Vally and Inese are an amazing couple who I cannot wait to join on their wedding day. We headed out to Hatfield Forest which is an outstanding place of beauty under the National Trust. Hatfield Forest is a brilliant place for photographers, families, dog walkers and anyone who enjoys nature. We took a walk around the lake and through the forest, Inese even helped me out spotting a beautiful area which she and Vally loved.
The Greyhound Factory are a 4 piece from Hertfordshire, who play some awesome rock. They invited me down for their opening gig. For a band so new they played incredibly well.
Earlier in the year Revival, a local function band invited myself along to view their showcase gig held at the Corn Exchange in Hertford.
This was my first attempt at shooting bands live. I avoided using a flashgun as I knew there was going to be quite a lot of lighting. The Canon 6D is able to shoot great images at a high ISO so this allowed me to shoot at a higher shutter speed too.
Every year I try to do my bit and give a day to a charity. Last year I visited Haven House Hospital Charity Shop in Chingford, London. It was great fun helping out and seeing what goes on behind the scenes.
This year I was approached by Sophie from Leukaemia Care. Every few months for their free magazine they publish Inspirational Stories to where experiences are shared. Sophie introduced me to Margaret, a lovely lady from my home town of Hoddesdon so that we could capture a few images for their magazine. Im not going to spoil anything but I can't wait to hear Margarets story and see which images Sophie has decided to publish.
Margaret hated having her photo taken, something I hear a lot from friends and clients. I put Margaret at ease and we had a good chat about growing up in Hoddesdon whilst taking a few snaps in-between. Check out the Leukaemia Care website and donate if you can. You can read other inspirational stories here.
What a year its been! Whilst I haven't been adding a monthly blog post, I have been active in Hertfordshire as a photographer travelling, meeting people, collaborating, planning and most importantly taking loads of photos. As with my blog this is my place to display my love, my photos that drive me forward and keep my creative flair running.
Portrait photography is so important, its something that can display a characters emotions, light can convey meaning and lastly it shows who we are. This summer I have taken some of my favourite portraits, from commercial jobs to snapping away with friends in the sun. One thing we are obsessed with is selfies. Turn the camera around, snap your friends smiling, catch them in good light, frame them correctly and most importantly, share your images! Soundscape performing below are worth checking out if your in need of a Hertfordshire based band.
Heres some of mine:
Last week I had the honour of delivering Mark and Lauren their wedding day images. During their wedding day Lauren expressed to us that Mark and herself want to be the first people to see the images. This meant that Alice ( My second shooter) and myself had to retain from showing anyone images from behind the camera.
The couple returned from their honeymoon last weekend and my gift to them was a guarantee of their images finished for their return.
What I really enjoyed about their wedding was how important their son George is to them, and how important having a close knit family is. We absolutely loved the small ceremony and everyone couldn't take their smiles off their faces!
With a logo, new business cards, leaflets and many other things, I am crazy busy right now! Establishing myself on Facebook and Instagram is keeping me busy. I am still finding time to shoot and last weekend I met with Kev and Jess a couple from Hoddesdon to go on a walk around the local areas and appreciate the rare bit of sun that we had.