Im Back!

Hello!

As mentioned in my previous post, I have been away for the last couple weeks on holidays in Spain and also at a few festivals to celebrate the end of my GCSE's and thus there has been such a lack of pots both on the website, and on some of my social pages. But, I have still been shooting like crazy I promise and, I am now in the process of sorting out all the images from this 10-week summer, editing them all and sending them out to family, clients etc.

So, therefore I am happy to be able to say that I will now have lots of new images, projects, blog posts and even tutorials coming soon as I begin editing. Be sure to stay tuned and keep an eye on all the new images and blog posts that will be popping up on my social pages and the website!

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- Autumn is coming! Why not book a shoot and get yourself some beautiful autumnal portraits?! -

Joe Holiday Mountain Biking Shoot

Mountain Biking is a sport I have never photographed before and so I knew this quick shoot with Joe was going to be a challenge but also a great chance to grab some experience. Joe is a friend of mine who is a talented rider and him and I have often spoken in school about arranging a shoot and getting some shots of him on the trails.

I was going in blind to this shoot, something which I like to try and avoid usually if possible as was this a bigger shoot I would've liked to scout the trails before to find the angles but actually the fact that this was so new to me actually may have been a good thing as it forced me to think creatively and adapt.

Overall the shoot was good fun, I found the hardest part is effectively isolating joe on his bike in the air and ensuring that the shrubbery surrounding was not too distracting. However, that said I'm quite happy with the results and I've defiantly learnt a lot should I do a shoot similar to this in the future.

- FINAL IMAGES -

A Short Break

I will be going to Spain over the summer holidays and, whilst I will be shooting lots and working with other companies, I will not have any internet or my computer to edit and keep the website updated. 

There will not be any new updates on the website or blog until I am back on the 20th of august so please bear with. Once I am back and have edited the files, expect lots of new updates with new images and what I got up to over the summer.

Thanks

Will 

Cecily Studio Photoshoot

After finally finishing my exams and starting my summer holidays and getting back to shooting, I decided to kick things off with a simple studio shoot with my friend Cecily Russel who I have shot with before.

I was not really sure what my goal was with this shoot, I wanted to improve my studio skills, ease myself back into shooting and try and get some new portraits for this month's photobooks. I set up a simple set up with the beauty dish, a bed sheet as a backdrop and also a small flash as a kicker. 

- The Model - 

- The Final Images -

Overall the shoot went great it was a nice relaxed fun shoot and I am happy with the images i got from the shoot!

Would you like a shoot just like this one? Why not get in touch!

Redland Green School Prom 2018

Last year for our year 10 sports dinner, I made a short fun video with some friends which went down really well on youtube. As a result, for this years year 11 prom I did the same thing and we made another short skit.

Similarly to last year, I filmed simply on my phone as it is more convenient and worked well as this year we did not end up having much time to film as we were in such a rush to get there but overall I am happy with the fun short video. Take a look! 

Have you seen last years video?

- Prom 2018 - 

What did you think of this video?! Let me know in the comments below! 

Pink Lady Food Photographer Of The Year 2018

I was lucky enough this year to be able to attend the finalist gallery at the 2018 Pink Lady Food Photographer Of The Years in the Mall Galleries in London. I have entred this compeition twice before in previous years but was never able to finish first from the finalsts. I entered my images 3 minutes before the dead line and was lucky enough to be short listed and tehn make it into the top 3! 

- How I shot my images -

All the images from the shoot were shot in my kitchen. I had brainstomred and planned a few ideas and then experimetned and spent an entire day shooting to trying different shots and looks. I came up withe about 10 images that I broke down to my final 3 images that I would enter. Most of the shots were actually shot very simply. For example the winning image was set up on a A2 peice of card that I curved up as a backdrop and then lit with a beauty dish and a reflector. 

- Three Final Images I Entered -  

This year my image "Finishing Touches" was awarded first place in the 14-17 category! It was a fantastic experience and I am glad I got to meet so many other inspiring creatives and be surrounded by others peoples amazing work. Fingers crossed for next years competition!

Here are a few images from the day -

Find out more -

If you would like to know more about the compeitiion either get in touch or have a look over on the competition wesbite and entere next years competition yourself!

