Asian Bride Fashion Show

So I attended the National Asian Wedding show in October at London’s Excel Centre.  I wasn’t sure what to expect as I had previously attended the Asian Bride Live Expo at the beginning of the year.

Well this year was definitely different, they had a proper catwalk and loads of press. I had tried to get a press pass beforehand but since I dont do photography professionally I couldnt obtain one. Anywhoo entered the catwalk as a member of the public and walked past the press stand and simply asked if I could sit at the end (had mt Leica around my neck which made me look more the part) and the usher said thats fine. Whoop whoop

Managed to network with a few of the photographers, some who were professionals and some who were enthusiasts, even got me a few tipsnon how to photograph a fashion show as I had never really done one like this before. The photographer told me to capture the model just as they take a step or just after. Which is more difficult than it seems.

Here’s some pics I took of the fashion show…would love feedback.

One key tip id say is research the hell out of the fashion designers, their brands, the models etc and tag them in your shots, even the makeup artists, the shoe sponsors to the event organisers. on my instagram page I managed to find a lot of the models and extra sponsors who liked my work and opens me up to their networks which as a new photographer, I could always do with 😉

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Daily Post Photo Challenge – Here and Now

After recently coming back home from a 2 week holiday in the Dominican Republic this post has made me reminisce about recent holidays with friends and family and taking fun pics so here are my submissions for this photo challenge – Here and Now.

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This is at Punta Cana’s finest place to be at night, Coco Bongo! A night of so much fun and I managed to capture this image on a bar stage, tipsy and with my phone camera!
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A friend taking a selfie – love this! Caught up in her moment!
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I was on a safari excursion in Dom Rep and this guy was on his horse going down the road rounding up his cows and I managed to time the moment he went past us.  Awesome!
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I was at the poolside and this adorable baby was enjoying the pool with his dad – just a cutie!
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Love this randomness at an engagement shoot xx

 

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This says it all!
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This is a capture of a bride to be at a cocktail making class.  I actually like the blurriness of the image as I think it gives it more character.

 

Would love to get all of your thoughts as I appreciate the feedback and constructive criticisms! Muchas Gracias! 🙂

A Photo A Week – Blue

Nancy Merril’s newest photography challenge is about the colour blue and this is my submission.

This image was taken Cyprus 2015.  I absolutely love this image. The colour of the sky and reflection of it in the water balances out the composition of the boats and the beige rocks break up the blue to make it look all the more vibrant.

There are no filters used in this image and I did very little in post production, simply cropping the image, making it straight and enhancing the clarity a little but not by much. 

It was a perfect weather day and I am very proud that I managed to capture this shot as the family and I were on a boat starting a boat excursion.

Would love to get your thoughts and opinions about this. 😊🙌🚢

Photographing Kids

This has been one of my weaknesses simply because I get caught up in how cute kids can be and how funny they are too!

Within the last 6 months I’ve be privileged enough to photograph a few kids and will share my experiences 🙂

Firstly, they do not keep still and run around…ALOT so you have to travel light and have comfortable footwear on!

Make sure your shutter speed is at a decently high rate because they move around you have to move fast and think quickly.

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mid-fall on the bouncy castle
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a moment of tickles

Other times they occupy themselves with things totally irrelevant to the moment but it still makes for a great photo.

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I would have preferred for this lil guy not to have his bottle in the pic but it actually makes his eyes stand out more! #CutenessCentral

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The shots I love taking are the natural, not knowing I was filming you, shots.  I believe they really capture the childlike qualities and pure innocence.

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There are however kids who are proper posers! And they make for really remarkable shots, the two below are my godsons! 🙂

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Above all make sure they are having fun, make it an enjoyable experience as no one to sit or stand somewhere for too long! I would recommend having toys present or an activity they can do so that they forget you’re around taking pictures.  Totally depends on the child and the type of shot tho! 🙂

Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge

I haven’t participated in a photo challenge for a while and this one caught my eye.

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A walk in Salisbury – if you look close enough can you spot the rabbit?
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Cyprus steps from the beach – I love this shot because the colours were naturally vibrant and made for an incredible shot.

 

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Sunset on the peer in Cyprus
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Old river bed in Greece – I loved the different textures of the foliage and rocks, madr an interesting black and white image.
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I took this shot while my partner was driving in Greece.  It’s a grainy shot but I think it creates a nice dynamic.

