What does this represent?
Well firstly more than anything i am thinking about creating great images that my clients will like.
Gold award avant garde wedding category – June 2013
This image was taken at The Great Hall at Main’s wedding venue in Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire during the summer months. What makes this place so beautiful to photograph are the gardens with well-manicured hedges all around. Once inside, the lovely rooms and small windows convey a hard light quality – perfect for my style of wedding photography.
Competition images are closely scrutinized by judges and only the best are awared Gold. Highlighting features of this image are:
a) symmetry b) colour c) impact d) fun
Gold award Traditional wedding category – Nov 2013
This image was taken inside the Manchester Town hall building recently during a December wedding – hence the Christmas tree! Standing at the top of the staircase I pointed my Canon 5d + 15mm Canon Fisheye lens – a lens capable of capturing a very wide view, a 180-degree angle in fact – perfect for this beautiful neo-gothic architectural subject. By exposing for the highlights in the windows, I have also retained details in the shadow areas. Then, after framing the shot, I walked down to arranged the bride’s dress and placed it into an attractive pose. I walked back up the stairs and completed the shot at 1600asa F2.8 1/60th. Notice the wonderful craftsmanship on the ceiling by the painters: the stars and sun symbols. I have emphasized these in Photoshop. Over the last 150 years, the paintwork has lost some of its intensity; I made this brighter using the dodge tool. Dark stone does not reflect light very well – making this type of shot even more challenging because its dynamic range is so great. However, the area was flooded with winter light from the huge windows, which otherwise would have been poorly lit in winter. I have made this image larger on screen so you can you really see just how beautiful the building is inside.
The highlighting features are:
a) shape b) tonal range c) impact d) placement of bride and groom
Gold award Avant Garde wedding category – July 2008
This image was taken at Chadderton, near Oldham in 2008, when I lived in Rochdale; it was photographed using a 15mm lens. What is interesting is that the groomsmen in the middle of the picture have retained their normal shapes, but anything towards the edges of the frame has changed shape; this is called distortion. Anyway, I always really liked the front cover of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody Album where their faces are stacked up on top of each other! This was my inspiration for this shot.
Gold award Avant Garde wedding category – January 2016
Storr’s Hall in the Lake District has a dome at its centre – a very unusual feature and every wedding photographer has tried this shot in one form or another. However, the 100% symmetry is what makes this image work. It is difficult to get all the elements centred during the pressures of a wedding I would say: for example, here the bride and groom had to be coaxed to lean right over the bannister and stretch their arms out to make a V shape in order to see their faces. The 4 chandeliers help to centre the eye into the middle of the frame; and to finish, I lightened the ceiling and cleaned up the cracks in Photoshop. This has to be one of my favourite images I have; not only that I’ve taken but because of the post-production work that went into the image. I used a Canon 5dc + my 18mm a very wide angle lens at 800asa @ 1/30th.
Gold award Avant Garde wedding category – August 2014
This image was taken at The Villa hotel, wrea green, Lancashire during the evening reception. The face board/ photo booth which was constructed by the groom’s father (ex.ship builder) beautifully crafted from wood and presented to them as a present. I took 3 images of them quickly only asking the bride and groom not to smile, other than that they did their own thing. I got a bit lucky here the expressions are wonderful sarah has pouted her lips beautifully ,the light is so soft you could be mistaken it was taken in a portrait studio!! Worth mentioning behind them was a white netting from the marquee it keeps the background neat and tidy and creates the illusion. I really love creating these quirky simple shots they are easy to do and judges do seem to love them, especially when the hand placements are this good naturally – adding a touch of elegance.
The smaller framed pictures are family members of the groom such a cool idea and a bit different to the norm. Finally turned into a B&W image in Photoshop CC (there wasn’t much colour in this shot originally) the shadows areas have been made lighter using the dodge tool and the frames straightened up in places.
Gold award Avant Garde wedding category – August 2014
This image was taken at The Villa Hotel, Wrea Green, Lancashire during the evening reception. The face board/ photo booth, constructed by the groom’s father (an ex-ship builder) was beautifully crafted from wood and presented to them as a present. I took 3 images of them quickly, only asking the bride and groom not to smile! Other than that, they did their own thing! I got a bit lucky here – the expressions are wonderful; Sarah has pouted her lips beautifully; the light is so soft you could mistakenly believe that it was taken in a portrait studio! Behind them was a white netting from the marquee, it keeps the background neat and tidy and enhances the illusion. I really love creating these quirky simple shots, they are easy to do and judges do seem to love them – especially when the natural hand placements are this good – it adds a touch of elegance.
The smaller framed pictures are family members of the groom; such a cool idea and a bit different to the norm. Finally, I turned it into a black and white image in Photoshop CC (there wasn’t much colour in this shot originally). The shadow areas have been made lighter using the dodge tool and the frames have been straightened up in places.