Weddings & Covid19 – What next?

This really has been the most upsetting time for those planning to get married. Yes, the measures were needed at the time to stop the pandemic. But what next?.

It seems the country is at a point where the people are doing all they can to stop further spread. Some feel we are safe to have weddings and some feel not. I think in any case common sense will be needed. Weddings are a beautiful celebration that involve seeing people you dont often see, hug relatives and the bride and groom. Without that its not the same. It would be obvious to not attend if unwell, cover mouths when coughing and have hand sanitiser all around. I would hope this would help things move forward.

Once the restriction is lifted this year, I do have spaces as a lot of weddings moved to next year. This means I will be offering last-minute deals. It helps us all.

If you have any questions, ideas etc then please get in touch. Even if you don’t want to book.

Lee

Family photoshoots on location and outdoors

One of the best parts about our summer is being able to offer photo-shoots outdoors. Often called lifestyle photoshoots. The benefit is multiple locations within a location and the relaxed un-staged photographs we can create.

This latest shoot as shown in the featured image was at Wollaton Hall near Nottingham. Its a stunning location and the couple also had there pre-wedding photo-shoot there. For the film buffs out there its also the filming location for the Batman films directed by Christopher Nolan. Although I usually shoot closer to home I can shoot anywhere. Closer to my home is Walkers Nurseries, Finningley with stunning grounds. Cusworth Hall just off the A1 Doncaster or Clumber Park, although they now charge per person not per car.

These shoots start from as little as £45. But I would quote based on what you need and where.

Lee

Cake Smash Photoshoots are back.

Its been a while since I closed my shop front studio to focus on weddings, fitness and commercial photography. But I do get asked about photoshoots and cake shoots.

To still provide for my previous clients and new, I can provide in-home shoots. I do have a portable studio with a white or grey background. Cake smash shoots were very popular in the studio and they can easily be done in your home, and your child will actually relax more at home. Its messy but the backdrop gets the brunt of it.

I offer these still from £65 within 8 miles of DN11 and not much extra outside that, you get the Giant cupcake, the shoot and a 10×8″ print. You also choose the cake colour.

Inhome family shoots are from £50 and come with the same 10×8 print but 2 6×4″ too.

If you have any questions please do get in touch.

2018 well under way

Hello everyone, well this is my first post of 2018 as I do forget to post for a while. But I wanted to do a little update for the plans of 2018.

I do still have space for this year and have already had alot of interest for 2019/20. It seems people are booking well in advance now, mostly due to venues getting even busier.

I have changed some of the contracts I’m working on this year, doing less fitness shows but more commercial work and weddings. I work for some fantastic companies photographing there products or buildings. This work does take me all over the country too. It’s the first year without the shop front Studio, but I do still have fully portable studio equipment. It just mean I will be doing very little family shoots unless shot on location etc. Some families do use there gardens or local beauty spot.

The idea this year is to promote corporate head-shots more, it really is a benefit to have professional images of your staff on your websites and social media. There will be package deals available for this soon. This too can be done in house to avoid disruption of company time.

The other project I’m currently working on is Photography Training. I have thought about it for years and think its something I can offer. At first small groups or 1 to 1. This will apply to the very beginner to advanced (studio lighting etc). There are some great courses around so I’l see what I can offer different.

Anyway, I’l update more on some of these ideas soon. Please do get in touch with questions and ideas.

regards

Lee

How to take good photos at night – Bonfire Night soon

There are three things you need to know about your camera in order to take good photos at night. Those three things are ISO Exposure and Aperture. These three key ingredients are what helps take good photos at low level lights. Most modern digital cameras in the past 3 years have instructions on how to adjust these settings. Consult the manual on your digital camera.

ISO = how sensitive your camera is to light. ISO 200 is twice as sensitive as ISO 100. ISO 400 is twice as sensitive to ISO 200. The more sensitive (higher ISO) the shorter the exposure needs to be for a similar image. So why not jump to ISO 1600? Because in digital cameras, that will make for a very grainy photo unless you got an electronically cooled CCD like they use for photographing astronomy. Most “normal” digital cameras only go up to ISO 400.

