Barrington USA

Posted on September 5, 2018 by Admin under Barrington, On location, USA

A number of years ago I spent some time in New York and also at a lovely town called Barrington. These are images from an abandoned racecourse which I could resist climbing over the fencing and spending a few hours wandering around. Some time later when back in the UK I get a message from an organisation who had started to turn it into a community resource and asking if they could use some of the images in an exhibition to show “before and after” I havnt been back there since but who knows one day I might go and see what they have done with the place.

Guest Blog: Matthew Halmshaw

Posted on July 28, 2018 by Admin under Uncategorized

Since knowing Rob, I have always known he loves to be behind the camera and not in front of it. Getting a good portrait of him was nearly impossible … until today.

Whilst upgrading the website and introducing him to social media platforms, I was also insistent of having a great portrait of him and for the last year or so we have both put it off. However today, amongst a busy day of admin and business related marketing, we managed to get a frame that can be shared and used for a little while.

I hope you like it as much as we do!

 

 

Headshots and Beyond

Posted on July 23, 2018 by Admin under Uncategorized

Business branding sessions have evolved from the days of just a headshot on a white or black background. Although these are still needed for some uses Its now much more a case of showing who you are as a person and helping people to relate to you and your business so they feel a connection and want to buy from you or use your services. A well know quote relating to Kodak during film days was ” Kodak sell film but their adverts sell memories” I try and do the same thing with my photography and thats why I believe ” headshots and Beyond”  is what I aim for with my business branding sessions. I want my clients to have an experience and bring that through to how people see their business.

These are just a few from a couple of business branding sessions showing that I really take clients beyond the headshot

A guest blog

Posted on July 5, 2018 by Admin under Uncategorized

Work Experience with Rob

 

So far, I have really enjoyed my time working with Rob. I know others are using these two weeks as a break from school as it is nice to have a change, but I’m using it as an opportunity to learn and become more confident with a camera and with people. Of course any kind of work experience looks good on a CV and that’s what the school wants but I chose to work with Rob because photography is something I already enjoy doing.

I have learnt a lot from Rob and I’m not even half way finished the two weeks. He’s taught me about the hard skills, which is the technical side to photography such as the triangle of exposure. He also taught me about the soft skills, which he says are some of the most important things you need to be a photographer, having good soft skills means you are able to talk to people well and keep them calm when they are nervous to get the best shot. Rob introduced me to his graphics tablet and I love it, after sorting through hundreds of his photos I’ve really got the hang of it and I much prefer it to using a mouse now.

I’ve done many things with Rob already, I’ve been to business meetings with him, which I found very interesting they taught me a little more about running a business and how to get your business noticed. We also went to the corn exchange to photograph the children’s practice performance, I really enjoyed this as I had the freedom to move around to get the best shots and by adjusting the camera I was able to see what a big difference it can make to let in a little more light. Although many of my shots I am not satisfied with there were a few I was proud of. I also went to the Mepal Camera Club with him when he did a talk on wedding photography, it was very interesting and it was great to see how enthusiastic about photography everyone was there.

Despite being very nervous about working with Rob on my own, whereas others are working with friends, I have surprised myself with how well I have handled it and how much I have enjoyed learning and working with him, I feel like if I had gone anywhere else it would have been a waste of my time as photography is something I’m actually interested in, it’s been a great experience so far.

I am yet to do a lot, Rob is going to teach me how to use his equipment in his studio and get me used to working with them, me and Rob are also going to photograph the Neal Wade prom, the Cromwell open days and Rob is even letting me do my own photoshoot towards the end of my time with him, I’ll be using my sister as a model and I can’t wait to see how it goes.

Fun pics from wedding

Posted on June 14, 2018 by Admin under Cambridgeshire, Huntingdon, Nikon, On location, The George Hotel, Uncategorized, Weddings

Photographing a wedding is a huge responsibility  but also great fun when you are lucky enough to join Matt and Lilli for their wedding in Huntingdon. Having met the couple and done a pre wedding shoot it was likely to be both fun and relaxed on the wedding day.

Not your usual images posted but some of my favourite images from the day are those fun relaxed moments that I am always on the lookout for and to me help to sum up the day and almost always involve the kids. Having been dressed up and constantly told not to get dirty or mess up their hair or don’t spill drinks on their dresses and almost wrapped up in cotton wool until after the ceremony and the “official” pictures they can then revert back to running around and enjoying themselves.

