Wakefield Commercial Photographer: Optegra Eye Care 

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Optegra Eye Care were looking for a Wakefield commercial photographer to undertake a press shoot to appear alongside an article in the Mail on Sunday which would give some visual images to go with their story about how the removal of cataracts had also had a remarkable cure on one person’s insomnia! A local Wakefield lady had been in for a routine cataract operation and realised within a day of having had the operation that she was no longer an insomniac but slept like a log! The double cure is apparently caused because the cataracts filter out blue light and it is the blue light spectrum that causes drowsiness! Once the cataracts were removed, the patient was subject to the onset of tiredness just like everyone else!

The shoot was a quick and easy one for me. I just nipped along to the house at Newmillerdam and met the client who had a beautiful large and well lit conservatory which was ideal for the shoot. By using the soft daylight as fill and using an SB800 into a small octabox as key, I managed some good vibrant images that depicted the subject engaged in her two favourite pastimes – painting and needlework – both made easier since the successful operation!

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Photography workshop: Ballet & Boudoir

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Today I was shooting some promo images for a forthcoming ballet & boudoir photography workshop that I will be running in the studio in the coming months. I brought Scarlett over for the shoot as she is a trained dancer and is very good at ‘en pointe’ and is very flexible and able to create some fabulous ballet studies. The workshop will include some figure studies and will also provide an opportunity to shoot some boudoir images. This will be a great opportunity for those photographers who don’t have a great deal of experience in this field but would like to have a go at the genres. I used my new smoke machine for some of the images to see what effects I could achieve. I have to be honest, it generated way more smoke than I imagined and soon the studio was thick with smoke making it very difficult to shoot anything! I think I will switch the smoke liquid for fog liquid as this is much more dense and sits on the floor rather than drifting around the studio!

The workshop will appear on the workshop pages as soon as the dates are finalised but you can also register your interest by sending your details via the contsct page above. There’s no obligation but registering will guarantee you get the earliest notification of the workshop.

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Wedding photographer Black Swan Helmsley: Lyndsay & Richard

Wedding photographer Black Swan Helmsley: I first met Lyndsay when she came to the studio for some new headshots to submit to casting calls which, I’m glad to say, helped her land a part in the Jack Whitehall film ‘Bad Education’. However, after meeting Richard just over  a year ago, things have moved on rapidly and the couple have moved to the SW of France to start a new life running a guest house but they decided to tie the knot in England during a Christmas visit. And so it was that I found myself at the Black Swan Hotel to photograph their wedding in front of a small group of family and friends in a very Christmas atmosphere. The wedding wasn’t until 4.30pm by which time the sky was ink black and, having photographed weddings at the Black Swan in the past, I know the hotel is tight for space inside when it comes to photography. However, Richard and Lyndsay weren’t a traditional bride and groom and had been staying at the hotel over the Christmas period which meant they were both getting ready in the same room. Not only did this mean I could get shots of both the bride and groom getting ready, but it meant we could get outside before the wedding for a few shots in the fading winter light!

We began outside round about 3.30pm but by the time the registrars had finished with Richard, the light had all but gone for shots with his best man, Andrew and the boys. After the wedding we managed the formal family shots in the corridor between the reception room and the lounge, dodging waiters, wedding guests and bar staff as the hotel was packed to capacity. We managed the shots and were almost straight into the reception before we knew it. We ended the session with a quick shot outside the hotel before leaving them to enjoy the evening with their friends and family.

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Event Photographer Wakefield: Beaumont Legal at the Hepworth

Event Photographer Wakefield: I’ve been commissioned by Beaumont Legal on many occasions now as their Wakefield commercial photographer and tonight they booked me to shoot an event at which they were to launch a new venture by becoming the first UK partners of huge US law firm Legal Zoom. While the name is not familiar to many in the UK, Legal Zoom is a household brand name in America and they have been looking to get a foothold in Great Britain for some time. In order to mark this momentous oocasion, a large launch party was held at The Hepworth which was complete, but welcome, surprise to all the staff. The evening was marked by floodighting the Hepworth’s exterior with Beaumont Legal colours and logo and, following a champagne reception and the official announcement, the party went into full swing with magicians, virtual reality games, DJ awesome food and, the highlight of the night, a live appearance of the male group Collabro – winners of the 2014 show ‘Britain’s got Talent’.

Although I had with me a bank of Profoto B1 units, I ended up shooting the whole event using a Nikon speedlight due to the restrictions on space – so many people were crammed in – it wasn’t possible to use a studio flash and softbox combo. I also managed a really good selection of the sculptures which had been painted with light for the occasion and this is something that has not been done before but it made a super backdrop to the evening’s event.

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Wakefield Portrait photographer: Noah

They say never to work with animals and children but as a Wakefield portrait photographer, today I got to do both! Following the dachshund shoot, Christian and Jodie arrived with Noah. I photographed Christian and Jodie’s wedding a couple of years ago and I have met Noah as a baby at a another wedding earlier this year but today I met up with them at the studio for a portrait shoot for Noah. He was just a the stage of sitting but not quite being able to crawl which makes things perfect for me as a photographer. He was very placid and relaxed for the first half hour and we were able to get some great images as he sat on the white sweep in his own world with a few toys. Looks like there will be some great personal gifts this Christmas for Noah’s grandparents :¬)

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Dog photographer: smooth haired miniature dachshund

If you’re looking for a dog photographer in the Wakefield and Leeds area, then look no further :¬) That’s exactly what Sheryl did and today she was in the studio with her smooth-haired miniature dachshund known as Señor (as in the Spanish sen-yor). To be honest, he was a lot more active than I would have given him credit for and, as is often the case with animals, he hardly ever posed where I wanted him to and did his best to avoid the camera! In the end though, I managed a few nice images of him though I had intended to also shoot him outdoors with a super-tele to get some really nice portraits with a soft out of focus background but the high wind and driving rain put paid to that! However, we got by in the studio using a barley coloured background and a black background. I love shooting the classic portraits on black, especially when it’s a black subject.  Here’s just a couple from the shoot which I think will look great printed large on canvas or as a framed image.

if you’d like a professional portrait of your pet, be it dog, cat, rabbit or hamster, just give me a call on 01924 229800 for a chat. dog photographer Wakefield miniature dachshund

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