As a Photographer it doesn’t get better than when you give someone their portrait and they love it, and this Christmas I was able to do exactly that with the portraits I’ve included in this post.
My Brother, Greg
This first portrait is one I did of my brother Greg; a soldier serving in the British Army having served previously in the Intelligence Corps and when left, rejoined and is now in the Medical Corps.
Although I haven’t had contact with my Mom for a lot of years I know how proud she is of Greg so I mentioned it to him that I’d like to take a portrait of him in his uniform that he could then give to her as a present. So in late November I met up with Greg and we took this portrait in his living room by putting a Gravity Backdrops Small Canvas behind him and using a Westcott Switch Medium Octa with the Elinchrom ELB 1200 camera left; a really simple set up with a small foot print.
Once I’d finished editing the portrait I then had it printed on Fine Art Paper (Photo Rag 300gsm) by Loxley Colour and then framed by my friend Robin at Pretty Like Pictures who has such a great eye for what mount and frame combination would show the pictures off at their best. I’m so incredibly happy how it looked when presented in the material mount and antique style wooden frame along with non-reflective glass, and the message from Greg on Christmas Day said it was a hit!
My Uncle Jeff
The morning before I went to photograph Greg, I also visited my Uncle Jeff.
I’ve always been fond of my Uncle Jeff. A former Soldier and now Author of countless books specialising in Military History, I love it when we get together and chat; I’ve learned so much about World War 1, World War 2 and what my Grandad and Great Grandad did during those times.
The set up for his portrait was exactly the same as I’ve mentioned for Greg; simple and takes up minimal space.
Felt great to deliver a framed print to my Uncle Jeff a couple of days before Christmas; again printed by Loxley Colour on the Photo Rag Fine Art Paper and framed by my friend Robin. Incidentally, the Military Portrait on the wall behnd is of my Great Grandad during World War 1…
Surprise Family Portraits
These last two pictures were for my lifelong friend Nathan Black.
If you listen to our weekly podcast, HE SHOOTS, HE DRAWS you’ll likely know what an incredible story Nathan has; his interview which is episode number 42 has had such an impact!
During our chat it was obvious how much Nathan loves his family and how much they mean to him, so without Nathan knowing, in November I got in touch with his Mom, Adrianne and we arranged for the family to meet up at a pre-arranged location so that I could take their portraits…
HUGE thanks goes to The Apple Tree at Barton Marina in Staffordshire who allowed us to use their premises completely free of charge, and had even reserved an area for us to use. Also thanks to Adrianne and Dave (Nathan’s parents) and to Chanelle, Paige and Seb (Nathan’s kids) for getting up so early on a frosty December morning.
So what about you…did you gift any portraits this Christmas?
Anyway, just thought I’d share these recent portraits with you; portraits that have been gifts both for those receiving and for me giving.
Catch you again soon,