Here are a few of those relaxed moments that appeal to me and hopefully those that attended the day.

The Grand Fen Fair

Posted on May 22, 2018 by Admin under Cambridgeshire, Charity, Event Photography, Magpas, Nikon, On location, Ramsey

The first Grand Fen Fair at Ramsey took place on Sunday with all profits going to Magpas. I was there to get some images that could help the charity Magpas to promote its essential work and those helping to raise funds for them. With such lovely sunny weather it was great to be there and chat with lots of those involved. With the Mayor of Ramsey chatting with the representatives of Magpas at their stand (as well as the other stall holders) he was obviously very knowledgeable of Magpas and its work and happy to be photographed at the Magpas Stand.

Here are a very small number of images from the day and hopefully this event will become a regular feature in Ramsey. If you or anyone you know are looking to volunteer for a worthwhile charity or are organising a fundraising event then please consider Magpas

The Little Marketing Company

Posted on May 21, 2018 by Admin under Allia Centre, Business Images, Cambridgeshire, Commercial, Nikon, On location, Peterborough

A lot of my work involves working with small to medium size businesses to get the images they need to help brand themselves or they decide they need to rebrand or update the staff images. Unfortunatly some still believe that a screen shot or a selfie will do. The more progressive know that the way we present our business is crucial and professional imagery is essential for that. I talk about their business and clothing and location details before I ever pick up a camera.

Many business people now meet clients or prospective clients at a nice coffee shop or one of the many business centres that are dotted around the region. This is almost like neutral ground for both and if their business is run from a spare room in their house then a location session is better and many do nice coffee too which is always a big plus.

Natalie with her business name of “The Little Marketing Company ” based locally often meets clients on location as it helps them relax ( not to mention the good coffee ) so when we were looking for a location to do the shoot the Allia Centre in Peterborough seemed ideal and as I wasnt setting up big studio lights or have a big crew they were happy for us to use their impressive building. Another big plus was lots of free parking and the aforementioned good coffee.

Here are a few selected images from the day which only took just over an hour and a half including the drinking of the coffee!!!

Bevan and Daves Bike Show Chatteris

Posted on May 13, 2018 by Admin under Uncategorized

Great to spend some time at this years bike show in aid of Magpas at Chatteris Conservative Club. Lovely selection of bikes of all types as well as music with of course the customary BBQ. The sun came out in force to encourage those who wanted a cold beer or two or three !!! With people of all ages enjoying themselves this is always a must visit every year and all profits going to my number one local charity Magpas. Here are just a few of the images taken which hopefully shows this great event and some of the people involved

Pre wedding portrait session

Posted on May 7, 2018 by Admin under Cambridgeshire, Nikon, On location, Portraiture, Prewedding Portraits

I love doing pre wedding portrait sessions which are sometimes also called engagement sessions. Many of the couples whos weddings I photograph have been engaged for a number of years as with this couple. I chat with the couple but to be honest its often more with the bride to be and find out what are their interests outside of the wedding planning. This fun couple love rock concerts and I suggested a portrait session which was going to be totally different in look to the upcoming classic wedding. Relaxed clothes in jeans and leather jacket at a very grimy location after Lili had had her wedding hair trail meant a Sunday session in very bright sunshine. All done in about an hour we all had fun and although I had some ideas planned it was also a case of the couple suggesting ideas too. This sort of session could have also have been a general portrait session but I am looking forward to comparing these images to the wedding ones.

Supporting local charities and organisations.

Posted on May 4, 2018 by Admin under Cambridgeshire, Event Photography, Magpas, On location

Having photographed for international charities around the world. I now generally stay more local with my support. I believe that one of the most important in the way they save lives is Magpas. I do photograph some of the fundraising events that are put on to support them and occasionally will be photographing for a client and find that I see the bright orange Tshirts and smiling faces on a Magpas stand promoting their work. Although the work they do is literally deadly serious the people manning the stands are anything but serious. Full of joy I often get hugz and they do chat 20 to the dozen as we used to say in Wales. This happened when I was at Wood Green doing some photography for the Hunts Post newspaper. Couldnt resist taking a couple of pics of the two ladies as I also pinched a sweet out of their dish.

There are a number of events comming up over the following months so please feel free to donate some money, if you are a business looking to sponsor a charity please consider Magpas and if you have time to volunteer then they would love to hear from you. I can assure you that it will be fun.


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