Below are some of my favourite shots from February sessions.
This month I’ve re commenced a style of portraits we used to do about 15 years ago which was very popular. These we call pastel portraits which is basically a soft grainy effect which mimmicks fast film in many ways. These work particulary well with babies, toddlers and small groups and are extremely flattering with a timeless feel . In my opinion they are a classier alternative to the Venture type look that we are seeing more and more of.
I’ve not had a wedding for a few months now so I decided to dust down the Leica and practise on a recent trip to London.
In particular I tried out zone focusing and shooting at higher iso’s.
When shooting people in public places its important to be as ‘invisible’ as possible in view of the recent paranoia and implementation of Section 76 today. Although I’m not breaking the law someone could object and before I know it be stopped and questioned by the police
All of these were taken with the camera held just above waist level.
Image wise this camera is extremely noisey and shooting indoors I dare’nt go higher than iso 1250. Most of these were shot at that, I had no choice. But to disguise this I converted the black and whites with the Nik’s Silver Efex Pro and used the Kodak Tri X 400 effect.
Anyhow, enough talk. Here are some favourites below
I always carry my Leica and Canons on my travels. However I decided not to on a recent skiing trip to Austria. I dare’nt risk losing or damaging them as I’m quite a reckless skier ! Anyhow I decided to use my iPhone instead which fitted neatly in my jacket pocket. I must say some very interesting and pleasing results.
At last after many months planning I’ve got this blog up and running.
January is usually one of the quieter months particularly for weddings so I spend alot of time on marketing.
My biggest job has been getting all my branding up to scratch with the new logo you see above. Then I’ve had to incorporate it with my wedding website and blog as well. Not as easy as it sounds.
I’ve also updated my studio gallery with some new wall displays and a few new products which I’ll speak about another time.
Finally I’ve been trying to get my head round social networking. Gone are the days when you put an advert in a glossy magazine and waited for the phone to ring. From now on I believe social networking will have a major impact on how we find business. For this reason I’ve joined Facebook and you can see my profile here. I’ve also become a Twitterer ! Twittering is big in the US but is still relatively new here. I’m told its the next best thing since sliced bread. I’m not convinced yet but want to be ready in case it really takes off here. Twittering is basically up to the minute micro blogging. I have it set up so it is linked to my Facebook page and my blogs, saving me quite a bit of time. You can see my Twitter badge above.
Anyhow that’s enough for now, just to wish everyone a healthy and prosperous 2009. Below are some of my January favourites