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Posted on November 2, 2016 by Admin under General information, Weddings
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Portraits of the groom and the groom’s men

It goes without saying, marriage is the union between 2 people. However, most of the wedding photography discussions are about the bride, and rightly so. However, the groom and the groom’s men are also an essential part of the day and it would be a shame not to take the opportunity to shoot some really fantastic images.

The groom and groom's men often have the uniform look.

The groom and groom’s men often have the uniform look.

 

“I bring props with me to add that little extra for a different look”

 

Location and props

I often make extra effort when photographing grooms men, rather than getting them together and taking a simple group shot, I utilise the location where possible to carefully arrange them into something very special.

Sometimes, I bring props with me to add that little extra for a different look; I called it the mafia look. In some cases, the groom and the groom’s men will have accessories with them and I always make good use of them.

Great location can produce fantastic images, with the aid of suitable props would make the image even more special.

Great location can produce fantastic images, with the aid of suitable props would make the image even more special.

 

“The natural and non-composed photographs show personality a lot more and they tell a story.”

 

Natural and spontaneous

I find the easiest way to make people relax is to have a conversation about the things they enjoy doing. Posing is an important part of wedding photography but the natural and non-composed photographs show personality a lot more and they tell a story.

In order to achieve the spontaneous look, I give my groom/groom’s men some simple tasks to do. It could be as simple as walking together and having a good chat about the stag party, or it could just be they are putting their handkerchief in their jacket or flower in their button hole. I make sure they are at the position where there is great lighting and backdrop to create fantastic photographs. It’s not intrusive and they are getting on with getting ready for the wedding.

These images are not posed and it tells a lot more stories

These images are not posed and it tells a lot more stories

 

“Standing the groom in front of the window is a classic one”

 

Into the light

Lighting is an essential part of photography, in term of wedding photography, I always do my best to use natural light. Standing the groom in front of the window is a classic one and in my opinion an essential shot that I will always get for the groom.

Grooms often get ready in a small and not well lit room. The images can still look great by using window light.

Grooms often get ready in a small and not well lit room. The images can still look great by using window light.

 

 

 

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This blog post is provided by Jack Chen ABIPP ARPS. Award winning photographer based in Reading UK, specialising is wedding and portrait photography. If you are interested in any service, visit the website.

www.jackchen.co.uk

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Pre-wedding photo session

Posted on November 1, 2016 by Admin under General information, Studio portrait, Weddings
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Most people are not accustomed to having their photos taken by a professional photographer. Although a good photographer should be able to put their subject at ease and produce the photographs, it is difficult for the wedding couple to be totally comfortable with a stranger on the day who is pointing the camera at them most of the time. Therefore, I always arrange to have a pre-wedding photo session a month before the wedding, it’s not only about producing fantastic images, it’s also an opportunity for us to organise the final details and make sure the day will run smoothly.


Photographing at woods near by the studio.

 

Wedding day organisation

Organising your wedding day will be top of the agenda at the pre-wedding session. To put it simply, it’s working out the timeline for the day, what is happening at what time and making sure there is enough time for each task. It usually helps the soon to be wed to work everything through in their mind too. I have gone into detail on this subject in a previous blog post.

Creating lots of closeness and intimacy between the couple

Creating lots of closeness and intimacy between the couple

 

Your wedding guests

No matter how big or small your wedding is, there is a lot to be taken into consideration, especially the family and friends you are inviting, just think of the seating arrangement for your wedding breakfast. In addition, some of your guests come from far away places and it’s important to have those memories of who came to celebrate the union. With that in mind, I work out a list of shots with you, the combination of people you would like to have photographs of and anything special that you are planning. By putting it down on paper, it will make sure we don’t miss the important shots on the day.

Pre -wedding session at location

Pre -wedding session at location

 

Location or studio

Whilst my studio is a comfortable and homely environment for a photo session, lots of people choose to have their pre-wedding photo sessions on location. Rightly so too, weddings are taking place at locations where lighting and conditions are not as controlled as in the studio. In fact, I usually suggest to have your session on location, either at the wedding venue or at a beautiful local wooded area in and around the beautiful village of Mortimer where my studio is based.

