To shake off the January blues, we kicked off the year with another lively two day studio shoot for the National Bingo Game Association. Now in it’s third year running, the ‘Winning Shout’ campaign has been very successful both in terms of increased revenue streams and in re-branding Bingo to a younger audience.
It has been an absolute pleasure to be working again with the creative team at the Workroom and thanks go out to my team Boo (stylist), Dottie (Hair & Makeup) and Tristan (Digi Opp) for their energy, enthusiasum and creative contribution to another successful shoot.
In the wake of the horrific, barbarous terrorist attacks in Paris last Friday night, I wanted to add my voice of support and solidarity for people of France and especially for the bereaved families and those still lying wounded and fighting for their lives.
Quite frankly I was struggling to find the words that summed up my feelings of outrage, anger, defiance but also my hope in humanity… and then my 15 year old daughter penned these few lines:
You think the more suffering you create
the more names you tag onto your clickbait
the more damage you do to the history of our states
the more fear you’re going to initiate?
you just watch.
you just watch as a planet we unite and negate
your so called sacred death toll in the name of a god who you claim would wish this upon us.
I bet if there is a god out there they’re looking down on their children in shame
and asking what part of their scriptures did you use to incriminate
for the sake of your own sick lust for a ticking mortality rate
I bet he’s asking what the fuck it’s all for
or just for the gratification of extremists manipulating the vindication of religion like some kind of namesake
but terrorism has no religion.
terrorism has no race.
terrorism has only the xenophobes and the brainwashed and those blinded by hate.
Pray for paris.
About a year ago I got into cycling in a big way, bought a titanium frame road bike and officially became a MAMIL. I try and get out at least one a week for a long ride, usually on Sunday mornings. A couple of weekends ago I awoke to a crisp, sunny November morning and headed out on one of my regular rides around the hills of Surrey and Kent. The combination of early morning light, low mist and autumnal colours was so spectacular that with every twist and turn of my ride I was presented with another photo opportunity. These are a just few of those moments caught on my iPhone.
Back in April 2015, for the second year running, I was commissioned by WARL to shoot a set of images for Abbeyfield Care Homes. The client wanted to promote the positive side of sheltered accommodation by producing a set of optimistic images with a bright, natural, real feel.
We cast the models, recced the locations and the shoot dates were set. On the second day we were shooting at a location in Radlett, Hertfordshire. Far from being put out by the disruption of a film crew descending on their home for the day, the residents were amused and interested with what was going on.
For the last shot, we wanted to set up a group shot around a piano in the living room. As the crew were setting up, I got chatting to an amazing lady called Elcy Sagen. Sadly Elsy had lost her husband six months prior. As we got chatting it was clear that she had lived a full and accomplished life and still had a twinkle in her eye. As well as running her own dental practice and speaking nine languages, it just so happened that she was also an accomplished pianist. It didn’t take much to persuade Elcy to be in the photograph and she captivated the models, crew and residents alike with her playing.
I was really happy with the photographs from the session and finally declared, “it’s a wrap” for the day. However one of our models, Gabby Fraklin, was so blown away by Elcy’s playing that she flung her arms around Elcy and they spontaneously started to dance around the living room.
I grabbed my camera, called the assistants back on set and was able to capture these final joyous shots of the day.
I’d like to thank stylist Boo Hill, hair & makeup Dottie Monaghan and digital operator and lighting assistant Tristan Fennell, my talented crew whose combined efforts helped produce a fun and enjoyable two day shoot and ultimately a great set of images for the campaign.
After spending a really nice day together visiting ‘Grandad Whitstable’ and doing some portrait photography for her art project, my daughter Mally and I packed up the gear and headed back to London. We decided to take a detour along the sea front at Herne Bay to watch the sunset. As we soaked in nature’s visual feast, I grabbed this windswept shot.
Here is my latest Corporate & Industrial Spotlight feature from @ProductionParadise.com.
This feature showcases some of my corporate photography commissioned over the past twelve months. Amongst others, this year’s clients have included Actis, British Land, Goldman Sachs, ICAEW, Kepler Associates, Lavendon, Low & Bonar, Morgan Sindall, Reckitt Benckiser, Royal London, SOCCO, and SP Angel.
The feature also showcases some of my video work for CLIC Sargent and The Workroom.
Click on the link below to view the rest of the images
It’s been a busy week pulling together the production and casting for the shoot in France on top of organising and directing a video interview for an agency client, which we shot on Thursday.
The shoot in France involves quite a sizeable crew with three models, stylist, hair & makeup, two assistants plus the agency creatives. Transport from the UK, hotels, meals and daily taxies all needed organising and we were still waiting for client sign off on budget until very late on Wednesday….. and that’s all before I’ve even started thinking about the photography.
I have to give a big shout out and thank you to location manager and producer Tom Elgood for pulling this all together for me.
So a bit of time today to catch my breath and do a final check on the kit list.
The models and crew leave tomorrow afternoon on the Eurostar and myself and 1st assistant will be driving down c/o le shuttle.
All set for a great shoot next week!