Wakefield maternity Photographer: Nicola & Dominic

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Nicola found my website while looking for a Wakefield maternity photographer as she and husband Dominic really wanted to get some images of her carrying their first children. Yes, children – Nicola is expecting twins later this month and. though they are secretly hoping for one of each, will be very happy with whatever comes along :¬) One thing for sure, their lives won’t be the same again but in a really good way! As always with maternity shoots, I used a couple of backgrounds, this time opting for a high key white  and then some low key lighting on black.

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I’ve just returned from taking a break from all my commercial photography duties as I have been in Hungary shooting wildlife for my other websites – Wildscenes. Nature photography was my first interest and I cut my teeth as a photographer by travelling the world photographing birds, animals and landscapes. Although nature photography is very much a hobby for me, I still enjoy the thrill of being close to wild subjects and so far this year have done three or four trips into Europe in search of nature. This trip was my first visit to Hungary and it was spectacular! I photographed around 60 species of birds in a week including the stunning bee-eater, roller, hoopoe and red-footed falcon! Here’s a taster but visit Wildscenes for more images as I get them online over coming weeks.

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Commercial photographer Wakefield: PR shots for Beaumont Solicitors

Commercial photographer Wakefield: Beaumont Solicitors are celebrating their 10th birthday of being in their prestigious offices at Paragon Business Park and invited me along to shoot some PR shots to go with their press release to the local papers. Following the PR shoot, I did a quick set of headshots and staff portraits of the new starters for the Beaumont website. Headshots are a great feature on any website and give your clients a clear picture of whom they are dealing with which helps build trust and lasting business relationships. To book me to shoot your staff profile photos, just call the studio on 01924 229800 for a chat.

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Kings Croft Wedding Photographer: Matthew and Kerry

Matthew and Kerry have me booked as their Wakefield wedding photographer for their Kings Croft wedding in July. Recently, we’d arranged to meet at Newmillerdam for the pre-wedding shoot and chat and it turned out we picked one of the few good days in May! The late afternoon spring sunshine at Newmillerdam was ideal for the shoot though the dappled light under the trees is always a problem if not handled well. The big old beech trees make a great backdrop but the Rhododendron, that would have been in full flower just now, have all been removed by the park rangers for ecological reasons. I first met Matthew and Kerry a few years ago when I did the wedding photography at Matthew’s sister’s wedding over in Bradford at the Ramada Hotel so it will be great to shoot a new wedding but also catch up with old wedding friends. Let’s hope May saw the last of the bad weather and June and July are scorchers!

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Bagden Hall wedding photographer: Helen and David’s wet weather wedding

The one thing about being a Bagden Hall wedding photographer is that there is always somewhere to shoot, even if it rains and today, I was very glad of that fact! The forecast was for rain, very heavy rain, in the afternoon and they got it spot on! Helen and David’s ceremony was to be at Holy Rood Church in Barnsley at 1.30pm and we were due at Bagden Hall for the reception at around 3.00pm, just when the rain was scheduled to arrive.

The day began warm and sunny, so much so, I cut my grass early in the morning before getting ready for the wedding! Fortunately, the rain held off for the arrival of the wedding guests and wedding party at the church and we even managed a few shots outside the church but the sky was getting darker and darker all the while. We decided to head straight to Bagden for the photographs but unfortunately we were heading straight into the rain storm. By the time we got to Bagden Hall it was raining steadily but undeterred, we managed to get the bridal party out straight away and shoot some images under the shelter of a large Corsican pine. We continued under the tree for the shots of the bride and groom before jumping in the car and heading down the driveway to the bridge for a few images. It really is a bonus that my professional kit is weatherproof – the water was dripping off the camera and lenses!

Back in the warmth of the hall, we caught up with the family shots before the wedding breakfast and then afterwards, we did a few shots with friends and, of course, some bridal portraits in my favourite spot at Bagden. The evening party got underway with the first dance by which time, I needed scuba gear to get to my car! From around 4.00pm the rain had become absolutely torrential and I am so glad we managed to get outside briefly for a few shots. Here’s a selection of images from the day.

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Photographing the Photographer

Commercial portrait photographer West Yorkshire: Wakefield based fine art photographer Nigel Tooby needed some commercial portraits to accompany an article that was being written about him by the Yorkshire Evening Post and approached me and asked if I would help out. Nigel and I pass work to each other as and when we are unable to undertake a commission, it always makes a client appreciative if you are able to suggest another photographer rather than just turn them down. Having just moved into his new studio in Wakefield’s old library, we decided that that would be where we would create the images. As Nigel had not fully moved in, there was little in the way of props and the walls were pretty plain apart from a tiled wall and old leaded window at the back of the room. I decided this would be the best location and we stuck a few monoblocs in the background and used his old RZ67 as a prop. Following on from this, we decided just to have him lean against the wall for some portraits with a 24-70mm – very unusual for me. I’m much more of a 200mm boy for portraits but the room didn’t allow for it. I did use the 135 f/2 for the majority of the images before switching to the wide.

Lighting was simple – a speedlight in a 40cm Octa close overhead with a downward tilt and a kicker with CTB from the back for separation. I metered manually for ambient and then adjusted the key to give me the desired exposure and ran the kicker at 1.5 stops lower. The images have appeared along with the article on the YEP website and in print.

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