Sometimes images just happen

Applecross Bay II
Sometimes things just happen

View across the Inner Sound from Applecross to Raasay

Sometimes images just fall into your lap.  Tired after spending two days driving up to Applecross on the far west coast of Scotland I sat taking in the early evening light on the campsite.  It’s a lonely place with views over the Inner Sound to the Islands of Raasay and beyond that Skye.

I looked out to sea and the image above is what I could see coming together.  The sun setting to the north-west sending shafts of light through the cloud onto the Inner Sound and the islands beyond, the blues deepening with time and the mountains in the distance appearing through what half an hour before had been a haze.

I wandered down to the edge of the site, camera on tripod, and enjoyed the show!

If you’d like to see more of my landscape work then take a look at www.hennelljamesphotography.co.uk.

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Choosing a wedding photographer

Choosing a wedding photographer
Choosing a wedding photographer

Wedding venue and reception are organised, dress is ordered, excitement is building.  But when the day is over how will you keep the memories fresh?

A professional photographer will be able to tell the story of the day in beautiful images.  You’re spending a small fortune other details, the last thing you want to do is leave the photographs to chance.

How do you go about choosing a good photographer?  First, think about the style you want – formal, reportage, classic or more of a fashion look.  Look in magazines, on websites and keep a scrap book of what you do and don’t like!  Talk to friends, look at their albums.  This will help you work out what you want and make talking to potential photographers easier.

Now start looking for a photographer in earnest.  Revisit some of the sites and information gathered earlier, talk to friends again and produce a shortlist of photographers to call and possibly meet.

A quick phone call will ensure they’re free on the day and if they fit your budget – but remember lower cost may mean lower quality.

Now there are probably two key points:  Firstly, can they really deliver what you want?  Good photographers can adapt but each has their preferred style.  Take the scrap book when you meet so the photographer can be sure their style fits what you want.  Look at a wider selection of their work, a whole album – it’s easy to put just the best on a website!

Secondly, you’ll spend a lot of time with them; do you get on with them?  Extreme personality clashes can spoil the day.

Once you’ve got these covered here are some other points to consider:

  • Style of album used – look at a sample, how many images can you expect to include?
  • Costs of additional albums, prints or a DVD of the images;
  • How long will they be with you on the day?
  • What happens if the photographer is ill?
  • Is there insurance for unforeseen events.

There will be many other logistical things to sort out, more than can be mentioned here.  But if you are not happy with the person, their style and what you will get as a final result to remember your day, there is little point going further.

Finally once you have agreed to hire a photographer get all of the details in writing.

Now you’ve got something to think about please do have a look at my websitewww.hennelljamesphotography.co.uk.

A professional photographer will be able to tell the story of the day in beautiful images.  You’re spending a small fortune other details, the last thing you want to do is leave the photographs to chance.

How do you go about choosing a good photographer?  First, think about the style you want – formal, reportage, classic or more of a fashion look.  Look in magazines, on websites and keep a scrap book of what you do and don’t like!  Talk to friends, look at their albums.  This will help you work out what you want and make talking to potential photographers easier.

Now start looking for a photographer in earnest.  Revisit some of the sites and information gathered earlier, talk to friends again and produce a shortlist of photographers to call and possibly meet.

A quick phone call will ensure they’re free on the day and if they fit your budget – but remember lower cost may mean lower quality.

Now there are probably two key points:  Firstly, can they really deliver what you want?  Good photographers can adapt but each has their preferred style.  Take the scrap book when you meet so the photographer can be sure their style fits what you want.  Look at a wider selection of their work, a whole album – it’s easy to put just the best on a website!

Secondly, you’ll spend a lot of time with them; do you get on with them?  Extreme personality clashes can spoil the day.

Once you’ve got these covered here are some other points to consider:

  • Style of album used – look at a sample, how many images can you expect to include?
  • Costs of additional albums, prints or a DVD of the images;
  • How long will they be with you on the day?
  • What happens if the photographer is ill?
  • Is there insurance for unforeseen events.

There will be many other logistical things to sort out, more than can be mentioned here.  But if you are not happy with the person, their style and what you will get as a final result to remember your day, there is little point going further.

Finally once you have agreed to hire a photographer get all of the details in writing.

Now you’ve got something to think about please do have a look at my website www.hennelljamesphotography.co.uk.