Wedding Decor & Details for Tai Flora

You know what they say, the devil’s in the details! A few weeks ago I was contacted by my friend and colleague Jik-Reuben Pringle to shoot an assignment in his stead. Tai Flora Services, Jamaica’s largest floral provider had contracted him to cover a number of weddings for which they had done the decor. 

Jik, being the savvy person he is, got it arranged so that we both shot two weddings simultaneously, in different parts of the country at that! While he was doing some great work in Negril, I was shooting up a storm at Sandals Resort in St. Ann (you can find his post about his experience here). Now when I say shooting up a storm, it’s not just a euphemism; rain clouds hung low throughout the entire afternoon, and the skies threatened to open up… which they did. Luckily, I was able to get some amazing detail shots of the decor before the rains came down. Needless to say, the decor was gorgeous and exactly in line with what I expected from Tai Flora. Their work is well known, and did not disappoint. I love the photos I got from the intricate details at both the ceremony and the reception, and I’m happy to share them with you!


Portraits With Alana: Part Deux

Guess who’s back! Recently I’ve been bolstering my home studio with a few bits and bobs (a modifier here, a boom pole there) and decided it was time to put a few of these to work. I decided to reach out to my good friend Alana, who you might recognise from this 2015 post, in order to have some fun! Like I said in my previous post with her, she’s always incredibly cool and comfortable, and is always willing to do something new. 

Working with a mix of two speedlights and two softboxes, we tried out a few different lighting techniques until we got a full day of shooting done. Coming out of this shoot, I can truly say I learned quite a bit. Not just about managing and shaping light, but also working my personal studio space to the best of its ability. While I always believe my work has room for improvement it can only get better with more practice. In the end, we got images that we both love, and I look forward to working with her again!


6 Looks, 2 Models: A Beauty Shoot

It started the way many collaborations do; on Instagram! Tamara Melville of T-Amoi Makeup Artistry recently contacted me via Instagram with the idea to do a beauty shoot with some clean, popping looks. She loved the photo set from my shoot with Toni and was interested in collaborating with me. Now, it’s always great when someone loves your work, but it feels even better when it’s someone whose work you also love! I’ve been a fan of her blush looks, and it was a great chance for us to work on a dope project together.

Tamara came up with the concept of doing some clean, dewy looks with smoky, dramatic eyes and bold lips. As she showed me the images from her mood board, I could see the shoot coming together in my mind. Once we got that down, what came next was casting. She suggested Danielle-Kay Northover (repped by Pulse Models) for the looks involving smokey eyes, and the more colourful looks were done with Cleopatra Whyte, also repped by Pulse Models.

With casting done, all that was left to do was prep and shoot. Knowing it was going to be a long day, I reached out to my friend and colleague Jik-Reuben Pringle to assist me with the day’s work. We looked through the mood board to get not just the vibe of the shoot, but to work on how we were going to light it. Being creative and whimsical is great, but it has to intersect with technicality! We used 4 speedlights, 3 softboxes (one on a boom arm) and a 7” zoom reflector for most of the shots throughout the day, with a solid mix of butterfly and loop lighting techniques, and a few in-betweens.

Everyone got together at my home studio, and we settled in for a long day of fun shots! The day went incredibly smoothly, with Tamara creating gorgeous looks, DKay and Cleopatra giving us amazing poses and expressions. Shooting went even smoother because I chose to shoot tethered, with the images popping up in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom on a display. This kind of workflow made it easy for the models, the makeup artist and I to see exactly what was happening when the lights went off, and to see if any changes needed to be made (more technical stuff to the rescue).

In the end, we all had a great time and loved the final looks. I’m happy to share the final images with you. Enjoy!


Port Maria to Strawberry Fields

This blog post will have images that are quite different from what you’re used to seeing on my site. As I mentioned in my blog post 2016: A Retrospective, I work in the Photography Department at the Edna Manley School of Visual and Performing Arts. During March we had a departmental field trip, during which myself, Photojournalism lecturer Andrew Smith (AKA the man who taught me photography) and the main lecturer for the department Lewis Gibson-Grainger, escorted students from 1st year to 3rd year on a trip along the coast of St. Mary.

With our day starting at 5:00 am, we left the college’s campus in Kingston and travelled to Port Maria, our first stop for the day. While the students worked on various things, from photojournalism to environmental portraiture, I decided to work on my landscapes. It’s not a genre I dabble in very often, but given the right circumstances can be incredibly enjoyable. It took me out of my comfort zone, but I was able to capture some wonderful images during our time (mostly at Pagee Beach) and I’m very happy with what I ended the day with. 


Lynne & Nathan-John: Hope Gardens Wedding

In January I had the pleasure of shooting the wedding of Lynne and Nathan-John Webb. It was held on a sunny morning on one of the beautiful lawns at Hope Botanical Gardens in St. Andrew. 

While I hadn’t known them for very long (Nathan-John for about a year and a half, Lynne for a few months) their openness and friendliness made working with them a great experience, and from the moment I learned how they met, I knew the wedding would be a great one. Lynne (who’s from the United Kingdom) and Nathan-John (who’s from Jamaica) had their paths cross while in… Canada! While I definitely won’t get into the details here, it all began from that first meeting.

From the emotion felt during the ceremony, to the stories and dancing at the reception (they’re a fun-loving bunch!) the entire day was an absolute blast. It’s definitely a wedding that you’d want to experience again; luckily the day can be re-lived through the photos below!

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