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 -

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