West Side Story - promo pics

Always lovely to hear from new theatrical people wanting to have some promotional pictures taken and the group from SAMTC were particularly fabulous to work with.  In order to capture an area akin to fifties New York, we settled on a St Albans' back alley.  Principals and assorted Jets assembled and danced their way through a whole range of set ups, ably directed by their marketing guru.  Can't wait to see the show itself now... watch this space for some production photographs.

SAMTC production of West Side Story plays at the Alban Arena from the 7th - 11th November.

 

One Light Course with GPL

Could not resist returning to Natural Light Spaces this weekend, especially as Paul Amey was running one of his single light workshops.  Paul is a genius when it comes to shooting with one light and in tight spaces, so it was an ideal course to attend given the number of times I find myself shooting bridal preparations in hotel suites / bedrooms etc.  This was also a group shoot so it was good to see how other photographers interacted with the model, gave direction and executed their images.  The model was Adora Cara and her patience and poise in front of camera was incredible.

Given that Paul is a glamour photographer, a number of shots from this session are NSFW.  

Click on the image for more but be aware there will be boobs and bums on show.

Disclosure with Theresa Louise

A really cool start to the summer vacation, shooting something a touch risqué with Theresa Louise.  We took our inspiration from the Demi Moore film Disclosure and aimed to make the best use of the available light coming into her home.  Lots of shooting through doors and strong eye contact to convey a sense of watching;the blue tones were added in post to remove any sense of warmth from the images.

 

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Mr and Mrs Woods

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The sometimes sunny Bideford was the destination for Saturday's wedding and Rachel and Danny's big day. The venue was a gorgeous 'Beaconside House' and boasted lovely interiors and fabulous grounds for the ceremony and reception.  Rachel and Danny decided to brave the elements and have their ceremony outside - a cool choice given the quirkiness of their theme.  And even though the rain did make a brief appearance, spirits were not dampened and the umbrellas simply added to the memorable day.

Mr and Mrs Brazier

Chorleywood and Shenleybury Cricket Club were the settings for Michaela and Bradley's wedding day on what must be the hottest day of the year so far...

Further images can be seen here.

 

Taming of the Shrew

Had the opportunity to shoot the dress rehearsal of Taming of the Shrew, showing at the Barn theatre in Welwyn Garden City all of this week.  This was an epic production, visually stunning and fast moving; a real joy to watch let alone photograph.

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Mr and Mrs Walsh

This was another wonderful wedding to have the honour of capturing; a beautifully warm and intimate occasion with only six people in attendance at the ceremony - and myself.  The blessing was held at the chapel at St George's School in Harpenden.

Wales - Ansel Adams-esque

Decided to go all Ansel Adams whilst out in Wales this week.  Not much happening with the sky so opted to experiment with the new firmware updates on my Fuji - a great excuse to bring out the Lee Big Stopper from retirement too.

An Actor Prepares: Headshots with Mark Haumann

Into the studio for first headshot booking of the year - always enjoy working with actors and always good when they get in touch because of some work you did with them in the past.  I had previously shot Mark as part of the promo images for Shattered Windscreen's Frontier Trilogy so was great to hear from I'm when he needed some headshots producing.

 

Mr and Mrs Toynbee

Headed out to the wild west city of Bath yesterday to capture the wedding of Emily and Drew; this was a particularly special occasion as Andrew was a former student of mine.

Click on the image to see further images from the day

 

Mr and Mrs Welton

I had the absolute pleasure of shooting Josie and James's wedding yesterday and, in spite of the weather, it was a day filled with warmth, love and laughter.  The ceremony, reception and evening function all took place at The Sun Hotel in Hitchin. 

For a sneak peek at some preview images from the day, click on the picture.

Before and After

Never posted one of these before. The image on the left is the original shot from camera, the one on the right is probably the most challenging edit I have ever done in PS.

Seemed simple enough at the time; make it look as though Lyns was standing in a cafe window...

Next time, we will just go to a location.

ill met by moonlight

At the tale end of 2016, I won a small competition over on PurplePort to shoot at the Natural Light Space studio in Northampton.  My winning concept was inspired by A Midsummer Night's Dream and intended on using little more than moonlight.  Unfortunately, Saturday's full moon was overshadowed by cloud, fog and sleet / snow.  Still, Georgina, Tiff and I made our way up the A1 and made use (played) with the fabulous facilities at the studio - including snow and smoke machines!


Coaching in action

Something a touch different today; working with Ruth Bennett on some commercial images for her coaching website / business.  It was really interesting seeing Ruth in action with some of her clients so we opted for a documentary feel to the images.

 

Smoke and Stars

A clear and cold night was great for shooting starry skies over the village.  Set out to do a star trail over the church but saw this shot en route and made a mental note to capture it on the walk home.