Ballet School South Africa
I felt pretty lucky last year to have an amazingly varied job for the software company Sage. The images have been used on ads, website and many other places but the brief called for a basically documentary approach which was all good with me.
Thanks as ever to Claire Arroyo, Justine, Ben and LPA as well as everyone looking after us in South Africa.
Wild Turkey Ads
Here’s a shoot from a while ago for Wild Turkey. I was pleased to shoot this image in one go, as in, all the flares captured in camera – I know no one really cares about such things but I do!
London with no fog
Ok, so back in the country where we’re supposed to have loads of fog, here are three shots from today’s excursion around East and central London in glorious sunshine!
I’m thinking of posting more of my reportage photography up here, it’s just the best way to ‘practice’ for jobs and it seems a shame not to show anyone.
Belgrade in the fog
I went over to Belgrade last week for a meeting about a job. Its usually a pretty sunny place but the fog was just unbelievable on the day I landed. I had a few hours in the afternoon to go and have a walk around but I’m afraid I haven’t done the place justice here, I met some fantastic friendly people from the agency, the clients and the production house, got taken to a great restaurant with brilliant live jazz and then the sun came out for much of the next day. I, however, was inside chatting through the brief so these are the only shots.
The shoot starts in February so fingers crossed that the fog heads back to the UK where we’re more used to it!
Cutting and Sticking
Here’s a shot from a great shoot last week – yes thats last week, in fact it was January 2nd and I had to drive up to our location on the 1st of Jan feeling a little tender! Oh well, worse things happen at sea I hear.
So, the brief called for some random images which link together really nicely. We shot kids looking cute (but realistic), feet up on tables, piles of books and views through bus windows onto rainy streets… it will all make sense when you see it I promise.
Anyway, hope you had a good break, thanks for reading
A bitter day in many cities!
Had a lovely (if a bit too cold) shoot earlier this week for a high end bag company. It was shot in a very reportage style with ‘real’ people, no styling and a brief to make images that looked like at least three countries whilst shooting in one UK city only!
Luckily I like a challenge. Will have some nice images to share in the new year when their new site is launched but for now here’s one that looks English, or maybe French. We’ve got Spain and New York up our sleeve!
Building Society campaigns
I shot two great campaigns over the summer for Chelsea Building Society and Yorkshire Building Society and it’s nice to see them out and about!
Both were for outdoor, online and POS and for this phone shot of the taxi I was able to seamlessly blend in with the tourists taking photos of St Pauls.
Thanks to LPA for production, Bryon Harrop for Styling, Carol McKitty and Zoe Tilston for Hair & Makeup and Paul, Anne-Marie and co from the agency, oh and the client! Bloody hell, its all getting a bit like an awards speech!
Here’s a few images from a great shoot for Specsavers. Lovely brief and art direction and I thought we got the casting/styling/location spot on (thanks to Claire Louise, Charlie Cave and Jonathon at LPA as well as Jamie for assisting). Got to love a table full of laughing pensioners I say!
Snapshots from the car window – Johannesburg
Well our shoot in Johannesburg started today, we’ve met some lovely people and it’s all gone well. The first location was over an hour and a half from the city and took us past townships as the residents were making their way out for the day – here’s a few snapshots out of the window of the car. The light is SO vibrant that I may struggle to go back to the UK and it’s muted tones. Also I need all tree’s to be purple now like these ones, I mean green is just so passé!
Last of the sunshine for this year?
…Well hopefully not! Here’s a few shots from a recent shoot in the UK, I’m heading to South Africa for a shoot next week so I’m hoping for some of this light everyday please!
The Independent – a piece on our film
The Independent did a lovely piece yesterday about the feature film I directed. It’s written by the film writer and my co-producer on the film David Gledhill and may bring a tear to the eye!
The article is here and the trailer is here
Also I re discovered these great instagram photos taken during filming by our set/wardrobe/props stylist Nina Beresford – jesus it was cold! I particularly like the bottom right photo of our highly illegal driving/filming rig – yes that really is me in the middle with a tripod weighed down with sandbags and our other 2 camera ops Alex Keyte and Andy Little each holding a door open with a light stand. Isn’t that how they did it on Fast & Furious???
This lady made me a great Pad Thai just after she boxed this up – and for only £3!
Play is a serious business!
I’ve been doing quite a few shoots with kids recently and have been really enjoying it – it’s great to see the world from their perspective and on this shoot I found out that play is a serious business! Once some sharing of the good witch outfit had been negotiated it all went smoothly!
I worked with stylist Nina Beresford on getting the mix right for this shoot. We just wanted it to be believable that the kids/parents had made the outfits. Then I concentrated on making it look as engaging and hectic as possible which wasn’t too hard it must be said!
I’ve put a gallery of kids photography up on my site although I’m just waiting to be able to use a load of shots which will make this section really varied!
Also got a meeting about my new website and branding later this week!!
Thanks for reading
Taxi time 2 – the return of
Lion-Dogs, my new speciality!
Here’s a shot from todays post production. Continuing the Lion theme from my recent shopping centre campaign it seems I’m now the ‘go-to’ guy for humans, or indeed animals, dressed as Lions! I just love the proud Lion-like look that Hollie the dog managed to pull off!
Here’s a shot in progress from yesterdays shoot. A lot more fashion based than much of my work over the last year or so but still natural and reportage based. I had TOTAL beard envy though. A proper blog post with some final images and thank you’s will be forthcoming but for now I’m heading to my Grandads 90th birthday party!
Mostly the things I post here are jobs and to be honest there’s a very fine line usually between ‘jobs’ and other work. However I was up in Yorkshire last week sorting out some film related things and called over to see my folks on a rainy dark day. My Dad was in the garden and I thought I’d take a few shots. The only camera I had on me was an old 35mm camera with some out of date grainy colour neg film in it – I love the look though. It just feels so sophisticated in the way it handles colour, its really a superior technology to a digital sensor but there you go, times change and all that!
I’ve got quite a few more images that tell a different story as the garden there is a weird and wonderful treasure trove of family history and eccentricity (sorry Dad if you read this but you’ve got to admit it’s true in the best possible way – and that it’s rubbed off on me and my sister!).
Thanks for reading, commercial work will recommence very soon
New work – Sage Global
I’ve been working on a great job these last few months for the software company Sage. It’s been a pretty diverse job and has taken us from the UK across to Austria and Spain. A lot of the shots are about showing the people who use the software and trying to get a real sense of their lives. So we’ve been shooting in boiling fabric warehouses in Madrid, Wine Merchants in Vienna and the shots here are of the brilliant designer Lorna Syson at home and her studio in Greenwich.
It’s been very hectic and only Ben and I know about us nearly missing our flight from Vienna to Madrid…ah, well we made it by the skin of our teeth, a Usain Bolt style sprint through an airport is good for the soul I hear!
Thanks to The Sage team (Justine, Fiona, Wolfgang, Juan Luis and Laura), Claire Arroyo, Tom and Bryony at LPA (and Dani), Hayley Thomas and Ben Bolt/Statham
New Autumn/Winter Campaign
This was a great shoot with the lovely people at Drummond Central. Shot in the searing heat of North Yorkshire (it sounds like sarcasm but it’s true!) we faked Autumn in the middle of summer with the help of fake leaves and hosepipes! We shot for everything from 6, 48 and 96 sheet to banners and mail drops. There was some great stuff shot inside as well so I hope to share those soon too.
Thanks to Katie, Nichola and Laura from the agency, Nikki from the centre as well as Dan at Papa Imaging, Becky Bowyer, Nina Beresford, Leanne Shaw and Ben Statham, and our models of course from Boss and Ology Kids Casting.