Ladybird’s Launch Party at Heist Bank

Ladybird’s Launch Party at Heist Bank Paddington Central

Ladybird’s Launch Party at Heist Bank (an amazing bar in Paddington) was such a great evening. As you know, I am full of praise for Emma Soulsby and have worked with her a few times, including shooting her lookbook a few months ago (blog post coming very soon). She is so talented and creates some of the most amazing arrangements for weddings and other events, so when Emma announced that she was opening a small store in the new development of Paddington Central, I knew I would have to shoot this new venture of hers.

Ladybird Flowers was taking her love of flowers and plants to another level and selling unique arrangements and potted plants that I have never seen in a conventional florist before. Sharing a space in the new bar; Heist Bank, the partnership between them just go together like Pizza-Beer-Flowers.

It was a wonderful night and want to congratulate Emma, Ladybird Flowers & Heist Bank on their new businesses and wish them every success in the future

Just a few images as promise from the wonderful night, but I would suggest that if you are ever in the area, I would definitely give it a visit. Have a beer or two, eat a pizza (the Smoked sausage, fried potatoes, sage, and chilli ones looks and smells amazing) and make sure you buy a flower or plant or both

Jay Anderson Photography xxx

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Surrey Wedding Photography – London & a 24mm Tilt/Shift Lens

My short walk along the River Thames in London shooting on with a 24mm Tilt/Shift Lens

The first thing I have to say is about this post, is that it isn’t a real technical review of a lens. It is just my view of my use of the lens over a weekend and what I liked and disliked about using it.

As a Surrey Wedding Photographer, I am always looking to learn new techniques and try out equipment that can improve me. Now you will always hear that it is not about the equipment and having the latest, most expensive lens or camera will not make you the best photographer in the world, but some techniques need specialist equipment  to achieve a specific look.

For a walk around London, I decided to rent a Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II from Lens Locker who are based in Twickenham London. I have rented from Lens Locker for a few years now and can’t speak highly enough of them. Even when it comes to a last minute emergency, I always feel that I can call on them for a next day pick-up of a lens or some other equipment.

The Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L is, for the people who don’t know, is a Tilt/Shift Lens, which is a specialist lens mostly used for architectural, landscape and product photography. But over the years, I have seen it been used more and more in portrait and also Wedding photography. The most popular use in recent years has been for the Toy town look you see use in TV programmes like Location, Location, Location.

I decided that with a few Portrait shoots coming up in some great locations in and around London, I would rent the lens to see what I could create and if it would fit into my style of working.

What a lens it is! I am not really a fan of wide angle lens, but I thought I would give it a go too see if I could, again, fit it into my style of working. Using as a normal lens without the Tilt/Shift mechanism, was great, but putting it to it full use was the best fun. Even though it is Manual focusing, that didn’t put me off and actually, it made me stop and really think about the shot I wanted to achieve. I just love using the Tilt mechanism and I know that it has been done to death, but creating the miniature look was great fun and it is something I would love to do more of.

Anyway enough waffle, here are some shots from the weekend. All images were taken using my trustee Canon 5D MarkII, the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II and my old non-branded Tripod.
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Finally these two shots show off the Shift mechanism when use for architectural photography, which was amazing as using the Tilt mechanism.

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Look out for my latest photo shoot with Cody where I used the lens for Portrait with some great results.

 

Jay xxx

Congratulations and Happy New 2015

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 “We will open the book. It pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day”

– Edith Lovejoy Pierce

So congratulations to all the couples who got engaged over Christmas & New Year’s. Today, well yesterday, is the new chapter in your new book. You have chosen the title and now it is all about writing on those blank pages and telling your story.

And to the couples who are getting married this year, I wish you good luck, love and joy throughout your wonderful life married to each other.

I am really looking forward to celebrating and being part of some the couples who are reading this short blog, special day in 2015.

But if you are reading this and haven’t found a wedding photographer yet, please get in contact to discuss me being your Fine Art & Contemporary Wedding Photographer

Jay xxx