Charity Golf Day – Photography at Ruxley Park Golf Club

Charity Golf Day – Photography at Ruxley Park Golf Club

I was approached by a friend of mine recently, about taking some photographs for a charity event. He has a few friends from the Nepalese community and was obviously aware of the disaster in Nepal and the work within their community to help people over there. However, my friend is not the kind of man to put £20 in a collection tin and forget about things. Within a few weeks he had organised a Charity Golf day at Ruxley Park Golf club in Orpington . It grew to include 70+ players, a barbecue as well as a raffle and other prizes to raise money. Some of the players included members of the famous Gurkha’s, which as I am sure most people know have a well deserved reputation within the British forces. They organisers were fortunate that one of their officers attended to give support and present the prizes.He was in full uniform with his chest full of medals and it was quite touching to see the affection from the other players and guests. It was almost as if a celebrity had attended, the difference being of course that this man has actually done something to earn the attention. I spent a very pleasant few hours taking photographs of the guests, players and family members. However my most frequent request was from a long line of men asking “Can I have a picture with the Gurkha Officer please”.  I was happy to oblige and the day was a pleasure from start to finish....

Photographer – Howletts and Port Lympne Park

Hello again from Singularis Photography. It was my birthday recently and so I was treated to a trip to Howletts and Port Lympne animal parks. For those who don’t know, it’s aim is one of conservation and it is taking steps to halt the extinction of rare and endangered species in the wild. Having seen the house and read about him, it seems that John Aspinall was certainly a colourful character, with both admirer’s and critics. What can’t be denied is the success of the work in breeding and releasing endangered species into the wild. It was fascinating to see the animals, some of whom were in cages and others roaming in larger fenced area’s. I don’t pretend to have a knowledge of conservation, but it seems that with these animals and their habitat under threat, this is a step in the right direction to preserving some of these amazing creatures. Obviously, I had my camera with me and as Portrait Photographer it was hard not to resist the incredible faces of some of the Gorilla’s and other primates in the enclosures. When you get close to them and see their expression and features, it just makes you realise what a tragedy it would be,if they were to become extinct. Unfortunately, I could only take pictures through the cages and so it was rather difficult to capture them the way I wanted. I am not expecting David Attenborough to come calling, however I have enclosed a few photographs of my efforts.    ...

Commercial Photography – Horsham

Having mentioned my Isle of Man experience on my home page I thought I would share my thoughts of this event.So, how to explain the TT, well imagine a 37.7 mile race course consisting of your local high street, country lanes and a mountain pass. Add some safety features to some of the more dangerous bit’s, then imagine racers riding round it at an average speed of 130 mph and reaching speeds of 170 + mph. Having ridden bikes for a number of years, I thought I was used to speed, so when my friend half warned me that my first reaction when I saw the racers going at full pelt would be ******* **** , I did not believe him. “Let’s go to Bray Hill he say’s, that will give you a good idea”. So, it’s the first day of practice and I am standing at the bottom of the hill. The first 2 bikes went past, well I think they did because all I saw was a blur, a howl of engine noise and some sparks. I don’t care who you are or what you have done, this is the most dangerous thing you can do on two wheels. The skill and bravery of the riders is beyond anything I have ever seen and my first reaction really was ******* ****. My second reaction was, as a Portrait Photographer, how do I capture this experience ? This may well be a future blog, but for now I will just show pictures of my efforts...
Portrait Photography – Horsham

Portrait Photography – Horsham

It’s been a while since my last blog, so I thought I would show an example of a recent shoot I took part in. As a portrait photographer in Horsham it’s important to work with other photographers to learn new skills. I was fortunate to be included in a workshop along with a number of other professionals to receive some training from Bjorn Thomassen, who is extremely well respected within the industry and hugely qualified. He is based in Cornwall but made the trip to London to pass on some of his knowledge. Now it’s a well worn cliche, but sometimes less is more. Bjorn used a simple off camera studio flash with just one head,a battery pack and softbox to create some lovely images of our model. Another learning curve for me was the practical application of the inverse square law with regard to the lighting. It was interesting for us to see how just moving and controlling the light in imaginative and interesting ways made such a difference. For a photographer, understanding light is probably the most important thing we do and speaking for myself, you can never do enough when it comes to understanding and practising this aspect of our craft. Fortunately, Bjorn is a master of his art and a great teacher so we all learnt a lot and came away with some practical examples of our training. So impressed was I in fact, that I signed up for three day’s of one to one mentoring with Bjorn down in Cornwall. I will be showing the result’s of this in a future...