Golden eagles in Sierra Espuna

The Christmas break was followed by an intense period of editing of all the lighting photographs I’d been shooting leading up to Christmas and also creating and designing a wedding album. I needed to tie up all my loose ends so I could don my Yorkshire wildlife photographer hat and jet off to Murcia in Spain to photograph golden eagles. Wildlife photography has always been my passion and it’s how I got started in photography and ultimately led on to my becoming a professional commercial photographer. We flew from Gatwick to Murcia as none of the airlines seem to publish flights in January from more local airports but it was not too much of a hassle. Once in Spain, we spent a couple of long days in hides high in the Sierra Espuna photographing these magnificent birds and you can read all about it and watch the video over on my wildlife photography website – Wildscenes

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Headshots for job applications 

Magda came across my site while looking for a West Yorkshire portrait photographer and loved what she saw and booked in. The brief was to shoot Magda cabin crew style including headshots, full length shots and three quarter shots. Magda has applied to train as cabin crew for Emirates Airways and need these shots to accompany her application. She also needed casual shots of herself for the application to give the interview panel an idea of what she looks like when not in uniform. The brief was to shoot the uniform images on a white seamless but the other shots could be on any background, so we used mid-grey, barley and also some outdoor shots. Here is a small selection of what we got on the day. To book me for your actor headshots, musician headshots or cabin crew headshots, just call the studio on 01924 229800.

headshots photographer West Yorkshire
headshots photographer West Yorkshire

 

Wakefield Cathedral Christmas card shoot

As a Wakefield commercial photographer, I done a couple of commissions for Wakefield Cathedral photographing the choir at the start of the choir’s year. Today I was on site to photograph the choir for the cathedral Christmas card 2015. The cathedral marketing team had been very disappointed with the shot used on the 2014 card which was chosen from photographs sent in by the public as part of a 365 day photo project and decided this year to shoot something specifically for the card. I was asked to photograph some of the choir in front of the Christmas trees in the cathedral before they were removed. The choir master asked for volunteers to come during their festive break especially for the shoot and the response was good. In fact a little too good as there were more than I’d envisaged being in my shot. I’d thought about doing an intimate, candle lit shot of around three choristers but as they’d all made an effort, we shot with all those that turned up and afterwards, shot some individual portraits as a thank you.

Wakefield commercial photographer

Wakefield commercial photographer
commercial photography Wakefield

 

Commercial photography Wakefield: Trinity Walk Christmas lights shoot

Commercial photography Wakefield: For my last Christmas lights shoot I was again in Wakefield, this time at Trinity Walk where MK Illuminations first saw my work after I captured their Christmas lighting scheme on behalf of Trinity Walk themselves. They loved the images and commissioned me to shoot a set for them and have done for the last 4 years! The scheme at Trinity Walk was slightly different this year with one of the giant reindeer being replaced by a sleigh scene and also more lights along the main mall. Once again, I nipped into town at dusk to be there for blue hour and, as always with an outdoor scheme, it’s a mad dash to get round trying to capture all the shots in that short time slot.

Commercial photography Wakefield

Back on home turf as a Wakefield commercial photographer for the shoot of the Christmas lights in the Ridings. This is the first year that MK Illuminations have decorated this small shopping centre and I think most folks are in agreement that these have been the best decorations for a long while. As there is a lot of glass in the roof, I was on site for sunset in case I need a royal blue sky as a backdrop along the main mall and atrium. Because the decorations on the upper mall drop through the open areas into the lower mall, it makes life easier for me as it means I am shooting level and also down on the decorations. This is much better than having to shoot upwards.

Wakefield commercial photographer

Commercial photographer Yorkshire: Trinity Square in Gateshead was to be my last port of call outside of Yorkshire before Christmas and, although only a small square in the city centre, it proved to be an enjoyable shoot. All of the decorations here were external so it meant shooting at the blue hour, outside and without the problems of artificial lighting usually present in the malls.  I was onsite in plenty of time but a very strong wind was blowing and I was pretty worried that there would be problems with vibration of the camera during long exposures. Shooting in the twilight with small apertures and low ISO means shutter speeds of several seconds so the camera has to be rock steady. I shot in live view for most of the images because the mirror is locked up at this point lessening vibration from mirror slap. The use of a very expensive but sturdy tripod and a cable release was also essential in my fight against the blur gremlins.

Yorkshire commercial photographer
commercial photographer Yorkshire
commercial photographer Yorkshire
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