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“We’re all stories..in the end” Steven Moffat
Virtual Open Days for schools and colleges are becoming more and more popular especially since the Covid 19 pandemic.
Hall Green School chose to have a virtual open day this year and subsequently, asked me to produce a film for the school website. It illustrates the school ethos of ‘learning together and shaping the future’.
This pet portrait shoot was special. Little Max has been a part of the family for 11 years and Geema has had him since he was 9 weeks old.
The Newborn photoshoot for little Theo took place early in the year, just before the original lockdown for Covid-19. After what was a traumatic introduction into the world little Theo was warmly welcomed into the family!
Shooting male portraits requires a different approach to shooting women. Shaun and I had a great time shooting this session in the studio a few months ago and captured some great images. Although the lighting setups are almost identical there are key posing rules to remember that make male portraits visually pop and impress. I detail a few of these male posing tips here in this post.
A professional headshot is so important in the age of social media and the need for an online presence. Ciara Reed who is a classical Soprano and graduate from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, reached out for some images for just this purpose.
The family portrait shoot for the Bakers was the first family session that I had in the new studio. The Bakers had not had a professional studio shoot before and looked forward to some commemorative images for the family.
The Studio Portrait for Lufuidy began with a little confession that she was expecting not to like any of the photographs we would produce! Although I love a challenge, that was a sobering thought!
A Birmingham Headshot session for Matt Stone. Matt advised that he was in need of an updated headshot for his LinkedIn profile.
My modern portraits series began with “The Don” earlier in the year. This was the first shoot in my newly opened studio and it was Don’s first time in a photoshoot.
My Photography Studio is in Mary Street, the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham! A wonderful space, great for modern portraits.
Alrewas Hayes is a wedding venue in a beautiful country location and was the perfect setting for Liam and Estrianna’s wedding day.
The late summer wedding of Zak and Leah, with photographs at Aston Hall and the wedding breakfast at the New Cobden Hotel, Birmingham.
A spring wedding in April for Robert and Jackie came together wonderfully despite it being a month of showers and gales.
My day began capturing the groom’s arrival at the Kingdom Hall along with his greeting guests and family. Whatever warmth was lacking as regards the climate there was none missing among the happy smiles and meaningful hugs!
Holte School asked me to shoot an informative film detailing their IPeace restorative process. IPeace is a program developed by Dr Hilary Cremin who is a Senior Lecturer at Cambridge University, researching and teaching peace education and conflict resolution among pupils in schools. Her book Positive Peace in schools includes references to Holte School and it’s successes, adopting the IPeace program.
I really enjoy pre-wedding shoots! Here are the images for Liam and Estrianna at their reception venue, the wonderful Alrewas Hayes. We had a great time meeting up and walking the location in preparation for their wedding day in the summer. This modern, romantic venue in the country will contribute well to a memorable experience for them both. Afterall there is so much to like here.
This anniversary shoot for Shakiel and Hannah was for their second year. Two years have absolutely flown by and it was good to have both Shakiel and Hannah in front of the camera again. It was not as cold as on their wedding day, but we were all prepared just in case! In the end, it was fine. They both did their thing, which was great, especially in light of some challenges.
The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery began hiring out it’s venue for weddings earlier in the year. Jeff and Najma had a romantic wedding in the Waterhall before some wedding portrait specials with a Jurassic relic in the Gas Hall!
Recently I was commissioned by Birmingham City council to create some videos to outline the 2018 School Safeguarding Innovation Fund Award Winners. The innovative projects are detailed with narration from the project leads and examples of projects impacts and learnings.
Little Elyanna was born in September and we were fortunate to be able to shoot her just outside the suggested 10 days from her birth. Newborn posing is always easier at this age.
A summer evening wedding for Charlie and Yanan. The Vow, Photographs and Wedding Breakfast – The Boathouse, Sutton Park, Birmingham – 5pm – 2nd August 2018.
Natural light portrait session Birmingham – Shooting natural light portraits is a definite favourite of mine. With a few simple props and backgrounds, it’s amazing how many different variations of looks are possible.
We had a great Newborn Baby Photography session for the Smiths back in June, introducing little Malakai! Such a cute, happy little boy!
