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The Art of Self-Promotion

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The Art of Self-Promotion

“#TrumpDavidDuke New book is “How to master the art of being shameless and self promotion””

One of the most important tasks for any photographer is to learn the art of self-promotion. This thorny subject as for many years been a tricky hurdle to overcome. It’s gotten to a stage where it’s leaving me feeling a little overwhelmed.

There’s a fine line between bombarding one’s social media outlets with trivial anecdotal posts from one of my shoots or events, hoping that people will find them interesting or better still book you for their next photosession or commission. The pressure one feels to blog, post to my business Facebook pages, Twitter, Instagram, et al. every week, can leaving you feeling mentally exhausted and a little frustrated. Something which has turned into a chore rather than something fun.

So I’ve decided to concentrate on three main outlets – Instagram, Facebook and my blog. The blog being the most important as I’ve found it actually reaches further on Google than any other medium that I’ve used. I’ve picked up more work and enquiries through my blog than any of the others, which tells me that I should really concentrate more on blogging.

So most mornings(at least 5), I will spend 90 minutes on my three main social outlets before I answer any emails, make any phone calls, etc.

This post is probably more of a self-motivating post if truth is known, but I’m sure there are thousands of you feeling the same, looking for the right rhythm for this crucial piece of self-promotion.

Wish me luck!

 

 

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Working with BMA Model agency

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I recently had the pleasure of working with the BMA model agency. BMA contacted me and asked if I could produce a new set of images for one of their ‘bright new faces.’ It coincided perfectly with an idea that I’ve been toying with for a couple of months. Sometime last year I came across the work from a great Germany photographer called Vincent Peters, he’s now based in the States and primarily works with big brands and celebrities alongside his fashion work. His work caught my eye because of the beautiful way he photographed his subjects. His style is black & white but shot in a Film Noir style of the old Hollywood films of the 30’s and 40’s. I’ve always loved this look and way of lighting subjects. It brings an incredible cinematic feel to the images. The idea behind this style is in using low-key lighting (rather than the evenly exposed 3-point lighting of classical Hollywood cinematography, film noir uses harsh shadows and contrasts of black and white. By careful positioning of the lights, I’m able to produce excellent atmospheric images that work beautifully, especially for fashion and beauty work.

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General pictures during the day.Children from Kesgrave High School, Ipswich on the Forest Schools nature day at Rendlesham Forset. Children discover evidence of history, geography & nature to learn how humans and nature have shaped the landscape. General pictures during the day.Children from Kesgrave High School, Ipswich on the Forest Schools nature day at Rendlesham Forset. Children discover evidence of history, geography & nature to learn how humans and nature have shaped the landscape. General pictures during the day.Children from Kesgrave High School, Ipswich on the Forest Schools nature day at Rendlesham Forset. Children discover evidence of history, geography & nature to learn how humans and nature have shaped the landscape. General pictures during the day.Children from Kesgrave High School, Ipswich on the Forest Schools nature day at Rendlesham Forset. Children discover evidence of history, geography & nature to learn how humans and nature have shaped the landscape. 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Lifestyle Photography

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It’s a fact that today thousands of magazines around the world, numerous websites and hundreds of outside billboards, bus shelters and advertising posters have all one thing in common. They all carry ‘lifestyle’ images. But what exactly are lifestyle images. Well, according to Wikipedia, lifestyle photography is “a style of portrait / people photography which aims to capture and document real-life events, situations, or milestones in an artistic manner and the art of the everyday.”
I’m personally being asked more and more for lifestyle images, not only from photo agents and libraries but now from private clients too. My business clients want images the show real life experiences from their ‘in the field workers’, workshops, and group activities to better sell their products. Private clients now are seemingly wanting that clean everyday happy family or ‘couples look’ that they’ve seen in those magazines, websites or on Tv adverts.

For my private clients, lifestyle sessions incorporate things that they would typically do. This could be hanging out at home, going to their favourite coffee shop, record shops, clothes or even bookshops. It’s about incorporating “real-life events” into these sessions.
Lifestyle locations are always chosen by clients. I also throw in a few ideas and situations myself, but I always ask them what they’d like to do, with the final choice being there’s. Locations should be special to you, something that you’ll remember. So do you love to take part in a particular sport or are you in to keeping fit? Do you or your kids love to cook, horse riding,  playing on the beach, or just walking the dog?

I act as a fly on the wall photographer, being as discreet as possible. Some people, families need a little direction, this is all good, all sessions are kept as natural as possible. It’s finding the right balance that’s most important to capturing the moments and activities that you’ll remember forever. It’s images that will go into your photo albums, or on your walls, ones that will be showed for many years to come.

If you’re in need of some lifestyle inspiration feel free to check out Logan Cole, Jenny Jimenez, and Tara Whitney.

Get in touch with me if you’d like a series of lifestyle images of yourself, family or as a couple. I’ll help you in producing a great set of images that you’ll love.

I’ve included a selection of lifestyle images here to illustrate my point.

