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  • Ask you parents they probably already have one!

    Unless you are shooting fine art or similar for a living, which is a unobtainable dream for most. 35mm is understandably not the most effective way of working. Most if not all effects of film photography are easily available in Photoshop or even apps such VSCO (which is a great app). Sometimes it can still be exciting loading the photographs from your memory card to your computer, but there is nothing like picking up a film after it being developed and seeing shots that you took months ago for the first time. 

    I usually have around three films loaded in different cameras, and each time I pick one up my love for photography returns. Using 35mm cameras is something that separates photography for work, and photography for the sake of photography for me. Don't get me wrong I love my job but I don't love all the jobs that I shoot, thats natural everyone who works has parts of there work that they enjoy and others aspects that are not quite so exciting. 

    In these days of apps and photos that are never seen, tucked away in folders on your hard drive. I encourage people to buy a 35mm camera of any quality and keep it in your house. When an occasion arrises that you would normally stick your hand in your pocket and pull out your smart phone, or when ever you feel inspired, grab your camera and shoot a quarter of a roll of film. Cameras are available all over the internet or quite often pop up in local Guernsey auctions such as Martel Maides. Ask you parents they probably already have one! 

    At least your children and grandchildren will know what you looked like when your computer goes bang. Make an album, stick them on a wall, start a personal project and post it online. My Fiancée also bought me a Fujifilm Instax, (modern version of the Polaroid). This is also a great way of documenting life and having fun with photography. The shots from the Instax are so timeless but also a more expensive with the camera retailing for around £100 and the film working out at around one pound per shot. 

    To get films developed locally try out Guernsey Photographics and also Fitzgeralds. If you don't want prints have them burnt straight to disk or buy your own negative scanner and collect them dev only, (developed only). 

  • Wedding fayre this Sunday

    Wedding fayre this Sunday

    If you and your partner are thinking about getting married in Guernsey in the near future come along to the wedding fayre at Castle Cornet this Sunday. 

    Entry is free and it is open from 2:00 until 5:00pm

    I will be offering 10% OFF any wedding dates penciled in with me at the fayre.

  • Restoration

    Restoration

    The photograph above is my Great Grandpa and my Great Grandmother, it was given to me recently by my Great Aunt to see if I could give it a new lease of life. It was actually worse than it looked here because it was more of a sepia and the dark lines across the photograph were some sort of red pen or wax. 

    After half an hour in Photoshop I have managed to remove all the substantial marks without loosing too much of the original picture. 

    If you or your family have any old photographs that you wish to have revived, please dont hesitate to get in touch. 

  • The Soverign Art Foundation School Art Prize

    The Soverign Art Foundation School Art Prize

    Last Thursday was the The Soverign Art Foundation School Art Prize, I was asked to attend and shoot the event. It was inspiring to see some great work from School Leavers from all around the Island. 

    If you wish to see the event photographs, order prints or download free digitals please follow the link below. 

    https://etiennelaine.shootproof.com/gallery/thesovereignartfoundation/

  • Auburn Gardens

     Auburn Gardens

    A fellow ex Grange House student went down a different path to me, yet still a creative one! I met up with Jack from Auburn Gardens last night to photograph one he was just finishing. I think he has done an amazing job with this garden, I admit I didn't see it before but I bet it has been quite the transformation. 

    If you would like to see more of Jack's work or get in contact with him about a project fo your own follow the below link to his facebook page - 

    https://www.facebook.com/auburngardens

  • James Harrison

    James Harrison

    As we speak James is swimming the English channel from what I can work out it looks like he is around half way, aiming to finish around 10:00 pm this evening. I cant imagine what sort of mindset you must have to be in to complete such a challenge. When I met with him at Petit Bot to take the above photo he had told me he was confident and that he had been training hard. I heard on the readio earlier that the conditions today were far from ideal so I wish him the best of luck. 

