Portrait photographer Wakefield | West Yorkshire portrait photographer | Print presentation boxes

As a West Yorkshire portrait photographer I am always looking to add new ways of presenting beautiful images to the client. My latest offering is a gorgeous print box which displays 10 beautiful, hand printed images in a bespoke black box tied up with a ribbon, The box even comes with its own exquisite presentation bag. I’ve been looking to source an affordable box like this for a while now and I even got my album manufacturer to make a proto-type but unfortunately they missed the brief on that one! I do love this one however and it will be fabulous for a selection of baby bump, portraits or boudoir images and it comes with either cream or black custom photo mounts. How good is that?

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West Yorkshire commercial photographer: I was on a small job for MAS Design, an Otley based architectural practice, in Middleton near Ilkley to survey a barn ahead of a proposed conversion to residential. I was called in to determine whether or not there are bats or barn owls using the building ahead of planning validation. I’m often called in for this type of work as I began my photographic career capturing wildlife images (see Wildscenes for my work) and I have a lot of ecological experience but I decided while I was there to capture some architectural images of the building in its present state. I used a 10stop ND filter to create a long exposure in order to capture movement in the clouds. However, it was a very bright day and I could only really manage an exposure of around 50seconds, even at f/16! This is not quite long enough to get the clouds to go very streaky across the sky and is merely giving an effect almost like motion blur. I’ve only just started experimenting with long-exposures so I’m sure I will work out a formula soon to get me to around 3-4 minute exposures or longer. The idea is to capture soft skies or still waters around a static object. I am heading to Rotterdam shortly for 4 days and will try some long exposure techniques on the fabulous modern architecture there. For this image I used a Fuji X-T1 and a Fujinon 14mm lens.

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Bagden Hall wedding photographer: Helen & David

Helen and David booked me as their Bagden Hall wedding photographer after we met at Christian and Jodie’s wedding where Helen was a bridesmaid. Helen and David will be getting married in early May in Barnsley and then heading over to Bagden Hall for the reception and the photos. If the weather is good and we get outside at Bagden, I’m hoping there will be cherry blossom and a lot of verdant spring greenery for the photos. Today though, we met up at Newmillerdam to go through the details of the big day and have a bit of a pre-wedding shoot to get them used to the camera. pre-wedding shoots are a great getting to know you session and also result in some great images that we can use for a storyboard or guest book. Although it was a grim afternoon with very flat lighting, we had a good laugh and got a lots of images. Typically though, as we left the session the sun came out and there was some gorgeous afternoon light but just a bit too late but in any case, we’re saving that for the big day!

 To book me as your Bagden Hall wedding photographer, just call me on 01924 229800 to arrange a friendly, no obligation meeting where you can see some of my work first hand.

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Wakefield wedding photographer pre wedding shoot
Wakefield wedding photographer pre wedding shoot

West Yorkshire commercial photographer: Halifax bomber night shoot

My experience as a West Yorkshire commercial photographer came in handy tonight as I did a night shoot of ‘Friday 13th’, a WWII Halifax bomber based at the Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington. The shoot was organised for enthusiasts to photograph this fabulous second world war bomber in original surroundings at the air museum which is located on a former RAF base that remains fairly well unaltered from the war years. The event was billed as a night shoot and, having never attended one of these large groups shoots before, I wasn’t expecting to come away with a great many keepers due to numbers of photographers there. It pretty much lived up to what I had imagined it would be and it was difficult to get the shots. I would have done so many things differently with regard to where the plane was positioned and, particularly to how it was lit with arc lights. I would have loved to have had the aircraft to myself and lit it with some studio flash placed specifically to pick out the form and shape rather than flood light the whole thing. However, these events have to be organised so that the majority of photographers can turn up and get a few photos for their collection.

One good thing was that there were good numbers of re-enactors present, all dressed in period gear and really looking the part. For me, as a portrait photographer, these offered some great photo opportunities so I mounted up the 135 f/2 and shot wide open using the defocus control (unique to that lens) to get some lovely shallow DOF. I used only this lens and the tripod mounted 24-70 f/2.8 which I used to get the wide shots of the aircraft for the whole shoot. The less experienced photographers were photographing from the outset but the sky was flat and grey and so I decided to wait until the ‘blue hour’ to get a richer, royal blue sky as a backdrop. I manually bracketed the exposures to give me maximum dynamic range to work with in post, but all the images here are from single exposures.  There were a couple of other aircraft there to be photographed including a DeHavilland Mosquito and a Dakota troop carrier but for me they didn’t really work due to the backgrounds though I may process up one of the mosquito images. Here’s a selection of my favourites.

WW2 re-enactors Elvington air museum, York
WW2 re-enactors Elvington air museum, York
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WW2 re-enactors Elvington air museum, York
WW2 re-enactors Elvington air museum, York
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West Yorkshire commercial photographer
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  • Syd Hemingway - March 21, 2015 - 5:51 pm

    Hi john I realy like these images they have come out very good with the wind and people pushing i have quit a few that shows movement. I think i would have had better results with bigger tripod for more stability. Got to congratulate you on your’s very good.

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headshot and beauty photographer Wakefield: Headshots photographer for Jayanne

Beauty photographer Wakefield: Jayanne is just getting back into modelling after the recent birth of her daughter and decided that she’d like to concentrate on beauty headshots and fashion until her body gets back into shape. So, after my name was recommended by a couple of other models and one of her photographer friends, Jayanne booked in for a shoot. We created a series of stunning beauty portraits using a simple lighting set-up with some very soft lighting from a large octabox which has a quality of light like nothing else. I much prefer the octabox to a beauty dish unless I’m needing a slightly more contrasty light. I then used a 1m square ‘Waefer’ feathered across Jayanne to create a Rembrandt lighting effect for some gorgeous, low key, moody shots before switching to my classic headshot set-up with the light positioned directly overhead, combined with reflectors for shadowless lighting. We ended the session using a hot light mixed with a couple of studio heads fitted with deep reflectors, gridded for tighter control, to create some images with a bit of a swinging 60s appeal. The whole shoot was done using a single prime lens, the Nikkor 135 f/2 DC which is just awesome for a shoot of this style

If you would like to book a beauty shoot with me and have some images just like these, call the studio on 01924 229800 or contact me through the form above

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Monk Fryston Hall wedding photographer: Andy and Charlotte

Andy and Charlotte booked me as their Monk Fryston Hall wedding photographer after visiting the studio last year to look at some sample albums. It’s been a while since I photographed a wedding at Monk Fryston Hall so I’m looking forward to it, especially as it’s a May wedding which could be bright and sunny with lots of blossom. Unusually, I did the pre-wedding shoot at the venue as Andy and Charlotte had to be there anyway. Normally, I meet for the pre-wedding session at a neutral venue so that the photography feels different on the big day. Still, we had a laugh and I think we dispelled those photography nerves and I know we’ll get some great images on the big day.

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