What an amazing weekend! Huge congratulations to the gorgeous Katie and David Wintour, who got married this Saturday at Holne Park House, on Dartmoor in Devon. It was such a honour to be asked to be their wedding photographer and spend their special day photographing them and their lovely family and friends.
Bristol Photographer, Film maker and Digital artist.
Providing professional and creative photography in Bristol, Bath, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Dorset, Devon and the whole of the South West.
Below is the Photography blog, with the best of my photography, film and recent work. Please explore my online portfolio in the Photography section above, illustrating my work ranging between Music photographer, Portrait Photographer, Wedding Photographer, Event Photographer, Baby Photographer, Family Photographer, Commercial Photographer, as well as exhibiting some of my Conception Art works. To find video work click on the Film section above. If you are looking for a Photographer in Bristol for professional commercial portraits to make your business look good, or maybe looking for Bristol based Photographer to book a private studio photo-shoot for you and your family, click on Contact to say hi.
Bristol Wedding Photographer
Bristol Boudoir Shoot
Yesterday we was shooting with the beautiful Roxanne Summers. This sexy boudoir shot is a film still from footage being used for a music video. Check out the ‘Behind the scene’ photos from this shoot by clicking here. Follow the progress of the music video here. And find more of Roxanne by clicking here.
Cinematography work has dominated this month. Music video productions are in full swing – shooting all over Bristol – working on two films for a Bath based singer songwriter. Here is a film still from some footage shot at Christmas steps in Bristol city centre.
Check out our music videos and Film portfolio by clicking here.
Bristol Boudoir Photographer
Sexy seductive couple shoots are super fun and relaxed with Bristol boudoir photographer, Benjamin Robert Muir. Artistic and tasteful photography that leaves you feeling empowered and confident about your body. To find out more about a photo shoot, click here.
Bristol Film Maker
Laurie Stuart from the WNO was looking for a Bristol based freelance filmmaker and photographer to document an event for Bristol Sings Music.
“Over 100 secondary aged boys from schools in and around Bristol met at Colston Hall for a day of workshops with singers from the hugely famous Welsh male choir ‘Only Men Aloud’ led by Tim Rhys-Evans MBE, and internationally acclaimed beatboxer Jason Singh.
The day culminated in a Colston Hall Foyer evening performance in front of an audience of hundreds.
The project was run by Laurie Stewart, project manager for Bristol Sings Music, in collaboration with Bristol Plays Music @ Colston Hall.”
I was commissioned to capture the energy and excitement of the day and produce a short video clip which could be shared on Youtube and social media.
How to pose for a portrait photo-shoot
Too many people say to me – before they have a photo-shoot – that “they don’t like having their photo taken”, or that “they aren’t very photogenic”.
I believe that the key to being a good portrait photographer is making sure everyone leaves the photo-shoot smiling, saying they had the best time and that they love the photos of themselves.
There are loads of tips, tricks, and photography secrets in achieving this in every photo-shoot. The most important thing is making sure the subject/model is feeling comfortable and relaxed in-front of the camera. Photographing people being naturally confident is at the heart of every one of my portraits.
If you are a photographer and searching for some great tips on how to take better photos, NY/LA based photographer Peter Hurley has some brilliant YouTube videos explaining how to direct models in into more flattening poses. Find them by clicking here.
If you are looking for a Bristol photographer to get some great portraits, get in contact by clicking here.
Easton Arts Trail Visitors
Last weekend we took part in this year’s Easton Arts Trail. As well as exhibiting photography from the past 2 years of being a ‘Bristol Photographer’, we also set up a pop-up photography studio to take portraits of all the lovely people that came by and said hello. Huge thanks to everyone who visited, helped out, and everyone who made this year’s Easton Arts Trail so much fun!
All photo of our visitors can be found on our Facebook page by click here.
Easton Art Trail
Your local Bristol Photographer is taking part in this year’s Easton Art Trail!
Come along this weekend to have a look at the photography on exhibition, free studio portraits of all visitors and some tasty treats for hungry/thirsty ‘trailers’.
Bristol Portrait Photographer
Portrait of Laura from last year’s studio photo-shoot. Forgot to share this one, but thought it was such a beautiful image I would do now. Love the way her hand sits gently on her chest, and her eyes as she glazes into the camera. If you are looking for a Bristol photographer for portrait photography, get in contact by clicking here.
Photography Workshop in Bristol
Today I have been at the Vassell Centre – in Fishponds, Bristol – running a Photography Workshop for the lovely staff at SEAP.
