Tuesday, 31 August 2010

North London Photographer: Lindsay & Steve get married - Sneak Preview

The bank holiday weekend meant a chance for a lovely Sunday wedding in Edmonton, North London where I was delighted to capture Steve & Lindsay Sluter's big day.

From the moment I stepped into Lindsay's parents house in Ponders End to the time that I left the reception, with many thanks ringing in my ears, everyone made a special attempt to make me feel welcome and as a result I really enjoyed my day.

I've had a first look at the images from the day - here's a few that jumped out at me.

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Everyone here wishes Steve and Lindsay a long and happy marriage and we hope they're busy enjoying their honeymoon. We'll have the full gallery ready for selection from pretty soon.

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

North London Photographer: Short Notice Outdoor Portraits

I took a short notice call last week from a client who needed some professional portraits for her own use. She told me that she needed them provided back to her that same day as this was her only free day in the near future.

Fortunately I was able to jiggle a few things out, but unfortunately I didn't have access to the studio at that short a notice. We therefore agreed that we'd take a walk in Enfield's Town Park and take some photographs that featured her in it's beautiful surrounds.

We met in the early afternoon and strolled into the park. Fortunately the skies were cloudy - which made for a beautiful soft light we could use to both of our advantages.

Here are a few of my favourite shots that we took in our hour together:

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I returned to the office and spent a short while processing the images, before uploading them to my website where my client was able to choose her favourite six shots. These were then emailed out the same evening and the job was complete barely 12 hours after the original call.

Great fun, and very pleasing to be able to react so quickly and give my client what she needed. An email of thanks from my client later that night gave me a final warm feeling of a job well done and then it was "time for bed"!


Tuesday, 10 August 2010

North London Photographer: Guerilla Portraits @ My Coffee Stop for Chicken Shed

I spent a few hours last week with my good friends, Karen & Gunther from MyCoffeeStop (the best little coffee shop in Enfield!) running what I called a "Guerilla Portrait" session for their customers.

I say "Guerilla" as we caught customers as they arrived for their morning refreshments and spent only a few moments with each of them taking some inpromptu portraits.

I arrived at 6:00 a.m. and set up my lights & camera and spent a few hours photographing anyone who was up for it. Each of my subjects made a donation to the Chicken Shed Theatre group as a "sitting fee" and their photographs have been placed on my website from where they may purchase prints or files for their social media profiles. All profits from this will also be donated to Chicken Shed.

A few of my favourite images can be viewed below:

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and this video shows some more:

We all had a lot of fun, overcoming the difficulties of taking photographs and serving coffee, all against the clock (the trains were running to time unfortunately!) in a very small space. We'll look to do something similar again soon.


Sunday, 8 August 2010

Scott Kelby's 3rd Annual World Wide Photo Walk - ENFIELD: We have a Winner!

After a great days shooting with a fabulous bunch of people, Michelle & I had the unenviable task of picking a "winner" from the shots submitted to the World Wide Photo Walk website from our Enfield walk a fortnight ago.

I say "winner" in quotation marks, as the day really isn't about competition - it's much more about having a great time with some really interesting people and coming together to take some shots that you perhaps usually would not - maybe even learning some more in the process.

However, a winner does need to be selected - with a choice of photo editing books by the great Scott Kelby as a prize, and our winner is the perfectly captured candid from Tyla Arabas.

We love the simplicity of the black & white transformation, and the way the branches of the nearby tree frame the image. The stolen moment between two lovers completes the capture. Congratulations Tyla.

Can't wait to do it all again next year!