It was very cold and snowy all over the UK at the end of January but that didn’t stop us having an amazingly fun time in Harwarden for this Family Portrait Photography shoot. I think this must have been my largest group of people to try and organise (except for weddings of course) but we had a blast! We tried to mix it up with some setup shots of everyone then grabbed as many casual shots as possible (while dodging snowballs and runaway sledges!).
If you would like to arrange a family portrait photography shoot either on location or at the studio then please use the contact form to drop me a message and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.
I’ve previously discussed my thoughts on the importance of striving to continuously improve my photography and that one way I love to do this is through 2nd shooting with other photographers. Being a second shooter allows you to experiment in real time with shots that you might not otherwise be willing or able to risk during a shoot when you are the primary shooter. Sometimes it also provides an opportunity to pick up little tricks and tips from the other photographer while you work with them.
Towards the end of last year I reached out to a local photographer Matt Bowen who’s work I had admired for some time, about assisting and/or 2nd shooting for him. After some discussions over email Matt invited me to shoot alongside him at an Alderley Edge engagement photography shoot at Alderley Edge national trust park in Cheshire. The session was great fun and although the weather was really bad around that time, it held off for the shoot and there was some great later afternoon light to shoot in and the surroundings of Alderley Edge were an amazing backdrop for Rachel and Jacks photos.
During the shoot I was able to try out a few new things and experiment a bit (mainly with alternative angles and composition – as a second shooter you are often forced into unusual composition as you have to frame your shots to make sure you don’t include the primary photographer!) and I wanted to try out a technique that I had picked up at a recent Andrew Brooke workshop that I attended. The below image was made by combining 10 individual shots of the scene and combining and blending them in photoshop. After being able to experiment doing this on this shoot I’m now confident enough to try this during a shoot where I am the primary shooter.
Here are some of the other shots I took during the session with Matt:
I had a fantastic shoot with Rachel and Jack and was a great chance to try out a few new compositions. For information on Cheshire wedding photography or Cheshire engagement photography please head over to the contact page and drop me a message!
Wow 2013 already! Well, what better way to start the year than with a fantastic offer? To celebrate all of those people who got engaged over the Christmas period (my wife and I got engaged back in the festive season of 2005) I am offering a free 40cm X 30cm Canvas or Aluminium print (normally £145 and £160 respectively) to all couples that book their wedding with me before the end of the month (January 31st, 2013).
So if you recently got engaged (or know someone who did) take a look around the website and give me a shout if you are interested in one of my packages.
Here’s to a fantastic start to 2013, I wish you all the best in all you do