SEAP is a charity that “provides a independent advocacy service to help resolve issues or concerns about your health and well-being or your health and social care services”.
The aim for the workshop was to supply their staff with the most important tips of ‘How to take better photographs’, as well as equip them with the confidence to tell their stories through photography.
There was lots of workshops on as apart as SEAP’s 20th birthday celebrations. Bath based director/cameraman Liam Southall’s running a Film making workshop, and the amazing Inua Ellams – an award winning poet, playwright and performer – delivering a writing workshop
Sunny Afternoon in Bristol
Video still from yesterday music video shoot.
This Bristol photographer loving directing films. And we was blessed for this shoot, as it was a gorgeous sunny day in Bristol. Shooting along the Frome river – starting at Eastville Park and walking up passed Stapleton and towards Frenchhay – which is one of my favourite places to go in Bristol on a sunny day.
Using vintage clothing rented from RePsycho (on gloucester road), and giving our stunning model Libby a 1950′s kodak duaflex ii camera, we aimed to shoot a vintage looking music video.
Looking forward to start work on the editing.
Check out more stills from yesterdays music video shoot on our Facebook page by clicking here.
Girls in Love and Tattoos
This Bristol photographer loves making the trip down to Devon! Last night was an awesome photo-shoot in Exeter with lesbian couple Joey & Lauren. This beautiful couple had amazing hair and even more amazing tattoos!
So if you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual or straight, why not celebrate your love by booking a couples shoot for yourself? Drop us a message by clicking here.
The Family Photo
There is nothing better then being asked to photograph the happiness and excitement of a new family. If you are welcoming a new family member, and looking for a Bristol photographer to capture beautiful family photos, why not get in contact to book a relaxed, stress free photo-shoot.
Last month this Bristol photographer got asked to traveled down to Exeter to shoot a load of fit guys and girls at FitClub Exeter. They needed some professional portraits and design to use for promotional material for their Herbalife business’. Herbalife distributors use social media like Facebook to network and promote their business so most of the images were designed to be either square ‘profile pictures’ or the long ‘cover photo’. Keeping it fresh by using a clean graphic design, and simple but contemporary typography, the group were really happy with the final images from their photo-shoot.
Check out all the images on our Facebook page page here.
Bristol Photographer Portrait
Another photo from the photo-shoot with London/Bristol based singer song writer Katy Hooper. This has to my favourite lighting set-up from the shoot. It’s great that Katy wanted to get out of London and come use a creative Bristol Photographer for her promotional images for her music. Looking forward to her next visit to Bristol, and having the opportunity to create more beautiful portraits. Next photo-shoot is planned to be in Leigh woods – over the Clifton suspension bridge.
Fabric-a Fashion Feature
Digital image from photo-shoot collaboration with Stroud based Fashion designer, Madia & Matilda.
Meet Madia & Matilda at a SEO workshop in Bristol, and they needed some creative photography of their handmade clothing. Huge thanks to the model Emily for braving the cold at the Stroud ‘Museum in the park’ during the photo-shoot. Excited to hear that 3 images were selected to be published for feature in Fabric-a Magazine – a London based art and creative magazine. Check out all images by Benjamin Robert Muir Photography in the “Ways of Seeing” Easter/Spring issue of Fabric-a magazine by clicking here.
Food Photography is one of the biggest challenges for this Bristol photographer! Trying to make a faggot look good isn’t an easy task. This sexy steak was a lot more photogenic.
But never turn down a food photography job! There is always chance of getting a free steak dinner.
If you are looking for a Bristol photographer for commercial photography of your business, get in contact by clicking here.
FitClub Exeter – Herbalife 24
What happens when a Bristol photographer gets invited down to Exeter in Devon to do a photo-shoot with a load of guys and girls from a fit club…? Some great photography, and a hell of a lot of fun!
Herbalife 24 is one of the biggest in the game, with super stars like Cristiano Ronaldo using the products. Promoting such a professional product, FitClub Exeter wanted to get some professional portraits to help promote themselves – as herbalife independent distributors and wellness coaches – as well as promoting their business. To find out more about the FitClub Exeter, check out their Facebook page by clicking here.
Bristol Baby Bump Photographer
Who is a fan of tattoos? We love the way her swallows stretch across her baby bump!
