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George and Leah’s Wedding, Upwaltham Barns.

 

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George and Leah got married right in the middle of last summer’s heatwave at Upwaltham Barns, right in the heart of the beautiful South Downs. I know how hard it can be to shoot in very hot weather, so my camera bag was weighed down as much by water bottles as it was by lenses. I liberally applied sunblock as well, as it is very easy to get burnt to a crisp without even realising it on days like this as I have learnt to my cost in the past. There is nothing worse than shooting groups, you start to feel that you are getting burnt, and there is nothing you can do about it!

Upwaltham Barns Wedding

I was particularly lucky at this wedding that I got an opportunity to shoot with George and Leah as the evening light  drew in and we got some really beautiful shots. One of the biggest challenges for a wedding photographer is dealing with available light, whether it is a gloomy Saxon church or shooting groups in the middle of the day. I have my tricks and things I’ve picked up over the years that help make the best of any situation, but a photographer has no greater ally than good light, and no light is better than the golden sunshine of a summer’s evening.

Upwa;ltham Barns Wedding

 

 

 

 

 

Ihave worked at Upwaltham Barns many times

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Portrait Photography Tips – How to Prepare for Your Portrait Session

 

Portrait Photography Tips

Portrait Photography is a team effort. You might have searched long and hard for a portrait photographer, and might love his work, but there are still things you can do as a client that will make sure your photographs as good as they possibly can be. These simple portrait photography tips will help you get the most out of your photographer. When I take a booking from clients, I like to go through this simple check list with them that ensures they arrive looking great, feeling fresh and are ready to shoot!

Scheduling the Portrait Session.

One of the most critical things to ensuring a portrait session runs smoothly is making sure it is scheduled at a time where your children are well rested and fed and if we’re shooting outdoors, that the light is good. The best light for photographs is in the morning or afternoon, generally it is best to avoid the harsh light in the middle of the day. For small children morning is usually better. If you want to shoot outdoors I normally confirm everything a few days before, if the weather is not looking good I try to reschedule a date within two weeks of the original one. In cases of illness, it’s usually best to reschedule too unless it is a family get together that can’t easily be repeated.

How to Dress

I don’t like to have too many firm rules about how to dress for a portrait sitting, but these are some guidelines that can help. It’s a good idea to wear solid colours and to make sure everyone co-ordinates but doesn’t match too closely, if it is overdone it can look a bit false, like a cross between a catalogue and a religious cult!

Avoid patterned clothes like narrowly striped shirts or herringbone patterns as they can cause funny optical effects at certain print sizes. Logos have a tendency to date quickly so it’s wise to be cautious with them. If you are buying new outfits for your children check that they are comfortable in them beforehand, and that shoes don’t rub. This is particularly important with small children who won’t able to soldier through a shoot, they’ll be unhappy and they’ll let everyone know in no uncertain terms!

If possible keep some changes of clothes handy just in case, and remember to dress for the weather, don’t wear clothes that will make you sweat in the summer, or freeze half to death in the winter. Make sure that if you shooting in cooler weather you have enough clothes to keep warm while setting up or between shots. It can often be cooler than you think in exposed areas, and if you’re just waiting for the light to change or moving to a new location, the cold can quickly catch up with you.

Remember – if it looks a bit creased in the mirror, it will look very creased in a photograph, make sure your clothes are well ironed and sit well on your frame.

Grooming and Make up

If you want to get your hair cut for the shoot, it’s best to do it a week before the shoot date, the same for any beauty treatments liable to leave you looking blotchy. Natural make up is best, remember that photography tends to enhance colour and contrast so heavy make up is best avoided and spray tans need time to fade a little. Small blemishes, cuts or spots are easily removed in photoshop, so if a pimple appears on the morning of the shoot don’t panic! As a portrait photographer I prefer the more natural look. Family portraits could well be up on your wall for many years to come so it is best to be slightly conservative in how they are styled.

Drinks and Snacks

It’s a good idea to have a supply of drinks and snacks for younger children, it keeps them happy and can be used as bribes if need be! Remember not to bring anything too messy that could bring the session a sudden halt.

Have Fun!

If small children are involved make sure you tell them how much fun you’re going to have and what a treat it will be. Children pick up on things quickly and if you issue dire warnings about bad behaviour or offer them bribes for being good beforehand, they will think of a photo shoot the same way they think of a trip to the dentist. Emphasise that the shoot will a fun experience, that they can play and run around, and that there is no pressure to pose and stay stock still. I try not to shoot children’s portraits under time pressure, so there is plenty of time for young ones to warm up during a portrait session. I’ve shot enough portraits to know not to panic if I don’t get a great shot straight away, sometimes everyone has to work your their way into the shoot. It’s important that children don’t feel pressured into performing, as it can really knock their confidence and makes them uncomfortable. Better to just be patient. The great shots will come with time.

Follow these simple tips and you will get photos that you’ll really love and your family will enjoy the experience too!

I have a dedicated portrait photography site with lots of great examples of portrait photography I’ve shot around Chichester and West Sussex.

