Want to get the best pictures possible? Here’s how….

It goes without saying that when you commission us or any professional photographer to capture you, it’s important that you get the best possible pictures – right?

When you have found someone who’s images blow you away, who you feel you can connect with on a friendship level, you are almost 100% there but there is one thing that can almost guarantee perfect pictures….

Great light

…. and there is one other factors that can absolutely guarantee great pictures…

GOLDEN HOUR!

 

 

As I am writing this it is a cold February day.  It’s dark, grey and a drizzly.  The summer seems so far away but officially it is spring in less than 20 days!

In no time at all the clocks will change.  It’ll start to warm up and then before you know it we’re back doing what we love!  Out in the sunshine capturing beautiful pictures.

 

So lets get back to the topic – Golden hour.

If you have not heard of this yet, Golden hour is the time around sunset when just before the sun goes down you get the most gorgeous dream light that you could ever wish for.

As photographers we are always looking for the best light.  Sometimes it’s right in front of you, sometimes you have to look for it, but always, it is the lifeblood of what we do.

Skin tones, colours everything look amazing at golden hour, and we will always use it whenever we can.

It’s always important that there is an open line of communication with us, your photographers.  Before any shoot, wedding or family we will always discuss timings and what you can expect from the session.  With weddings the timings and flow of the day are crucial for us to work the photography around you and make sure we are making the absolute best of what light is available.

When it comes to planning and thinking about how your timeline will fit in with sunset it is always worth having a quick look to see when the sunset time is for your wedding day.  Even in the winter there is still a small window when the golden hour can give us the most stunning winter light!

So what can you do to make this happen?

Well for starters don’t worry too much.  Although there is a small window of time when we have this light available to us it normally fit’s perfectly into the timeline of a summer wedding.  After speeches and before the evening reception is the perfect time to go for a wander and make the most of this special opportunity.

As soon as the light is getting softer, we’ll come find you!

Generally on a wedding day it is our style to work around you and give you plenty of time to spend enjoying your day and let the photography fit around you but golden hour is the one time when I’ll say ‘right drop what you’re doing!  This light is too gorgeous to miss!’  Unless you are in the middle of speeches of course!

With that in mind, try not to have your speeches too late – Golden hour is worth the wait and it’ll be a shame to miss it!

So what about planning a family session?

Well once again it’s worth looking at google and seeing when the sunset is happening on your the day of your shoot.  We will of course look at this and always go for an evening shoot first if that is possible for you.

When it comes to small children obviously this can be a problem, especially if it is the height of summer and sunset isn’t till late.

With that in mind though even late afternoon is still nice light and if you think they will stretch to a later session then it would be worth trying it.  A lot of children can see it as a treat to be up late playing on the beach or running through the woods.

For anyone that has been in front of our camera will know that it’s all about the experience.  It’s about storytelling.

We love to capture the warmth and glow of real people that love and appreciate each other.  The most important thing is that you look great but also that we’re capturing a moment.

What better way to do this then being surrounded by one of the most beautiful but simple things

Sunset

It’s something that happens everyday, but it can be so easily missed with all the hectic things we have going on in our minds.

It is a direct connection to how photography can fit into our lives – something special you do every now and then to capture and appreciate the wonderful people in your life.

Much like a sunset – a wonderful and natural thing that every now and then we take a moment to appreciate how beautiful it is.



As you can tell we are hugely passionate about light, love and moments.  Get in contact with us now to book an appointment and discuss how our expertise can help you get the pictures you will love forever.

Best Of Family 2016

We are well into 2017 now so I can just about get away this post!

It’s February, it’s cold, and as much as I quite like the winter I am now wishing the spring would hurry and get here!

One thing that is lovely about this time of year is it gives us the space to look at life and business and think about what we want out of the year ahead.  Photography is a wonderful tool to help give some perspective.

With the winter now dragging on a bit too long it’s the perfect moment to reflect on the year that has just passed and all the amazing moments that we managed to capture on film.

We were very lucky in 2016 as although many found last year to be a tough one (and not that we didn’t have our up’s and downs) on the whole it was an amazing year!  With Anna turning thirty-ten and a year of many significant birthdays for close friends and family there were a ton of celebrations, plenty of travel and some amazing experiences that our kids Nate & Marnie will never forget.

I often talk and write about beauty in the everyday moments.  About seeing all the imperfections as actually being quite perfect and so I vow this year to capture as many of these perfect everyday moments as I can. #arteveryday

***Don’t let the year go by without capturing your special family moments – Contact us now to book your family portrait session***

Why Shoot Film?

