New Specsavers campaign
This kid was amazing, so full of energy and wonder at the world, the tricky thing was just choosing which moment was best!
This image and another one of a kid in a shark hat (another great kid, we were spoilt) will be up on posters and in-store very soon. It was great to work with Michael, Aaron, Sarah, Natasha, Steve and Amanda again as well as the usual suspects, Alice Timms (Hat maker extraordinaire), Claire Louise, Hayley, JM and Lisa at The Forge, and Jonathon, Cassie and Lauren from team LPA ….(and breathe)
Coming to a billboard near you soon…. if you live in Serbia or Macedonia.
Chairs in Dublin
We were in Dublin last week on a great shoot. It was hot and sunny, well except for the last day when we spent most of the day rained off in the hotel reception sitting next to some Hollywood film producers – it was a VERY loud conversation they were having, especially the ‘best boy’ debate which went on for some time!
The shot here is not one from the shoot but I can’t resist taking a shot when I see something like this.
New Specsavers shoot will be here soon!
Until the final shots are up on posters and online here’s an out-take from my recent shoot for Specsavers. This one was shelved due to health & safety, for good reason really, I don’t imagine a dinosaur hat to provide much protection in a fall.
It was a great shoot, they are lovely people to work with and, strangely, in each Specsavers shoot we manage to choose a house with a mystery famous(ish) owner. Last time was an award winning screenwriter and this time there were shots of the chap with his arms around Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey up on the walls. Intriguing! Of course I was there to take photos but Claire Louise was set a task to find out. Turns out he books all the acts for big stadium gigs.
So that’s todays moderately interesting fact of the day sorted. I’m off to Dublin for a shoot tomorrow so better get back to the packing!
Thanks for looking x
Another car shot!!
Seems to be a lot of shots of people in cars on my blog these days and also a lot of shots from my shoots for VIP mobile! I have actually been busy on other jobs as well but can’t show any yet (boooo).
The VIP job is now over and we are sad about it. Such a lovely bunch to work for and I think all in all I’ve been in Serbia for just under a month this year – yet only know about five words – terrible!
I photographed the artist Bojana Ristevski last month as she worked in her studio in Belgrade. I really felt for all of the creative people I met in Serbia as, unfortunately, the economic crisis and state of the government means there is literally no way of making money from being an artist. All of the galleries and shops over here in the UK that would stock their work just don’t exist in Serbia, and you can forget about public art galleries. Luckily there is a lot of great work being made anyway.
Plants on windowsill
Give me a roll or two of grainy film and some plants on a windowsill and I’ll be happy, I can’t help it!
Shot in artist Jovana Cavorovic’s studio whilst waiting for the rain to stop, sipping Rakia and trying to pretend that it doesn’t taste like fire!
Sometimes you just can’t beat air drumming (ahem)! I believe this moment was the key change in Bon Jovi’s ‘Living on a prayer’ courtesy of some local radio station!
We got rained off for two days last week in Belgrade so made use of it by photographing two artists, then heading to meet producer Violeta to photograph her sideline cookie making business (paid in cookies of course).
One of the many things I love about my job is the lovely, and sometimes strange places we end up. This shot was on location on the river Danube at 6am, a gorgeous and relaxing start to the day (well aside from getting up at 4.30am to get there!).
The shot after this found me leaning precariously out of a moving old 4×4 photographing people leaning out of the back, and then we turned a stadium foyer into an airport for the third shot.
A random shoot, looking forward to showing some shots (with heads in) soon!
Helena in Novisad
After a great shoot for Specsavers yesterday we’re off tback to Serbia today for a three day shoot. Here’s a shot from our shoot in Novisad last time I was over there in May – the end of a long but great day and I love Helena’s direct look at camera. Sometimes I think a ‘lifestyle’ shot can be way more impactful if it’s not a huge moment. Sometimes a small moment says more…
Anyways, thanks for reading x
This shot was taken in Chelsea recently whilst on a two day shoot. It was a great shoot but I’ve got to say I find Chelsea to be more alien to me than most of the far flung countries I’ve shot in. We spent the whole time dodging Ferrari’s and sidestepping Louis Vuitton bag wielding ladies! Give me Brixton anyday!
Anyway, enough moaning for one blog post, here’s hoping this sunshine lasts for the weekend – I’m off to Chelsea…erm!
Here’s another shot from our great shoot up in the Lake District last week. The brief was really loose (in a good way), we needed to shoot images showing family life in that part of the world. For me this meant aiming for intimate and evocative moments. I particularly liked the quieter more solitary moments like this boy and his dog or the girl playing with the farmyard toys below.
Due to the inclement weather (to sound like the Kings Cross station announcement for a second) we ended up shooting one mammoth long day on the first day due to the rainy second day – so thanks to the crew, models and agency for going with that idea as it was dreadful on day two!
It might be a while until I see these images in use but the branding and feel of the design work is lovely, great to work with Mike, Karl, Chloe, Nina, Ben and of course, Poppy the dog.
The toy horse
I’ve just got back from a great shoot up in the Lake District. Will post some more about it soon but here’s one of the shots that I can post now. No one knows that to get this shot I had to become the voice of the toy horse in front of a room full of people…. the lengths we go to for the shot!! I am now available for voice-over gigs as a horse so Pixar, if you are reading, I’m ready!
Sleeping model 1 in a series of 2
I thought our shoot for a ‘leading sportswear brand’ was really exciting but two of our models had heavy eyes today. Admittedly they had a long wait at certain points and our beautiful location was hotter than the sun thanks to real fires blazing away! Little did Ashley know that a shoot was happening inches from him! Meanwhile on the other side of the room the other guy was snoring loudly!
Tomorrow however we will all be out in the fresh air on an amazing golf course so lets see if that helps!!
The shots so far are looking sweet so I’ll look forward to sharing them soon.
Cologne to Belgrade
Still been keeping busy this last few weeks with a nice shoot in Cologne for This Is Dare leading straight onto more shooting in Belgrade for Leo Burnett. Despite this sunny looking shot of Anja in Belgrade we got severely rained off after day three and have headed back to the UK.
Got some lovely shots even on the last day where we had to do some waiting around for the clouds to clear. The guys there were looking a bit terrified so I reassured them by telling them that every shoot in the UK without fail is exactly like this!
Belgrade has now landed in my top 5 cities list, the more we’re there the more we love it! We’ll be back again in mid June to finish off the job and hopefully the crazy weather will have passed by then!!
Vip Mobile shoot
Here’s some of the shots from our 6 day shoot in February for Vip Mobile. It was a very very nice shoot, lovely agency, client and production.