 

 

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Portrait in the Sussex Downs

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I was asked by a new magazine to supply this image for an article they were doing on country fashion. It is a photo I made a while back for a local fashion designer, but after negotiating a fee and digging the image out from one of my many archived hard drives I set about giving it a fresh bit of retouching and sent it off to the magazine. Which then promptly told me they weren’t going to launch after all…

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Jos and Sam’s London Engagement Shoot.

Portrait Photographed on the South Bank

I met up with Jos and Sam on the South Bank where they had got engaged a few months earlier. Sam was a bit worried about being photographed on her wedding day so an engagement shoot portrait was a great opportunity to put her at her ease. The area was very crowded, so I must admit it felt a little as if I throwing them in at the deep end. It can certainly be quite intimidating to have your portrait made with so many people around. One advantage of shooting in a big city is that even though it is often swarming with people, everyone pretty much ignores you, so in lots of ways it’s easier to work here than you might imagine.  I am originally a Londoner myself and quite familiar with the area (I used to work on the tourist boats here when I was at college) so we soon found some great spots to take pictures.

As a wedding photographer , it’s always great to spend time with clients, chat with them and get to know them a bit better. I think it really help the whole creative process if you build  a bit of trust, and develop an understanding. As wedding professionals we can easily forget how daunting a wedding day can be, and that’s not made any easier by having a stranger take pictures of you while you are getting ready, or repeating your vows. So getting to know my clients first is a must for me, and I think generally it really helps them. Posing for photographs is definitely something you can improve with a little guided practise, and is always something I recommend.

I think we spent a couple of hours wandering around. My wife and children had decided to take advantage of the trip to go and see a show in the Festival Hall, so I was in no rush. There are lots of little areas around here that seem to change quite regularly, so there’s always something new to find as a back drop.

 

Enagagement Portrait

I was really happy with pictures I had when I got home. I though they really showed the strength of their relationship and were full of character and fun. I was amazed that I manage to avoid having an errant tourist in the background. From the look of the pictures you would have though we were there at 6 o’clock in the morning, but it just goes to show you can find space anywhere if you look hard enough.

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Toby

I work a wedding photographer in west sussex and hampshire. I also shoot portrait photography and commercial work. In my spare time I am currently experimenting with large format film photography.

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Portrait of Jessie, Chichester

Portrait photography by Tobias Key

Jessie, Photographed in Chichester

 

Jessie is an actress with a passion for all things vintage who asked to shoot with me at the end of last year. We shot at a few of the more picturesque spots in Chichester, but I really liked this image which was shot in a little track behind some houses near me. Jessie had great poise and was great to photograph, and the location adds a sense of depth to the image which is something I always look for in a photograph. There is something very compelling about the illusion of 3d and I think it is something that is in a lot of my more successful images. I like large format photography because this effect seems to be stronger in larger formats, and coupled with the sense of occasion your sitters feel when confronted with a very large camera, it is a great recipe for compelling images.

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Portrait of Catrina, Chichester.

Portrait Photography by Tobias Key

Portrait of Catrina Rose, shot in Chichester

 

This was the first large format image I made after the terrible weather we had at the beginning of the year, so even though there isn’t any new leaves sprouting it feels like my ‘Spring’ photo. One of the things that’s very limiting about large format photography is that the camera is very hard to keep still in windy weather, even on a tripod. The process is also not very waterproof, so unless you can put up a makeshift shelter, wind and rain pretty much stop play with this camera. It does make you value fine days a bit more, and there are plenty of large format photographers devising new and ingenious ways to keep their cameras dry and still. This image was shot in Brandy Hole Lane woods, and the coppiced trees give the area a particular look that I really like. This is one of those photos that is not what I’d call an ‘internet’ picture.  It doesn’t work well as a thumbnail, so doesn’t encourage clicks on social media. I still like it though 🙂

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Portrait of Kitty, Shot in Brighton.

Kitty. Portrait by Tobias Key.

Kitty, Brighton. Shot on film with a large format camera.

This image is part of an ongoing series I have been working on as part of a personal project. I shoot these images on a large format camera which takes sheets of film 5×4 inches in sizes. It produces images with amazing resolution and depth, with a look quite different from my digital cameras. Producing images in this way is surprisingly addictive, there’s a real thrill in getting images out of a camera that is little more than a light tight box.

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Personal Project – Large Format Portrait Photography

Portrait Photography by Tobias Key

Simone, photographed in Brighton

 I have been working on a personal portrait  project for the past six months, shooting people in the vintage scene. I find the vintage scene intriguing, it reminds me of the rock-a-billy revival of the eighties and I don’t think it’s coincidental that retro trends tend to emerge from recessions. When times are tough I think nostalgia for simpler and more optimistic times increases, and the explosion of vintage fashion and events recently mirrors this.

I decided to work in a way I hadn’t before, partly for fun and partly to see if I could master the techniques that may soon be consigned to history.  I’d bought a large format camera on a whim about a year ago, and I’d always admired the work of the greats such as Avedon, Karsh, and Newman, as well as more recent fine art practitioners such as Alec Soth. I wanted an insight in to this most enduring of photographic methods.

I’ll be posting more images soon 🙂

 

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