Pre wedding session at BAC Maidenhead

 

Preview and finalise

The final stage of the pre-wedding session is to review the images from the session. By doing this, I can go further into the elements of posing and we can see the efforts of the work we have done together and how it will translate into stunning images on the special day – it’s a preview of your photographs after the wedding. Furthermore, in order to finalise everything, I’ll organise a timeline/shortlist for you then send it to your roughly a week before the wedding.

Some photographers may consider pre-wedding sessions as additional work and add extra charges for it. I believe it is an essential part of wedding photography. As a rule, I build it into the wedding photography package no matter how big or small.

By reviewing the images straight away, I am able to give them an idea what the result of the wedding day photography might look like.

By reviewing the images straight away, I am able to give them an idea what the result of the wedding day photography might look like.

 

 

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This blog post is provided by Jack Chen ABIPP ARPS. Award winning photographer based in Reading UK, specialising is wedding and portrait photography. If you are interested in any service, visit the website.

www.jackchen.co.uk

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Email: jack@digifocus.co.uk

Mobile: 07971939813.

Tips and tricks on posing for wedding photography

Posted on August 19, 2016 by Admin under General information, Location, Weddings
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There are so many different elements that need to come together to make a stunning wedding photograph. It is paramount to get the posing right when the bride and/or groom is involved in the creation of the photograph. I have come up with some ideas and tips for your consideration.

 

Working with your photographer, discover what works and what doesn’t.

I do understand posing for photographs is a scary prospect for lots of people. Many of the brides and grooms I work with feel this way. Therefore, I always have a pre-wedding photography session 1 month before the wedding. This gives me the opportunity to teach my soon to wed couple how to pose, and it’s also a great way to have them get used to me photographing them. Most people infrequently or never have professional photographs which can make it feel like an uneasy experience.

Having a pre-wedding photo session with your photographer is also a chance for the photographer to see what you are capable of. In my experience, I often find I can bring out the best of my subject just by getting to know them better.

Working with your photographer to get the best result.

Working with your photographer to get the best result.

 

“Use the limbs to create shapes then add curves by relaxing the torso.”

 

Curve and twist

The human body is naturally curved and round, it’s also most relaxed when it is not rigid. The rule of good posing is to use the limbs to create shapes then add curves by relaxing the torso. It’s an elegant look that suits most brides.

Use your body to create shape

 

 

Get comfortable and lost in the moment

Getting yourselves comfortable is the easiest way to achieve a stunning pose for most couples. Nothing too complicated, just relax and enjoy the moment. Although this is sometimes easier said than done. Wedding couples are the centre of attention and it’s normal to feel nervous as all the spot lights are on you. My suggestion to the bride and groom is to immerse themselves in their own world. Just enjoy each other’s company and do what feels natural. You’ll be surprised what you can produce when you are relaxed.

There are lots of emotion on the wedding day, use that emotion and create something special.

There are lots of emotion on the wedding day, use that emotion and create something special.

 

“Relax and enjoy the moment.”

 

 

Incorporate the location and use what’s around you.

The venue is a big part of your wedding. It could be a registry office, a mansion house, an old church, or a stunning castle. The idea is to use your surroundings to create poses that correspond with the architecture. For example, you could lean on a beautiful arch door or a decorative porch. A good photographer would know how to enhance your wedding photography by utilising the features of the location.

Wedding venue often stunning. Therefore, use it.

Wedding venue often stunning. Therefore, use it.

 

 

“I believe wedding photography should be an experience rather than just me turning up on the day and snapping away.”

 

 

Make it really special, use props and interesting set ups.

