I’m a regular visitor to Wrest Park near Siloe in Bedfordshire however this summer I had the change to visit there in a professional capacity. One of this year’s wedding couples, Guido and Sarah wanted to do an engagement shoot as part of their wedding package and since we all love Wrest Park it seemed to be a great place to go As part of my wedding service I always like to meet the couple at least twice prior to the wedding, so with a sunny Sunday forecast killing two birds with one stone seemed ideal.
Something I’ve been trying to do for a while is to get some shots of my and my girlfriend’s family. So, after months of planning, I managed to assemble everyone in the right place at the right time for a 2 hour marathon shoot. With all the various family members, and some friends for good measure, I had 22 people turn up (not quite in the same league as the Hitchin Christian Centre Nativity events where I regularly shoot over 100 people – see the photos from 2015 here), but still a challenge especially since I wanted to spend time with each group and do something different for each.
Mid December marks one of my regular dates; the Hitchin Christian Centre Nativity shoot. This is firm favourite event for me and as Matt Summerfield (the senior Pastor of Hitchin Christian Centre) said is now a “Christmas Tradition!”. Each year the Christian Centre runs a series of nativity services to celebrate the Christmas story, however this year their plans to host the event in the grounds of Hitchin Priory had to be cancelled at the very last-minute, and so the service was moved back into their Church on Bedford Road. Fortunately I was able to accommodate the change of date and venue, and organised a straight-forward portrait shoot for them.
A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by a young artist Gerhard Symons with a rather unusual request. In celebration of what Gerhard believes is a world first, he’d commission a stained glass dedicated to Anton Bruckner’s 3rd Symphony, and was looking for someone to photograph the launch event. With such an unusual request how could I refuse? Continue reading
It’s always nice to get repeat work, even if it’s my girlfriend wanting some new photos for her book blog (TurningPages90), however the great thing with shoots like that is I get to try out different things both during the shoot and in post processing, and (even though I say it myself) I get to see how much my photography has improved. Continue reading
This weekend brought a request to do a quick portrait shoot for a couple to celebrate their 40th Wedding Anniversary, so set-up my studio in Hitchin and set about pulling together a few shots. Continue reading
The last weekend in July represents almost the end of a very busy month, however July ended on a high note, or should that be a highland note, with Steven and Kayleigh’s wedding. As you’ll have gathered from that awful pun there was a Scottish theme to Steven and Kayleigh’s wedding, due to Steven coming from north of the border, although as Kayleigh’s father mentioned in his speech there were in fact guests from across the United Kingdom. Continue reading
Last week ended with a portrait session for “The Dogs of War”, one of the wrestling teams who complete as part of UBW (Ultimate British Wrestling) – This week ended with a shoot for 2 very different dogs; Bella and Loki. There’s been a thought running through my head for the last couple of weeks regarding this shoot; Which will be easier dogs or toddlers? Fortunately I didn’t need to worry since the shoot went well! Continue reading
July continues to be a busy month, and the next shoot on the list was a follow-up to the Wrestling shoot I did in April, however this time rather than shooting the wrestling bouts as I’d done for Ultimate British Wrestling before I was asked to do a formal portrait shoot to promote UBW and the wrestlers’ individual careers.
Following on from a portrait session and celebration lunch shoot I recently ran for Tesco (see those photographs here Tesco Portrait shoot, Tesco Celebration Lunch), one of my subjects asked me to do a family shoot for herself and 10 family members, including her Brother who was visiting from Singapore. The challenge with this shoot was much more about choosing a date when everyone was available, rather that the practicalities of the shoot itself. A Tuesday evening in July was the only suitable day so plans were made based on that. Continue reading