Family Shoot at Chaffeymoor Grange

A couple of weeks ago Lindsay at Chaffeymoor Grange asked us to pop over to take some portraits shots of her family. Her Mum had a very special birthday coming up and to celebrate her family were joining in on a big party. Making the most of everyone being together we helped them out with some group shots as a momento.

We are lucky enough to have worked at Chaffeymoor Grange a lot of the years and Lindsay and Rik have worked hard to make it one of the most welcoming and special venues. We have shot plenty of different styles of wedding there including an evening wedding. The beautiful Oak Room is always a pleasure to shoot in and as a special treat it was sparkling with Christmas decorations by the very talented florist, Sabine Darrall.

Here are just a few photos from our short evening shoot.

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Lynsey’s Portrait Shoot

Lynsey needed some head shots taking as she is interested in bagging some acting roles. Before any meetings with potential agents she was after a set of images to use in her portfolio – something simple with a good range of expression.

To achieve this we needed a simple set up in a studio environment, rather than a location shoot. Lynsey was kind enough to arrange some time for us to spend at Pavilion Dance in Bournemouth. Armed with some of her photo backdrops and the studio’s lovely big windows we spent an hour capturing these.

We took a few shots with different outfits and backgrounds, including a lighter and more casual look, but these images stood out as my favourites.

We should say big thanks to marvellous make-up artist, Emma Bowden for being on hand for Lynsey during the shoot and also for acting as photo assistant holding a reflector.

The best of luck to Lynsey in her acting career!

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Bird and Cook

I recently helped out on a little music promo and stretched my legs on a bit of video filming and editing. I was very excited to be able to use the video capture on my new camera as I’d never shot video on an SLR before. Back in my uni days when I did do a spot of video editing that would’ve seemed like witchcraft.

The promo was for the musical duo, Bird and Cook and was a joint project between the folks at Loft&Print (Neil Leonard and Jill Adams) – a new, Bournemouth co-working space which we’re excited to be moving into very soon!

We had about an hour and a half window to shoot this promo at the very charismatic Shelley Theatre in Boscombe. We tried our best to get fancy with various takes and camera angles. Afterwards, during pack up Martin and Alex asked me if I’d take a couple of shots of them and the stage set-up.

So, here’s what we came up with:

Off the back of this we’re all very pleased Bird and Cook have got a regular Tuesday slot at Kino Lounge in Bournemouth Square. So, if you’re in town and fancy a cocktail, pizza and a chance to be crooned at by Martin and Alex, head on down there!… Read Full Post

The A-Z of Adventure Days

For a long time we’ve needed some inspiration for things to do on our days off that doesn’t involve us splashing too much cash, going to the same old haunts time and time again and doing the same things (brunch, cake and coffee come up way too often). We recently read this brilliant article from guest blogger, Martha on Florence Finds on the topic of “Alphabet Dating”. In a nutshell, as inspiration for day trips and nights out you and your partner work through from A-Z, using the letters as a guide. Personally, I’m not a fan of the term “Date Night”… I don’t live in an 80s John Hughes’ America (although I wish I did sometimes). We really just needed a helping hand in finding new and exciting things to do that would get us out of the house. So, we’ve simply dubbed our A-Z “Adventure Days”.

We’ve only just started this, so I’m afraid we don’t have a action-packed A-Z blog full of us fooling around on our days out. However, it’s such a blimin’ good idea (and an excellent article to boot) I had to do a premature share.

So far, we’ve only done two so are looking for ideas for our “C-Day”.… Read Full Post