Mikel was our model for my monthly lighting workshop which I hold on behalf of Lencarta. Every month we take over a hotel conference room, hire a model and I teach a bunch of delegates how to use the boot load of lighting I bring with me.
For example, this shot is taken from the "what do all these toys do" section. I'm demonstrating a high intensity reflector on a studio head using a dull hotel wall.
As soon as I fired the shot, I realised that Mikel looks like he just stepped out of the French Connection campaign. except he's Spanish.
Here's an image from a few weeks ago.
Nish and Prina were married in July. Actually on several days in July - I covered 3 days of their wedding with a couple of associate photographers. The last day was all mine - 800 guests, a massive sports hall, a huge mandap and hours of ceremony. But before all that, Prina got ready for her wedding. Just like any other bride. And I was there to take a few pictures.
This shot popped up on my screen a few minutes ago because I'm designing Nish and Prina's wedding album today. And remembering these few moments of calm before the storm made me smile.
Not all of my work is weddings. And not all of it is people. This week I've been doing a lot of commercial work and also shooting comp cards for a modelling agency. All a lot of fun, but I don't think you want to see empty industrial buildings and most of the pictures are embargoed anyway due to commercial sensitivity.
So instead....here's another one of my holiday pictures from Peru.
Every day, just as the sun hit a certain position, butterflies would come down to the patch of sand where we moored the boats. They were there to lick salt deposits and lay eggs. So it was a very simple matter to get very close to them with a macro lens while they were otherwise occupied. I spent a happy couple of hours playing with off camera flash. Until I realised how much sand I had in my lens...
It was an August Bank Holiday. But not like any other.
A quick couple of days away in Brighton sounds normal enough. But in the entire 3 days, I didn't encounter any traffic jams at all. No bank holiday snarlups at all. And it didn't even rain - well only for about 5 minutes. And even that was lucky because it helped me win the crazy golf!
Back to work now and it would appear winter has arrived. Just as well, because I have some really cool winter weddings booked.
So I'm back from Peru.
Over the last 3 weeks I've been sweltering in a tropical rainforest complete with the biggest spiders I've ever seen, relaxing on a city break in Cusco, climbing a couple of mountains on the Salkantay Trail and touring Maccu Picchu.
I'm back now - and normal service will be resumed just as soon as I figure out what normal is!
In the meantime, here's a "postcard from Peru". This lady was very happy to pose with a couple of llamas as soon as we'd agreed a modelling fee. Taken on the way up to an archaeological site near Cusco that's pronounced exactly like "Sexy Woman" (though it's actually spelled "Sacsayhuaman").
One more from the recent Madeline Isaac-James 2012 collection shoot.
This is a dress called "Miranda". My Latin teacher would be very proud of me for remembering that means "she who is to be admired".
This was shot quite late in the day and very fast - by this time we were running through dresses in about 20 minutes. I remember saying to James "hey go over there and smoulder" and to Victoria "go drape yourself on James". Click. Sometimes this job's pretty easy. Especially when you have an amazing team behind you.
Here's one from a couple of weeks ago. An estate agency asked me to take some pictures of their properties in Docklands. They also wanted some iconic shots of well known building and features of the area.
"Great - like the Millennium Dome," I said. "Err, you mean the O2?".
Suddenly I felt very old....
Here's one I like to call "making the best out your surroundings".
If you're going to have 800 people at your wedding, you're going to need a pretty big room. And rooms that big in London are few and far between. We were actually in Tolworth Recreation Centre. Ordinarily, this isn't the loveliest building in the world. The wedding was being held in the main sports hall (complete with basketball lines and nets) but the family had done an amazing job of making it look, well, amazing.
Other rooms were a different matter. We were in a recreation centre. This is upstairs in the dance studio. Most of the walls are covered in mirrors which made some nice light and some fun shots. But there was this one wall which was red. Drag a few Reebok Steps out of the way and you have a perfect "studio" background.
A couple of years ago, if somebody had told me I would get excited about wedding dresses, I would have laughed at them. But 2 years on, after several designers have asked me to photograph their new collections for them it's getting to be a lot of fun.
Take this dress for example. It's "Beatrice" from the 2012 Madeline Isaac-James collection. I've had this picture as my computer wallpaper for the last 10 days since I shot it in the Aviator in Farnborough. Finally I'm allowed to share it with you. The dresses are being showcased at the Essential Collection show right now. But I've seen them all.
My pics? Savannah for a bit of glamour, Titania for slinky elegance, Miranda for the high society look and of course Beatrice for the times when you just want to sit and look at shoes.