Full time social media expert and trainer. Part time real ale drinker. From my personal project "A Portrait Of Birmingham".
This is Mike Gates. Full time printer and rebel, part time musician. From my personal project, "A Portrait Of A City".
Back in January I was approached by the Rat Pack Boys to organise a photo shoot to help them relaunch their new website and brand. Finding a suitable location for the look they were after proved very tricky due to wanting an old world feel with a modern twist. Eventually the wonderful people at Berrow Court in Birmingham came to our rescue and offered us the run of their building for the day.
Here are a couple of the images ...
Here's something a little different from one of my long term projects. The old Nat West Tower is being demolished and I was tasked with taking a portrait of the crane operator some 350 feet up in the air for PR purposes in the regional news as well as national construction press. Taking only minimal gear due to the limited space afforded by the 22 ladders to the top, this was portrait photography on a different level! (Thank you very much I'm here all week!). For those who are interested I took the Profoto B2 pack with one light and the octagonal OCF soft box due to their size and weight advantages. It proved really useful having the additional power over a speed light due to the weather conditions and the dark clouds that gathered as we climbed the tower. Matt from Headline PR acted as a moveable light stand as well as conducting the interview with Bob. It certainly made for a memorable shoot with a 350 foot drop inches away while the wind blew hard and the rain periodically lashed down.
Here's the abbreviated article and some of the images from the shoot.Read More
I've always loved the theatre, so I was very excited when an opportunity came up to shoot a series of images for the Wolverhampton Grand and working with the fabulously creative people in their marketing team and their performers. The shoot was all about selling the theatre rather than a specific show and the wide variety of entertainment and performances they produce, so no one genre could dominate the images. Working with their marketing team and their agency we'd recce'd and planned a series of images using characters from many of the genres they perform at the theatre. As with all shoots where you have lots of elements coming together the whole team had to pull together to create the scenes we had planned and my two assistants Ben and Jack did a fabulous job of getting everyone and everything in the right place and on time.
As you can imagine there was never a dull moment working with the kind of excellent actors and performers that were there with us. Trying to keep the mood high and buzzing isn't that difficult when you have a pantomime dame, a genie and Dr Frank-N-Furter all vying for the best spot! Maybe I should hire them on some of our industrial shoots!
We used the fabulous Profoto B1 lights and the D1 1000 Watt lights to help us with the look and feel. The ease of use of the wireless B1's enabling us to take them anywhere within the theatre that we were shooting without having too worry about power or wires becoming tangled, and when we needed more power the D1's worked perfectly. Again thanks to Jack and Ben for lugging all the gear around, up and down stairs and all over the auditorium, I'm glad their both young and fit!
Agency: BHD Creative Styling: Wolverhampton Theatre Hair and Make up: Actors and performers own.
Outtakes: Pantomime Dame feeling a little lonely while waiting for the others arrive...
I'm not sure what was said or who did what!