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Lighting Portraits with Speedlites Workshop - 0 comments

If you're interested in learning more about lighting your portraits using speedlites then this workshop may be of benefit. If you would like more information please feel free to contact me.
I am now conducting these workshops at my studio in Clacton-on-Sea.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Best Wishes,
Mark.


New Studio space now ready. - 0 comments

My new studio space is ready to start taking bookings for Headshot and Portrait sessions. For more information, or to book a session, contact me on 07863 008778 or email at info@markcoventry.com

I will also be using the studio to conduct workshops on various aspects of photography, so if you're looking to increase your confidence and improve your knowledge please get in touch to discuss your requirements.

Best Wishes,
Mark.


Julia and Stephens Big Day - 0 comments
Just a few Black and White images from the recent wedding of Julia and Stephen at Crowne Plaza Five Lakes near Colchester.

A great day with great people and the weather was very kind to us.

I like to include Black and White shots for all of my couples, but Julia and Stephen really wanted me to include more than normal as they both love it. To be honest, so do I, it really works when telling the story of a big day in a non organised way. Unobtrusive, observational, natural wedding photography is awesome.


Who says Headshot Sessions can't be fun? - 0 comments
These are a few images from a Headshot session with Rosy that I wanted to share with you to prove the point that Headshot sessions are a fun experience.

Not many people are comfortable having their picture taken, but I make my sessions as fun as possible to put my clients at ease and get the best from them. A little bit of coaching, and looking at the images as we shoot, helps to get you relaxed and confident in front of the camera.

As you can see in one of the images, I like to get people making faces and messing with the camera, instead of the camera messing wth them. This way we get some natural and real expressions that will get you noticed when you use them as your profile images on social media pages, or on your website.

A headshot should show you at your best and portray confidence and approachability, which I think you can see in Rosy's images.

Before booking a Headshot session with me Rosy's profile image was a selfie, but she realised that she needed a professional headshot taken to promote her new business. Be like Rosy and get a Headshot that will help you to stand out from the crowd.

Best Wishes,
Mark.



Gritty Portraits for James - 0 comments
Just a few shots from a recent shoot with James.

We went for the gritty look with a Black background and I think it's worked out ok.

Lit with my trusty Speedlites this is a 3 light set-up with the addition of a reflector to lift the shadows under the chin a little. Kickers were gridded to stop any light falling on the background to keep it black in camera.

Thanks to James for a fun shoot.

For more information about my Portrait Photography services please feel free to contact me for a no obligation chat.

Best Wishes,
Mark.


Headshot Session with Jamie-Lee - 0 comments

These are a few of my favourite shots from a Headshot Session with Jamie-Lee.
It was a fun session with Jamie's expressions becoming more confident after a little bit of coaching. I prefer the plain top in the 3rd image as it's less distracting than the brighter one that Jamie was wearing at the start of the session.
I always try to make these sessions as fun as possible and coach each client so that they feel relaxed in front of the camera, that way we can obtain some great shots that can be used for personal or business branding.

Thanks to Jamie-Lee for a great session.

Mark.


Commercial Shoot for Crossfit Colchester - 0 comments
A few images from a recent commercial shoot for Crossfit Colchester.
They had just moved into new premises and wanted some shots taken of the empty gym with their brand new equipment.
Gritty images with atmosphere seem to work well and all of these images were lit using speedlites.

The Open Day was a great success and I would like to wish everyone involved all the best for the future in the new facility.

If you are in the Colchester area, give them a look.

Thanks to Chris, Carl and all of the staff at Crossfit Colchester.


Everyone needs a Headshot - 0 comments
Not that long ago, the only people who really needed a Headshot would have been Actors and Models. These days, with social media taking over the world, everyone needs a Headshot.
People in business are using professional Headshots in their Branding and Marketing strategies because they realise that potential clients like to know who they are dealing with before they will contact them.
Having a great Headshot on your website, business cards, marketing and promotional material will go towards helping you increase your client base.
Actors and Models still need to impress potential agents and employers, and they too realise the importance of an eye catching Headshot.
But, with almost everyone now having an online presence in the form of social media pages, more and more people are looking at having a professional Headshot taken to use as their profile image.
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and many more are used by millions of people everyday, and if you have a stand out Headshot as your profile image, it gets you noticed.
A great Headshot should portray confidence and approachability, and a quick snap shot taken by a friend on their mobile phone will often show you at your worst, instead of at your best. A professional Headshot Photographer will take the time to ensure that they bring out the best in you and make you feel relaxed in front of the camera, so that you will be giving them natural expressions. A good Headshot photographer is not going to sit or stand you in front of the camera and grab an image, there should be a connection between you, and the photographer should be able to coach you into giving them the expression, look and feel that helps them to produce a great Headshot image.
You only get one chance to make a first impression, so you need to make sure your Headshot portrays you at your best, and booking a professional Headshot Photographer is the first step to ensuring that you stand out from the crowd.

So, why should you pay for a professional headshot photographer? because it's a worthwhile investment in promoting yourself!

More information on my Headshots photography service can be found Here.


Fashion Shoot for new range of Prom Dresses - 0 comments

I recently conducted a fashion shoot for a local Bridal Boutique to show off their new range of Prom Dresses.
The Boutique had organised for the 3 models to have hair and make up done before I arrived, so all I had to do was set up in the Boutique and shoot the models as they changed into the various dresses.
It was about a 3 hour shoot and these are a few of my favourite images from the session.
Thanks to Sophie and the Models for a fun shoot.



