Last month I was commissioned by luxury hotel chain, Malmaison to photograph items from their restaurants new menu which centres around the brands new angus steak labeled as ‘Oh Angus’
I had a great time working with the chefs and management. The shoot itself took place at the chains Birmingham hotel which is located inside The Mailbox.
Here are some of my favourites… try not to drool, I know it’s kinda hard!
… now for you camera geeks out there I have listed the equipment used below.
Camera – Nikon D3X
Lenses – Nikon 24-70mm & 105 macro
Lighting – Elinchrom Style RX 600 / 600
Accessories – Silver and white reflector to bounce both natural and flash light.
Now here is a subject that lots of people have touched upon time and time again but still I hear lots of people say well our wedding was amazing but I wish we had a better photographer.
There are lots of variables in my opinion to choosing the right photographer not just the typical debate I hear a lot of pro’s say ‘pro vs amateur’ Of course this is a big part of what I will talk about but let me start by saying I know a lot of pro photographers who don’t have a clue about wedding photography nor how to engage with a couple which is a HUGE PART!
Personally I believe it takes a certain person to photograph a wedding and this is more than photography it’s being able to work with a couple know, how to talk, re assure and coach because most wedding couples I know all say ‘I don’t really like my picture being taken’ making couples feel relaxed and knowing the images look amazing makes for an incredible day. People tend to be overwhelmed when a camera is pointed straight at them… I personally try and make people forget about the camera which isn’t always easy but having a relaxed bride and groom is the key in my opinion everything else from lighting, camera settings is part of the trade and something a pro should know inside and out.
No back to something I mentioned above, pro vs amateur. This is something I hear in everything not just wedding photography but when choosing a photographer for your wedding a pro is defiantly the best way to go, now this does;t mean amateur photographers aren’t good because I know a fair few who are fantastic however like anything this isn’t something they put all their time effort and skills into just like you wouldn’t want a amateur to make your dress would you?
Here is a little example to give you an idea of a pro vs amateur … now these images aren’t mine but something I have sourced online via Fstoppers (photography website) These images shows a similar angle same equipment and editing software used and with the caption ‘The one on the left was shoot by a photographer with hours and hours of camera knowledge and solid photography training. The one on the right was taken by your friend with a great camera.’
So whilst on The Wanted, Word of Mouth Tour. I spent quite a bit of time with The Vamps so when Capital FM said to me we have a private event with The Vamps, could you be our official photographer the choice was easy.
The Vamps boys, Brad, Connor, Tristan and James are great entertainers and down to earth boys. They have only been on the scene for a year or so now but the impact and bands they have supported are incredible.
The Capital FM exposed event was brilliant. In a nutshell it was a private event for Capital FM listeners who had the chance to win a seat but this event was broadcasted live which gave it that little extra sparkle.
here are some of the pics we took on the day but to see the full batch check out Capitalfm.com
So I wanted to post a picture I took whilst on The Wanted, Word of Mouth Tour… Yes I know I’ve already done a Wanted post with images from the tour however this picture is a little different.
When on tour I tend to shoot from angles and locations people wouldn’t always get the opportunity to shoot from like on stage, backstage in the crowd etc…
On this occasion I was given the opportunity to go up with the rigging team during the set up which was INCREDIBLE.
As you can tell from the picture this was taken at great height but gives another insight to the world of ‘Riggers’ who walk across beams, climb up moving ladders on lighting gantries all without a care in the world.
Pretty cool huh.
So some of you would have seen on my Facebook page that I was The Wanted’s exclusive tour photographer for the Word of Mouth Farewell UK / EU tour.
Although I didn’t join the boys on the US leg of the tour we got ALOT of pictures and below are some of my favourite ones from on stage backstage and yes even under the stage!
I have to be brutally honest and say ‘I’ve really let the side down’ not blogging the way I intended too. I have been incredibly busy but it’s no excuse I know… I’ve been working with some really creative guys recently from a company called MANIC who specialise in creative online content. These guys have really helped me develop what I should be doing from an online and content point of view and have taught me some really cool skills which I plan to use in everyday practise.
Quite a lot of people have been emailing asking questions about the photography industry, my work and do I do workshops… Well I’m happy to I will be doing topics on the industry and of course my work and well workshops, Yes I do.
I am planning to do more blogs on my work particularly sharing my photos and explaining some of the processes I’ve used but don’t worry I won’t delve to far into tech talk as it would probably bore most of you half to death.
I’m also going to be giving some industry tips on choosing a photographer whether it be me or someone else. What to ask, look out for and what avoid.
Lastly I’ve been doing a bit of work with universities across the UK specifically in photography from workshops to guest lectures but starting this year I am looking to do a few workshops which will be available to the general public.
Some may ask why I’m writing a blog explaining how crap I’ve been for not writing blogs well the answer is if I say I’m going to do something I am true to my word and the fact I am putting this online means I am saying it in an open forum so until next time…