    If you wish to donate to his chosen charity Just Giving, click on the link below. He has allready gone way over his target amount lets see how much more he can raise! 

    https://giving.gg/donate/event/1096/English-Channel-Swim--James-Harrison

    You can also check on his progress via this link - 

    http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0TqfkyaQ4EAlRUGyrySjeqAJK4MSAf4rv

  • Wedding fayre this Sunday!

    For any couples that are engaged or thinking about getting married I will be at The Peninsula Hotel for their wedding fayre this Sunday. The fayre is from 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM. Come along and say hi. If you haven't chosen your dress yet there is a catwalk at 4:00 PM. Any booking I take at the fayre will receive 10% off.

  • Should I hire a professional photographer for my wedding?


    As a photographer living in Guernsey and also planning my own wedding next year, I have had time to reflect on what it is like to be a client. There are some fantastic photographers in Guernsey from amateurs to long seasoned professionals, so how do you pick someone for your big day? 

    Budget is often the biggest restriction on who you can book, but bare in mind photography shouldn't be your default cut back. In short you get what you pay for. If it seems too cheap it probably is and if it is too expensive speak to the photographer and see if there is any leeway or ways you can save. Photography may seem like a budget sponge but they are not only your memories of the day but my clients tell me that I capture a lot of things they missed. 


    Style is another big player, some prefer the more traditional approach, church, posed couple shots, family line ups, speeches, cake cut and first dance. I prefer to record a day as it happens without taking any posed shots other than a few line ups. I know don't want to look back at my wedding photographs and remember the photographer telling me where to stand and how to smile, I want to look back and see what a great day we had with out friends and family around us. 

    Recommendations, reviews, following and experience are something else worth checking out, you want to know your in safe hands and that they are going to show up on the day. I have been shooting weddings for 6 years now and have learnt a lot since I started out. I am now at a level that I can relax have a good time and capture beautiful reportage wedding photos without overthinking things. If alarm bells ring about your photographer, please please do your research. 


    All the gear and no idea. It seems everyday on Facebook I see someone else advertising themselves a photographer. I will put my hands up when I started out, I created myself a myspace page but it was a hobby page not a business. I think people are too keen to make a quick buck to pay off the expensive camera they just bought, before they have learnt to use it. 

    Unplugged weddings are becoming more popular where guests are asked to leave phones and cameras at home. This makes photographers and people in general uneasy but it can be rewarding in a sense that when you walk down the aisle you cant just see phones but peoples faces. It also stops the crazy uncle phenomena who likes to follow you around all day just incase you miss a shot... 

    What ever your budget check what your getting for your cash, the cheapest photographer can quickly become the most expensive if you have to pay a fee for high res files, or you have to go through them for albums and prints. Also beware of packages and fluffy bits, people often list things in a way that makes it look like your getting more for your money. Theres nothing wrong with that its business, but make sure you know what you are getting and for what cost. 

    Finally, what clarifies someone as a professional, well some people would say someone who does it full time as their job, others might say someone who has been away to university to get a degree in photography. In my opinion its someone trustworthy who produces great results. 



    Please visit etiennelaine.com for my work, rates and contact information.

    Link to wedding gallery - etiennelaine.com/weddings

  • In Print.

    In Print.

    As a photographer in this day and age, it’s so often that your work gets hidden away on website banners and all things digital. Thats why when offered the job of photographing some of the people, that are well known in this island for the Guernsey election campaign I jumped at it. Its great to see your photographs printed on banners, posters and even milk cartons. And see people actually using something with your work on it. 

    Until recently I have photographed for magazines locally. I have been involved with, Contact Magazine, The Rock, Gallery magazine, GBG and GSY Life. Anyone thats been involved with publications of this sort will tell you that they are demanding and not particularly financially rewarding. But there is something attractive about seeing your work in print all around you and a sense of satisfaction when each magazine goes to bed. 

    I would encourage people to send off for prints if they dabble in photography, holding something in your hand and looking at it often gives you a much better view than looking at it on your laptop. I recommend snapmad.com for reasonably priced prints and great service.