Exposure (shutter speed) = how long your shutter will stay open, allowing light to collect on the image sensor. 1:15 is 1/15 of a second. 1:4 is 1/4 of a second. Remember, in shutter speeds less than a second, the LARGER the bottom number, the SHORTER the exposure (provided that a 1 is the numerator) 6/10 is more than twice as long as 1/4. Also, camera shake can cause blurry photos at settings longer than 1/15.

Aperture: F-stops are different settings allowing different amounts of light to enter your camera. This is different from exposure, in that the aperture is that funky iris/anus looking thing that is a series of connected sheets that either open or contract to make a hole get bigger or smaller. Think of the opening to the old James Bond movies where that aperture starts as a small dot and opens up to get bigger. If you watch the LCD on your camera and adjust the aperture, you will see which setting opens up the iris to allow more light in by watching your LCD become brighter or dimmer.

 

There are alot of compact cameras for sale now, but its worth looking for ones that do work well in the dark. Here is one by Sony. The spec suggests it is still great in the dark.

https://www.sony.co.uk/electronics/cyber-shot-compact-cameras/dsc-wx500#product_details_default

 

  • ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* 30x optical zoom lens for extra-clear pictures

  • 18.2 12 MP Exmor R CMOS sensor for higher image quality even when dark

  • BIONZ X™ image processing engine delivers more detail with less noise

  • 180-degree tiltable LCD for easy framing of selfies/low-position shots

  • Beauty Effect to retouch people’s appearance in stills, by degrees

     

And seeing as I’m a Canon user myself, here is there offering, this really does look good for a compact camera

https://www.canon.co.uk/cameras/powershot-sx730-hs/

Take power and versatility on every trip. This travel zoom camera with easy smartphone connectivity puts a huge 40x zoom lens with 24mm wide angle in your pocket – for superb images and Full HD movies packed with distant detail day or night.

 

Any questions please do ask.

Lee

 

A much needed update.

Hi, I haven’t written a post in a while. I’m sure like many you never know if many do read these kinds of posts but feel its still a good idea to keep posting.

Its been a slow start to 2017, and it seems others have found the same. The first wedding of the year was April the 1st and May is when it all gets busy. Ive been busy with shows, events and sports shoots though.

I’m lucky that I do get to work in a few different areas of photography. I do alot of Weddings per year, alot of location shoots, and fitness related work, oh and products and commercial. So its always changing and keeps my creative mind active. 

I recently did a Trash the Dress shoot, but we used Powder Paint for it. This was actually alot of fun. See below.

Due to be so busy out and about I have closed the studio for now. I may get another later in the year but will want something bigger anyway. But I do find most of my work is on location and all over the country. I also recently did my first Gender Reveal shoot, this was outdoors too. I can’t share any images yet as the couple are yet to reveal to family. But I will do a separate post just for that.

One last thing. Wedding Photography. My packages are now even simpler to understand. I didn’t want lots of different packages that will simply confuse some people. So now I have just 2 packages. But they can be adjusted to suit you. The first is the all day with all images, I do not keep any images back, you get them all. I do bring a second photographer to help with lighting as I like to do some outdoor shots using professional studio flash. The second package includes a Graphistudio book. These books are simply fantastic. Why settle for anything but the best for your Beautiful Wedding Day. If you want to know more about how I work and why, just get in touch.

I hope thats a good update for now. Enjoy the weekend.

Wedding Photographer based near Sheffield/Doncaster South Yorkshire.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do you stay at the wedding for?

My full day packages cover from the Bridal prep through until after the First Dance. At the bridal prep the aim is to photograph details, atmosphere and what is going on.

Part of the detail shots are the Dress, Shoes, Flowers and any other little unique item. Some people have special perfume, jewellery and underwear that they want photographed.

I then go and see the arrival of the groom with his groomsmen. If were at a hotel Il also go say hi to the registras and arrange where to be for the service.

The ceremony, register and exit is photographed. The rest of the day is filled with official family photographs, smaller groups then a romantic photographic session with the bride & groom. This in general is just the 3 of us and maybe an assistant.

The cake, room layouts and other details are also photographed at some point between this and the wedding breakfast. Speeches are photographed too.

The evening reception is photographed to capture the atmosphere and fun element. The cake cutting is usually before the first dance. The dance is photographed and also the fun addition of your guests who will join in.

