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Labour leadership.

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

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!

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Bespoke fashion photo shoots

 

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

 

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.

 

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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PICTURE BY JOHN FERGUSON.THE WORLD'S BIGGEST GIRL POP GROUP, DESTINY'S CHILD.
Kelly Rowland, photographed at the Houston film studios, Texas.
PICTURE BY JOHN FERGUSON.

Working with Destiny’s Child

 

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

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

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

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

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.