Leatherhead Register Wedding Photographer

For a wedding photographer then there is no such thing as bad weather. An experienced and skilled photographer knows how to get the desired shot by improvisation. Having said that, a nice venue makes a huge difference.

Let me give you an example from a recent wedding I photographed. The bride got ready in a very nice hotel in Redhill – Stanhill Court Hotel.

Stanhill Court Wedding Photographer

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Bridal Portraits

Model photo shoot with Phoebe

Wedding photography requires many stills including photojournalism, portraitures, lighting skills, organisational skills and being good with people. Most brides look at their best on their wedding day. They wear an expensive wedding dress, have their nails manicured, hair and make up by a stylist. It’s the perfect time to shoot a great portrait of her. But that requires a lot of skill and practice. Shooting images of models in a relaxed environment is a great way forward. 

I have been reading Frank Doorhof’s book Mastering the Model Shoot, and it has been very inspiring. As a wedding photographer I am constantly developing my lighting techniques. If you are a photographer or interested in photography, you might like to visit his blog on a regular basis.

The photo shoot with Phoebe (a newly qualified actor) was a great experience, though working with a model whom you have never met before can be daunting and challenging for both. However, Phoebe’s relaxed manner and easygoing attitude made the shoot very interesting. I experimented with various lighting setups and Phoebe gave me varied moods in the images.

There was no stylist or make up artists involved! I did this shoot at home with just two light set up in a long and narrow room, which restricted me in what I could achieve.

Award winning image

iPad Generation

This image of mine won the Rosebowl Trophy two years ago. It was a tough competition as many entries were by highly qualified members of the Royal Photographic Society.

I find street photography very enjoyable though it doesn’t provide me with a source of income, it hasn’t so far and it’s not often you come across situations where your subject is completely unaware of you and you have a few moments in which you can grab the shot. May be if you are using a long telephoto lens but not when you are using a 35mm lens.

It was a pleasant summer’s evening and music was being played by a small band in a hall. This young lady came and sat down in front of me on the carpet and got out her
iPad. She was not only very attractive, but she was beautifully lit by downlighting ceiling lamps, separating her from the dark surroundings. The illumination of the
iPad screen lit her face. I got out my Fuji X100 and fired a few shots. I didn’t want her or other people sitting around me to know that I was taking photos. So, I quickly fired a few shots without raising the camera to my eye or staring at the LCD monitor. Years of experience came in useful as I lined up the camera by guesswork.

The image has some dodging and burning in Photoshop to remove distractions but nothing else beyond that.

Creative lighting

Epsom wedding photographerLighting bride or groom creatively always produces pleasant images. At weddings, photographers have to work fast and in the UK we can never be sure of the weather. It can suddenly get overcast and the light levels just drop. We, therefore, have to be skilled and equipped with the right tools to be able to shoot in any lighting conditions.

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