To get back into shooting after my hip op, I went out with the husband and did a little night shoot around Nottingham Uni - Night Landscapes are probably my weakest area of photography so it felt like a good time to push myself and work on my technique. I also spent an afternoon mooching around Bulwell with my student and took a few photos. Check them out below!
Firstly, thank you to the lovely Linda Shearman over at Central Canine Scentwork for inviting me and my student, Demi, along to photograph the dogs and handlers at work in her workshop - it was a beautiful day outside as we drove over to Canine Academy at Tollerton in Nottingham and we couldn't wait to get started. It was a great lesson on shooting a moving subject, indoors, working with different speeds and low lighting - a very difficult thing to do and do well. Here are a handful of the photos I've already edited up, there's another card to do, which I will get round to shortly! Have a look and if you have a dog and handler you think would love to attend one of these workshops, pop a comment and I'll get you in touch with Linda!
So last weekend I had booked in my first shoot back after my total hip replacement surgery, and it was a lovely little newborn session with this handsome little chap - oh my goodness he was super and so chilled and I must say, it did make me quite broody (eek!) Little Master Barrett was 4 weeks old in this session, which is considered quite old for a newborn shoot - The best time, if the parents are up to it, is between 2-7 days after birth, mostly because babies are still very small, sleepy and easy to pose. By the time you're reaching 4 weeks your baby is a month old and those sense are in overdrive - awake longer, very curious about the environment around them and testing out those arms and legs gross motor skills - all of which can be challenging to get those poses most parents desire. That's not to say it's impossible, as you can see from this shoot we managed quite well and this little chap was a star.
We did do the shoot over two days because he was more awake, this was to make sure we had a suitable amount of images for mum and dad, but it did also allow me to capture those beautiful eyes open, curious and expressive, which is a real treat!
This was a great shoot to get back into work though exceptionally tiring due to the heat, long hours and physical demands of set-up and cuddling a beautiful newborn, but 150% worth every minute - who wouldn't love their job when you're working with little sweethearts like this? Check out some more images from the shoot after the cut - it's worth it!
Emma Osborne is a Photographer from Glasgow who now lives in Nottingham with her husband, daughter and 3 Siberian Huskies.