John likes sports and much as I’d like to monopolise our photography projects with endless pictures of cats, it’s only fair that we mix things up a little by varying the shoots we do. It’s true that shooting different subjects requires a diverse set of skills and a photographer has to think deliberately about what looks good in a frame and why. There are many things that affect the composition of a shot such as lighting, patterns, shape and colour. Attention to detail is a must for any photographer and when John and I take pictures of wildlife, we have to be very patient and sit still for a long time while we wait for the animal to be in the right position. Taking photos of the basketball players required heaps of concentration and a quick trigger finger. Exposure control is also a challenge with these fast moving subjects and it’s easy to end up with blurry shots. Of course John and I didn’t take a single fuzzy frame!
It was rather sweaty in the basketball arena due to the vast amounts of running around that the players are required to do and the squeaking of trainers against the wooden floor was an aspect of the game that I did not relish. But even though I’m not a sporty kind of cat, I enjoyed watching the game and even got swept up in the moment a couple of times when the ball went through the hoop or was cleverly stolen from another player’s clutches. (I’m sure any basketball aficionados reading this will be cringing from my poor use of sporting terminology). At the end of the day, regardless of artistic value or balance of form, John and I know from running a photography business that the success of a photograph often comes down to individual taste.
These pictures are of one of my pretty domestic feline cousins. She absolutely insisted that I share it with you. Vain, yes I think so!! But she’s cute so she gets away with it. Her name is Muffin and being a sleek black cat like me, she is a little tricky to capture on film. The facial features and subtle colour changes of black cats (just like white cats) can be difficult to see on camera because there is no contrasting colour for the auto focus to lock onto. With practice, such photography becomes easier and I was pleased with the pictures John and I took of Muffin that day. So was she, as you can tell from the self-satisfied expression on that adorable little face!!
John and I have been amateur photographers for many years and decided to go professional in early 2013. It’s been an exciting year given that I am passionate about camerawork and had the opportunity to shoot different people and animals in a wide range of places and contexts. I’ve learned so much and seen an improvement in my work and I’ve gained a name for myself as a photographer who listens to his clients and creates images that leave a lasting impression. We’ve also had so much fun and I think it’s important to laugh and enjoy your vocation and help people relax. But it has also been the most challenging time. There are so many photographers charging too much without delivering on their promises, or charging too little, reflecting their bargain-basement attitude. It’s a competitive industry.
Making a success of the business sometimes feels like an arduous task and no matter how honourable and capable I am, there’s always someone out there waiting to get one over on you! But John and I make a good team. With John’s skilful use of the lens and his technical expertise, and my impeccable charm and eye for composition, we’re determined to rise to the challenge. By the way, in case you’re curious, Muffin has a personality as endearing as her petite velvety nose, and we’re just good friends!
For all you up and coming Brides take time to read this article from Photographer Corey Ann
While some couples encourage their friends and family to snap as many photos as possible throughout the day (they’re even signing up for apps that make it easier to compile everyone’s photos in one place!), others are asking their guests to shut off their camera phones for the day. There are strong arguments on both sides — there’s something so special about seeing your wedding day unfold from your guests’ perspectives, but photographers have noted that “guest photographers” often compromise your professional pictures. Photographer Corey Ann, an international award-winning photographer based in Northeast Ohio, shares why you might want to ask your guests to put aside their cameras for the night.
Why you Might want to consider an Unplugged Wedding
Its not all fun and games for the team here at Shadow Photography. We do have to work from time to time! And although John and I enjoy our work, we worked hard to earn our pennies at the weekend with a wedding shoot on a particularly hot day in 3 venues – the church, the woods and the evening reception.
We were lucky enough to have a really good assistant (John’s daughter who is also a photographer) to help us and we managed to pull it off without a hitch! It was a beautiful traditional wedding and once the bride has approved the shots I will share some with you..
Events became more relaxed as the day progressed and the bride and groom looked stylish and happy throughout. We were invited to take part in the hog-roast dinner which was delicious and finished the day off perfectly.
Checkout the photo’s from this shoot at