Old Kent Barn Wedding

It’s been ages since my last blog, I have been really busy but I now have a bit of down time to reflect on the last few weeks. I have been taking portraits, corporate shoots and even video shorts and a couple of weeks ago I was really fortunate to photograph the wedding of Katie and Jamie at the Old Kent Barn in Kent. We were really lucky to have perfect weather all day and everyone was really relaxed and enjoying the day. I am finding that with weddings, as my photography evolves, I am enjoying telling the story of the day. I still love those standout images where I can find the best lighting and location and guide my clients, however I think that showing the emotion of the day is of equal or greater importance, so I put in as much effort as I can to place myself where these moments can be captured. Part of my brief for the wedding  was “I want you to capture the first time he see’s me”.  No pressure then…….. The point is of course that you get no second chances with this, had I said “Oops I missed that, can you look the happiest you have ever felt again please” would have been unacceptable. I like to think that I caught some of the emotions on the day and I have enclosed a few...
Portrait Shoot – Horsham Photographer

Portrait Shoot – Horsham Photographer

Good morning on this rather dull and overcast Monday, It’s been a while since my last blog so I thought I would add a few pictures from a recent studio shoot. Part of the brief was to show the emotion/feeling between the couples, so no pressure then. This is often a challenge, especially if the models are not professional. This is very common and completely understandable as for a lot of people, seeing photographs of themselves can be a disappointing experience. Bad lighting and poor posing can lead some people to think that they are not photogenic, add this to the fact that a lot of people don’t know what to expect when they walk into a studio and you have a recipe for potential disaster. In this case, some of the clients told me that they were not confident in front of a camera so it was important to take the “fear” out of the process. Now every photographer has their own method to make someone relax and about the only “No No” is to stick someone in front of the camera after 2 minutes of arrival and get them to say cheese. In this case I spent some time just having a chat about what they wanted and letting them see that there was nothing scary in the process. It can also sometimes help to have a crib sheet of images from Pinterest or similar site to give them and yourself inspiration and explore the different styles of pictures with the client. Another method that I sometimes use is to tether a laptop to my camera so...

Wedding Details – Horsham

Wedding Detail Hello from Singularis Photography, today I am going to speak about an important aspect of weddings. Of course I am talking about photographing the details and decorations on the day. An important part of my job is to tell the story of the events during the day and that includes highlighting the efforts made by the couple to make their day unique.   I have found that couples approach this aspect of the day from various different angles. Some people employ professional companies to supply goods and services, while others use the skills and assistance of friends, family or their own talents. Whatever route they take it’s always a surprise and a pleasure to try and record those details in an imaginative and creative way. One of the advantages of photographing these details, is that I can often use the natural light to try and capture the atmosphere without using flash which can sometimes affect this aspect.   Another thing that I often try, is to take pictures from different angles or highlight important aspects of the detail. It’s important as a photographer to notice small details and if this can improve the picture, or show aspects of the object that might have been missed at first sight.  It’s great fun to look at an object and notice colour, shape or form and then explore how the light falls and try and take a creative picture. Obviously, the priority on the day is to record the people and most importantly the couple who are getting married, however showing these details is an important part of the story...
Wedding Photographer – Horsham

Wedding Photographer – Horsham

Practice Practice Practice For me, one of the most important things a photographer can do is to practice their craft. Sometimes, it’s to easy to stay in your comfort zone and keep to poses or styles that you know will work, add that to the pressure to get things right for the client on the day and I am sure that we can understand the attraction. However, as photographers it’s vital that we maintain our skills and improve our work. One of the ways I do this is by using professional models in a styled shoot, and I find there are a number of advantages to this. Professional models tend to be relaxed, confident and experienced in front of a camera, this in turn gives me confidence and increases the likely hood of obtaining a good image. They tend to have experience of posing, including positioning of their body and hands, this serves as a foundation to work on and again is a great help. The better models are used to working with a wide range of photographers and so will often collaborate and come up with good idea’s to help you. They are often skilled at make up, very useful when funds are tight or you can’t get a make up artist. A styled shoot gives me the freedom to try new idea’s, as well as experiment with different lighting in different locations. Most importantly, it gives me the freedom to make mistakes, lot’s and lot’s of mistakes. It does not matter if I mess up the focus or the exposure on my own shoot, that’s a luxury...

Family Bluebell Photography – West Sussex

The bluebells have been out in the woods in West Sussex and we were asked to take some photographs for Kate and her family. They have access to a private wood and once we had the chance to have a look around, we realised we would have the opportunity to take pictures of some beautiful woodland complete with masses of bluebells. The brief for the shoot was to take their pictures in a relaxed style. Now this may sound easy, but in actual fact as a portrait photographer even relaxed pictures sometimes need to be planned to make the best use of the area. As I mentioned before we were lucky enough to go the wood the week before and so we were able to find the area’s of the wood with the most flowers. The other useful aspect of checking the venue is that you save yourself and the client time. It’s much better to have an idea of where the best opportunities for effective photographs are situated, this then leaves more time to actually take pictures and leaves the client more comfortable. The other useful aspect is that the time between the reconnaissance and the shoot can be used to think and reflect on the types of pictures that you might want to obtain. The final issue was that we quickly realised that the wood was very wet and boggy and that to get the pictures would require appropriate clothing. The reason being that for the shots I had in mind I would have to get down to ground level, which meant laying on the floor i.e...

