Life and Photography

Life and Photography

Wow what a busy month it's been. The Porter household has returned to a fully functioning transport system for our two children.

Me and Claire are both back at work full time, which has meant the kids are back into the routine of grandparents and child minder child care while we're doing our 'day jobs'. 

Baby Isabelle Porter

Isabelle, my daughter, was less than 2 weeks old when I took these photos, the ideal time to take newborn photos.

It's ideal because under 2 weeks old babies sleep, they sleep a lot, and when they are asleep they're often in a deep sleep, which means it's easier to place them into different positions. 

I did the same thing when my son Ethan was born, in fact you can see his newborn photos in my portfolio and on the blog.  

After making the room nice and warm and after getting Isabelle nice and settled I came away with these shots. Everything went smoothly and thankfully there was nothing the clean up after either, result, she was the perfect model and I love her to bits. 

Expect to see more photos of Isabelle over the coming months. 

Self Portrait

Self Portrait

Back in June I had a free afternoon to myself and I decide to create a self portrait.

I had an idea of what I wanted to create and the final result turned out to be pretty close.

Firstly, as you might know I love black and white photography, so it had to be in monochrome. Secondly, I wanted both light and shadow in the frame, but crucially with light in both eyes.

I used a fast shutter speed to limit the amount of ambient light, this created the black background. To do this while using a flash can be difficult, it all depends on the amount of ambient light and the camera's flash sync speed. Fortunately this is one area that the Fuji X100S excels in with it's leaf shutter. It was sync at any speed. However, to achieve high sync speeds you need to use either the built in flash, a infra-red flash to trigger any off camera flash, or use a hotshoe cable. For this shot I actually used the Yongnuo 603C trigger (really affordable) and managed to get a sync speed of 1/500 second. 

I used my Nikon SB700 flash in the 60x90cm Phottix Easy-Up Umbrella Softbox with the Grid.

If you're interested in having your portrait done, get in touch.