Wedding Photography Workshop

Today we hosted the first of our new look Wedding Photography Workshops at the studio (you can find more info over on our Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/xopstudio)

Here are a few of the images I shot while showing our attendees how I achieved them…
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Ashley & Costa Studio Night

So it started with a concept of a shoot I seen where Beyonce worked with Vogue and an idea for a background that I had seen where Brett Harkness created a backdrop in his home studio  and I wanted to pair the two of them together….I knew the exact model who  could pull of this look and a great creative team to bring it together.

 

I started by constructing a frame out of 3×2″ CLS timber mounted on the back of some 12mm MDF sheets to give it some rigidity. I filled all of the holes and gave it a primer in some grey paint I had spare so that the “Cement” could key to it. I used Rapid set tile adhesive as the “cement” and boy was it rapid! I literally got one side of the panel done and the adhesive starting setting in the tub I had mixed it in, so it has a tough task to get it on the wall and for it to spread fairly evenly. I used some spare flooring from the kitchen and bathroom to give the area a base.

 

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This shoot was part of a creative evening I was hosting at the studio , so we had another ten photographers attending and using the set ups we had. Ashley (our model) was perfect for this set up and style…. enough talking here are a couple of headline shots…

 

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In terms of lighting, for the standing shots, these were lit by a strip softbox over Ashley’s left shoulder directed towards the wall, and a beauty dish off to the left of the camera to provide fill light. See the diagram below;

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We also had the very cool and crisp Costa as part of this session…

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A massive thanks to everyone who came along for this shoot but most of all the creative team who turned my vision into reality…

 

Model – Ashley Robertson

Model – Costa Toulis

MUA – Laura Lou

Stylist – Steph O’Neill

 

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Influx Clothing

So we’ve been working with the very talented Riley of Influx Clothing recently to capture some of his amazing designs. Over a couple of different shoots we captured a range of images that will be used on Social Media and in Magazines around the Country…here is a taste of what you can expect from Influx….

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You can find all of these designs and loads more over on their website http://influxclothinguk.bigcartel.com

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The Wedding of Mel & Ben – Sneak Peek – Lartington Hall

You come across a venue every now and again that you’ve not shot but that you immediately think “This is perfect…” and its safe to say thats what happened the minute I stepped foot inside of Lartington. The attention to detail and photo opportunities in this place are just amazing.
Now pair that up with a couple who just want to have an awesome day amongst their nearest and dearest and this is what you get….

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The Wedding of Onyi & Tersoo

Wow, so this was a pretty awesome wedding day to capture….lots of colour, lots of fun, lots of dancing and lots of personality.

Despite being very late for the ceremony and the meal, this couple and all of their guests had an amazing time.

Here is a quick look as some of my favourites….
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The Wedding of Laura & Colin – Sneak Peek

So I first met this lovely couple at the evening reception of a wedding we shot back in 2011. They had loads of fun that night in our Golden Frame set up, so when they asked me to shoot their wedding I knew we would get along!

Exchanging their vows at a beautiful church in Tynemouth (one of my favourite places in the World) before heading over to the Village Hotel, Laura and Colin certainly had a fun, relaxing and laid back day which was a pleasure to capture for them. Here are a few of my favourites from the day…

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The Wedding of Abi & Craig – Sneak Peek

So I first met this couple when they were introduced by one of my 2013 Brides (Janine) who was also a bridesmaid at this wedding. Having already shot the engagement session at Bamburgh Castle I could have been forgiven for thinking the backdrop couldn’t get any better…..roll on Rockcliffe Hall.
It had been a few years since I had shot here, and I honestly forgot just how beautiful a venue it is to work out, alongside the amazing light we had on the day.

I think this is my longest ever sneak peek at nearly 150 images, but this is all I could get it down to- here are some of my favourites from the day….

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Jenny & James – Engagement Shoot

So this lovely couple don’t tie the knot until early 2015, but wanted to make the most of the, sporadic but at times, beautiful whether this summer. They chose Plessey Woods in Northumberland for their shoot. They also brought Gus. As far as sausage dogs go, he’s pretty awesome too!

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2,555 days and counting….

So a bit of a soppy one here, so gents you might not want to read on. ( or ladies for that matter)

7 years ago today I said “I do” holding back to tears to a woman who had taken my life by storm.

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I first met Laura (or gawked from a distance) during a party of mutual friends six years earlier. Now at this time I was 14 years old, and as you can imagine like a dog on heat. All I remember from that night thinking back was her tiny red mini skirt and my Dad pointing her out to me! Sorry Mam…..

Sitting in my room 4 years later playing on my laptop and making model cars, yes I was that cool, my brother came in and said “Hey Laura, the fit one, wants to add you on MSN. She thinks you’re fit.” As you can imagine I couldn’t say yes quick enough. We started talking that night and for a full week didn’t stop at all. She even rang me at 1am one morning just to find out what I sounded like!

We decided to meet that Sunday, and being the classy lad I am I offered to pick Laura up and take her to the beach for our first date. I collected her from a petrol station and started singing my favourite John Legend song at the time; When the sun comes up!

It’s safe to say after this date where we shared our first kiss under a street lamp (hence the tattoo) that I was smitten. She was the one for me, I was 18 and she was a 21 year old nurse….enough said!

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So the years have rolled on since then and we’ve had our fair share of headache and sadness, and lost people close to us. But we’ve also had some amazing times, she’s given me two amazingly beautiful boys and stuck with me through thick and thin and has literally given me the best 9 years of my life, and 7 of those as man and wife!

So rather than prattle on anymore I thought I’d share some snaps from our time together…

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I love you Jackson, more than a fat kid (me) loves cake! And yes this means I haven’t got a card yet…..

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1940′s Headshot Series…

So recently I got together with the very talented model Sarah and worked again with the awesome Laura Lou Make Up Artist  to create something a bit different. I had a vision in my head that I wanted to tell a story of a 1940′s female going through the emotions of getting ready for a night out and then right through to having an argument and being quite upset but shooting purely as head shots. To be honest I thought I gave Sarah a very tough gig with this one, god knows I wouldn’t be able to convey all of these emotions while sitting in exactly the same place….

So I wanted to channel a little bit of Emma Stone in Gangster squad with this, while letting Sarah do her thing! I think she nailed each look amazingly….

 

We also created a little video while shooting this one….

 

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