They say never to work with children and animals, but when I photographed Callum at the beginning of the month he proved that working with little ones can be an absolute pleasure. Callum had just turned one and his parents wanted to mark the occasion with a cake smash photo shoot- a first for me. Luckily I have a few disposable backdrops which I have used in the past for shoots that have proven messy so these came in rather handy! Surrounded by balloons, Callum wasn’t phased by the camera at all and soon got stuck into the cake, unsurprisingly! It only took around twenty minutes to get some great shots, and I’m sure you’ll agree that my job was made that bit easier Callum being such a photogenic little chap! With one cake smash shoot under my belt, I am thoroughly looking forward to working on more of the same in the future.
As they say, Teamwork makes the dream work. I wholeheartedly believe that. Every shoot has a lot going on behind the scenes and without having an amazing team behind me and working with me I would not be able to create so many fantastic and eye-catching images.
A recent photoshoot at Southwold beach is a great example of just that! It was time to test my new Magmod Wedding Light modifiers and what better time to do make the most of them than at sunset. For this shoot the beautiful Steffi was the perfect model to work with, we have done a great many projects together and I love working alongside her. The shoot on the beach was set up with Steffi looking inland with the sea to our back and the sunset over the fields. I love utilising natural light it helps create great depths of colour in photos but alongside natural lights, we had the 3 rd member of our team on hand, Steffi’s boyfriend who was a brilliant, as I like to say, V.A.L.S or voice activated light stand!
In keeping with behind the scenes of Foyers Photography, the final part of the team is my ever- present and wonderful wife Karen. Karen is a great help behind the scenes and assists me with a lot of my shoots always ready and aware when I need some assistance. She was actually doing some behind the scenes video on this shoot for my Youtube channel so If you want to know more about how my shoots work you can see the video here or of course let’s get something set up. You don’t have to watch from the sidelines. You can be the model.
The Magmod Wedding Light modifiers worked fantastically, and I am extremely pleased with the results! If you would like to take a look at any of my other portrait photography shoots make sure to click here.
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A volunteer shepherd keeps an eye on the National Trust’s Rare Breed flock of sheep who winter at Snape Warren, Suffolk until it’s time for them to make their trip home to Orford Ness to graze the summer pastures. This shepherd is the ever-inspiring Peter Fowler, who I recently had the privilege of photographing in the brilliance of nature.
Peter is a true National Trust veteran – for some twenty years in the 1980s-90s he served on the Northumbria Regional committee, various headquarters’ committees and the Council. Peter told me “The most interesting was the Properties committee, where we had the privilege of visiting, for management purposes, existing properties, and, best of all, potential properties. One of the latter was Orford Ness to which, slightly furtively I seem to recall, a small party of us sailed across to make an assessment. This was long before it had occurred to most people, that the departure of the MoD had created a possible Trust property of great historical interest, as well as its known values as a National Nature Reserve. It never crossed my mind at the time that one day I would have the added privilege of looking after Rare Breeds sheep who live there.”
Isn’t it funny how life often comes full circle? Peter’s dedication to nature is inspiring to say the least.
Speak to anyone who has recently retired, and they’ll tell you the same thing – they’ve never been busier. The same is true for this volunteer shepherd who also includes writing, painting and watching erosion happen in coastal Suffolk amongst his list of pastimes (when the sheep aren’t at Snape).
We were lucky to have the perfect lighting for this shoot and I’m very proud of the way these images have turned out. Sometimes the weather forecast does get it right! I would like to thank Peter for the opportunity to take his photograph and hope to see more of him and hear his stories soon.
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The premise was a simple one, to take the portraits of the Aldeburgh and Thorpeness Rugby Club senior team just after they had played a hard match of rugby for 80 minutes. I wanted to capture their fatigue, cuts, bruises and muddy faces after playing 80 minutes on a cold, windy and wet afternoon. They had a great game against Woodbridge, although in the end, they lost, great for me and not so great for me. I was hoping to get grumpy cold and wet rugby players. But I was wrong, what I got was an enthusiastic and upbeat group of men who could not have been more helpful. All willing to have their portraits taken. I had to keep reminding each one whilst taking their portraits that they had just lost and I was trying to get them not smiling, looking like they had just won.
I had set up a temporary studio in Aldeburgh and Thorpeness Rugby Club equipment room, which I gather is still being renovated, in order to take the portraits of the rugby players immediately after the game. They literally walked off the pitch through the back door and into the equipment room, where I was able to take the photographs immediately.
I have to say a big thank you to the club president Kevin Stannard and the team captain Matthew who were kind enough to help me organise this photo shoot. Also, I need to thank the team and those actively involved in the Aldeburgh and Thorpeness Rugby Club who allowed me to take their portraits. A project likes this really is an all or nothing portrait shoot and thankfully the whole team were great sports.
Colin Slee originally from Torquay, Devon, and having attended the Newton Abbott College of Art, Colin worked as a graphic designer in Exeter and Bristol before running his own design studio. In 1996, he moved to Suffolk with his wife to continue his career as a full-time artist, with his work featuring in a range of group and one-man exhibitions.
Passionate about portraying the constantly changing environment, Colin depicts large expanses of water such as seas and estuaries, as well as open spaces, skies, and forests, using acrylics, charcoal and pastels to create incredibly atmospheric pieces that evoke an emotional response in the viewer.
I have known Colin and his wife, Sue, for a few years now and we have been saying for a long time that Colin should come to the studio for a portrait. However, as is the case with many plans, the time has been against us, and when I have been free, Colin has not, or vice versa. Finally, just last month, we managed to get something organised!
To me, with his distinctive character and quiet, unassuming air of intelligence, Colin personifies a true artist, with none of the false arrogance that others in this line of work tend to possess. It seems to me that Colin is open, honest and truly enthused by art.
I enjoy my job that little bit more when my clients are friendly and engaging, and talking to Colin in the studio was a real pleasure. He was clearly very comfortable in front of the camera, which made achieving the desired portrait easy. In fact, I got four!
I was able to set up the studio before Colin arrived, as I knew how I’d like to light him. This meant that the portrait session was quite brief; taking just half an hour. Of course, the fact that Colin is such a distinguished-looking gentleman with a charming personality helped too, and time just seemed to fly by!
We were both very happy with the resulting portraits and I would love to have Colin in the studio again. Perhaps next time it won’t take us years to arrange!
If you would like to have a look at Colin Slee work please have a look at the Rye Art Gallery