Over the past couple of months I have been working closely with a Leather Clothing manufacturer in Manchester called Sabah. They asked me if I would shoot some of their garments for their new upcoming website.
Our friend Kate is a Sales rep with Sabah and recommended me to Ash the owner. We set up a meeting so we could go through what they were looking for and to make sure we were going to make a great team. From the moment we started discussions with Ash, Kate and Shauna I knew we were onto a great little project.
Over the following couple of months we sorted out all the details like Models, a studio and the clothing they wanted to showcase. I’m not going to say this was easy because it wasn’t! Models proved hard to find by either being un-available or out of the projects budget this then meant being difficult to pick an exact date to do the shoot because of the uncertainty, but with hard effort from all involved we got Models and a date confirmed!!
As Sabah are based in Manchester we decided to find a studio in Manchester to use. Kel and I had already been to one studio when we went on the Rosie Hardy Workshop and the studio was great so we decided to use it again. The studio is called ‘The Red Door Studios’ and is owned by Kellianne Chandler. Kellianne was ever so helpful and really relaxed about us using her studio. Thanks so Much Kellianne.
Models were left to Kate and Shauna from Sabah and they did a great job in finding Kirsty and Tony. It later turned out that it was both their first time modelling too!!
On the day of the shoot we were introduced to a couple more people who were helping the project come together. Faye was our Make up Artist and Harry was another Sabah employee who was in charge of styling. Harry and Faye are also really good friends which was great as they could help the team work together well.
We had decided on using a grey background as Sabah didn’t want a Family portrait style white and black wouldn’t really have worked too well with showcasing the Leather garments to their best. Kellianne had all sorts of different colour roll backgrounds and even got a new white roll delivered should we have decided to use one.
Into the shooting and we started off with simple looks and good clean, fresh make up and then built up from there. Its always best to do that as both the Model and Me need to get into the groove of the shoot, I’ve always got my better shots between the middle and the end of a session.
We did a few looks and then took a break for lunch. Sabah were great and ordered in some great buffet food from an outside caterer. You’ll find out other the coming months that Kel and I love our grub, Kelly the savoury stuff and me the sweet.
Into the afternoon we got more adventourous with the styles and make up, we were into our groove and the last image below of Kirsty we got in literally 4 shots.
Kirsty and Tony did an amazing job for us to say it was their first time. Kirsty is going to go far with modelling. I just hope you remember little ‘ol Paul Joseph Photography when your working Milan or London. Tony took a little time warming up to things but did a top job in the end. I know his mates have been ribbing him about doing a bit of modelling but it was great to see he had the bottle to come and get involved.
Out of all the images I’ve included below I must say, my favourite is the one with both Tony and Kirsty wearing the white shirts with leather jacket thrown over the shoulder and leather shorts on Kirsty.
A massive thank you goes to Kate for getting me on-board with Sabah‘s project. She’s a star! Thank you also to Faye, Harry, Shauna and Kelly for making it all come together on the day and Rockin’ it… What a Team!
Take a look through the images and let me know what you think. Once the website is live I’ll do a mini blog post with a couple of screen captures for you.
Hope you’ve had a great weekend
This last Saturday was supposed to be Day 1 of 2 of Rosie Hardy’s photography workshop in Manchester, in the morning we woke up and opened the blind in our bedroom to a blanket of snow covering the decking outside, this is not good we thought!
We had arranged for Kelly to attend day 1 as it was covering the more basic aspects in photography like aperture, shutter speed, composition etc and I would attend day 2 where it was more about making a Typical Rosie Hardy photograph.
With Manchester being an hours drive away on a good run and some of those roads taking you across a moor we knew that it may be a silly idea to try make the trip and even if Kel did get there she might get stuck and not be able to get home if it snowed any more.
So we decided it may be a good idea to email Rosie and let her know that we wouldn’t be able to make it, just I was about to enter the email app on my iPhone it bonged for a new inbox email and as if she was listening it was from Rosie, Because almost half the course attendees had cancelled she was wondering if both Kel and I wanted to attend instead of just one of us, well we couldn’t turn that opportunity down could we.
So we packed the car with walking boots and socks, fleece coats, waterproof coats, hats, gloves and most importantly crisps, chocolate and pop, at least if we were to get stranded we could fatten ourselves up to keep out the cold.
We set off and to be honest the roads weren’t that bad, the odd fast lane was White over but other than that it was all good just steady away.
