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.
When I got an email asking to do 80 headshots for barristers in London I actually wondered if I had the time do it. Its LOT of work. When the design agency commissioning the work explained their vision of the "heroic leader" for the shoot I knew I had to make it work. It was a step up from the standard architects business headshots I have been doing in London and Amsterdam with the addition of a make up artist. The make up artist Oli Fowler was absolutely amazing. We worked well together from the start and the clients loved us, saying we really made it easy for them. Thats saying something.! These are busy lawyers at the heart of huge cases in london. There is still one more shoot to go but here is a selection as a taster. If you need some headshots and you want to see more then look HERE at a selection and book now.
When I was invited to Scotland to do the wedding photography for Lynne & Steve's big day at Thainstone House in Aberdeen I was very happy. My mum was too as she only lives about 15 minutes from the venue. But that's another story. The day was to be filled with lots of Scottish traditions: drinking, dancing, partying and generally just socialising and causing havoc. I knew that this was what Lynne wanted to capture. She wasnt interested in portrait photos or couple shots as she had already done a shoot with another photographer in Texas, where they live, and she felt really awkward doing it. She also said that the end result wasnt as she had hoped. I suggested that my style was maybe a bit different and that if we can make space for some portraits of them in the day she wouldn't be disappointed. I always feel that if you don't do them that the final photo selection is really missing something. I do love doing the romantic photos and portraits and it would be a shame for her not to have some. They really show off the bride and groom in in the best light on what is the biggest day in their lives. I love to capture the intimate and emotional moments that show the connection between couples. And also sometimes a sense of stillness in what can otherwise be a very busy and energetic day. So here are a few of my favourite shoots from the day. You can see a bigger selection from the whole shoot including all the crazy kilts and ceilidh ( pronounced kay-ley) dancing HERE. There is some amazing face pulling going on so do take a look.
Wedding photography! Amsterdam! Utrecht! Three statements that fill me with joy when I think about this story. Just where do I start? My favourite wedding of the year so far, although its so hard to choose between your children if you know what I mean haha. When I look at these photos it really sums up the year so far for wedding photography in Amsterdam and around: Beautiful, fresh, moody, fun, full of romance and wonderful connections. If you know anyhting about me you will know that I love to capture connections. All of these things that come out in the photos are because of al the wonderful couples and not least Dado & Dalila. The wonderful energy exuding from this couple shows straight away and from the moment I arrived to the moment I left the wedding it was a roller-coaster ride. You can see that Dalila has a great style. The dress is beautiful and the way she played in front of the camera made my job easy. Dado never stops smiling. Together they made some amazing images and so here they are for you to see. Enjoy, and if you want to see some more amazing love stories click HERE. Dont forget to CHECK YOUR DATE
A look at my change from Fuji to Sony for wedding photography in the Netherlands
With the wedding photography season in full swing it can be difficult to fit in a loveshoot but with a chance to shoot again at the amazing Soesterduinen came along I jumped at the chance. I just love this location. Sandy dunes, forest landscape and a super photogenic couple made for some amazing photographs on the day. Bo and Morris were so easy to shoot. Both of them had done some modelling in the past and so they didnt need much instruction at all. I just asked them to be themselves, and be romantic, then positioned them in the landscape. It was a great day with great weather and the late afternoon sun lit them up beautifully. See the full shoot HERE
Business as usual in 2016 with lots of headshots as well as wedding and architecture work. Next week I am off to London to meet with Alison Brooks Architects and do some headshots for them. For now check out some of the latest portraits for businesses, architects, and personal clients in London, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Den Haag below.
