It’s that time of the year when the newspaper columns and TV schedules are filled with ‘reviews of 2010’. So in keeping with this tradition, here’s my ‘best bits of 2010’. I’ve been fortunate enough to photograph some beautiful weddings and civil partnerships this year. It’s been a real privilege to meet some fantastic couples and capture their special day. Here are a few of my highlights:
2011 is already shaping up to be a great year of photography for me and I’m very excited about the weddings and civil partnerships I have in the diary for 2011. But before then there are the important issues of mince pies, friends, and family for me to turn my attention to. So time for me to sign-off for 2010. I wish everyone a very happy holiday season and a happy new year, Helen.
Whenever I do an actor’s headshot session I always like to try shooting both indoors and out. As well as the more traditional head and shoulders images, it is great to get some portraits as well.
David was great to work with and I highly recommend him as a model. Upcoming projects for David include working with BAFTA award winning director Michael Bay Clifford, on his latest independent feature film.
Richard III has just gone on tour across the UK, Europe and the US. Upcoming dates include the Girona Festival Temporada Alta on the 4th and 5th December and the Lyceum Theatre Sheffield from 19th – 29th January. The rehearsals looked brilliant, I was pleasantly surprised by how well the male actors play female characters and I was impressed by Edward Hall’s innovative direction.
If you would like to see more of my theatre work please take a look at my theatre photography website.
I may as well admit it, I am a very big Strictly Come Dancing fan. If I am not photographing a wedding on a Saturday evening then I like nothing more than sitting down to watch the waltzes, American Smooths or Cha Cha Chas of the celebs and their dance partners. Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood is a big supporter of the National Osteoporosis Society and I was asked to photograph him attending a salsa class with some of the young dancers from I Love Salsa.
Craig joined in the class, cracked lots of jokes and showed off his dancing skills. I was impressed with the young people’s salsa skills as well. They all looked very serious during the photography and were determined not to get a foot wrong! The event was held at Pineapple Dance Studios and Craig wore a skeleton tracksuit to highlight osteoporosis. Dancing is one of the best activities in the fight against osteoporosis, as it is a high impact sport which helps build up bone density.
Despite his baddie television persona, Craig was great in real life. He was keen to join in the class and chat to everybody, and spent ages talking to the young people and educating everyone about the benefits of dance.
For the past 6 weeks I have had the pleasure of working with the photographer Sachin Khona. Sachin divides his time between London and Vancouver, where he is establishing his wedding photography business. It has been a great collaboration, with Sachin learning more about the theatre and corporate world of photography and him showing me some of the latest trends in wedding photography across the pond.
One of the targets we set ourselves was to develop our portraiture skills and both of us were very keen to start using the beauty dish. I have been using it a lot this past week, and I wanted to show you a few of the images from our first session. We set up the dish in the studio and photographed each other, trying different techniques. I found you have to be very accurate with the beauty dish, a few millimetres in the wrong direction and you lose the impact, but I was pleased with the results.
The beauty dish was to the front and about 40cm above Sachin, and there was another bare flash behind him angled towards the backdrop. I used my Canon 5D with my 50mm F1.2 lens set at F5 with an ISO 250 and a shutter speed of 125th of a second.
This was taken on the same camera and lens at ISO 100, F8 1/125 sec. The beauty dish was 45 degrees above Sachin and there was no other lights used. I love the way the beauty dish creates a contrasty yet soft light, making lovely shadows on the face.
The beauty dish was in the same position for this image and the Canon 5D Mark II was at ISO 320, F5 with 125th second shutter speed, again the 50mm lens was used. Usually the 85mm F1.2 lens is my glass of choice for portraiture, but with the beauty dish it is important to place the model’s face very close to the front of the dish. As a result there is a flash stand between you and your model which means having to get closer in than I usually would, that is why the 85mm was less useful.
World Osteoporosis Day was on the 20th October and this year the National Osteoporosis Society teamed up with the Body Gossip campaign to put on a fantastic show at the Cochrane Theatre. A celebrity-packed cast took to the West End stage in bid to warn young people of the dangers of excessive dieting and eating disorders. Both celebs and young people took to the stage to perform poems, readings and monologues about body image to an audience of schools and colleges, to help boost body confidence amongst teens and young adults. As the President of the National Osteoporosis Society HRH The Duchess of Cornwall works tirelessly to promote awareness of Osteoporosis and was in attendance at the event.
Former EastEnders and The Bill actress Louisa Lytton performing on stage at Body Gossip.
Children’s television presenter Cerrie Burnell performed a great piece about body image and accepting and loving your body.
Body Gossip have been asking people to send in positive messages about their bodies, which are then put up on Facebook. HRH The Duchess of Cornwall joined in and suggested, ‘Everything in moderation’. To see more messages and get involved, check out the Facebook campaign.
The view from Altitude 360 is amazing – as its name suggests you can see all the way round the 29th floor of the venue.
David gave a lovely speech.
Click on the thumbnails to see larger images of guests enjoying themselves during the reception.
The chef putting the finishing touches on the chocolate puddings.
Louise and David had prepared a routine for their first dance and they looked fantastic. The song was Bad Things by Jace Everett, a very cool song and Louise and David really looked the part with the London skyline behind them.
Evie, one of Amanda’s flower girls, with her bouquet.
Stephen, in the Reading and Writing Room at One Whitehall Place, awaiting the entrance of his bride.
Stephen places the wedding ring on Amanda’s finger.
The first kiss.
I have photographed several weddings in One Whitehall Place and I think it is a brilliant venue in which to get married. Amanda’s bouquet and the decorative flowers were arranged by Rachel Morgan Flowers.
The wedding breakfast was held in the majestic Gladstone Library.
Stephen gave a lovely speech.
The couple performed a very impressive first dance – they had been having lessons and had a great routine to That’s Amoré by Dean Martin.
Please click on the thumbnails to see larger images of guests enjoying the reception.