The British Indian Awards 2018 took place at the St John’s Hotel in Solihull, Birmingham on the Wednesday the 11th July. This event acknowledges the accomplishments of the British Indian community in a widely diverse range of industries throughout Britain.
James Woodhouse the RNLI Youth Education Manager presents an abbreviated breakdown of the Water Safety Code for BIrmingham Schools
A pre-wedding shoot for Charlotte and Andrew at the beautiful Bradgate Park was a great idea. Charlotte had suggested it as it is a park they both know well and frequent regularly being located a short drive from the centre of Leicester. It was my first time visiting the park and I did not know what to expect.
Couple Shoot Mailbox BIrmingham – The couple shoot for Abigail and Oscar took place early March on a wet, miserable Saturday afternoon. Having set the date for their wedding later in the year, Abigail and Oscar were looking for images to commemorate their engagement. Both had chosen canals and bridges as their preferred backdrop and as Birmingham is central for us, we thought the Mailbox and Brindley Place were ideal
Amy and Aaron’s engagement shoot took place on a day after heavy snow in March. We had identified Sutton Park as the shoot location, both choosing ‘Woodlands and Lakes’ as their preferred setting. I had Westwood Coppice in mind and was looking forward to seeing how the park looked with the snowy carpet.
Ansty Hall Hotel which belongs to the Macdonalds chain of hotels, was the perfect setting for this winter wedding. Rob and Lisa had chosen well and all were excitedly looking forward to how the hotel setting would fare with the snow fall that day. We were not disappointed! With the vows taking place not far away,
A City Wedding Birmingham for Dauntley and Simone. I have known them both for many years and this was a real privilege to shoot. The wedding vows were taken at the Birmingham Register Office and due to the weather, a quick trip to the Peace Gardens in Lee Bank, then, Handsworth Park.
Portrait Shoot | Birmingham with Foot Kindness business owner, Michelle Diedrick. Michelle runs a mobile friendly, foot health business and took some time-out to shoot some images and video for her promotion. Covering some important aspects to her role as a foot health practitioner, we then shot a ‘this is ME’ Portrait session as shown.
Sunny and Manisha had an Indian Wedding at Ragley Hall. It was a fantastic day at the brilliant 17th century mansion in Alcester. I had never shot here before and had never shot an Indian Wedding either, so I was really looking forward to the whole experience! I was not disappointed!
In December I shot the Hall’s ‘this is FAMILY’ lifestyle session in Sutton Park. It was great fun. Wall art for their landing at home was what they wanted, and we had more than a few candidates by the end of the shoot.
We feared the weather was going to be miserable, but it actually, was quite mild. We entered the park through the south entrance, Banners Gate and straight away loved the scenic elements.
In the middle of August, for me, the best month for a wedding, Roy and Donna had a really nice, small simple wedding. This was a wonderful gathering of family and friends, excited to witness the bride and groom taking their vows.
This was a great night for Charli. As a bridal shower it was well organised and with some good surprises with all the right emotions. The theme was a Kitchen Party. Loosely tailored, around the Zambian tradition, which consists of an all-female guest list, helping to prepare the bride-to-be for her new life.
A wonderful winter wedding for Nathanael and Shanice in Birmingham! In fact, this was a West Midlands special with the activities covering a fair distance.
The Vows – Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Bacchus Road, Winson Green
Photographs – Priory Park, Dudley
Wedding Breakfast and Evening Reception – The Village Hall, Worsbury
My first dabble in newborn photography was for this little one, Caleb.
We did the shoot in the family home two weeks after Caleb was born. It was an eventful afternoon to say the least – a nappy change, feeding session, clothing changes and the customary setup/ take down of lights, backdrop and props.
The wedding of Shakiel and Hannah was a family affair held on the 24th February 2017 in Dudley. We thought it would be rained off, set in the middle of a cold winter. But the heavens cleared and it was bright and the air was crisp.
After a few weeks sorting out my new website I am ready to start afreshr!
In June I attended the A-Z of Photography and Business Training course run by Aspire. It was a real help to shaping the way I see my business and making good use of various streams. Many thanks to the team there, the guidance received, was really valuable.
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