This photoshoot for London-based nail artist Jo Hamer was for a forthcoming 2018 Festival Guide publication. Danielle Cragg and Zoe Butterworth of Prestatyn worked hard to create this stunning Glitter Art on model Imarlee Stewart.
At a professional photography seminar recently a key speaker described this a “The generation of lost images” and this certainly struck a chord with me. The new digital technology is fantastic, no doubt about it, the current pro-spec cameras and many of the prosumer models can far out-perform 35mm film in terms of image sharpness and certainly low-light capabilities. Whether digital is “better” is a matter of opinion depending on how you define “better”. At another seminar we “blind” tested 20″x16″ prints of the same model, taken in the same studio and lighting one using the latest digital wonder, the other with a 30 year old Hasselblad. Everyone preferred the latter but we couldn’t really decide why! Anyway, I digress.
What the afore-mentioned speaker was alluding to is that the vast majority of images (photographs) taken nowadays never see the light of day in the form of a print. At least with a film photography you had to get the film developed and some prints made. Now you don’t have to.
I, and I would hope most serious photographers, have back-up systems in place in case computer drives or storage disks etc become lost or corrupted. But most people don’t, and so it’s quite likely that, in years to come, when technology has moved on, and todays twenty-somethings are parents or grandparents, the images taken on their i-phone 29 (yes we’ll soon be up to that number!) will have long since been lost or deleted. What a shame.
During a recent visit to see my Dad we went through some of the many old photos he has, many of which I’d never seen before. What a thrill to see my late mum, aged 6 or so, on a bicycle, and my Dad, sporting a very Graham Hill looking hairstyle and tasche (!) leaning on our garden wall.
Which is why I think a wedding album is still an essential part of “The Wedding”. More important than all the fancy add-ons we see these days. Owls flying up the aisle etc etc etc! The album will become a family heirloom. Something the children and grandchildren will love to flick through.
Have you had disk only wedding photography? Have you done anything with those images you paid for? Don’t leave it too long, those disks and usb-sticks might not last forever – get them printed, stick them in an album and any old album is 100% better than no album at all. Even a bunch of prints in a shoe box is OK!
When I originally searched for albums to recommend to my clients, I visited several trade shows and came away realising that with so many different makes and types of wedding album available, I had to narrow my choice using these criteria: 1) Quality and Style 2) Service 3) Range of Products 4) Price. There are some beautifully made albums which are seriously expensive, and some which look good at first but are let down by printing or binding quality and many which look flimsy to say the least. After all you want your album to last for years and it will become a family heirloom. I now only use albums by GraphiStudio of Italy.
It’s hard to keep up with all of the new innovations from Graphi – their new matted albums, introduced in 2016 are just fabulous, combining the traditional look of an album with individual photo matts with their superb digital printing.
There are even albums in the pipeline which have a screen built-in to the cover showing video clips! I’m not quite sure about that but time will tell if brides and grooms like the idea! Guess they need laptop style batteries and what happens when they pack-up? We’re back to good old prints again!
Here are some photos from my recent photo shoot for award-winning nail artist Danielle Cragg of Prestatyn. The close-cropped image won 1st Place (International Nail Championships February 2017 – Photographic Nail Art – London ExCeL).
Although we liked some of the other shots, we chose to enter the close crop which really highlighted Danielle’s fantastic nail art. The theme was Chinese New Year.
Shot using my Nikon D810 with the wonderfully sharp Nikkor 85mm 1.4D
After eight happy years in my shop / studio in Maes y Groes I have now relocated to a studio and office at my home in Prestatyn, Denbighshire, North Wales.
My photography services remain the same, including commercial work, product photography, pets and portraits, photo restoration and weddings.
I am also still available to take passport photos and can supply passport and visa photos for any country worldwide, or can email your passport/visa photo to you if you wish to do your application online.
To visit me please telephone or email for an appointment. Visits to my studio are strictly by appointment, however I am quite happy to come out and visit you if you prefer.
One of my favourite places for my two passions – fishing and photography! These early morning panoramas are both made up of a series of landscape or portrait images stitched together – you really can’t see the join! For info they were taken on a Nikon D810 with a Nikkor 24-120 f4, tripod mounted @ f8. I used an ND grad filter and tweaked the levels in Photoshop with a little unsharp mask.
Daniel and Jasmin were married this summer at The Oriel Hotel, St Asaph. We had a great day with them and their family and the wedding took place as planned outside in the Japanese Garden. As you have to be married under or inside a structure, the outdoor weddings at Oriel take place in their Japanese style gazebo. With the bride and groom, two registrars, and two witnesses, there’s no room for me as well so photography has to be conducted from outside, which presents it’s own technical issues, namely, it’s probably going to be a lot brighter outside than inside. Could be tricky getting the lighting right but with remote speedlights and radio triggers it worked out just great and I got some cracking shots during the ceremony and register signing.
Anyway, their Graphistudio Young Book was designed, approved and ordered and they came to collect it yesterday. A delighted young couple went home with a lasting memory of their big day.
It’s the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One and my home town of Prestatyn has been very active with various events held in memory of those who took part between 1914 and 1918. The pop-up museum with a very realistic trench was so well done and must have taken a lot of research and hard work in preparation. Congratulations to everyone involved and to Rachael Astle (Prestatyn Town Council) for acquiring the vacant shop for the duration. I managed a quick visit on August 4th and here’s one of my photo’s taken in the trench. (Lit only by candles!)
Despite the rain and wind it really is summer time. The garden is beginning to bloom with the first roses out now and these lovely ornamental onions pictured here. I just had to plant some of these – Allium Christophii – well, not everyone has a plant named after them!
The weather has been changeable from one day to the next but, touch wood, we have been lucky to miss the worst of the rain showers, and we have been priviledged to witness the marriage of some lovely couples this year.
If you would like visit my studio to discuss a wedding, family shoot or commercial photography and view samples of my work, please contact me anytime. Chris