Rebecca and Gareth Suprise Birthday Party -

Saturday 24th March 2018

This shoot was arranged back in March 2017 and thankfully somehow Rebecca and all those going managed to keep it a secret until the big day! As a surprise for her husband Gareth, she had arranged a surprise (Not 40th) birthday party with friends and family. I was lucky enough to be asked to be the photographer for the afternoon and I was aiming to capture all the smiles and laughter from the day.

William was absolutely professional and very discrete during my husband’s birthday party. He was able to put our guests at ease by being respectful of their space during the celebrations but managed to take some beautiful shots. He organised us well for a group photo and his family portraits were stunning. I have had feedback from guests about his charming disposition and we cannot fault his presence at the event - he became part of the party without being invasive. I would heartily recommend William’s services for any event in future!
— Rebecca Harris

This was my first every "surprise" shoot which meant I had to be sure  I was ready for the arrival so I could get that emotive reaction I was looking for just as he entered. I also set up a small "photobooth" against a white wall so that the parents could get photos together or with the kids as it can always be a bit of fun to have some arranged shots as well as the documentative candid shots in my opinion. 

My main struggle on the day was lighting, working in a big open space with a mix of outdoor and indoor lighting meant I was working at a high ISO but also trying to compensate with a slightly slower shutter speed than I should have had. The church was also very big which meant I couldn't use a ceiling or walls to bounce the flash off of, however, despite this, I was still able to capture the shots I just underexposed slightly knowing I would be able to bring it back in post
Overall, it was a lovely event which I am glad I was a part of any document. A huge thank you to everyone who was there for being so welcoming and a thank you of course to Gareth and Rebecca for being kind and helpful! 

Below are the images from the day. Enjoy!

- Final Images -

Do you have an event or birthday party coming soon? Why not let me create images so you can have memories that last a lifetime!

Snow Shoot!

Ive alwyas wanted to do some type of portrait shoot in the snow so when the "Beast from the East" hit Bristol I knew I had to get some shots.

Ruby, who I have shot with quite a few times before was kinf enough to offre to model despite the freezing weather. We arranged it very wuickly and just wrorked locally around Redland to experiment with what kind of shtos I could get. Of course it was absolutly freezing but we both ( maninly Ruby) braved the cold and overall got some nice shots which I am happy with.

- The Final Images -

Would you like a shoot? Why not get in touch. Id love to hear your ideas!

Summer 2017 Video Now Out!

I am finally proud to say that after some issues with copyrighted music and viewing restrictions I was able to release and upload this summers edit from my time in Spain. I was overall really happy with the results and am happy to be able to showcase it.

If you would like to see the video I will add a link to the youtube video below. Be sure to subsribe and let me know if you enjoy the videos or would perhaps like to see more!

Domaille Physio Therapy - Corperate Headshots

This shoot was a very simple headshot and styled type shoot for Melissa and Colin Domaille who work together in Bristol helping clients in their homes and their clinic. My intention for this shoot as to capture a variety of high-quality headshots for their websites of the new members of the team and also them at work.

Considering the space limitations, my main focus was achieving a natural lighting set up with the strobe but also showing the portability and quality aspects of their work. Whilst they are currently working on building their new website, you can get in touch with Colin or Melissa or see more about them over on their website.http://www.domailleneurophysio.co.uk/about-colin- dom

- Let me help you promote your website/business the right way with high-quality images that showcase you and your brand in an unforgettable way! -

Urban Portrait Shoot - Ruby DR

This was a fun quick shoot I did around some new locations in town with a friend of mine who I have shot with before last year. I hadn't really had much time to 100% plan and scout a route for the shoot but, I had a few ideas as to where to shoot which worked very well in the end.  

- Model - 

Overall the shoot went really well, it was fun short and I was glad to be able to get out and grab some new images while I could. The weather wasn't great unfortunately, mostly dark and grey but that almost helped with the look I was going for!

- The Final Images -

Shooting Film for the first time!

I have never really shot film or been confident with shooting film. I have limited to no knowledge regarding film processes but despite all this, I was determined to explore and give it a go to try something new. 

The film camera I used was actually very modern, it almost felt like cheating! It was given to me by a family friend who said they had found it lying around and it had autofocus and an exposure meter which made my life much easier.

