Yes, it has been a long time between blogs but I traveled from Woodstock, Vermont to London in January and it has taken time to get settled in my new digs and sort out all the amazing clients my UK manager, assistant artistic director and dear friend Triciann Allen of Morgenbyrd Photoart has arranged in the coming months. I have been watching the weather back home and I am exceedingly happy to be here and although we have had a dusting of snow, it is almost T Shirt weather compared to what is happening at home. I love this city and as Samuel Johnson said "When a man ( or woman ) is tired of London he (she) is tired of life!"
Our first portrait session was with the charismatic Al-Habib Onifade who is a business start up coach and ceo of ideas 2riches.He’s built an excellent reputation for creating systems that quickly grow SMEs (small and medium enterprises) into thriving businesses.
Al-Habib also provides technical advice to the UK’s Department for International Development sponsored economic development projects on how to design, implement and grow inclusive business models throughout Africa.
Triciann and I met Al at his beautiful London home and started the photo session with a few informal portraits. Portrait photography in private homes is a bit more challenging than in a studio as one has little control over the background, limited lighting and since I was working with the bare minimum, limited equipment as well.
Here are a few we took in Al's lovely living room, with the winter sun lighting the room and just one off camera light to balance the scene.
Sometimes we just have to improvise and although Al's home was extremely bright and sunny I wanted a darker, more dramatic feel to some of the portraits, so luckily Triciann had worn a dark gray furry coat that day and I asked her to hold it up behind All for one of the following photos and we took advantage of Al's deep purple throw for the other.
Here is one of my favorites from the day, I really think Al's personality shows through. Although my clients get their portrait images in both black and white and color, I personally prefer black and white. Black and white wedding albums are becoming more and more popular as are black and white photo books and business brochures.
After our session we finished off with a wonderful bottle of pink champagne and a brisk walk to the local pub.
This was a super fun portrait session and thank you again to Triciann Allen for the great PR work and to Al-Habib for being such a gracious host and entertaining client.
If you have a business or even a business idea and would like direction and advice on turning it into a profitable concern please be sure and contact Al-Habib at ideas2riches.com
Next week we will be doing an editorial, Vogue style portrait session in Regents Park with the lovely Natalie Shay, be sure and check back to see those photos and follow me on instagram @Saldenalie for some iPhone photos of my adventures around London!
I will return home to beautiful Vermont the first of May in time for the four May weddings I have booked, which for the month of May is a record for me! My real wedding photography session usually runs from June through October and the rest of the year is booking up fast. I am booking into 2020 as well, so please contact meif you are interested in engagement, wedding, portrait or elopement photography.