Shooting for the o2 Intercontinental Hotel...

I remember the first house I ever photographed, it was a new build 4 bedroom detached house worth Β£340,000. I never thought that i'll be in a luxury hotel penthouse 2 years later, it was such an amazing experience, so it was really cool to be in the penthouse seeing how the rich live! 

Honestly, it was such an eye-opener, there were rooms that had rooms in, hidden showers, 3 exit and entrance doors. the attention to detail and hospitality was out of this world. From the chandeliers to the fridge with specific things the customers staying asked to be available even the magazine based on the customer's preference. 

Take a moment to look through the photos below;


The Big Move To Uni Campus

Many students make the biggest decisions of their lives after choosing a university πŸ‘©β€πŸŽ“ - WHERE TO LIVE! 😱

That's right! This is the chance where they'll live by themselves, fending for themselves and actually being a real adult (well as 'adult' as they can ATM). And for most, if not all students, a campus that looks new, clean, has an indoor gym, cinema and a games room would be the DREAM! πŸ˜

I had the chance to shoot a university campus this week, which had all of those features and then some! 

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The gym was amazing; kitted with modern cardio machines, boxing equipment and free weights to suit every person's needs. πŸ‹οΈ

There was more than enough space in the cinema room, which had leather sofas alongside the walls and reclining seats with footrests which would have any Vue, Odeon, Cineworld, in fact, most cinema's quivering!

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The games room had a nice touch to get most if not all students interacting and active.

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Not only that but having a rooftop terrace with an outdoor daybed with a sun canopy 😍  

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In all fairness, these communal areas had to be top notch with the rooms looking as beautiful as this

What student wouldn't want to leave their room when it looks as amazing as that. Check out more of Luton's Opto Living University Campus pics

Peter Hurley inspired me!

As a photographer, weddings aren't always in the diary, you have to be available and willing to do almost any job. However, i choose to branch out a bit to try and get some inspiration from other areas of photographer to improve my wedding photography. 

I have booked in two headshot job, one of which im yet to do, in order to get a better understanding of posing faces and hands. The clients has no experience in front of a professional, given that its 2016 selfies is what most people are used to, so I took the opportunity to sharpen my portraiture skills. 

The Challenges;

                           It wasn't easy for me to do this and I faced many challenges, first of all i didnt have full creative control because my client, Danny, had criteria from his agency to which i had to follow but just add my own style into the mix. One of the challenges i face was the background i wanted to use, you will see when i post the final images, i used a sunset background which mixed well with his skin tones and i thought added to the images. Another challenge was gettin the facial expression right, i didnt want him to be smiling so much that his face screwed up. I wanted to him to smile with his eyes though .  

Top Tips for Preparing a Great Best Man Speech...

There aren't too many rules here and but are some guidelines you may want to follow if you don't want to embarrass yourself and/or insult anyone. I will also give a few line you can include in your own speech.

  1. It's a Wedding - It's not all about the stag and speech there is more to your role, keep that in mind.
  2. Be Thoughtful - why not buy a nice bottle of champagne or wine for the honeymoon suite for after the wedding. Offer to pay for your own suit or the hire? 
  3. Take the Stress - Unfortunately, you are there for the entire day from prep till the tidying up. like tip 1 it's not just about the speech and stag. You should be the go to guy unless it's a real emergency the groom should know of anything that has turned up late.
  4.  Be Prepared - Show that you care about the wedding as much as the groom, get everyone's number from the bridesmaids to the vendors. keep the bride and groom hydrated and make sure the vendors have all paid and been fed and have what they need to do what they were hired to do.
  5. Keep your speech short and sweet and avoid awkward stories that are funny ' by the bar' stories, to a minimum. the aunts and uncles and grandparents don't want to hear about the newlyweds' sex life. Also its generally a good idea not to bring up any ex's during your speech.