Shooting film is definitely a different experience from what I'm used to and it was certainly one  I enjoyed. I actually shot the film over a period of about 6 months just picking it up whenever I felt necessary which meant I had a variety of images many of which id forgotten about. Shooting film is tricky in the sense that you never know what you're going to get and/or even if the photo will be properly exposed which is where you have to trust your judgement as a photographer.

- The Final Images - 

Urban Portrait Shoot - Bearritos Restaurant

So this was a shoot I have been dying to do for a while. After coming back from Spain in August, I felt like I hadn't been properly motivated to shoot. Moreover, my exams in November meant I was dying to push myself to get out and shoot.

- Location -

- Quick Tip -

Be sure to get permission when shooting in specific locations to ensure the shoot can run smoothly with no surprises. Also try to give yourself some time to scout the locations to have an idea of what you will shoot on the day.

The main location for the shoot was in the Bearritos Bus in the Bear Pit which I had visited a few weeks prior and managed to get permission from my old geography teacher of Simon green who runs the company. The lighting on the day of the shoot was amazing with soft clouds and some scattered sun. After spending some time shooting on the bus Cecily and I went out and around town and visited the Christmas markets to shoot there.

- Model -

Overall the shoot went really well it was a great feeling to be out shooting again and getting some more images for my portfolio. by getting out and shooting. below are the final images of the day. A huge thank you to Mr Green for allowing me and Cecily to shoot in the bus.

- The Final Images -

Why not check out my last fitness and lifestyle shoot with Cecily?

Event Birthday Photography

This shoot was a family surprise birthday party - It was a quick shoot which I shot simply with the 50mm and my old 1100D which allowed me to focus more on capturing the moment. 

Enjoy the images!


- Final Images - 

Do you have a family event or Party coming up that you want to remember forever? Let me capture every smile of your day!

Fitness Blogger Cecily Russel - Lifestyle Portrait Shoot

Thursday 26th October -

CECFIT -

Cecily is a Year 13 student who is keen about fitness and has grown her following, website and brand around the theme of living a healthy lifestyle and staying fit. Whilst chatting to her on our shoot, we spoke about how she wants to develop in the future. She spoke about wanting to be able to have a large following to whom she can teach and help sustain a healthy lifestyle.

- Quick Tip - 

Before a shoot always try get a good understanding of what your client wants and what there final vision is.This can give you a good chance to use your creative input to advise them on what you think would work along with any ideas they had in mind. 

Cecily originally reached out to me via email and after learning about the style of images she was looking for we arranged a date to shoot. The main aim of the shoot was to create images that  Cecily could use on her website. Lifestyle type shots.


- The Shoot and Location - 

Cecily and I decided that we were going to shoot around the Dockside of Bristol to try and get some urban and rustic look. A few days before the shoot I headed out early in the morning to find a train of locations that we could shoot at on the day of the shoot.

We decided to shoot early in the morning near sunrise time so that we could ideally avoid the midday sun and catch some of the morning golden hour but sadly the thick cloud took hid the sun from us throughout the shoot. We met at college green at 8:30 and shot until 12.

Will has such an incredidble eye for photorgaphy. I enjoyed working with him he was full of ideas and excitment for my project - Not only is his photographic eye incredible, but as a person, he is so passionate and that really transfers into his images”
— Cecily Russell

- Quick Tip - 

Scouting locations for me is a must before every shoot, not only does it give the shoot a more natural shoot, it allows me as a phtoographer to imagine and prepare the poses and shots I will get at each locations.

Working with Cecily was great, the shoot was smooth and we did our best to avoid the cold!  Her botfreind Olly came and helped out and worked as our assistant, holding coats, bags and providing the laughs throughout.

 

- The Final Images - 

Below are some of the best images from the shoot 

 

 

Why not use stunning, creative and storytelling images to promote your brand of business?


Work Experience Shoot - Linda Thomas Eco Design

I first met Linda in late 2016 where her and i spoke  at a stall I had set up to show my work and give out business cards at my schools open evening. Linda spoke to me about what she does and how she works with photographers all the time. Not only did her work sound fascinating but she also offered me the chance to assist on a shoot they had planned later on in the year!

I want to help you to be able to choose beautiful clothes using your head and heart. Having a style that effortlessly reflects what you believe in.

