AYLSHAM JUBILEE FAMILY CENTRE PORTRAITS – NORFOLK PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER
Continuing the variety in my photography business and on my blog (and to let everyone know that the edit is complete and images ready to view/order), I thought I’d post something a little different – a studio-lit family portrait from an evening of family portrait photography at the Aylsham Jubilee Family Centre on Saturday evening.
Some weeks ago, Aylsham Community Church leader, Simon Gallagher invited me to join one of the church’s family evenings in order to provide families with the opportunity to have some portrait photographs taken as a feature of the evening. Although I’m finding that I much prefer to be out and about taking natural photographs away from the restrictions of studio lights and seamless backdrops, I did invest in some studio lights and training prior to setting up my business. Anyway, always keen to stretch myself, develop a diverse portfolio and to add ‘further strings to my bow’, I thought I’d give it a go.
Well, despite a great engagement shoot out on the coast that morning and fighting off a cold (maybe even man-flu!), I found the shoot a lot more enjoyable than I’d imagined and actually very rewarding. Although the high-key family portrait has been done to death by the likes of Venture Photography, it is an incredibly simple set-up to create and it does lend itself to high volume portrait work, particularly with young families. While my passion is for natural and unposed images that perhaps provide the most genuine insight into a subject’s personality, this form of studio photography no doubt still has its place (particularly in winter!) and I hope that the many families that I captured on Saturday enjoyed the experience and like the clean look of the images that are now up on my Client Area.
While I’m not sure how often I’ll take my studio equipment on the road (and I suspect that, with extremely busy wedding seasons ahead in 2014 and 2015, opportunities will be very limited), I’ve once again thoroughly enjoyed turning my hand to another type of photography and learnt a great deal in the process.
Thank you for the invite Simon and for taking me outside of my comfort zone – I hope the shoot added to the evening and that you get some good feedback from all of the families that took the opportunity to have a photograph taken.