I was asked if i would like to come along and photograph an up and coming band know as Black Nevada at the 02 Academy in Newcastle, with support from other local bands. I hadn’t done much band photography and I am looking to photograph more bands. I also received my first official pass for a gig that would allow me to go where the public were not allowed, so giving me access to places that meant I could get really close to where the band were performing and move around freely without any obstruction, as the room we were in did not have a *Pit, The light was challenging to say the least, but the night was excellent as was the music. The other bands use the drums of Black Nevada as they were the headline group and the others were supporting acts.
*PIT A place where photographers can stand to take images usually at the front of the stage.
Bands : Black Nevada : Singapore Safehouse : Fallen Mafia.
I was offered the chance to come and take some photographs at a local bands practice session, as I had said I was wanting to expand my music photography portfolio. This is just a few of the images from the session.
Band Members, Colin Lynch, Geoff Rose, Micky Pearson, Peter Atherton, Neil Nattris
I have had the privilege of going to do some photographic work for Community Campus 87, who run a variety of projects focused upon young person centred development, and on housing services for the homeless. So far the work I have done has mainly been taking images of their staff at desks and a few head shots, so they can update their website and other literature and also images of their properties in different stages of repair and refurbishment. One of the nice things about working with Community Campus87 is finding out about there day today work and their future plans are, it is nice to see how they are helping people from disadvantaged backgrounds and helping them turn their lives around. One of the things that struck me when meeting the staff was how positive they were about everything, and the hard work they put in to help people.
An Iconic landmark that is the Angel of The North, standing tall looking out over the valley, I had wanted to photograph the Angel for quite a while, but had never really put it as a priority. We have been getting some lovely sunrises on the October mornings, so decided I would get prepared the night before pack my camera and tripod ready to set off in the morning.” We had been getting some lovely sunrises on the October mornings, so decided I would get prepared the night before pack my camera and tripod ready to set off in the morning.”in the morning. I like to get to places with plenty of time to get set up and wander around, so I can check out different angles and shooting positions, as the alarm clock stirs me awake at 5am knowing that I would be there around about 6am or a bit earlier, I arrive looking at the sky thinking to myself that maybe the sky is not going to be as nice as it has been the last few days, but one always hopes as the cloud cover was quite heavy but it could break to give that lovely morning warm glow. So I set up shoot a few images of the Angel from different angles, looking hoping for the sky but it becomes clear that today is not the day for the warm colors of a sunrise. I had been there for a couple of hours as time just goes so fast when you are engrossed in a passion such as photography, I notice this group of people wandering over towards the Angel, and notice that one of the group has a camera in her hand as I stand and watch her move around the Angel I can sense she is looking for a good angle to get a photograph. I have the camera set up and I just stand there and wait and hope, she is going to take a picture, but I also hope she stands long enough for me to capture her taking the image, as I was shooting on very low shutter speed for the time of the morning. So the sunrise might not have appeared, but I had the fortune to capture this image of a young woman seeking her own version of the perfect shot. I became the photographer shooting the photographer.
I was also inspired by Light, a new camera technology that just hit the market and their #VantagePoint project.
I was very privileged to be the official photographer at the wedding of Paul and Laura which was to be held at the venue As You Like It, in Jesmond in Newcastle Upon Tyne. From the outside the place to be fair just looks like a giant office block, but when you walk through the doors that is when the magic happens and you are transported into a world of old world charm with glamour.
So I arrive a good hour before the actual wedding with cameras bags and beautiful assistant who just happens to be my wife, so I can get a feel for the set up and check lighting in the place to see how much flash I would have to use which turned out to be the whole day I thought this might be the case as I had done a recce of the venue a couple of months before to have a look around. So the groom arrives, later than expected as his transport was late picking him up but that is what happens at weddings or is that the bride being late. So we have a chat I capture a couple of pictures of him and the best man and have a chat with the gentleman performing the ceremony to see where i can stand and what I can do explaining that I would have to use flash because of the light and he said ” you can do what you want as long as Paul and Laura are happy with it” I told him that I had told them what I wanted to do and he said “that’s fine”. So we head back up the stairs as the guest are starting to arrive and use this opportunity to get a few images, as it is nearing the time for the bride to arrive everybody makes their way to the seating area and the wait for the bride begins and we wait people are getting a little concerned as the time passes, phone calls are made and eventually the bride arrives. In the words of the bride “it is fashionable for the bride to be late, but not when the bride is ready and the transport is late picking me up”, Anyway the transport eventually arrives and the bride looks stunning in her white dress, so a few images are taken upstairs then downstairs for the ceremony which passes without a hitch and a good day was had by all.
The wedding was Halloween themed due to being the day before.
So I attended a family wedding, and I just cant resist taking my camera so I was the photographer for the wedding, as the couple didn’t want many posed images they were more interested in candid images not the more formal posed ones so here are a few from the day.