December 2013 update: I'm no longer working as a photographer

In 2009, I launched a company that makes business software for photographers, and now that company is so successful that I've regretfully had to put my photography business on hold indefinitely. You can find out more about this change on my blog.

If you're looking for a photographer, I'm still in touch with many amazing photographers and would be delighted to recommend them to you if you contact me.

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April 2008 Archive

Anna & Dave - Marylebone Town Hall & The Union Club

Posted in Wedding Photography at 16:21 on 26/04/2008

When I think back over all of the weddings I've photographed, what stands out for me are details that make each and every wedding unique. While many weddings can be described as "traditional", every couple include their own little touches and it's these differences that stand out in my memory.

It's going to be interesting to find out how I end up remembering Anna & Dave's wedding, because it had a very different personality to most. From the moment when Anna greeted me in her turquoise evening gown before their intimate ceremony at Marylebone Registry Office, through the ride we took on an old Routemaster bus through central London to the studiously eccentric and informal atmosphere of The Union Club in Soho, this was a particularly fun wedding to photograph.

As usual, I've got so many favourite images to share that this small selection doesn't do them justice. Please enjoy this handful and then take a look at the full gallery!

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And You Will Know Us By The Use Of Slow-Sync Flash…

Posted in Making Pictures at 20:39 on 23/04/2008

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Today's blog post is an example of a technique that I like to use whenever I'm photographing live music: slow-sync flash. Unfortunately, the usual rules in the photo pit at gigs is "three songs, no flash", so it's not often that I get to use it. When I do however, it's a great way of showing the movement and excitement of the action on stage.

Slow-sync flash is all about combining a sharp, flash-lit image with a longer exposure that captures the ambient light and motion of the subject. In this case, the flash was balanced with an exposure of 1/15 second, which was enough to get a bit of movement into the picture without letting it get too messy.

Using an SLR for slow-sync flash shots can be a little tricky, because the viewfinder is blacked out while the shutter is open. You quickly learn just how much a subject can move in a fraction of a second when the mirror drops back down and they've moved out of the frame, so anticipating the right moment to shoot is essential.

This picture was taken at an And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead… gig at the Astoria in London.

Victoria & John's wedding - Trinity Hall College, Cambridge

Posted in Wedding Photography at 08:17 on 21/04/2008

Victoria & John got married at Trinity Hall College in Cambridge. It was a great choice of venue, not only because it's one of Cambridge's prettier colleges, but because they met there while they were both at the college.

The wedding day had a strong musical theme, featuring a harp, a string quartet and finally The Bootleg Beatles as the evening's entertainment. Here's a selection of favourite images from the day.

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Victoria & John's engagement portrait

Posted in Portrait Photography at 17:03 on 10/04/2008

Victoria & John are getting married at Trinity Hall College in Cambridge this weekend, so we took advantage of today's lovely spring weather to shoot their engagement portrait session there. Here are a few of my favourite images:

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