J&A Photo blog

What J&A's photographers - Andy Robinson & Sarah Martin have been up to in the World of Photography.


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For all of you that appreciate quality footwear, the name Reebok has long been on any connoisseur’s aspirational list. We were therefore thrilled to be chosen to photograph the Spring/Summer 2013 Reebok Classic Collection early last year. We were then thrilled again to be asked to shoot the Autumn/Winter 2013 Collection during the summer. Each shoot involved over 130 pairs of shoes and took two full days to photograph! Hard work but also great fun and a pleasure to work in the Stockport home of Adidas/Reebok liaising with their wonderful marketing team. As these shots have been under embargo until the product has launched, it has taken until now to be able to post some examples. I’m glad to say that they  have been well received and we have since completed three more shoots for Reebok, including the Spring/Summer 2014 Collection (which we obviously can’t show you yet…but boy, are your feet in for a treat!!).

So, next time you pull on your trainers, spare a thought for ‘us little boys’ in Devon trying to help you decide that your next pair really should be Reebok!!                                                                                    Andy                                                                                                    

As I sit here waiting for another World Cup match to begin (great how there’s an hour between games to allow work to be done!) I realised that I haven’t been blogging about this year’s Weddings yet!  My first of 2014 was Sally & Darren’s in February at the recently refurbished Saunton Sands Hotel. The weather forecast was abysmal, but apparently Sally & Darren “had a word” and somehow the rain stayed away for the whole day, allowing some beautiful photos to be taken. We were all so thrilled that we were able to get some shots as the sun was setting! Sally & Darren and their wonderful children had made it their mission that everyone should have a great time and this was so evident during the course of the day - a wonderful start to this year’s Wedding Season and the first outing for my new Olympus micro cameras…my shoulders were suitably thankful!! 

                                                                                                          Andy

Here’s a photograph taken whilst on a commercial shoot for Lyn Candles (the most gorgeous and fantastic value candles that I reckon money can buy! Do check them out at www.lyncandles.com). Sometimes the weather in North Devon is inclement, to say the least; but sometimes it is just plain wonderful and the quality of light is akin to the South of France!
This was one of those wonderful days and as Sally from Lyn Candles was setting up another display, I snapped this using a Sony RX1r full frame compact camera. Not a cheap machine, but if portability without sacrificing image quality is of paramount importance then this little camera is about as good as it gets!
                                                                                                  Andy

Here’s a photograph taken whilst on a commercial shoot for Lyn Candles (the most gorgeous and fantastic value candles that I reckon money can buy! Do check them out at www.lyncandles.com). Sometimes the weather in North Devon is inclement, to say the least; but sometimes it is just plain wonderful and the quality of light is akin to the South of France!

This was one of those wonderful days and as Sally from Lyn Candles was setting up another display, I snapped this using a Sony RX1r full frame compact camera. Not a cheap machine, but if portability without sacrificing image quality is of paramount importance then this little camera is about as good as it gets!

                                                                                                  Andy

Photographer of the Year 2013 competition results:
Really proud to have been awarded a Top Three placing in the Guild of Photographers International Photographer of the Year Competition! Throughout the past twelve months I have been submitting nine images per month into the ‘Wedding’, ‘Portrait’ and ‘Open’ categories and this award is for the ‘All-Round Photographer of the Year’ title (ie: the person with the highest combined score from any two categories). Considering there were over 10,000 entries this year, I’m pretty chuffed at scoring so highly! Therefore, I would really like to thank all my brides and grooms, people who have booked J&A for a portrait or some commercial work (special thanks to Reebok!) during 2013 - this really wouldn’t have happened without you!
Now, there are some very exciting things happening at J&A Cameras during 2014, which will take up all my spare time, but will be well worth it! So I am not entering the competition this year - but I will, of course, be back for 2015!
If you’d like to see more about The Guild of Photographers, please visit their website www.photoguild.co.uk.                                                       
                                                                                                          Andy

 

Photographer of the Year 2013 competition results:

Really proud to have been awarded a Top Three placing in the Guild of Photographers International Photographer of the Year Competition! Throughout the past twelve months I have been submitting nine images per month into the ‘Wedding’, ‘Portrait’ and ‘Open’ categories and this award is for the ‘All-Round Photographer of the Year’ title (ie: the person with the highest combined score from any two categories). Considering there were over 10,000 entries this year, I’m pretty chuffed at scoring so highly! Therefore, I would really like to thank all my brides and grooms, people who have booked J&A for a portrait or some commercial work (special thanks to Reebok!) during 2013 - this really wouldn’t have happened without you!

