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JKii
Rather than just posting a load of images from my weddings, going forward I have decided to post one a week with a little bit of an explanation as to what went into the shot in terms of thought-process and technique. A lot of the time, what to many just looks like a simple photo has a lot of elements to it that are interesting to highlight and chat through. One of the main things that I aim to do, which I feel differentiates my work from many other wedding photographers out there, is to be relatively deliberate about when I press the shutter rather than just shooting anything that moves. The elements of a good shot for me include emotion, ... READ MORE
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When I first spoke with Monica back in early February, one of the first things we chatted about was the fact that she wanted to do an engagement photo shoot, but that she thought her fiancé Mark wasn't too keen on the idea. I knew exactly what she meant as the idea of 'staged' poses is enough to send a lot of people, myself included, running for the hills. As any of you that follow this blog will know, my wedding photographs really focus on a reportage style; telling the story of the day with minimal direction from me. Simply put, I believe the day is unique and it is my job to document it rather than try and make it into something it isn't b ... READ MORE
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Wedding Ceremony: The Garden Terrace, Fearrington House, Pittsboro, NC Reception: The Barn, Fearrington House,, Pittsboro, NC Back in mid-March, I had the pleasure of documenting Ann and Kirk's wedding day at Fearrington House, which is a lovely location just outside Chapel Hill. It was the first wedding of the season for me, and the first since relocating to North Carolina late last year, so I was really looking forward to it. It was also a new experience for me as it was the first time I had never met the couple until the day of the actual wedding. If Ann and Kirk were nervous, they certainly hid it well as they were very easygoing inde ... READ MORE
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I recently took a trip down to Greenville, SC to shoot an engagement session for Samantha and Jimmy, whose wedding I will be documenting in October. I had spoken with them once or twice back in November last year, so it was really nice to hang out, have a couple of drinks and take some pictures together. They really are a fun couple with a lot of great chemistry, which really comes through in the pictures. It's a bit of a cliché to say, but I definitely came away from the shoot having made two new friends, so I'm really looking forward to seeing them again on their big day. The shoot itself threw up a couple of challenges as Greenville se ... READ MORE
Kids
Kids
February and March have been hectic months with consultations, bookings and shoots going through the roof. As a result, I have not had much time to blog till today. I aim to get caught up over the next few days and bring you some of the good things that have been happening around here. For now, though, you'll need to make do with some more pics of the kids. They are growing fast and keeping us busy!! :) READ MORE
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One of the themes of the last few weeks since Natalia made her appearance has been that we have been spending a lot of time indoors. It's good timing really from her standpoint as she can't go out, so she might as well be locked up for the coldest time of the year. I'm pleased she is showing herself to be considerate from such an early age. Anyway. rather than posting a load of pics of us sitting around in our jim-jams watching Dora the Explorer for the Nth time, here are some pictures of our first couple of trips out of the house this past weekend. The temperature got up to the 70s Fahrenheit (that's 20s Celsius for our overseas friends) ... READ MORE
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One of the reasons why I have been so quiet over the last few weeks is down to the arrival of our lovely baby daughter. Natalia Louise checked in bright and early on the 30th November weighing in at 6lbs 13ozs. It's been a fun holiday with her around. I have a new muse! Now maybe Charlotte and her mum will get a break... READ MORE
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Back in early October, I got the chance to hang out with Max and take his senior pictures for him. It was a really nice evening and I had scouted out a few locations for us to hit up, so we headed out and got the job done. There are some great old abandoned redbrick warehouses out on 16th Street in Indianapolis, right by the railway on what is now the Monon Trail. We took a few pictures there and in the playing fields next door before heading downtown to the area by Meridian and South by the Slippery Noodle and then across to Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Colts, and then back again to the tunnels under the railway there. Max was typically ... READ MORE