We arrived slightly late and had missed a few bits and bobs but Rosie had printed out some great reference sheets to aid re-capping things after the workshop, we were introduced to the group and one delegate Victor had travelled all the way from Italy for the workshop!! We started to discuss aspects of making great photographs, then the model for the day arrived.
Heather walked in and she was gorgeous, unfortunately though she was on crutches having fallen the day before and torn ligaments in her knee but her determination and all round awesomeness had her still turning up for us, Mahoosive thank you Heather, I really want to work with you again on the other project we mentioned.
Onto the shooting and to begin with we discussed lighting equipment and setups and then onto taking test shots to get light positioning and our aperture and shutter speeds right to get good exposure.
Once we had done that Rosie asked us to do some basic fashion type shots of Heather to get a feel for how a typical studio shoot with a model works we all took it in turns and Rosie gave hints and tips all the time.
After this we took on a more edgy fashion type approach to the shoot and got to try various props in the shots, ladders, sunflowers, fans, feathers and a masquerade mask were all involved along the way, this time Rosie took a quieter role to see what weird and wonderful approach we all took to the props we used and the positions we had Heather take on, but she still advised where needed.
We were quickly running out of time for the day so Rosie let Heather get on her way home and I’m sure she could have done with getting a rest with the injury she had, Once we said our goodbyes to Heather we all pulled out our laptops and uploaded our images then Rosie showed us one or two tips on how to adjust images to suit your tastes, remove minor distractions etc but before long it was time to head home.
Rosie decided to cancel Day 2 of the Workshop because of the weather conditions but announced she would be running the full two day course again for everyone hopefully in January 2011, That is such a lovely thing to do in my opinion.
As Day 1 of the workshop was going to be Kelly attending only, I have decided to give her a treat and only showcase her images in this post, All the editing is done by myself but under Kelly’s instruction.
She got some really amazing shots! Well done Love x
Whilst watching the Jasmine Star Wedding photography workshop from creativeLIVE, I heard a familiar accent. Sachin Khona was one of the students who got picked to go and take part in the workshop and he was british… Cool!
All the students were given the chance to put their twitter handles out to the watching world so I quickly added all of them so I could tune in to all their thoughts and experiences, a while later came a tweet from “@sachinkhona: Any #London, #UK photogs who watched #CreativeLive want to connect … ?? .. Get in touch … #AskJasmine #togs @creativelive @jasminestar
Well I’m not from London but i thought So What…
If I want to get out there and shoot, gain some experience and get to meet some likeminded people I just had to get involved! Anyway London is only 2 and half hours on a train, so I replied back “@paul2505: yeah I’m up for that.”
And so the seed was set.
The day came along, 2 trains and 2 tube trains later and I was at the entrance to Liverpool St train station waiting to meet everyone, slightly nervous I must admit as I’d never done anything like this before but also super excited to get out there and shoot. I’ve always had a stigma about being frowned upon by people for taking pictures and I wanted and needed to lose it if I am ever going to get to a professional level of photography and I saw this experience as a way of overcoming that.
Soon enough everyone had arrived and we decided to grab a coffee, introduce ourselves and chat about how the day was hopefully going to pan out, everyone was really chatty and I felt straight away that we were going to have an absolute ball.
Dannique set about adding some final touches to the models while some of the photographers went looking for a good location to shoot in and thats when it happened! The weather went from beautiful sunshine to rain and then onto hail stones, “we could do without this” I thought and within moments of thinking it the hail stopped and the sun poked back out from behind the clouds- We were back in business!!
We quickly found a quiet street with good light and got into a great flow of taking it in turns to shoot the models in various poses/angles. We had Cristina sat at a coffee shop table, Sean sat on the pavement and Kristina leaning on rusty street signs but apart from the models being rather cold I think we were all having a blast.
It was great to be shooting with other people with the same passion as me but also great to just stand back and take in how everyone else approached what we were doing. Sachin had great skills in directing the models how he wanted them positioned, then getting the shot he was after. Rachael was awesome at finding the right light so she could get beautiful catchlights in the eyes and Nadine… Well what can I say about Nadine, that girl has SERIOUS PASSION!!! she was contorting her body into the most unusual shapes in the name of getting the photograph she desired.
All in all I had a wicked day I learnt some new things, hopefully made some new friends for life and most importantly I brushed aside the stigma I had about feeling awkward about taking pictures.
Massive thanks to Sachin for organising the #TweetupMeetup great job mate and I’m hoping we’re going to meet up in the future, maybe even here in Yorkshire…..?
Below are a few images of each model you can see the rest of my photographs from the day by clicking here…