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New modelling portfolio for Emma with Studio-Luxe Photographic Services

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I received an e-mail from the mother of an aspiring young Suffolk model recently. Sally contacted me regarding the possibility of producing a new modelling portfolio for her daughter, Emma.
Emma has been approached on numerous occasions to model for clothing clients but was a little reluctant to commit to these requests, mainly because she felt she lacked the necessary confidence. Emma and her mother felt that she needed a little experience in front of a camera first, away from any pressure that a commercial photo shoot would bring. I was able to help Emma with her posing and also how to feel comfortable when taking directions from photographers. The first day’s session was in my studio, with a second longer photo session at a beach location.
The results from our two days of photography are stunning! Emma certainly has the looks and a certain quality one needs in front of a camera to go on and pursue a career in the modelling industry.

I wish Emma all the best, and good luck with her modelling career.

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Directing opening Scenes on ‘With Love from Suffolk’

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Directing opening Scenes on ‘With Love from Suffolk’

While up in Scotland this year enjoying the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with my family, I received a phone call from one of the producers at Film Suffolk. I was asked if I’d like to direct the opening and closing scenes for their latest feature film ‘With Love From…Suffolk’.

With Love From…Suffolk is a feature film of 8 short romantic tales. Set entirely in Suffolk, it’s a funny and tender exploration of relationships – while also being a love letter to our magnificent county of Suffolk.

I was originally asked to supply still promotional photographs for the feature film. But due to my other work commitments I was, unfortunately, unable to find the time to work with the film units on a regular basis. So imagine my surprise went the call came, I couldn’t wait to find out more.

The film being produced jointly by Matthew McGuchan and Julien Mery from Film Suffolk http://www.withlovefromsuffolk.co.uk alongside a host of talented professional film crew members, all volunteering their time and expertise.
We filmed at the elegant Bruisyard Hall Country House, the weather forecast for the day wasn’t good, but luckily we worked around the showers. With the help of around 6o or so actors, crew, and staff members, we managed to produce series of scenes that even Martin Scorsese would have been proud to have put his name too.

You can see the photographs from our day on my fellow photographer’s great blog post here: http://www.dominicwhiten.co.uk/weddings/with-love-from-suffolk-film-shoot-at-bruisyard-hall/

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Labour Leader Ed Milliband’s visit to Ipswich

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Labour leader Ed Milliband visited Ipswich this week, part of his UK election campaign tour whilst also supporting his parties local candidate David Ellesmere. My wife Julie & I were invited to meet the Mr Milliband so I took the opportunity to take a selection images of his visit. I spent the best part of thirty years photographing politicians and election campaigns for various newspapers, so old habits die hard, I couldn’t resist the urge to get a few frames of the hullabaloo created by his visit to my local town. He’s definately a hit with certain selection of local ladies in Suffolk.

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  • On a bitterly cold morning in February I joined a happy bunch of people who together all belong to the Felixstowe Swimscapes. A hardy bunch of individuals who come together every Saturday morning, come rain, come shine or snow, or even worse, to swim across a part of the Felixstowe shoreline. I was wearing my thermals trying to keep out the bracing cold wind, which felt more like minus 5 rather just over 5 degrees. What would make seemingly shane intelligent people venture out in the middle of winter into the bitterly cold seawater? Well the answer to that question is just pure and simple, a love for swimming, and it doesn’t matter where they swim, just as long as they can test themselves in all conditions. These hardly souls who numbered up to twenty and are still actively looking for new members. Check out their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/FelixstoweSwimscapes
    You can see more images here on my Behance page https://www.behance.net/johnferguson
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Lazuli Boutique Prom shoot

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I’ve just finished a lovely shoot with the Laura Manning from Lazuli Boutique up here in Suffolk. Laura runs a successful bridal and Prom dress business in Kesgrave, near Ipswich. She asked if I could produce a new set of images for the up-coming Prom Season. Laura’s boutique sells to seniors at the local girl schools in the area and wanted to reach out to these girls with a new selected of dresses for this years prom season.

The shoot was arranged pretty quickly, our make-up artist Cheri found a great location not far from Kesgrave which worked well for the shoot. Laura had two girls in mind for the shoot, girls that she thought would model her dresses perfectly, and they did, I’ll be using Ashia and Georgia again on a couple more photo shoots I have coming up later this year.

We’re hoping to put together another Bridal shoot later this year, but I looking for a slightly different location, a location that one wouldn’t normally associate with Bridal photography…something a little different!

 

Smartphone Project coming!

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I’ve been meaning to post a few items here on my blog for sometime now, but work, business and family seemed to have taken up the majority of my time. Well I’m happy to say that I’ve been fairly productive and busy with a combination of personal photo shoots, commissions plus some exciting up coming new photo concepts and ideas. The variety of recent photo commissions have ranged from working with a local fashion boutique, a wildlife charity, working with Sea swimmers, shadowing Paramedic’s around London and putting the finishing touches on a new personal project with the giant Felixstowe Port here in Suffolk.

I’ve been  looking into a new smartphone project entitled ‘Every one has a Secret’. I’m trying to find the right photo filter for the project which is proving difficult as there are so many on the market. But I’ve narrowed it down now to a few great looking filters so I’ll soon being shooting my project and hope it will prove enlightening and interesting to you guys.

‘Even it up’ on the Underground.

