A little bit about me
Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever... it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything. Aaron Siskind
The above quote is wonderful. People are often too optimistic when it comes to their memory!
I started out life as a portrait artist and I have always used my camera for reference. This was a career path that ran alongside a myriad of different jobs including acting professionally, manufacturing power amplifiers and laser-gun equipment, running two hotels and even a (very) short stint on the checkouts at Asda. Then, during the early-noughties I had a dramatic and fundamental shift in my life when I got married and shortly after had children. For many years I was the house-husband and carer for the kidlets, but eventually they grew and I returned to art and photography, with photography soon becoming my primary sorce of income. The evolution of Photoshop let me increasingly combine the art side too, culminating in my speciality: - the intricate multi-image composites that have brought me a large degree of professional recognition.
The vast majority of the time I shoot alone, but with weddings and large events, I try and shoot with my wife whenever possible. She is my assistant; second-shooter; VAL (Voice Activated Lightstand) and Critic. She allows me to focus on getting the best shot possible whilst organising people, keeping me calm and focussed and allowing us to move with efficiency and accuracy letting you too relax and just enjoy your special day.
When it comes to my style, I hope my work speaks for itself. I love light and lighting and use flash or alternative light sources in nearly everything I do. This allows me a huge amount of control, particularly on location shoots where the weather may not be playing ball. Not only does flash allow me to light you well whatever the sun is playing at, but it also lets me make the most of the sky - nature's best backdrop. After a shoot with me, you'll never look at the sky the same way again and have a new appreciation for clouds!
It's not just flash though, in my studio, I have a set of Hollywood-style fresnel lamps that I also use when the mood takes me. These lights allow for the soft bokeh of wide-open apertures and dramatic shadows like those in the the work of the legendary George Hurrell or the contemporary Vincent Peters, whose work I love, who uses similar lights for his images in Vogue and the like. Whatever your want or need, I have the means.
I pride myself on my friendly and professional service and will strive to do the very best for you, always going beyond. I'll leave you with one of my favourite ever reviews.
We chose Simon and Abi Newbury to take our Wedding photographs because with their artistic background and positive, professional nature - we knew we would be in good hands and get fabulous photographs. The final photos turned out so great that in fact, they even exceeded our expectations and we couldn't be happier with the results!
We wanted to achieve mainly candid shots throughout the day, and Simon and Abi really listened and produced exactly what we wanted. They were absolutely brilliant. Their fun and positive attitude made the difficult photographs (e.g. trying to get the whole wedding party together) enjoyable. They also did something we really didn't expect - in the morning they helped out whilst I was getting ready and even entertained the kids, all the while capturing the most beautiful pictures. Several of them are just outstanding and we will treasure them forever!
Unfortunately it rained on our Wedding day and we were worried that we wouldn't get any nice outdoor shots - but Simon and Abi proved us wrong! They worked wonders with the lighting, positioning, and editing - to make even our very grey day look atmospheric, romantic and bright. They also managed to capture peoples expressions in the most flattering way, and the clarity of the photos is no less than spectacular.
Thank you Simon and Abi for capturing such meaningful images for us and our family, and for going the extra mile to make our day and photographs truly emotional and special. My husband and I are so thrilled with the finished results, and we will be recommending you to all our friends and family.Evelyn Garnett
Thank you Simon and Abi for capturing such meaningful images for us and our family, and for going the extra mile to make our day and photographs truly emotional and special. My husband and I are so thrilled with the finished results, and we will be recommending you to all our friends and family.John and Evelyn Garnett
How amazing are the photographs! I cannot express how pleased I am with them. Thank you a million times over, especially from Jessica!Elaine Collins
Simon is a genuine talent and a really great person to work with. Now he two awards from The Guild of Photographers recognising his achievements. Highly recommended without reservation.Ian Pack
Simon is, quite simply, an outstanding photographer. Not only that, but he's a very genuine, kind guy who will always go the extra mile. Take a look at some of the extraordinary photographs he has taken in his portfolio and marvel at his creative genius.Alastair Hazell