I am always very keen to do something special for the wedding couple. I believe wedding photography should be an experience rather than just me turning up on the day and snapping away. A talented wedding photographer will use what’s on hand to make it part of the photography, such as a bouquet or vail, and for grooms it may be a hat or other accessories. I often bring different props with me to enhance the wedding photography experience. It could be sunglasses, a vintage camera, a decorative umbrella, or even apple crates. All these ideas and extra effort I put in will add that extra dimension to your wedding photography.

 

I believe wedding photography should be an experience not just taking photos

I believe wedding photography should be an experience not just taking photos

 

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This blog post is provided by Jack Chen ABIPP ARPS. Award winning photographer based in Reading UK, specialising is wedding and portrait photography. If you are interested in any service, visit the website.

www.jackchen.co.uk

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Email: jack@digifocus.co.uk

Mobile: 07971939813.

 

Keep your wedding day stress free

Posted on August 12, 2016 by Admin under General information, Weddings
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Managing your wedding day timeline

Your wedding is one of the most important occasions in your life. The planning of your wedding could take months, if not years. As a wedding photographer, it comes down to me to create wedding photography that not only documents your special day, but elevates it into memories that will last for a life time.

Consider this; there is no way to re-do your wedding day and there are succession of tasks to go through on the day that need to fit together like a perfectly cut jigsaw.

The following words are some helpful pointers on how best to plan the timeline on your wedding day. They are recommendations I give to couples on how to run the day and how to get the best out of your wedding photography in the planning stage.

Morning preparation stage is an important part of your wedding day, arrange enough time both bride and groom to be photographed

Morning preparation stage is an important part of your wedding day, arrange enough time both bride and groom to be photographed

 

Tight but loose at the same time

Paradoxical! I know. It’s about organising your day properly. Having enough gaps in between each activity and working out the time needed for them in order to keep the day flowing. For example, you might have a very busy schedule before the ceremony but have a long wait between the ceremony and the start of the wedding breakfast. I would suggest pushing the ceremony later in the day so the day is spread out better.

 

Location, Location, Location

Most weddings taking place at multiple locations. It could be 3 to 4 different locations. From preparation in the morning, the groom/grooms men getting ready, the church and the venue(s). For me, a fair amount of time will be dedicated to traveling between them and I always recommend having the locations as close to each other as possible. This will give me more time to photograph every stage of the preparation and keep the day flowing as planned. It is important to factor in the photographer’s travel time when planning.

prep 2

Its goes without saying that the groom plays a massive part of your wedding, As the grooms usually getting ready in different location, it would be ideal to factor in the traveling time for the photographer.

Its goes without saying that the groom plays a massive part of your wedding, As the grooms usually getting ready in different location, it would be ideal to factor in the traveling time for the photographer.

 

Start at the end and work backwards

Yet another paradoxical concept but let me explain. You should always plan every stage of the wedding from the end of your last activity. For example, your ceremony starts at 2pm and your wedding breakfast starts at 4pm. On paper, 2 hours is sufficient time. In practice, this might not be enough for your photography. The ceremony will take around 30 to 40 minutes, then the reception with your guests. This will most likely leave only 1 hour for your wedding photography. Which isn’t ideal. I usually suggest to my clients to push the wedding breakfast back for 30 minutes or so, which gives us more time. The last thing I want to do is rush your wedding photographs.

 

Think of your wedding guests

Goes without saying! The wedding guests are your beloved family and friends. They are a massive part of your day. There will be times they have to wait and are not doing much. Therefore, keeping them entertained and fed is always a good idea, especially if you have lots of children at your wedding.

Arrange plenty of activities for your guests.

Arrange plenty of activities for your guests.

 

Chat with your supplier

Your supplier is a great asset for your wedding. They have much more experience in organising a wedding than you do. Considering most people only get married once, this isn’t surprising. Their input could be a real help.

 

Stick to your timeline.

In my experience, it is hard to see how the day will pan out regardless of how much planning you have done before hand. However, as a photographer, my job is to produce beautiful wedding photographs on your big day, and to do that I rely on a plan that works. It is highly recommended that we stick to the same timeline so your wedding day is photographed to the best of my ability.