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A great resource for Photo news

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A FANTASTIC SOURCE OF PHOTOGRAPHY NEWS FOR A PHOTO LOVERS

I’m always on the look out for the latest photography news, features on other photographers, photo tips and any other information focused on photography, but finding that one place where every thing is nicely laid out, easy to use and more to the point interesting, can be a problem. Everyone is time conscious these days, and since I’ve entered the freelance market, time is so much more precious for me.

I be reading that one of the keys to success within social media is sharing information relevant to your chosen / targeted audience. Well for everyone interested in good photography, the latest news on new equipment, features on the innovate and brilliant photographers plus a host of other photographic related subjects, let me introduce you to “World Photography News”

Its a place aimed at saving everyone the hassle and time of researching.

“World Photography News” is a Flipboard magazine (the app is free to download), updated at least twice a day and which groups all the relevant photography related information in a well designed magazine, easy to read on all platforms (desktops, laptops, tablets, phones…).

More importantly all articles can be easily shared in a single click through the entire range of social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc…

154,000 readers have already subscribed!

Check it out now and SUBSCRIBE HERE for free and you too can start reading as well as sharing quality articles with your audience!

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Growing Pains in Southern Sudan – Even It Up

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Growing Pains in Southern Sudan  – Oxfam Even It Up:

My image of the little Amir from the Jamam refugee camp has just been chosen as the main picture for Oxfam ‘Even it up’ 2104 nationwide UK poster and press campaign.

In 2012 I was sent by the Daily Mirror newspaper to Juba in Southern Sudan in North-East Africa to document ‘Liberation Day’. The birth of a new country, the Republic of South Sudan. A great job and a real privilege to be at the birth of the world’s newest nation. After years of bloody fighting and political turmoil between the Islamic government in north and the separatists in the south, it was agreed that Sudan should be divided into two separate countries. Sudan was the world’s 10th largest country. One year on from that momentous day I was asked to go back to Sudan with the UK Aid charity, Oxfam. I and feature writer Ros Wynne Jones were there to cover the countries first anniversary, to see how the country was progress during that last 12 months. Well its fair to say that Southern Sudan is running on empty, fighting as broken out again, the country is broke and the rebels seem to be in charge of what limited authority there is. It was never going to be an easy process, and self rule was never going to be a panacea the country was hoping for, but maybe it’s a little too early to rush to judgement. So these growing pains in Southern Sudan, the world’s newest country will have to be endure for a little while longer. But if there’s one thing Southern Sudan has on its hands is time, time to repair and hopefully move on.

Check out the link here: http://bit.ly/QriPsH

 

Chuka Umunna

Labour leadership.

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This week’s press and Tv media as seen mounting speculations about Labour MPs discussing the removal of Ed Miliband as leader. Who could replace him?
Could this man replace Mr.Miliiband? I just received this pdf from Prestige magazine in Singapore who’ve use this image of mine for a feature on charismatic politicians around the world. Could Chuka Umunna become the new leader of the Labour Party?

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My 5 day B&W Photo Challenge

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I’ve just finished a 5 day photo project where I was nominated by my good buddy Mark Beltran to post one black and white photo for five consecutive days, nominating someone else each day. Entitled the ‘Monochrome Challenge’ It’s a great project that I hope to see carry on and gain momentum across the internet. Everyone can join in on with this, and I personally will carry posting B&W images from time to time, which is something I should be doing anyway!!!

Here are the 5 images I produced during my 5 day challenge. Fancy a go? Go on challenge yourself to 5 days of b&w photography…its brilliant!

Bespoke Portraiture..Imogen

Personal bespoke portraits

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I’ve just launched a new service on my Studio-Luxe website and it centres around a Personal bespoke portraits. So my first client was the beautiful Imogen who requested a portrait shoot based on a dance theme. Imogen loves contemporary dance and also as a keen interest in Ballet, so we used this idea as main theme for her photo session. http://www.studio-luxe.co.uk

I also wanted a different backdrop other than a dance studio or a raised stage to take the photographs. One of my favourite places in Suffolk is Southwold beach, which is just beautiful, a little similar to a couple of beaches I’ve work on in Los Angeles. I was very happy with the final images, but Imogen, who is now on her first year at University, as some great portfolio images for her photo book which she’ll give to family and also keep one for herself.

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Bespoke fashion photo shoots

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A Boho Inspired fashion photo shoot with Baccara

I’d like to introduce you to Baccara Ashbury. Baccara saw my website and immediately called me to say that she wanted to be in your own fashion photo shoot. Baccara has had some modelled experience some years before and really wanted to try her hand at being in front of the camera again. One of the services I offer at Studio Luxe is a bespoke themed fashion shoot for discerning clients. Whatever your interested, we can make your fashion shoot look fantastic. We settled for a BoHo fashion theme for Baccara and she looked beautiful! I hired a great farm in my area and also hired the most beautiful and funkiest looking VW camper-van in Suffolk. The weather was great, the make-up by Cheri Knock was faultless and the pictures superb, even if I say so myself. So if you fancy starring in your own full on fashion shoot, with top make-up artist and a top hairstylist, then just get in touch and we’ll get together and we’ll put together your own personal photo shoot.

