Brides and Guides Pt2

Following on from Brides and guides Pt 1 here is Part 2!

A little reminder first:

In 2015 I was asked to cover a friend’s wedding which caused a little panic in my head.  The obvious thing to do was to get some practice in, but photography training courses are far from cheap and take a lot of time.  I’ve already mentioned in another blog that I don’t have that long term attention span, like most people these days.  We all want stuff quick quick quick, now now now, or yesterday would be even better.

I already had some skills from what I had taught myself along with some useful youtube tutorials and a bit of 1-2-1 tuition with Adrian Dewey the year before.  I just needed to see what I could do with some models in wedding dresses and suits in the right locations, and I most definitely would benefit from some incredibly useful direction and tips from the wedding photography pros – Kim Hawkins and Jodie Chapman.

Today’s photo blog includes a few of my favourite images from the afternoon once we’d had a decent lunch at a local pub in Buckinghamshire.  The venues this time were Bisham Abbey and All Saints Church, Bisham.

Something that really stands out was Jodie’s tip to try shooting in monochrome.  When shooting in RAW you can see everything in monochrome on the back of your camera but when processing later on in Lightroom you still have all of the file details in colour.  Genius.  I had no idea about this and would probably not know this by now either.

This is a much shorter blog post than usual where I’m letting the images do the talking, but I have to sign off by reminding/highlighting that you can see more images on my facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/dandavidsonphotography

My instagram, which you can follow for free is @dangleberrydan7

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Forever Gorgeous

This is a very very delayed post but at least it’s one more being completed on my list, now about to get a big fat tick next to it.  Better late than never!

Rewinding all the way back to August 2014, I was looking to put more effort in to portrait photography using natural light and had already had a day’s tuition earlier in the year with a pro photographer and a pro model, but needed to put it in to practice properly.  My plan was to take some very simple outdoor shots using the golden glow of the setting sun.  The light during the golden hour is particularly popular with landscape photographers but I wanted to use it to full advantage for portrait work too, and really see what I could achieve by breaking the rule “DONT SHOOT IN TO THE SUN”.  Meh to that rule.  Shooting in to the evening sun can get amazing results as it backlights the model and can give a fantastic halo-y glow as long as you balance the subject with a reflector or some exposure compensation in camera.

My friend Laura was happy to help out so she came along with Hayley, who had also done a little bit of modelling before, to Wolverton Mill in Milton Keynes and we spent about 2 hours snapping away.  Most of the plan went in the bin as the sun only decided to show up as we were driving out of the place, but we still came away with some great results.  Those results will be on another blog post coming soon, where the point of the blog post will be natural light portraits.

“Huh, so what’s this blog post about then, Dan?” I hear you ask.

Well I read that folk should aim for over 500 words per blog post, and over 1000 is better so I’m gonna waffle more to keep up with the cool kids.  This is the back story building to the main event.  Get over it.  I’ll get bored soon enough, stop typing and just leave pics for you to look at but for now, there’s a few more sentences to cover.  If you’re that bored, scroll down to the pics!

This photo blog post is actually about commercial and event photography, which Laura asked me to be involved with for her new business venture which was to open in September with her bessie, Charlotte.  Charlotte is also a keen photographer and I’ve given her 2 tutorials using natural light where we focused mainly on composition but looked at creative effects in camera too. Some of the images that we created will be featuring in another blog post later this year.

I knew next to nothing about their new business venture but Forever Gorgeous Beauty Salon opened its doors to the pretty people of Wolverton and the big opening evening was a great success with loads of the girls’ family and close friends attending.  Champagne flowed, cupcakes were scoffed, balloons were dodged.

My job for the evening was to create a collection of images that the girls could use on the website, facebook, instagram and twitter to promote the salon, and also use on any promotional material and the treatment list.  Once the sun had set the visitors arrived and it was a pleasure to capture the smiles of the evening.

The images below show the salon inside and from the street (which is Stratford Road by the way) and the opening night.

If you live in the area, do be sure to give them a call and get booked in as Charlotte is a genius when it comes to hair extensions and facials.  Laura is a master at massage and nails.  They do way more than that of course, but I’m not the most clued up guy when it comes to beauty treatment.  I know what shellac is though!

Give them a follow on Facebook for news and offers  https://www.facebook.com/ForeverGorgeousBeautySalon/?fref=ts

Full website address is http://www.forevergorgeousbeauty.com

This week sees them celebrating their 18 month salon anniversary. Hurrah!

Wanderlust

Noun

A strong desire to travel.

I absolutely love this word.  It’s origins are German of course, taken from the word wandern which means “to hike”, and lust which means “desire”.  It’s not a word that I hear very often, now that I really think about it, but one that appears in written form a lot.  Instagram is probably to blame for introducing me to the word.

Back last year, my significant other half who is way way way way way too good for me, suggested that she might like to spend her 30th birthday in the French capital.  Not one for ever knowingly letting anyone down I spent the next few weeks checking out every potential flight, train, hotel, bed and breakfast, restaurant, tourist attraction, flea market and sightseeing tour that I could possibly uncover online.  The girl has taste and high standards, which must explain why she chose me out of a world population of 7 billion.  I realise that approximately half of those are men, which brings the statistic down to 1 in 3.5 billion, but those are still decent figures.  Unfortunately for me it meant that finding “the right place” was tricky, but eventually I found what looked like a beautiful apartment in Montmartre, on TripAdvisor.  The flights then just fell nicely in to place, as did absolutely everything else.  TripAdvisor also helped with finding the best restaurant to spend her birthday night.  Seb’On in Montmartre is rated 3rd best eatery in the whole of Paris and has no more than 10 tables.  We got a table and had the meal of our lives.  Outstanding!

She who is WWWWWWTGFM (see above) isn’t one for spending an hour in line staring at a painting of some woman who didn’t smile.  She’s not one for the obvious tourist trails, but definitely enjoys a good wander and that’s exactly what we did.  4 days of walking everywhere, with a little help from the Paris Metro system.  We managed to cram in all of Montmartre and Sacre Coeur, Bastille, Notre Dame, Shakespeare and Co Bookshop, the Latin Quarter, a walk along the River Seine, hot chocolate, coffee and cakes at Angelina Paris (twice), The Eiffel Tower at sunset, and much more.

If I was alone and on a photography mission I confidently predict that I’d have taken over 2000 photos in 4 days.  As it was time for romance, smiles and making happy memories, I kept that down to just a few hundred.  We needed photo memories of course.  Most of the photos below were taken with my Sony Xperia Z1 but a small number were taken with a Canon 550d – mainly the night shots.

People in the know always say that you should keep your blog following a theme.  Keep your instagram following a theme.  Do everything with a theme.  Meh.  I’ll do what I like, and what I like is variety, so enjoy the pics – many in black and white, many in colour, some in the day, some in the night, some of food, some of the streets, some with filters, some without.  Something for everyone.

You can see these and a few more on my instagram page @dangleberrydan7