Street Photography in Paris:

I’ve just returned from a few days in Paris, which I thoroughly enjoyed, but I confess it has left the coffers bare! Paris is a very expensive place to visit but I’d never been and I really wanted to do some travel and street photography as well as see some of the famous sites such as the Eifel Tower, Arch de Triumph and Notre Damme. I still take photographs even when I am not working on a commission, I just love creating images and my personal work, when I am on a family trip such as this, is street photography. Street photography is very much about capturing the feel and spirit of a place and recording the people as they go about their daily business. I love the thrill of shooting with a small, mirrorless camera and a 35mm lens which forces me to be up close and personal to my subjects. Of course, Henri Cartier-Bresson was the most famous of all street photographers and he made a living recording the Parisian street scenes. I’m not in the same league and I still panic about pointing the camera at a complete stranger, especially when they catch sight of what you’re doing. However, the photographic rewards make it worthwhile and I love it when I get a shot that really pleases me like the one below.

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Wakefield wedding photographer: Vanessa and Kevin pre-wedding

 

Tonight, I met up with Vanessa and Kevin ahead of their bank holiday wedding at the end of the month for a pre-wedding meeting and engagement shoot. It’s close to their wedding I know, but they’ve had me booked for a while but we’ve been unable to meet up before now due to the couple’s workload. However, tonight was a good night for it, unusually for me, we met at the venue where the wedding reception will take place. normally, I meet somewhere different but I needed to scout the venue which is a friend’s farm in Bretton, so it made sense to meet there so that we could walk round together. The light was beautiful and made for a super engagement shoot and if it’s like this on the day, I’ll be happy! The couple will marry at Woolley Church and then up to Bretton for the edding breakfast in a marquee at the back of the farm in beautiful rural setting (as long as the weather holds!) Here are a few images from the shoot and the actual wedding images will be close on the heels of these!

To book me as your Wakefield wedding photographer, just call the studio on 01924 229800 for a chat or to arrange to come and see some sample work.

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Wakefield commercial photographer: Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Yummy Yorkshire

It’s always flattering when my work as a Wakefield commercial photographer is appreciated and after my recent shoot with Yorkshire Air Ambulance, they were so pleased with the images they’ve booked me for several more PR shoots including this one at Yummy Yorkshire on the edge of Denby Dale. The brief was to get a few different shots of YAA regional PR manager, Kerry, collecting a check from the guys at Yummy Yorkshire who had recently raised around £5k from a tractor fest that was held on the farm. I used a large dummy check for the shoot and a couple of backdrops with a bit of subtle branding, but to mix it up a bit, we also shot without the cheque as local newspapers don’t always want the shot with the cheque visible. It was a blazing hot teatime when I did the shoot and the farm was packed with visitors, especially around the café and home-made ice cream parlour, so I had to pick my spots carefully. I noticved a gate which I decided would make a good prop if I half opened it so that the team were standing with their backs to the ice cream van with branding. This meant shooting directly into the sun, but I managed to counteract that with a burst of flash from a bare speedlight clamped to a light stand just out of view.

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Wakefield wedding photographer: Nick & Roz at Woolley Church

Nick and Roz married today at Woolley Church followed by a reception at The 3 Acres in Emley. Nick and Roz knew my work as a Wakefield wedding photographer from Nick’s brother Simon whose wedding we covered in Florence last year and kindly booked me for their big day. We began with the usual bridal prep photos at their cottage in Woolley from where we could see the church across the fields to the rear of the house. Although we had a rough schedule of timings from the pre-wedding meeting, things began to go awry with the hair and make-up girls living in a totally different time continuum to everyone else and at 12:15 they began to work on the bride. Considering the wedding was at 13:00 this was cutting it fine, especially as they estimated an hour to do their work! In an effort to not lose all the photo opportunities, we headed to the church to shoot Nick and the ushers before returning to the house to chivvy the MUA. Thank heavens the church was so close. Eventually, all preps were done and Roz stepped into the dress and then it was a frantic 20mins of photography of the bride, bridesmaids and Roz’s dad before dashing off to the church somewhat after 1pm!

The weather was fabulous for the whole day and we were able to shoot with the bridal party and the bride and groom at the church, then with Nick and Roz back at their beautiful house before heading up to Emley to join the rest of the guests at the 3 Acres for the wedding breakfast. The evening light was superb and gave us another chance to catch up on any group shots we’d missed due to the wedding ceremony running late. I have loads of images I’d love to post from the wedding but here are just a few to give a flavour of a wonderful English summer wedding.

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Wakefield PR photographer: Yorkshire Air Ambulance & Redbrick Mills

Pivot PR were looking for a Wakefield PR photographer to do a promo shoot for their client Yorkshire Air Ambulance at Redbrick Mill in Batley. The brief was to shoot Kerry Garner, the Regional Fundraising Manager, along with YAA paramedic Lee Greenwood who were at Redbrick Mill to launch a fundraising partnership with the sales outlet who have made the YAA their nominated charity.  I decided I needed to get the mill in the shot as it’s a fairly iconic local landmark and also has Redbrick branding so I used an ultra wide from a low angle to capture the shot. The trick with PR photography is to move quickly and think fast in order to deliver a small but varied selection of images for the client. Shooting both vertical and horizontal images and using negative space also allows the designers a greater degree of flexibility when they are laying out copy. With this in mind, I moved the group across the car park to a vantage point where I could use a telephoto lens to get some compression into the shot to give a different perspective to that of the wide angle. I supplied around 15 different images in three locations and executed the whole shoot in under 20mins. This means everyone is happy and waiting times kept to a minimum for those in the photos.

Here’s a couple of images from the shoot.

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Wakefield commercial photographer: EP Risk web and brochure shoot

EP Risk were looking to commission a commercial photographer to shoot some new images for their brochure and website revamp when they came across my Wakefield commercial photographer website. After chatting about their requirements, we booked a date in the diary and today I was over at their offices for the shoot. EP Risk specialise in running health and safety training courses, first aid training and advising on all aspects of health and safety in the workplace. The brief was to illustrate the capacity of their training room, show the trainers in action and also get some headshots of the key personnel.

I’ve dropped in a few images from the shoot to give a flavour of the style of images we shot on the day and if you are looking to have some creative, quality images for your website, just give me a call on 01924 229800 for a chat.

 

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