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‘Dock of the Bay’ Photo shoot

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I recently had the pleasure to work with brand manager Sue Clarke from Dock of the Day who asked me to put together a team to produce a spring catalogue and Look book for her companies 2015 spring summer range of casual outdoor clothing. So, I needed three models, two hairstylists, Make-up two photo assistants, a studio, and out and indoor locations, all to be sourced locally…..easy. Well it was far from easy, really challenging to find good hairstylist in Suffolk, and a male model and a good location that fitted Sue’s vision and ticked all the boxes.
I have to say a big thank you to staff at the Butt & Oyster pub http://www.debeninns.co.uk/buttandoyster/ for being so accommodating. This location was just perfect for what we had in mind, and the nearby boatyards added to the style of the product we were shooting. My buddy Anthony Cullen gave use the use of his great studio, in Pinn Mill, which was also perfect. http://www.anthonycullen.com
We then moved on to Ipswich Marina and took use of its great backdrop.
The weather stayed fine, but the lighting was definitely tricky meaning that I had to use a combination of location lighting and natural daylight, which was very flat. My team all worked well together, and the client was more than happy with the finished results.

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Putting together a new marketing campaign for one of Suffolk’s large farms.

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I’ve just started working for a large commercial farm in Suffolk, producing a series of images for the companies new website. I’ve really enjoyed my experience on the farm so far, sitting in the massive combine harvesters, watching the drilling(planting seeds)process from inside the enormous tractors and other duties that have opened my eyes to the amazing efforts and dedication that goes into working on a large farm. My job as taken on a bigger role, with the added responsibility of putting together a small marketing campaign involving producing a quarterly newsletter for the farm, which is brilliant, and also an exciting challenge for me, and one which I hope will lead to other interesting projects like this.

Check out some of the pictures.

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Working with Destiny’s Child

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During my time working with celebrities and personalities I was very fortunate to have travelled all over the world photographing pop stars, Tv and movie stars, world statesmen and women, even royalty too.

November 2002, I received a call from my good friend Eva Simpson who at the time was one of the trio of young female journalists who made up the 3am girls on the Daily Mirror entertainment pages. She called me and said,’Fergie we got to be in Houston, Texas by tomorrow night, we’ve got a photo shoot & and exclusive interview with Destiny’s Child, can you make it?’

So there we were in Texas, waiting to meet the gorgeous Beyonce Knowles and the rest of Destiny’s Child. After an hour of waiting, along came a group of people who it turned out to be their agents, managers, PR’s, parents and anyone one else you can think of, but not the girls. We were in an enormous warehouse type building which was where the shoot was to take place. To keep a long story short, I gather all the bands touring equipment and used some of the sound engineers recording equipment, I was going to place the girls amongst and around this backdrop. The girls finally arrived and after a moment to greeting each other, I was asked to take over. As with these shoots,I only had 20 mins to get individuals portraits and some groups shots. I could literately feel everyone breathing down my neck, a crowd of at least thirty Americans watching my every move as I directed the at the time the world biggest group Destiny’s Child around my make-shift studio.The pictures turned out great, everyone loved my shots and the Daily Mirror used the pictures over two days in large double paged spreads, which was very cool.

I went on to meet Beyonce again in London the next year, this time I wasn’t so nervous, but she is a true professional, and a dream to work with on both occasions.

I’ve Hit The Big Time…In Suffolk

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Faces & Places Article

I was fortunate enough to have been asked to feature in an article for a local glossy magazine based in East Anglia. Faces & Places Magazine wanted to know about my celebrity photo shoots with the likes of Naomi Campbell, Ozzy Osbourne, Jon Bon Jovi, Michael Jackson and so on. Check out the article here: http://www.placesandfaces.co.uk/in-the-frame/

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My Moroccan Adventure in Marrakech

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For my recent birthday celebration my wife Julie & I, along with a couple of friends, jetted off to Marrakech in Morocco for a long weekend. Its over twenty five years since I last visited Morocco and things have changed quite a lot over the years. When I last came here there where no EasyJet or RyanAir flights or any other cheap budget airlines to get you here. Then, we travelled down through Spain via Ferry to Morocco on our very small budget, spending a month visiting all the major cities. But after all these years it still remains as fascinating a country for me, as it was back then, especially if like me you love taking photographic portrait pictures. But I’ve got to say Morocco is definitely one of the hardest places in take a good candid portrait, the locals are very reluctant to pose for you. So you end up employing your best street style photographic approach if and when you see something interesting, and in a town like Marrakech its every minute of so. You can also get lucky with some who pose for you, but only after a few coins have changed hands. It’s definitely a place where I would like to come back to for a longer stay, and travel the length of the country which I did all those years before, and who knows maybe I will again sometime in the future.

