family portraits in manchester

February 10th, 2011

Family portrait of you and your children do not have to be formal and staged. I specialise in relaxed lifestyle portraiture and for portrait photography of families and couples I work primarily outdoors. The key to great portraits is getting the subject relaxed and not self conscious in front of the camera. If you can achieve that then great photos always result. Consequently to get great photos of children we go somewhere they like and do things they enjoy and then having their photo taken becomes part of the game. After the session I put a gallery of your family portraits online for you to review and you choose your favourites. We then meet up again and I go through the range of contemporary presentation options that I can offer for your portraits. These include large acrylics and box prints, and pictures printed directly on to wood and metal. Booking a session is as easy as giving me a call or sending an email, so please get in touch.

headshots for singers

February 4th, 2011

Here are some more recent headshots of musical theatre performer Nicki. At the moment you can see her on the television every Saturday evening on Take Me Out. She approached me because she needed some good black and white headshots for her new west end agent. So unusually for me these days the portrait photographs were taken in a studio environment.

Lighting here is a very simple one light set-up albeit with the fantastic profoto beauty dish and grid. Once you have used one of these it is difficult to see how you would ever go back! Both of these shots were just one light above and to the left of the sitter with no other reflectors. I was very pleased with the results. Nicki has used them for her agent and on singers pro and casting call pro.

headshots for business

February 4th, 2011

Here are a couple of photos from a recent business portrait or corporate headshot session in Manchester city centre. Darren wanted a portrait photograph taken for his author page in a book and journal articles.

The point of this post is really to show that not all business headshots involve a man in a suit and tie, and in fact many are the people and their respective business needs that can benefit from a stylish portrait. As usual the key to a good portrait is getting the client to relax and feel at ease. For the technically minded again this was taken with an 85mm f1.4, light typical manchester cloudy day, giving me very large natural softbox and nice soft light.

portrait photography – manchester castlefield

January 27th, 2010

These are the results from a recent portrait photography session at Castlefield, and Manchester city centre.  The main image is my favourite, taken near the townhall extension, just off Albert Square in Manchester. I am always looking for new interesting backdrops for my portrait photographs. Here I particularly like the repeating series of arches and the way that the shallow depth of field with the 85mm f1.4 throws them progressively out of focus Manchester. Could we have the latest catalogue model sensation on our hands?

Nikon D700, 85mm f1.4 AF-D, all shot wide open for minimum depth of field. The muted colours in this shot were achieved through attempting a bleach bypass effect in Aperture, moving the black point and adjusting the colour curves to get the desired effect.

Nikon D700 – out in the snow

January 10th, 2010

Though I would take my camera out and try and take advantage of the photographic possibilities offered by the recent arctic weather.  all shot at Chorlton waterpark and the meadows.

For the technically minded,  Nikon D700 and 85mm f1.4 af-d or 35mm f2 d, aperture priority +1.5ev exposure compensation for the snow.

Thought that I would also experiment with the manchester wedding landing page for my site.  Any comments gratefully received.

Nikon D700 – Who needs big lights?

November 28th, 2009

I just bought myself a new Nikon D700 and a 85mm f1.4.  The results are amazing.  I took this shot of my neighbour as a test of the d700’s lowlight capability.  It is difficult to describe how dark it was for this shot.

November in Manchester, late afternoon, pissing with rain, indoors at a north facing window, no lights just a reflector to model left.  3200asa, f2 1/160s handheld.  I think the results are amazing.