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One of the things I love about being a photographer is the variety - one day I might be shooting the Presenters of OceanFM in a fun and relaxed way - another time a smaller company, sometimes some more environmental portraits.
The next it is a couple such as Marc and Sam who are very much in love, and if i'm very lucky then it might be cakes!
I like to think that all this variety gives you the client - be it at a wedding or in a serious corporate environment the best possible experience as I'm able to draw on all this experience and produce the goods time after time!
or a cool set of images for the gym staff!
and don't worry - you're not going mad
If any of this is of interest then please get in touch on greg @ thurtlepower . com or 07834 490393
I love engagement shoots - there are so many reasons to aswell. They can be in cool locations - such as amongst humongous trees! (almost as tall as me!). It's also a great way to get to know me - how I work and most of all for some fun, romantic and relaxed photography that means when it's your wedding day we can really work to get the very best images!
I can tell how much in love Sammie and Marc are and it was a pleasure to meet them at the location that Marc first proposed! So very romantic!
Can't wait to get to know you both a bit more and shoot your wedding next year!
I like to do a individual shot of my couples as people don't often get a nice one done.
and finally Sammie and Marc left for the day - I'll speak to them soon though :)
Often people ask me about lenses and what lens would be best to buy. Be it an expensive 85/1.2L or a more modestly prices 100mm lens. The main thing to deterine is your photographic style.
So I decided to show everyone how it changes.
All these images were shot at ISO400, f/2.8 and 1/160th of a second. Why 2.8? Well the 100L is a f/2.8 (there is a non-L non macro 100mm f/2)
alas no 200L for me (f/2 or f/2.8 :) )
but you can see the general trend as you go from wide to telephoto lenses, though it's interesting to note that for the same aperture and same framing of an image the DOF stays the same, but the perspective changes, this might be a subject for another test though.
Enjoy and leave comments if you wish :)
I quite like doing a bit of product photography - it's a little like the detail shots at weddings and if it's edible then all the better! :)
I had to eat some of these products afterwards... :)
anyone know any pig-farmers who are looking for bacon photography? :)
Here's some images from the session. Still got a few more sessions to go!
fabulous jelly beans
and of course some fabulous love hearts
and an awesome looking cake!
and i love the background to this cake - nomnomnomnom
and some more cake - i love photographing food - it's one of my favourite products photograph - can you guess what the other is?
I love shooting the bride and groom portaits - and although i don't always get that long on a wedding day then a cherish / trash the dress shoot is an amazing way to get some more use out of the wedding dress and get some awesome photographs that you can really get the most out of your dress with.
I met up with the lovely Catherine (and her bride's accessory - Phil) near christchurch and bournemouth (never sure which it's nearer) at hengistbury head.
Here are some of my favourite photographs from the day
the fabulous bracelet
the back of the dress
more of the veil by the great blue beach huts
and some more fun (bonus points if darts lovers can spot the signigicance of this one) in the dress by another hut
i love the colours here - with catherine sat down showing of the dress and the lovely yellow of the hut and the blue of the sky
i love the contrasts in this one - really showing of the amazing wedding dress and bringing out catherines eyes once again
relaxed, fun and romantic all in one image here with Cathering and her husband having a laugh whilst we were about halfway through this photoshoot
some more details of the awesome wedding dress - i love the stitching and detail here
and here we have bit more of the wedding dress detail - really was great looking and I'm glad that this cherish / trash the dress shoot allowed catherine to show it off once again
all aboard for this one ( :-) ) we rode the land train to mudeford beach and back to hengistbury head - i even accidentally hit the stop button making the whole thing stop. How we chuckled.
I love using an off camera flash to light the bride - and having an awesome background was just the icing on the cake for this shot.
This time we had the bride's accessory come into the shot (or groom as he's known)
now it was time for some shoe shots - which is always fun - this time I have to say i loved having them on a clifftop
catching the last bit of the sunset and lighting the shoes - really gives a twist on the shoes detail shot you shoot at most weddings
one of my favourites at the end of the photoshoot nice interesting sky with photographic clouds and a dab of colour from the setting sun.
What an awesome fun photoshoot that was relaxed, fun and romantic all at the same time!
I've started experimenting a little bit with video at weddings this year - you may remember the video I featured on my blog earlier in the year from Highfield castle, this is a little different and involved using the loan Sony NEX-5 at Stephanie and Richards wedding at the Hilton Hotel in portsmouth.
Richard and Stephanie are both awesome! so relaxed and fun - the whole day was such fun for me to photograph. I've not finished processing their wedding photographs yet (sorry guys) - but they're coming up guys. Don't worry.
In the meantime here's a sneak peak of the video footage - look at the fun of the first dance! great stuff! Love my job!
Here's them dancing down the aisle after being married too!
There were 2 photobooths running the whole evening and these are fabulous for corportate events, christmas parties, birthday parties and of course weddings for evening entertainment. Everyone goes away with a print with 4 photos on and you get to mess around inside
There were also fairground rides for all the employees - a bbq (with bacon), a scary house! a dance floor, a club, John lewis really did show that even in todays market you can reward your employees/partners well for hard work!
and the haunted house
with a great band playing through the night
After the success of my previous lighting workshop I've decided to extend this to cover off camera flash (aka strobist) using small flashes - i'm calling this speedlight skillz :)
The course will cover the following:
This course is suitable for intermediate flash and advanced users.
