Christmas Lights

One of the signature aspects of the Holiday Season is of course, the chance to experience the beautiful Christmas Lights wherever you happen to be.

Like many cities, London has an annual Winter Wonderland and that means lots of beautiful Christmas lights to photograph.  So the next challenge is how to capture the lights in a slightly unique way?  Here's how I chose to do it - in an abstract way that highlighted the points of light.

 

 

In fact, I chose to go so abtract that the large Ferris wheel and the various points of light seem almost impressionistic.  The lights appear as "bokeh" in photography speak - that's the ethereal, circular effect on the lights and bokeh appears usually as background to a sharp person or other subject.

Here though, I chose not to have a foreground subject and to get this effect, I deliberately blurred the focus. 

i know I know, all photographs should be as sharp as possible at all times shouldn't they?  Well, no - occasionally, to get the creative effect you need, it's worth breaking the rules.

A huge thank you to the London4All Instagram Group who selected this as the winner of their Christmas Lights theme.  Given the high standard of the other entries, I'm especially delighted that this was selected.

As with all my London and Places images, this is available as a print or canvass.  Please email me on mo@mobaigimages.co.uk to discuss the options.

Thanks for reading, Mo

London at Christmas

Which great city DOESN'T look great at Christmas - especially at night?

London's no exception and I have to say, it's looking especially pretty this year.

Here's the annual Christmas Market at More London, with The Shard looming over the scene.

 

To get this image, I used a wide angle lens (Tokina 11-20mm) with the camera set on a tripod at a very low height - that's what gives the dramatic angle looking up at the modern buildings in the background.

You can make out very faint blurs of passers-by as they move along.  The 1.3 second exposure causes them to blur out.

A big thank you to Visit London for featuring this image on Twitter:

I hope you like the image - like all my London images, it's available as a print.  Please contact me for sizing and pricing info.

Thanks for reading, Mo

Santa Run for Orchid Cancer

Working with a good cause is important for me and it's something I've been able to apply my photographic efforts to for the last several years.

I'm currently working with the fabulous team at Orchid Cancer (the UK's leading charity for male cancers.  I captured their fun-raising Charity Santa run around More London this week, and it was every bit as much fun as you'd imagine.

Given that there were dozens of participants all dressed as Santa, racing around some of the city's most prominent landmarks, it made for some memorable images.  Here's a gaggle of Santas celebrating the end of the run in front of the City of London's skyline.

Please see Orchid's website for more information about this great cause, the fabulous team and how you might be able to help.

Thanks for reading

 

Instagram Portrait of the Day

Really pleased that this bridal portrait was selected as featired Image of the Day by the Splendid People group on Instagram.

    I'm especially pleased and appreciative as the standard of portraits is so high in this group.  I was asked how I achieved the ethereal, light look in this image.  The answer is simple - I asked the bride to stand by the window (it was a bright day) and use the curtains as an accessory.   By exposing for the bride's face I ensured that the background light would be very bright, giving me the very bright look that I wanted.  The rest was to a case of trying a few different poses - all worked out well but this is the one that really grabbed me, deep and contemplative on her big day.  Please feel free to look at more of my  Western  and  Asian  wedding images.  I'm now taking bookings for 2016 weddings so please feel free to get in touch via the  Contact Me  page - let's have a conversation about how I can capture your big day in the most memorable way possible.  Thanks for reading, Mo

 

I'm especially pleased and appreciative as the standard of portraits is so high in this group.

I was asked how I achieved the ethereal, light look in this image.  The answer is simple - I asked the bride to stand by the window (it was a bright day) and use the curtains as an accessory. 

By exposing for the bride's face I ensured that the background light would be very bright, giving me the very bright look that I wanted.

The rest was to a case of trying a few different poses - all worked out well but this is the one that really grabbed me, deep and contemplative on her big day.

Please feel free to look at more of my Western and Asian wedding images.

I'm now taking bookings for 2016 weddings so please feel free to get in touch via the Contact Me page - let's have a conversation about how I can capture your big day in the most memorable way possible.

Thanks for reading, Mo

Always look around

I'd headed to Victoria Embankment to take a couple of shots of the London Eye but wasn't excited by the lighting- it was one of those windy, cloudy days where bright sunshine and murky grey alternated every couple of minutes.

Heading back to Westminster Bridge, I happened to glance up and was struck by the shadow cast by the Underground sign, with Big Ben in the background.  Along with the old-fashioned lamp post, I love the grouping of London's iconic symbols.

So - plan A didn't work out but the impromptu plan B was even better!  All that remained was to wait for the shadows to be at their strongest to get the contrast I wanted.

Like all my London and Places shots, this is available as a print and canvass - please get in touch via the contact me page and we'll discuss options.

Thanks for reading, Mo

 

"Catch me if you can"

I always enjoy doing family shots for clients and the best ones take place in the family's home.  Why?  Because that's where the kids are most comfortable and most relaxed - and that allows me to capture them at their most playful.

