So it’s been a long while since I’ve posted some behind the scenes video. Well for the E&E shoot we had a full on video crew filming for a little behind the scenes peek. I have to say the gang at Spotwork really pulled together one cool bit of BTS action.
So for those needing something to occupy 5 minutes or so click play and prepare to bob your head to the beat.
Things are cranking up a little around these parts with me being a busy bee. Portfolio tweaking, meetings all over the place, some interesting leads and a good number of shoots in the planning. Just how I like it.
So if things go quiet for a week or so you know why.
Love it when a shoot can be shown from another angle.
Oh yeah and for the record ” You can put a cat in an oven, but that don’t make it a biscuit.” Everyone’s seen that film right???
Feels like I haven’t blogged in forever! I’m such a bad blogger! Been so busy lately with shoots here & there and the reason for this post is we just shot the new Educate & Elevate lookbook which is insaneeeeeeeeeeeeeee! I’m so in love with the photos I had to brag and show you all!! We wanted an outdoor “90’s Brooklyn, Spike Lee” vibe (which pretty much sums up my personal style & ethos of the brand) so we decided to shoot at Plattfield in Manchester at the skatepark and basketball courts. Every other shoot we’ve planned in the past it’s literally chucked it down and had to be cancelled (typical Manchester!) but this time we were really lucky with the weather so we got that “hottest day of the year / Do The Right Thing” feel for the shoot! We even had an old school boombox thrown in the shoot…
More from a fun couple of hours in the rare Manchester sun last Sunday.
Just about done with my edit from Sunday so thought I’d post some more of the final selects.
I’m super happy with a number of the shots we created between us and I think that last part is an important factor in the look of these. Sometimes on a busy set it’s too easy to get caught up in the whole energy and hustle and one can easily forget one of the most important skills a portrait photographer needs. Between chatting with the make up artist, stylists, art directors, assistants and numerous other people on set, building that connection and collaborative effect between the model and myself can be hard to maintain. I like to talk and chat whilst shooting, I’ll goof around and have a laugh. This is my job and I love it, I think most people who work with me get that. I’m finally learning to control my shoots more in this respect, I’m happy for everyone to have a good time whilst shooting otherwise what’s the point but when it comes down to crunch time I must be able to create and maintain a connection with my models. I always appreciated the skill and talent required to create beautiful fashion portraits but admit to many a time thinking “yeah that’s easy, you bring me Kate Moss and some beautiful clothes and hey presto” right?!? Well if you just want to be a member of the “pretty girl, pretty photo” club then yeah to a point it’s kind of along those lines once you know some photography basics. What makes or breaks a fashion portrait (or any portrait to that matter) is a huge combination of factors but one of the strongest is this connection. It’s my ability to bring out of the model what it is I want to portray, what I want the photograph to say and how it will say it. If I want emotion then I have to bring that out. A good model will help in this by having the ability to emote but they will find it hard to do so without the photographer giving them something to work with. It’s a collaboration and if you want to do more than just document the person stood in front of you it’s one you need to work on.
“When people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice.”
― Robert Frank
One day i’ll get there but for now I’m revelling in the process.
Goodtimes and giggles all whilst denying any desire to be Justin Timberlake.
Back to basics and breaking the “rules” that the photography gods would have you believe are there to protect you.
My kind of shoot, finding the “me” in my work again.
Huge thanks to Melissa (unsigned so snap her up despite missing those last couple of inches). I think she may have been a little worried of messing up but she pretty much killed it.
I was once told that apparently shooting in broad midday sunshine with the subject stood in it makes for really terrible photographs. Well if these are terrible photographs then so be it, I like terrible photographs. Know light and know how it works, that should be a given for every photographer. Don’t fear the light just know how to use it.
More to follow over the next few days . . . . . . .