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Working with BMA Model agency

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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Young girl and her new puppyChildren 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. 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

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

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.

‘Even it up’ on the Underground.

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

 

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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Creative collaboration on Suffolk fashion commission

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.

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Great modelling portfolio shoot with Jordan Barrow

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.