Monks Yard Cafe Corporate Video Production

Monks Yard at Horton Manor is the place I’m based for both studio work (when I need one) and for meetings.
Needless to say when hey need Photography or video production services I’m there ready to shoot for them.
This is one of 3 or 4 videos planned to cover several parts of the business and was themed around Monks Yard’s incredibly popular Cafe.
I was given full reign over the whole shoot from story concept to pre & post production.
I decided I wanted to show A Day in the life of the Cafe including people using it as a beautiful community base to meet for business and to celebrate with friends and family.
Unlike some corporate video production companies (and like in my stills work) I’m always looking to make the imagery engaging as possible and my film work is not different.
I combined traditional filming with video time lapse photography to show the passing of time.

 


Exploring Locations, The Fun Of Not Having A Plan

I love to plan and create images on location.
Sometimes the planning is required to create complex composites from multiple images.

Sometimes the planning is simply a location scout, working out the time of day to shoot and checking the weather etc.
The final image can be a single frame like the one below with simple colour grading and tonal adjustments to help create emotion and direct the viewers eye through the image.

Sometimes however the best photographic fun is to be had by planning nothing and simply getting to a location and then to follow your nose.


Travels And The Honda Cub

As a keen Scooterist from way back in the 80’s Im always on the lookout during my travels for old Italian Vespas and Lambretta’s.
In Greece you can still come across older Vespa workhorses still being used but it stands to reason they are becoming less frequent these days.

Vespa Rhodes Greece

There does seem however a large amount of Honda Cub mopeds still on the road which is no surprise when you discover over 100 million have come off the production line so far and still going.
And my point is?… well I don’t have one except to introduce a couple of images with them in and inform you why you see the bloody things everywhere you go!

Honda Cub Greece

Honda Cub Outside Mosque

 


Capturing Mr Butt.

Lifestyle portrait of Mr Butt window cleaner.
Can’t remember the exact year I shot this but I do remember running home in excitement like a big girl to grab a 5×4 camera to do the shot.
I had wanted to photograph this lovely chap for a while and I finally had seized the opportunity.
I set up the large format camera hastily (well as hastily as you can with a 5×4) in front of what I felt was a perfect backdrop for colours.
Captured in Burnham On Sea circa 1993


Classic Scootering with Sony

Ive never been a gear head in fact I’m only on my second main (I did have a backup) DSLR since I went digital back in 2005.
The fact my Canon 1DS Mk2 was not replaced despite 15 years of shooting was mainly because there was simply no need.
It was still working fine (and still is) and did everything I needed at the time.
Eventually though I decided video capabilities as well as some nifty advances in imaging technology were needed.
After some careful thought a new purchase was made in the shape of a Canon 5d Mk4.
I did obviously consider all the options that were on the market but this is the only time I really get caught up in the whole camera specs comparison stuff.
I did make a further purchase shortly after however a Sony RX100 Mk2 followed by a Mk3 a few months after.
As a keen Scooterist I wanted something compact to place in my toolbox or pocket that would shoot Raw images to capture travel images.

Although the Canon is my main work horse Ive found this camera an incredible addition to my camera bag especially while wanting to travel light and requiring more than my iPhone.

 

Sony RX100 On Lambretta Scooter

 

Isle Of Wight Scooter Rally. Image captured with Sony RX100

 

 

Costa Del Sol Spain

Captured with the RX 100 while riding the coast in the Costa Del Sol

 

 


A Passion For Colour

I started out like many photographers of a certain age shooting, developing and printing Black & White Images.

Even though I can fully appreciate the beauty of monochrome my real passion has always been for colour work inspired by many
of my favourite 80’s advertising photography heroes like John Claridge, Duncan Sim and Peter Lavery (google em kids).

So this is a rare occasion when I decided the subject worked far better in B&W.


Venice, Hard To Top

Have you ever been to a place and had such a great trip you kind of don’t want to go back because you don’t feel you can top that perfect first visit?
That’s where I’m at when it comes to Venice.
I visited a week before Christmas to capture some travel lifestyle images so no doubt a little festive mood helped set the tone. On that note Venice is incredible at Christmas as the whole place is like a huge Santas grotto with lights and more importantly very few tourists.
The weather was also a great gift as it was very cold but clear providing beautiful low winter sunlight.
I came away with some incredible images from the trip which in Venice is hard not too and the feeling that returning could not get any better.
Having said all that’s it’s not to say I won’t as I would love to take my kids there and perhaps shoot some motion work this time.