A little bit about who I am, what I do and why I do it...
Hello and welcome to my new blog. Having set up Ross Willsher Photography earlier in the year, I have been extremely busy with a whole range of shoots and projects in recent months and so I thought that the best way to keep everyone updated on my goings on would be to start this blog.
In future posts I'm looking forward to sharing images from recent shoots and photography sessions (both professional and personal) as well as providing useful tips and tricks to help you to take better photos whether you are in front of or behind the camera.
However for this first post, I thought I would keep it simple and talk a little bit about myself, my background, the types of photography that I specialise in and why I love being a photographer.
Some of you may know me from a lifestyle family portrait or wedding shoot, whilst others of you may know me from my commercial photography such as headshots or event coverage. There may also be one or two of you who enjoy following my personal street photography portfolio. So below you will find a brief biography and some examples of the range of photographic services and skills that I love working on, as well as details on how you can contact me if you wish to find out more.
Based in Chelmsford, I work across Essex and in London as a social (weddings and portraits) and commercial photographer. In July this year I completed three years of studying for my City & Guilds in Photo Imaging at Morley College in London. During this time I completed 5 projects with Distinction and developed my skills in lighting, composition, posing people and most importantly, using photography t0 tell a story.
In my pre-photography life I worked with children with special educational needs and across the health, social care and charity sector and I love the fact that photography allows me to continue to meet a diverse range of individuals. People skills are an integral part of my job (no one likes a rude photographer!) and so my experience in working with people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures comes in really handy no matter which type of photography I am working on. In the relatively short time since starting my business I have already met some fantastic people and captured some incredible moments. It has been hard work selecting my highlights from this year but after much debate I have finally selected my favourite...
I enjoy posing people and making sure that every important guest is captured looking their best on the special day. However, anticipating and capturing a "blink-and-you'll-miss-it-moment" feels so rewarding and this image sums up the feel-good vibe of Kat's Wedding at Preston Priory Barn.
It was a cold freezing winter morning at Hylands Park on the day of this shoot but Sally, her sister Erin and mum Clare braved the elements and were fantastic in front of the camera. I love the beautiful backlight in this shot as it creates a golden magical glow and with Sally's photogenic features everything adds up to a really stunning photo. I think Sally's smile here was helped by the prospect of a warm drink and a tasty treat in the cafe that was promised straight after the session!
The name's...West...Peter West. Opera singer Pete channeled his inner Bond for this stylish headshot session which resulted in some really classy promo shots for use in concert programmes and event brochures. Headshots are all about capturing a particular element of your personality and I enjoy helping people to relax in front of the camera and bringing out the unique side of you that you want the world to see.
Photographing concerts and events is not without it's challenges - the lighting can be quite dark and you sometimes only have one chance to capture the critical moment in a scene or presentation. You also ahve to make quick decisions about what to include in the shot and what to leave out. In this shot it would have been easy to zoom in on the central character and focus on her pained expression. However, the inclusion of the other two performers adds balance and context to the shot and tells much more of a story.
Street photography is all about anticipating, seeing and reacting to what is happening around you. It's about finding emotion, expression and / or humour in everyday life. I took this shot in New York during a recent holiday. Having spotted the poster and the two gentlemen underneath, I waited for the gestures of these men to mirror the sentiment of the quote before pressing the shutter. For me, street photography is a hobby but it also develops my skill in reacting quickly to events unfolding around me - an essential skill for all of my professional projects.
Hailing from the Cotswolds, I'm a bit of a country boy at heart and I'm a big fan of equestrian sports (spectating only - my riding days are firmly behind me). I took this shot at Chelmsford City Racecourse in March and I love the colour and the sense of motion evoked by the kicked-up dirt.
Product shots are a little like headshots in that it's all about finding the lighting and composition that compliments the product and shows it off to it's fullest. Here, the shot was all about colour and I used natural light coming in from a nearby window to bring out these colours and make the fruit pop out from the dark background.
So you now know exactly what I do and the style in which I like to do it. If you would like to find out more about me or there is anything in particular you would like me to blog about in future, please do get in touch.
You can email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 07590 520 539 or fill out my contact form online. I would love to hear from you.
Thank you for reading - have a great week.