I hate having my photo taken

I used to hate having my photo taken – there are probably only about three photos in total of me as a teenager – so I totally sympathise when people tell me they don’t like having their picture taken either.

In fact, it’s probably one of the most common things I hear.

Some people are naturally confident and relaxed, some people get very nervous, but most of us are somewhere inbetween.

Why are we not all super-confident and relaxed in front of the camera? I think there are two main reasons:

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Flashgun speedlite lampshade mod featured on DIY Photographer!

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Edit: Pleased to say this ‘invention’ has been featured on diyphotography.net!

This is not the kind of set-up  I’d use at a wedding – bit rough and ready for that – but my lampshade speedlite mod was ideal for photographing people at a halloween music event.

It couldn’t really be more simple, all I did was tape tin-foil on the inside of the lampshade and a bit of foil on top, and then attach it to my flash.

It acts as an excellent diffuser, and the key advantage it has over an umbrella is it’s much less likely to get blown over and break.

Here are some sample images:

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North Wales Weddings Photographer: Lady of the Lake photo shoot @ Llyn Padarn, Llanberis

north wales wedding photorapher lady of the lake llanberis padarn

Had a fun shoot last weekend where we went for a ‘lady of the lake’ theme.

Model is Eleri Roberts, set design/wardrobe was Thomasine Tomkins , make-up was Rhiannon Pritchard , boat man was Al Colinshaw, also with support of Conrad.

north wales wedding photorapher lady of the lake llanberis padarn

We used the Llyn Padarn lagoons at Llanberis for our location.

north wales wedding photorapher lady of the lake llanberis padarn
We had some interested bystanders asking why we did the shoot. The main reason is it’s fun, but creative photo shoots are also a great way to play around, experiment and get better at what we do.

The main challenge during this shoot was the heavy rain, and the fact that Eleri was in a boat.

north wales wedding photorapher lady of the lake llanberis padarn

north wales wedding photorapher lady of the lake llanberis padarn

north wales wedding photorapher lady of the lake llanberis padarn

Eleri was in the water at about 9pm. Big thanks to her for being willing to get quite cold!

north wales wedding photorapher lady of the lake llanberis padarn

north wales wedding photorapher lady of the lake llanberis padarn

Also thanks to Al for bringing his boat, which he built himself (!)

north wales wedding photorapher lady of the lake llanberis padarn

Rhiannon is a very talented make up artist. You should book her if you’re getting married.

north wales wedding photorapher lady of the lake llanberis padarn

And big thanks to Tam who has a background in fashion and is very skilled at wardrobe/set design, all round creative type.

north wales wedding photorapher lady of the lake llanberis padarn

north wales wedding photorapher lady of the lake llanberis padarn

north wales wedding photorapher lady of the lake llanberis padarn

north wales wedding photorapher lady of the lake llanberis padarn

 

 

 

Meifod, Caernarfon, & Llanengan Church pre-wedding photographer scout

I visited the church in Llanengan, down the Lleyn Peninsula, and the Meifod hotel near Caernarfon, in preparation for photographing and filming Ffion and Alun’s wedding in June.

I write up these notes so I have a clear idea what I’m doing on the wedding day, and so couples can see the thinking behind what I plan to do on their big day.

The church at Llanengan is located in one of the most beautiful areas of North Wales, a few miles past Abersoch down the Lleyn Peninsula. I got the key from the owners of the Sun Inn, a pub where I’ve often gone for food before, nice place.

There is a path leading up from the back of the church, which could work as a place to photograph Ffion and Alun with the church in the background.

There is window next to the door, so there should be good light for a photograph of the bride entering the church.

The church has a kind of double roof, with arches down the centre inside… this makes it a challenge to photograph/film all the seated guests, but could also make for some interesting compositions.

The natural light isn’t sufficient for photographing in most areas of the church, but there are overhead lights and the Reverend seemed relaxed about taking pics during the service.

There is an impressive stained glass window, under which I assume the couple will receive blessings. One issue here is there is a hanging light which somewhat spoils the shot from behind… could perhaps get round this by taking an extra picture of just the window and blend this with the photo of the couple.

Outside the church, my eye was drawn to the red telephone box. Not really sure why yet, cos I can’t quite picture a picture, but perhaps something will come to me…

Not far down from Llanengan is Hell’s Mouth, a spectacular beach, but perhaps a bit far from the road to get down to take photos on the day.

The Meifod, on the Bontnewydd side of Caernarfon, is prob a bit more than a half hour drive from Llanengan, maybe more considering there will be summer traffic to contend with.

The room where the wedding breakfast will take place is very large and well lit, so will get some nice photos here. Noticed two different backdrops for photos of individuals, the brickwork, which has some interesting lighting from the arched window, and cut logs.

There is an appending marquee where buffets are sometimes held, and as this is white it will make a good spot for candids of guests, with bounced flash.

There are some good locations for photographs of the couple outside, but I struggled a bit figuring out the best way to do a group shot of everyone.. think this will be a step ladder job, v cliche.

k, think that’s about it… looking fwd to the wedding.

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