Client Testimonials

First experience was a photoshoot of my, then 4 year old daughter, which produced amazing shots! Presented in a beautiful wooden engraved USB. And more recently for Mother’s Day, a three generation shoot with my mum and daughter. To say I’m over the moon is an understatement! Suzanne made us feel totally relaxed, providing additional thoughtful touches in great studio surroundings. A brilliant way of connecting with us to deliver absolutely stunning pictures that I’ll treasure forever. The whole family are thrilled. Will be back for more without a doubt! Great value for money. You won’t be disappointed. Thank you Suzanne!Maria Davanzo -From the moment we booked in with Suzanne to the moment we walked into the studio, we’ve received the most amazing hospitality service with outstanding professionalism.

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The experience and patience Suzanne gave to not only our 3 week old son, but also us.. Words can not describe.
As a first time mum I felt a little nervous and unsure of what to expect, but Suzanne was brilliant, Making us feel welcome and relaxing us, then taking Sullivan into her arms and caring for him as if he was her own. We felt completely at ease with Suzanne, and her work is outstanding.
Offering a unique style and a superb finished product.
We would highly recommend suzanne.. thank you xx

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Vicky Edwards – Suzanne was so good with our little girl on her newborn photo shoot and she really made us all feel welcome. The pictures are absolutely amazing and are something we will cherish forever. Highly recommend Suzanne and Perfect Moments PhotographyThank you so much xx

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Dorota Gzik – The photos that Suzanne took are some of the most precious images we’ll ever have. Every person that saw the images were amazed at them and it captured our little loved one in a way we never thought possible. Thank you so much for the incredible work.

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Kellie Mitchell-Hughes – Absolutely brilliant! So pleased with the whole experience for our newborn! Suzanne is a lovely lady, would definitely recommend! Fantastic quality products that we shall treasure!

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Rhian Farley – Suzanne is absolutely amazing. She is so friendly and welcoming and really put everyone at ease. She captured my two little ones beautifully. I am so impressed with the incredible images and will be forever grateful for these truly wonderful keepsakes. Would highly recommend. Thank you so so much.

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Melanie Gizzi – So talented, not only made my 4 year old feel totally at ease, she had loads of fun and really enjoyed her photo shoot! The images are incredible. Captured the moments perfectly! Great value for money and even the USB was presented in a cute little box – professional, friendly, quality service! Will definitely use again – thank you Suze!

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Lindsey Grainger – Suzanne at perfect moments photography is outstanding! Had a newborn photoshoot of my 3 week old baby girl which I was a little apprehensive but Suzanne made us feel so relaxed the moment we arrived! She knew exactly how to handle and place my baby, so gentle and professional. I couldn’t of asked for anymore, the photos are so amazing! I will definitely be going back to suzanne for more photos of my little girl! So so pleased, thank you perfect moments x.

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Becca Reese – Lovely lady and amazing pictures, used a few times and wouldn’t go to anyone else.. always make us feel welcome and so good with our little one.. never fails to suprise us with beautiful pictures.. Highly recommended.. thanks again

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Victoria Ring – Amazing photos, great photographer very patient as I have a disabled child. Would recommend to anyone and the quality of the photos was second to none.

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Abbey Sheard – Suzanne was so amazing with my newborn. So gentle and caring towards her. The Photographs were just amazing. I am over the moon with them. Would recommend Suzanne time and time again. She really does have a magical talent.

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Alexandra Rose Walsh – I honestly couldn’t of asked for a more amazing experience from the first point of contact to having my gorgeous photos in front of me, I felt very relaxed and welcome even my baby was nice and calm Suzanne was brilliant very professional and knew exactly what I wanted she has also done my other child’s christening photos and they were perfect and why I couldn’t wait for another photo shoot with you, the studio is gorgeous and I cant wait to go back again and get some more done. I would highly recommend this lady and her business and I will always be using her. Thank you very much once again Suzanne.

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Anna Andrews – Had a great morning during baby Rhys newborn photoshoot, even though he didn’t behave Suzanne was fab and put us both at ease and catered to our ever need. I would highly recommend her.

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Renee Buckley – Suzanne is amazing, such a natural! She did an outdoor family photo shoot for us last autumn and the photographs are unbelievable. Thanks Suzanne ūüôā

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James Baker – Suzanne has in the past taken some amazing pictures of our daughters and this year is due to document our wedding by attending as our wedding photographer. Would not hesitate to recommend to anyone.

