Black & White or Colour?

Hi all, I've not been able to blog for a while due to being so busy but I'm aiming hoping to be back on track now and blog much more frequently.

So here's a question that every photographer faces on a regular basis - when to use black & white for a particular image and when to go with colour?

Some background: ANY image can look superb in monochrome.  I love black & white images (and one of my wishes is to one day to shoot a white wedding purely in black & white) but equally I apppreciate that not every image works in monochrome.  For example, surely you'd want to see most sunrise/sunset images in colour so you can appreciate the vivid colours and tones?

I regularly shoot weddings of all descriptions and Asian weddings in particular are famous for being so colourful and vivid - surely there's no place for black and white?  Well, maybe there is for the occasional shot.

Here's a bridal portrait I took at a Muslim wedding knowing from the start that it would be a black and while image:

You might be wondering what I'm gaining from going monochromatic when I'm losing all the beautiful colours in her outfit?

Well, used judiciously monochrome strips away the non-essential and focusses the image on the core elements - in this case, I wanted the image to highlight her wonderful expression, herpose, the perspective and the intricate details in her outfit.

Also, the vast majority of the shots in the Wedding set were coilour so I like to use the occasional mono image to really emphasise the subject, and to provide a nice contrast to colour images.  The trick is to use mono on images that wil benefit and not to overuse it.

I don't often do this but here's the original colour shot for comparison purposes and to (hopefully) illustrate my point:

So to get the final image, I desaturated all colour, cropped and tilted the image and highlighted the bride's expression and outfit details.

It's a subjective thing of course, but I think the monchrome version is much more powerful than the colour original.

The bride agrees (thankfully!) - this image is a framed 18 inch square print in her house.  And let me tell you, nothing beats clients framing the work you've done for them.  It's a huge compliment to any photographer.

I'm available to photograph Weddings and Events - please see galleries for Weddings, Asian Weddings and Events.

Please get in touch via the Contact page.

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend, Mo

Powder & Wigs

Regular readers will know how I try and carry a DSLR whenever possible- mainly because you never know what opportunities you may stumble across.

Here's a perfect example - walking out of Piccadilly Circus underground station when a horse and carriage pulled up in front of me.  Even better, it was full of models in period costume!  

Rather than the splendid horse and carriage, the opportunity to grab an unusual portrait really appealed to me.

I was carrying my lightest combination (Nikon D7000 and Nikkon 35mm f1.8 lens) the greatest advantage of which is it's flexibility- it allows me to shoot cityscapes, architecture, street shots and as here, portraits.

This camera/lens combination really is great for natural light work and I would recommend it highly as a flexible setup.

Given the white tones of the models' outfits, I knew this could make a striking black and white image.

For more of my portrait work, please see my People gallery.  I'm available for individual, corporate and family portraits so please Contact me for more details.

Have a great weekend, 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


"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