So let me set the scene……. pre wedding shoot south bank of the river Thames London – backdrop the millenium eye and the houses of parliament and our groom to be was on a mission to get back to work in the city before his lunch break was over. To add to the pressure of all this Simon and Aninder were having trouble finding us as we had all never met in person before and Aninders blackberry had been left on the kitchen table at home so we had no means what so ever of getting in touch – and time was ticking away. We did pull it off and the results were great, both Simon and Aninder were so such an easy-going couple we jelled instantly. How to plan your wedding in 6 weeks… and it be a total success sounds like the title of a best-selling book but that’s exactly what events expert Aninder did… with fireworks.
A wedding with a unique difference was planned and Aninder wore a traditional English wedding dress for the day (stunning) and a traditional Asian wedding dress for the evening, colour was on the menu throughout the whole venue – Hagley Hall Birmingham – so that meant great photography opportunities from the word go and the icing on the cake was to be Simon surprise when the sun had set and total darkness had cloaked the whole grounds.
The astonishment you feel when something totally unexpected happens to you just can not be put into words, but it can be put into pictures. Andy Oliver Photography has recently been commissioned to capture those moments in Doncaster for Bill Hodgsons milestone birthday celebration – it was reportage almost all the way and just cements to me the importance of good photography to look back on in years to come. For all you football fanatics Ron Flowers former england player (also of Wolverhampton wanderers fame) to name but a few caps he holds attended Bill bash. Ron won 49 caps for England and scored 10 goals. His international debut came on 15 May 1955 in a 0–1 friendly defeat to France. He went on to appear in the 1962 World Cup and scored two goals from the penalty spot in the group stage, Ron was also in the squad that won the world cup in 1966.
Great night and a smashing family.
It is always a good idea to book your pre wedding photo shoot as early as possible, this gives both the couple and photographer time to really get to know each other and work together so that on the wedding day everyone is comfortable and feels confident, this really does make the world of difference and shows through on the photograph. We had a great afternoon and a few of the elements to play around with (Sun & wind), a great combination that could help produce some stunning shots. We started in the studio, this helped my timing a lot as I no where the sun will be in different areas around my home town of Newark ( it always helps to do your homework ) and helped Alex and Zoe chill about the whole concept of being photographed by a professional out side, with people milling around.
It’s great when I get chance to be a little bit creative – I never miss an opportunity to play around with a bit of controlled lens flare, notice also how by turning my subjects with there backs to the sun it eliminates any dark shadows around the eyes and beneath the nose and creates a bright ring of light around Alex’s head, separating him more from the background and a ring of light that follows the contour of Zoe’s face.
Hard to believe that there were people playing around near by – well done guys.
I never stop looking for an opportunity to produce a different image so we made our way back to the studio via an ally way.
Having researched printing equipment for what has seemed a life time now was the right time for us to invest and we finally decided on which brand we would use and after visiting this years Focus exhibition at the NEC Birmingham we settled on a company that we had confidence could deliver not only the products we had decided on but also the training – expertise – back up – and after sales we expected. CWE Solutions were our choice and they delivered all of the above and more, from initial meet and greet with Robin at the NEC to product demos at their Sheffield offices and delivery to our riverside studio in Newark where engineer Duncan completed the install without a hitch (and as a bonus he was treated to a hand-made sandwich for lunch) “nice”, see it wasn’t all about finding a company that offered us the world for half the price but more about GUT FEELING and confidence, this always is the path both Jenni and me take when making a major purchase or dealing with suppliers and it hasn’t let us down yet.
CWE Solutions also supplied AOP with our JM54 SHA JetMounter, all we needed to complete our arsenal and simply the perfect combination, it is engineered to deliver a combination of performance and value unequalled in the industry, the popular JetMounterTM54SHA 54 inch (1375mm) electric laminator now includes two new features. The new Single Height Adjustment (SHA) allows the roller nip to be set more quickly, ensuring consistent roller pressure from side to side. A new LCD pressure gauge readout provides this versatile machine with far more process control than other laminators in its category.
Thanks again to the team at CWE Solutions