Why Bless the Weather?
It's also the title of one of my favourite songs by John Martyn. "Bless the weather that brought you to me, curse the storm that takes you away'. It doesn't have any meaning as a title of my journal, I just think it's beautiful. If I dig a little deeper, I guess I like it so much because blessing the weather means being grateful for it no matter if it rains or shines. It's weather, and that means we're alive, which is for sure something to be grateful for.
What camera equipment do you use?
I keep it pretty simple and shoot with my trusty Canon 5d mark ii and my Canon 35mm 1.4L lens. No flash, always natural light. I also own a Canon 85mm 1.4L and a Canon 24-70mm 2.8 lens which I use very rarely. Simple for me works the best.
How do you edit your images?
I edit everything in Lightroom with VSCO presets. Usually film pack 01, and I tweak them a little to make my own presets. Usually dialling down the grain, sometimes the contrast and also playing a little with the tones.
Who takes the photos of you?
My Instagram Husband, of course. Gav is very patient with me, often standing in for me while I get the camera settings right so he can shoot. It's still a bit trial and error, but he let's me direct him in the way I like to shoot and he pays attention to all my slightly bossy photography lessons.
Can you give me some tips on improving my photography?
The short answer is yes I can! I offer 1:1 mentoring over Skype, photo walks and workshops - you can find out more about all of those on my photography website www.siobhancalder.com I'm working on some educational blog posts too, so if there's something specific you'd like to know you can shoot me and email and request a blog post. I'm always happy to answer quick questions over Instagram and Twitter.
Do you travel for photoshoots?
If I can work logistics around childcare, then yes! In fact if you book me for a shoot where I get to travel, you might just become my best friend. Typically it's easy enough for me to travel in and around London, or anywhere I can get to you and back in a day.
Can you recommend some places to go in London?
I'm working on writing some more posts about my favourite places to visit in the city, check my 'travel' tag to find them.