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Portraits in Double Time

August 02, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Much of my work is producing portraits (headshots) of those in the field of entertainment. They may be actors, directors, voice over artists, producers and even film critics.

Often these "shoots" are scheduled on a production day i.e. before a show or between press interviews, more often or not the first part of the task is to find a location in the venue where we can create what we need (this is not always easy). After finding the location I need to set up a couple of lights, maybe a pop-up backdrop, we might even want a prop or two.

A key fact is though (and this is always the case), no matter how well scheduled the day, if the photography is planned on a show or press day, time will be short, interviews will overrun, technical problems will occur. And this is where you need a good (relaxed) but quick photographer, one that will not panic, one that can produce the required shot(s) in the minimum of time (usually whilst the subject is taking a coffee break ;-) ) 

Take a look below. Which were produced on location and which in a full time studio? 

Mark KermodeMark KermodeMark Kermode

Marcia Do ValesMarcia Do ValesMarcia Do Vales at Brighton, UK, 14/10/2016 : . Picture by Julie Edwards Director Nicolas Winding RefnDirector Nicolas Winding RefnTHE NEON DEMON Film-maker Nicolas Winding Refn in conversation with James Bond writers Robert Wade and Neal Purvis at the Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square Terry GilliamTerry GilliamTerry Gilliam backstage before appearing on Mark Kermode Live in 3D on Monday 21 May 2018 held at BFI Southbank, London. Pictured: Terry Gilliam. Joanne MitchellJoanne MitchellJoanne Mitchell

The bottom line - the right photographer will be able to produce no matter the location and given a few minutes.

Why not drop me a line (see contact), to see how a creative professional portrait could create the right image of you for your clients.

 


Frightfest 2017 Closing Slide Show.

August 28, 2017  •  1 Comment

Each year, at the end of the festival - I create a slideshow of the festival as.I saw it. For those that missed this slideshow - here is a cut down version...


Sharpening the Saw

August 19, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Sharpening the Saw - its a phrase termed by Stephen Covey in his famed book The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People. Its a book I am revisiting at the moment quite a bit - of the 7 habits this is habit No. 7 and an issue I think many people forget in their work life, particularly photographers. It's easier to quote Mr. Covey than to explain myself:

Sharpen the Saw means preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have--you. It means having a balanced program for self-renewal in the four areas of your life: physical, social/emotional, mental, and spiritual. Here are some examples of activities:

  • Physical: Beneficial eating, exercising, and resting
  • Social/Emotional: Making social and meaningful connections with others
  • Mental: Learning, reading, writing, and teaching
  • Spiritual: Spending time in nature, expanding spiritual self through meditation, music, art, prayer, or service

As photographers we often discuss renewing our equipment - the latest cameras, the latest lights and laptop but what about renewing ourselves? I've been working a lot on the Physical at the moment with lots of running and exercise (it is this that reacquainted me with the book as a friend reccomended running to books rather than music). The second and forth aspects above are really not why I'm writing this but the third point very much is.

This year has been a year of investment for me - three new cameras to ensure I always have the right equipment available as I work and complete set of more powerful and flexible lights for the studio but none of this matters if I don't work on the third part Sharpening the Saw - improving myself and what I can do. How?

  • More practice! (Learning) Be they self portraits, still life's or working with others

  • Writing - my blogs have been rather static of late being very brief descriptions of jobs and pictures.

  • Teaching - my other blog! I'm writing more there with techniques.

I think its something we all should do. All we need is a little motivation.

Unflattering Self Portrait on Worthing beach - learning new lighting and remotesSELF PORTRAIT. BEACH, WORTHING, UK ON 19/08/2017Unflattering Self Portrait on Worthing beach - learning new lighting and remotes


Cannes Film Festival 2017 - A monochrome slide show

June 09, 2017  •  1 Comment

I spent 11 days at the end of May in the South of France having been assigned to cover the Annual Cannes Film Festival. 2017 was the 70th festival and a wide range of stars attended. As usual I supplied both Monochrome and Colour images to the News Agency I work with Here is a slideshow of my favourite monochrome photos.

Well, I say they are my favourites, I have already changed the selection about 5 times. it will probably change a few more yet!


Client Quote

March 20, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

When you get a client quote like this you know you have delivered!

Thanks for this. your pics are blinking brilliant as usual. We had big hopes for the images of  ***** , and the ******, knowing *****, and you delivered with bells on! They’re beautiful. It’s also so lovely working with you, especially as you’ve been with us from the very beginning.

Thanks so much and we’ll see you at the next event if not before!

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