December 11 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, September 8, 2013
With so many proud parents keen to get a snap of their little angels, school events can be hard work for the professionals.
Before the schools broke up for summer, Su Anderson, EADT and Ipswich Star photographer, covered a graduation-type ceremony at Saplings pre-school in Martlesham Heath.
She snapped this photo of a youngster playing with his mortar board, her favourite frame in the folio.
She said: “Its becoming a trend with schools and pre-schools to throw graduations in the American style at the end of the school year and it never fails to produce a “cute” photo.”
* Tip- I was standing in front of a sea of parents with mobile phones and tablets trained on their youngsters. I try to not get in anyone’s way but sometimes its difficult. I will make sure I shift so that I am not blocking one set of people too long so that everyone gets their shot.
Doris Punchard already had several cards when Su visited the day before her 109th birthday. Su said: “They were lined up in her Ipswich home that is nearly as old as her. Doris, or Punch as her friends call her, is a force of nature. I met her at her 107th birthday and have continued to photograph her birthdays for the past three years.
“I always ask her what the secret to living to be her age and she always replies “hard work.” Punch has lived on her own for years in the same home her parents bought and lived in.“
• Tip- In the past Punch was always able to pose for a lot of photos in her garden and kitchen, this year she wasn’t doing as well and we kept her stationary for the entire shoot in the sitting room. Be mindful of your subject’s health and limitations.
“Artist Annea Lockwood’s piece called Eastern Exposure: Piano Transplant #4 was anchored in the sea in Harwich as part of the Harwich Festival of the Arts, which is an annual celebration of Music and the Arts with live performances and events in Harwich that ran from the end of June to early July,” Su said.
“In order to capture the images I needed to hike my trousers up and get into the freezing water.”
• Tip- Always keep wellies in your car!