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
Yesterday I attended a Workshop held at Loxley Colour HQ, It was all about the Art and Business of Portraiture and the Speaker was the award winning Photographer Trevor Yerbury.
Kelly had got me onto the workshop as my Christmas present and from the moment I read the letter I was excited about the day coming around. For a few reasons really, firstly because I need to learn a hell of a lot about how to market myself if I am going to make my dreams become a success and to help that dream pay. Secondly because Trevor was the Speaker and with his Pedigree in Photography I knew I could take what he had to say very seriously and use it, but Thirdly it also got me back to Loxley Colour HQ. I just love it there!!!
We travelled up on the Sunday as a family and stayed in Glasgow overnight. We had a beautiful meal at The Burnbrae pub, and met quite a few lovely people in their too.
We got up early on the Morning of the Workshop and set off for Cumbernauld and Loxley HQ. Once we arrived I joined the rest of the delegates attending the workshop and Kel wandered into the Showroom with Fearne to browse all the amazing products they offer. She was then going off into Glasgow to probably make our bank balance slightly lighter.
Once we all got sat down in the Workshop Trevor and his Wife Faye introduced themselves and we got down to business (excuse the pun). Trevor went through the whole Portraiture industry by using the Life-cycle, Maternity – Newborn- Children – Teenagers – Adults – Family and even touched slightly on Boudoir I thought that was the best way to digest things.
Trevor and Faye had a beautiful Slideshow presentation with notes and images to help get what they were talking about across, Although Trevor did skip through the Baby Portraits a bit quicker as he admitted it wasn’t his favourite area of Portraiture. What I liked about Trevor is he didn’t pull any punches, if he didn’t like an aspect of Photography he said so and I find that so refreshing.
He gave out some really useful information to us, he was honest and admitted it doesn’t always work in every area but, if you don’t try various marketing strategies then how will you know if they work or not. I got some real Inspiration from what he expressed, some of what he said I have already started putting into practice but Trevor showed that there is so much more you can do to build your business and make it thrive.
At lunch we got a buffet laid on for us from the great guys at Loxley and then I took the tour of the Factory to see how any order I make with them gets processed and made. I was surprised to learn that they do everything in house, from Framing to albums. They had a printing machine on the Factory floor worth £500,000!!! We even saw the little John Deere tractor with a plough on the front which had the job of clearing the snow in their manic period just before Christmas.
Back into the Workshop in the afternoon. Trevor showed us his Lighting setup. He mainly uses One light and One light only for his Portraits (See I took it on board Trevor) , no hair lights, kicker lights just one big yellow (because its 25 years old) softbox. He also demonstrated using the Fresnel spotlight to get that Hollywood spotlight look.
He let everyone have a go at taking a couple of shots of Fredau and Zoe the two models for the Day, and he showed us what results he was getting on his Camera too.
4pm came around far too quickly and as Trevor had said at 4pm his mouth will be zipped shut and he’ll be on his way home. So with that he said Thank you and Goodbye.
After the workshop Kel and Fearne arrived and we took another look around the showroom to make some notes on the products we liked the most and what we feel our clients would love. Eileen from the Showroom walked around with us talking in detail about all the various products. Loxley Colour are an amazing company and ever so warm and welcoming to us every time we use them. We will certainly be using them for the foreseeable future especially now we’ve seen the new Alumini and Edge Print products. One word for them is stunning!!
I never did get to speak personally to Trevor or Faye outside of the workshop but I would really like to say thank you so so much. I really enjoyed the day and took alot from it to inspire me to build my business. One day when I get to where I’d like to be I will owe a lot of Credit to Trevor and Faye for their wisdom and knowledge.
Here are a couple of the images I took from the day. I have given them a little bit of a Yerbury look by going Black and White and adding some grain to the images. I hope you like them.