Linda Thomas - 

Linda is a Bristol and South West England based designer who prides herself in ensuring every dress she makes is Green. Linda's dresses are not only astounding but the attention to detail is astounding and has worked with and seen her dresses my self I can say that not only do they look fantastic but knowing all her work is made with the environment and ECO in mind makes it even better!

- The Team - 

Photographer - Katy Mcdonnell

Assistant - Will Lindsay - Perez

Dresses: Linda Thomas Eco Design

Hair and makeup: Emily of Able Mabel

Flowers: Liz of Pipley Flowers

Models: Jess, Claire, Tessa and Dami.

Rings: Eco Wood Rings

Shoes: Po-Zu

 

- The Shoot -

26th April 2017

After a short drive in the car, we arrived at our location which was a stunning pebbled beach which was shadowed by a cliff side. Whilst the models were getting their makeup and dresses done, Katie and I went around the cliffside to scout for shots around the beach and more importantly were looking for shade as we were shooting at midday and so Katie was contending with the harsh sunlight.

At the beach, I was mainly helping Katie with the light as I diffused and reflected and helped the models stay warm and balance on the pebbles. It wasn't until the second location where Katie found some beautiful forests which complemented the dresses perfectly that I started shooting some images. The light here was much better with lots of shade and the occasional light spill.

The shoots intentions were to "Show how easy it is for a wedding to be sustainable. Putting love back at the centre and not abusing other people or the planet in the process. Weddings can produce a lot of rubbish, and upcycling is one way of counteracting that. The dresses were all made from upcycled silk and stitched together with organic cotton" 

Another great thing is that in this shoot we diddnt we used models a wide range of diverse models. Tessa not only modelled immensely well on the shoot but is now on tour with "The Way I Look"  a production which highlights the experience of living with a facial difference.

- Final Images -

Being able to work with so many creative minded and inspirational people on a shoot was truly an honour. It was my first shoot where I had worked with a full team all aiming to create beautiful images and I learnt so much about all the small things, hiccups and work that goes into making a shooting flow smoothly. Overall the shoot went amazingly and I was keen to get home and edit my images and see Katie's images which were showcased in VOW Autumn magazine. Below is a gallery with some of the best images from the day that I took.

 

I owe a huge thank you to the team and especially Linda! I look forward to more shoots like this in the future.

 


Interview with Photography TV

Back in March, I got in contact with Paul Fontanelli via email asking if he would be interested to have a chat and possibly do an interview about what it is like being a young creative etc and to my surprise, later on, I got a reply saying he loved the idea and would be delighted to!

Paul has just begun his Youtube Channel Photography TV and has interviewed many other photographers such as

- Lee Morris, Nick Page, Thomas Heaton and David Hurley to name a few. My aim when going into the interview was to talk a bit about my story when starting out and try to help others in my position. Overall it was a really great experience and I can't wait to work with Pail in the future.

Here is the video be sure to have a watch and I hope you can learn something.

Enjoy!

Spain Summer 2017

For the majority of this summer, I was in Spain, Valladolid spending time with cousins, family and friends. Whilst I was there I also shot a ton of images from shoots, personal projects and videos. 

- Quick Tip - 

Push yourself to get out and shoo , if you have the time not every shoot you do has to be paid take time to do simple shoots to practise ideas and looks. 

This summer I noticed that I whilst I try to stay as open as possible to shoot all types of things, I mainly drifted towards shooting portraits and the majority of my ideas for images focused around a portrait idea or look. I did a ton of shots when I was there and also branched out into working with people who were not relatives in Spain and that way I could adapt to working and shooting in Spanish.

Below I am going to leave a gallery of some of the best images I shot this summer! Be sure to leave a comment letting me know what you think of the images 

Are you interested in getting your portraits taken? Lets have a chat about how I can help you relax and get your stunning portraits!

Tom Rendall Pt Troop Bristol

This was the Second Shoot that I did for PT Troop who are building their new website and are taking their business to the next level by building their online presence. 

I was briefed a few days before the shoot and I began thinking as to what type of images I was going to take. I shot two days after on Wednesday and arrived at about 4:30pm to set up for the portraits.

I wanted to capture the trainers looking smiley and approachable and overall I am quite happy with the results from the day. 

- The Final images -