 

 

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River outside ZSL, London

Photographers On Safari

I recently visited the Wildlife Heritage Foundation in Ashford, UK with Photographers on Safari. I would definitely recommend this opportunity to any avid photographer both pro or novice. You get incredibly close to the animals, literally just a wire fence between you and the mighty beasts! One stalked me and run up to the fence making me fall over!🙈 I managed to capture the ‘in the moment’ action shot….

Thank goodness for quick shutter speeds!
Example of how close you are to the big cats

I had never been so close to big cats before and they were incredible to watch and photograph.  John, the organiser of the shoot, has been working with the WHF for over 11 years and had great personal knowledge of the cats. He taught us how to shoot through a fence which is more difficult than you think!

Here are some of my fav shots.

Tigers just have a look about them that command royalty
There are only about 30-40 Leopards left in the wild!
A very photogenic Lynx
Aquarius the fishing cat
Puma with an ear and a half!
A black Jaguar in stealth mode

The biggest lesson I learned here was looking at the entire picture when capturing a shot. For example it is easy to take a shot and just focus on your target and then in post production realise you have bars or distracting things in the background.  Here John told us to try and make it look like these animals are in the wild so shoot without seeing the human fences, wires, man made items. This was a little tricky at first (well for me) because I was so excited of capturing the cats I needed to calm myself down and actually think about the pictures I wanted to take.  I am very pleased with the outcomes and took a lot of lovely big cat portraits. 

Feel free to check out more pics on my website and instagram,facebook,500px pages.

😋 Arigato Gozaimasu

All about BTS

I love shooting Behind The Scenes (BTS) shots.  You often have to act fast and think quickly to get the most out of the time you have.  One should see an yet be unseen, hear and yet be unheard.

The selection of shots I’ve posted here were taken at various different events, film set, event stage and rehearsal studio.  I usually like taking BTS shots in black and white as there is normally low lighting and using a flash sometimes is prohibited.  In the edit you can usually remove any graininess (if that’s even a word but I think you all know what I mean!) and can make the image more crisper by modifying contrast and tones.  I think shooting in black and white creates that ‘exclusive’ and ‘unseen’ feel.

I believe when taking BTS shots one should capture the moments, feelings, mood and the action of the particular situation. Proper Mi5 stealth mode stuff! (Maybe that’s why I like it so much) 🙂

It helps to have a tripod because of the low lighting, but you can easily find something to rest the camera on if you don’t have a tripod.  Close ups work well but wide shots also capture more of the scene so have fun and see what works best for the shot.

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I love the lighting and the detail of the guitar in this image

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I just love this because I love hip hop!
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This was part of Charlie Sloth’s BBC iPlayer ‘Rap Up’ series with Craig David and Big Narstie.

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I like the detailing in this shot

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Beard Portraits

So a friend #TheBeardedSuperman asked me to take pics of his beard and I thought he was joking but once he told me the reason why it made perfect sense….The Mrs! 🙂

After much rescheduling due to the blasted London weather conditions we decided to wing it and went in and around the Tate Modern.

Despite the weather I think there were some really decent shots that got captured.  We only really had an hour of shooting before the rain decided to pelt down again!

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Engagement Photos

So a good friend of mine has asked me to be the photographer for her wedding.  We’ve known each other for years and we’ve both photographed at weddings together as a team. It’s a real honour to be considered ‘good enough’ to capture such an important day in her life!  Thanks Lis! xx

Here are a few pics from the shoot we did in Hyde Park.  They are a really happy and jokey couple so it made getting them natural shots all the more easier.

Lisa was used to being behind the camera and her fiancé is a reporter based in front of the camera but somehow when the camera is pointing at you in a more personal setting you naturally feel a little uncomfortable.  In order to relax them I asked them questions about when they first met, what their first impressions of each other was to get them thinking and not realising I was taking snaps.  This worked a treat!

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Irish Adventure 2016

I was invited to visit a friend who is currently living in Dublin last weekend and I jumped at the chance seeing that I am half Irish and haven’t been to Ireland before. *face in hands*

I thoroughly enjoyed myself and I will be adding more posts about it at a later time but one of the most interesting things about Ireland, or Dublin for that matter, is the amount of clocks they have all over the gaff! Like we’re always late, or need to be somewhere! 🙂

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This was outside a regular store, like a book shop I think
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This was outside the massive Post Office that has that old timey feel to it on the inside.
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I really liked this clock, the colours look very regal – but again a regular shop clock!
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This was on the outside of what I think used to be a newspaper publisher but it’s now a derelict building, which is a massive shame.
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Random clock on a wall – Like Irish people need to constantly know the time!
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This is on the Heineken building
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Random corporate building clock