There will be a theory in the morning covering everything you need to know.
I will have a set of nikon/canon flashes, please feel free to bring along your camera and standard zoom complete with your preferred triggers/setup.
There will be the option to review your shots.
Everyone will get
9:45am - registration
Equipment basics: what do i need / what don't i need?
How do i get my speedlight off camera?
Speedlight overview - controls and options
Different triggers - pros/cons
Using a light meter and taking readings
Lighting theory - shutter speed = ambient , aperture = flash power
Different light modifiers available for speedlights/flashgunds.
Break for lunch
Practical session with a model to demonstrate the theory learned in the morning
There should be time for all delegates to have hands on doing a mini-assignment. This may be outside weather permitting!
4:30pm questions and close
Blandford based photographer Greg Thurtle of TP Photography is giving local amateur photographers the chance to develop and hone their skills by attending his photography courses in Tarrant Monkton. on 28th November the course will cover the whole day and is priced at only £67.50. The workshops run from 10.00am until 4.30pm and will consist of theoretical learning in the morning and the chance for some practical work in the afternoon.
Greg has been a photographer for 8 years and relocated to Tarrant Hinton from Southampton in 2008. He lives with wife Maddy, and their two children Violet and Joseph. As a wedding photographer Greg has photographed weddings across the UK and has even travelled to shoot a wedding in France. The TP Photography style is modern reportage with a mix of both romantic wedding images which focus on natural interaction together and traditional shots.
For more information or to sign up contact Greg on 07834 490393 or email email@example.com or to have a look at some of the stunning images taken by TP Photography visit http://thurtlepower.com/.
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I recently attended a wedding fair at the crown hotel in blandford forum, and a great success it was too, I not only met lots of potential new bride and grooms, but also some other great wedding suppliers.
Here are a few images from the day.
Clients checking out my stand TP Photography - Relaxed Dorset Wedding Photographer
The Funky Photo Booth - available for hire for parties, events and weddings.
Blandford Health and Beauty Centre - bell house - sam - 01258 450545
The perfect ring company
This weekend saw my First wedding workshop. Down in the wylds of dorset, there was a relaxed wedding photography workshop. This was a 10-4 workshop with both theory and practical sessions with a couple in the afternoon.
After going through how i approach weddings and sharing some of my recent images the floor was opened up for questions, then for lunch it was off to the local hostelry where I had a Bacon and Sausage baguette (aweseomely tasty) and a pint of Cider to keep the food happy.
Then back for the afternoon we finished of the last of the slides and went to the local church where i talked through how i'd approach and shoot the ceremony. With that out of the way it was onto some bride and groom portraits with us using local scenery such as phone-boxes, roads, obelisks (but no asterix) and a bridge over the currently very dry fjord.
I was on hand to offer advice and practical tips to the students at this point and am really excited to see how the students photographs turn out.
Here's a selection from behind the scenes and also from the wedding workshop itself.
If you're interested in finding out more about my courses then feel free to drop me an email
In the classroom
in the church
The groom waiting
You may remember the Sony NEX-5 first look i did last week, well i've had some more time to play and thought i'd put down a few more thoughts for you all.
I went to my daughters first Harvest festival at her new big school last week, and it was at the Local(ish) Church, now I had my Nikon D3s with me also which is the king of low-light photography currently. The only thing is that it's big, and not exactly discreet. So with all the unfortunate-ness of taking photos with children in then I decided that whipping out a big pro dSLR and long fast tele would maybe be not too clever (topic for another time i think).
However not wanting to miss this special moment of my daughter and having the Sony on loan then i thought this would be a great chance to not only test the Image quality in low light (this church wasn't that bright) but also see how it works in those sort of situations. This is a really good use case, the Sony is small enough it's not conspicuous but having a large APS-C sized sensor then the images are streets ahead of anything a compact camera could give you, and hence great for this kind of work. The fact the Sony has a great flip out LCD on the back meant I could hold it at waist height and get a more stable image (The anti-shake in the lens helped here). I'd like to see how the e-mount system evolves over time and am looking forward to some fast prime lenses that would make low light work even better.
I also tried out the video function during the singing of a song - and I've included this too - excuse the youtube compression, I think it has done a great job and i think is pretty much unique in the marketplace today in what it offers.
stay tuned for more thoughts as and when.
You may remember Richard and Stephanie from a recent engagement shoot session on the blog, well their wedding rolled around very quickly.
I loved that they used the photographs from our engagement session as centerpieces and were right next to their awesome hen and stag night albums. Fabulous touch guys!
Despite the wet weather a fabulous time was had by all and the Bacon Burger and Cider I had for lunch was awesome! Best of all was that they both wanted a fun photo to start off the bride and groom portraits. So without further ado here we are:
Congratulations Mr and Mrs Cole.... have a great break!
I met up with Sammy and Marc who are getting married next year. We arranged to go to the new forest and in particular to Rhinefield Ornamental drive which is where Marc proposed to Sammy, so it made a great trip down memory lane (and some green lanes too!)
Engagement Photography by TP Photography