Delighted to receive a Wedding Award (Highly Commended) in the ‘Wedding Avant Garde’ category, for this image taken in Dartmouth at Frankie & Nathan’s wonderful wedding! This is a personal favourite image of mine, so I was very pleased to be selected!
I’ll keep this blog short, but just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to all the models who came to the studio this Sunday for what was my biggest shoot to date. I cannot disclose what the images are being used for yet, but all will be revealed soon!
Also, another big THANK YOU to Estelle Smith of Be Lush, Laura Spencer, Debs Miller and Candice Pond for all their amazing Make-Up and Hair. concidering the number of models we were working with I was amazed how well we ran to schedule!
Here is a Sneeky-Peek of the first image edited from the shoot….
Something a little different for me last weekend!
I don’t often shoot men, and it was suggested to me that something contemporary with a male model might be good for my portfolio of images… so that’s what I’m working on at the moment.
Myself and model Hannah Williams met up with model Adam Phillips (25) last weekend to get some beach shots and do exactly that! Adam is competing in the Plymouth Calendar Men Competition at the moment (the finals of which I believe are on the 25th July in Plymouth at the Oceana Club, tickets are £7 and can be purchased at www.plymouthcalendarmen.co.uk).
I wanted the images to really reflect what sexy means, from a female point of view…. warm summers, beautiful people in the water, summer love, kisses on the neck… and I’m pleased with the results! Adam can be contacted for modelling work through his Facebook page by CLICKING HERE.
Below is my Final Contemporary Image of Adam, and the beach shots can also be seen here.
On 26th June 2013 Dylan and I made a trip to The Royal Photographic Society in Bath to witness the live judging of my Associate Panel, which I had applied for at the beginning of this year to be judged.
I was a nervous wreck when I arrived I have to say! After spending some time studying the Fellowship Exhibition of Roy Elwood FRPS on arrival, and then watching Dylan struggle with the coffee machine; we were taken up to the room for assessments. I believe there were 19 of us in total being assessed on that day, all submitting Visual Art Photography panels, and not just from the UK – I believe there were international submissions including one from China.
After an introduction to the Judging Panel, and a few words from Ben Fox (RPS Distinctions) we were ready! I did not get to see how it was done on anyone first which I had hoped might be the case, as low and behold I was up first! (In hind sight this was a very good thing, as I was anxious for each and every one of those Photographer as they eagerly awaited their turn, and I’m not sure I would have liked the waiting)!
We started with Peter Hayes FRPS reading out my ‘Statement of Intent’ which was aptly titled ‘Portraiture as Art’. Then there was total silence as the 5 judges perused my images. I have to say I felt very proud sitting there, they were a cross section of my favourite images produced to date, and as a panel I could see that they all worked well together in the order I had agonised over and eventually put them in.
After what seemed like a long time the Judges were ready to share their comments. Dylan and I listened to the feedback Eagerly. The comments were positive and words like ‘Exciting’ and ‘Beautifully Produced’ were used… one judge did reflect that though she wasn’t sure she would want a portrait of herself like that, she could certainly appreciate this was a good panel and liked what she saw…. The chairman then had a few words to say about my panel, his feedback was so good I was quite choked up listening! So after a vote it was announced that I had been successful!
We then sat and watched all the other panels, some of the work was absolutely stunning. There was a successful panel of flowers in vases which took my breath away. A panel of images taken of old ship wrecks all over the country, again; stunning work, and several more that I really enjoyed. I believe from the whole day there were only 7 or 8 passes so I am now regarding myself as extremely lucky to have done so well! After the awards I received some lovely comments (when we allowed to speak again!) and being told I should go for my FRPS really started me thinking on the way home!
The journey home went so quickly! Dylan and I discussed all the feedback, what a great day it had been experiencing a live assessment (would definitely recommend every photographer to do this, you will gain so much from it, listening to individuals who really know what they are talking about), and what I could do to start improving and exploring new ideas I have had for my work. Gaining my ARPS has now given me the confidence to start taking my ideas and creativity to a whole new level.
I would like to thank the following people, as it is down to them that I have passed, and for all the feedback I have received from them…
Chairman: Rikki O’Neill
Panel: Anne Sutcliffe, Trevor Gellard, Richard Walton, Ann Miles, and Iain McGowan
RPS: Ben Fox and Simon Vercoe
I am delighted to tell you that my recent image of model Paula Hames – ‘Missing You’, has received a Gold Award in the SWPP monthly competitions.
If you look deep in to her eyes you will get a sense of a woman missing a loved one and longing to be close to them once again, this is the emotion the model wanted to portray, and this is the first image in a series I am currently working on, inspired by emotions, reflection the subject’s expression.
Here it is – hope you like it.
