So happy to let you all know that I am now a proud member of Junebug Weddings, and am featured in the best wedding photographers of the Netherlands. Please share with friends and family and anyone you know getting married. You can see the new listing HERE, Or by clicking the image below:
If youre looking for the best wedding photographers in the North Holland and Amsterdam areas then you came to the right place. Zankyou.nl (Zank You Weddings) consistently tell me I am one of their favourite photographers in the area and of course I say YES when they ask if I want to be included.!. I must be doing something right after all and am really proud to be chosen for this over the last 2 years. Of course it depends if you like the style of images I make. There are of course other photographers in the list but why not get in touch with me for a meeting. You never know... what you might find out.
If you want to see more from the BEAUTIFUL destination wedding of Judith and Igor (photo above) the click here: AMAZING WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY IN TUSCANY
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I did an engagement shoot this week with my new A7Riii, (A7Rii as my second camera) and all I can say is WOW. Some of my initial thoughts on the are below.
1. EYE Af
This really is like night and day compared to the "old-er" model. It really didnt matter where i pointed the camera, the eye and if not, the face was just on point every time. The A7Rii felt like a dinosaur in comparison. So much so i just didnt want to use it at all. I mean the faces were being nailed even when the couple were about 30+metres away. Hopefully the A7ii when it comes out has the same focusing system. If so this will be a hell of a combo for weddings. Honestly its amazing for me.
2 Custom Button Setup
I spent a bit of time setting up the custom buttons for my way of shooting and what a time that took. There are just so many possibilities. I analysed the features i used most in this years weddings and tried to make them work. I tend to shoot with lenses at the widest aperture for much of a wedding day on AF-S (single shot) with flexible spot small focusing point. Eye AF is on the whole day. For processionals or wider shots it can be anywhere from F5.6 - F8 on AF-C (continuous) and Expanded flexible spot AF.
With these 3 shoot modes as a basis for the day I had set up the A7Rii to hold these in the memory so I could recall them by switching the dial on the top. The A7Rii is no slouch and served me well. You can see the last wedding shot with the A7Rii here: Amsterdam Wedding Photography: Judith + Igor. So I dont want to say it didnt help me make images I love..It did!
The absolute beauty of the A7Riii is that i dont have to take my eye away from the viewfinder. I dont have to think about anything but shooting! All three focus modes are within reach of my thumb by assigning each mode to a different custom button.
You can see my custom buttons settings in the images below.
Recall Custom Hold
One of the great features for me is not just assigning diffferent focussing methods like eye-af and a standard focus mode, but being able to override them all with a "recall custom hold set". So if i am using Aperture priority at F1.4 on single shot AF I can go to expanded flexible shot, continuous AF and F5.6 (for walking shots/processionals etc with the press of a button and for as long as i hold it. As soon as you release the button its back to single shot AF or whatever mode youre in. So basically I have all 3 focus modes at the ready at any time. All this without even delving into the shoot mode memory recall at all (which I do need to for night shoots and architecture or studio work). You can see how I set up the Recall Custom Hold Below and how many settings you can apply for each one. There are three holds you can assign.
FN Menu settings
For all of the other features I need quick access to like pixel shift (for my architecture work), anti flicker, live view setting effect on/off (studio shooting with strobe), Crop mode, or focus peaking, I set them all in the function menu as you see below.
No more searching through the menus. Everything is only one button away. AND there is an option to have your own personal menu where you grab your most used menu items and have them in your own menu section. For now I have things like format, face registration, and memory recall settings in there. I am sure i might add a few, we will see.
This new model really is a PRO Tool. No need to worry about missing a moment or any shot from changing settings or looking in menus. You just know you nailed it because the functionality is right there.
3. Battery life
Not as good as i thought it would be. Maybe because its such massive files or something but I did a 2 hour shoot and was down to 35%. Not as good as the A9 I suspect. Expensive batteries too. I will do some experimenting to see how I can extend battery life. I suspect just switching off the camera when not shooting instead of letting it hang still running will make a big difference.
4 Memory Cards
I was using Lexar 32gb UHS-2 1000x cards, 150mbs speed. Tested at 135mbs ish write speed. Plenty fast enough for me and I never had any problems waiting for the buffer to clear even though I was shooting a lot of bursts just to test it out.
