Double S, Vertex and Shocka - the Marvell Boys. On a roof. In Kings Cross.
Every day my life gets more rock and roll.
The Marvell Boys were shooting their new video at the Scala Club in London's Kings Cross. I'd been asked along by their record company to take some promotional portraits and a few behind the scenes of the recording.
They had a studio shoot a week or so ago and wanted something different. Besides, clean white backgrounds and soft light doesn't really suit these guys. We took a few shots around the club between takes of the video and they were kind of nice. But maybe a little tame. Then I heard there was a roof we could get access to....
Here's a fun shoot I did for Danielle recently. Danielle is a personal fitness trainer and runs a special "boot camp" for brides - special one to one training to help you look fabulous in that dress.
I wanted to capture that whole concept in one shot for her adverts and promotional material so set up this shot in her gym. We shot the whole thing twice - once with Danielle in her wedding dress and once with her in her gym kit. Then I got busy with Photoshop and blended to two images.
If you think this shot and Danielle look familiar then you're right!
It's basically a reworking of a shot I did for Danielle just over a year ago. Original here.
I also photographed Danielle's wedding last September at the Old Kent Barn.
If you need a new look for your business then just get in touch. It doesn't have to be as complex as Danielle's but I do love a challenge!
What do you get when you take a beautiful model, a gorgeous Benjamin Roberts dress, make up, lights and a Nikon D3.....and throw them all into a swimming pool? Yep....
There will be loads more from this shoot and a rather nice behind the scenes video soon but I couldn't wait to post this one.
Huge thanks to Aliya Rose for the loan of the dress (and Madeline Isaac-James for theirs which looked stunning underwater!). Kate Erington and Jess Tornel for swimming underwater with their eyes open, following complicated instructions (turn to the light, back to me, keep your hands down, kick you legs up, move them apart a little....) for hours and looking fabulous while they did it. Michelle Webb and her team for underwater makeup (yes, really). Aidan for the video (can't wait to see that) and Irv for pretty much doing everything including driving to stations, packing everything up for me when I was too tired and stopping me getting electrocuted.
More on Flickr. Lots more soon.
When you're shooting fashion, even the outtakes can be fun.
I was photographing a cover for Wedding Ideas Magazine in their rather lovely new office and Kelly from Tantrums and Tiaras was there to style the shoot and provide tiaras and headgear.
I'd just finished rigging the lights when Kelly tried on one of her gorgeous creations.
This weekend I had a few friends visit me in Canterbury. They are all keen amateur photographers so dragged heavy cameras, lenses and tripods all over town. I can carry too much gear with the best of them but this was my day off and I was in my home town so I just packed a compact and took a couple of fun snaps around town.
Here's my favourite - it's also my favourite stained glass in Canterbury Cathedral. It's a detail from the Peace window by Ervin Bossanyi and shows all the people of the world being welcomed together.
For camera geeks - Canon G9 at 1/8 second. Even on days off I can practise hand holding in low light.
Here's an image I've been dying to share for ages. It's from the Madeline Isaac-James 2011 collection and I took it way back in April. The collection has been under close guard since then ready for its public launch at the British Bridal Exhibition in September. A few image are finally trickling out - there will be a brand new Madeline Isaac-James website with the whole collection "soon" and I just received permission to share this one with you.
You can also see a few of the dresses in the latest Attire Bridal - and yes, that's one of my shots on the cover too!
Really, I've been dying to share this shot from Mark and Louise's wedding with you since before I even took it.
We were chatting away and I asked if they had any extra special details they wanted to be sure were captured. "Oh yes, the cake", they both said, "it's, err, designed to look like a hamburger". And indeed it was. It makes a very good candidate for cake of the year. And it tasted delicious too! (Louise's mum insisted I try some!) I can honestly say it's the nicest hamburger I've had in years. For at least as long as I've been a veggie.....
I had an email from Claire who had seen some of my crazy Trash the Dress work. She wanted a bridal shoot with her husband Jonathan but really didn't want to ruin her dress. No problem, I can do that. Dresses very rarely get ruined when I do a Rock the Frock and it's always your choice how far you want to push it.
We got talking a little more and it turns out that at their wedding (photographed by a photographer in the Midlands) there wasn't a really strong image of the two of them that they wanted to hang on the wall. It's a comment I sometimes here from couples who have chosen a photographer that relies too much on reportage and capturing moments. It's great most of the time but sometimes you need something a little more scripted. They also wanted some pictures with Toby, their dog.
No problem. I asked Emily Rose to do Claire's hair and makeup, they put their wedding clothes back on and we headed out to a private bluebell wood with my location flash system and Toby the dog.
And I'm delighted to say that this time they weren't disappointed at all...