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.
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
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.
English Heritage’s Wrest Park is only a few miles from my home in Hitchin, and hence a location I regularly use. In May I visited Wrest Park with some friends and took a series of informal portraits and some shots for myself around the magnificent grounds.
One of the first things a search engine is likely to return when you “Google” someone is going to be a profile shot from FaceBook, Twitter or Linked-in. Therefore the first impression many people will get of you is that one image. That funny photo of yourself enjoying a few beers may well be a great picture, but does it convey the right image? With the increasing use of social media and the internet as a way to communicate, the importance of a good profile shot is not to be underestimated.
Following the recent family portrait shoot for Paul’s 70th birthday (Click here), I was invited back to cover his second 70th Birthday celebration in the beautiful Priory Hotel in Hitchin. For this event Paul had hired a number of reception rooms and I was asked to take some formal and candid photos of the 60 or so guests who had come along to celebrate with him.