There is one city on Earth that gets my creative juices working over time more than any other. And that city, not surprisingly, is Paris!
It is the world’s most visited city and for good reason. With more beautiful scenery and architecture than nearly anywhere else, the entire city is like a giant postcard, just waiting for photographers to capture its glory.
I have been to Paris four times and each time I wish I had more days to photograph all the things I couldn’t get to. Every time I go I tell myself that I’m going to shoot the real Paris. The Paris that isn’t publicized to everyone. The streets of Paris. But this never happens. I end up taking the same photos I always do. Not because I lack originality, but because when I get to Paris, those famous sites take hold of me and don’t let me go.
Oh, I’m sure that with a few more visits the novelty will wear off and I’ll finally discover some remote areas of Paris that tourists either don’t know about, are too scared to go to, or just don’t venture out to because, like me, they are transfixed by The Louvre, The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, The Seine and all the rest.
On this occasion, my wife and I traveled by car and ferry from West Sussex for a short weekend that included all the usual sites and a special treat, the Tour de France.
I have watched The Tour de France since 1999, the first year Lance Armstrong won it. I have been captivated by it ever since. So it was a very special moment for me when I was standing there, (for four hours), waiting for the riders to arrive onto the Champs Elysees. And to add to the pressure, Bradley Wiggins, the first British winner of the Tour in its 99 year history, was on target to win. But, the pressure eased on the rider’s 2nd time around and I captured the below images.
I look forward to photographing this grand city in the near future, when maybe, just maybe, I’ll get to capture it’s true heart and soul.
As the wedding season rolls on I am in full swing and busier than ever. I’m shooting weddings in places all over the South of England and even going to Italy next month to photograph a wedding there. On this occasion I was photographing Carla and Dan. We had a great engagement session earlier in the year and they liked the images so much, Carla even saying, “they’re my favorite thing ever.” So there was a lot of pressure to give them some nice images of their special day.
The weather was absolutely awful for the getting ready shots and during the ceremony, which I wasn’t able to photograph due to the vicar not allowing it. But by the reception the sun came out a bit, although it was still cloudy, it was bright enough to capture some great images.
Thanks Dan and Carla for allowing me to photograph your special day.
This past week I had the immense pleasure to photograph a new campaign for Warburtons, the UK’s 2nd largest food brand. The campaign involved photographing recipes inspired by a low fat, high taste diet.
My job was to prepare and photograph five recipes that were created by a leading chef. With my wife on hand, who always prepares and styles my food shots, the shoot began on Tuesday and ended on Thursday.
I chose to shoot in natural light to give the shots a more rustic feel. And with the large amount of rain we’ve had in the South of England recently it was not easy. But we soldiered on and I think the results are very pleasing.
Thanks to Clarion Communications in London and Warburtons for giving me the chance to photograph this new campaign. I truly hope it goes well for you!
If you read the title of this blog and thought it was about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, I’m sad to say you are wrong. No, this is another Will and Kate. But no less important to me as I was the second photographer for Samantha Wordie Photography.
Will and Kate’s wedding was one of the best weddings I’ve been to all year. The weather was perfect, the setting was incredible and everyone was super friendly.
The reception took place at Pippingford Park in East Sussex, which I’d never been to, but will definitely go to again.
Thank you to Samantha Wordie for having me as her second, to Will and Kate for being amazing and everyone else who made this wedding what it was.