Interior Dilemma

In this day and age we are told it’s all about “The Brand” and being known as a specialist in a particular area.
I’m no different my strength and biggest passion are definitely in capturing people on location .
Does this mean I’ve never been able to shoot anything else ? of course not in fact I used to photograph cars for many years. On the back of this I also got involved very early on into HDR
image based lighting for the rendering of Computer Generated Images for the automotive industry.
I’ve also had clients ask me to captured things that I definitely would not consider my strongest areas or ever promote to be a specialist in such as food.
Obviously I always explain this to the client and if they still want me to do the job and I’m happy I can do a good job I’ll do it. I’m only capable of this because I’ve been around a bit and confident in my craft and knowledge of lighting etc.
Interiors are another genre I have done for many years and still do.
I’ve resisted putting this work on my main website until now due to the concern that it might dilute my specialist areas of Travel & Corporate Lifestyle.
However it’s an area I get asked to shoot a lot and enjoy plus it does have some crossover into the Travel market so I’ve added some of this work as a gallery Luxurious Interiors.


Young Fun In The Sun.

A few weeks ago I produced a mature travel lifestyle photoshoot Mature Travel In The Pesky Sun.
Following on from this I decided to capture another travel shoot this time with a younger more upbeat concept.
My models Tristan & Robyn were in their early twenties and quickly built a great rapport. On all the shoots I do my aim is to not only get the brief nailed (and some) while making the production as fun as possible. This was especially true on this shoot, in fact, my pre-shoot chat was simply let’s have fun!
Tristan & Robyn built a great rapport very quickly and my job was made much easier as a result. This really underlines the importance of having the right models that not only look the part but have the right personalities.


Summer Of 92, Venice Beach

I captured this image way back in the summer of 1992. I was enjoying the last few days of my summer touring the USA and ended it at Venice Beach in California.I spotted this lifeguard called Trec patrolling on his tower on the beach and politely asked if I may take his portrait. During the shoot and the usual exchange of polite conversation Trec with some pride told me he was 36 years old which as you can see from the image was a big surprise.

 


Surviving In The Bush…

Not sure about you but it scares me slightly to where time seems to go, does it speed up as you enter your thirties? I reckon so.
As I look through the thousands of images I’ve captured over the years many feel like they were completed in the months previous when in fact some were captured well over 25 years ago.
This particular image comes from a lifestyle production completed a few years ago on location. It blends the rustic beauty of Exmoor with two gorgeous female models with the concept being about friendship and survival.
Having spent nearly 3 decades now capturing images, I myself often feel a little like a survivor!… it’s not easy but then the best jobs never are.

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Feeling Festive In Venice.

I captured this image on a very memorable sunny but cold weekend in Venice in 2004. It was a few days before Christmas and the majority of Venice was dressed ready for the festivities with lights & decorations. As dusk approached the whole place transformed into an adults Christmas grotto which was an incredible sight. This was my first time on a trip with my digital camera gear and so I was eager to explore and test its capabilities, especially handheld in very low light. This off the cuff image shows a Gondolier waiting at end of the day on one of the many small rustic bridges that Venice is abundant with. Technically this isn’t perfect, but I do love the ambience that it captures at that magical time of day which is actually neither truely day or night but as I like to call it the edge of darkness.

 


Capturing Contre-jour in Sa Coma

I love to travel,explore new places,meet new people and of course capture them. This image came from a recent family break in Majorca Spain a few weeks ago. I’m no stranger to Majorca having visited several times in recent years but like anywhere there is always something new to find and experience if you are prepared to look.

 

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Oh..Anaerobic Digestion !

Earlier this year I travelled to Scotland for several days to shoot for my client KCP Ltd (see my post “Capturing The Cleaning Up For KCP” )
As a follow up a couple of weeks ago KCP asked me to shoot once again for them this time travelling a little closer to home to Basingstoke in Hamshire to capture images of the work they do at an Anaerobic Digestion plant.
The plant basically takes food waste and converts this into energy through some very clever process that went way over my head without much effort from the guy doing the explaining !
I wasn’t armed with much of a brief but KCP did ask that I show the huge domed tanks that they maintain and include their lorries in some images other than that I was free to capture whatever caught my eye which of course was fine by me.
Post production was a pretty straight forward job which to be honest was a nice change from some of the recent quite demanding commissions I’ve completed.