Sports Portraits Session with Chris and Karrina - 0 comments

Last weekend I had a fun Sports Portraits session with Chris and Karrina at Crossfit Colchester.
Chris really started to pile the weights onto the bar for an impressive deadlift and the time flew by while we were all having fun.
Both Chris and Karrina were up for some lifting and these are a few of my favourite shots from the session.
If you would like some images of yourself in action, please feel free to get in touch for a no obligation discussion about your requirements.

Best Wishes,
Mark.


New Workshop Added - 0 comments

As well as conducting the Beginners Guide to DSLR Photography Workshops on a 1 to 1 basis, I am now able to offer a "Lighting with Speedlites" workshop also.

This workshop can be conducted on a 1 to 1 basis but if you would like to book for a group please contact me for availability.

Full details of what the workshop involves can be found HERE, but I would like to point out that this is not just a theory workshop as there will be a practical demonstration of shooting portraits using Speedlites and various modifiers.

Anyone attending one of these workshops will be encouraged to bring along their own equipment.

Best Wishes,
Mark.


Gemma - 0 comments

This is a re-worked version of a portrait I took of Gemma a while ago.
This shot has a speedlite in a softbox as the main light, and two further speedlites giving a rim light to separate Gemma from the underexposed background and sky.
I love using speedlites for portraits, whether I'm indoors or outside, as they are small and portable enough to place exactly where you want them, and with a good range of modifiers available you can control the light to achieve the effect you are looking for.

Best Wishes,
Mark.


Latasha and Dan - 0 comments

These are a few of my favourite Black and White images from Latasha and Dan's Wedding that I had the pleasure of photographing recently.

These two are a fun couple and their day was a joy to be involved with, we all had a great time.
Congratulations to the happy couple.

Best Wishes,
Mark.


Christmas Day Portrait - 0 comments

I had a great walk on Christmas morning and of course I had to take my camera along. Managed to get this shot of Jackie against the dramatic sky and think it looks best in Black and White.
I love Black and White Portraits, and the fact that Jackie has her eyes shut, along with her pose, works for me on this one.
I hope you all had a great Christmas.

Best Wishes,
Mark.


Family Shoot with Scott, Tancha, William and Scarlet - 0 comments

I recently conducted a very enjoyable family shoot for Scott, Tancha and their 2 children.

William and Scarlet were very good and didn't seem to mind being the centre of attention for a couple hours, although Scarlet did fall asleep towards the end the of the session.

These are a few of my favourite images, and I would like to thank Scott and Tancha for an enjoyable shoot.

If you would like to arrange a Portrait Session, please feel free to contact me for a no obligation chat about your requirements.

Best Wishes
Mark.



Portrait Session with Renata - 0 comments

I had a short portrait session last week with Renata.

Time was limited so I opted for a white background, and after setting up the lights on the paper roll I then used a softbox and reflector to create what is known as beauty lighting, (also called Butterfly or Clamshell Lighting).

Once we had the standard portrait in the bag I then cropped in close for this really tight head shot, and I've lightened up Renata's face to concentrate the attention on her eyes and lips.

I then moved the background lights round to add some edge lighting, and with very little light hitting the background this now became grey.

If you would like to find out more about my portrait services please get in touch to discuss your requirements.

Best Wishes
Mark.


Hard Edge Lighting - 0 comments

I have come to really like images with hard edge lighting. It makes the image a bit more punchy and obviously doesn't suit everyone, but when I can I try this lighting technique.

Whether using a white, black or natural background, the subject stands out at demands the attention of the viewer, and this technique also works well with sports portraits.

Best Wishes
Mark.


Headshot Session - 0 comments

These are a few of the images I managed to obtain during a headshot photography session with Kylie, Leanne and Hannah.

The white background really concentrates the eye on the subject, while the darker background changes the mood of the shot.

If you would like to find out more about my headshot services please get in touch to discuss your requirements.

I can provide this service for Actors, Musicians, Entertainers and Business People for professional or personal use.

I look forward to helping you to promote yourself or your business.

Best Wishes
Mark.


Radio Show Shoot - 0 comments


I was very pleased to be invited to sit in on a radio show last Monday to try to get some images of the presenter and his guest.
The show was Loxley's Corner, hosted by Loxley of course, on Colne Radio in Wivenhoe, Essex.

Loxley's guest was musician Michael Palmer from London, who performed three live acoustic songs as well as having a chat with Loxley in between records.

The studio was a snug fit but I did manage to obtain some images and these are my favourites.

I would like to thank Loxley for the opportunity, which was great fun, and also Michael who wasn't bothered at all by me snapping away during the show.

If you are a musician and need some images for promotional or personal use, please get in touch and I'm sure I will be able to help you promote yourself or your band.


Christmas Card Shoot - 0 comments

Having Christmas cards made to order is becoming more popular. It makes sense because if you're anything like me, you find the choice of decent cards a bit limited.

There are sites online where you can upload your own image and pretty much design your own cards for any occasion. The company then produces them for you and delivers them to your door. This gives you the chance to make sure that the cards you send to friends and relatives are as good as you want them to be, with the added bonus of not having to spend time scouring the high street card shops for something that you like.

I was asked to conduct a shoot for this purpose of 7 month old Maggie. She had her christmas dress on and also had a very fetching hat and a nice fluffy jacket to look good in.

White seamless paper was the order of the day and the scene was lit as always with speedlites and various modifiers. Everything went well with Mum and Dad helping to keep Maggie happy and giggling throughout the shoot.

A good time was had by all involved and we managed to obtain some really pleasing images of a happy Maggie, and Maggie's Mum has the christmas cards on order already.

If you are interested in having images taken for special occasion cards, please get in touch and let me know your requirements, I'm sure we can arrange a shoot to give you images for your own custom designs.

Best Wishes
Mark.