The portrait I do best is of the person I know best.
Photographically, I'm dam good at what I do.
I love what I do, it is infectious.
Life is all about connections. I interact and shoot from the perspective on an insider rather than a passive bystander.
Where I can I like to take control of the light, indoors and outdoors.
I rarely give much direction. Feel natural, look natural.
Every portrait needs a context, be it plain background or a favourite place.
I offer location based portrait photography in Farnborough and surrounding areas. I now work exclusively on location having been freed from the studio due to advances in mobile lighting!
shooting portraits outside does remove an element of control because of Farnborough weather, but the results are worth it. You don’t live in a White box so why would you want your portrait captured that way? A portrait should reveal who you are and so an environmental portrait is the way to go. What do you like to do and where do you like to do it? For example, ideas include walking with your family in your favourite spot, playing your instrument or riding your bike. How do you want people to see you because fundamentally that is what a portrait is all about!
Please note that while I have offered studio based portraits in the past, I no longer do. I still shoot indoors and outdoors, but the clinical White room is gone forever! I prefer to work with flash outdoors now. The first 12 or so images are portraits shot with flash and there are also some shots without and a few studio shots for comparison.
Outdoor portrait photography has some practicalities to consider. Generally speaking, anywhere in Farnborough or the surrounding areas is practical, weather allowing.
I can work with cold or hot days, bright sun or overcast cloud but rain outdoors is a problem because water and electrical equipment do not play together nicelyl! In the event of rain we will simply reschedule to another time that suits us both and moreover, will give us the best images.
Another consideration is clothing which should be appropriate for the conditions. Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter sessions require very different outfits due to temperature. All common sense, but you would be surprised at how some people turn up and wonder why they are not comfortable!
You also need to consider that there will be nowhere to change, because we are outside. It is therefore best to choose one timeless classic outfit because of how fashions change although outer layers and accessories are an exception.
Finally parents, similarly to any portrait session you need to plan how to keep your children happy because it will show otherwise! A big bag of Haribo is useful although not chocolate due to the mess it can make. Additionally, make sure everybody is fed and happy before the shoot. Little ones tend to suffer from being hangry more than most!
I advise you to travel light rather than be weighed down by accessories because of the fact it will be you who has to carry it! A few tops are OK, coupled with a few accessories.
A typical outdoor portrait photography shoot would involve spending an hour to two in a local spot although the only limit is your imagination. With younger children its generally best to plan to shoot closer to the hour mark as their patience is definitely finite. The best time of day is to be in position an hour before sunset because of the angle of the sun. This is known as the ‘Golden hour’ by photographers and is when the light is at its best, especially on a nice clear day.
Typically there is a little walking and then a few photographs followed by more walking in order to add some variety.
Your portrait session can involve a single person or a small group like a family. Where a small group is being photographed not only will I take some group portraits but also some individual to give you additional choices.
I do typically need a little notice to book a portrait session although if the light looks great why not give me call? I take bookings at weekends throughout the year and weekday evenings during long summer nights.
After trying various packages in the studio over the years, prices are now much more simplified.
Session fee: £30, payable at the start of the session. Please have correct change!
Images on USB: £120, payable when you order having seen them. Expect between 10 to 30 images.
Below are a few simple tips in order to help you get the most from your portrait session.
Due to being part of a large dance school we often need a photographer. We run social and competitive events where parents may not be able to capture as many of the special moments as they would like with the quality they want. We have used Brian Parkes Photography on many occasions now and have only ever found his photos to be of the highest quality - capturing not only the still photos but some great action shots also. Not only this, he is a very personable character and has been very accommodating to all our needs. I would highly recommend using his services for any event. Cara Donaldson
Wow! What an amazing photographer. Brian always captures those special moments perfectly. I would highly recommend Brian to any one. Steff Harding
Brilliant pictures, Brian really captures the moment perfectly Claire Thomson