Kerry Harrison

Halfords Journeys

Just noticed Halfords using the first of many shots from our great Journeys shoot a few weeks ago on their website. Looking forward to seeing more in due course and posting em here soon!

England Rugby #rugbywomen

I’m still shooting some other parts of this campaign (tomorrow actually, it’s set for rain and for once I’m pleased, we need to get some mud in there). Going to do a longer post about it soon as it’s been such a great one. Thanks to Vue, Carmen, Matt and Linz on this one.

New images in the Commissions section

Got some new commissioned work on my site here, this one is from my recent BBC iPlayer shoot (in case you couldn’t guess!). Thanks to Vue, Locate Productions and Sue Odell for all being great!

Hayley and Sam, Halfords BTS

I’m lucky to work with these two, Hayley and Sam, top assistants are hard to find!

Weekender

I like the fine line between spontaneity and control on shoots and often for commissions its about getting some spontaneity into a fully controlled situation. For these shoots however it was literally me, my camera and these genuine groups of friends. My aim was to capture a bit of the spirit and energy of being 16.

There’s more here

Thanks to Sue Odell for the great casting!!

Sony & Halfords shoots

It’s been a busy start to July with shoots for Sony and Halfords already – in the heatwave too! Nice!

The Halfords shoot (BTS shots from day 1 by Aleks from Vue) was really varied with beaches, campsites, forests, various houses, christmas trees, fake ice, ice -creams, fake festivals and then the Sony shoot was out in the country with 100,000 midges in attendance!

Tube Strike

iPlayer

This whole shoot for BBC iPlayer was about people using the service and being able to pick up their programs on whatever device, wherever they are.

Crucially we wanted to remove the often cheesy and overly demonstrative expressions that you often see whenever a mobile is in a shot. So it was all about subtlety and, well, actually getting em watching stuff.

Thank you to our great art director Simon as well as Locate Productions, Sue Odell, Stanley’s Post, VUE and my usual team. Bravo!

Rumbled!

I’ve been out in London shooting more for my City Symphony series (here) but got rumbled on this one!

Dublin

Just found this from my last shoot in Dublin, not part of the brief but I like it anyway! They had all just come out of a matinee performance of Mamma Mia, rather them than me!!

BBC iPlayer shoot

Nice to see the first use of the images from our recent shoot for BBC iPlayer on their website. Will post some of the others soon, in the meantime thanks to Sue Odell, Locate Productions and our great art director Simon.

I love it when people dress like their surroundings #1

New Lowe Alpine site

It’s great as a photographer to see your images used really well and Lowe Alpine are doing a great job of it! There’s a great double page spread in the amazing Sidetracked magazine and now their new website is up and running. Here’s some of the banners.

It still makes me laugh to look at the second image here and remember us all rushing around in the pitch black with head torches on desperately trying to get everything ready for sunrise!

Lyla

I’ve been shooting some personal work in a very scaled down way. Just letting things happen shooting groups of friends. Doing these kind of shoots really pushes me to look for the unexpected and react to the mood of the moment.

I’m not one to get too excited about the tools of photography but by using some tiny little Fuji cameras, no laptops, tripods or lights, I could basically shoot anywhere, right under the noses of train guards and jobsworth security guards! Not recommended for jobs obviously but my natural rebellious streak loved it!

Sara-Lily

Sara-Lily at home. Part of some new work I’ve been shooting this week.

Premier Inn kids

My ever growing manual of ‘How to get natural shots of kids even in the most staged of set ups’ (need to work on the title, get something a bit more snappy me thinks) now includes two new classics – get them pushing each other around on a trunki really quickly whilst the first aider looks anxiously on, and get em watching frozen (although any parent knows that trick!)

Babies, babies, babies!

Here’s the first of 2 recent campaigns for Cow & Gate.

Photographing babies for very specific ads is super tricky it’s got to be said but we had great casting from Sue Odell and great production from Locate Productions so that helped reign in the chaos somewhat!

Will have the next instalment soon from the Cape Town shoot where much younger babies had to clap hands or else we’d failed (gulp!).

Thanks also to the great team at BETC, great client and Vue

Lowe Alpine first ads

Nice to see the first uses of my recent Lowe Alpine shoot. Hoping to get a few double page spreads soon as well.

Great working with genuine climbers and fell runners and those locations were WELL worth the early starts, insect bites and kamikaze drives through winding mountain roads (mentioning no names Joe…).

Feature Film – We’re here for a good time not a long time

Most of my blog posts are pretty easy really, just throw some images on and maybe add a little bit of info, so I’ve been dreading this one. How do I express everything thats gone into the making of mine and David Gledhill’s first feature film in a succinct way?

I guess a bit of background is in order. My friend David got in touch with me and said he’d written a film script and wondered if I’d be interested in making the film. Now bearing in mind if you added up the length of all of my moving image projects together at that point it would’ve come in under 15 minutes, saying yes to a narrative feature length film (with actors and everything!) was pretty daunting. But then I read the script. It was about David and addressed the situation he was in with his partner Tracey who had Cystic Fibrosis. It was a film about how David would cope after Tracy passed away but it didn’t mention specifics so really it was a script about love and loss, things that pretty much everyone can relate to. It was slow moving and beautiful.

In talking about the script we realised that us Brits shy away from such things and that very few films really show the reality of losing someone and then having to go on with life. It was important to us to do this in a respectful way but also the film needed hope and a sense that life does go on without things having to be magically ‘fixed’.

I wanted to make the film but I didn’t want to jump through the hoops of investment and producers who end up with a say in the film. I wanted to do it with no compromise even if this would make it a pretty intense few years. So we started pre production. Casting the actors, finding the locations and then things got way more intense than anyone would have imagined when Tracey sadly passed away. This left David effectively living the script whilst we made the film. Nothing like a situation like that to make a small crew go above and beyond on long bleak shoot days in the Lake District in winter. I wish we’d have been documenting that period but we only had so many seats in the van!

Our film was made entirely for the sake of making something we wanted to make, with no compromises whatsoever and so we had no idea about getting it on a screen or into the hands of a distributor. At the end of a year of meeting some very nice people in the film industry we’ve come back to our original ethos and are going to do it our own way. The film is online, to watch for free, it was never about the money, so I hope some of you might watch it, and if you like it, tell a friend.

The full length film is here –

And above is the 2 minute trailer for those who don’t have 75 mins free!

Thanks for reading, I promise more photos and less copy in the next posts! x

Fog finding

We found ourselves chasing the clouds on this recent shoot for Lowe Alpine, having started the day further up the top of the mountain for gorgeous early morning sunshine we retreated back into the mist for this image and a few others. I love how it wraps around the trees.

Don’t think this one will be seen in any of the ads as it was a quick unplanned shot and both he and the pack would be clearly in the gutter on a double page spread! I still like it and might’ve taken a few more had a dumper truck not parked just by the tree on the left one minute later.