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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