The Key to commercial portrait photography


I often do Commercial Portrait Photography of business owners and their staff … and very often they want to be seen as serious, upstanding individuals… but this doesnt mean you can’t use the surroundings to add some colour and a bit of a twist!

Here are some recent profile shots I did for a business owner … I tried to have a bit of fun with him in the environment we had… hope you like the images.

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Royal Ballet Photography


This week I am working at the ‘World Travel Market 2012‘ at ExCel in London as 1 of 4 Photographers providing all the images for the world press. WTM2012 is the leading global event for the travel industry.

As part of this amazing Global trade fair, the WTM team organize many cultural events for the various heads of States and Ministers in attendance. I was lucky enough to be selected to go along and photograph the Ministerial Dinner at the Mayors official London residency – Mansion House in the City. A truly amazing building and venue. I have to say, this is the sort of event photographers love! Fabulous interiors, great lighting and wonderful subjects. This was capped off by the Royal Ballet Company performing as a finale to the evening. I myself have never seen Ballet live, let alone ballet by the very best performers in the world. It was breathtakingly beautiful and elegant! The poise and grace, is truly mesmerizing. I hope you enjoy the photographs and hope to be able to do more of these if i can make further inroads now! Watch this space 🙂

This is why i love my job! Always different, always challenging and a lot of the time a privilege!

Street Photography with ‘street13’


yes yes yes …. its been months since i have blogged …. i need another set of arms and legs at the moment, not to mention brain!! I have been SOOOOOOOOOOO Busy for the last 5 months …. and still hectic, but thought its about time i got some stuff up on here to show you where i have been and what i have been doing! 🙂

So … as many of you know, i am a big Instagram fanatic!! But…. i mean Instagram in the true sense …. so my shots on Instagram are all 100% Iphone and nothing else!! … I found this dude ‘Sam’ while on my way to a shoot… he got on the train as cool as a cucumber on his retro hotwheels and sat there in amongst the other travellers without a care in the world … I quickly whipped out my trusty iphone 4 for some shots (on the quiet of course!) and got some great shots of Sam without him being aware … ! But when Sam also got off at Willesden Green, my curiosity got the better of me, so i asked him if he’d mind me taking a few shots (i had my Nikon in my bag!! 😉 ) and here they are. Sam was a very interesting guy with a story to tell that amazed me and truly makes you realize that we should never judge a book by its cover!! I hope you like!!

Bikes and Babes – British Superbikes at Snetterton


A few shots here for all you bike fans. As some of you will know, i am a BIG bike fanatic. I have been since i was 7 years old when Santa Claus delivered a sparkly new Red Montesa Trials bike! 🙂

Since then i have been hooked, so combining my other love of Photography is just a dream for me. This coupled with sunshine and the odd eye candy, what more can you ask for! 😉

This is the first round of the British Superbikes race series I have been able to get to this year, but i wasn’t too worried as all the other races were in horrible cold wet weather … Snetterton proved yet again to be a cooking pot!

Enjoy the images and share share share …. 😉

John Hopkins – from British Superbikes series 2011


This is still one of my favourite shots i have taken during the British Superbikes of 2011. Unlike a lot of the other photographers there, i try to get good behind the scenes shots of the riders…. this for me shows the clear focus and intensity of the riders. John was and is a very dedicated rider. Enjoy!

Nikon D3 V’s D4

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Ok, so like all other Nikon D3 and D3s Owners i too have been wetting my pants over the recent launch of the new flagship Nikon D4!

A few obvious reasons … Pixels are now 16 which is a great, sensible size for good workflow, good quality etc …the Low light capabilities supposedly improved again over the already ‘See in the dark’ D3s and lastly but the most eagerly awaited – Genuine High Def Video recording abilities.

I’ve placed my order alongside every other man who has sold his wives/girlfriends Jimmy Choo collection to get his hands on one…. but the demand has outweighed the supply and delivery is now going to be mid June!! :-/ Nikon have also rather greedily put the price up on its original launch price only 2 months ago from £4800 to £5260.00!! an apparent ‘mistake’ by Nikon …. errr really, do we all seem that dumb!! They clearly realised that demand was bigger than ever so saw fit to cash in!?

So … i have a ‘filming job tomorrow and no camera, so i quickly rang the excellent team down at The Pro Centre, and hired me a beast for the day to see what this thing can do …

After a quick fiddle i just thought i would do a quick test between my now old and ever faithful D3 against the Sparkly new kid on the block …

 

I selected Iso 4000, F8 at 1/8th sec exposure,  and stuck them on the tripod one after the other…

I am quite surprised to be honest that the quality difference isn’t more apparent when blown up in the shadow areas …and its really made me question why i am spending almost £5,500.00! There is a difference, but really …. in the real world, is it big enough to warrant that sound!???????

Can you tell!?

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm!?

 

Advertising Shoot for new MOVband Activity Monitor


Well, as you probably know… its been raining!! Raining, raining, and then a bit more rain!! This was not looking good for about outdoors advertising Photography shoot for Fit For Future Ltd.

FFF are launching the new MOVband Activity Monitor here in the uk, and needed some outdoor activity shots to show it at work. Well, Monday came and the skies turned blue! (phew) So out we set to a local park to show the Movband being put to the test!

For this shoot i was armed with my faithful Nikon D3, my 105mm Macro F2.8 and my lens for all 24-70mm F2.8. Lighting was my new Rllinchrom Quadra kit, 2 packs and 2 heads, 1 open and 1 with a small soft box.

Hope you can see how the flash gives the images that extra ‘kick’ … colours zing out…. all in all! pleased! Hope you like! 🙂

Events Photography for Peroni


Last night I shot the last of 3 events for drinks company ~ Peroni beer. These nights were put on around the country as ‘experiential’ events. One of the reasons I love doing event photography so much is that the venues are usually great, and I think you’ll agree, the venues here were amazing! The first event was held in Liverpool Cathedral – which is in fact the largest Cathedral in Britain and the 3rd largest in Europe! When the lighting was fixed and the table set it looked spectacular, and had a wonderful feel!

Then it was off  to ‘The Old Fruit Market’ in Glasgow City centre. Its my first time in Glasgow and I really enjoyed it. I always make sure i walk around a city as much as possible so i can get my bearings and a feel for it. The Georgian Architecture was incredible, and it was soon evident to me that Glasgow is certainly one of the trendiest and hip UK city’s i’ve been to in a while. The venue was also great, loads of character and you could just imaginee it as a thriving Fruit Market in years gone by.

Last night was the final location for the Amici-di-Peroni road show, so they ended on a high, literally…. at the top of Tower Bridge. Again a great location and a tad easier to get home from! 😉 The weather was amazingly turbulent last night. Sunshine one minute then Hail and torrential rain the next…. i loved it and did manage to get a few snaps out of the window…

big thanks to Peroni for giving me such a great event to photograph … look out for more in June this year … 😉