What I love about being a professional portrait and event photographer is the wonderful variety of clients I get to meet and the interesting locations I get to visit. I might be in East London today, the Essex countryside tomorrow and on the beach in Brighton the next. No two portrait shoots are ever the same and what keeps me motivated is helping people achieve what they want or need.
I receive such a variety of requests - such as, to capture the two different personalities of identical twins, to take a group portrait of mothers (with their babies) who attended an antenatal class together, to photograph an intercollege hall celebration for the Diamond Jubilee, to take a corporate portrait for a Manager who wants to enhance his career profile online – just to mention a few requests that I’ve received this week.
It’s the variety that keeps me energised - let me tell you what I’ve been up to, since last Friday…
A fellow member of my Athena City networking group who specialises in making hand-crafted jewellery by recycling and re-using discarded materials, was in need of some portrait images of herself, working in her studio, for her web site. We spent about an hour or more in her London studio, re-arranging the furniture (my speciality) to create different angles and backdrops. Subsequently, now that I have finished the post-production and my client will receive three immaculately touched-up digital negatives to use on her web site to promote her service.
On Sunday, I drove to Croydon to take a group portrait of ‘the grandchildren’ - four of them; a baby, a toddler, a young lad and an adult. My client Tracey (the mother) was looking to give her mother something different for her birthday and decided upon a beautifully framed portrait of the grandchildren. Fortunately, we managed to catch a spell of dry weather and take the photos in the garden. I am in the process of working on the images and I looking forward to showing Tracey the proofs next week.
On Monday, in East London, I spent an hour with a very lively little toddler, taking his portrait. Full of character and following in daddy’s footsteps, he has a passion for playing the guitar and loves sitting in daddy’s van. We also walked to the local park, where I was able to capture some lovely images of him playing on the slide. The mother, Sara, was looking for a beautiful keepsake, light in weight and postage, to send to her relatives around the world. I have since finished the post-production of the images and designed a photobook which has now gone to print.
Once again, I am delighted to have the continued relationship with Breast Cancer Care and spent yesterday afternoon at their London offices taking candid images of their Models who will be involved in this year’s Fashion Show (October 2012). Having photographed their fitting day back in 2010, the images were used to create a beautiful black and white slideshow used at their annual fashion show event in 2010. Subsequently, last year I was honoured to be their front of house photographer at their Annual London Fashion Show, 2011. The slideshow I created can be seen on their web site.
Tomorrow evening, I’m looking forward to capturing some beautiful portraits at the 9th Cossack’s Association Easter Ball and, to end the week on Sunday evening, if I have any energy left, I will be taking my camera with me to an exclusive London Fashion event being held in Central London.
It’s true what they say about variety….as a professional portrait and event photographer, my life is definitely full of interesting new experiences, not to mention some wonderful people I have met along the way.
“Capturing once-in-a-lifetime moments”