Spain 2018 - Best Shots

Again this year I traveled to Spain over summer after my exams to see my family, cousins and shoot tons of images.

This year, I shot a ton of different things, event, portraits, a few mini photo series and also some street photography for the first time. Below I will post some of the best images that I caputred and if you would like to see all the images from each specific shoot, I will be following this post up shortly with some of the shoots with all the images and a bit about them..

Stay tuned for all the blog posts coming soon with all the images from each shoot and some more information about each one!

The Ghostnet Dress - Linda Thomas Eco Design

The Wave Of Waste Dress by Linda Thomas - Photographed by Clive Symm

Linda Thomas is an eco-fashion designer based in Bristol who specialises in “upcycling” which means that, instead of recycling old materials when they get broken down, she brings them back to life and works them into unique and beautiful dresses.

Earlier this year Linda hit the headlines with the Wave of waste Dress which she made from over 100 dumped body boards found on 3 beaches in Devon and Cornwall. The dress, and its 22 metre long tail, aimed to raise awareness on how plastics and rubbish are damaging British beaches and marine life

-The Ghostnet Dress -


Having worked with Linda before on a previous shoot, I have seen first hand how passionate she is about what she does, which is why I was so thrilled when she reached out to me to help her document the making process of her new ocean waste dress.

After discussing ideas over the phone, we began the process of filming the making of the dress and creating a short film/story showcasing it and its powerful environmental message. Although she has been working on this dress for over 6 months, we began filming in the last few weeks before its launch on the 30th of October.

For me, having seen first hand how Linda makes the dress in her studio, spending hours on end on the most intricate of details was one of the most inspiring part of this project The way she uses such creativity and skill to raise awareness about such a huge unspoken environmental problem was jaw dropping and I am very glad to be able to say that I was to help by making this short film.

- The Final Video -

If you would like to find out more about this dress you can head over to Lindas website and contact her at lindathomasecodesign.co.uk


The Clifton Club House - P & U Wedding

Peter and Uma first reached out to me in early 2018 and we began quickly began chatting about their plans for their special day in September. They kindly invited me into their home where i met them both for the first time and we discussed what they were looking for as-well as talking about how I like to shoot to ensure the best experience for them on the day!

After speaking with peter and Uma they said that they would be more interested in was the candid and non posed style if documentary photography and that whilst they still did want the classic bride and groom posed shots which is great as my style when shooting is very relaxed and non invasive meaning they can almost forget about the camera at times and really enjoy the day.

The wedding was booked for the 8th of September and it was taking place at the Clifton Club House in Clifton, Bristol and after getting the details off Peter and Uma, I got in touch in Uma and Peters wedding manager Sarah and arranged a date to visit the venue and chat with her about how the day was planned. This was great as it allowed me to ensure I was sure of when I could do my group shots and ensure that I could be ready to capture every key moment on the day.

The day went great, I arrived at 1 o’clock an hour before the guests arrived so that I could get some nice shots of the wedding preparations and I was there shooting until about 11:30. it was a pleasure to meet and cant with all the guests and to be a part of Uma and Peters special day.

Below are some of the best shots from the day! Enjoy

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Underfall Yard - Surprise Birthday

Jamie is my local barber and he first told about his plans for Jack (his partner)’s birthday party early in in the year. it sounded amazing! Jamie was planning a big weekend of dinners and surprises for Jack whilst secretly inviting down all of his family from Cornwall.

- Underfall Yard Bristol -

I asked Will to photograph my husbands surprise 30th Birthday Party and was not disappointed, he concerns himself with attention to detail and professionalism and this filled me with confidence. They’re the kind of photos you don’t just leave on a memory stick or device but you print and display in your home. As a hair stylist, I frequently work at weddings and therefore with a lot of talented photographers. The qualities that make Will special are that he’s genuinely polite, kind and attentive. You’ll feel at ease whilst he’s quietly capturing natural, stunning images of your special occasion.
— Jamie & Jack

For me, when shooting surprise birthday parties and events, the venue is really important. Having enough space and light can make my job when shooting much much easier so therefore I like to head down prior to the shoot to have a look around or just before guest arrive.

The parry was great, the guest had a great time and it was a pleasure to spend the evening capturing the surprise and all the great moments! I must say a huge thank you to all the guests who were so welcoming and toJack and Jamie for letting me be a part of their evening as the photographer, it was great!

Below are a few of the final images from the day.


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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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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.

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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 -

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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 -

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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.

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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

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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 -