On the same day I was in Cardiff shooting the staff of Dolmans Solicitors for Definitive Sports, we set up a separate mini studio in one of their conference rooms. Nathan Stephens is a Paralympic Javelin thrower I first photographed in the run up to the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. He had a rough ride at the London Games, being incorrectly disqualified on a technicality. Still it was great to catch up with Nathan as he’s such an infectiously positive character, and I was thrilled to get this shot in the bag. More to come soon from Nathan, and also Definitive’s new signing Chris Hebborn-Walker.
Over to Cardiff today to meet the staff of Dolmans Solicitors, who look after the athletes at Definitive Sports Management. I had my assistant Alex to help with the plethora of kit we took along – I wanted to shoot the staff portraits with a mix of ambient and flash to give a more casual feel to the images, so we had a full complement of mono blocks, soft boxes, boom stands, reflectors, and more tripod stands than you could shake a stick at. On top of all this, We also had a meeting room converted to a mini studio set-up, to shoot two of Definitive’s athletes for their portfolios.
Below is one of my favourites of the individual staff shots. This fella has “trust” and “professional integrity” written all over him, but the casual pose with one hand in his pocket, and just the hint of a smile, softens the whole image and adds the “approachable” element that we were aiming for.
I’ve also included a screenshot of the edits of the other Dolman’s staff, which I think all hit the right message of “professional yet approachable” that we were trying to achieve. Of interest to the techy software brigade, I’m editing the images in Capture One Pro 7, which has just been upgraded to Capture One Pro 8 – I’ll post a review sometime soon when I’ve upgraded.
The juggernaut of the Tour of Britain hit Bristol today, with Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish amongst the big names taking part. I was working on another contract in the city but managed to get out for 5 minutes as the peloton came past. I used the 70-200 f2.8L to compress the perspective and show how tightly packed the peloton are, mounted on a Canon 7D which has great autofocus modes to lock on and track the bunch as they came hurtling past. Here’s Mark Cavendish pushing hard at the top of a climb up the A38, on the way into the stage finish in the centre of Bristol.
I try not to be too much of a gushing Dad on this blog, but this week has been a big week – my eldest boy Max started school at our local Isbourne Valley! He’s been super excited for weeks now – going to bed in his school jumper, wearing his school baseball cap at the dinner table, and asking “How many sleeps until I can go to school Daddy?” We went along to an open morning last week and I got chatting to the Head Teacher – before I knew it I had offered to do the school photos! I’m excited to be able to contribute to my local community in this way – there are a lot of awful school photos, and I believe I can bring something special to the table. I’m planning on using clamshell lighting, a common beauty lighting technique, to put some real sparkle in their eyes and really give them some zing. Here’s my test shot of Max…