I am Peter Nutkins, a professional portrait photographer who travels to my clients instead of them coming to me. I provide studio and location portrait photography for families across the UK. Outdoors we get to enjoy the perfect location for you and your loved ones, indoors I bring the studio backgrounds, props and lights to create a mini studio just for the day. This is the perfect solution to suit people with busy lifestyles. Most of my clients are hard working busy people who value very special memories of their loved ones but do not have the time to go to a studio.
Location photography is getting your portrait in a setting that means something to you. It could be a special place where you already have memories. Your location might be a beautiful type of setting, such as a forest, just because you love being in woodlands. The choice of location is down to you.
Since the birth of photography people have had to go to studios to get their profesisonal portraits. This made sense when the equipment was big and bulky, needed special power supplies and chemicals were involved.
Digital photography has changed the way professionals work. Gone are the days of huge static pieces of equipment. There is a new and growing market for professional commercial location photography and I bring this to my clients to capture their family portraits. As equipment has got more portable more has become possible in terms of photography. I use professional location equipment that is built to get a bit of a bashing out in the field and is ideal for daily use with families of all types.
Becuase my studio comes to you I can be your 'photographer near me' wherever you are in the UK. Portraits in London and the South East to Scotland and Northern Ireland. Family sessions in Newcastle or Newport, Manchester or Muchelney.
If the weather is not working for you, or you really like a location that you cannot get to, then there is another way!
The image above is a creative location portrait of a young lady in a red flowing dress running up the steps of a ruined abbey during a clear moonlit night. This image was actually taken in a home, not on location.
The image is a composite of a number of different elements to give the overall effect that the woman in the red dress was really running up the steps at midnight and I was really there to capture it!
The background is of Newstead Abbey in Nottingham and was captured just a few days before I met with the young lady for her portrait. I visited the abbey on a hot sunny day around noon. This would give me similar harsh shadows that you would find on a cloudless moonlit night.
The abbey is a really interesting place and I would thoroughly recommend it for a day trip. The facilities are great - the abbey itself, a large park, museum, varying walks, a lake, a number of gardens, some nice toilets, a restaurant and the gift shop. The only drawback I found was that on a hot sunny day there was very little shade in the gardens and along the surrounding walks.
Today the abbey is owned by Nottingham City Council but it started out as an Augustinian priory in 1170. In fact, it never has been an actual abbey!
The priory was founded by King Henry II as a way of making penance for the murder of Thomas Becket. Another King Henry (the eighth) gave the abbey to the Byron family as a country house. The famous poet Lord Byron (the 6th Baron Byron)lived in the house and there is a museum on site filled with memorabilia surrounding the Bryon family and Lord Byron in particular. There is a memorial to Byron’s dog that died of rabies and was buried on site.
This is a bit technical - skip to the next heading if you just like the photo :D
The background to the portrait I created is comprised of many individual images of the abbey that have been sewn together. The difficulty in creating such a wide panoramic with a building in the foreground is that straight lines become curved due to lens distortion. This is not such an issue when taking a landscape panoramic as the human eye does not really know that the scene is curved. But buildings (and roads) and anything straight can be a bit of a pain.
Usually to get a wide image a short lens is used. To get this photograph to at least look like it has a normal perspective I needed to use a longer lens. This reduces distortion due to perspective but increases the number of individual photographs needed to complete the final image.
Once the background image was completed I needed to capture the woman running up the steps.
To get the effect of running up steps I laid out some wooden boxes for her to climb. One assistant blew air to get the hair moving and another held the back of the dress to make it look like it was flowing in the wind too.
Once the image was captured it was a case of blending the background and the girl together!
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Location: Newstead Abbey.1/100; f/14.0; ISO 100; 38.0 mm.
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