Henry Szwinto Photography
Will and William
It’s a mans world (but don’t let yourself get outnumbered)
Built like a brick wall.
Dreams of a summer's day
Singing his heart out
Vincent the Hungarian Vizsla
Turning for the last sequence
The Solent at dawn
Paddy the New Forest Pony
Annie and Harry
If only we could bottle sunsets!
Highcliffe at dawn
Competing against yourself
Zoe, the Modern Pentathlete
Surfing In the Indian Ocean
Latest Photography News
My wife Joanne’s mum died earlier this year after suffering years of dementia. Today, Thursday 14th June 2018 the Alzheimer’s Society have their National Cupcake day so I thought I would post a few pictures from a shoot last year with Emma Appelton-Smith. Jo had this great idea about making a corset out of paper cupcake cases and after a couple of weeks of painstaking sewing we had our main piece. A relatively simple skirt made from paper strips together with more painstaking work for a wig made from plaited paper completed the main outfit. A few white accessories and white makeup supplied by Emma and we were ready to shoot in the studio dressed with white furniture and white background. I think we got some great photos.
Father’s day is just over a week away. Have you thought what to by him?
How about a family photo shoot?
It will be a fun day out for everybody and you will get some great photos to frame and keep. It can be something that makes you laugh or a photo of his lovely children or a simple family group photo. I can supply a gift card to be used when you wish. Here’s a few examples of photos I’ve done in the past to give you some ideas. If you are interested then give a call on 07920 887909
Whenever I get good light and calm conditions I try to get down to Pennington Marshes, Lymington which is here in the New Forest National Park. Although I have always been interested in birds, for me, it’s more about the photography rather than ticking a bird list. Having said that some of the rarer birds create more captivating images. Technique is very important and I continue to experiment there but it’s all about the light and learning about your subject. Hope you like the photos.
If you would like to find out a bit more I do offer personal tuition or small workshops or even simple guide services.
I’ve been using the rainy weather to put together a long overdue flip book from our trip to Indonesia last November. I have so many lovely photos that this one just covers the first 2 weeks which includes our week at Scuba Junkies Komodo and our second week on Flores where we stayed mostly at Labuan Bajo. If you ever think you might like to go Joanne and I would thoroughly recommend you do and we are planning to back in the not too distant future. The coral reefs are stunning, the Giant Manta are amazing, there are so many turtles and the people are very friendly.
When the weather is calm and you know there will be good light then Pennington Marshes is a great place to go this time of year. The terns are back and I love photographing them when they are fishing. Either as they dive or when they hover. This morning I was lucky enough to find a pair of Little Terns bonding through feeding. Very sweet.
Hand a chance to photograph some Fallow Bucks in the New Forest national Park this week. One or two of them were starting to drop their antlers but most still had them. There were a couple of lovely White Bucks that were very obliging. I’ve picked these photos because I love the way their eyes are catching the afternoon light.
This photo is from a shoot with Louise Rogers. I decided to use it as a competition entry at the camera club and wanted to focus on her muscle definition and her veins which is why I cropped it the way I did. I rather cheekily called it “The Weaker Sex” and that is one reason why I deliberately kept in the lipstick and enhanced the light falling on the nail varnish. The flash of blond hair helped too. These touches would have been lost if I went down the route of monochrome so I kept the colour image. It’s almost impossible to predict how a judge will react to a photo like this in a club competition so a felt pleasantly surprised when it was awarded 10/10 and a Seal of Merit.
I have a couple more body building shoots lined up soon but this time it will be men. When you get subjects that through disciplined training and years of dedication become extraordinary you have a great opportunity for very striking photos. It’s something that I truly respect which is why I like this genre. Watch this space.
Photo of the week.
I’ve chosen this photo of Zoe Davison as photo of the week for 2 reasons. Zoe has just come 4th in the World Junior Modern Pentathlon Championships even though she is nowhere near the top of the age group. Also I finally got the chance to use it in a recent club competition where it gained a seal. The judge said “it’s great when you get to work with a professional model because they are so good at giving you a natural look”. But Zoe is no professional model, however, she is great at understanding what the task is and delivering. That’s one reason why I am not surprised when I hear news of her great performances. We will be working again together when her competitive season finishes and we have some great ideas lined up.
Watch this space!