Jess was 6 month pregnant and looking for a Bristol photographer to photograph her beautiful baby bump. She gave us an email to book in a photo-shoot, and came up when she was 8 months pregnant, at the perfect time for maternity photography. She came to our Bristol photography studio for the shoot, but did you know we can bring our photography studio to the comfort of your own home? To see more of our baby bump photos click here. Or to book a shoot for yourself, get in contact by clicking here.
It has been another busy week in the digital darkroom, editing images from last weeks photo-shoot with singer song writer Katy Hooper. Katy is an amazing folk musician with a beautiful voice, so was looking for a Bristol photographer to create some beautiful images to match her style of music.
Bristol Wedding Photographers
If you are looking for a wedding photographer in Bristol (or anywhere in the South West) you have come to the right place. There is nothing more exciting then getting the chance to meet with couples to talk about their big day. Its been a busy start to 2014 filling up our diary with weddings. In the last week we have had lovely couples – as close as Bristol city, and as far as Madrid, Spain! – paying deposits to make sure that they get the right wedding photographer for their wedding day.
If you would like to know more information about how to find the right wedding photographer for you, or want to hear more about our great wedding packages that are tailored to suit any budget, contact us by clicking here.
If you are searching for Bristol Photographers – for professional commercial portraits to make your business look good, or maybe looking for Bristol based Photographers to book up a private studio photo-shoot for you and your family – you have come to the right site. Find out more about our photography by viewing our portfolio and clicking here.
Bristol Boudoir Photography
Sexy, seductive boudoir photography . The perfect present for Valentines Day.
Relax and discrete photo-shoot with Bristol based photographer for any couple.
For more information about booking a ‘Couples Photo-Shoot’ click here.
Bristol Family Photographer
Sharmila was looking for a Family Photographer in Bristol to photograph her family while she still had her baby bump. Her home expressed her family, so we didn’t setup the white studio backdrop. Instead using her colourful life as the backdrop to their family photo-shoot. It was a super fun day, and was really nice meeting such a lovely family. Have a look at the beautiful photos on our Facebook page here, or see our updated Family Photography gallery by clicking here.
Happy New Year 2014
Happy New Year everyone!
2013 was an amazing year, and hopefully 2014 will be even more exciting!
We had a NYE party in Bristol, and everyone was looking so good we thought we needed to quickly set up a photo-booth to capture some photos of all these beautiful people.
Check out all the photo on our Facebook page here.
The Kensington Arms
Congratulations to The Kensington Arms for being nominated for ‘The top 50 gastro-pubs – 2013′. The food and chefs there must be pretty special!
‘The Kenny‘, in Redland – Bristol – was asked by the magazine to send in some images of the pub, so they asked me to shoot some professional photographs which would show off their business at it best.
BRISTOL SINGS MUSIC
Just finished an exciting commission from the ‘Welsh National Opera’ for a ‘BRISTOL SINGS MUISC’ project. The project was run by Laurie Stewart, project manager for Bristol Plays Music, in collaboration with Bristol Plays Music @ Colston Hall.
“On October 22nd 2013 over 100 secondary aged boys from schools in and around Bristol met at Colston Hall for a day of workshops with singers from the hugely famous Welsh male choir ‘Only Men Aloud’ led by Tim Rhys-Evans MBE, and internationally acclaimed beatboxer Jason Singh.”
My job as photographer and film maker was to capture the day. My personal brief for the film was to display how much the children enjoyed themselves, and the great energy of the day.
Va Va Voom!
Recent portrait of Illustrator Jenni Sparks.
After Jenni being commissioned by Rosapark and BHV store to create a promotional map of Le Marais area of Paris – and just generally being loved by the French now – I decided to create a portrait that was a little more en vogue, à la mode and with a little more Va Va Voom!
Promo music photography – Portraits for Networked.
“Networked is an electronic music producer residing in Plymouth, UK. Using just his drum-pad and synth, he creates music of varied styles, ranging from down-tempo and atmospheric, to intense and energetic.”
Check out this new South-West electronic music here.
Now on Pinterest
Some are calling us the vanguard of social media. But we are just trying our best to keep up with the times.
So you can now find Benjamin Robert Muir PHOTOGRAPHY on Pinterest!
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Dan Yeo – Male Headshots
Last week we was really busy in our Bristol portrait studio. Here is a headshot of the gorgeous Niamh Honey. Edited the image to have that sun kissed , summer feel as well as really show off her beautiful green eyes.
Headshot of the beautiful Kayley Jade.
This week started with a photo-shoot with the very talented Vanessa Kisuule, a Bristol based spoken word poet. Watch her stuff on YouTube here.
