Wakefield commercial photographer: Beaumont Legal PR shoot

Beaumont Legal kindly booked me again as their Wakefield Commercial photographer for a PR shoot to illustrate four of their staff who have been picked to be trained as solicitors within the practice. The shoot was to capture some individual photos of the rising stars and also groups shots and a shot of them with one of the Beaumont directors. I’ve worked for Beaumont Legal around half a dozen times now and this is really good as it means I have developed a relationship with many of the staff which in turn makes the photo shoots fun and easy.

For the individual shots it was just a case of lighting them with a speedlight around 1/4 power, fitted with a 12″ softbox and brought in high from camera left while the fill was provided from a large window camera right. Using manual exposure around f/8 meant everything remained constant and then it was just a case of bringing in Hannah, Tom, Ben and Becky in turn. Using the banister provided them with a prop to lean on and made them fell immediately more at ease than had they been simply standing in front of me.

To book me for your Wakefield commercial photography requirements or indeed commercial photography in Yorkshire, just call the studio on 01924 229800 or visit my commercial website for more info

Wakefield commercial photographer
Wakefield commercial photographer
Wakefield commercial photographer

Wakefield Commercial Photographer: Staples store launch

Hotmareketing were looking for a Wakefield Commercial Photographer to shoot the launch of the new Staples store in Wakefield when they came across my website and kindly commissioned me for the shoot. The brief was to photograph the ribbon cutting and then shots of the busy shop as people shopped for the launch bargains and special offers. What I didn’t expect when I arrived on site, was for a queue of people stretching half way round Cathedral Retail Park waiting for the doors to open at 9.00am! The minute the ribbon was cut, the shoppers piled in and for the first hour it was difficult just to move in the store, let alone get PR shots! As usual, it was a chore trying to get people to agree to being in photographs, this just seems to be the norm these days, but it makes life hard when I am being paid to get photos of ‘happy shoppers’ yet no-one will co-operate. Fortunately, I spotted an old friend among the masses and got him to pose and, over the course of the morning, I did manage to get one or two others to pose too.

Lighting is always a nightmare in these kind of situations as the shop is lit by fluorescent lighting which has a sickly cast but I did my best to overpower this by getting a speedlight fitted with a 12″ softbox very close in to the subject. Here is a small selection of the images from the day. To book me as your Wakefield commercial photographer just call 01924 229800 to dicsuss your requirements or visit my commercial website for more information

Staples store lunch by Wakefield commercial photographer
Staples store lunch by Wakefield commercial photographer

Wakefield commercial photographer: I spent a few hours this morning shooting some images of the The Ruth Gorse Academy in Morley for Roan System Buildings who are based in Wakefield, Roan have previously commissioned me to shoot headshots for their website but today I was on location photographing their system units that are being used as temporary classrooms at the academy until a new £25m school is built on the outskirts of Leeds, a project that will take around 2yrs to complete. Although the classrooms are temporary, they offer pretty much the same facilities permanent classrooms with all the latest whiteboard technology and OHP units. I captured shots of the exterior as well as interior showing the classroom facilities and I also made a series of images of the kids in the learning place. I finished up a with a portrait of Rebecca Taylor, the headmistress, just in case Roan were looking to use any favourable quotes she might have :¬)

Wakefield commercial photographer
Wakefield commercial photographer
Wakefield commercial photographer
Wakefield commercial photographer

Waterton Park wedding photographer
Wedding photographer Waterton Park Hotel – Andrew & Shelli

Waterton Park wedding photographer: I caught up with Andrew & Shelli today for a pre-wedding meeting ahead of their October wedding at Waterton Park Hotel. We decided to meet up at Thornes Park and I was hoping for some autumn colour but it’s only really just beginning as we still haven’t had a hard autumn frost yet. I know Shelli was feeling a little anxious about being photographed but I think she soon got into the swing of it and I know she’ll be fine on the big day at the end of the month. Although the weather has changed a bit of late, I’m hoping for some autumn sunshine and good colour on the day and I know we’ll get some great images.

To book me as your Waterton Park wedding photographer, just call the studio on 01924 229800 or fill in a contact form above

Waterton Park wedding photographer
Waterton Park wedding photographer
Wakefield wedding photographer at Waterton Park
Wakefield wedding photographer at Waterton Park
Wedding photographer Waterton Park
Waterton Park wedding photographer
Wakefield wedding photographer at Waterton Park
Wedding photographer Waterton Park
Waterton Park wedding photographer

  • Shelli - October 7, 2014 - 9:57 am

    I absolutely love the pictures my favourite being the black and white one! We had an amazing morning and I would definitely recommend a pre-wedding shoot with John as this has really made us aware of what to expect on our big day.

Saltmarshe Hall wedding photographer

What a fabulous day to be a Saltmarshe Hall wedding photographer at Lauren and Chris’ wedding. The soft autumn sunshine was warm and pleasant and made the setting perfect for their big day. We began proceedings with the girls getting ready at the nearby holiday cottages before heading over to Saltmarshe Hall and the rose room to finish off and get into the wedding dress. The boys arrived on time and exactly as planned just after Lauren and the bridesmaids made it into the hall. Being mad on tractors and working for a tractor vendor, Chris decided to arrive on a brand new John Deere machine while his brother, James, ferried the groomsmen to the venue in a gorgeous V8 Range Rover, also from Chris’ workplace.

