Not much to say other than I was in the right place at the right time (and with a video recorder!)
best – Colin
My last few portrait shoots have been either children & families, or alternative, out of my comfort zone shoots, so it was really great to get back into my comfort zone yesterday with my favourite type of shoot – on location Bridal Fashion.
But it very nearly didn’t happen.
Most photo-shoots, especially those on location, do require a certain amount of planning. You need to research the location, decide on the look/style, source a suitable model, book a make up artist and hairstylist, decide on props, book the time and date and check the weather forecast!
Many of my shoots are planned weeks if not months in advance. The shoot yesterday was booked back in the Summer. I had a location I had researched, but Summertime was not ideal due to the light, it needed an autumnal feel, so November was chosen.
Everything was ready, model booked, MUA/stylist booked, weather forecast looking almost perfect and then……
What every photographer has to deal with at sometime or other, the model AND the MUA called three days before the shoot and cancelled. At least it was three days and not three hours as I have heard stories of!
So what to do – cancel the shoot entirely and with it all the hard work on styling and planning gone to waste – or try and find another team.
I am fortunate to have worked with a number of professional models and one of those, Lorena, I knew loved being shot in Bridal wear and if she was free I was pretty certain she would be happy to step in.
As it happened she was free and she was happy to be part of the shoot. We were unable to source a styling team – but Lorena, the consummate professional, did her own to fit the mood and styling we had in mind.
Yesterday was a typical autumnal day, crisp, cold clear blue skies, sun low on the horizon. These are just a few of the images we created on the shoot.
Thank you Lorena for stepping in and helping me create these images
Best – Colin
We all work hard and we all work long hours and in these trying times that we live in everyone wants a little bit more, for a little bit less – so we end up working even harder and even longer.
As photographers we do, by nature tend to work more at weekends than most, weddings tend to be on a weekends, crowd friendly events tend to be on weekends, families want portraits taken at weekends, so we end up working long hours at weekends too, when often this is the only time we have free for our own families.
Families are important, they are your history AND your future, families are what bind you together give you meaning and understanding.
So why do we work at times when our spouses and family members are not – usually not through choice, but through necessity.
Today though, I made a choice, I made a choice NOT to work, but to take my family out for the day to a local Arboretum – I think everyone in my county had the same thought, it was a lovely Autumnal day, beautiful sunshine but around 6 degrees (cold!!) and a journey that normally takes 40 minutes took the best part of 90 minutes.
It was cold, it was muddy, It was stressful parking in a muddy field – but was it worth it – you bet it was to see my daughter with a smile on her face because “Daddy didn’t have to work” when mummy was home.
Go make some time for your families, none of us are around forever.
Best – Colin
It’s cold, dark, wet and very grey as I look out of my window just now – I also overslept this morning and so the day really is not going very well. Drinking plenty of coffee and trying to concentrate on my editing planned for the day, I can’t stop looking out of the window at the dull and dreary weather.
Summer has passed into Autumn – there will be lots of planned photo shoot cancellations due to the weather, those shoots that do go ahead will have to be shot between limited hours as here in the UK it gets dark at 4pm during the Winter months and I’m feeling just a little sad about it.
This time of the year is tough for a lot of photographers, due to the weather and limited light availability, some will “just get on with it” and shoot in all weathers, some will go and hibernate for the Winter and re-emerge in Spring rejuvenated, and some, like me, will use the time to go back through their back catalogue of images, see if there are any “gems” that have been missed, weed out any “duffs” that have been kept for no other reason than they have and generally tidy up the old hard drives and make sure everything is in good working order.
It was while going through my archives that I came across this picture, it’s titled, “The Halcyon Days of Summer” and is one of my favourites – it actually came second and highly commended in the SWPP’s annual awards in 2010 (20k entries) and it was also the first ever shot I took with my 14-24mm lens.
The location is Cherhill downs, about 15 minutes from me, and I remember it well, I always knew that from the top of these Downs there would be spectacular sunsets, but circumstance would just not fall for me, I was either never at home when it was sunset time, or it just wasn’t a good day for it. However, on this particular day I remember coming home in the evening, finding my new 14-24 lens, looking up at the sky and saying, YES!
I jumped in the car, raced over to Cherhill, sprinted (as best I could) up the Downs and set up. By this time the sun had almost set and I managed to get off a few frames before the light went. I got back home, uploaded the images and was mightily pleased with what I had captured. And as I say, this image went on to be published in a number of publications 🙂
It’s still cold, dark, wet and very grey as I look out of my window again, but I’m a little happier now thinking back to that day in 2010
Best – Colin