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Deborah Michelle Matthias – Suzanne was fantastic with our little boy and made him feel very safe and at ease whilst she took some wonderful newborn photographs of him x

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Haze – Colour Flow | Production Process

RESEARCHING NON NARRATIVE FILMS

I have never had experience with this type of film before so to develop my personal research i began my search for Non Narrative shorts films on Google which lead me to Youtube, some i have listed below that are all quite different to each other in regards to content:

Non-Narrative film – Gareth Roberts

Exit 12 – Short Film

Danger Mouth – Short Non Narrative Film

Presage ‚ÄĒ A Non-narrative Film

Mortality – Non-Narrative Short Film

Creative Media Directions – Non-Narrative Film

Also films from:

karen-heald1a

Karen Heald

“painterly, poetic, non-linear video narratives created by myself and fellow collaborators.¬†The films showcased are experimental, minimal and complex. The body of work intertwines video, performance and installation. They are films that respond to the history or culture of a specific location or concept”

Karen Heald  (2015). Available: http://www.karenheald.co.uk/films. Last accessed 29th March 2017.

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After exploring lots of these films my understanding was that they are:

random / weird / calming / scary / meaningless / meaningful / emotional / annoying / dreamlike / distorted / frustrating / intriguing / simple

I was filled with quite confusing emotions throughout so first I looked into what describes a Narrative Film –

  • Storyline
  • Cast
  • Soundtrack
  • Scripted Dialogue
  • Acting
  • Costumes
  • Motive

So a non narrative film is a method of storytelling but without any of the above. They have a poetic & dreamlike quality, containing things that we consider mundane captured in a non controlling way.

Gloria Janet. (2015). narrative vs non narrative. Available: http://www.mediafactory.org.au/gloria-tanuseputra/2015/05/02/243/. Last accessed 29th March 2017.

narrative / non narrative. Available: http://www.centerforhomemovies.org/narrative-vs-non-narrative/. Last accessed 29th March 2017.

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PRE PRODUCTION

Exploring Ideas For a Non Narrative Film

Digital Textures

  • industrial scenes
  • sun moving across buildings
  • cars on a busy road / motorway‚Äď slowed down / sped up
  • City Lights changing

Colour Flow

  • Movement of water
  • Oil dripping down something / use coloured lights to change the colour of the oil
  • Food colouring dripped into water
  • Film the Sky ‚Äď clouds moving across blue sky
  • Out of focus ‚Äď moving in and out of focus on colourful objects

Move Me

  • Nature shots
  • Time Lapse / Flower at different times of the day
  • Melting Ice Cube or Ice cream / outside / different locations
  • Leaf, blowing around

Sound Bites

  • Film things around the house, edit in time to music
  • Kettle Boiling
  • Tap running / Dripping Tap
  • Clock ticking
  • Close up shots (macro) of household objects

For the Non Narrative film that I have chosen to make I have taken my inspiration from 2 of the videos that i watched:

foliage

Connor O’Brien –¬†Creative Media Directions – Non-Narrative Film, I liked the idea of having relaxing music with foliage.

interior interior

And¬†Karen Heald & Alana Tyson. (2015). Interior Interior. Available: http://www.karenheald.co.uk/films. Last accessed 29th March 2017.¬†I loved how calming and relaxing it made me feel…watching something so simple as moving fabric, it was hypnotising and made me want to watch more. But not to find out what was going to happen, it was satisfying in a detachment way, i didn’t feel the need to look for meaning in it, i could just watch it … similar to how i felt when i watched other Non Narrative films.¬†

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PRODUCTION

How do I choose what to film…surely ‘choosing’ to film ‘something’ makes that the subject of my film and therefore a narrative ?

I did come across an in-depth breakdown from Dartmouth.edu website that the non-narrative characteristics consist of these 4 main categories :

Categorical / Rhetorical / Abstract / Associational

Non-Narrative as a formal system. Available: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~film01/nonnarrative.html.  Last accessed 4th April 2017.

The whole concept totally baffled me and the only way for me to get past that was to go out with my camera and film…. all I knew was that I wanted to do something for the Colour Flow with ambient music & nature.

Equipment:

Nikon 750 & Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art Lens

I filmed everything that was already there, untouched, unplanned and in its most natural state in and around my house outside.

After filming lots of childrens feet bouncing on a trampoline, clouds, plants & leaves I decided to concentrate on an area that isn’t of any interest….just the green weeds & grass around my garden, using a shallow depth of field moving in and out of focus slowly. And the sun was quite low in the sky by this point and this is my favourite light.