Take this dashing young fellow - we put him in his walker and his Dad chased him, allowing me to get this fun shot.

What makes the image is his expression as he looks back over his shoulder at his Dad - "catch me if you can!"

I'm taking bookings for family shoots in 2016 now so please get in touch and let's talk about how I can get some memorable images of your family.

Thanks for reading, Mo

 

Foggy London

Sometimes the weather doesn't let you do what you really want to.  I'd found a fabulous vantage point and was aiming to get some nice shots of Westminster at sunset.  So what happens?  As soon as I get up there and set up, the fog rolls in......and what a stroke of luck that turned out to be!

I may not have got the shots I wanted but what I did get was far, far better -  the wonderful sight of dense fog engulfing one of London's great landmarks.  Thank you weather!

Sunsets happen every day, but such atmospheric conditions happen only rarely and I feel fortunate to have captured this and other striking images.  London' famous 'pea souper' fogs don't actually happen very often but it's still a famous image dating back to Victorian times.

A big thank you to Visit London for featuring this image on their Facebook page.

As with all my London and Places images, this is available as a print or canvass - please get in touch via the Contact Me page to discuss options.

Thanks for reading,

Mo

The Page Boy

The latest addition to my Western Weddings gallery is this portrait of a Page Boy at a wonderful wedding I shot recently.

For me, this portrait was all about his spellbinding eyes and I used a narrow depth of field to accentuate them.  I didn't use flash and instead took this with natural light from a window coming from the right.

A big thank you to him for being such a willing subject.

I'm now taking bookings for 2016 so please get in touch and let's have a conversation about how I can help you get memorable images of your big event.

Thanks, Mo

 

Autumn Sunset

You may have guessed that I get a particular kick out of my cityscape photography and that sunset/twilight is my favourite time to shoot.

Why sunset?  Well.....the colours!  The light from the setting sun bouncing off the clouds gives a range of wonderfully deep colours while it's just dark enough to help city lights really stand out.

So here's a new addition to my London Gallery: the city enjoying a gorgeous Autumn/Fall sunset, as viewed from Tower Bridge. 

I used a slow shutter speed (25 seconds) to capture the movement of the clouds and turn the motion of the River Thames into a smooth blur.

From left, the landmarks are City Hall, The Shard and on the right of the image, the Walkie Talkie building.

As with all my London and Places shots, this is available as a print/canvass - please get in touch to discuss sizing & pricing options.

And a huge thank you to All About London for featuring this on their Facebook - I'm always grateful to those who help increase the audience for my images.

Thank you for reading and I hope you like the image.

Thanks, Mo

 

 

Instagram Portrait of the Day

I'm delighted that one of my Bridal portraits was recently a featured Image of the Day on Instagram.  The 'Loves Portraits' group has a very high standard of images so I'm both happy and grateful that one of my portraits was chosen.

 

As for the shot itself, the bride was an absolute pleasure to work with (and very photogenic).  Hence the lovely smile which, in my opinion makes this portrait.

I'm available for wedding shoots- please see a larger selection of my Asian and Western wedding shots and let's have a conversation.

Thanks, Mo

 

Location Couple Shoots

As well as shooting weddings and portraits, I also offer location pre-wedding shoots for couples about to get married - or for those that are already married!

Here's an image from one of my more recent shoots at the stunning Royal Holloway University in Surrey.  It's absolutely one of my favourite locations as it oozes history and has the most gorgeous architecture.  The fabulous setting provides many opportunities for interesting shots with great backdrops.

The location also helps colours really pop in images, especially with intricate Asian outfits.  Here, we tried to get a sense of motion as the recently-married bride twirls for the camera.

For more information on couple shoots, please get in touch via the Contact page and we can discuss the packages and locations which are right for you.

Thanks, Mo

The photo that keeps giving

I posted this image a couple of weeks ago and wrote about it's background and it's selection as a featured image on Instagram and well, it turns out that it's even more popular that I first believed.

This week alone, I've had several people enquire to see if it's availanble as a print and in the last 3 days, it's been selected by no less than three more Instagram groups as a Competition Winner or Featured Image.

A big thank you to the mayLDNer, shutup_london and IG_Street groups for the accolades and recognition.  All the groups have large memberships and very high standard of photography so I'm especially grateful to have been selected.

And yes, of course it's available as a print - please contact me for more info from the contact page.

Thanks, Mo

 

Westminster Gothic - featured by Mayor of London's Office

I've just added a dramatic new image of Parliament and Big Ben to my London Gallery

I took this shot whilst trying out a new wide angle lens a few days ago - and where better to test the lens than around Westminster and the London Eye?  Great views in every direction and ample opportunity to get creative.