Film is Alive!!

In a world of digital, where everything is instant and urgent, film is finding its place among people that appreciate the art of slowing things down. In recent times we have seen a revival of classic traditions and slower lifestyle choices – vinyl has made a huge comeback for appreciating timeless music, the slow eating movement is popular among people that want to escape their screens and savour their gatherings with good food.  Probably one of the biggest returns to a classic medium is film photography.

The wedding industry has definitely embraced the nostalgic look and feel of film.  With it’s pastel tones and beautiful colour palette, film is not just some quirky fad that appeals to people because it’s trendy.  Digital shooters are desperate for their pictures to look like film but it is a look that is currently unique to film users only.  There is a Facebook group called ‘Looks Like Film’ which is dedicated to showcasing photographers work that looks like film and whilst there is some fantastic work on there, most of the work featured definitely does not do what it says on the tin!

The look of film is unique and what does it have in common with couples?  So are they!

A wedding day is a one off celebration of everything unique to two people and two families.  It’s a day like no other and for most people a once in a lifetime experience.  It’s a time when social media takes a back seat and people live in the moment.  What better way to capture it then on the timeless medium of film.

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So lets talk about the physical difference between film and digital.

It has a softness to it that simply looks beautiful.  A bit like the crackles on a record, film is not as sharp as digital.  It has a lack of quality that makes it perfect for photographing people.  digital has reached a stage now where every flaw and every wrinkle is absolutely pin sharp but with film there is a natural softness.  Just by it’s very nature it is more flattering.

Imperfection is beautiful!

Next is the colour!  Probably THE most important aspect of shooting film.

We use several different cameras but the main workhorse is our Hasselblad H2 which is a medium format 645 camera.  It is the Rolls Royce of medium format and Hasselblad has always been considered the best cameras in the world.

With this camera coupled with either Fuji or Kodak colour film just produces the most stunning colours.  Skin tones look exactly how they should look (no pink, purple or orange skin tones with film) and the overall colour palette just looks beautiful.
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Ok so Technical alert!!!

Film has an enormous latitude when it comes to exposure.  A piece of film reacts to light very differently to how a digital sensor does.  If you over expose on digital then that’s it, the detail is gone!  Modern digital camera’s shooting RAW files are hugely versatile when it comes to retrieving information from a badly exposed image but with film it is not a problem.  With Kodak Portra 400 you can over expose by unto 8 stops and it’ll still show detail in the highlights.

Why is this important?

Well here in the UK we shoot most of our pictures in the afternoon when the sun is at it’s highest.  The light is massively contrasty and so bright that digital struggles to cope with the huge range between highlight an shadow.  For film this is where it thrives.  2017-01-09_0016.jpg

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Ok so let’s talk Black & White.

Black and white film is where things get truly artisan.  To get digital to look like film, black and white is probably the easiest to replicate but still once again the real deal just cannot be beat!  There is one main reason Grain.

Grain is everything to the way that film is structured.  It is the intangible beauty that makes black and film photography so timeless.  When you look back on classic photos from our history – John & Jackie Kennedy’s wedding pictures, Princess Diana by Mario Testino it is the grain and the movement and the imperfections that make the imperfect so absolutely perfect.

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Freedom by being limited!

There are SD cards that are now 128Gb.  I don’t know how many thousand images that would capture but I do know that 1 roll of 120 film is 16 frames!  That’s right 16!

We realised very early on that time is the thing we value above all else and time on a wedding day is crucial.  With film we’re not taking our couples away for 40 minutes or an hour+ for photos because we don’t need it!

We are carefully considering each and every frame.  With our experience we know how to give direction that will relax you and allow us to get the images that matter.  How long do we need??

10 Minutes!

10 minutes during the day and 10 minutes at sunset is all we need.  Just several rolls of film to get fabulous images and giving you all the time you need to enjoy your wedding day.

With a limited number of shots comes a space to be more artful.  to consider each image before clicking the shutter.  To allow time and space for you both to ease into being in front of the camera.

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There are a ton of reasons why we shoot film but lastly one other factor…

It’s just so damn cool!

Like a 1970 Fender Rhodes electric piano, Like an original Eames Chair, like a vinyl copy Sgt Peppers – film just has the X Factor!

Everybody has something in their lives that is 100% first class.  Even if they were billionaires this one thing would still have huge value to them.  That is what film is…

Luxury, Authentic, Timeless, Beautiful…

 

Contact us right now to discuss your very special wedding plans.  Email HERE