Category Archives: Environmental Portraiture

Helping Preserve Memories

Today I had the privilege of attending the funeral of Pastor Israel Ojo in the Covenant of Love Church in Belfast, and photographing the event for his loved ones, – a lasting tribute, and memorial.  Pastor Ojo has many friends and relations abroad, and the on-line gallery can be accessed from all over the world, so that they will see around 200 images made through the day, all over the world.

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Many thanks to Pastor Ojo’s family, for allowing me to share in their day, and for commissioning me for this event, to Pastor Kevin Sambrooke for his patience and for permission to make images throughout the service, and to James Brown and Son, whose staff were very helpful and friendly.

It’s being able to share in people’s lives like this that makes professional photography a very special vocation indeed.

Good Grief! Horse Drawn Mourning in Belfast.

At a funeral on the Shankill Road in Belfast this morning, we had a horse-drawn hearse!  But what a surprise when a second horse-drawn hearse came down the road, from another funeral director’s office!  These black horses and ornate carriages are very beautiful indeed, which contrasts greatly with their environment for this solemn task they must perform, for they are standing in a grubby unlived-in side street in Belfast, with graffiti-strewn walls and grimy murals.

Formal Head-Shots.

Corporate Head-Shots

Here’s an example of a studio created head-shot, – useful for business cards, websites etc.   This one features Tim!

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It’s done using two studio lights, the key-light is placed to the right had side of the subject, reading f/8 and a fill-light at the back of the studio, reading f/4.  The camera settings are f5.6 at 1/60th sec, on ISO100.

Normally this would be shot against a plain grey or dark backdrop, but this shot was taken against a green chromakey backdrop, then a digital backdrop substituted for the green.

Forget the MLA’s – Bob Solves Belfast’s Present Problems!

Studio Vouchers make Great Presents – Whatever the occasion!  And now, to help relaunch our newly fitted-out studio at Dundonald – we’re offering two 7×5 inch contemporary-style photo-frames with every voucher purchased (Voucher value £50 or more) That’s one for the purchaser, and one for the recipient! Xmas_edited-1

Don’t miss this great offer!  Ring now to order yours.

The Advertising Executive

“So, what do you do for a living then?”  “I’m in advertising, innit…”

Here’s an old image.  It was December, 2004 and I was stalking the streets of Edinburgh one afternoon, with my very first Digital SLR, a Nikon D70, (before that I’d relied on my Nikon FM2 and a Bronica 645), when I noticed this utterly dejected figure, standing in the bitterly cold wind, advertising pub lunches.  Yet at the same time – he’s reading a paperback, folded in his hands!

I couldn’t resist a shot and here’s the result:

The Advertising Executive
The Advertising Executive

Tech info for photo-nerds:

Nikon D70,  1/60th Sec @ f/5.6 on ISO400.

Focal length was 80mm (fully extended)