A couple of weeks ago I received a call from my friend Christian asking if I could take some pictures for him for some adverts he’s going to be producing. I packed up my lenses and lights and headed out to meet him.
Once I arrived at his house it became clearer as to what he was looking for so I set up and started shooting.
My camera and lighting set up for the shoot were my Canon 7D with the 17-40 with one light on a light stand, a flashgun on 1/4 power in a 80cm softbox, with a wireless trigger.
After moving some books around and making sure the fox could be seen we had one of the shots in the bag!
The second shot was going to be a little trickier; he had a really nice book shelf I wanted to include for the headshots but we didn’t have much space to move around. I found a composition that I really liked, placed Christian in position and placed my lighting stand with the softbox off to the left and started shooting.
After a couple of shots I was pretty happy with the images but there was something missing; the background was too dark. I placed a light off to the side and aimed it at the bookshelf. It was amazing to see the difference I was really happy.
Just then the sun started beaming in through the window, just enough to outline Christian’s jaw. I saw it. BAM! I got the shot. We were done!
This is my first blog post on my new blog!
I’ve known Alvin and Immy for a couple of years now, ever since I photographed their Engagement Party in 2014. I can’t believe that this time next week they will be walking down the aisle as a married couple!
I am extremely happy for them and excited for them to start their lives together.
Last night I met with them for their final photography consultation to discuss family photos and any last minute changes to the day. We rushed through the paper work and decided to go for a walk up to the Guildhall to take a look around.
Along the way, We decided to have a mini engagement photoshoot to give them an idea of what to expect for next week and also for me to see how comfortable they are in front of the camera. They were amazing, so relaxed and easy to direct.
We captured some beautiful pictures yesterday but this has to be one of my favourites, it was about 7 o’clock in the evening, the Sun was setting but there was a hint of light in the sky falling down of them. I love the closeness of this pose and it brings them close together.
You can see the rest of the images here.
In the later months of 2016 I met with a wonderful couple about photographing their wedding. They also had a few challenges for me. One of these challenges was photographing their Mandvo ceremony two days before their wedding.
On that day, I traveled up early to London to make sure everything would run on time. I jumped on the train with my luggage which was a little tricky but I made it to London. I checked into my hotel and prepared my equipment and made sure my shirt and trousers were ironed.
I arrived early at their house to set up my lights and meet the rest of the family, everyone was so nice and a real pleasure to meet.
As the Sun began to set, everyone took their places and we were ready to start.
Munira’s nieces were MC-ing event and explaining to the different rituals and the meanings behind them.
Overall it was a beautiful evening for everyone involved and lovely way to kick off the festivities with their family.
I had never photographed a Mandvo ceremony before but it was really interesting to observe the different rituals and I came away with a variety of beautiful pictures some of which you can see here.
Now I can not wait to photograph my next Mandvo Ceremony.