This is a detail from Nish and Prina's wedding at the weekend.
It's a very simple shot - available light with a shallow depth of field from a macro lens. But for me it's a very important shot for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, I take a lot of pictures of hands. Hands touching each other, nervously holding speeches, slipping on wedding rings or like here beautifully decorated with henna and jewellery. There's a lot of emotion in hands. One of my all time favourite portraits is of Henry Moore the sculptor. It just shows his hands but you can tell that this is a man who has spent a lot of his life working with stone.
Secondly, I actually photograph quite a few Asian weddings. I love the colour, the magic and yes, the excitement of several hundred people in a confined space. Most of my Indian wedding work is for a small number of families since my work doesn't entirely fit with traditional Asian wedding photography. Of course I take photographs of the dancing and the family groups (sometimes over a hundred groups), but I also like to focus on the small details of the day. Like hands.
Weddings are my favourite thing - the joy, the emotion, the people, the details, the adrenaline....
But bridal fashion is a very close second. Especially when it is shooting for the amazing Madeline Isaac-James. I photographed her entire 2011 collection last year and yesterday I got a sneak preview of the 2012 collection. And by sneak preview I mean I "photographed it in a staggeringly wonderful venue with a fantastic creative team".
Pictures will be appearing pretty much everywhere "soon" but here's the first and in lots of ways my favourite.
Huge thanks to the team:
Models: Victoria & James
Makeup: Katy Messer / MakeupbyKaty
Hair: Hayley King
BTS stills and lighting assistants: Karen Flower & Keith Fransella
BTS video: Luke / AdamsMultimedia
Styling: Karen England
Design: Natalie Gladman / Madeline Isaac-James
And some stats for the techies:
Hours shooting: 8
Models: 2 (one guy and one girl - James didn't get to wear the dresses)
Number of dresses photographed: 14
Images shot: 30GB
Amount of photographic kit: a bootload
Number of times we went up and down the lift: 397 (approx)
Cans of coke drunk: 18
Cocktails: several (before and after - never during naturally)
Average time the crew woke up before the shoot: 5 am.
Remember Ash and Tor? Hard to believe that their wedding was the best part of a year ago.
Well, they have been busy....very busy actually.
But you know, I think things are about to get busier. Meet Harry - I photographed him a week ago today when he was just 8 days old. So he's reached the grand old age of 15 days now!
It's baby season - give me a shout if you're expecting a new baby. Lots of people like to book provisional dates before the birth so I can photograph them in that magic first few days.
Not only is picture of the week late (sorry!) it's also a slightly unusual one for me.
The reason for both things is the same - I've taken so many pictures this week that I can't show you for various reasons.
On Sunday I photographed another christening - I'm hoping to share some of those pictures soon but with so many cute children around at it it's proving hard to choose. Plus I'll ask their parents first. On Monday I was photographing catwalk shows at the White Gallery. These are all done and with the client but because they contain designers' new collections including the Ian Stuart 2012 collection they are strictly under lock and key at the moment. They should be appearing in Wedding Ideas Magazine soon.
On Wednesday I photographed 78 under 3 year olds at a nursery in Kent. It was a great (though rather exhausting) day. For obvious reasons, although I photograph lots of nurseries the pictures never appear online.
Which leaves me with....a detail shot from Naomi and Richard's wedding at Ratsbury Barn. I don't know if they put this heart there themselves or if it was part of the general decoration but I loved it. And I photographed it.
As I say so often, it's all about light.
I was up in London with my niece Ema to take her out for afternoon tea before she returns to New York (via, um, Cannes - yeah, she makes films...). We were pretty much killing time walking the back streets in the early summer sun.
"Hey, go sit over there for a second". Click.
Yep, a picture takes a fraction of a second. Once you've waited a couple of hours....
A very simple one from me this week. No lights, no stylists, no colour.
I was up in London for Sandra and Albert's wedding. I'm paranoid about London traffic and parking so I'd arrived 2 hours early and arranged to meet my niece who is currently interning at the BBC. We met for coffee and she brought along her boyfriend Will who is also at the BBC.
Hey, Will, stand there a second....click. It was the first time we'd met. He'll get used to it....
Ever have one of those days where it's so much fun you can't believe it's actually work? I did yesterday.
Meet Annabelle. 7 months old, absolutely adorable and one of the happiest babies I've photographed!
It was lovely to meet up with her parents again (I photographed their wedding at Abbots Barton in July 2009) and also to photograph their beautiful daughter.
If you're looking for some children's portraits then just get in touch - I work with babies down to 5 days old right up to teenagers.
Sometimes my favourite images aren't the technically perfect ones. They are the ones that capture a moment, a feeling, a better version of reality.
Like this - one of my favourite holiday snaps. I know exactly why you shouldn't fasten a cheap piece of plastic over a lens without a hood on it and then point it into the sun. Mainly because you'll get horrific flare and dozens of little reflections of the aperture blades. But somehow this image reminds me more of that magical moment when the sea turned the colour of burnished gold and everything was calm than any technically perfect image would.
Or maybe I'm still chilled after my holiday. Either way, back to normal soon. Whatever normal means.
[BTW one very serious point - take pics like this if you want but really don't look through the viewfinder when you do. It's seriously dangerous. For shots like this I love my Nikon D5000 with flip out live view screen.]
Wizard playing on the stereo? Check. Presents wrapped? Check. Wine mulled? Check. Pies minced? Most def.
It's Christmas and I'm about to close down for the holidays.
There's just one thing I haven't done this year. For reasons "beyond my control" I haven't sent Christmas cards out. I'd love to say this was some grand environmental gesture but it's a bit more mundane than that. They have been stuck in a container in Medway for more than 2 weeks now on the way from the printers to me. It's possible I could have picked them up but in the last week I've driven over 400 miles making sure that (despite couriers' best efforts) all my clients got the albums and pictures they expected. Plus I thought I could mock them up in Photoshop.
So Merry Christmas! Your card is above. (Actually Google says over 30 thousand people have visited this site in 2010 - I definitely didn't order enough...).
PeopleByRyan will be closed from noon 24th December until 9 am 4th January. Landline will be staffed (by people will tell you I'm not here) - I'm off somewhere warm for a bit. Catch you in 2011. Though if the miracle of the internet works properly there may be a BIG announcement while I'm away.....