Posted in Wedding Photography
at 15:00 on 26/04/2012
My job takes me all over the country to photograph weddings in a huge variety of venues, and I love the variety that it brings. However, I also love going back to familiar places and I can't think of anywhere more familiar then the village in Essex that I grew up in!
I've known Natasha since her family moved to Helions Bumpstead, so photographing her wedding there was a real pleasure. Helions Bumpstead is right on the border between Essex, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, so after the wedding ceremony in Essex we all headed over the border into Suffolk for the reception at Kentwell Hall.
I'll post some more pictures from Natasha & Julian's wedding in Essex soon, but in the meantime here's one of my favourite pictures from the day - the bride and her family walking to the church.
Posted in Portrait Photography
at 10:00 on 16/04/2012
It's been a busy time here in the run-up to the wedding season, with lots of photography projects on the go including a whole load of engagement portrait sessions here in Cambridge. Here are few of my favourite pictures from some recent sessions.
First, we've got Ruth & Pratheeban, who brought their bikes along with them and were remarkably patient as I made them cycle up and down the same meadow again and again:
Here we've got Claire & Peter, with a portrait session that shows some of the enormous variety of locations within a short walk in the centre of Cambridge:
Posted in Commercial and PR
at 09:00 on 04/04/2012
The Cambridge Film Trust run the annual Cambridge Film Festival, but it's working throughout the year to put on events throughout the country. Movies at the Mansion saw the Cambridge Film Trust head out to Wrest Park in Bedfordshire for a Stanley Kubrick themed evening, with screenings of The Shining and Barry Lyndon introduced by their producer, Jan Harlan.
Posted in Miscellaneous
at 14:31 on 03/04/2012
Looking back at the path I took to becoming a professional photographer, I can see several points where I can say "if that hadn't happened, I wouldn't be where I am today". From my uncle showing me fabulous large-format prints from a landscape photography trip that he took to the USA through to the music editors at the student paper not giving me any articles to write (which forced me start taking pictures of bands if I wanted to get published), without those steps I wouldn't be making a living with my cameras today.
One of those important turning points was Helen meeting the inspirational David Ward. David persuaded Helen that she should start her career in photography, and if Helen hadn't started her photography business then I wouldn't and so on and so forth. You get the picture.
David is not only an inspirational photographer - his ability to communicate his enthusiasm for photography and his astounding knowledge of its history makes him a brilliant teacher. The fact that he's great company too makes going on one of his workshops a lot of fun, albeit on the hard work end of the fun scale.
I've been on trips to the Highlands and Umbria with David, and last week we returned to the highlands of Scotland for another photography workshop. Getting into a completely different frame of mind than my wedding photography is a big change for me, because it's a completely different way of seeing pictures. It always takes a while for the lessons I've learned on workshops to sink in, so I'm excited to see how last week's trip will affect my work throughout the rest of the year.
David Ward runs landscape photography workshops around the world, and I can wholeheartedly recommend them. If you'd like to find out more about the trips he's scheduled, you can contact David via his website.
Anyway, that's enough words for now. Onto the pictures - here's a selection of my favourite images from last week's trip to the Highlands.
This is a first for me on my blog - iPhone snaps! These were all taken in an abandoned cottage that we found on our travels:
And, finally, here's the great man himself - Mr David Ward:
Posted in Miscellaneous
at 12:41 on 02/04/2012
Professional Photographer magazine played a big role in putting the seed of the idea of becoming a professional photographer into my head back when I was at school, so in a roundabout sort of way it's partly responsible for my photography career. I still an avid reader and look forward to it dropping through my letter box every month, and so it's a real honour to be asked to judge their annual photography competition.
The Professional Photographer of the Year awards have been running for a long time now, and this year I was one of five judges picked from the UK's best photographers and industry experts.
Professional Photographer have announced the category winners and there are some great shots in there - I'm especially pleased with the quality of the pictures that were submitted for the weddings, street photography and student categories that I judged.
Congratulations to the winners and runners up!