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On the 7th April 2012 I had the pleasure of photographing Debbie and Tom Fieldsend’s wedding at the bandstand in Weston Park and the reception afterwards at the Norfolk Arms. This was one of the friendliest weddings I’ve photographed and as you can see from the photos below I was able to capture lots of candid shots of happy wedding guests! There was a real sense of fun and this continued long into the night at the reception where the guests took full advantage of the photo booth I set up (when they weren’t busy dancing at the awesome ceilidh).
Last October I had the privilege of photographing Beks and Alex Basran’s autumn wedding in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. The day started at Christ Church Fulwood, before moving to a nearby park close to Forge Dam for the group and bride and groom portraits. The reception was held at Cutlers’ Hall in Sheffield City centre and the day ended with an awesome, traditional Indian meal by the guys at Aagrar.
A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of shooting family portraits for some friends in Sheffield. Below are samples of some of my favourite portraits from the day.
Shooting family portraits is one of the perks of my job, it’s great to capture the essence of a family and really show their personality. I like to let people be themselves but there are a few things that can massively help the look of the shoot.
What do you think of when you hear the word ‘portrait’? Perhaps you imagine an oil painting or a photo from your grandparents’ wedding where everyone stood in a line, scowling, looking straight into the camera. But portraits don’t have to be serious and miserable. In fact, they are usually completely opposite; they are a lot of fun!
I love all different types of photography but my long-term dream and goal is to shoot professional sport portraits.
My love for sport portraiture starts with my love of sports. From a young age until now, I have loved sport and played everything from American football and rugby to baseball and golf. I even have a blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do.
I enjoy the determination, competition, skill, passion, physicality and commitment that sport requires of an individual and team. In my sport portraiture I hope to capture some of those qualities and communicate them through a single image.
In my experience (and style), simplicity is the best approach to photography. It doesn’t matter if it is lighting, post processing, composition, equipment, contracts, prices, etc… I like to keep things simple. There are infinite ways of doing things (especially in Photoshop) but I believe simplicity is the key to quality work.
So here is a little taste of an ‘on location’ photo shoot that I did for an organization called Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF). My brief was clear: they wanted me to photograph (head & shoulders) 40 members of staff in a 1.5 hour break time at their annual conference. I needed to get there, set up and shoot each person in 2.25 minutes.
I have the privilege of shooting Tom & Emily’s wedding in a couple of months but recently we did an engagement shoot in the Peak District. It was really difficult to choose my favourites from our shoot but I have managed to pick a few for you to see!
As a professional photographer I have always shot with Nikon cameras. There are things I just loved about Nikon: the build quality, lens selections, camera layout, durability, auto-focusing system, etc but one thing which has always frustrated me is the colours that Nikon cameras/lenses produce. They are often too warm (too much yellow and red) and a bit flat, lacking punchiness! At one point I got so frustrated (particularly with skin tone colours) that I sat down and calculated what it would cost me to sell all of my Nikon equipment and switch to Canon but this was going to be a very expensive change. I decided I had to find a cheaper alternative as I had invested way too much money into Nikon already.
As you will have seen from my website I am an American. Originally, I am from Omaha, Nebraska (somewhere in the middle of the US) but was raised in Pensacola, Florida, so I consider myself a “Florida boy”. I am now living in Sheffield, England and have stayed in this lovely, but very rainy country, because of my wife, who is English. I am a full time wedding and portrait photographer.