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‘Fight Town’ comes to Suffolk

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I managed to work my way into the ’Trouble in Town’ Boxing event in Ipswich earlier this month. I had a great night photographing the various boxers and trainers. Boxing was one of the first sports I photographed as a young sports photographer. Boxing in this country back in the early eighties was a much bigger affair then, and that’s how my interest in sport came about. I loved the honesty of boxers and the trainers, real genuine people. Its always amazed me how hard each fighter had to train just to compete with another boxers in the ring, let alone be a champion. I know all sportsmen and women have to put in the hard work to succeed in their chosen sport, but boxing is brutal, hard and probably the most physical sport in the world. I’ve been inside a boxing ring a few times, and it’s actually much tougher than it looks! It’s also a great testament to all those boxers who have chosen boxing as a way to either make a living or used it as a route out of the poverty trap, which the majority of boxers around the world have found themselves in. Boxing made a great impression on me from an early age, and a certain Muhammad Ali is my all time sporting hero, a man that I have the utmost respect for, respect not only for his skill as a boxer, or as a brilliant orator, but because for his integrity, standing up for what he believed in, what ever the consequences. I hope you like some my pictures from the evening.

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My visit to the Suffolk Show

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This year my wife Julie and I decided to take our two kids to the Suffolk Show, it was our first visit, and I have to say I was more than impressed with the whole thing. It was really good to get a true taste of just what the countryside and towns in Suffolk have to offer.

From older traditional trades like farriers, farming and other agricultural businesses, to hundreds of varied trade stands selling everything from
great foods of all kinds, I bought some of the best cheeses I’ve ever tasted! Locally made clothes designers, art work or all kinds, interior designers, sporting events and of course a great range of local beers and ciders too. The show lasts for two days and quite frankly you definitely need both days to see all that’s on offer, the sheer variety of activities and attractions was huge!

The second day even saw Prince Harry come along to judge the ‘best in class’ farm animals, he probably got to pick out the best strawberry jam in the county too!
He went down really well, coverage of Harry’s visit was everywhere around our town for everyone to see.

We could only go for one day, but will definitely be back next year, here’s a selection of images from my day at the County fair.

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New Promotional & Marketing short Video stories.

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With the availability of great high quality HD digital cameras and the current accent on capturing video content for websites, marketing and public relations, its long been a goal of mine to film and produce short stories to further my services in my commercial work. More and more businesses large and small are coming around to the fact of just how important video content is for there websites.

I along with my assistant Ben are currently putting together a series of short video stories entitled ‘Made in Suffolk’ which centres around 4 completely different individuals, but who all have one thing in common, they produce a skill or offer something a little different within the county of Suffolk.

We’re currently working with a really great guy at the moment, 70 year old Jeff Errington, a deep sea diver from his base in Ipswich, Suffolk. Jeff’s works on the giant sea container ships that come in to port at the nearby Felixstowe docks, along with other underwater marine duties such as inspecting ship wrecks, underwater explosives to servicing the massive wind turbine farms in the East Anglia area. We’re putting together a short video documentary and photographic package for his company. Great footage so far, but we’ll need another dive job before we finish the entire video. We’re waiting for the summer months before scheduling another filmed dive as the waters are so dark…this side of the Mediterranean!!

It’s a really fascinating job, deep sea divers up close. Just watching the amount of preparation that goes into each dive was a real eye opener. It goes without saying that Jeff’s job carries a certain amount of danger so making sure every bit of equipment is in good working order can make the difference to a successful dive or one that can lead to horrendous consequences.

We’re in the process of putting together a couple more promotional video’s, and we’re currently in talks with two other small businesses.

Our first finished feature has just been uploaded to Vimeo and centres around the work of garage owner Roger Williams from Wickham Market. His passion is restoring and selling vintage Jaguar C Type 1 sports cars to collectors all over the world.

 

Click on the image to see my video.

 
 

Getting on the Instagram bandwagon. What am I waiting for!!

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Documenting Ocado’s home delivery service.

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I was recently contacted by supermarket delivery company Ocado who saw a selection of my pervious work on my Behance network page, which is mainly based on my photojournalistic style of work. https://www.behance.net/johnferguson      This is the second time my Behance networking page as secured me new clients, which I suppose is ultimately what you’re hoping for when posting your work up on their site. It’s also a great source of inspiration too.

I was asked to produce a series for images for there forthcoming annual report. Images were also required for a new web and marketing promotion.

We only had two days to complete the brief, which was quite involved. We needed a combination of the ideal family house, aesthetically pleasing family members(who came down from Manchester)and most importantly, the right kind of lighting.
Part of the brief was to make the whole shoot look like it was shot on a summer’s day, the shoot was to take place in January!

I put together my team 1st and 2nd photo assistants Ben and Nick, digital operator Sheila and MUA Sarah. Arranged for all the lighting to be delivered from the Pro centre in London who specialise in my favourite lighting gear…Profoto.

The first set of images were shot outside and around the entrance to the property, I used a combination of Profoto strobes with small soft boxes with egg creates, plus my own Elinchrom ranger Quadra portable lighting kit.
The gods where smiling on us as the weather for these two days couldn’t have been any better, sunny but slightly overcast, giving me some cover for the hash January sunshine..can you believe it!

The next day prove to be much more of a challenge, both myself and the creative director felt the early images from the shoot were not what we were looking for, they looked at odds with the previous days images, we needed to change something around. We were now shooting inside the property.