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Rehearsal Dinner: The Queen City Club, Cincinnati, OH Wedding Ceremony: St. Ursula Academy, Cincinnati, OH Reception: The Green Residence, Anderson Township, OH The weekend before we upped sticks to move to North Carolina, I had the honour of documenting Cathy and Jimmy's wedding for them. It was a long couple of days, but extremely fun and very rewarding indeed. Coverage started at the Queen City Club in downtown Cincinnati and continued the next morning as the girls got ready for the day ahead at Valenti salon. From there we headed back to the Green residence in Anderson Township, which was also the venue for the evening reception. Cat ... READ MORE
CBW
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It's been a pretty intense month or so here with a lot of stuff going on between one thing and another. We've moved to North Carolina and been going through that whole process of getting settled in a new home and getting set up with doctors and hospitals and the like with the impending arrival of our baby daughter. As a result, I have a lot of catching up to do on here as I've shot a couple of weddings and senior sessions since the last update back in September. I hope to get caught up over the next few days. One source of consistency for us in this sea of change is Charlotte. She has really done a brilliant job of adapting to the new sur ... READ MORE
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Last week marked another first for me as I got the chance to hang out with the brilliant Rachel Vanoven of Rachel Vanoven Photography on her cousin Savannah's senior shoot. Growing up in England as I did, the whole 'senior' thing was something I never experienced in high school. Back then, if anyone had ever told me they were going to shoot a senior, I would have thought some old age pensioner was going to be in pretty serious trouble. Anyway, I met up with Rachel, Savannah and her mum Lynda out at Fort Harrison and we spent the next hour or so taking pictures in different locations. It was great fun and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. It als ... READ MORE
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I recently got the chance to go and spend a Sunday morning with these two cool little guys. We were originally slated for the Saturday, but the stormy weather put paid to that. The light was interesting as it was rather overcast but still kind of harsh at the same time. There was a cool, old white barn by Cassie and Andrew's house which I used as a big reflector with the backlit shots. It also provided some interesting texture with its peeling paint and rusty metallic outhouses. Anyway, here are the picks of the shoot. Geek info: Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM and EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM lenses and Canon EOS 50D wit ... READ MORE
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It's been a really hectic few weeks for me between one thing and another, so I was really looking forward to meeting up with Trisha and her family for a shoot at the IMA. Trisha and I used to work together when I lived in Cincinnati, and it was great to see her and her husband Chris again after almost 4 years. They drove in from Dayton, OH that morning bringing their two fun boys, Quinn and Liam, with them. We went for a wander around and got some really nice pics. Here is the pick of the crop. READ MORE
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Monday was a brilliant day for me as I got to follow up a really fun engagement shoot with a family session with my good friends Clay and Emily and their son Evan. The evening's events started off at Hap's Irish Pub, which was really apt as it was there that I first met up with Clay and Emily Bond almost 11 years ago. Clay and I used to work together and when I was shipped in from London with my old work friends Sean Grant (and his wife Jo) and Tracey McNabb, Clay and Emily were the people that set about making us feel welcome and essentially lining up entertainment for us on the weekends. I think one day that October, we watched a football m ... READ MORE
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Yesterday marked another milestone for me as I shot my first engagement session. Jenna and Ryan were the lucky couple and we had a fantastic hour walking around Cincinnati's Ault Park. We were blessed with some really great lighting as the sun was setting, so that, combined with the fact that Jenna and Ryan are such a fun couple, meant that we got some lovely images. I am very much looking forward to shooting their wedding next May! Geek info: Canon EOS 5D Ma ... READ MORE
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The final part of my triple-header of shoots last Sunday took me to my old stamping grounds in Cincinnati, OH. Ault Park to be precise. This place has a lot of great memories for me, including a certain office party almost 10 years ago where far too much alcohol was consumed and I ruined a perfectly good tuxedo. Anyway, if you'd told me back then I would be working as a photographer now, I would have probably told you (in a slurred English accent) you were slightly barking. But so it is, and so it was that I spent last Sunday evening dodging the storms and taking photographs of Lily and Josie and their mum and dad, Christine and Nick. The ... READ MORE
