Laura and Ian

Laura and Ian are good friends of mine who are getting married in April.

Before the wedding, its a great idea to get some practice in front of the camera. Engagement photo sessions allow you to become comfortable having your photo taken while being close to your future husband/wife; you also get used to taking photographic direction, which helps make the big day run smoothly and you'll come away with some beautiful images that you can use for invitations or put on your wall.

For Laura and Ian's engagement shoot, we went to Wollaton Park, Nottingham. Wollaton Park has it all, a beautiful old hall, well kept gardens, woods, a lake and tons of photographic opportunities. 

We had a great time shooting wonderful images in different locations around the park. Our time together flew by and Laura and Ian love the resulting images. 

If you're looking for an engagement shoot, first congratulations, and secondly, get in touch to book a session. 



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.


Matt Dryden - Candid Street Portrait

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Meet Matt Dryden, he works at Quarter Barbers in Nottingham City centre, Hockley to be more precise. 

I managed to get a rare Saturday afternoon out to do some street photography. I met up with local photographer Peter McConnochie, otherwise known as the Urban Scot! Peter brought his 12 year old son along to do some street portraits for a school assignment, very cool!

After meeting up in the Old Market Square, we took a walk down to Hockley, Peter and his son grabbed their first portrait of the day and as we decided to head back into town I passed Matt, sat outside the barbers taking a break. 

Well his unique style was something I just had to shoot, so I asked if I could take his photo, sure he said. I told him to act normal and go back to what he was doing. So I captured a few frames, showed Matt the back of the camera (black and white picture style already set) and told him if he liked the picture to email me. I gave him my card and later that day Matt asked for the photo to put on his Instagram page. 

That evening I processed the images and sent Matt a couple of photos, he loved them and this image is now on his Instagram page. 

This was again taken on the Fuji X100s, a great street camera. Although last Saturday was the first outing for the Fuji X-T1, but I'll leave an image from that camera for next time.




Standing Tall

Standing Tall

Man I love black and white photography!!!

I love the how monochrome images are stripped back to 3 core things:

  • Shape
  • Form
  • Tone

Colour gets right out of the way. Colour can sometimes be a distraction, your subject might be in be the foreground where you want the viewer to focus, but you've got this bright red object in the background. Guess where the viewers eye goes, well its not on your intended subject, its on the bright red object in the background!

This image isn't quite as extreme as my example above, but colour would definitely distract from the subject. The bright green grass in the foreground, or the lovely blue sky would draw your eyes attention away from the grey columns in my image. 

So why did I take this image?

It's simple - the light!

The low light is casting these columns with beautiful evening sun light on one side and deep shadows on the other. The light gives these columns there shape and form. The fact that they are darker than the sky highlights the columns their tone. It's a simple but beautiful image.

So what's the story:

There are at least a couple of these structures on the beach front in Blackpool! Who would have thought it?!?! Blackpool! I could have taken this in the middle of the day and it would have looked dull, as I've already said, it's the lighting that makes the image. 

I love black and white photography, but it's been one of the few times that I just knew this would be perfect for black and white. I switch the X100s into it's mono setting and just snapped a few frames, I didn't even consider a colour shot, the scene was black and white through and through. 

Of course, I shoot in RAW, so I always have all the pixel information I need, whether that's black and white or colour.  

Enjoy the weekend!