“… I don’t like to over plan any day of photography; an approximate outline with plenty of room to breathe is my preferred MO and it’s usually the same for those who employ me…”Read More
While Father Christmas plans who’s been naughty and/or nice, I’m keeping very busy, finishing off what's been a terrific year. I've been lucky enough to enjoy a long list of great commissions stretching in to the winter and several reflect an evolving trend for more and more reportage coverage for corporate clients.
In times past, a request from a corporate client to shoot a Christmas function would have filled me with dread. This would mean endless 'grip and grins', leading to very staged results, devoid of any feeling or creativity. But in today's marketplace companies have loosened-up and allow photographers to shoot what they see, recording something really atmospheric and genuine. This appeals to employer and employee - and allows photography to be interesting for internal use and social media.
I believe variation is key to keeping your work fresh and remaining stimulated. And there's absolutely no reason to moan about shooting at Claridge's, Scotts, Battersea Park, Somerset House and Fetcham Park, to name but a few.
So, below is a handful of shots which I think sums-up winter and the festive period...
“… I shot their recent launch at Royal Hospital Chelsea and from the word go it's been a pleasure to be involved…”Read More
“… I love to look back on an image like this to pull me back in to the day, and thanks to Mr & Mrs Pink for allowing me to illustrate it…”Read More
... I didn’t reveal to them just how nervous I was to get this right. Capturing the tone of such a personal family time can be tricky. Get this wrong and you’ll stick out, get it right and you have a little bit of gold, the significance of which galvanises over time.Read More
"... So, over Blackfriars Bridge we all ventured, and in the middle of fun this image, to my mind, summed-up their whole attitude to the wedding..."Read More
So I donned my tux and switched on the cameras, the rest was laid out before me to record. What a great job this is...Read More
"With drinks over, I shadowed the wedding party all the way to check-in for Paris..."Read More
"...A lovely day with good people - it's why doing this job is a pleasure..."Read More
"... It doesn’t take much to figure out I relish working in low light. A flick through the blog posts and portfolio reveals the majority of content in shadows or lamp-lit rooms - the intention to emphasise atmosphere and feeling - key elements of any wedding day..."Read More
"... This is a film that I think will forever change my approach to shooting dancing at weddings..."Read More
It's fashionable these days to knock digital, to somehow suggest film was/is better. It's not. It's just different...Read More
I distinctly recall Christina’s tone. It was almost cautious. “The chapel will be candlelit," she said. "Will that work?”. Of course it would...Read More
If you travel in town a lot you'll find this fascinating. And possibly it'll explain a few late arrivals.
Oliver O’Brien, a researcher at UCL, took data published by Transport for London (TfL) and created a remarkable analysis of the city's over-subscribed underground railways. TfL recorded the exact number of people exiting and entering tube stations every 15 minutes to build a map of the daily journeys of the city’s millions of commuters.
To my mind this is where the web excels, an amazing piece of work. I originally saw this on Wired magazine's terrific website.
"Jana is my new crazy Brazilian friend. Why crazy? Together with Rob, she lives in California, but this couple braved cool, festive London drizzle for their big day. Anybody’s definition of bonkers, surely..."Read More