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Clarksville, Tennessee has a hidden gem in the Smith-Lahearne Mansion. It really is perhaps the most beautiful place I have ever photographed a wedding. Such a beautiful couple at such a beautiful spot made my job very easy. I love doing wedding photography when it all goes right just like this.
Location weddings can be stressful. I can’t bring studio lighting or even multiple cameras due to travel restrictions. This was the first wedding I’d shot with my new Sony RX10 Markiii which is, strictly speaking, a bridge camera meaning it is relatively small and has a built-in lens but as these images show it more than held its own and allowed me to travel with a small bag containing any the camera, a flash, a flash radio transmitter, neutral density filters and a cable release. Other than that all I had with me was a small tripod and a reflector and yet I am very pleased with what we managed to achieve.
I’m excited to invite you all to join me for a very special weekend on the 17th and 18th of June. At that time will be the opportunity to get portraits or business head shots taken anytime between nine and for at the Sylvia Centre in downtown Bellingham. Please take a look at http://www.philrosephoto.com/headshots.html for more information and I hope to see you all there!
A year or so ago I did a photo shoot for the Idiom Theatre here in Bellingham. This was for a production based around clowns. This was a photograph I got of one of the performers, Shu-Ling.
When I saw, about a week or so ago, that she had posted it on Facebook saying that she needed a headshot for grant applications for the new theatre and that this was all she had I knew that it was a great opportunity for me to offer my services on a voluntary basis. And so I met her at the theatre and we shot these photographs. It’s hard to believe that this is the same person!
Something that I really love to do is to bring a high level of art to my shoots. This often means needing to shoot purely for the love of the artistry and with no idea of earning any money!
I’ve been lucky enough to meet a local young woman with wonderful looks and a great ability to model. She is always willing to take on new projects and to share our creativity.
This week we went into the studio with a local hairstylist and make-up artist to produce them shots in the style of the 1910s, 20s and 30s. I hope you like the results. I am very happy with them.
If you know of somebody, male or female, who might be looking to put together a portfolio of work with an eye to getting into the modelling of fashion industry do please have them get in touch as I would love to talk with them and create something really special.
Ahh, the joys of photographing babies! Where would the struggling genius be without a constant stream of brand new little humans to immortalize? It saddens me to think of all the parents who simply don’t get any shots of their little ones and then regret it in later life. Can there be any greater tragedy? Well, yes, clearly there are many but the alternativces to those others do not result in an income stream for me so I have less interest in those.
I wonder what it is that makes children like me. Perhaps it’s the rare opportunity to be someone’s intellectual superior or maybe it’s the goofy facial expressions I produce for them. Anyway, whatever it may be, when a kid comes into my studio it is rare indeed that I can’t weedle a smile from them.
A set of fine props can really aid a photo session. In this case the family brought in Barnabus, the big, tan dog. As you can see, he is a VERY big dog. What you can’t see is just how gentle he is.
Of course, props of this size, irrespective of their demeanor, can cause mayhem simply by stretching. Apparently this is Grandma’s favorite from the shoot!
And this is mom’s!
I had the pleasure of shooting my first Bar Mitzvah the other day. I arrived at the Synagogue as the ceremony was still going on and stood just outside the door shooting into the temple until roundly told off by a six year old who informed me that that was forbidden. Roundly chastised I duly waited until afterwards and began to shoot. My Metz flash, combined with the light from the beautiful windows behind seem to have done a good job of capturing the spirit of the place.
After the ceremony I went home for a few hours before going out to a beautiful golf club in the evening to capture a wild and fun party.
It was a wonderful evening with plenty of food and drink and a great atmosphere mixing the traditional with the new.
I just loved that there were so many kids there. I love to photograph kids!
All in all a wonderful day!
I’ve decided the time has come for me to polish up on my nocturnal skills and so, on a hot hot HOT day, Lola and I went down to Seattle and I left her in a pub called, if I remember correctly, the Six Arms and wandered off and these two images are what I came up with.
I’ve decided that, in my personal shoots, I want to try to slow down and reduce the number of shots that I take home. Too often I rush about and attempt to get 20 or 30 shots when really two or three is all I end up using because haste has led to a lack of quality. Film had a way of slowing us down but of course, film is long behind us and my 8gb card allows some 333 images and so it’s easy to get carried away.