As I continue to develop my photography portfolio, I am looking at what people really value a photograph of. Children definitely top the list and in this post I am looking at the sharing why I enjoy photographing babies.
As someone who has an 11 month old myself, I fully appreciate the challenge of catching them at their best. My Maxwell is already an aspiring child model, but this wasn’t without some entertaining session trying to balance composition, light and the needs of a newborn. I hope you will agree that persistence and building fun into the session yields some striking images that make hearts melt.
I’ve now regularly photograph babies and toddlers in the South West London area and have found that there are few things as rewarding as parents who enjoy how their child has been portrayed and the smiles of a baby enjoying themselves.
Anyone looking for someone to photography their little one, please let me know! I come fully equipped with portable lights, backdrops and props to the comfort of your home.
As my portfolio develops, I am always looking for new and interesting opportunities to make striking images. On our recent driving holiday to Bordeaux, I couldn’t help convincing my 7-month pregnant wife, Catherine, to pose in the vineyards to enable me to capture the beauty of the pregnant female form. The beautiful scenery and the Golden hour sun enabled us to take our time and make this a relaxed photosession.
This is my first pregnancy shoot and I thoroughly enjoyed it. There’s something capturing a bump in a way that they get the attention they deserve without upstaging the beautiful mother. I had to experiment using a my 42″ reflector with the gold foil to capture the light right particularly with the sun behind the model. I didn’t have an assistant and the wind was quite gusty at times, which made for a few entertaining moments trying to reflect sufficient light with the reflector trying to get away from me.
Persistence paid off and I was able to make about 100 usable images from the 90 minutes session. We moved around the vineyard as the light changed to see how to keep things interesting and explore different qualities of light. I look forward to future sessions and welcome the opportunity to photography any other pregnant mothers!
I hope you enjoy a selection of the best shots of the afternoon and thank-you Catherine, again, for being such a willing and beautiful model.
As soon as you get your first Digital SLR camera, you are faced with the quandry of how best to transport it around with you. No longer can you simply slip it in your pocket or into your purse and it actually weighs quite a bit.
Well, there are numerous bags on the market that may work for you, but I have been lucky enough to find two, one small and one large, that cover most of the bases. In this entry, I’ll introduce you to the smaller of the two, the Lowepro Passport Shoulder Sling Bag.
This bag definitely punches above its weight with regards to versatility and space. The core padded compartment will hold your body with lens and an extra lens (sadly not a long zoom) and then there is enough space for a flash in the rest of the inner compartment.
However the real magic happens when you unzip the expansion section on the bag and almost double the capacity of the bag. This means that you can fit an extra zoom lens in a padded bag, a second flash or even your lunch. There are a number of compartments inside and out to ensure that you have plenty of space for extra batteries, memory cards, filters and pretty much any basic equipment you might need.
For you male photographers, yes, I know it looks a bit like a handbag. However, believe me the access and storage space more than make up for the fact that you might appear a bit metrosexual with regards to your fashion sense.
I love this bag and it is a regular sidekick when I am on an urban shoot or travelling where mobility is key. If you haven’t invested in a bag yet, I think you should seriously consider this one.
This weekend I finished up processing the images from my latest photoshoot, a session with the Beagent family. With a two month old and a two year old, this was always going to be an interesting morning. Shooting children is both entertaining and challenging as you have to be a coach as much as a photographer.
The shoot took place in the family’s home in South London on a dreary Saturday morning. The lovely surrounds were slightly offset by terrible light, but I am pleased with the results. This shoot again highlighted the value of good equipment and portable soft box lighting set wouldn’t have gone amiss on this shoot.
During this shoot, we resorted to props, engaging conversation and even a book or two. The experience must have made a lasting expression as isn’t imitation the ultimate form of flatter? Looks like a budding photographer in the making!
Thanks again to the Beagents for being willing subjects and, if anyone else out there still would like a complimentary photo session, I still have capacity for one or two more sessions.
Photography is not only about composition, it is a very technical art where the photographer brings together the right equipment at the right moment to create the perfect shot.
Although my collection of equipment is not exhaustive, I’d like to share with you the tools that I use and how to make the most of the equipment you have. Although some photographers are able to shot amazing photos on something as basic as a camera phone, using the right equipment not only helps improves your chances of getting the perfect shot, but also gives more flexibility with regards to how you capture it.
In this first entry, I am going to introduce you to one of my favourite lenses, the Nikon 1,4/50mm Nikkor AF-S 1,4/50mm G Lens. This lens has been a lifesaver in lowlight situations as well as helping to create excellent portrait shots with its extremely sharp and shallow depth of field at F/1.4. I absolutely love this lens and, if you can afford it, I think it should form part of every photographers kit. This was the first more expensive lens that I saved up for.
If your budget won’t stretch, I would suggest that you settle for the F/1.8 version which is about £100 less expensive. However, this comes at a cost of half the light sensitivity which can sometime make all the difference in a low light situation.
Every year I take the opportunity to visit the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour – UK Edition. This is two hours of extreme adventure films that are guaranteed to thrill, amaze and in some instances even shock. I thoroughly enjoy each season’s films.
As a regular, I now know the organisers well and was thrilled when they asked me to shoot some promotional shots. The venue is the stunning Union Chapel in Highbury and Islington which used to be an old church. This meant some amazing architechture backing up some amazing films.
I really enjoyed shooting the Festival and hope they invite me to shoot it again next year.
If you are looking for some innovative and elegant designs for a wedding, event or simply because you like flowers, Hampshire Bouquets is for you. The owner, Barbara Treacy, has a passion for all thing floral and will be sure to look after you.
I used her for my own wedding and wasn’t disappointed. Her website can be found at www.hampshirebouquets.com. There are numerous examples of her work and, if you ask, I am sure she will tailor something that suits your taste and budget.
Welcome to my blog! This is an opportunity for me to share with you my thoughts, images and recommendations that all revolve around the world of Photography. Although I have the more business side of things at www.alexanderpohl.com, you will find more experimental and unpolished work here. It may be something personal, commercial or simply documentary. I hope you enjoy following my photographic journey and please don’t hesitate to give your feedback on anything you like or dislike. Any feedback is greatly appreciated.