Stomp About In London

On the Saturday just gone I took myself into London for a random stroll about in the City, camera in tow photographing whatever took my fancy.

Starting off in Shoreditch, I pinged my way about on foot through Aldgate and ended up in London Bridge, then onto Waterloo.

My only objective for the day was to keep practicing my new exploration of using long exposures with street photography, and intentionally allowing shake into photos - or even jerking it during exposure to create light trails with street lights. New to the technique was focusing on people while panning with them to add a greater sense of movement to the photograph, my favourite being this one;

I really like the slightly better focus on the bike, but the ghosting of people and longer light trails almost make it seem the background is moving while he cycles slowly. The atmosphere here is something I want to keep creating.

Mostly, I'm hoping to find a way to introduce something similar but on a lesser scale with street portraits.

Baby Jacob, Family Shoot

One year ago I photographed this handsome and cheerful young chap along with his parents in their home, and they were so happy with the process and results they got in touch to do another shoot now that he is a bit bigger.

When shooting a situation like this with a family or baby theme I prefer to keep a candid aspect to it, to keep it more natural. Other photographers do fantastic, amazing work in a studio environment but for me personally, I like to let the love and happiness show by keeping everything natural and fun. For me, I think this allows the personality of my subjects really shine through.

As with the first one, we shot in their home which allows for their familiar surroundings which in my mind will attach a greater emotional memory in the photos, but also keeps the baby relaxed and with access to all their favourite toys.

As far as light, I used a combination of natural light coming through the French door and two high set umbrella mounted speedlights so I could control the shadows, provide catch-lights in eyes and so forth.

Myself and the dad were very traumatised by the fact that loud One Direction music is hwat made the little guy dance! Very upsetting...

Below, is a selection of the photos taken on the day.

Hello Squarespace!

So, having recently been a WordPress user, I found that it just wasn't functioning as I wanted. So after looking around at the many, many, many(!) hosting options I've settled my home with Squarespace. I have to admit, I was a "template" addict with WordPress and was frequently looking at what new themes were up in the photography field and had been through many variants myself. Absurd!

However, as my photography has matured and my desire to showcase it with class (and loading speed!) I found myself drawn to Squarespace. Having to break my OCD need for a template with options, I came to realise that their options were beautifully minimalist, professional and simply "worked". The SEO and social implementation are wonderful, and most of all I no longer have to worry about tweaking, playing with plugins or updating. It's all built in! My website takes care of itself now apart from adding new content. My main focus is now just photography, which is as it should be!