28 June 2011

Couple more from Cornwall




You know, I am reaching the point where I might be done with garden photos.

26 June 2011

Allowed

Of holidays and the British Isles



You know the drill: a week in Cornwall, rain every day. Come back to London - brilliant sunshine ready for the return to work. Ah well now.
Here's a cupla pics from the trip:

4 June 2011

D and L's Wedding, Kent




Solipsism

Opposite the Man who was having his Dream Retirement Living on a Narrow Boat

Untitled

South of France

South of France

Annabel and Chris' Wedding

Untitled

South of France

North London Family Portrait Session

North London Family Portrait Session



"I can't hear you - did you say something about 'cute'?"

Daren and Louise's Wedding - the pre-wedding shave

Daren and Louise's Wedding

Daren and Louise's Wedding

Daren and Louise's Wedding

Daren and Louise's Wedding

Annabel and Chris' Wedding

Annabel and Chris' Wedding

Annabel and Chris' Wedding

Annabel and Chris' Wedding

Annabel and Chris' Wedding

Annabel and Chris' Wedding in the South of France

On Photographing Events: Weddings and the Like

It is, clearly, all about overcoming the obstacles that will, inevitably, be placed in your way. Too much light. Not enough light. Space too big to fill; space too cramped to move around. Lens not long enough. Lens too short. You won't ever, I promise, go to a shoot and find that the environment is perfect, the lighting is perfect, the people are uniformly like models, everyone likes having their photo taken, everyone has the same skin tones, the same light or dark clothing etc etc. In fact, if you do find this happening, look around you - you are probably in a studio somewhere, not on location, out in the wild.
Then there are the obstacles in your mind, your head: you don't want to be directive. You are tired / thirsty / hungry / had a row with your loved one / are unwell / have a defective motor.... You can minimise some of these with planning, with forethought. Your gear should all be working and you should have enough memory cards / battery capacity etc. But there is a point beyond which all the control freakery in the world isn't going to get you guaranteed peace of mind - something, somewhere along the line, will go wrong. You then have to be sanguine and deal with it calmly (or not so calmly of course - but you must deal with it).
One of my own peccadilloes that I am finding I have to overcome is a feeling, at some point part way through an event, that I have f**ked up and that the photos I have taken to that point are all beyond redemption and that I am going to leave the event empty handed, that I am going to have to face the bride and groom / the party organiser / the person with the purse strings and tell them I have nada in the larder for them. This point comes and I have to sit myself down for a few minutes, check that I am not doing anything wrong (say, for example, shooting the first half of the event with auto-bracketing set to "on" - yep, that happened some time ago!), and give myself a bit of a talking to. I then have to get up and face the fear, go to the place where the pictures are, or are likely to be, even if that place isn't very comfortable, and get the shots. I've not come back empty handed yet but the fear that I might hasn't left me and, nor, I think, will it ever.
Truth be told, even after getting home and backing backing up, backing up and backing up, and after editing the shoot down and post-processing for hours and hours until I think I might have a few keepers, even after all this I'm not really out of the woods, anxiety wise, until the client has their pictures and tells me they like them. Then, I can relax. But then, of course, I am mid-way through the next job..... Ah me, it ain't easy doing this. But I love it.

Welcome to Mrs Lemon's: Sic transit gloria mundi.

See more at http://patrickdoddsphotography.co.uk .

Something of an online zibaldone, albeit not on Tumblr where one might otherwise expect to find such things, "Mrs Lemon's Visit to Japan" takes its name from a poster seen in Cornwall advertising a talk at the local Women's Institute. I hope there is something here you like.

NB If you go back in time far enough on here some of the photos start to disappear - not sure why. Whatever is happening with the missing pictures, apologies.

BW

Patrick

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