Thanks to Lissan House just outside Cookstown for the opportunity to photograph in their fantastic house and estate location. I thought I’d make it bridal in theme to be in keeping with the surroundings and hopefully do the location the justice it deserves. Lissan House management are also keen to promote the house as a wedding venue, so it seemed right to do bridal.
I’d completed a job for a local hats company a few days previous using Lissan House as the location, and with it’s almost endless photographic potential I didn’t need a second invitation when I learned they had a 2 hour slot free on Wednesday afternoon. We worked from 2 until 4pm and tried to cram in as many set-ups as possible in the time.
A big thank you to our model for the afternoon, Judith who made a perfect bride despite getting less than 24 hours notice to step into the bridal dress and head out to the location. I keep saying this, but I genuinely feel very luck to have built up a great network of contacts (and subsequently friends too) in the local modelling world over recent years and appreciate their giving of time and skill, many like Judith who are happy and willing to model at little notice and extremely reliable.
My main purpose for the afternoon was to generally explore picture opportunities in Lissan House, then use natural light only, flash only and a mix of the two. I knew before I started that a lot of my imagery was going to be highly experimental, but also wanted to ensure I had images of a suitable standard to reward our model Judith with, and also to pass on to Lissan House themselves.
Here’s the product of my afternoon:
I will be returning to Lissan House at a date to be shortly confirmed for a full day of photography. If you would like to be there also then please get in touch as soon as possible as I intend to have a maximum number of 6 people, and 4 have already confirmed as coming. Please note there will be a cost involved on the day (as yet to be confirmed) but this will be kept to a minimum and is to cover expense of venue hire, professional model, hair styling and make-up for the model, a light lunch etc.
The day will involve topics such as good composition, using natural light, fill flash, off-camera flash, when to use natural light and when to use flash, being creative with one flash, seeing good picture opportunities, how to best pose the subject etc. etc etc.
**UPDATE 18/9/12** – All people now confirmed for this photography day at Lissan House. Thank you.