On Friday night I travelled with my bride-to-be Karma out in to the Devonshire countryside to stay in a beautiful retreat known as Mitchelcroft. Such a stunning location and owned by a fabulous family (The family of the infamous Basil Brush no less – Boom Boom!). There Karma took time to prepare for the incredible wedding day which was waiting for her. I took the time to capture a few shots of the dress, shoes and all the other wedding details.
The next morning we were up bright and early, ready to prepare for the big day. After breakfast looking out over the breath-taking scenery, Karma’s mum arrived and we proceeded to get her in to the dress and take further photo’s. The car arrived and we were then off to the wedding location, the Bishops Court, Exeter.
On our arrival we were greeted by many Peacocks and the Bridesmaids who were waiting to catch a glimpse of the beautiful bride. Dylan had already arrived and was busy photographing Andrew the Groom, Best man and Ushers.
The ceremony took place in the most beautiful banquet hall in the building. The natural light flooding in from the beautiful old windows – a treat for any photographer who more often than not has to deal with low light conditions during weddings and civil ceremonies. The ceremony was beautiful. There were tears (some mine) specially versed words, and plenty of smiles – from everyone!
Following the ceremony we went into the grounds of the building for group photographs. And a welcome drink for guests. The sun was shining (which was a relief to us all following thunder storms and heavy rain the previous evening)! After a few more photo’s of the couple we were off! Time to head for Paignton Zoo for a reception with a difference… this was the bit I was really looking forward to as Dylan and I had never shot a wedding there previously.
On arrival the Zoo had prepared a ‘High Tea’ with traditional Devonshire Cream Teas and a room which had been decorated in a Vintage theme. Just a little something to keep the guests going until they ate later on in the evening. I have to say this was a nice touch, and the hard work put in by the Zoo to make Andrew & Karma’s wedding perfect was consistent throughout the entire day.
The Bride & Groom decided it would be nice to spend a short amount of time having a walk around the park… a little time out – time to take a breather, and of course to have a look at the animals. The last time I had been to the Zoo was with my daughter, my friend Gina and her little girl, when I recall being captivated by a crocodile and spending some time photographing it, so I was definitely looking forward to a bit more wildlife photography now!
After taking a look at the monkeys, being fascinated by the lopsided owl and seeing an abundance of animals we arrived at the huge Tiger enclosure. I have never seen one before. On the previous times I have been they were usually tucked away somewhere asleep, but on this occasion we could not only see one Sumatran Tiger asleep but another sunbathing for all to see. The four of us went up close to the glass viewing panel and tapped on it to try and get the big cat’s attention… apologies Paignton Zoo, we probably shouldn’t have been doing that! The Tiger ignored us entirely, I guess he is sick of people doing that! I suggested to Karma that perhaps she should shake her dress about as it was bright white – it could act like a red flag to a bull and get the Tiger’s attention! She did it – and it did! The Tiger fled over, I posed Karma and Andrew – the Tiger stood between them for one split second, click, then he turned and left! Talk about being in the right place at the right time! I looked at the back of my camera and could not actually believe the image staring back at me. There were a few other people stood around watching, and as we walked away from the enclosure we all joked that honestly apart from us and the other people who saw nobody is ever going to believe what actually happened!
During the evening, the wedding party moved to the spacious function room at the Zoo, which looks out over the lake and trees with monkeys swinging to and fro. A BBQ was laid on in the warm evening light and all the guests began to party. As a performer herself Karma had a selection of singers that she knew come along to perform and she herself took a turn to sing too. The first dance had been carefully choreographed by Karma and included a bit of the youtube wedding favourite ‘Baby Got Back’! Dancers joined in, the guests cheered and it was fabulous to watch.
What a Wedding! There were so many special moments I will never forget…
Following the wedding I have to say Karma and Andrew’s world has gone crazy – so has ours! The photo we took has gone viral. It has been seen by millions on TV, featured in many national and international papers, viral on Twitter and Facebook and now various magazines and a wedding magazines are publishing it. There are many who love the image and have expressed their excitement to see such a fantastic moment with an incredible endangered creature captured and a lot of sceptics too who would like to believe the image is not real… I guess the only people that really know if this happened were those of us who were there at that one fleeting and amazing moment, and nothing can take that away from us!
For me, I feel incredibly honoured to have been part of such an amazing wedding thanks to Karma and Andrew… the Tigerbomb was just such a very small part of what was an amazing day. The Sumatran Tiger is a critically endangered species, so I guess we are incredibly lucky to have been so close to one for such a small amount of time… Typical, I went all the way to the Ooty jungle in India and never caught sight of one – but I go to Paignton and see one!
If all the hype which has surrounded Karma and Andrews wedding over this picture raises awareness for these Tigers in any small way, or it brings attention to the incredible job that Paignton Zoo do in keeping these creatures safe and well on a daily basis… then all the craziness has most definitely been worth it!
Congratulations Karma and Andrew, Dylan and I would like to wish you many many happy years together as man and wife.