5. Is it worth the upgrade
All I can say is that if you are a working photographer who needs the efficiency and ease of use that the A7Riii Brings then yes, its definitely worth it. If youre looking for only image quality performance then probably not. The R2 is still an awesome camera as far as that goes. The A7Riii though, for me, is a work-game-changer.!
Now all i have to do is wait for the updated ACR so I can actually work on the files. So thats my two pence worth so far. Please feel free to ask questions or leave comments.
WOW! Is it really since July that I didnt post something here? How busy a few months it has been. Wedding photography all over the world, Architecture shoots all over Europe and some portraits too. When its too busy to even think about photographing another wedding thats when I forget to post stuff.
I love the Amsterdam wedding photographer "tag" that I have become known for, but I also love the Amersfoort, Utrecht, and Rotterdam wedding photographer "tag". Not to mention the Destination Wedding Photographer "tag". Thats what it has been like the last few months, literally all over Europe and the Netherlands. SO, just because you want to see how good a year its been, here are some of my favourite shots from the last while.
Lets start with the latest wedding in Tuscany, Italy. Judith and Igor, take a bow. You were amazing. Full wedding here: Amsterdam & Destination Wedding Photography, Igor + Judith
For photographers: All images are shot with the Sony A7Rii. If you want to see my first thoughts on the A7Riii then check out the next blog post above.
Utrecht & Amersfoort arent so far from Amsterdam so I wonder sometimes why I dont do wedding photography there more often. There are some amazing landscapes around the area including Soesterduinen and Utrechtse Heuvelrug. I really love it around there, and this wedding is a great example . Set in a forest near Leusden, Lucie and Luuk decided to have the ceremony in the middle of the beautiful trees. WOW, how amazing is that?!. Here is a small selection of images from the day below. If you want to see more from the day just click here: Utrecht, Amerfoort, Leusden Forest Wedding Photography
Wedding photography season is in full flow and I hardly have time to post anything so its been a bit quiet for a while. Finally I have a little space to make some posts so her we go with an awesome, if a little short, wedding in Amsterdam. The couple really wanted to focus on getting the most couple photos as possible. We ended up doing a few different shoots in a number of locations. First off was the Hortus Botanicus with its beautiful palm house, then we passed the Magere Brug, where apparently if you kiss then your love lasts forever. I also did another engagement shoot there a few weeks ago. You can see that one HERE. Finally the wedding happened at the Rosarium in Amstel Park and the ceremony was emotional and beautiful. Here is a small selection of images for now but you can see the whole day HERE.
Yun & Geert contacted me through a colleague to do the photography for their wedding day. We met first in Amsterdam and they told me all about the big day. It sounded like it was going to be great. There was even an owl flying in with the wedding rings. I had to laugh at this: I mean, what an amazing idea. Believe me, trying to catch an owl flying into the ceremony isnt easy. In the end it was a fantastic wedding set in Amersfoort.
Amazing wedding on the IJ in Amsterdam with Anthony and Sean. They contacted me last year and told me they were getting married and would love for me to photograph their wedding. When they told me they were in the USA I got super excited and thought, "wow, what a cool destination wedding".. haha. Well it wasn't to be in the states, but instead they were looking for an Amsterdam Wedding Photographer for an amazing boat wedding this April. There were a few conversations in between and I got to know them a little by skype and we planned for the wedding photography in Amsterdam. So last week the day finally came. It was great to meet them at last. What an amazing couple, genuinely really nice, and, friendly, people. It was a pleasure to meet all their family and friends from all over the world and be part of the big day. Congrats MR & MR.!!
ROSS + ALEXA
The element of Surprise
Ross got in contact through my facebook page. He planned to propose to his girlfriend Alexa in Amsterdam and wanted to make some photos of the occasion, so needed an Amsterdam wedding photographer. He said it was really difficult to surprise Alexa because she is sooooo organised that she always knows what is happening in her schedule. A planned meeting in Paris was given up, with the help of the parents, in favour of this proposal to the love of his life on the, Amsterdam. I do love these surprise moments and always feel blessed to be part of them somehow, and this was no exception. The legend says if you kiss on the Magere Brug (skinny bridge) then the love will last forever. There were many kisses so I guess they are set for life now!
Thanks again Ross for inviting me into your special event!!
Every year in the Netherlands I lok at the wedding photos of the year and am totally astounded by how many guys wear only the same thing: THE BRIGHT BLUE SUIT! We dont all have to be the same. Here are some great ideas for you from Junebug weddings that will let the beautiful bride still take centre stage but have all you guys feeling super cool. Read the article about the images below.
