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When I first met Beth she knew exactly what she wanted, or rather exactly what she didn’t want… posed photos.
The idea was a big family shoot in a candid style, the plan being to capture a natural look even if we are actually posing for them. I like a shoot to be as natural and comfortable as possible for everyone involved so we started in the studio to break the ice followed by a walk around some picturesque local spots.
A shoot like this is great for satisfying the needs of the whole family. Often the older generations will want a more formal studio shot whilst the younger ones prefer a more ‘social media’ style, (albeit of a much higher quality than the usual instagram).
I love the shots of just the couple together, they look great together and it’s a privilege to be able to create these lasting memories for them both.
Overall it was a great shoot and the images looked fantastic in print. Here’s what Beth had to say about it:
“Jon made us feel very comfortable throughout the entire process, from meeting to discuss ideas to the actual day of the shoot. I cannot praise Jon enough for his work, on the day he made everybody feel very comfortable and relaxed (even those who are rather camera shy and dread having their photograph taken) and the end product was better than I could have ever imagined. We will most certainly be using Jon in future and would recommend anybody else to do so.”
Family photo shoots like this start from as little as £75 and are available as gift vouchers for the perfect present.
Just because it’s dark, that doesn’t mean that we can’t take stunning photographs. Using long exposure and flash techniques we can capture beautiful creative images like these.
If you’re new to photography or looking to expand your skills not join me a night walk along the stunning Liverpool waterfront? This course is designed to be an introduction to the basics of DSLR photography, taking you from auto snapper to manual master in 3 photo filled hours. Learn about exposure modes, when and how to use manual settings and how to get the most out of your DSLR as well as meeting like minded photographers in your area. There’s something for everyone whether you’ve just picked up your first camera or are a more experienced photographer looking to try something new. The walks start with the basics of camera operation and move on to more advanced techniques such as light painting and capturing traffic trails.
With over ten years experience in leading and teaching groups, I’m thrilled to be able to share my experience in education and passion for photography. Each walk features group and one-to-one time to help you with any specific questions or image styles you want to achieve.
Walks last for 3 hours per evening with a maximum of 10 per group. All you will require is a DSLR camera (ask if you’re not sure), a tripod (essential) and suitable clothing. For light painting a torch or LED light is required, external flash units can also be used if you have them.
The workshop is hands on, you’ll be snapping continuously and receive constant feedback on your work. The friendly group atmosphere is a perfect setting to make new friends and learn new techniques.
Last years night walks proved very popular and workshops have limited availability. Register now to avoid disappointment. To keep up to date with all the latest info ‘like’ and follow the jonhallphoto facebook page now.
Evening night walks cost £150 per 3 hour session.
Here’s what previous clients had to say about the walks:
Thanks for the course last night on Night Photography, it was a great boost to my confidence at getting to grips with using my DSLR outside of the “green” automatic mode. I have always been interested in the Light trail photos and I am please with my first attempts. I can’t wait to get out on my next evening photography walk! - Alan D
Despite the weather (on the nightwalk) I found it terrifically interesting and it made me aware of the kind of images that I could get even from my humble G9. I learned a lot, enjoyed it and thought you did a cracking job of informing and teaching without being in your face or stand-off ish. Thanks again for a great course and giving me the enthusiasm to learn more and keep exploring my camera. Cheers! - Jim R
Many thanks for the course last night. I thought the course was great and I really liked your teaching style, which gave just the right amount of information without being over technical. I really enjoyed the lighting effects you showed us with the torches / mobile phones. Please keep me informed of any other courses you run. - Helen D
Just a note to say how much I enjoyed the recent Liverpool Night walk course. I wasn’t sure if I’d be out of my depth but as a beginner I found it very helpful and feel much more confident about the use of my Camera. I thought you did a great job to guide everyone whilst providing individual attention where needed. The 3 hours flew by and it was nice to experience the Albert Dock area on such a lovely night. I will look out for other courses as I can now appreciate the benefit that these may bring. – James H
Just thought that I would say how useful the course you ran last night was for me, and I believe the other people who attended. My son and I both picked up a lot of information and the way you put it over was very simple and easy to understand. Considering the weather was so cold it was down to you that everyone stayed to the end. Hopefully you will run some other courses in the future as it is obvious to me that you have plenty to teach us. Once again thank you for your assistance. - Keith C
When I first met Jen and Stephen I knew they were going to be a great couple to photograph. Neither were used to being in front of the camera and they wanted a relaxed casual look for their wedding. An engagement or ‘pre wedding’ shoot is the perfect practice for your day and lets a couple get to know my style and approach without the stress of a wedding happening around them.
Jen and Stephen chose the beach as their destination of choice and as they enjoyed the views I snapped away, occasionally offering direction of how to look their best on camera and chatting about what they can do on the day to get the best possible images.
The style is something a little different for me, the faded film look is very popular amongst photographers and couples alike at the moment and they are thrilled with the results. The added confidence that comes from these shoots is a must for any couple worried about ‘posing’ for shots.