Marc and Lou

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Marc and Lou

We had been waiting for the weather to improve for Marc and Lou's wedding pre-shoot but time was against us.  Their wedding was only 2 weeks away and we needed to complete this shoot or it would soon be a post wedding shoot.

We had been teased by the forecast and expected a warm weekend; nature had a different idea and presented us with a cool and overcast day.  We planned to get to our location, Felbrigg Hall, to get the sun low in the sky but the thick cloud cover stopped the sun from being a big feature in any of the images.

We worked across a series of locations scouted before the shoot.  The daffodils contributed some much needed colour into the shots to make up for the bland sky.  

Marc and Lou were great fun to work with and the pre-shoot gave us a chance to get to know each other before their wedding, try out some poses and talk through their big day.  Wedding days are quite fast paced and there is limited time to get shots so it was really worth spending the time to talk through what they were after and also bring them up to speed on what to expect from me.


Kit Used

For this shoot I used my trusty 5D mark III and Canon 70-200mm f2.8 L USM lens along with my Godox 600BM strobe fitted with a Beauty Dish.  For the wedding I'll also be bringing along 2 additional bodies, a Canon 24-70mm and a ultra wide Sigma 12-24mm for those large group shots.  Along with my Godox strobe I'll have two yongnuo YN560 IV speedlights.

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Peaky Blinders

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Peaky Blinders

Some of my best work has happened when I least expect it and a call from a friend, Steve Sparks, resulted in some great pictures.  He wanted to try out a venue for a Peaky Blinders themed shoot and needed a photographer to help out.  

So we headed out one sunny afternoon to a private train museum in North Norfolk with my trust Canon 5D and 70-200mm lens.  With the owners agreement, high vis and a safety brief, we spent a while exploring the site and getting some test shots. Being an old railway station, the site offered a great range of options for the shoot.

The shoot was great fun but the images really came to life during post processing.  I spent a fair amount of time researching the "Peaky Blinders" look and the colour grade they used in the TV series. 

After watching two of the seasons I found I liked the yellow and teal grade the most.  The yellow was clear to see in the highlights and a teal lingered in the shadows.  I normally grade a teal or blue all the way into the blacks but this time I used the tone curves in photoshop to bring teal into the shadows but allowed the black fall fully into black.  This approach to the grade gave the photos a more cinematic feel.

While we were on the site I also took a few video clips to play around with in Adobe Premiere Pro.  I used the same grade and set the video to a version of the Peaky Blinders intro music.  It was good fun to edit.  Maybe next time I will spend a bit more time on filming to get some better footage, but it was for fun after all.  The video can be seen above or on my YouTube channel here.


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Corinne and Matthew's Wedding

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Corinne and Matthew's Wedding

Weddings are such a special day for all involved and it's a privilege to be asked to be part of it.  Corinne and Matthew's wedding took place in the middle of winter, 30th Dec 2017, at Lenwade House, Norfolk.

Every wedding has its own atmosphere and the wedding of Corinne and Matthew was no different.  Despite the cold weather, the wedding just radiated warmth and it was clear this was already a close family.  As expected the bride & groom looked amazing as did the bridesmaids and groomsmen.

I wish Matthew and Corinne all the best for their future together.

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There is so much I could write about this wedding, but I will just let the photos tell the story

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Shooting with Ryan

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Shooting with Ryan

Location shooting can give you some of the best dramatic shots but it can also give you cold, wet and uninspiring places to work.  This was the challenge Ryan, a new model working in Norwich, and I faced.  We had timed the shoot to get the sun dropping in the sky but was given rain, snow and cold which would take several hours recover from.

We headed out into the centre of Norwich.  We were aiming to grab some urban fashion shots for our instagram so decided to make use of the dark and cold feeling and headed to an underpass for our first location to get some moody shots.  An off camera strobe, shot through a soft box, gave me enough light to balance the darkness of the underpass, the strip lights along the roof of the underpass and Ryan.  We tried a few different shot from different angles and focal length, but I found the location lent itself to symmetry and many of the best shots made use of this.

We moved location and tried out another couple of sites.  Each location gave a different look to Norwich and I really enjoyed showing the City in a slightly different way.  There are many stunning places in the City but it also has its fair share of industrial and less elegant parts.  These locations didn't have the level of beauty as others but they made up by having so much of character and texture.

While we kept away from the normal tourist areas we did head for cover in the Royal Arcade.  This locations is beautifully Victorian in it architecture and one of the stunning locations Norwich has to offer.  I could have shot this to make the location grand and majestic but this would not have been in keeping with the narrative of our shoot so I kept it low key, with muted tones; trying to make the shot more introspective.


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2017, what a year!

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2017, what a year!

After a short while off to have a break and join the masses suffering with flu like symptoms, I'm back and keen to get going.  So, before I start to look to 2018, it is always worth taking the time to reflect on the previous year and pick out some of my favourite shots.

2017 was a full-on year which gave me so much in building networks and added to the constant learning curve.  Being on the side lines during Norwich Devils games was a great experience, as well as seeing them put my shot to work in their promotional literature for both their adult and junior team.  2018 will see the team enter the National League and I look forward to being back on the field capturing the drama of the game.  

I worked with a wide range of models during the year which gave me the opportunity to continue to craft my style in portraiture, glamour, fashion and contemporary fashion.  The best part of this work has been meeting some amazing people.  While an image captures a fraction of a second, I have the pleasure of spending hours with them working towards a common goal of getting a great shot.

2017 has taught me more than just technical skills.  It's taught me that making it in photography, especially in the East of England, takes more than just being able to expose an image and edit it.  It takes energy, drive and not stopping when things go wrong (which, inevitably, they will).  One of the big revelations has been the need to get my work out there.  If I have a passion for what I do and put work out into the world, I will find an audience; keeping images on my hard drive will not lead to bookings and work.

Last year saw a big investment in equipment.  There is a real risk that photography can become about collecting kit and thinking equipment will make an image.  There is no doubt better kit will make things easier; better ISO performance means I can get wedding shots I couldn't get easily with older or less expensive cameras and there's no beating images from large sensor cameras.  However, it's the skill of seeing an image, composing it and conveying the concepts to collaborators which makes the shot. 

So what will 2018 have in store?

This year I'm going to focus on shooting more images and building my social media accounts.  This means more blogs, more posts to facebookinstagram and twitter and maybe a behind the scenes YouTube channel.  I already have some exciting shoots lined up but always looking for new collaborators with new ideas; give me a shout via IM on FB, IG or Twitter or via my website.

 

2017

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