Formby’s newest estate agent Berkeley Shaw ask for my help with photography
I recently shot a wedding at the Racquet Club in Liverpool for the first time. The bride and groom were Kay and David who are keen photographers also and so it was a pleasure to work with them and get some great images of their day.
The location itself on Chapel Street in Liverpool is a historic building that was once a private gentleman's club and is now a family run hotel incorporating the Ziba Restaurant. It's location is ideal for some great shots outside with the famous Liver Buildings as a backdrop.
The Racquet Club in Liverpool is a great venue for a wedding if a Liverpool Wedding is your preferred choice and I look forward to working there again next year.
This week I was very fortunate to find one of the last remaining spaces on Kevin Mullin's photojournalism photography course.
I have been a huge fan of his approach to capturing a wedding and some of his images are among the best wedding photo's I have ever seen.
The day long course took place in Amersham Studios in Buckinghamshire so although it was a fair distance to travel for a one day course, I had not ventured the furthest as there were attendees from Belgium and also one from the USA! That is how good Kevin Mullins is.
He has won numerous awards since he began in 2008 and is a Fujifilm ambassador, and has traveled around the world giving talks on his photography approach, and on behalf of Fujifilm.
I wanted to attend one his training sessions to learn more about both the style that is often referred to as 'Documentary' or 'Candid' or 'Photojournalism' photography, and also to collect advise and tips of the business of wedding photography and how to make mine develop. However it is described it is one that I'm a big fan of. I would never copy a fellow photographer but try to take inspiration from one so successful.
I'm sure Kevin wouldn't mind me adding a couple of my favourite photographs from his collection that best demonstrates this style if I provide a link back to his website.
The approach is completely candid, nothing is ever staged and so the expressions, reactions and moments that are captured are completely natural. It's all about looking out for expressions, touches and interactions.
Looking through Kevin's website as some of his many hundreds of weddings that he has shot all around the world, just makes me want to get out there and start shooting.
I love his work and will take as much inspiration from it as I possibly can.
I now have my certificate from the CAA to enable me to operate the drone commercially. There are understandably various restrictions and regulations that must be adhered to for safety reasons but in the right location and conditions, it can produce beautiful results.
It could be for many different requirements for an aerial drone, and below are just a few examples of how they have been used recently.
- Marketing of a property or farm for sale or let
- Roof inspections to prevent having to erect expensive and time consuming scaffolding
- Construction inspections and update videos
- Farm's aerial crop surveys
- Promotional material for a company website
- Sports and recreational events from a new and exciting angle
- As a gift for somebody with a boat so they have a photo/video to treasure
- Golf course hole-by-hole flyby's
- Camping and caravan site for marketing and website use
I am available to hire and can discuss the different options with clients if they want to contact me by phone or email. Let me know what you are thinking of and we can decide how and when it would be best to go ahead with the project.
Not only are the fees likely to be less than most people would imagine, I also offer the service that the client pays for the photographs or videos on delivery and only when they are completely satisfied. Although for obvious reasons, I will always strive to get the best results that both myself and my client are happy with first time.
In the event of the conditions not being suitable to fly, we will have to rearrange but there will be no expense to the client for that. It will be rearranged on a mutually convenient day for both parties.
I look forward to hearing from anybody with their thoughts.
Many of my regular agents that I work with have asked for me to be their "Preferred Photographer" so that all of the work comes to me and nobody else because they are so happy with my work. I like to build great relationships with my branches and this way we work very well together. They know what I will do for them and I know exactly what is required so that I deliver the best possible results that they are looking for.
My new client Wiggett Homes www.wiggett.co.uk commissioned me to take images of their converted Children's Hospital in Pendlebury, Oaklands Lodge. There are a range of 1 and 2 bedroom luxury apartments and the show homes were ready so they required some quality photographs for their website.
They also have some stunning detached luxury houses at Grasscroft Heights overlooking Saddleworth Moor and with stunning open views to the front over the hills. The large properties are built to a very high specification including under floor heating, piped music system and media rooms. A small selection of the photographs I supplied for them are below. Check their website www.wiggett.co.uk for further information.
I was asked to photograph a cottage in the lovely village of Staveley for use on Cumbrian Cottages website and in their cottage brochure. The village is about 10 minutes south of Windermere so ideally placed for a short break and the cottage itself is a nice two bedroom conversion from an old Chapel.
The photo's are below.
I was asked by Stream Publishing to visit one of their busiest McColl's shops within Edge Hill University and provide a selection of images of the shop and staff for an upcoming magazine. Some of the images used are below.
If you are looking for similar work of any commercial premises please contact me and we can discuss your requirements.