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On Friday last week, I met up with young Maggie and her parents, Terri and Adam for an early-morning shoot at the IMA. The first thing I saw when I looked into the back of the car, were two brilliant blue eyes shining back at me from the car seat. I think my words to Terri were: "Wow! we're going to have some fun with them!". And so we did. Maggie was a really great little baby to photograph: she smiled when asked to and looked at the camera pretty much on demand too. Mum and dad had come well prepared too, with plenty of props and clothes. The rocking chair in the pictures is a family heirloom going back at least three generations. The b ... READ MORE
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One of the first people to contact me when I finally got round to getting this gig up and running 'officially' was Jenny; a friend of mine from my time working at First Advantage. Jenny is such a fun and carefree character to be with, that I was really looking forward to taking pics with her and her family. We had to put the shoot back a couple of weeks given the recent storms, but I couldn't have asked for a better day to spend some time with them at the gardens of the IMA. Men and boys usually approach a photography session with all the enthusiasm of receiving a kick in the goolies, but Chris and the lads were on top form despite the heat a ... READ MORE
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Back when I got organised and officially kicked off "Joe Payne Photography", I was really pleased to get an email from Ashley, whose daughter Abbi used to be in the same group at daycare as Charlotte. Abbi recently turned 18 months, so we spent an hour early on Sunday morning walking around Zionsville. It was probably the hottest day I have ever had to work in, but it was a gorgeous morning and Abbi did brilliantly despite the heat. I hope you like the pics! Geek info: Canon EOS 5D Mark II with EF 50mm f/1.4 U ... READ MORE
Luchi
Luchi
As a supplement to the longer tutorials I post on here, I am starting a series of quick tips to help the followers of this blog make the most of their photography. A lot of these will be aimed at DSLR users, but not all! I hope you find them useful: Top tip 1 - Don't touch that dial! One of the great things about a DSLR is that when it goes into standby mode, the battery does not use any power AT ALL. I found this out in one of the earlier books I read (I think it was Digital Photography for Dummies - which is a very apt title for people like me). We all talk about capturing "the moment", but what if that moment passes while you're ... READ MORE
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The weather over the last few weekends has played total havoc with my schedule with a load of shoots having to be postponed. So I was convinced that my shoot with Raegan and her boys Eli and Ben, was going to be another casualty given the storm that lasted all Friday night/Saturday morning. I got up early, saw the waterlogged lawn in front of our flat and dropped Raegan a line expecting her to want to push the shoot back a few hours at least. As it turned out, I was pleasantly surprised when Raegan told me her boys were keen to run around in the wet grass and get dirty. And that we certainly did. Boys will be boys I suppose! Anyway, we ha ... READ MORE
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My friends Justin and Meredith's rehearsal took place on Friday last week. I was honoured and privileged enough to be asked to document the event for them. Rehearsal dinners are fun as the bride and groom's closest family and friends are all there and everyone is relaxed and having fun. Justin and Meredith's was no different and it was touching to see such love, affection and happiness on show. Enjoy! Geek's corner - Canon 5D Mark II with 17-40 f/4, 24-70 f/2.8 (church) and 50 f/1.2 (dinner). READ MORE
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A few weeks back, I mentioned meeting some very close friends of ours, Brad and Jennie, at a monthly gathering of friends who consume lots of raw fish, rice sake and plum wine. On Saturday, Cristel, Charlotte and I attended the wedding of two more "Sushi Club" friends, Justin and Meredith, who tied the knot up the road in Fishers. The official photographer for the day was the marvelously talented Angela Talley, but, as you can guess, I couldn't get through the day without taking some pictures of my own, especially given that is was the first time in ages the original Sushi Club members got together AND Charlotte was wearing a pretty cute froc ... READ MORE
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Hi everyone, It's been a fun few days since we got back from vacation, but I have been itching to get out and shoot again. The crazy weather has forced a number of postponements, so I was really pleased that Wednesday's forecasted storms held off in order to be able to go and meet up with Zach and his fantastic Mum and Dad, Yvonne and Scott. We got some really nice shots outside in their lovely big garden as well as in and around the home. Zach was really chilled out the whole time and only resorted to hinting politely when he needed his nappy changed or another feed. I am on a roll with my newborns! Anyway, one of the things that struc ... READ MORE
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