Well hello there, welcome to my website.
It’s part photography portfolio, part info about the photography training & books that i’ve written and part ramblings about photography related stuff in the blog……..As well as the odd random thing not connected with any of that!
So I’m a Brighton based photographer who focuses (get the pun?) on people and portraiture. I specialise in unique and quirky portraits, company profile images, corporate head shots, team portraits etc. I also do corporate work and event / PR photography. I’ll travel all over the world for the right client and brief, but especially like working in Brighton, Sussex and London.
I’ve got a very creative background and a degree in Fine Art, i’m obsessed about movies and pop culture and often include the odd subtle reference to both in my images. I’ve written books on photography, which have been published all around the world and I regularly contribute to professional photography magazines.
I shoot weddings in my own unique way under the name Viva Wedding Photography. Click here to have a look at the Viva Wedding Photography website.
I’m also well known for teaching photography training workshops and specialise in On and Off Camera lighting techniques as well as tailored 1-2-1 training sessions in anything from Basic DSLR introduction to photography, to Toy & Film Cameras, including Wedding Photography as well as Studio Lighting.
If you’d like to get in contact to find out more or to ask me a question, please use this link.
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For those of you who don’t know who Tim Andrews is i’ll share a little bit about him and what he’s doing.
A few years ago Tim was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and decided to go on a photographic journey and have his photo taken by lots of different photographers. And when I say lots of different photographers, I mean lots. He’s almost pushing 300 photographers now. And i’m very privileged to call myself one of those photographers, and am amongst the likes of Rankin, Chris Floyd, Spencer Murphy, Harry Borden and loads more photographers who’s work I really admire. But most of all what you need to know about Tim, is that he’s such an interesting and nice guy. I think I was with him for about an hour and we just didn’t stop talking for all of that time. I can’t really remember what we talked about, just that he is great company to be around.
So anyway back to the image. As usual i’d done a bit of research on my subject and I’d really enjoyed looking at all of the portraits of Tim, but wanted to do something that was a little different and find some way that I could put my creativity and what I felt about Tim into the image. I kept coming back to Parkinson’s Disease and what it meant to Tim to be living with this. I was also struck by how few of the photographers had tackled this issue, which after all was the catalyst for Tim’s project. So I wanted to convey a sense of the disease that Tim lives with and is always there with him, but how he hasn’t let it take over his life.
The idea for the image was to light Tim in an interesting way, using coloured flashes to paint him with light and create a dynamic looking image that way, but also to add a second level to the image with a faint shadow of Tim’s face to represent Parkinson’s Disease always being there. So during the exposure, which the shutter had to be open for a lot longer than usual, I asked Tim to move and I fired a fourth flash with a red gel over the light to give this slightly ghostly image.
I’m really pleased with the image that I captured of Tim (for Viva Brighton Magazine) and am honoured to be counted amongst such esteemed talents as well as having met Tim.
If you’d like to find out more about Tim’s project have a look at his blog here.
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A good friend on mine has been getting a lot of publicity recently for her business. She’s been featured in lots of magazines and national newspapers and won the John Lewis Pitch Up Award for new and innovative products. As well as given the title of ‘mumpreneur’.
She sell Toddlebikes. Which for those of you who don’t know are an amazing product. They are small sturdy bikes for toddlers also known as a pre-balance bike for small kids. They are great things and my kids have really enjoyed theirs. They have been a great introduction to riding a bike and teaching kids the skills they need to ride a big bike and they are so easy for them to carry and use being super lightweight. I can’t recommend them enough.
Jo asked me to take some photos of kids using them as well as a portrait of her that she can use for publicity purposes as The Sunday Times, Amazon and The Telegraph as well as a load of other magazines and websites all needed images. And John Lewis needed some lifestyle images to help them sell the Toddlebikes on their website.
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I’d met Brighton Crooner Matthew Van Kan a few years ago at a wedding I was shooting and Matthew was much earlier on in his singing career, so it was a pleasure to shoot him again for a magazine in Brighton.
Matthew now sings at the Savoy in London on a regular basis and its amazing to be entertained by this very talented singer and artist. Who describes himself as a modern day crooner. But is actually a lot more than that.
I’d had an idea to shoot Matthew in the street in Brighton and try to capture the hustle and bustle of a busy city and create a unique portrait. It was a bit if a technical challenge. How to you shoot a long exposure shot, using off camera flash, on a bright sunny day, in the middle of the city? Well I found a way. So this is lit with one flash and i’d played around with the white balance and shutter speed to capture Matthew in a fun way that had impact.
Matthew was a great sport and I hope to work with him again at some point in the future.
If you’d like to find out more about Matthew check out his website here.
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