Following the ceremony, we headed out into the magnificent grounds for the formal group shots, confetti and canapes and while the guests mingled, we quickly wen through the family shots. One these were out of the way, we set about the bridal party shoot using the steps and the front of the period building and, of course, we had to make use of the John Deere! Eventually, we ended up just with Lauren and Chris and worked our way around the grounds getting some stunning shots for their album. The reception was en early one and so after the wedding breakfast there was time again to shoot some more images, this time using the driveway and the fabulous staircase inside the hall and dusk began to fall over the party, Lauren and Chris were both still up for some shots against the amazing sunset sky. As the day drifted away into the night, the guests headed indoors for supper and then dancing to the live band until the end of the night.

This was my first shoot at this fabulous venue which is just in it’s infancy as a wedding venue, but Kate and the gang did a great job on the day and were very accommodating and i know that this is already becoming a very popular venue and is just about booked up already for 2015. I hope it won’t be long before I am at a Saltmarshe Hall wedding again! If you would like to book me as your Saltmarshe Hall wedding photographer just call the studio on 01924 229800 and why not visit the Saltmarshe Hall website and have a look at what Kate and the team can do for you!

wedding photographer Saltmarshe Hall
Saltmarshe Hall wedding photographer

Saltmarshe Hall wedding photographer
Saltmarshe Hall wedding photographer
Saltmarshe Hall wedding photographer
altmarshe Hall wedding photographer

Saltmarshe Hall wedding photographer
Saltmarshe Hall wedding photographer
Saltmarshe Hall wedding photographer
wedding photographer Saltmarshe Hall
wedding photographer Saltmarshe Hall
wedding photographer Saltmarshe Hall
wedding photographer Saltmarshe Hall
Saltmarshe Hall wedding
Saltmarshe Hall wedding
Saltmarshe Hall wedding
Saltmarshe Hall wedding
Saltmarshe Hall wedding
Saltmarshe Hall wedding photographer
Saltmarshe Hall wedding photographer
Saltmarshe Hall wedding photographer

Saltmarshe Hall wedding photographer

Saltmarshe Hall wedding photographer
Saltmarshe Hall wedding photographer
Saltmarshe Hall wedding photographer

Saltmarshe Hall wedding venue

  • Wendy Cooper - October 5, 2014 - 6:24 am

    John and Heather Im lost for words! These are amazing pictures and capture the day well. Uve both excelled again Thankyou so much. Cant wait to see the full shoot x x

  • Lauren Doyle - October 5, 2014 - 7:19 am

    Absolutely amazing photos john were both over the moon with these never mind the rest!! You and Heather worked so hard to get us the perfect shots to remember our special day. Thank you so much xx

  • Laura (Chiefy) - October 5, 2014 - 8:24 am

    Stunned! I expected nothing less knowing how good your work is but still….. These are beautiful. Captured the perfect day,perfectly!!!!!!

  • Ann Brooks - October 7, 2014 - 8:58 pm

    these are absolutely fabulous. I’ve never seen photos like these before. They are stunning, beautiful and simply amazing

  • Kate Whyte - October 8, 2014 - 9:17 am

    John, I get a lot of photographers coming through the door as you may imagine and I don’t think in the 20 or so we’ve had this year we’ve had the same one twice. I haven’t seen all the photos from weddings this but what I can do though is tell you that, very genuinely, yours are the best I’ve seen this year!

    Kate Whyte, Saltmarshe Hall

Street photography in York | Fuji X-T1 street photography | candid street photography
street photography in York

I’ve been dabbling in the Fuji X series mirrorless camera system and, having just picked up the Fuji X-T1, I thought I trial it on some street photography in York. Street photography is not something I’ve had a lot of experience with, I’ve often taken the odd candid shot of an unsuspecting subject using a long focal length lens, but for true street photography, the art is to get in close using a normal or wide=angle focal length to capture candid portraits and street scenes. The thing is though, I find it scary! I do my utmost to get the shot without being spotted but it’s disconcerting when your subject, a totally unknown stranger, looks straight at you as you press the shutter. I’m guessing you need nerves of steel and just brazen it out, but it’s funny how photographers have become Pariahs and seen as something subrvetive or worse!

These are my offerings from a timid shoot in York, all taken with the Fuji X-T1 and the 18-55mm IOS lens. To be honest, the Fuji X-T1 is not all that the hype would have you believe – it’s certainly not a DSLR killer as many would have you think. For me, the focus is too slow despite it being claimed by Fuji as “the world’s fastest AF”  To be honest, my D4 would have woken up, focussed and taken half a dozen shots in the time it takes for the Fuji to wake up. Often I missed a shot as the camera was slow at coming to life but once there, it does lock on. Fuji for some strange reason, have recessed the AF buttons and they are very fiddly to get to, especially for me as I am very much left-eye dominant when using a camera, so my face and nose cover the focus buttons and with the added fiddlliness of them being recessed, it’s hard to quickly change AF without taking my face away from the view finder. I think I will post more on my thoughts on the Fuji in another post, but for now, have a look at what I took. All were shot in Fuji RAW (.RAF) and processed in LR5. One thing is for sure, Henri Cartier-Bresson can rest easy in his grave for now :¬)

street photography in York
candid street photography
candid street photography
street photography in York
candid street photography
street photography in York
street photography in York