A break from the darkness


A Black Sheet And A Shaded Barn, Capturing Jock The Diver

A year or so ago I was snapping pictures my kids while they where exploring rock pools on a small Cornish beach.
I was pretty engrossed with capturing the best shots I could on my iPhone while not dropping it into the water again (yes I destroyed the last one this way) when suddenly a dark dressed figure appeared between the rocks heading for the water.
The guy was all geared up in a wetsuit but not for surfing for diving complete with tanks and spearfish and I remember thinking what a great image this could make amongst the towering rocks.
A year or so on we revisited the area and I decided to return to the beach to capture it and create the image that had inspired me.
Capturing the background was pretty uneventful and my hopes that there might be an amazing coincidence and the diver might turn up faded along with the beautiful light.
No matter, part of the fun creating composite images is tracking down people to photograph so I hit the web and contacted several local Diving clubs and shops seeking a suitable willing model.
I eventually got chatting to Mike “Jock” Stewart who teaches people to dive not far from my studio base. After chatting for a while he explained to me I may not want to use him as he was 66 years old and retired !…I explained even without having met him that he would probably be perfect.
Yes I could have hired the kit and got a young attractive model but how much more interesting to have someone passionate about their sport with years of experience and many tales to tell.
A time was arranged to shoot the next day and I set off to get a few things needed like a bag of sand to help add the small details needed to complete the composite.
Like with all composite images there are several things that need careful thought before shooting like perspective,colour of the surroundings,focus and of course matching the quality and direction of light.

At this point I should show you an impressive shot of the interior of our beautiful old Hamstone Barn stuffed with lighting and grips..but in reality a black sheet from Asda and the open shade of a disused farm barn was all that was needed to blend and match the lighting to the background scene.
Not all that impressive I agree but I knew this would give the best result, after all why try and re create daylight in the studio when with a little manipulation you can have the real thing
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The shoot went like clockwork and Jock was a pleasure to work with and quite happy to have water,oil and sand thrown over him !
The 3 completed images came together seamlessly in post production partly due to some careful pre planning and plenty of post production knowledge.

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Life-Diver-Previewing The Captures

Diver Images Of Mike “Jock” Stewart At Monks Yard.


Capturing The Cleaning Up For KCP

A couple of weeks ago I posted Boosting The Ayr Miles about my recent shoots including one in Ayrshire Scotland.
The shoot was for KCP Limited who work nationwide from their Scottish base.
KCP operate a large fleet of bespoke vehicles that dispose of all manners of waste and are Scotlands leaders in their field.
My brief was to capture both images of staff and the vehicles on location at the various sites that KCP maintain and also come up with some hero shots of the vehicles within the beautiful Scottish landscape.
Apart from this I was left with complete creative freedom including picking some of the locations which actually proved much easier than expected.
We had a very tight schedule with just 2 half days but the weather played nice for the most part.

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The one image I was not completely looking forward too was a request for a high shot of the fleet from a cherry picker as heights are not my favourite thing !
The two main concerns I had was the wind had got up (sods friggin law !) and the fact the owner of KCP Karl was going to be operating the machine.
The reason Karl was a concern is that we have been friends since our teenage years and I knew he would not miss a chance to have some fun scaring me…which of course he did !

 A Face To Be Trusted ?

A Face To Be Trusted ?

With most of the images now out of post production I have added a few favourites here and to the website.

KCP Environmental Services

KCP Environmental Services


Contentment, Bribing Children & Blending The Soul Of A Place

It’s my challenge to myself that even on a family holiday I return with at least one killer image that represents the place and my experience of it.
There was a time in my younger years where I would never relax when away and I’d be running around every day at dawn and dusk shooting like a man possessed.
Over the years my way of working has changed (to the relief of the wife) and I often feel the need of a more challenging and unique way of creating that requires a little more of a planned approach.

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This image (well some of it) was shot on the Costa Del Sol in Spain during one such family holiday.I had been out with my camera a few times during the week but mainly scouting for inspiration for the killer image.
Was struck me about the area was the amount of people out at both morning and night walking their dogs,running,cycling or on rollerblades simply enjoying the beautiful coast and it’s climate.
The coast was dotted with these striking looking lifeguard towers and clusters of exotic looking Palm trees along the beach that provided shade and a perch for the large colony’s of Parakeets.
Inspiration was gained and I decided I would venture out at daybreak later that week and capture some of these elements and create the image below titled Contenment.
The model is my youngest and cheapest child to bribe for a shoot Ava with my neighbours very photogenic dog Barney who where both captured upon my return home.
Below is a short video of how the image came together in post.