It’s my goal to develop my photographic business into something that can support and contribute to peoples health and fitness. That’s one of the reasons that I love working with athletes, and why I photograph sports products. So when Olympic Champ Jason Gardener MBE told me he was involved in running Team Superschools, my ears pricked up. I photographed Jason way back in 2011, as part of my Fortius athlete project. Now he’s using his fantastic achievements to inspire the next generation of Olympic hopefuls. TSS does an amazing job, putting Olympic athletes into schools. The kids get really revved up about exercise, have a fantastic experience with the athletes, and all get a memento photograph of the day with an Olympic medallist. The organisation also raises funds for the school which can go towards sports equipment and facilities, which is just awesome. A privilege to be a part of the day. By the way the first shot is of a few of the Team Superschools organisers including Olympic champ Jason Gardener MBE, Mel Hewitt, Jo Wright, Africa Mason, and Les Antoine. The second shot was one of my favourites, and typical of the day – happy smiling faces, motivated and energised by exercise.
Really nailed the capture and post production process now for Paul Oz’s artwork, which is a good job as I had our most famous politician to photograph today. Paul’s latest work is the Iron Lady herself, Margaret Thatcher. The explosive style certainly suits this Goliath of political history, and I think he’s done a great job, especially on her steely blue eyes.
What do you reckon to this new ad for our training courses? It features one of my regular models Chanelle, with a pose inspired by (ok, nicked from) a Naomi Campbell book cover. It’s just this kind of image that, as an enthusiastic amateur, I wondered whether I’d ever achieve. Ten years and ten thousand hours later, it’s easy! Anyway, please share the link, shout it from the rooftops, and tell all your friends about our courses. We had great feedback from our group and one-to-one pilots in 2014, and we’re already getting booked up for 2015. Looking forward to having the studio full again and sharing all the tips and techniques I’ve picked up along the way (and don’t worry, our one day courses last around seven hours, not ten thousand!)
Sounds like a new crazy Hollywood cartoon fantasy movie, but it’s actually my client Paul and his latest artwork. Nailed this capture, which was… hmmm… “challenging”. Thick, glossy acrylic oils, deep blacks, and a dozen shades of grey. And the detail in these pieces is just incredible. A joy to shoot.
Had the chance to wander around Sudeley Castle today while shooting their new conservatory, which has been added for weddings, conferences and functions. I use the stunning grounds as a location for our photography training courses, and the house itself is still lived in by the owner, Lady Ashcombe, and her children. I love the castellated walls of the main building, which give the whole place a regal sort of splendour. I’ll admit I was expecting a traditional wood and leaded glass addition to the building, but I think the contemporary conservatory sits well against the old castle. The challenge with these shots was to capture the artificially lit interior and the natural light in the sky at dusk, and I’m pleased with the end result.
I don’t do so many family shoots these days, as my work tends to be mostly commercial in addition to the training courses I run. But I bumped into old friends Fiona and Rich at a party a few weeks ago, and after a few sherberts, we hatched a plan for a fun, cool, family shoot. Cut to a few weeks later, and they arrive bright eyed and bushy tailed at the studio, with their young son and a few props. Ok lots of props! Ok so they actually had a trailer attached to the back of the car when they arrived. In came scooters, record boxes, Nerf guns, Indian head dresses, and skateboards. This was going to be epic! “We’re thinking it would be cool to have a Nerf war?” suggested mum Fi. Fair play I’ve never seen so many Nerf bullets. This wasn’t a Nerf war. This was Nerf Armageddon. Once the dust had settled, we swapped to DJ boxes and headphones, with dad Rich and his son flicking through some old floor fillers. Dad nervously: “Careful with that buddy, that’s a limited edition white label!” as we took a trip down memory lane (boxes of vinyl always make me smile). My favourite shot was this portrait of the son wearing Dad’s headphones. We used a clamshell lighting set up to really bring out his eyes, and I’ve worked the image in post processing to really bring out a stunning level of detail.
Location portraits. One of my favourite types of shoots. Every one is different, from the people to the lighting to the environment and all the bits in between. So off to newly rebranded Kilvington, to capture Paul, Emma, and Christian in their uber-cool design studio. I got distracted by the array of model Spitfires and Astons, a nod to some of Paul’s flavour for design icons. Just don’t ask about good samaritan and the jerry can…
Lovely catch up with my mate Alice Palace at the studio this morning. Alice is a wicked graphic designer and produces all kinds of great stuff from tees to teacups. Our catch up turned into an impromptu shoot for one of her new products. We bagged this shot of one of her new kids tee shirt designs, it’s called Superheroes.