Happy Father’s Day
“To all the great dads that work full time as a climbing frame… Happy Father’s Day!”.
Sadly this year I am not with my father in Exmouth, instead I am in Bristol editing images from a recent family photo-shoot. They say “never work with child”, but these kind of shoots are what makes being a photographer so much fun.
Not my normal portrait photography. One of my jobs last week – after returning back to the West Country – was to photograph some beautiful horses down in a small village near Tavistock, Cornwall.
Wedding in the woods
Last week I was able to get out of Bristol, after being asked to do some more product photography in sunny Devon. Working again with the brilliant Sandways China Party, I was photographing this beautiful dinner party setup in Woodbury woods. The lighting was perfect at sunset.
Lucy Rose, on stage at the Trinity – Bristol – during the Dot-to-Dot festival last weekend.
Possibly one of the best live performances I’ve seen in years. Check out here music here!
This week I started working with a new student for one-to-one photography tutoring. She is doing a Gold Arts Award in Bristol, and needed some help with Unit 1: Personal Arts Development. I thought a good start would be to generate some inspiration and work on her concept for her project. The Royal West of England Academy (RWA) -which is currently exhibiting Drawn 2013 -was the perfect place for our first meet.
Bristol Registry Office
Today I was asked to photograph at a small and intimate wedding at the Bristol Registry Office. It may have been a modest ceremony, but it was still a true pleasure to have been able to witness the marriage of two wonderful people.
Do your hair. Put on your dancing shoes. And smile! Wedding season is here!
If you are still looking for a wedding photographer for 2013, don’t panic.
Today I have been in the studio with Bristol based artist/producer, Ed Bidgood. A really talented musician who has just started releasing his new music under the name ‘edapollo‘. He needed some fresh photography to match his new sound. Check out edapollo here
Bump on the beach
Kay was looking for a photographer in Bristol who could be a little more creative and do something a little different. She wanted to be photoshoped onto a beach. Mike is a professional boxer. So together we had plenty of ideas for a really great shoot, which was really fun and enjoyable. From the beach, to the boxing ring. Bumps and bubbles. See all the photos on my Facebook page here
Tasty Product Photography
A small business from Somerset who normally do their own photography, came to me with the problem of how to photograph a product which is in a plastic wrapper. The product was Dark Chocolate with Ginger… so I struggled to say no.
Its healthy chocolate and tastes amazing. Try it yourself here - chocacao.co.uk
Photography Workshop for Love-Local.com
Yesterday I was in Somerset, after being asked to do a Photography workshop for Love-Local.com – at their Sellers Training and Networking day. The sellers are from all over the south west, and are producing some great products. I did a quick workshop on ’5 top tips to improve their DIY photography’. It was a great day and really nice meeting everyone there, as well as getting a chance to see the beautiful Chalon showrooms, where it was held. Here is a shot of Liz Oram and Allison Herbert (Love-Local.com) with Charlotte Richardson, the Editor of Somerset Life magazine.
If you (or a friend) are looking for a portrait photographer in Bristol, for Classic baby bump photography, click on contact to book a photo-shoot now.
China Party on the Beach
I was asked to do product shots for ‘Sandways China Party’ who set up an amazing table layout on Budleigh Salterton beach. Luckily the weather was sunny all day so we got some great photography for her website. Have a look at all the photographs from the shoot on my Facebook page by clicking here
Benjamin Robert Muir
(+44) 77 629 51015
BA Photography, Video and Digital Imaging at University of Sunderland.
ND Photography at Exeter College.
Recent clients: Bristol Plays Music , Welsh National Opera, b-Creative, Palace.co, The Kensington Arms, Love-Local, Sandways China Party, Stockmans, The Exmouth Festival, Jenni Sparks, Networked, Edapollo, SystemiK, Talli.B Productions, Soundhall Records
‘Benjamin Robert Muir PHOTOGRAPHY’
14th – 15th June, 2014
Easton Arts Trail
‘Troubles Afterglow’ - The Vintage Mobile Cinema
3rd – 4th June 2012
The Exmouth Festival, Exmouth
‘Genesis II’ - Land[e]scape
31st Mar – 2nd May 2011
Hatton Gallery, Newcastle
‘Genesis II’ - Illuminations
18th Sept – 8th Nov 2010
Otterton Mill Gallery, Otterton
‘Living With I’ - Graduate Exhibition
19th – 26th June 2009
Reg Vardy Gallery, Sunderland.