09/04/13 Speaker: Wedding Photographer, Peter Puddiphatt

Unfortunately due to an emergency our planned speaker had to postpone his visit until later this year, so we were fortunate that Peter Puddiphatt agreed to bring his ‘Wedding Photography’ talk and presentation forward.

Most people who have black and white photographs of their wedding taken by a professional will have them stored away in an album, possibly in the loft. It is hard to appreciate that the wedding photographer was probably more on edge than the happy couple. After taking the photos there was a rush to get away to have them developed and return with the proofs, desperately hoping that many would order copies.

The arrival of digital cameras opened up a new world, particularly for the professionals. Surely the taking of wedding photos would now be a piece of cake, wedding or otherwise but as George Gershwin wrote ‘It ain’t necessarily so’. Peter reminded us that success for a photographer is still built on the planning before any photograph is taken. Plan your work and then work your plan. This includes having a second camera readily available. Good rapport with the bride, bridesmaids and possibly the mothers-in-law will help relieve some of their tension and nerves and certainly your own. Making yourself known to any children who are to be photographed may help them later to do what you ask, rather than for a stranger.

Some wedding photos are expected to be of a formal nature, but always be on the lookout for a pre-arranged, less formal opportunity and, of course, one taken when the subject is unaware. This became clear as we looked at a number of Peter’s photographs accompanied by his helpful commentary. One particular photo that had been requested by the bride was somewhat unusual!! You should have been present to see this! We had some first time visitors who we hope will become regulars.

By Ron Meloy.

12/06/12 Portraits – Hints & Tips

Last Tuesday saw members meeting in the WI Hall to hear Tony Kent give us some hints & tips on taking portraits.  Tony, a local photographer with wide ranging experience, including running  a busy wedding photography business, was generous with his advice. He brought with him a wide variety of his printed portraits which illustrated his points – all most impressive. Tony’s pointers were down-to-earth and practical, backed up by engaging anecdotes making for a most enjoyable and instructive evening.  Tony was kind enough to bring with him some handouts so (for the benefit of those members who missed the meeting) here is my selection of his main points:

  • You need to develop a rapport with your subject because CLOSER IS BETTER
  • The EYES must be in sharp focus
  • and (counter-intuitively I thought, but I’ll give it a go) Do NOT ask them to smile EVER!!

This advice came just in time for me, I’m off now to take a photograph of every resident of Callestick for our Jubilee photo book – wish me luck!

By Claudia