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What I did on my holidays….

January 17, 2012  |  No Comments
I get asked some variant of this all the time.  "What do you do on your day off?"  "Do you still take pictures for fun?"  "Do you carry a camera with you everywhere?". And of course the answers are "lots of things, yes and....no". But I did take a camera with me on holiday this year.  Since I work all through the summer I generally sneak a holiday when I can get it and that often means over Christmas. And since I use the latest, fanciest, heaviest, and most expensive camera kit available, it's sometimes nice to kick back and use something a little less serious.  Like this.  One of my first film pictures in a while.  Shot on a £20 plastic toy camera. It's nice to relax when you're on holiday.
What I did on my holidays....

Mrs Slaughter

December 6, 2011  |  No Comments
I know I put some previews of Abi and Adi's wedding in Chilham on the site a week or so ago.  I'm just putting the finishing touches to their images now and this one just popped up on my screen. The happy couple are now back in the summer weather of Australia just as it starts to turn really cold here and I knew they wouldn't mind me sharing this picture with you.
Mrs Slaughter

Hello. Toddler?

December 3, 2011  |  No Comments
Remember Annabelle?  Hard to believe it's the best part o a year since I photographed her. Even harder to believe how much she's grown since then! Toddler photography She's just as cute as ever - but now she can hardly stay still for 2 minutes. Photography for young children She loves playing in the garden.  But some times....she just likes to think. Baby photography Kent It's not too late to arrange a family photoshoot before Christmas - but it will be soon.  Get in touch if you'd like to arrange yours.
Hello.  Toddler?

House of Nicholas 2012

November 30, 2011  |  No Comments
Tough job being a fashion model.  This is actually a fairly typical behind the scenes shot for me.  Naomi is modelling the entire House of Nicholas 2012 collection in a single day.  Emma (camera right) is touching up her makeup while Marina is putting finishing touches to her hair.  In about a minute's time they will both step backwards behind the camera and I'll start taking "real" pictures. I'll flip the camera to portrait orientation and fire off about 30 frames talking Naomi through a variety of frontal, profile and of course back of the dress pictures.  I'll be coaching her to move by inches so that the light hits her exactly right.  Although she's an experienced model nobody else in the room has the camera view that I have. 5 lights will fire all together by radio control and within minutes we'll have images full screen on a 15 inch laptop.  We can zoom in to 100% to double check Emma and Marina's work.  And then the next dress. And....repeat.  1 day, 1 model, 20 dresses.  Tough job.  Really. Close detail on a fashion shoot with Hasselblad H3D Behind the scenes on a bridal fashion shoot And just in case you thought it was all glamour working in high end studios.  Here's the pull back. Behind the scenes fashion shoot One roll of paper, lots of lights and an ugly office.
House of Nicholas 2012

Leafcutter ants

November 2, 2011  |  1 Comment
I'm by no means a macro photographer.  But sometimes you just can't help yourself. Wedding photography Kent I had a macro lens and a couple of flashguns handy and these leafcutter ants on the floor of a Peruvian rainforest made perfect practise subjects.  After all there were millions of them - literally. Natural wedding photography But I knew it was time to leave when this guy turned up.  Ever seen a grown man chased off by an insect less than an inch long....? Never miss a shot
Leafcutter ants

Quex Park Diorama

October 25, 2011  |  No Comments
This is a room that strikes fear into the heart of any Kent wedding photographer.  It's the diorama at Quex Park.  Aka "the wet weather plan for group pictures".  Aka "one of the hardest rooms to take pictures in anywhere in Kent". Every time I've worked at Quex Park it has been lovely weather and we've been able to take group pictures outside.  I've said before that it would have to be raining pretty hard to make me use this room.  There's mixed lighting, a high ceiling and plenty of glass surfaces to throw flash straight back at you.  Plus the cases full of stuffed animals are nicely lit meaning the light is everywhere you don't want it for portraits. So you can imagine my delight when I was asked to photograph the floor here for a new website for Kent's Commercial Flooring Specialists Christie and Cochlin.  Fortunately they didn't need any people in the shot which simplified things enormously.  You can see more of the work I did for them on their website.
Quex Park Diorama

Rice Butterflies

October 19, 2011  |  2 Comments
Ever get one of "those" emails?  As often it came from Nicola at ProposePR.
I have a client who needs some high quality images of their product for press and PR use...
Sure that shouldn't be a problem.  What's the product?
A brand new kind of confetti made of only rice...
So small colourful product with random flight path needing magazine quality images.  Piece of cake. A few days later we had a whole creative team assembled plus a couple of locations.  You can see one of my favourite images above.  We also took advantage of some autumn colour in the churchyard and ended up on a very windy beach.  Pictures will be on the Rice Butterflies site soon.  But I couldn't resist sharing some of the behind the scenes shots here too. Lighting tests... Commercial photography for wedding businesses How many people does it take to tie a tie....? Behind the scenes on a location fashion shoot A bit of premature confetti throwing.... Biodegradable natural product Time out for a pasty. Reportage wedding photography And just how many extra people can you get into a shot? Make up artists Emily Rose Note 1: in the first shot you can clearly see we have somebody just out of shot holding the ladder securely Note 2: yes, that's me.  And I took the pictures.  I have a second camera firing remotely triggered by the first. And one last favourite picture on a very windy beach. Photography for busy wedding businesses Thanks to the crew: Claire, Ben, Ethan and Emily.  Oh and Luke was shooting video too - cant wait! If you have a bridal business then professional photography will make a huge difference to your advertising collateral and PR material.  And it probably doesn't cost as much as you think.  Just get in touch.  And don't worry if you've never done this before.  Sheetal from Rice Butterflies hadn't and we had a crew on the ground with cameras shooting within a week.  She even seemed to enjoy it!
Rice Butterflies

Baby time…again

October 11, 2011  |  No Comments
Summer holidays and cold winter nights seem to have something in common.....I'm always busy taking pictures of babies in April and October. If anything, October is even more fun than April because with colour in the trees and gorgeous light we can go outside with slightly older children.  Of course we couldn't with baby T - he just wanted to sleep through the whole session. This time of year is also great if you want images for family Christmas cards.  Some weekday dates still available with time to have cards printed.  Prices start at £150 - just get in touch.
Baby time...again

Chainsaws and Poodles

October 4, 2011  |  No Comments
Something a little different this week.  I've been doing a lot of commercial photography lately for businesses around Kent.  A lot of it is confidential to the clients (in fact some of it's so secret I can't even tell you where I was).  But I'm delighted to be able to share these pictures from a shoot for Whitstable tree surgeon About Trees with you. As well as the hero shot at the top of the page, I also took pictures of the team copicing some trees in a pub garden. There's Wayne... About trees - website photography for Kent Chris... Photography for About Trees And of course Darcy... Commercial and lifestyle photography Professional photography of your business is a great way to improve your business website and branding.  Rather than buy in stock images from the US it shows your clients who you are while still presenting a polished and professional image.  And it costs less than you think.  Business make over shoots start from £250.  Just get in touch to discuss.
Chainsaws and Poodles