My good friend John at Freax Adventures runs team building activities across the UK and he was looking for something that would convey the excitement and sophistication of his courses which involve target and live fire shooting. John kept talking about looking "suave" which meant jeans and t shirts were not required! I put the coffee on, cracked open the biscuits and a few hours later we had a plan. Phone calls were made, things begged, borrowed and hired, timings agreed and co-ordinated. Suited and glamorous assassins, very real looking guns, fast cars, a beautiful location and plenty of signs to say the guns were fake and please don't call the police! A great day with great friends, loved it.
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 ...
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!
Back in August last year, our friends at TNT UK called looking for a series of images of their new Swindon depot and the people who were in training to work there. It was a challenging shoot due to the contrast of the beautiful sunny day (not many of them last year) and relative dark of the warehouse facility. I knew before turning up that the trainees would all be knuckling down to learning their new roles and therefore the shoot would be very fluid so I'd planned my approach accordingly, going with the new Profoto B1 lighting system for its on camera control and lack of trip hazard wires, very important in a dynamic work area. The shoot was great fun, the lighting gear worked seamlessly and the trainees were fabulous and all helped out as much as they could.
Last Year I was commissioned to shoot a series of British summer time lifestyle images for an independent holiday park in the South West. Unfortunately as many of you will be aware the summer wasn't really a blue sky, white fluffy cloud kind of summer. So despite persistent rainy forecasts the models were booked, the crew assembled and the props bought and borrowed we plumped for a date and crossed our fingers. Well not quite, what we actually did was to plan three photo shoots, one for glorious weather, one for intermittent and another in case of an all day downpour. As it turned out version two was the winner!