I then decided to change the whole lighting set-up, moving away from the strobe lighting equipment and swapping it for Profoto’s fantastic HMI continuous lighting heads. The hours were fast ticking away, and there were some uneasy moments when I thought we were not going to finish the shoot. After a series of frantic phone calls back and forth to the Pro centre in Shoreditch and Direct lighting in London’s Waterloo, we just managed to get enough lights and equipment together to carrying on the job. The lights proved to be the perfect solution giving the images a more natural look matching the previous days mix-lighting set up. There was naturally some post-production required on the images to get that uniformed look I was looking for. The photo shoot proved to be a success, which is all you’re looking for, but it was touch and go!

Click on the image to watch the behind the scenes video with Ocado.

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Creative collaboration on Suffolk fashion commission

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THE ADVANTAGES OF CREATIVE COLLABORATIONS.

About six months ago I was asked if I wanted to join up with The Eastern Enterprise Hub http://www.eehub.co.uk/programmes/recreate.aspx  a dynamic group of partners working together to drive entrepreneurship and skills development with high impact across the East of England with the aim of benefiting the region’s economy. My first thought was no, I’m always weary of these kind of local groups, maybe as I’ve seen too many in London who’s sole aim seems only to get enough bums on seats – just to fulfil certain financial obligations.

Cynical I know… probably too many years working with national newspapers!

But once I got over my cynicism, I found in my group a great selection of creative  entrepreneurs from all corners of Suffolk, all looking to push their businesses forward. The Hub gives great support and guidance helping to promote individuals with good business ideas, develop key skills, and providing great commercial expertise. Throughout the year they invite successful Suffolk creative and business entrepreneurs to give advice on how to operate in the creative markets, from developing business and marketing strategies to practical advice from well established Suffolk entrepreneurs. They range from advertising & design studios, accountancy and banking, local council department for arts and events, to social marketing experts. The information I’ve received from the hub in a short space of time as been invaluable and its always enjoyable meeting like-minded creative entrepreneurs who are all on the same path as myself. Its always good to know that your not alone when starting your business, and I’ve met some really good people there.

One of my fellow creative entrepreneurs is Sarah Louise Chatterton. Sarah runs her own fashion label and makes the most beautiful hand printed scarfs and dresses from her studio in Ipswich. http://www.slc-slc.co.uk She had a request from the Times Magazine for pictures of her dresses and scarfs with regards to a up coming Magazine feature. Sarah had seen my work and gushed, “I just love your work!” She’s told me this on a couple of occasions, so naturally when it came to commissioning a good photographer, she just had to come to me! :-)

We found a really cool location, a beautful bird sanctuary tucked away in rural Suffolk, I’m under pain of death if I ever disclosed the whereabouts of this location. All I can say is that it’s truly amazing, with a sandy beach, a fishing lake with wooden jetties, tall grass, swans, rowing boats etc etc, every fashion photographers dream….you gotta check it out. :-)

I took along my Elinchrom Ranger Quadra portable lighting pack, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ul5-UAxmh3Y which is ideal for shoots like this, but I only used the lights for a very short period. Instead I used my big 6×6 silver reflector to bounce light back into the model & the clothes, which worked perfectly. Whenever I can use a reflector, I will always opt for this kind of light.   http://www.sunbounce.com/products/reflectors/big

The model Georgia, was great, she was a little shy at first(she’s 15)but regularly models for Sarah. She has a certain look about her which reminded me of Mick Jagger’s ex-wife Jerry Hall who I had the pleasure of photographing before. http://www.studio-luxe.co.uk/#!/index/G0000Bb2tAHGBi5o

Georgia turned out to be a real star, she really got into her role; a carefree, summer party feel on the beach. The pictures worked perfectly. I wanted to go for a cool filmic look for the post production, as this would bring out the best of Sarah’s textures on her designs. In the end we had over a hundred great images to choose from, Sarah was really happy, I was very happy and I hope the Times Saturday Magazine will be equally happy.

I’m primarily a commercial & editorial photographer, but I just loves fashion photography, it’s always been a great source of inspiration for me. I’ve produced some really nice editorial fashion spreads over the years and its something I’d really like to get more involved in again. Now I’m freelancing in a new part of the country, I’ll be able to push through some really cool ideas. I’m in the process of producing a couple of projects with some other amazing designers over this summer and also over the next couple of years. In-fact after working with Sarah on her shoot, we’ve agreed to collaborate with each other again on future ideas and also setting up other projects with creative entrepreneurs, fashion designers and wardrobe creatives from our region.

Win a £500 photo shoot with Studio Luxe! – Free to enter prize draw

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Comp Postcard FrontTo coincide with the introduction of our new Studio Luxe website, we’ve launched a free to enter photo competition for East Anglia.
All you need to do is to log on and enter your details and choose which luxury photo session you’d like to go for.
You can opt for either the mother and daughter location portrait shoot or a great model makeover location fashion shoot, the choice is yours.
Your name will be added into the competition  and we’ll award one lucky winner for each category.
The draw will take place on June 21st with and the winners will be announce on the 22nd June. The photo shoots taking place during the month of July 2014
So just leave your e-mail address and like our  Facebook page  to have a chance of winning this great competition. Good luck!

http://leadcomps.com/studioluxe/

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Great modelling portfolio shoot with Jordan Barrow

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I had a brilliant time shooting young Jordan Barrow’s new modelling portfolio images last week, he was an excellent client, really committed to the shoot and he knew exactly what he wanted from our day. He was really pleased with the final retouched images, and found it all a little difficult cutting down his choice to only 8 images from over two hundred. 

