Commercial portrait photographer: Press shots for Redrow Homes

The thing I enjoy about being a commercial portrait photographer is the fact that I get shoot both location portraits as well as studio portraits. Working on location to create press shots for companies and individuals is always a challenge that I enjoy as it forces me to think quickly and creatively. Active PR recently commissioned me for another shoot for Redrow Homes, in fact, they tried to commission me a few weeks ago but I was unable to do the shoot as I was in France. When this happens it’s always a worry as it means they have to use another photographer and often then, agencies just go with whomever they last used. However, they were really pleased with my last set of images I shot for Redrow over at South Milford and sent me a nice thank you note and, kindly, have come back to me for this PR job. It’s very satisfying when I know the client was pleased with my work.

The brief this time was to photograph three key staff at the Horsforth Vale site to illustrate an article on how the project has created a lot of jobs in the area. I chose to stand the three guys infront of scaffolding with other workers in the background to illustrate that there are many tradesmen on site. I also shot the three without people in the background, plus I did individual location portraits. The ambient was really soft and allowed me to hit the subject with a small burst of OCF to lift the shadows and punch the colours and I used 24mm to 200mm to get some differnt effects on the portrait shots.

To book me for your commercial portrait photography, just call the studio on 01924 229800 to discuss.

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Wakefield Commercial photographer: Press shots for the Wilkes Group

As a Wakefield commercial photographer, I’ve done several shoots for The Wilkes Group over the years, including the wedding photography of two of the directors! Today I was on site at their Ossett head office to create some PR shots for a press release on their celebrating 70yrs in business. I took a variety of shots outside the building so that there was branding in the background but I had noticed a painting of the founder of company on the reception wall. Using this as a backdrop, I took some contemporary portraits inside the reception before finishing with some informal shots in the boardroom. These shots were required for the website and were to show the directors relaxed and informal; I think the photos hit the brief.

To book me for your oress photography, just give me a call on 01924 229800 to dicuss your requirements

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Wakefield wedding photographer: Vanessa and Kevin at Woolley Church

It’s not often as a Wakefield wedding photographer that I get such a wet wedding as this one, but it was August bank holiday and a wedding in a marquee so I guess it was inevitable. However, the weather didn’t put a dampener on the celebrations and the rain even eased up for an hour when we got to the reception and Vanessa was a great sport and went out in the wet fields for the photos! The day started fine, bright and sunny and the forecast said the rain wouldn’t arrive until late afternoon and would be a brief shower. In fact it came as we arrived at church and was so torrential by 16:00hrs, we had to stop the speeches while a mic was rigged up as we couldn’t hear anyone above the sound of the rain lashing on the marquee roof!

The day began round at Vanessa’s parent’s house where we caught up with the girls during hair and make-up. With prep shots and detail shots under the belt, we moved on to a few shots of the girls in their PJs before the task of getting into the dress commenced. Leaving the bride to do some last minute retouches, we headed up to Woolley Church for the second time in two weeks to catch up with Kevin and the boys. It was at this point the sky darkened and a few spots of rain began to fall but we managed the groom shots and the bride arriving before anything really happened with the weather. However, as we left church it was pouring down and we decided to head straight to the marquee at Bretton and try to get some shots there.

We’d finished a few formal family shots and just begun on the bridal party shots using the marquee entrance as the location when the rain suddenly stopped. We made the most of it and took Vanessa and Kevin out into the wet fields for the shoot and followed this by getting everyone out for the confetti shot. The rain stayed off long enough for the guests to enjoy an hour or so outside to mingle, chat and have a good time before heading in for the wedding breakfast. It was during the meal when the heavens really opened and the rain never abated for the rest of the night. As we left after first dance, the field was getting very soggy and it took me a few attempts to get my car out – I’m guessing by midnight, many of the guests would have required a tractor to get their cars out, Who knows? They may still be there ;¬)

Here’s a selection of images that we managed on a very wet day and it just goes to show that not even torrential rain can spoil a really good event!

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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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  • Simon wilkes - August 30, 2016 - 8:54 pm

    Great pics John!

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.

To book me for your commercial work or PR photography, just call the studio on 01924 229800 to discuss your requirements

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