Last April I got a call to do 80 business headshots in London for a group of barristers and needless to say I jumped at it. The only issue was that I would miss Kings Day in Amsterdam for the first shoot. All the way to London from Amsterdam for headshots? Well that wasnt good but the job turned out to be great fun. Over 6.5 days with the help of make up artist Oli Fowler of AOFM Make Up London we had a blast. Everyone worked well together from the clients, assistants, barristers and of course Oli. Here are a few samples from the many shots we made over the last few months.
When a wedding photographer from Amsterdam gets asked to go to Glastonbury in England to do the photography for the wedding of two creative and stylish architects how can he resist. Resist I did not.! The magical wedding of Cathrin and Michael took place on a farm near Glastonbury with 100+ guests, many of whom had helped create the fairy tale landscape that was the setting for the day. Guests camped in tents and brought the food the day from all over Europe and was only supplemented by the Pizza van that arrived in the evening to feed the party goers. The couple rally showed what it meant having all their friends and family there for the day. You can really see it in the photos and I am really happy that I have been able to show this back to them to keep the memories alive forever. Have a look below at some of my favourite images from the day. If you want to see the a bigger selection, and you SHOULD, then check them out HERE. Have a look at some more of my favourite images from this year HERE
Benazir contacted me a few weeks ago from Tanzania to say the she and her fiance were coming to Amsterdam and would like to do a loveshoot or pre wedding photography shoot in the city. I have to admit I have been so busy that I almost said that I couldnt do it. I am so glad I did do it in the end. They are a fantastic couple, such full of happiness. The told me that they wanted to find a quiet spot with less people as they didnt like the idea of everyone watching. I though "quiet place, Amsterdam?, not likely". However we settled on a first Location of the Vondelpark and I found a secluded pathway to make a start and get them to feel comfortable. We shot in the park for about an hour and they got more used to the people around and by the end of the shot we were in the midst of all the cyclists coming through the arches at the Rijksmuseum. Result! A great shoot and we made some awesome photos. Good luck with the wedding guys. If youre interested to see a selection of photos from this years wedding and loveshoot photography then click HERE. OR check out the full stories from all weddings HERE
Well my wedding photography season in Amsterdam is coming to a close, or at least getting quieter. As you may know I only do a limited number of weddings per year and so I am really able to concentrate my efforts on those amazing couples who invite me to be capture their special day. I have met so many amazing people along the way at weddings in Amsterdam, Utrecht, Amersfoort, Rotterdam, Den Haag, England, & Scotland. Everyone from the djs, the cake makers and flower arrangers, the wedding planners and of course the couples, families and friends. Its been so much fun and lot of long hours but absolutely worth it. So please check out a selection of images from the year below. If you want to see some more from each wedding you can check them out HERE.
Cathrin and Michael were amazing at their wedding in Glastonbury. More to come very soon.
A quick update from the last wedding in Glastonbury UK a couple of weeks ago.. A wonderful wedding on a magical farm. More to come soon.
Fantastic day for wedding Photography in Amsterdam a couple of weeks ago at Slot Assumburg. When we arrived at the castle it was around noon. I always try to explain to couples before the wedding that the mid day sun isnt a great time for a portrait session but this always seems to be the time planned into the schedule for them (so listen up guys!). The sun was high in the sky and when we tried to do some portraits in the gardens of the castle Rowan immediately started to have tears in the eyes from the bright sun. So I suggested we find somewhere with some shade. I spotted a nice sheltered spot next to the new visitors centre with some lovely light coming through the end of the roof and some soft light from the side. Its was perfect! Here are a few of my favourite shots from the day. To see the full set of images click HERE
When Rowan & Gideon asked me to do the wedding photography for their big day it was good news. Then a few weeks later they let me know that a baby was on the way so the news only got better. By the time the wedding came the bump was clearly showing but it didnt stop Rowan looking stunning on the day. Here is a portrait from the day. Full set to come soon.
One of my favourite shots from a recent headshots shoot at Alison Brooks Architects in London. Alison is such an elegant subject. I have to be honest, I was excited to shoot her. She is indeed a powerful force in British Architecutre today and that really comes across in the portrait I think. If you like it and think you want to have some headshots for your company then have a look HERE at a selection from the last year.