whole experience even better. I love watching the telepathy between people who are so in tune, it is a delight. When there is lots of laughter and the pure enjoyment of just being with each other is the most important thing, it really shows and helps me create natural photographs that show how you are together. 

Character shows in all sorts of ways and furry character is fun to capture.  In  2017 I met a few fabulous dogs to photograph.  I’m hoping a few more may be at the weddings and engagement shoots I’m doing in 2018 (good behaviour permitting).

Live music has been a passion for a long time and in 2017 I had some great opportunities to shoot and see bands and musicians that put in stunning performances and expanded both the types of images I shoot and my listening.  These included Queen and Adam Lambert (I've still not recovered), Elbow, British Sea Power, Richard Ashcroft, Rag 'n' Bone Man, and Public Service Broadcasting,  A first for me in shooting a jazz orchestra, the NYJO  and country music courtesy of  Keifer Sutherland whose gravelly tones made for a different type of gig .   My personal favourites, The Cribs,  Dutch Uncles, The Wedding Present and Sparks are bands I love which means shooting them is a combination of challenge and enjoyment at the same time.

2018 is lining up to be an interesting mix of subjects again, weddings, relaxed portraits, more dogs and of course live music - I can't wait. 

 

 

Wedding Photography Workshop in Brighton!

One Gay Wedding Day Workshop 

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The last couple of weeks have been challenging with lots of things happening and hardly any time to fit it all in.   I’ve been looking forward to this weekend in Brighton for a long time as it was to include a day on a same sex wedding course run by Emma at Shotgun Weddings

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Training and improving my photography skills is important to me, there are always aspects with courses that I choose that can help or inspire me further.

The promise was a small group of photographers, lots of time with the couples shooting and plenty of locations to include the bandstand at the beach, street locations in Brighton and the prestigious Royal Pavilion (but more of that later). 

For me the course offered the opportunity to work alongside a specialist who has helped to spark some different workflow ideas and apply some technical aspects that I wanted to try in order to give me some more creative and alternative images - that I can now create, in my own style.  

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The beauty of a course with Emma was the time allowed to try new things and combine this with aspects of how I work already;  it will allow me to enhance what I can offer to all my couples whose weddings I shoot.

Time spent in the classroom initially was followed by an intense shoot schedule that whizzed us literally, to the beach, the town, the lanes and finally the Royal Pavilion.  The attention to detail was perfect and  included a celebrant to meet us and our couples at the venue and fresh flower bouquet and buttonholes for our brides and grooms. 

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The whole day was enjoyable but the high point was being allowed access to shoot within the Royal Pavilion,  a place I’ve visited previously and was stunned by.  The building is simply spectacular.   

As a wedding venue it has a commanding presence.  The internal colour and design are intense and offer a totally different experience as a photographer.   This combined with the consideration that you are in a heritage property surrounded by art, objects and canvas of incredible importance brings additional challenges.  

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The oriental architecture makes the perfect backdrop for low light evening shots.

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This is just a flavour of the images from the course - I've hundreds more to work on but the experience was great and I'd recommend the course to any wedding or aspiring wedding photographer.

Thanks to the Royal Pavilion, Emma, my fellow photographers Tina and Emir, our models and celebrant Sam Goodchild. 

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