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?

Portrait Shoot with Mo

I shot this in my back lane behind my house for a friend of mine who wanted some photos. I wanted to try and use the lane and a have very shallow depth of field to really push back and blow out the background. It was a very quick and simple shoot so that he could have some photo to put online.

It was a cloudy day with spots of the sunshine so all I really used was a reflector as I had no one hold a diffuser even though it was barely needed throughout the shoot. I also used a speedlight with a small octagon just to soften some of the fill light in the shots.


I also wanted to try a new technique in some of the photos of shooting all the way open at f/1.8 with just the eyes in focus. Focusing with such a thing line of focus and still getting good tac sharp was results was challenging but this is still a technique I can't wait to use again.

Quick tip

When shooting at such a shallow depth of field, the majority of the time there may be too much light hitting the sensor especially if you are stuck behind your flash sync speed of 1/250th. A way of counteracting this is by using an ND filter. What an ND filter does, depending on its strength (1 = low 10 = high) is that It will cut down the amount of light that hits the sensor. In these images, I only used a 4 stop ND which was more than enough to still be able to see and still have the right exposure settings to get the photo I wanted. 

The final images.

Below is a gallery of the majority of the images from the shoot. Enjoy.


If you would like a photo shoot like this please feel more than welcome to contact me I am more than happy to answer any of you questions.

Outdoor Portrait Shoot - Anya, Niamh and Ruby.

Sunday 23rd may 2016

This is a very quick recent shoot that I was asked to do for three friends. I didn't have any initial ideas before the shoot and considering this, It went very well.

Our first location was in a car park on the top floor, there were some nice railing on the side that I would be able to use as leading lines towards the models. The light on the roof, however, was very harsh it was a sunny and cloudy day so I used a diffuser and reflector to help soften the light.

Our second location was In a small park that we found. It was partially in shade and had very nice, even grass and vibrant colours that were very nice to shoot with. We incorporated flowers into the shoot to give some of the photos a summer look. Again, the reflector was the only light adaptor used.

-The Models-

-The Final Shots-

Below is a gallery of the majority of the final shots from the shoot.