Don Jack at Ideas asked me to photograph a portrait of Colin Cloud and Chloe Crawford for his mind reader show at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe. It was my great pleasure to photograph Colin and Chloe on a cold February day this year in Falkirk. After I produced many photographs Don did all the clever retouch adding the snake. A commercial portrait is never as simple as it appears.
In the merry month of May I headed to Cringletie House near Peebles for an engagement portrait session with Laura-Elizabeth and William.
Winter was still unwilling to yield its grip with some frequent hail showers,
I had the pleasure of photographing Laura around 20 years ago and like many brides to be she was anxious about being photographed, so I suggested a portrait session at her wedding venue Cringletie House. It was a good opportunity for us to to practice ideas in the grounds to get Laura and William more relaxed and for me to scout for suitable locations for their wedding images.
So I am looking forward to photographing their wedding at the end of the month and hopefully the gardens will be full of colour.
It has been a summer more notable for the rain than sun.
Creating an exotic sunset glow in Scotland can be a challenge. Here I used off camera lighting to create an atmospheric ambience, green blue filters on the flash and balanced for skin tones. Neutral density filters helped reduce the brightness of the sky and enabled me to through the landscape out of focus to give the portrait more prominence. Lighting on outdoors location will make portraits a lot more dramatic in appearance.
This portrait session of Naa Shika is off camera lighting. You may read a lot about natural light photographers, yes natural light is best, but there are situations where lighting skill has a part to play. You may have romantic reasons for wanting the sky or sunset to be in the background, not only that, as a photographer I can place the light to give a slimming effect and who doesn’t want that.
The photographs here also show how standing correctly creates a more powerful and flattering portrait combined with some dramatic lighting. So it is always worth considering a small amount of posing for bridal portraits and formal group photographs.
They say lightning never strikes twice. Or does it?
It was very late and after working on a portrait montage I decided to go to sleep. There was the odd lightning flash mainly in the clouds nothing exciting, then a very loud bang, I jumped out of bed to see a brilliant fork lighting over the housing estate, grabbed my camera with a wide angle lens and proceeded to my kitchen and set up for a long exposure. Fort Kinnaird shopping centre is hidden by the trees and I thought that there was a reasonable chance to capture the lightning strike over Edinburgh. There are tall metal lamp posts there so it made it possible to predict where the lighting would strike next. It was very tempting to rush out with a tripod and umbrella, but probably not a good idea.
For many years I have wanted to photograph the natural spectacle of a fork lighting storm, but here in Edinburgh this is a very rare occurrence.
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I wanted to create an environmental portrait taking advantage of the last throws of spring and Braidburn Valley in the south side of Edinburgh is a beautiful city park. So I asked Daniel and Nicola to model under the pink cherry blossom canopy and used a technique which has become known as the Brenizer method. This creates a very shallow area of sharp focus which is great way to make a portrait stand out. One thing I do is make the portrait session fun and running and waking make a good distraction.
Please leave a comment and let me know what you think.
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A cold spring day in the Meadows, Edinburgh. Naa Shika has got her teeth back so time to celebrate with a portrait session using a technique discovered by Ryan Brenizer which creates a very narrow area of sharp focus and gives portrait photography a very unique appearance of a soft fuzzy background and a three dimensional look.
Would you like a portrait session like this?
This morning an eerie calm descended over Edinburgh as the moon crossed the sun throwing its twilight shadow over the earth. Here is a glimpse of the partial eclipse as the clouds passed by.
Birthday portrait photography or seniors which is popular in the USA, this is a young person's opportunity for a professional portrait photography session at the their coming of age between School and University. So isn't it worth treating yourself to a little luxury when you are in your prime and a great gift for your parents before you head off to Uni.
This is fashionable Naa Shika's official birthday portrait taken at her home in Midlothian. She will soon be on the runway in an Edinburgh fashion show this April.
Glamour beauty portrait photograph
Although I am based in Edinburgh it great to travel to a wedding, this allows me some thinking time. Juliet and Matt married at Belhaven Parish Church in Dunbar, East Lothian on a warm September day and their marquee reception in the church gardens.
I brought Naa Shika along to assist with setting up and holding the flash and even the bride's bouquet, it is always helpful to have a assistant on a wedding because be quite demanding sticking to the time schedule.
To break with tradition for my blog I invited Juliet and Matt to choose their favourites of the day.
What do you think?
Would you like to see more?
I headed out to Dunbar in East Lothian to meet up with Juliet and Matt for a planned engagement photography session and test ideas for their wedding next month.
Although we were due a visit from the tail end of hurricane Bertha it didn't stop us from photographing ideas for the wedding day. That being said Juliet and Matt were not to concerned about a little rain and we started at the home of the bride to be before heading the church venue, where we tried out lots of creative ideas.
Hopefully these photos tell the story of the day. What do you think?
I am looking forward to the main event next month.
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I went to to opening ceremony of the Kelpies, Falkirk. Fabulous imposing steel structures in the West Lothian landscape. This would make an impressive backdrop for wedding portraits of bride and groom.
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Creative still life photography featuring light from fibre optics.
Hopefully this helps demonstrate to you how creative lighting solutions can turn a rainy day from being miserable to very exciting.
The word photography means painting with light. This is best achieved ideally in complete darkness. A long exposure is needed to record the light moving effect, at this time of year it gets dark early which is great for this style of photography.
Best avoiding street lighting as it can cause subject movement blur.
Here Nathan and Naashika modelled.
Valentine's Day approaches and this
time the annual event falls on a leap year, so ladies surprise your
Valentine with the warmth of your love and melt his heart.
In a leap year the bride has the opportunity to propose marriage to her partner.