Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Mamiya RB67

Last autumn, Graham and I had the privilege of being able to attend a talk held by celebrity portrait photographer Andy Gotts, and after hearing him speak about shooting with Mamiya's classic medium format camera the RB67, we felt inspired to hop onto eBay and purchase one of our own as a joint Christmas present.

We were lucky enough to find a truly immaculate RB67 with a 90mm lens still in their original boxes (!) for a great price, owned by a man who was a press photographer from the 50s to the 90s (we can only assume it was a backup camera given its condition!)

With only 10 exposures on a roll of 120 film, manual focus and shooting with such a beautifully designed, heavy lump of a camera, using the Mamiya really brings you back to the art of creating a photograph and brings a new sense of consciousness and thought to perfecting an image before pressing the shutter.



Shooting on Fuji 400H, we couldn't resist shooting with it at the first opportunity we had and quickly drew up a chair to our living room window and photographed each other, not knowing if the thing still worked.. and fortunately it did!

After a bit of online research I opted to use UK Film Lab for the processing and scanning and I can't put into words just how pleased we are with their service - it's so easy and convenient and they even send a feedback form alongside your finished scans, advising on underexposures, overexposures and how you could do better next time (a must for a complete medium format novice as myself!).


Fuji Pro 400H

A short while later, I met up with dear friends and local wedding photographers Faith Dwight and Ben May and I managed to rope them into sitting for a portrait as I learnt my way around the controls (at one point I forgot to wind the film on and ended up with an accidental double exposure of Ben's face.. oops!) Photographer friends really do make the world go round and I am so grateful to have these talented folks living so close nearby.. we are all in this madness together!


Portra 400

So here we are.. I've got my head around how this thing works now, and all I need to do is get out there and shoot more often to get practice in. But until then, I wish you all a wonderfully happy and prosperous 2016 filled with beautiful moments and photographs!

Monday, 23 November 2015

Feathers

Now is the time of year where I'm able to get out and shoot personal work more often, so on a windy October day, Evie Barker and I headed to the hills in Barton-le-Clay for photos.. and of course a big catch up. I've been so wrapped up in my own little office world this year that it was such a lovely thing to get out and breathe in a bit of fresh air!



Evie Barker Photography (Facebook/Website)

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Charlotte in Paris

I have always dreamed of going to Paris. And I just feel so overwhelmed with gratitude to write this blog post, as earlier this year I had the opportunity to do just that.. and shoot there also! Charlotte Chiew is a talented actress who runs theatre workshops for young children at Little Tykes Theatre, and alongside classic actor headshots she wanted to bring her vision for a film noir styled shoot to life too.

So in May I hopped onto the Eurostar lugging a suitcase full of beautiful clothes, and on a blindingly sunny day we met up to shoot. Makeup artist Sheryl Chua's work perfectly embodied the look we wanted, and with the beautiful Parisian room Charlotte had hired out and the Tuileries Garden nearby, we had everything we needed to create the images we saw in our heads.

One of the best aspects of my job is being able to collaborate with creative people and put our heads together to create a shoot.. and this is exactly what we did here. Thank you Charlotte for this wonderful opportunity - it truly is one of the biggest highlights of my career.



Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Sunshine

I've been pretty quiet on the blog front this year due to focusing on our wedding photography this year.. but I'm still squeezing in portrait sessions! I've got quite a few to catch up on so I think it's time I booked in a day to put my blog post writing hat on and catch up with writing about this year's work someday soon.. I can't wait to share what I've been up to :-)

In September I popped up to Derby to visit Elly Lucas for a general nerdy catch up, and of course we had to get some photos in too! Elly is such a natural in front of the camera and it is always a wonderful privilege to photograph her. And especially in this incredible sparkly dress - the sunshine played off of it beautifully. It was also a great opportunity to test out my new Sigma art primes also.. I can honestly say they are a total game changer and I am SO pleased I invested in them. Ridiculously sharp!

Lots of catch up posts to come in the next few weeks.. let's do this!



Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Natasha

The lovely Natasha came to stay with us for a week, so of course I couldn't resist asking her if she'd model for me.. and she said yes! We headed to a tiny poppy field nearby and quickly shot as the sun set. Thank you so much Natasha!

August has been a pretty crazy time for me with my wedding photography work, but I'm hoping to squeeze in a little self portrait time soon to try out my new Sigma prime lenses.. watch this space!