I’m always on the lookout for new and useful locations in and around my region here in Suffolk. You can throw a stick in any direction and it will land on any number of beautiful countryside scenes, rivers, woodlands to forests to great beaches and coastline areas. But I’m always keen to find something a little different. I noticed a few weeks back on a visit to a friends studio, an old abandoned disused factory near some railway sidings. I just had to take a closer look, luckily I found a part of the fence that had been broken down. These places can be a little dangerous, so you have to be careful when involving other people. I was thankful that it wasn’t too bad for us to work in, the whole place made for a great backdrop, and I knew that it would work brilliantly for a photo shoot. There’s always a danger that these sites could be blocked off at anytime, or the bulldozers would move in and tear down what’s left of the factory within days. So getting a call from Jordan to produced a new set of pictures worked out perfectly.

We discussed the kind of new images Jordan needed for his portfolio. I noticed that Jordan had more studio based images, and images that you could say were geared to a younger street style. So I suggested Jordan should wear a cool looking suit which would look a little incongruous within the scene of the disused factory backdrop. Jordan has a fine collection of cool suits, so I didn’t need the services of a wardrobe stylist this time round. Fashion stylist are worth their weight in gold if you’re wanting a more structured themed look and feel to your shoot. I’ve worked with many fashion stylists over the years in London, mainly on celebrity & fashion editorial shoots, but also on commercial jobs involving products, food, and interior shoots.

Sometimes it can be a little difficult for models, especially male models, to feel 100% comfortable with the camera, especially when there’s a photo crew and others around on set. I suggested to Jordan that we create a theme, a scenario that we could visualise himself in. So I told him imagine you’re an escaped prisoner on the run and he was being chased through this factory. It certainly did the trick and helped concentrate his mind on his role.

Shooting on location really depends a lot on the weather, it was forecasted for rain in our region on our shoot day, but they couldn’t have been more wrong. It was like a high summers day! I shot a combination of black & white and colour images. When shooting in B&W you need to look a little differently at your subject as opposed to when shooting in colour. Jordan has very strong features, I wanted to try to use the shadows and the harsh sunlight around the factory to accentuate his features. I also chose to shoot with my Nikon 800E  instead of my Phase One Hasselblad  because of the environment, and I wasn’t sure how long we would get at the site, so speed was of the essence. I also decided that I’d shoot with my new Elinchrom ring flash which I bought in a sale from the Flash Centre in London, over year ago!  I wanted that really harsh fashion look to the colour images for Jordan. 

After a bit of fiddling and getting to know the equipment I soon started to enjoy the look I was getting from my new set-up. I’ve used ring flashes before but not on location, only on studio set ups. I loved the look we were getting, the images literally popped out from the prints. The B&W images where shot on my Fujifilm X-Pro1 with a 35mm 1.4 lens which is fast becoming my favourite camera, always shooting on RAW(for both cameras)I used the cameras brilliant film simulation mode which offers five different black & white filters to choose from, all producing excellent quality images. All you want before any shoot is a successful outcome, which is exactly what we achieved.

 

New Website for Suffolk & East Anglia modelling portfolios

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Welcome to Studio Luxe, East Anglia’s new website for photographic modelling portfolios and portraiture. Based in Suffolk, I’ve set up Studio Luxe to cater for this region and all its high end photographic needs. Whether commercial or private, from fashion make-overs, front cover shoots, model portfolios to families and couples, I’ve found a need for a new and contemporary take on studio and location photography in Suffolk and the surrounding counties.

Water Farm Equestrian centreclick on the link to see my new site:  www.studio-luxe.co.uk 

At Studio Luxe, we will provide aspiring models with a portfolio images that will add a positive dimension to your ‘fashion Bible’. Sure you can look great when you arrive at a casting call, but can you show the casting director a complete range of looks, do you have the depth to pull off a range of different styles and looks? Do you want to walk down the catwalks in New York, Paris or London, or model the next great designers creations for the world’s best fashion magazines? That’s where a great portfolio sets you apart from all the other models waiting outside the door. At Studio Luxe we understand how important your portfolio is to you in creating that dramatic first impression. A great portfolio builds your confidence and opens doors; a lacklustre one will close every door you’re trying to break through.

Whether you are an established professional model, or just looking to update your portfolio, or if you have never modelled before but just want to give it a try, you can still contact us and we’ll advice you on your new model portfolio.

I spent nearly 10 years photographing celebrities from the like’s of David Bowie, Michael Jackson, to Jon Bon Jovi and countless others, I’ve also had many years working with corporations, banks, Pr and design & commercial companies in London. I’m looking to attract new clients in the Suffolk and surrounding regions who are looking for something a little different from your usually photo studio in East Anglia.

Where here to help if you’re not sure how to proceed, then get in touch and we’ll sit down together and discuss how it is that we can assist you. Simply fill in the box below.

 www.studio-luxe.co.uk 

www.studio-luxe.co.uk

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Suffolk Community Foundation

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I was recently commissioned by the Suffolk Community foundation to photograph a  selection of charities and support groups and services around the county. The foundation’s purposes is to facilitate these various groups with grants and funds, helping them to continue there vital work supporting local communities, groups and individuals. From disable groups, homeless shelters, meal on-wheels services to a Lido swimming pool. I was truly amazed at the breath and scope of the foundations reach and it opened my eyes to something that I wasn’t too aware of in Suffolk.