You might not have seen this site yet but if you come here then now you can. I was asked by Marieke, the owner of the site, if I would like to be part of it. She explained to me that she wanted to do something a little different from other wedding blogs and sites in the Netherlands. I was excited to see someone making a new effort to promote more down to earth weddings and their suppliers and really like the philosophy of the site. There are other wedding sites that show many vendors here in the Netherlands from photography to wedding dresses, flowers and more. However, they all promote the same style. This is great but there needs to be a voice for the independents and Marieke has made a great start with this fantastic new wedding site. If you are a thoughtful, or adventurous, couple or if you like bohemian or hip venues and suppliers then head over and have a look. Be different, think different, and have yourselves a great wedding. Here is the link: http://www.amsterdamstrouwen.nl/
I love great architecture and I have a passions wedding photography and capturing the story of the people I am so lucky to shoot. So what better place to do a loveshoot, bridal shoot or any kind of wedding photography indeed. So a couple of weeks ago in sunny Amsterdam at the Eye Film Institute in Amsterdam Noord I met Wijdie and Laurens there for their loveshoot. The contemporary architecture of the building stands proud over the mouth of the Ij with strong clean lines and was a powerful backdrop for the quiet interactions of the couple . Wijdie and Laurens were a willing couple and they shared some lovely romantic moments on the day. All images shot with the Sony A7Rii.
Shooting loveshoots has kept me very busy of the last few weeks in the run up to wedding season, not to mention my other work in the architecture sector. Wedding photography is becoming more and more of a passion as time goes by and all the loveshoots really have made my experience as a wedding photographer in Amsterdam richer. This one in particular was just fantastic. Jennifer and Hannan are such a lovely couple and it was such a great afternoon photographing them in Bloemendaal, just a short train ride from Amsterdam. This is a little of what Jennifer had to say after the shoot. "From the first moment we met Mark he gave us a really easy-going and relaxed vibe, that definitely helped with the nerves. Mark was awesome, he helped us when we needed help but made himself invisible at the same time. When I look at the photo reportage I see emotions, I see certain moments that I recognize from our private lives. Even people who don’t know us in person will ‘see us and our love for each other"
I cant tell you how good it feels to bring the happiness to people like this. Heart warming indeed.
See the whole shoot here:
I started using VSCO about a year ago for my wedding photography in Amsterdam and to be honest I struggled with them a lot. It took me a long time to learn how to use them effectively for my work. I was expecting a straight out of the box beautiful image kind of thing and couldn't explain why my images didn't look like others I had seen. Finally i saw a video of someone else's workflow and I had been on the right track all along with my experimentation. Its all in the contrast, blacks and colour sliders. Take the two images below for example from a loveshoot I did last week. Both images are using VSCO Kodak Ektar 100 Vibrant. The second image is horrible and dark and is what happened when i pressed the magic preset button. All I did to make it into the lovely moody first image was to increase the blacks and shadows, reduce the contrast and orange saturation. So that is a little insight into my workflow. I hope its of interest. Click the second image to see the full gallery. All images shot on the Sony A7rii
Its been a busy year for business headshots and I've found that the X-T1 to be the perfect tool for the work. Its light and small and I only need one lens, the 56mm 1.2. I dont really need the wide aperture for business headshots as I soot mostly between F8 and F11. I use a Bowens Gemini 500R with an Octabox for the main light and a speedlight bounced off an adjacent wall or whatever there is around for fill. I do a bit of editing in photoshop including removing skin blemishes and a bit of dodging and burning to bring out the highlights and shadows but not much more. For the girls mostly I use a technique show in this video here to remove stray hair from the background. Depending on the skin of the individual I Might use a bit of frequency separation to blend some skin tone but not much. So here is a selection from the years work so far.
Great shoot yesterday with the awesome Thomas Janson who is off to Miami next momth to finish school in the entertainment world. Shot with the X-t1, 35mm and 56mm lenses using speedlite and a Bowens 500R studio flash. If anyone ants to know any more about my process for headshots drop me a line or send a comment in the box below.
Today I spent a couple of hours at All About Network in Amsterdam doing some headshots for them for their upcoming re-branding as QONTENT MATTERS. Here is the first of the selection. All images shot at 1/180 and F8. Its super easy to set up the camera for off camera flash using YN-622 wireless triggers. Just remember to set the screen view to EXP/WB preview off and Mechanical shutter only. I did have the studio strobe connected with a pc cable but the speedlite for the fill was wireless. If anyone has any questions about setting the camera up for flash photography please feel free to drop me a line or leave a comment below. Check back soon for an update.
Great shoot a couple of weeks ago with the awesome people at CitySavvy in Amsterdam. here are some images from the shoot.
A selection of shots from the shoot at Duggan Morris Architects Last week in London