Ashley Coombes,: Blog http://clients.ashleycoombes.co.uk/blog en-us (C) Ashley Coombes, Epic Scotland Ltd ashley@epicscotland.com (Ashley Coombes,) Fri, 16 Jan 2015 14:14:00 GMT Fri, 16 Jan 2015 14:14:00 GMT http://clients.ashleycoombes.co.uk/img/s11/v33/u684782167-o797915682-50.jpg Ashley Coombes,: Blog http://clients.ashleycoombes.co.uk/blog 120 80 Mitchell June 2010 http://clients.ashleycoombes.co.uk/blog/2012/5/mitchell-june-2010 This shoot in East Lothian offered a rare volume of great picture opportunities. I'll let them speak for themselves.....

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ashley@epicscotland.com (Ashley Coombes,) East Lothian Edinburgh Family photography http://clients.ashleycoombes.co.uk/blog/2012/5/mitchell-june-2010 Wed, 16 May 2012 13:51:24 GMT
Stuart May 2010 http://clients.ashleycoombes.co.uk/blog/2012/5/stuart-may-2010 One of the benefits of shooting portraits in people's own homes is the variety of locations and backgrounds that can be used to give a range of styles and moods from one single shoot. By taking your children to a photographer's studio you are immediately limited by what that studio has to offer.

For me the best portraits offer some context and show the child in their own environment. This also has the benefit of putting them at their ease in front of the lens as opposed to the artificial environment of a studio with all it's umbrellas, flash heads and backdrops.

These two images are a good illustration of this showing how much variety you can get from having a photographer to your own home. The close up portrait is shot in the child's garden with natural light and has a similarity to a shot you might expect to see from a studio shoot. But then a short walk from the house was a small loch where the children loved to go exploring and looking for tadpoles and pond skaters - no studio shoot can ever hope to offer such diversity.

 

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ashley@epicscotland.com (Ashley Coombes,) East Lothian Edinburgh Family photography http://clients.ashleycoombes.co.uk/blog/2012/5/stuart-may-2010 Wed, 16 May 2012 13:51:00 GMT
Guy May 2010 http://clients.ashleycoombes.co.uk/blog/2012/5/guy-may-2010

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ashley@epicscotland.com (Ashley Coombes,) Family Glasgow Killearn photography http://clients.ashleycoombes.co.uk/blog/2012/5/guy-may-2010 Wed, 16 May 2012 13:50:44 GMT
Burnett May 2010 http://clients.ashleycoombes.co.uk/blog/2012/5/burnett-may-2010 Kids often want to be photographed on their trampolines. 9 times out of 10 there's no picture to be had because of the safety netting which many have. They also want to show off their gymnastic feats of agility by performing brilliant somersaults - resulting in a photo of the soles of their feet!

This time the trampoline was a great asset to the shoot. The trees, the blue sky and fluffy white cloud and the position of the girl in the air above the tree line all combined to make this shot a real cracker.

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ashley@epicscotland.com (Ashley Coombes,) Edinburgh Family photography http://clients.ashleycoombes.co.uk/blog/2012/5/burnett-may-2010 Wed, 16 May 2012 13:50:24 GMT
Thomson May 2010 http://clients.ashleycoombes.co.uk/blog/2012/5/thomson-may-2010

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ashley@epicscotland.com (Ashley Coombes,) Drymen Family Glasgow photography http://clients.ashleycoombes.co.uk/blog/2012/5/thomson-may-2010 Wed, 16 May 2012 13:50:05 GMT
Ogilvie April 2010 http://clients.ashleycoombes.co.uk/blog/2012/5/ogilvie-april-2010 There's nothing like an unexpected hail storm to add a big slice fascination to a shoot.

As a photographer who cut his teeth in the world of newspapers and magazines, this is the kind of gift that can't be ignored. Press photographers are always on the look out for the unexpected and the unusual making the most of the resulting reaction. In this case, the children were already relaxed and having fun but the sudden cloudburst generated this lovely shot.

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ashley@epicscotland.com (Ashley Coombes,) Edinburgh Family photography http://clients.ashleycoombes.co.uk/blog/2012/5/ogilvie-april-2010 Wed, 16 May 2012 13:49:40 GMT
Rehwinkel April 2010 http://clients.ashleycoombes.co.uk/blog/2012/5/rehwinkel-april-2010 The 2010 season for Private Commissions opened well with portraits of this school leaver who I photographed at her school in Edinburgh.

