So, ok, it HAS been a while, I will admit. There have been shoots, things that involve life (kids, work, you know, the usual stuff) and I have been a bit lacksidascial, I have to say. So this is the first blog update in a while. Whats been happening I hear you say? Hmmmm....well, loads actually....let me explain.....
Life-wise, I think its fairly obvious.....two kids is a lot more of a handful than one. But my boy is 6 months old already and its been amazing watching him develop in a completely different way to my daughter.....they are chalk and cheese! But hes so time consuming as he is WAY more mobile and active than she ever was, so you have to keep your wits about you. But what a happy little chappy.....so part of my lack of updates was because I just couldn't miss out on him.....
But I have shoots to talk about. I was privvy to the last shoot of Charli Meredith before she left Cambridge for a life elsewhere.....and a great shoot it was! In her words "lets go out with a bang"! And we did! She pulled out all the stops on the styling and worked with my ideas and they were some fantastic images in a style I have not shot before. But they worked....really well! I am very happy with them and so was she! Marilyn Monroe came to mind instantly and you can tell from the pictures! Vic at LovePhoto Studio in Newmarket was a star, letting us use the whole studio and helping us out on a couple of setups.....top bloke, amazing studio!
Thanks to all involved with that shoot. Time flew, was a heap of fun, got great images!
I then decide to do a bit of street photography.....but not the candid sort. My premise was to shoot ONLY with my 50mm lens and shoot with my legs.....if you don't own a zoom lens, you will know what that means! Actually asking people to let me take their images. And it was surprisingly easy! Most said yes and others politely declined. I dont know why, but I almost expected more animosity......my family friend Matt Paskin came along (check out his website as hes a pretty damn good photographer himself (www.mattpaskin.com) and we went around asking interesting looking people if we could take their photos. Cambridge is an eclectic city at the best of times and frankly, it was like shooting fish in a barrel trying to find interesting subjects! But worth it.....Matt got his perspective on a lot of the people I shot and our different styles emerged.....mine is a lot more "in your face".....I wanted to go for that kind of look. Whereas Matt goes for a more "bystander" approach and it was good to see the same photo taken from a different perspective. Anyway, it was a lot of fun and something I really want to do again soon....
So what else has there been? Well, I had the privilege of shooting a gorgeous 9 month old girl with her parents Claire and Jason. What a lovely couple and although we weren't initially sure the shoot would go ahead due to the potential of the dreaded chicken pox, it turns out it wasn't that and she was just a touch under the weather. But, what a little trouper! Kids are tricky to shoot at the best of times, but when they are a bit grouchy, it can be particularly hard to get them in the mood. But she rallied fantastically with Mom and Dad entertaining and trying different things and all in all, we got some lovely shots that really captured her and her lovely personality.
What a lovely, lovely family!
Weddings.....now, weddings......always weddings! We love a good wedding! And it was again an honour to be invited to the wedding of a very good friend of my wife Laura's. Someone she has known for a long time, an old university friend who was finally getting married after finding a lovely Aussie wife! But I was NOT official photographer! No siree! But I did sneak the camera there, of course! The wedding was out on the edge of the Peak District, near Derby and what a BEAUTIFUL location! In the hills, open air wedding, under a tree, a teepee for the reception.....gorgeous and just wish I WAS the official photographer as I would have had so many more photo opportunities than I had as I was constrained by what the official photographers were allowing people to do. But I get that.....totally fine with me! So I did my best....and what a wedding. Great couple, here's to their future and what a day!
Anything else? Oh yeah, another wedding! I was hired for a small, intimate wedding in Cambridge, with the reception to be held on the roof of the Varsity Hotel. How could I refuse? I was recommended by a friend who, back in the day, had been on the same photography course I had been on, which was a really nice gesture. Little did I know that she was so close the bride and groom! Lenka and Richard are the sweetest couple! They clearly knew what they wanted....a small wedding, small gathering, nothing too fancy so they could spend all the money on a month long trip to New Zealand for their honeymoon! My kind of people! Anyway, we met up, chatted, they liked my stuff (and seemed to like me!) and it was agreed and put in the diary! I would only be needed for about 4 hours to shoot pre-wedding stuff, the ceremony, some formal shots and a few showstoppers to add into the collection. And that was it! Couldn't be more simple! Well, the photography niggles that we all encounter on these days arrived and without going into details, things were made tricky by circumstances out of mine or their control! Nothing disastrous, but thats why we do what we do....its a challenge and we thrive on the ability to think on our feet, adapt and get the best images we can under the circumstances. I think I got them.......tricky, hard work, but a lot of fun! Lenka and Richard were the epitome of helpful, fun and thoughtful. And their day went, as far as I know, without a hitch! But bring it on! Adversity is no enemy of mine! Ha ha!
So there you have it! There has been more, but these have been the ones I have had the most fun on, the most rewarding and the most challenging. There will be more in the future, I am making sure of that, so there will be less time between blogs next time! I know, I know, I say this every time, but I will make sure things will move on.......I hope you like these! Let me know what you think! Ta-ra for now!