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!
I’ve been out in London shooting more for my City Symphony series (here) but got rumbled on this one!
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!
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 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
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.
On the road
Premier Inn – round one
We did a great shoot for Premier Inn just before Christmas and finally I can share some of the images. Just a bit tricky deciding which ones to show, such was the variety of the shoot.
Great to work with the lovely folks at Rufus Leonard and the equally lovely client.
I’m looking forward to getting a minute to get some new galleries together on the website and Jez here will be featuring in some of the surfing series.
For now though all my attention is on the next few shoots, one in London and one in Cape Town but both with babies and musical instruments – ear defenders at the ready!
I love a good forest!
Igueste de San Andres
I recently shot a lot of surfing in the UK but before I can share those ones, here are two more. Shot in the Canaries last week before we started the Lowe Alpine shoot.
There’s lots of good stuff from that shoot and the first ads will be out very soon, I am just about recovered from the super early mornings and late finishes oh and the killer mojitos from the beach bar playing the loudest salsa we’d ever heard!
The waiting game
Got lots of new shoots to put online in the next few weeks hopefully. Scottish Power, Premier Inn, the aforementioned secret Russian shoot (nothing like as ominous as it sounds) and a few other shoots too!