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Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Easter Sunday Wedding at the Beautiful Brasteds Restaurant

Easter Sunday whilst you were all tucking in to your eggs, Paul and Ellie were getting married!

I had met them both just a few months before when they had booked me to capture their wedding day.
I remember their wedding consultation as it wasn't the smoothest of meetings I have ever had. I turned up at their house, annoyed their neighbours by parking in the wrong spot and then got my car stuck outside in the snow! Lucky for me Paul helped me push it out! 

Fast forward a few weeks and the wedding day is here. Ellie had wanted bridal prep photos and so I had arranged to be their early to capture it. To my surprize I walked in to find Ellie in her wedding dress, hair and make up all done,  a full hour and a half before the ceremony!

Paul was probably the most photogenic groom I have ever photographed. Some people are just extremely natural in front of the camera, and he was certainly one of these!  

I was really looking forward to this wedding, as it was my first time at Brasted's. People had told me how amazing the staff were and they really didn't disappoint! 

The couple had an amazing day, the food was excellent, and anyone planning their wedding should certainly pay Brasted's a visit.

If you are getting married please do get in touch. I only take A 10% deposit to hold your date.
Call me on 07833491550 or email me at

I leave you with some of my favourite pictures from the day.

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Beginners Guide to Outdoor Portraits by James Neale Photography

With summer only just around the corner (hopefully) I though that I would put together my top 10 tips on outdoor portrait photography.


Harsh sunlight will ruin a image. It will cause harsh shadows to the face, make the nose and chin look bigger and make the eyes look like big black holes. We need softer light, so if you are struggling with shadows move your subject into the shade.

 Depth of Field

Most portraits we want to use a shallow depth of field to blur out backgrounds and make the subject stand out more in the image. A nice close crop combined with a wide open aperture (low f number) will give you a lovely blurred background and a professional feel to the image.


When we are dealing with a shallow depth of field we need to make sure that we are focusing on the eye. If any of you use a 50mm f1.8 lens you will have to be very careful that you don't blur out the wrong part of the image. Focus on the tip of the nose and the eyes might not be as sharp as you would have hoped.


Remember an awkward pose will ruin the shot. Keep things simple. Make sure that their shoulders are relaxed, their elbows, wrists and fingers are all bent.


When we are trying to create a simple yet effective portrait, we need to make sure our backgrounds are nice and neutral. you don't want anything to colourful or cluttered as they will become a distraction and draw attention away from the subject.


If you are struggling for light, or the light is very harsh and causing many shadows you may want to add some fill flash to the image. Fill flash will add light on to the subject and fill in all those nasty shadows