Childrens’ Photography – Bella and Jos Toys

Bella and Jos Toys Hello from us at Singularis Photography based in Horsham West Sussex, check out our latest blog about our photographic session with Bella and Jos. Today I am going to speak about a shoot we did last weekend with Vikki from Bella and Jos toys. Now for those of you who don’t know she is based in Horsham and sells gorgeous wooden toys from around the world, but rather than taking pictures of the toys on their own, she wanted some pictures of children actually playing with and enjoying the toys. Fortunately for all of us she has some lovely friends who let us use a large light airy room, not only that but we were able to borrow some of her friends children to act as models. Saturday Fun  So on the day myself, Dee and Vikki had lot’s of toys ready and all that was required was to add children. For those of you looking to take up photographing young children, there is no better experience for a photographer looking to capture natural shots, if they are allowed to relax and in this case play with toys. Now obviously the purpose of the shoot was also to show some of the range of toys that are available, so there was a degree of asking our young models to sit on cars and scooters. However, while I was doing this Dee was taking natural light un-posed pictures. The other thing to remember is that children can sometimes become bored or restless, so the Mums and Dad’s were on hand to look after them, entertain or...

Family Shoot – St Mary’s Church Horsham

Family Photographs at St Mary’s Church Horsham Hello from Singularis Photography, today I thought I would update my blog with one of our recent family shoots that took place at St Mary’s Church Hall in Horsham. We were asked by the Turner family to take a portrait of all of their siblings together with their Mother and Father. This was a total of 15+ people aged from 1 year to slightly older and required a few organisational skills as well as a bit of space. From a technical point of view it’s always interesting lighting a large group of people and we had fun, positioning people to the best effect. The other issue is to ensure that everyone is relaxed, looking happy and feeling their best. It only needs a couple of people blinking or looking uncomfortable, but when you look at the picture afterwards it’s the first thing you notice. I always try to make the process as much fun as possible and hopefully that comes through on the pictures. At no stage was the word Cheese mentioned during the process. Sophie and Alex Engagement The other aspect of this shoot was the fact that my niece Sophie was present with her boyfriend Alex. Now Alex had involved me in a cunning plan, as in asking Sophie to marry him after the shoot and wanted me to record the moment she (hopefully) said yes.  Now I have to admit that this was a first for me as I have never recorded the actual big question before, but after thinking of the practicalities I said, go for it. The...
Wedding in Hotel Du Vin Brighton

Wedding in Hotel Du Vin Brighton

Wedding in Hotel Du Vin Brighton This weekend we were chuffed to be invited to a wedding in the Hotel Du Vin in Brighton. On this occasion we were guests of Maz and Rob, however I could not resist taking my camera for a few informal snaps. The good thing about this, was the fact that I could leave the official photographer to work their magic. Obviously, I made sure that I did not get in their way and that meant that I was free to try a few reportage shots in natural light without flash. As I have mentioned before, this gives the opportunity to stand back and catch genuine emotional and candid pictures. Flash or Natural Light Obviously, there is always a balance between the two techniques. Technically perfect pictures with flash can sometimes distract the subject and spoil spontaneity and this has to be considered when taking photographs against the prevailing natural light. There is only so far that you can raise the ISO before the noise in the image ruins the picture and we photographers always have to take this into account.  In the case of Maz and Rob’s wedding, although the room had lots of natural light, as the couple were taking their vows, they were standing against a window with the light behind them.  These are not the best conditions for a photographer to get a good picture, so to overcome this it’s perfectly acceptable to use a technique called fill in flash,  this bounces light into the darker areas and lifts the picture. However this can also effect the quality and distract the...

Tudor Barn Wedding

Good morning from Singularis Photography, I thought that I would include a series of pictures that I took last year, at the wedding of Lyndsay and Bradley at Tudor Barn in Eltham. As you can see, they are all in Black and White and in a natural reportage style. I positioned myself at the back of the room with a 70-200mm lens to capture the emotion and excitement of the couple as they repeated their vows. In this case I did not use any flash and just relied on natural light, with a higher ISO to compensate. Now obviously there is always a technical trade off when you do this, but for me this is more than compensated by the opportunity to capture genuine emotion. As you can see, the couple were great fun and enjoyed every moment of the...
Wedding in Lydd

Wedding in Lydd

Good afternoon from Singularis Photography in Horsham. So today I thought I would speak about what it takes to be a wedding photographer. In particular I will speak about using anything at the venue to always get the picture. In July last year we were fortunate to photograph the wedding of Tim and Diane in Lydd. Even better was the fact that not only was the Church really attractive, but that the couple had their reception in a Marquee on a farm. We had access to all sorts of farm machinery, fields and hay bales and plenty of space. The weather on the day was great and we were able to spend time trying out all sorts of different shot’s. Tim and Diane were really up for having some fun shot’s and as you can see with the attached pictures, I made the best use of everything there, even if it meant standing 20ft up on an aerial platform. They also had access to a vintage soft top VW Beetle as their wedding car, so again it was another opportunity for some fun shot’s.  As a wedding photographer in East Sussex I think it’s important to make the day as enjoyable as possible. It’s a celebration after all, so I always try and reflect this on the day.  Here are a few pictures that show what I...