With everything that I have filmed in the past (Narrative based) my main priority has always been to make sure I get my focus spot on, but for this I decided to do the opposite and have some blurry areas because there is less importance for that accuracy. And naturally flowing in and out of focus would adapt itself to a dreamy look. The footage has to be put together with Ambient music over the top so I did my best to move as slowly as I could holding my breath most of the time, I aimed to get a fairly smooth fluid camera pan like in Karen Healds’ Interior Interior but it turned out to be much more difficult than I thought.

There was a mixture of footage, hand-held panning & camera sat on the ground / shoe / scarf. I could of used the glidecam to stabilise my camera or stabilise it in post production but i chose not to, i wanted the footage to have a slight natural movement to it so that it was raw & natural which suited the subject. I filmed different areas of my garden, concentrating on the mundane weed and anything that was green because that was the colour i had chosen for the brief РColour Flow.

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POST PRODUCTION

Using After Effects I put all my footage together, I do find it very time consuming because with every playback it has to render the section which really quadruples the editing time. I think for what I needed to do I should of used Premier Pro to save some time. Nothing fancy went into the edit, there is no colour correction, no fades, nothing done to any of the clips, all I did was slow them down by 200%. Again, i wanted to keep it as simple & natural as possible.

The ambient music was a track I found on Youtube:

Arnav Srivastav. (2013). Royalty Free Background Music – “Roads To Oblivion” (Background Music for Films). Available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dufE2Ravrrw&list=PLUxc0pGFdGiGzK64w3-UJn0dlU8rzuFmc. Last accessed 29th March 2017.

MY NON-NARRATIVE FILM | HAZE

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MY CONCLUSION

I set out to create a non narrative film with a very hazy idea of what i was actually doing and after spending a while i managed to remove myself from planning every little aspect that goes into a project and began to think in a less constructing way. This was one of the main issues that i had to deal with, getting into the mindset of filming in a non-narrative way,  almost without purpose but not completely.

I’m still not sure that any film can be classed as 100% non-narrative because the creator has chosen what to film & the content the want to include. Or is it the¬†viewers interpretation of what they are watching that becomes the¬†narrative? But nevertheless it opens up an unsolved subject which can only lead to exciting experimentation by all creators.

I feel like i have extended my learning by experimenting with something i have never done before and it has made me look at film in a different light. There is more depth to a film when you explore it from a different perspective. I am really pleased with my first attempt at this type of film and it has left me slightly addicted so i will definitely be making more.

This project has helped me look at how I approach film for the future and I feel that i have achieved all the learning outcomes for this assignment by:

  • Researching & planning
  • Working through problems & finding solutions
  • Using the correct media & techniques
  • Working to a brief
  • Evaluating the process along the way, learning and making notes of how I could have improved.

Flora & Fauna Photography Exhibition

Flora & Fauna comp

I entered a few of my images below into this competition. I love this early morning light along with the hazy background. With every photo i take i am always aiming to shoot super early in the morning or just before dusk. I love creating backlit dreamy images. These were all shot in the field next to my house early one morning … before i took the kids to school –

Just Nettles sml

Morning Light sml

Sparkling Leaf sml

If you click here there is a youtube slideshow with all the entries.

Gavin Hoey | Lighten Up @ NEC

Gavin Hoey – Live Stage

In 30 minutes he showed us so much, he is great to watch and has so much enthusiasm for what he does.
He had a model standing in front of a matte black Lastolite backdrop, to begin with he used One Pixapro strobe with a small octobox very close to her on a 45 degree angle.

This gave very nice results, of light across her face with shadows on the other side and there was no spill onto the backdrop. When i have used my studio strobes and placed them in this set up I always have an ugly spill of light on my black vinyl backdrop which I have to correct in photoshop afterwards do I was very interested to find out why this didn’t happen with him. He went through a process of using different props like flashlights….

…smoke / wind but his lighting pretty much stayed in the same distance from the model he just moved it around her and his camera settings stayed the same F8, 1/250, ISO 200.

His images SOC appeared on the screens either side of the stage and they were incredible, and they looked like magazine quality and they hadn’t been edited.

So after the show we went to speak to Gavin to pick his brains about our set up and he suggested it could be a mixture of different things – our backdrop might not be matte enough and that is why it’s giving off a glare, we might need to move our light closer to the subject because the inverted square rule might apply so the closer it is to the subject the darker our backdrop will appear & to try feathering our light more. We really appreciated him giving us his time and some pointers and we can’t wait to get in the studio this week to practise!

EDITORIAL | SPECIALIST STUDY

BRIEF

For this assignment I have to create a layout for a publication in a magazine or journal about a subject that is visually stimulating and of personal interest.