I always look for a fresh take on London's landmarks and the sun illuminating the historic lamp post added the colour I wanted and helped throw Parliament's outline into a dramatic silhouette, giving the image the imposing look I wanted.

Since I posted this on twitter, it's been featured and reposted by amongst others, The Mayor of London's office, Visit London, Visit Parliament and many others.  A big thank you to all of them for the exposure.

Like all my London and Places images, this is available as a print and canvass.  Please contact me for more details.

Thank you for reading, Mo

Wedding Shoot at the historic Great Fosters

I'm lucky to be able to shoot weddings at some beautiful venues and one of my favourites is the beautiful Great Fosters in Surrey.  Once a hunting lodge for King Henry VIII, this is now a wonderful hotel, the historic buildings set amongst acres of beautiful grounds.

In this case, the weather was kind and I couldn't wait to take advantage of the grounds.  Many thanks to the gorgeous bride who was more than happy to go along with my ideas.

For more wedding images, please see my Weddings-Western and Weddings-Asian galleries.

I am of course, available for weddings bookings - please get in touch through my Contact page and let's have a discussion to see how I can help.

Thanks, Mo

 

Playtime, Tate Modern Turbine Hall

Here's a new addition to my London gallery.

The Tate Modern is a fabulous London landmark, with it's imposing Turbine Hall and full of interesting modern art.

The Turbine Hall also has one especially interesting quality - every late afternoon, the sunlight pours through the tall windows creating a beautiful pattern of alternating light and shadow.

The other essential element is patience, waiting for people to cross the hall and capturing them in the most striking way possible.  These two kids were the perfect subjects in every way.

I'm delighted that this chosen as a featured image on the London Collective Instagram group.

I hope you like the image - like all of my London and Places images, it's available as a print or canvass.  Please contact me for more details.

Thanks for reading, Mo

 

 

The Appearing Room Fountains, South Bank, London

I'm typing this on a grey, murky, wet August Bank Holiday Monday and it really does seem like the Summer is passing.  Which got me thinking: which shot would sum up my photographic summer?

It has to be this one - taken at the Appearing Rooms Fountain on London's South Bank.

Trying to be creative, I got right down to ground level and shot with the sun facing me through the water - this enabled a fast shutter speed to 'freeze' the water.  I also waited for a few people to pass between me and the Fountains - I wanted their silhouettes to add some foreground interest.

The image is now in my London gallery

I hope you like the image- like all my London and Places images, it's available as a print and for licensing - please contact me to find out more.

Thanks for reading, Mo

 

Rainbow Bridge - Instagram Featured Image

A big thank you to the 'Excellent Structures' architectural group on Instagram for selecting my Rainbow Bridge image as their featured image.  The standard of images in this group is very high so I'm especially pleased to have been selected.

The Rainbow Bridge in Beijing's gorgeous Summer Palace is a highlight of any visit to the Chinese Capital and here's the image from my Places gallery:

 

Here's the link to the Instagram page.

Like all my other Places and London images, the Rainbow Bridge is available as a print and canvass.

Thanks and have a great weekend, Mo

 

Leap - featured Image on Visit London

Here's a shot I'd been wanting take for ages but could never seem to be at the right place at the right time.

The right place is the skatepark on London's South Bank and the right time was a late summer evening when the light hits the arena and skateboarders in a very particular way.  Well. I finally got the shot that was in my mind's eye.

The key thing for me was not just to capture the leaping skateboarder, but also to get his shadow on the graffiti behind him. The technical challenge was to keep as much in focus as possible whilst also "freezing" the skateboarder in mid-air. The late evening golden light was the perfect illumination and also helps frame the skateboarder very nicely.

A big thank you to Visit London and for tweeting out this image to their followers

This is now up in my London gallery and available as a print or canvass.

Thanks for reading, Mo

 

Singapore is a Featured Shot on Instagram

I'm really pleased that one of my Singapore images was recently selected as a featured Shot of The Day by one of Instagram's biggest user groups (IGSCCITIES).  The standard of images in this group is fabulous so I'm especially grateful.

The image shows Singapore's skyline at sunset and was taken from the lovely Marina Bay during blue hour - that short period just after sunset when the sky turns wonderful shades of blue.

Here's the Instagram link - I hope you like the image too.

Remember, all my Travel & London images are available as prints and canvasses so please get in touch for more details.

Thanks, Mo

Peekaboo!

I've just edited some shots of a gorgeous munchkin - it was a great, fun photoshoot of her and I'm so happy that her parents love the photos.

 

This particular image is my favourite of the set. 

It's also a great example of always being ready to take a shot and indeed, expecting the unexpected when shooting, especially with kids.  The main shots had already been taken but she was in a very playful mood and started playing hide and seek behind this door.  So I just kept shooting - It would have been daft not to get this shot!

I'm available for family and children's shoots - please get in touch through the "Contact Me" page for more details of packages and pricing.

Thanks for reading :)

Mo