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- A couple of weeks ago, We did a shoot with a local company called Boutique Cupcake, The company is run by a lovely girl called Alice. Boutique Cupcake was originally started in Devon by Alice but she moved up to Yorkshire after falling in Love and Marrying a top bloke in Shaun, So now Alice is trying to re-establish her business in a new area.We first made contact with Alice through her Facebook fan page, Kel had been looking around on there, asking local companies if we could get involved with them and shoot some of their latest products and services. This helps in numerous ways for us, Mainly it gets us doing the thing we Love SHOOTING, but also it builds relationships and for us we see that as paramount to make our business grow. It also gives whoever we’re shooting for a chance to get great shots of the products they are so awesome at providing, and if someone asks them who to go to for photography then they just might recommend us.
Alice was more than willing to get involved with us, and got together some themes for what she wanted to shoot on the day, The two themes were Summer Weddings and Valentines Day (I know this is a little early but remember to get your other half a card guys, You know you will never here the end of it!). So we organised with Alice a couple of weeks before to do the shoot at a local pub as we were doing the shoot in the morning and it wouldn’t be open until dinner.
Now the couple of Days before the shoot we were probably chilling out around our house as Alice was working her heart out at home in her kitchen Baking and preparing, because when she walked through the door with the boxes of Cupcakes we were simply blown away at the quality and effort she had put into them, And I have to say it proved rather difficult to stop myself from sampling the little goodies before we got down to shooting.
Onto the shooting and here is where the fun started, It was dark and wet outside and the pub had minimal and I mean minimal natural light, I think on the outside I showed I was fine but inside I wasn’t happy. But we had to make the best of what we had, I just bumped the ISO up a little to compensate and started shooting. We started on the Wedding Cupcakes first they were simply gorgeous, Lilac and Cream Butter cream on top and Butterfly decorations and a beautiful cake for the top tier of a mirrored stand that Alice had brought along.
When we had finished with the table arrangement we got out a three step spiral stand that Kel and I had borrowed from a local Accessory shop run by a family friend. And we lined the steps with the Cupcakes. These shots I feel came out beautiful, they really went well together, a real Vintage theme…
We then moved onto the Valentines Day Collection which had a couple of different styles, A polka dot bun case with Creamy yellow butter cream on top with a love heart sweet on top, then we had some chocolate cupcakes with chocolate butter cream and Red and White heart shapes on top. We re-used the Spiral stand for a few shots and then I moved on to another prop I brought along which was 8 inch high brushed aluminium ceramic letters spelling the Word L O V E, Probably bought from next and used as a house ornament.
By now the light was getting much better and we were working as closely to the window without physically being outside, and I was now in the flow alot more, I got a moment of inspiration and decided to put one of the cupcakes inside the middle of the letter O, took a shot and was immediately impressed! We shot various adaptations of the layout just to see what worked but overall these shots just Worked!!!
The last collection of cupcakes we laid out some red chiffon on top of some cream table cloth and made an arrangement up with cupcakes and another beautiful cake in the middle and I got on with taking the shots again.
By now it was coming up to pub opening time so we quickly packed up our things, Alice gave us some cupcakes to eat at home, left a load on the bar for the punters and also kept some for herself, A really nice thing to do I say.
So Thank You Alice they were delicious.
I have taken a different approach to Alice I am sure as to how I have developed the images to showcase here on my blog but I wanted to try a few new things in Lightroom So I have gone with some really Vintage style images, Some pinky dreamy images and also some Deep Red and Romantic images.
Today saw us trying out another genre of Photography. A kind of Food/Marketing shoot for a local business Boutique Cupcake, Kelly found Alice’s business through Facebook and decided to contact her to ask if we could do some product shooting for her to use as promotional images for her website and Social media pages and Alice was more than willing to get involved with us.
I will do a full blog write up on the shoot in a few days but here is one of the images from the shoot, Kelly took this image and she has also used it for her Day 16 of her 365 project, Its a great image, She has really tuned in to developing her Photography skills already, Awesome stuff Kel. x