Category: Portraits & Studio

Colourful Bottle Photos

Colourful Bottle Photos

I shot some product photos last year for Torview Wines of their wine bottles. These were standard product images on a white background. I wanted to reshoot them and try something a bit more interesting.

I planned to shoot them on a great background this time, but a wanted to add some colour to them.

I didn’t have time to shoot all 3 bottles, so just did 2 along with the colour processing.

First up, the Dornfelder.

Second, the Rondo

If I get a chance, I’ll shot the last one.

Sports Fitness Portraits

Sports Fitness Portraits

I recently had the opportunity to take some photos for a lady who owns a gym.

This was a great chance to create some interesting images which were more than just a standard portrait.

We shot a range of sports styles, Boxing and Weights and even threw in a football at the end for some fun.

I set up a punch bag and we got to work…

Adding a bit of movement and smoke to create a bit of atmosphere…

Then time for a rest…

a little bit of showing off the gloves and posing with them.

We shoot some photos with the weights too.

I then wanted to try a boxing ring set up where she posed for some photos that I would then add in the ropes and background in post editing.

I had some metal textures, so put those in to make them look a more more ‘fight clubish’

I did a similar thing to the football images I took and created this.

I was really pleased with how all of these turned out, especially as some where a bit of any experiment on the processing side.

Digital Backgrounds

Digital Backgrounds

Last year I created a lot of digital backgrounds (which are available to buy) that can be used to add texture to a plain background in a portrait photo.

For example, the photo below shows the portrait, taken again against a plain white background and processed in Lightroom. I have then added a digital texture overlay in Photoshop and blended into the background area. Move the slider to see the result.

As you can see, it adds a little interest to the back and make it look as if it is taken against material and a texture.

I have also been creating some smoke overlays. These really add atmosphere to the photos and can give some dramatic results.

It can even be made to look like fire.

Digital backgrounds can even be used to make photos look old and as with the next photos, like a painting on textured paper.

You can see more examples of this in my Textures Gallery below or buy them from my Etsy shop, or use the links in the blogs sidebar.

Old Cameras

Old Cameras

So, following on from my bottles I decided to photograph some old cameras.

I love old cameras and have a couple myself, but I wanted to created some product style photos but, just straight forward shots on a white back. So nothing fancy to make the photo look old, just clean cut.

I started with an oldie.

and worked my way through the years, this one from the 50s

60s or 70s I believe

then, my first ever camera

right up to a modern day DSLR (albeit a few years old now)

I wanted a low angle on the cameras to make them stand out a bit. I did change the angle a bit on the SLR, but prefer the others.

This is a very simple setup and one I can teach anyone who wanted to take a product style shot. Very quick to do and requires virtually no post editing either.

More Photos Shoots

More Photos Shoots

In my last post, I spoke about doing a lot of portraits shoots recently.

Well, I have been busy. I’ve been doing a lot of Lightroom training and also Photography tuition on a 1-2-1 basis. Its kept me very busy.

In between all of that, I have also been doing more photo shoots!

I did a test business portrait session with a person and they were so pleased with the result, they said the photos were going straight on their website.

In another session, I photographed a boxer, it was one of his pastime activities and we did a range of photos in his boxing gear.

I took some great black and whites too, this one was with a base jumping pack

Other photo shoots this month include a Leather shoot with lots of leather jackets and some cosplay gear. I did some photos for a lady wanting to increase her modelling portfolio with some head hair and makeup photos, in a light gothic style and an unusual shoot with chains and handcuffs!

My last shoot of the year will be a Christmas Maternity shoot.

Photo Shoots of Many Types

Photo Shoots of Many Types

Just recently I seem to have done lots of photo shoots.

We had 2 newborn shoots, with 1 more of come.

I’ve done a bodyscapes shoot, another bodyscapes, that turned into a 4 in 1 shoot. You can read about both of them on my portraits website.

I’ve also done a hair stylist shoot for her portfolio with 2 models and an MUA, which was great fun. As well as these, I have another 4 or so shoots lined up, a couple of maternity shoots in January as well as the long awaited Phoenix shoot.

Some of the result will be posted on here, but you can read able them all on the other site.

Pending Shoots

Pending Shoots

Over the next couple of weeks, I have at least 3 if not 5 photo shoots to do. Syncing my diary is proving difficult. I have 2 maternity shoots, hopefully 2 collaboration shoots and a magicians show!

It’s a nice variation of shoots to do, each with their own challenges, a couple of new types to shoot, and some more familiar.

So this should be a good couple of weeks.

Look out for the results!

Creative Mini Shoots

Creative Mini Shoots

We are now offering Mini shoots! These creative mini shoots last about 20 minutes and have different themes. Our April theme is ‘April Showers’

The photo shoot costs just £25 and you get a creative image like one of these.

The images are created by Nat using the photo from the shoot and a creative background.

We are also running regular Frozen mini shoots.

If you’d like more details, please contact us, or look on our Facebook pages for details.

Business, School and Maternity Photos

Business, School and Maternity Photos

In the last 3 day we’ve had 3 photo shoots!

It started with a long delayed business portrait. An old work colleague had seen my offer on business portraits for previous Nokia & NSN people and booked in a session. He had booked it back in January, but then had it delayed due to a football match incident, that sidelined them for six weeks. He wasn’t even playing.

Then next, I had a phone call from a previous customer asking if I could re-shoot a school portrait for them. I was happy to oblige and we did a short session for them, from which they got 4 great images of their Daughter in her school uniform.

Lastly, on Saturday, I had my second of my volunteer for the Maternity shoots. This time we were trying out some different lighting and a great new purple silky wrap. She also brought along her 2 year old daughter and husband, so we got some nice family maternity photo for them, which are also great for the portfolio.

So, it was a busy week. Earlier I’d also had another Lightroom training session. So we had one of everything in 1 week.

On top of this, we also managed to get the waiting area in the studio completed, which now looks really good and opens up some space for anyone accompanying someone having a photo shoot.

Portraits of Me!

Portraits of Me!

I wanted to get a new profile photo of me for the portrait website.

This poses a bit of a problem. Our remote trigger doesn’t play nicely with our lights, in fact it only triggers the camera and not the lights at all! So, I had to enlist Nat to take the shots for me. I spent about 20 minutes tweaking the lights, trying to get the type of lighting I wanted, all the time setting the timer and getting back in the pose to test it, but when Nat started taking photos, we had to do some more tweaking and add an extra light in too!

We wanted a strong light with some drop off on one side and although not quite as dramatic as I had in mind the result looked good!

We took quite a few photos playing with lights, then composition, and the seating position felt quite strange but it gave the desired affect.

Here are a couple of the many shots we took leading to the final choice.

and here is the one I choose as the final image.