The cloisters and decorated sandstone pillars were a great location with soft light reflecting off the floor complementing her blond hair and beautiful skin tones as well as conveying the texture and detail of the sandstone.

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ashley@epicscotland.com (Ashley Coombes,) Edinburgh Family Leaver's photography http://clients.ashleycoombes.co.uk/blog/2012/5/rehwinkel-april-2010 Wed, 16 May 2012 13:49:27 GMT
Wattie January 2009 http://clients.ashleycoombes.co.uk/blog/2012/5/wattie-january-2009-animal-portrait Photographing an animal with a black coat can be incredibly difficult as the fur just soaks up the light like a sponge. I'm sure there'll be a scientific solution with angles and reflections but it basically boils down to trial, error and experience as to what's going to work with the angle..... and get your exposure spot on.

Aside from the technical aspects of capturing an animal portrait it's all about patience, not rushing and keeping the animal calm.

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ashley@epicscotland.com (Ashley Coombes,) Animals Glasgow Stirling photography http://clients.ashleycoombes.co.uk/blog/2012/5/wattie-january-2009-animal-portrait Wed, 16 May 2012 13:48:46 GMT
Bruneau November 2009 http://clients.ashleycoombes.co.uk/blog/2012/5/bruneau-november-2009-family-photography-east-lothian-dunbar These kids had great fun doing this shoot. It was just one great shot after another without me having to do anything other than making sure the mood didn't change. The weather kept changing though but it just helped with the variety of images I could capture.

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ashley@epicscotland.com (Ashley Coombes,) East Lothian Edinburgh Family photography http://clients.ashleycoombes.co.uk/blog/2012/5/bruneau-november-2009-family-photography-east-lothian-dunbar Wed, 16 May 2012 13:48:04 GMT
Millar October 2009 http://clients.ashleycoombes.co.uk/blog/2012/5/millar-october-2009 There's nothing like the light on a bright autumn day. It's certainly a time for the white side of the reflector rather than the gold when skin tones are a prominent part of the shot.

This images was just a moment of pure fun as the children were playing in the dry, newly fallen leaves.

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ashley@epicscotland.com (Ashley Coombes,) Edinburgh Family photography http://clients.ashleycoombes.co.uk/blog/2012/5/millar-october-2009 Wed, 16 May 2012 13:47:49 GMT
George September 2009 http://clients.ashleycoombes.co.uk/blog/2012/5/george-september-2009-family-photography

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ashley@epicscotland.com (Ashley Coombes,) Family photography http://clients.ashleycoombes.co.uk/blog/2012/5/george-september-2009-family-photography Wed, 16 May 2012 13:47:28 GMT
Lodge September 2009 http://clients.ashleycoombes.co.uk/blog/2012/5/lodge-september-2009

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ashley@epicscotland.com (Ashley Coombes,) Family photography http://clients.ashleycoombes.co.uk/blog/2012/5/lodge-september-2009 Wed, 16 May 2012 13:47:09 GMT
Milne August 2009 http://clients.ashleycoombes.co.uk/blog/2012/5/milne-august-2009-family-photography This shoot turned out to be done in two stages. Initially I went out to the West Coast of Scotland where the rain hammered down all day as only it can in that part of the world.

There were a few shots that worked well such as the Land Rover on the beach but I met up with the family again back in Edinburgh to shoot a few more portraits so they had the range of shots that I like to offer.

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ashley@epicscotland.com (Ashley Coombes,) Edinburgh Family Scotland photography http://clients.ashleycoombes.co.uk/blog/2012/5/milne-august-2009-family-photography Wed, 16 May 2012 13:46:52 GMT
Holt August 2009 http://clients.ashleycoombes.co.uk/blog/2012/5/holt-april-2009-family-photography-Perth-Scotland Another back view. Well, it's actually more of a landscape shot with a couple of figures. It's an idyllic spot and I wanted to show the space and openness that children living in the country can enjoy.

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ashley@epicscotland.com (Ashley Coombes,) Edinburgh Family Perth Scotland photography http://clients.ashleycoombes.co.uk/blog/2012/5/holt-april-2009-family-photography-Perth-Scotland Wed, 16 May 2012 13:46:23 GMT
Linzee Gordon August 2009 http://clients.ashleycoombes.co.uk/blog/2012/5/linzee-gordon-april-2009 Oh, I find it hard to resist a silhouette!