There’s a large misconception that Suffolk is a rural idyll, dotted with sheep, sweeping countryside – home to two of England’s finest painters, Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable and beautiful country pubs which it certain is, but the other side of the county has similarities to many other towns and cities in the UK. Part of the commission was to visit the town of Lowestoft which until only a few years ago had a large thriving local industry, but as since fallen on hard times as a result of losing its fishing industry along with Shell Oils southern operational base being close ten years ago. Kirkley in Lowestoft, is one of the most deprived wards in the county ranking 173rd most deprived in England.

Lowestoft has now attracted European Union redevelopment funding which will focus its aims on developing the energy sector such as offshore windfarms and other renewable energy initiatives like tidal energy generators and wave power systems. I visited the Access community trust in the heart of Lowestoft, one of its many services they offer is a resettlement programme and provides an interim move-on facility for residents. Acting as a ‘stepping stone’ between supported accommodation and individuals returning to independent living.

They offer self-contained flats and provide a safe environment where individuals can live semi-independently, alongside the added benefit of support staff who are on hand to help out when needed. I met so many great people there, both volunteers workers and residents, all pulling together sharing, giving advice, guidance, and ultimately sharing a joke or three. These are a few of my favourite images from my journey around Suffolk for the foundation.

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Model portfolio shoot with Felix

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I had a great photo shoot with aspiring young fashion model Felix Uff on the coast of Felixstowe. Felix is in the middle of arranging to leave for his gap year in France very soon after this shoot.

Whilst out jamming with his band in a London club, he was spotted by a representative from the British fashion label Burberrys. So what’s next for Felix, maybe he’ll become one of the UK next top male models, or star in Burberrys next summer fashion campaign? My fingers are crossed for Felix.

In need of a portfolio shoot? Get in touch and I’ll help you decide on which option would best work for you, where here to help and make your photo shoot run as smoothly as possible. www.studio-luxe.co.uk

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Chew The Fat Night Photo Session.

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I was asked to produce a selection of new images on the club regulars at one of the monthly ‘Chew The Fat’ nights at The Arches in London Bridge. Chew The Fat have been part of underground music scene for over 15 years here in the UK and also in Europe.

http://www.thefatclub.com/

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The Security Guard. Environmental Portraiture

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I love working on personal photographic projects, I get restless when I haven’t got a project to research or work on. This project came about purely out of curiosity. A local steel factory had closed down not to far from my home in Suffolk.

The factory was huge, very dark and quite eerie. During my second visit to the Cranes steel foundry I ran into 24 year old Daula from Bangladesh, he was studying economics at the University of East London. Through an employment agency in London, Daula excepted a job from a security company to guard the disused factory, mainly from looters and trespassers like myself.  “When I first started working here I was very proud to be in charge of such a place, its very big, but now I don’t like it here” he tells me. “I have to live and sleep here for two weeks each month”. Daula slept in a tiny one man caravan provided by the company, along side an extremely furious Rottweiler dog which he also had to feed. “I work to send money back to my family has well has paying rent for my flat in London”. “People come at night looking for metals, I see them, but I don’t want to talk to them. Sometimes I get very scared, but I do have my mobile phone, just in case”. He ask me, “When do you think the factory will eventually be pulled down?”

I wanted to produce a collection of strong environmental portraits whilst maintaining a cohearent narrative which runs through the main core of the story. The images were shot over a three week period, until the site was eventually pulled down and turned into a shopping retail park.

 

 

Security guard picture gallery

 

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The Triplets

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I shot these amazing 12 year old triplets this summer. The boys where brilliant, in and out of the water. The images where shot at Holbrooke bay in Suffolk.

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South Sudan with Oxfam

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This was my second visit to Southern Sudan. One year on from the newest country in the world first’s Liberation from Northern Sudan, the country is now teetering on the brink of a renewed civil war and a host of other problems, one which includes a major refugee crisis in the Upper Nile State near the border with Northern Sudan.

4 year old Awab Allah, proudly holds up his carefully constructed tank made of mud, syringes and razorblades. Awab, in a filthy denim jacket, loads the empty syringe casing with lengths of straw. He flicks the razor blade on his tank deftly, so it hits the back of the straw, making the missile fly through the syringe. It is a direct hit on his friend Adam’s tank. The boys laugh. “They are good fighters,” Awab’s brother Musab says. “They have seen so much war.”

Click on this link to see more of the story and a few more images. https://www.oxfam.org.au/2012/07/south-sudan-one-year-on/

 

Relief of Belsen

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Here is my short film with Major Leonard Berney. Leonard, then aged 25, was a British Army major and one of the first soldiers to enter the concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen.

He was responsible for the evacuation of the inmates out of the “horror camp” and subsequently became the Commandant of the Belsen Displaced Persons Camp, caring for 30,000 former prisoners. He was speaking at a University of Greenwich public lecture halls.