Unless we have photographs to still do were usually done after the first dance, but this isnt set in stone. Some venues at night are fantastic for photographs.

I hope this helps. In general, every aspect of your day is photographed to create the perfect memory.

 

We don’t really like our photographs taken, is it full on?

The way I work is to make sure the bride and groom are happy. Nothing is forced and you get out of it what you want to put in. If you dont want to pose too much, then we wont do too much or if you prefer, we wont do any. I have a style that is relaxed and the best photographs flow from your natural reaction to each other.

For those who love there photograph taken then I’ll take them until you’ve had enough.

Alot of the day is photograph without anyone really knowing its happening. From afar as such.

 

What happens next, after the wedding?

Once the wedding is photographed, the images are then in a queue to be edited. This process takes around 4 to 6 weeks in peak time. Once edited you will be sent a link to the client gallery where you’ll click your name and enter a given password. Family can view this from anywhere in the world with the login info.

Once your happy with your images, any changes made, then a disc or usb will be sent out. If you booked a book package then you choose your images for the book. I then design your book in house and send ove the proofs for your approval. Once approved and your happy the design is sent to Graphistudio in Italy to be made. This takes them 3 to 6 weeks depending on the time of year.

At any point you can arrange a meeting or studio visit to discuss any of the above. Support is ongoing throughout the process. I am available via Phone, email and Facebook

 

Are you insured and what happens if your ill?

This is a really common question. Professional photographers should be fully insured. But what does it mean.? Not only do we have public liability in case someone trips on my mag etc, but we have indemity too. This covers any failure to provide the service you paid for. Luckily we never need it, but its there for your peace of mind.

What if I’m Ill is really popular. Ive never been ill for a wedding in the 6 years I’ve been in business. I do keep healthy with gym visits and a good diet and private health care. If for some tragic reason I was too ill, then as part of a large network of photographers, someone would stand in at short notice. Despite what people think, we do stick together.

The things some people would ring in sick for like headache, toothace, earache, colds etc, dont stop us. Its too important to miss. Yes coffee and ibuprofen are good friends on days like these. But the service is still 100%.

Photoshoots are great for birthdays – click to see why

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Now I know this will never be replaced, but the youngster do love there photograph taken. So with that in mind, the party photoshoot became more popular. Between 5 and 8 kids or older teens love coming to a professional studio and doing what they want.

It starts with simply large white background for fun group shots, messing about etc. Then after an outfit change we also change the lighting anf background and go for a more serious and arty look. This can still be fun, but mixed with lovely images. Images you would want to frame and keep.

My studio has a waiting area ideal for 2 or 3 adults, more if less kids are there. Tea and coffee is also free.

If you would like to know more click the CONTACT section and get in touch. Below are some shots taken on this last shoot.

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Recent Newborn shoot – 7days old

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Elsie came to the studio when she was just 7 days old. She was such a cutie. She was also hungry for most of the shoot so some shots are awake. Normally the aim is for sleepy shots and the baby posed a certain way. However, I do like it when a baby so young can look into the camera.

This was the first time Id used the new Vintage Parcel Scales. I think they look great with a shabby chic throw and the baby comfy on top. A parent is always just out of shot, in some he is under the shot. Safety is key.

I have a mix of newborn outfits, bows, headbands etc. You can also bring your own. These shoots last around 2 hours depending on feeds etc. I charge £65 currently and that also includes a 10×8 print. If you would like to know more, please ask via the contact button.

Here are the Highlights – right cick to view image full size

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A recent Actor Portfolio – Viking

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Richard Carter – Actor

Ive known Richard for a couple of years since he had a fitness shoot with me.(photo-flex) we seem to get on great and have kept in touch.

We spoke about doing some headshots for agencies etc, then the idea of using some roles came up. He has worked on a Viking program and wanted to use the outfit, Great idea, I thought.  So we arranged the shoot at my studio in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

We had alot of fun looking at how to pose and light the shots. Headshots work well using a rembrant style light. And the themed shots more moody. I do love a challenge too. I think we ended up with some great shots. I have photographed up and coming actors before and a few singers/groups. Its a little different and we can get creative. I hope you like these shots. Right click to view at full size. Please do not use for your own use, but do share.

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