As many of you will know, we also run Epicsilhouettes which arose from my love of shooting silhouettes and allowing interaction, expression or emotion to be conveyed simply by the outline of a scene.

Silhouettes often work well simply on the merit of their graphic quality but they can also work well to evoke the character and relationships of the subjects as I feel is happening here between these three brothers from Edinburgh.

I also photographed them with their mum who was fantastic getting involved in their games and interactions.

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ashley@epicscotland.com (Ashley Coombes,) Edinburgh Family Scotland photography http://clients.ashleycoombes.co.uk/blog/2012/5/linzee-gordon-april-2009 Wed, 16 May 2012 13:46:05 GMT
Whitley August 2009 http://clients.ashleycoombes.co.uk/blog/2012/5/whitley-april-2009 Everyone's heard and used the old cliché "Don't work with children and animals".

Trying to work with both at the same time came make it pretty obvious why the saying is so well known. However, more often than not it's a goal well worth pursuing. The child can come alive in the lens with the pet in his or her arms and there are often tender or hilarious moments to capture as a result of the animal's behaviour.

I never try and control the situation too rigidly. I just position the subjects where the light is good and let the scene unfold and I'm rarely disappointed.

I'm also including this shot of the girl under the leafy canopy - for no other reason than it's just one of my favourites.

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ashley@epicscotland.com (Ashley Coombes,) Edinburgh Family Scotland photography http://clients.ashleycoombes.co.uk/blog/2012/5/whitley-april-2009 Wed, 16 May 2012 13:45:49 GMT
Henderson July 2009 http://clients.ashleycoombes.co.uk/blog/2012/5/henderson-april-2009-family-photography-edinburgh I'm always interested in the relationships between my subjects as the way they interact is integral to the images I create.

I could have just sat and watched these three boys together - the young man, the teenager and the little boy. It was great to see the youngster in awe of his big brothers and the responsible tenderness which they showed in return.

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ashley@epicscotland.com (Ashley Coombes,) Edinburgh Family photography http://clients.ashleycoombes.co.uk/blog/2012/5/henderson-april-2009-family-photography-edinburgh Wed, 16 May 2012 13:45:08 GMT
Horses April 2009 http://clients.ashleycoombes.co.uk/blog/2012/5/gratton-april-2009-equine-family-photography I love to shoot animals, especially horses.

The time spent in the proximity of the horse while it gets used to my presence are magic moments. Some settle quickly and others take quite a long time. I prefer to shoot the animal on it's own if possible but sometimes it's necessary to have the owner there. This pony was good as gold and stood passively while I worked.

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ashley@epicscotland.com (Ashley Coombes,) Animals Family photography pony http://clients.ashleycoombes.co.uk/blog/2012/5/gratton-april-2009-equine-family-photography Wed, 16 May 2012 13:44:35 GMT
Mower April 2009 http://clients.ashleycoombes.co.uk/blog/2012/5/mower-april-2009-family-photography Working with available light and mainly outside can present problems if the weather is wet. The problems are mainly about persuading the family that rain and overcast skies can offer much better light than a bright sunny day.

The soft light of an overcast day is perfect for skin tones and lends itself brilliantly to black and white images. It's a question of finding the right spot - which I did here around the back of the garage. If I were to arrive at a shoot and say I'm going to go around the back of the garage to shoot the portraits most would be horrified but the results in this case were stunning.

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ashley@epicscotland.com (Ashley Coombes,) Family photography http://clients.ashleycoombes.co.uk/blog/2012/5/mower-april-2009-family-photography Wed, 16 May 2012 13:43:40 GMT
Walker April 2009 http://clients.ashleycoombes.co.uk/blog/2012/5/walker-april-2009 Walker children and dogs First warm days of spring are great for photos. Everything has started to grow in earnest but the trees aren't in leaf yet so the light is very open. For the kids there's also the promise of summer after the wet dark winter months..... these guys from Sussex had a real buzz about them which I thought was a combination of the season and the new puppy helped, of course. Walker puppy and child in wild garlic

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ashley@epicscotland.com (Ashley Coombes,) Animals Family photography http://clients.ashleycoombes.co.uk/blog/2012/5/walker-april-2009 Wed, 16 May 2012 13:43:18 GMT