Now, there are some very exciting things happening at J&A Cameras during 2014, which will take up all my spare time, but will be well worth it! So I am not entering the competition this year - but I will, of course, be back for 2015!

If you’d like to see more about The Guild of Photographers, please visit their website www.photoguild.co.uk.                                                       

                                                                                                          Andy

 

Just wanted to share a few pictures from Paul & Helen’s pre-wedding shoot, taken at the stunning location of Hallsannery, Bideford. It was a typical (of this year anyway) wet and windy February day, but that didn’t stop us creating some lovely images - and more importantly, putting Paul & Helen at ease for their big day in May! By the time we had finished and they were on their way back to their home in Leeds (I’m sure the booking had nothing to do with me being a Leeds Utd fan!!), we were all counting down the days until we get another chance to do it again - but this time for real! 

On a technical note, it was the first outing for my new Olympus OMD - EM1 camera and lenses. This will now be the camera system of choice for my Weddings due to its small size (my current Nikons are rather heavy) and incredible lens quality. Oh, and it is even more weather resistant than my other cameras, which has already proved rather useful! I’ll let you know my findings during the course of the year, but so far so good!

As we’ve just started the New Year, I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite images taken during 2013! I’ve whittled it down to 101 (five of which are shown above, in no particular order of merit), but if you’d like to see the rest, please follow this link and enjoy a photographic review of my year!  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.654530457922086.1073741828.100000954133489&type=1&l=b0b6b147d3 

So 2014 has started well ( unless you’re a Leeds Utd fan like me, in which case it hasn’t!), but as I haven’t written anything for ages, I thought I’d start by saying how thrilled I was to see one of my photographs making the front cover of The Wedding Factor magazine. This was shot in September at the lovely Woolacombe Bay Hotel for the Bridal Shop, Always and Forever in Bideford. The dresses were beautiful, as were the two models, Chloe and Chani. It’s always fun shooting for magazines as I enjoy collaborating with other people and working with a team of stylists etc. and hopefully with Chani on display, this will become the Wedding Factor’s best selling issue! Happy New Year! 

So 2014 has started well ( unless you’re a Leeds Utd fan like me, in which case it hasn’t!), but as I haven’t written anything for ages, I thought I’d start by saying how thrilled I was to see one of my photographs making the front cover of The Wedding Factor magazine. This was shot in September at the lovely Woolacombe Bay Hotel for the Bridal Shop, Always and Forever in Bideford. The dresses were beautiful, as were the two models, Chloe and Chani. It’s always fun shooting for magazines as I enjoy collaborating with other people and working with a team of stylists etc. and hopefully with Chani on display, this will become the Wedding Factor’s best selling issue! Happy New Year! 

Well, with Christmas just around the corner I thought I’d post about my most recent portrait session. My make-up artist, Sian Laughton had a friend flying in from Ireland for a few days and wanted to treat her to a Mother & Baby photoshoot. Hazel and her wonderful baby Riley were instant stars, and with Sian having done the make-up, my job was made even easier! I thought I’d include a number of the different ‘finishes’ that can be applied to your photos - colour, black & white and my current favourite, vintage - which do you prefer?

Another fantastic Wedding from this summer! Charlotte & Josh were married at Castle Hill, Filleigh in the glorious July weather. With a vintage theme in evidence, (unsurprising as Charlotte’s sister is the famous ‘blogger’ Torie Jayne) many of the finished photos have been given the ‘vintage’ treatment. This really suited the grandiose surroundings and I was privileged to be a part of this beautifully orchestrated Wedding. Charlotte and Josh were a perfect couple and with guests flying in from as far as Japan, were obviously a much-loved couple too! All our best wishes go out to them for the future!

                                                                                                         Andy   

Early July saw Faye & Nick’s fantastic wedding held at The Cedars Inn, Barnstaple…with a slight detour to Instow beach! This was the first of four Weddings that I photographed during the incredible heatwave that we are currently experiencing and it was a real pleasure to work with such strong light. Faye & Nick took the extreme heat in their stride and were fantastic throughout the day, allowing me to suggest daft ideas (such as a 100 metres dash) and happily entering into the spirit of things! The trip to the beach was a welcome escape from the heat and I am once again indebted to Louise Hedges of Toast Event Management (www.toastem.co.uk) who was the couples’ Wedding Planner and who provided transport for all of us too and from the beach -thank you! …and their chocolate fountain was fabulous!! A truly memorable day.

                                                                                         Andy