January 30, 2014 • Leave a Comment
I've been wanting to write this post for a while now, and given it's January (although nearly over), beginning of a new year etc, I figured this would be a good time.
When I tell people I'm a photographer, they ask me what kind, weddings, families, kids, maternity etc. For those people who have followed my work for the past few years, you'll of seen that I have actually done a bit of all of these, and I've learnt plenty along the way. However, whilst I still shoot portraits, a lot of what I create has evolved along with my style.
Most of the portraits I am producing now start with a concept. An idea, a theme, something that has different elements to it that I want to bring together to create something different and unique. Sometimes this may be one, or a few images.
Shooting a subject in the studio is just one of the critical steps in the creative process that I go through to produce my images. Good interaction with the subject to bring out character, expressions, feeling, emotions is critical as is quality of lighting. In addition to this though is the process of capturing backgrounds. I'm always scouting new locations and building up a collection of backgrounds that I will use in my images. Then finally there is the photoshop and retouching where all the planning, the subject, the background images and creativity come together to result in what I always strive to be a cool, edgy, artistic bend on reality that has a larger than life feel to it. I want my work to have impact.
Style is often something I get asked about. If you look through my work you'll notice most of it is quite dramatic. I don't tend to do smiles too often with my subjects. Instead I love portraits that are intense, interesting and in particular a look in someone's expression that suggests they means business!
I've picked a few random images from 2013 that started with a concept, shoot the subject in studio and then add the background elements to create the final image. Click on the image to go to the blog posts which show before and afters aswell as details of the shoot setup etc. Hopefully this helps to show more about the way I produce my work. I've also added a video clip showing what goes into my 'PRO FOOTBALLER' shoots, and it's the same kind of steps that apply.
If you have a concept in mind and would like to work with me to create a unique portrait, feel free to get in touch. I'm always keen to hear new ideas that we can make happen.
Thanks for reading.
January 20, 2014 • Leave a Comment
I captured a backround a while ago with the intention of compositing a skater or scooter rider into the shot and this turned out to be my first personal project of 2014.
I wanted to show the background out of camera prepped, and then with a couple of minor additions.
Here is the prepped background:
With contrast added:
With additional light source to give the effect of more light coming from the lights in the subway to then light the subject:
Here is the out of camera shot of Tom. Always helps when my subjects turn up prepped, and he had all the additional gear needed to help pull this off. He also did a great job with the pose and also facial expression. (you'll see from most of my work, I tend to go for a more serious 'Mean Business' kind of look rather than smiles)
And here is the final image.......click this link to see bigger version.
I also wanted to play with some different tonal effects to see how this would look. (Basically some play around time for me with different effects). See all below.
More projects on the way so keep an eye on the blog. In meantime, if any of you have a concept in mind for anything like this, always feel free to get in touch to discuss your idea. Thanks for reading.
January 17, 2014 • Leave a Comment
I have a confession to make. I hate being in photos. Friends and family will confirm this. I'm much more comfortable being the guy behind the camera.
As last Christmas got closer and closer, I pulled out a family video slideshow I put together from Jan 2013 when we had all the snow, and it showed a family walk where my wife and three kids are all together, rolling around in the snow having fun etc, but I was no where to be seen. I didn't appear in one image, and there were lots! I was the guy taking all the pics.
Don't get me wrong, I love being that guy, but this really got me thinking about how guys don't tend to want to get pictures taken too often of themselves. Certainly not professional portraits, and yet to our kids, we are probably heroes, and the power of a good portrait shouldn't be under estimated. Especially many years from now!
Anyway, point of the post is......guys..........if you haven't got a decent pro portrait of yourselves, make this year the year you get one done and get something up on the walls in your home. Any concept you have in mind, simple on white background, dark dramatic with shadows on black background, or if you would like something a little more creative and different where we work together to capture a pose and then put you in a cool background to add some drama and impact. Whatever you are into, make sure you get in on the action and let me know if I can help you achieve that!
If you don't fancy the pro portrait approach, if this post just jogs you like it has me to get into more snaps and family video's so your loved one's can see more of you in action (and you in your prime), mission accomplished!
Thanks for reading.....
January 09, 2014 • Leave a Comment
I wanted to write a post about some of the Athlete portraits I specialize in, and given it's a new year, where health and fitness is usually on a lot of people's minds, I thought this would be a good time.
A lot of you might be starting out on a new fitness regime, some of you may already be in tip top condition, others may be personal trainers, part of a football or rugby team, a rower, cyclist etc etc.
All sports require dedication and commitment to achieve certain goals, whatever they might be, and this is where I come in. If you've worked hard to achieve a goal, or you just love your sport, what better way to recognise your passion or these achievements than through a professional portrait showing you in action or your passion. Of course much of my work isn't just based on a standard portrait. Capturing a great pose is just half of the process I work through when creating my work. I'm always creating new backgrounds for different projects and will work with clients to capture something that fits the story or character we are wanting to portray as I bring it all together to hopefully create a larger than life feel to the image. This style might not be to everyone's taste, so we can certainly create simple more traditional portraits if preferred aswell.
Click on the link or see the snapshot below of my athletes portfolio. If you want to see yourself in something similiar, feel free to get in touch. I'm always keen to talk through ideas and different concepts and where we can push boundries, we will to create something unique. Lastly don't forget about prints. If you read my blog you'll have heard me harping on constantly about the importance of a print. All my work is geared towards showcasing the image on a high quality print. This brings it to life which is why I only use the best labs to ensure the best quality finish to compliment my work, and your portraits. The look and feel of the print is worth checking out, so if you ever want to see the physical prints first, again, feel free to get in touch.
Finally, if you are currently under construction working on a new you for 2014, get in touch if you have a goal and could be interested in a portrait once you have reached your targets. Maybe you want a before and after shot? It would be great to recognise this achievement and I'd love to hear what ideas you have in mind.
Thanks for reading.
January 06, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Hopefully you all had a good Christmas and New Years. If you haven't already done so, make sure you back up all of your phone and camera pictures and get some printed! I've made a real effort over the weekend to get on top of my Christmas pictures of the family etc and have just ordered a good bundle of prints to ensure I don't leave it too long.
Anyway, I wanted to share a new addition to my portraits portfolio. This ended up being the last professional photo I took in 2013. Objective was to create a composit but to keep the portrait very simple, so this was shot with a single light and I used a grey background which works well when bringing it all together.
Here is the out of camera shot.......
And here is the final image......
Simplest is often best in terms of lighting setup and the image itself. That was the objective for this portrait and I was pretty pleased with the results. Any questions on the processing and retouching feel free to add comments below or get in touch.
Thanks for reading.
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