 

A well planned wedding is like a fantastic wedding party group portrait, all the elements need to be at the right place and at the same time.

A well planned wedding is like a fantastic wedding party group portrait, all the elements need to be at the right place and at the same time.

 

 

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This blog post is provided by Jack Chen ABIPP ARPS. Award winning photographer based in Reading UK, specialising is wedding and portrait photography. If you are interested in any service, visit the website.

www.jackchen.co.uk

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Email: jack@digifocus.co.uk

Mobile: 07971939813.

 

Corporate portraits

Posted on July 12, 2016 by Admin under Corporate and PR, Location, PR/Commercial
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Cellnovo is an international company with staff and management team from different parts of the world. To photograph them would be a challenge considering the time constrain and location. Especially when there is a call for a group photograph.

I was given a short period of time to photograph the individual board members and a group photograph of all 9 board members. I decided to use high key backdrop to keep its uniformity. First I photograph for the individual portraits then another for the group. where I can put them together in post production.

The result speak for themselves. You can also see how is the company utilise the images on there website by click on the images.

 

 

composit group shot

 

Use high key background to photography individuals then put them together in post production

Use high key background to photography individuals then put them together in post production

Digifocus PR photography

Posted on April 29, 2016 by Admin under PR/Commercial, Studio portrait
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Its the third time Liga come to the studio for the PR images, this time, we are going for something a bit out there. The theme is neon and my thought is to keep the portrait low key but making sure the nails will glow. Almost like glowing stick in the night club. Definitely a departure from the family portraits I usually do in my studio. I think the result speak for itself. You can’t help to notice the nail is the star of the show.

 

Using blue lighting as a theme for the shoot, the idea is to make the nails look like glow sticks in the dark. 

 

Using the low key lighting but concentrate on the nails.

Using the low key lighting and produced a mono tone look apart from the nails. 

 

using neon lighting tubes and blue lights to create glowing effect

Using neon lighting tubes and blue lights to create glowing effect

Location PR portraits with different backdrops

Posted on July 24, 2015 by Admin under Corporate and PR, Location, PR/Commercial
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I was commissioned to photograph staff members of the national music shop Dawsons Music at their Reading shop. I draft in an assistant to operate the camera for this time-lapse video.

 

Stunning pets portraits

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Have the privilege of 3 beautiful French Bulldogs in my studio just a week ago, the result speaks for itself. The dogs belongs to Lyndsey who is a pet breeder. You can find out more about her at Lynseys LittleRascals 

It was a great shoot thou very hard work to control 3 very excited dogs. Lynsey did a great job in the studio and we are very happy with the shoot.

 

Beautiful face

Black dog on black background is one of my speciality when I am doing portraits. This is is the best so far

The ladies

The 3 girls together with different facial expression. Whats really make this photograph is one of the Bulldog’s paw is rest on another’s.

Resting on the back of the bench

This is one of my favourite pose for the dogs, she managed to stay on the back of the little bench for me to capture this fantastic shot.

 

Best friends

Apart from the different expression of the dogs, the colour of their fur is actually different, one is black and another one is dark brown. Can you tell the difference?

 

 

 

 

 

AMG A45

Posted on June 23, 2015 by Admin under Location, PR/Commercial
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A client wants some images of his new car, A Mercedes Benz AMG A45. Using available equipment I hope I have produced couple of images that encapsulate the sprits of this performance vehicle.

AMG A45 front view

AMG A45 front view

The back of the AMG A45

The back of the AMG A45

Location corporate portraits

Posted on June 5, 2015 by Admin under Corporate and PR, General information, Location
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For business or organisations with a number of employees, it would not be feasible to come to the studio for their portraits.  I can however provide a location studio solution in your premises.  This allows me to provide studio quality images without the need for your staff to leave their work place and thereby minimising disruption to their working day. I was on the second day of the shoot in a company in Fleet which I shot this time-lapse video. Its a really quick demonstration to let people know how this will work.

 


 
 
               

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