THE IDEA

I have chosen to do the magazine spread about a project that I am currently working on with Emilienne Rebel for her company. She makes beanies for hair loss and chemotherapy and this is something very close to my heart because my Mum went through it and is amazingly still with us today. Emilienne had not long given birth to her daughter when she found out she had Grade 3 advanced breast cancer, and she was only 31. And so her journey through chemotherapy & operations began and it was during this time that she was inspired to design some comfortable headwear. When she lost her hair the scarfs she wore would always slip and the woollen hats were itchy and hot and the wigs were uncomfortable and from this Bold Beanies was born.

Like her health her company has gone from strength to strength and has a huge line of beanies for adults. She has also recently introduced a childrens range with matching teddy hats and came to me because she wanted to re-build her website and make it fresh and have all new images of every product.

It was unlike any job that i had done before, there is hundreds of different hats and each one had to be photographed in several ways:

The children’s range was very important to Emily because she wanted to display them in a fun way…. there is nothing good about cancer but what gets people through it is staying happy and positive so she wanted¬†that to be a factor. She brought lots of props to the studio and i photographed our children wearing the hats, we got so many great photos and she was over the moon with the result.

 

THINGS TO CONSIDER

  • Lighting & backdrop
  • Consistency in shots / angles
  • Props
  • Time
  • Image storage

Emilienne¬†wanted a white backdrop to keep a consistency through all the images but one issue that i didn’t take into consideration was the temperature. We mainly use natural window light in the studio and even though it had been a sunny day, the light had changed throughout the shoot. So when i uploaded the images to my computer they are all varying slightly in colour temp……an issue that i wouldn’t have had if we had used studio lighting only. At the time Emilienne had said it wasn’t necessary and as long as they were in front of a white backdrop it would suffice. Only to find out at a later date when she was uploading the product pics to her google shop that they were being refused because they background wasn’t white enough. It’s something that i can rectify in Photoshop but considering how many images there is it’s a lengthy process. So that was the biggest lesson learnt and for any future product photography i will be using studio light only.

There was hundreds of hats to photograph so when it came to the children we knew that we had to work fast because they would soon get bored, the good thing was the props and that seemed to keep the momentum going because they enjoyed getting into character.

It took several days to photograph the full range and i had several thousands of images, all between 26-30MB so i used a lot of SD cards and had to make sure that everything was backed up twice at the end of each day.

RESEARCH

I began my research on google for design tips, and out of many similar articles i found this website¬†https://designschool.canva.com/blog/design-rules/¬†which¬†states some rules that you shouldn’t break.

  • Keep even spacing in between text characters & words.
  • Make sure text is bold and easy to read, don’t use faded colours.
  • Don’t overuse capital letters, it comes across as shouting.
  • Keep line lengths short, 6 words per line is the golden number.
  • Use colour & type to define hierarchy – make the important points stand out.
  • Always use a grid – makes sure all the components on your page are lined up evenly.
  • Design for your audience, use appropriate text, colours, icons.
  • Try not to have ‘widows & orphans’ parts of a sentence or a single word on a separate line.
  • Consider colour palettes, which colours compliment each other and colour theory, how different colours affect people – orange is said to stimulate appetite.
  • Don’t use more than 2-3 fonts
  • Don’t use display fonts (handwriting) for the main body of text, it is hard to read.
  • Never stretch your type, it distorts it. Try and find one that suits your needs without having to stretch it.
  • Avoid colour discord – 2 colours that are widely separated on the colour wheel. When paired together they can look muddy.
  • Don’t think of white space as empty space, a minimalistic approach helps put more focus on a specific area and allows the design to breathe
  • Don’t follow design trends, keep yours original.
  • Use the right tools, high res images.
  • Make sure the layout is correct for the final publication.
  • Correct grammar
  • Don’t use too many effects, keep the design simple.

Most of these are common sense but they were a good reminder of what to consider.

I also got lots of layout inspiration from magazines and places like Google, Pinterest, Creative Market, some of which I have below:

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https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/542402348855970333/

https://uk.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=magazine%20layout&rs=typed&term_meta[]=magazine%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=layout%7Ctyped

I saved these one’s in particular because I like different elements in each of them especially the minimalistic leaf, your eye is drawn straight to that and i think that’s a really important part of any publication.

The layout was really time-consuming, I spent hours playing with the arrangement, fonts and colours and trying the text in different ways. Minimal and vibrant was the look i wanted to achieve, i didn’t want it cluttered because there is so many colours in the Beanies.

