Celebrity photo shoot
This was a first! An opportunity to work alongside a freelance photographer for 'Hello' magazine who was at the St George's neonatal unit to photograph the presentation of a cheque for £30,000 from Martine McCutcheon and Jack McManus (Patrons of 'First Touch'). Martine and Jack won the celebrity edition of 'Family Fortunes' a few weeks ago.
The shoot took place in the neonatal special care unit meeting a few families who kindly agreed to be photographed and talk about their experiences. The most important aspect was not to interfere or get in the way of the staff working in the Unit as there were a number of sick and/or premature babies being cared for when we visited.
I was using my trusted 50D with built in flash but watching the photographer at work has convinced me (after a year of thinking about it!) to invest in a Canon Speedlite 580EX flash unit. This can be used both as a Master and Slave unit, should I want to increase my portrait and Press work.
I have worked with 'First Touch' a few times now and every time is different. This shoot reminded me again of the amazing work the charity undertakes and meeting the babies and families in the Units was actually very moving. Please click on this link to 'First Touch' for more details of the excellent work that 'First Touch' does for babies (and their families) born prematurely at St George's hospital. Also for those babies moved to St George's from other hospitals in the area to benefit from the specialist care.