After the massive success of my last BLOG I thought I'd better move on to a more positive post!! OK rants aren't your thing, I get it :-)
So back in 2004, when I began my photographic journey, it started with a single photo on a beach at sunset in Anglesey, North Wales. I loved the way it looked on my 3-mega pixel Kodak point and shoot. So, for many year I practiced and managed to upgrade to a DSLR (Canon 350D) and then a full frame 5D. All this time I took photos and tried to not get anyone in them. That is more professional isn't it!? Now as a new dad I took a lot of photos of my family but these were for family snaps (more important than any of my other photos of course).
I didn't have anything against portrait or people shots in fact many of the photographers I followed mainly took this sort of shot. I started thinking that maybe I should try it. Now I'm more of an introvert so dealing with people while learning what I was doing scared the living daylights out of me. It was about this time I joined a Camera Club and one of the reasons I did this was to try different types of photography, including portrait work. Within a few months, we had a studio shoot, I soon realised that this was going to be a much harder task than I thought. Here are a few shots of that first session, not too bad for a first attempt?
A few months later we had a shoot at the church hall where we meet. This time we had an alternative model and a dancer. I'd always wanted to photograph dancers as I'm a big Joe McNally fan. Here are my efforts. I must say I made a right mess of the flash settings and had massive shadows that took ages to remove. These were ugly shadows from too much on camera flash, not the nice soft shadows that can create a great atmosphere. The on-camera flash was just supposed to fill in and trigger the main lights.
For several reasons, including the lack of shoots at the club and it being much harder than I thought I didn't try again for over 18 months. I spent that time watching and reading about lighting and one of my favourite photographers was Frank Doorhof. When I found out he was coming to the UK and running some workshops I booked straight away. This was exactly the kind of photography I was looking for. Amazing models and styling and an old mill! We've got plenty of old mills in the Greater Manchester area :-)
I learnt an awful lot that day and even more when I read his "Mastering the Model Shoot" book! Here are some of my favourite shots from the day.
I know this is not everyone's cup of tea but personally I love it.
I've been very lucky to meet and photography Graham Currey, who is a local photographer, model and actor. He's a man of many talents! He's started putting together great shoots with several different types of model in great locations with Emma Finch, another great photographer. This year so far, I've done 5 shoots and I've got another coming up in a few weeks. I can't wait! I'll leave you with a few of my favourite shots. As always if you'd like to comment then please do. It's always great to hear from you all.