There was so many images to choose from for this and that was the difficult part, I was really drawn to the ones of them when they were wearing masks and hats over the beanies because the kids look like they are having so much fun in these ones and they make you smile. I didn’t end up using those ones though because I thought that the focus needs to be on the Beanie itself and nothing else.

SCREENSHOTS OF DESIGN PROCESS

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I seemed to get stuck with it here and this was where I was going to leave it:

Magazine spread final sml

FINAL LAYOUT

But I still wasn’t happy about it and couldn’t figure out what wasn’t right so i revisited it the following day with fresh eyes and changed it to this:

Magazine spread FINAL EDIT

 

Which I am much happier with, it just seems to work better and i originally wanted to include the image of the mum putting the hat on but it didn’t fit anywhere in my previous layout.

I found a magazine Mockup template on Graphicsfuel which i used to see how it would look if it was in a magazine http://www.graphicsfuel.com/2016/04/magazine-mockup-psd-template/ I applied my image to their template in Photoshop by using the WARP tool to pull out the top and bottom of the pages to create a 3D effect.

Magazine-Mockup-Template

CONCLUSION

The layout i have created reflects my idea for a fun, clean, fresh, bright, minimal publication to advertise the new range of Bold Beanies for children. From the initial idea of planning how to photograph the Beanies with Emilienne & the idea to advertise the childrens range in a fun way all the way through to the final images i feel that i have achieved all the learning outcomes for this assignment by:

  • Researching & planning
  • Developing ideas & decision-making
  • Working through problems & finding solutions
  • Using the correct media & techniques
  • Producing work for a client, meeting the brief and deadlines
  • Evaluating the process along the way, learning and making notes of how I could have improved.

Brachio Farm | Visual Effects Project

I knew i wanted to include my kids in this project somehow, i thought it would be fun to do with them. So i chose my location which is the field next to where i lived, i knew i wanted something with dinosaurs in so i went onto youtube and searched for dinosaur green (blue) screen and chose Brachiosaurus ones because i thought the size of it would work well in the field.

Once i had chosen the clips i liked i made a note the details – how far away was the camera from the dinosaur, which direction the light was landing on it etc and i used this info to decide where i was going to film from and what time of day so that when i put the dino clips into my real footage they would match up as best as i could.

I wrote a brief little plan of what the film was:

-Peaceful day on Brachiosaurus Farm, My Daughter was going to be the Expert doing a health check, and then gets rudely disturbed by a wild t-rex on a rampage.

I made a Brachio Health Check sheet and printed that off for my daughter to use with a clip board.

We spent about half an hour shooting, i took the youtube clips of the dino out with me on my phone so i could keep referring to them when i was directing my daughter on where to stand / look etc.

Once we were finished, i spent about 2 days on After Effects putting it all together. I used scale, position, rotation, opacity, puppet tool, rotation, exposure adjustments, chroma key, and lots of other tweaks with the settings to match the colour balance between the real footage and green screen footage. I also found all sound effects – Birds singing, footsteps & roars etc on Youtube.

I was really pleased with the end result, if i had more time i would of tried to find a better green screen clip of the t-rex running towards the camera at the end.

Thomas Hughes Lloyd Dance Showreel

Thomas Hughes Lloyd Dance Showreel

I was asked to come up with a showreel for Thomas, he was a finalist on Got To Dance 2013 and wanted a video to advertise his talent incorporating his past achievements.

He gave me some youtube links of other dancers Showreels so that i could get an idea of what he was after.

We discussed several locations and they quickly whittled down because of authorization and permissions that would be needed for filming in public places. So we chose the train station on a quiet day and the underground in Chester which i knew had good moody lighting which would work. And after that we just scouted for locations as we walked around Chester. There was a graffiti car park which would have been great but the owner couldn’t allow it so we just took a couple of pics there instead, we also tried in the amphitheatre¬†but the loose stone on the floor was too difficult for Tom to dance on. We took some footage by the canal and by the Chester Walls.

Thomas brought his sister along who had the track that he was going to be dancing to and my studio partner Kamila joined me to film and she took some stills throughout for his portfolio.

We had 2 Nikon D750, several lenses, a glider on wheels, tripod, reflector, video light, & Glidecam. It was tiring work carrying everything round on our backs all day as we did lots of walking looking for places to film.

We were limited with time on this so if i was to do something like this again i would scout for the locations first and decide on the best time of day regarding light etc.

I edited the video in After Effects and i did struggle getting enough variety from the amount of footage we had. We could have done with some more, perhaps from different angles / close ups etc.

They loved the final video but the only thing he regrets is that he didn’t do some of his special moves so we are looking to re-film this year and add those in.