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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Wakefield Commercial Photographer: ROAN Building Systems 

Once again ROAN Building Systems used me as their Wakefield commercial photographer to capture some images of on of their building systems in use by Severfields at Thirsk in North Yorkshire. The light was totally against me for the shoot but there was a tight deadline to get the images otherwise I would have been tempted to shoot at dawn on a different day. However, I have to make the best of the situation I am presented with at the time so I did my best to get the shots despite shooting straight into the spring sunshine which is beginning to get rather harsh!

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A postcard from Rotterdam

Street photography Rotterdam

I nipped over to the Netherlands at Easter to have a few days of street photography Rotterdam style. This city, only a short drive from the Europort, is noted for its clean and modern architecture and I’ve been fancying going over there for a while now. Given the fact the Euro is pretty humble right now, it also made for a great opportunity to pick up some new gear at a rather sizeable discount compared to the UK :¬) So, as it was a family break, I left my trusted professional, large DSLR system at home and instead took only the small Fuji mirrorless system. Although the Fuji is a fine camera, the battery life left me a broken man! I took three fully charged batteries for around four days shooting and thought I wouldn’t take a charger as one of the days wouldn’t be a full day. Big mistake! I pounded the first battery into submission on day one and that wasn’t even a full day’s shooting! I know it was the long exposures of the Erasmus Bridge at dusk that hit it hard but but by the end of the second day, I’d hammered all three! The last day, Easter Sunday, was a beautiful sunny day and I managed three or four shots before the XT-1 finally died with an image count of around 590 over the three batteries. My Nikon D4 on 3x fully charged batteries would have done around 5-6000 images! I always learn the hard way. It’s because this is the first time I used the XT-1 in anger, rather than just using it on afternoon walks with the family.

I thought I’d string a few of the images together into a slideshow, most are from Rotterdam, some are from Delft and Utrecht.

West Yorkshire commercial photographer: corporate headshots for Roan Buildings Solutions

As a West Yorkshire commercial photographer it’s great to build up a relationship with clients and shoot on a regular basis for them. Today I was back on site at the Raon Buildings Solution office in Wakefield to shoot some corporate headshots of new starters and internal movers. The brief was to create some professional corporate headshots on a plain white background for use on the website, the same style as I have previously created for them, and then to shoot some groups shots of site managers outdoors. No need for elaborate backdrops, a simple white wall, two speedlights, a couple of radio triggers and a softbox and I’m good to go. I set up in a small conference room and pulled a table and chair in front of a narrow section of wall between the room corner and the window; tiny, but it was enough to give me a plain background, especially once I’d hit it with a bare light at 1/16 set low behind the subject. Once I had my background to the right level, I simply brought in another speedlight mounted with a 70cm softbox as key and shot at around 1/8 power to give me a good working aperture of around f/11. Once I had the chair and table in place it was just a matter of bringing the staff in one at a time and getting them to relax. The table acts as a comfort aid and the subject feels less exposed and tends to relax pretty much from the off.

Once I had the headshots in the can, I quickly changed the height of the lights so that I could get some shots of the guys in hard hats in a standing position and then we headed outside to brave the winds and cold for a group shot. Here I simply metered for ambient, dialled down the exposure then brought in a bare speedlight as a key light. In a matter of moments the shoot was over and I was able to pretty much present the images straight out of camera without any need for edits.

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West Yorkshire Boudoir Photographer: Romantic couple shoot

West Yorkshire boudoir photographer couples shoot: Lyndsay is an aspiring actor and entertainer and was over at my studio a few months ago after looking for a Yorkshire headshots photographer and finding my site. In just a short space of time I created some gorgeous headshots for her which Lyndsay told me had been very well received by her agencies and the casting agents and had helped her land a part in the new Jack Whitehall feature film ‘Bad Education”. So, when Lyndsay was looking for a boudoir photographer to shoot an intimate and romantic couples shoot as a present for fiance Richard, her first thought was to book with me :¬)

Today the couple were in the studio for the shoot which went really well and was good fun and relaxed. We began with some fun portraits on a soft grey background before moving on to shoot some lingerie images similar to the ones we often see in underwear adverts. Lyndsay had expressed a wish to have most of the images in black and white, so I used tungsen lighting which I think lends itself greatly to mono images, giving that really old fashioned Hollywood feel. I shoot with the camera set to black and white so that I can get a feel for the shadows and contrast but, of course, the images are captured as colour RAW files and so can be printed in either format. Here are a couple in black and white to give a feel for the session. If you’d like to book a couples photoshoot, just call the studio on 01924 229800 for a chat.

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