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
In this blog post we’re going back in time a little. Back to October 2010 to be exact.
At this point I’d decided I wanted to try make Photography my career but wasn’t sure in which field to go for.
Most of my close friends know that I’m a car nut!! I am a qualified Car Mechanic and was also a little bit of a boy racer in my teens (ok a lot), I love Formula 1 and like to watch a spot of Rallying whenever I catch it on TV so when I saw an advert in What Digital Camera magazine for a Car Photography workshop I thought I’d give it a try, After all it might be the field I’d like to go into, Who knows…
I have done a little bit of research on Car Photography in the past and really found some great inspiration from Tim Wallace from Ambient Life. He does a lot of location shooting with dramatic scenes, some really beautiful work, he’s also worked closely with car detailing kings Polished Bliss who I get the odd Car detailing product from now and again.
The workshop was taking place at ASA infinity studios just outside Lewes in Sussex, its a studio setup with a massive Infinity curve wall on 3 sides and also a turntable in the floor for changing up the subjects angle easily.
I had a long drive to get to Sussex which also meant an overnight stay in a fantastic B&B, Barnfield Farm.
I got a good nights kip, and the most scrumdiddlyumptious Cooked Breakfast. What more could a bloke want.. After Breakfast I said my goodbye’s and headed the few miles over to ASA for the workshop. When I got there I was greeted with warm smiles and the loveliest of dogs came and had a good ‘ol stroke. I was soon salivating over the most luscious Black Aston Martin though which I spotted just inside the Studio doors. Now we’re talking!!!
I went inside and gave the car a closer inspection, taking in all the beautiful curves and lines it had to offer (can you tell I like Aston’s yet?) then as if to tease me some more the guys from ASA started her up and moved her outside, They have a beautiful sound do Aston’s. They then pushed in a beautiful Custom Harley Davidson Motorbike as that was what we were going to start shooting first.
Apologies if I’ve got this wrong but I’m almost certain it was Chris our tutor for the day (I’ve slept a few times since then), then got all the delegates together and we went through how to set up the lights on a reasonably small subject like a bike. He went through how crucial it was to hide flashes behind white screens and bounce back in at the subject to avoid reflections in chrome and paint and also showed to look for hot spots from flashes in paintwork, Unbelievably I found out that you can buy a spray which you put on the paint where the hot spot appears and it dulls the hot spot down to just a sheen. Chris let us all take a turn from various angles to see which showed the bicycle off at its best. My 450D was also privileged to wear the super expensive Pocket Wizard Plus II on its hot shoe.
While other people were taking their turns I went outside and was delighted to find another Custom Harley, This one to me was much more my style than the one in the studio, Tan leather seat with custom stitching, A gorgeous sky blue colour and the matte black block with chrome cam cover were simply stunning. I got my 50mm prime out and started shooting with a wide aperture to get some really funky shots. This bike deserved it!!
At the other end of the building was the Aston Martin too so I couldn’t let it slip by without me getting some outside shots of it before we rolled it into the studio. So I went up and started shooting, some low 3/4 angle shots, front on, side on and some detail shots, I simply love the shot below of the Aston Badge on the Bonnet and also the one shooting down and across the bonnet, I said it before and I’ll repeat it again… This car is Luscious!!
After we had all had a few goes at taking shots the Harley was rolled out and the Aston driven in, We were then shown how to light the car then take some test shots to see what the results were, there were some hot spots here and there and some areas that needed that extra bit of light. So some Matting spray and an hotshoe flash later and the shots were much more evenly lit so Chris handed out the Pocket Wizard again and let us all take a turn.
Lunch was next on the agenda and that was kindly put on by ASA and What Digital Camera, then the Aston was rolled out and an old Bentley pushed into position. Chris set up the lighting for the Bentley as it is a really bad car to light properly and if we went through all the aspects of it he said we’d have been there all day. Again we Photographed this from various positions, Front on, Engine bay, Side on, Interior details and finally from the rear.
Once we had all taken our turn, the day was summarised by Chris, We had a group shot in front of the Bentley and then we all said our Thank you’s and Goodbye’s. It was a really good day, ok I didn’t come away with vast amounts of knowledge or feel overly inspired but I did have a good fun day shooting with my Canon and after all isn’t that what Photography is about??
For those that don’t know I use photopresspro as my blog theme and this last week I received the updated version so now have the ability to post images in a blog post as a slideshow so why not try it out on this post. In the future I’ll probably mix it up a bit but still prefer the static image layout of a blog.
Enjoy my images and thanks for reading.
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.
Thanks for Reading
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
I was asked by a friend Nicola Cunningham if I was busy on the 9th October to do the photography for a charity Ball called Evan’s Big Journey. Evan is a little boy who lives locally to us, He has Cerebral Palsy and to improve his everyday life his Family want him to have an operation called SDR or Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy. For Evan to receive the operation his family have to take him across the pond to St Louis Children’s Hospital and also need £50,000 to fund it, So Evan’s Big Journey charity was born and the fundraising began. Read more »
We (Paul, Me and Fearne) were in Burger King eating Whopper Meals in Leeds on Friday 1st October when we first got the phone call from Donna. She had been contacted by her friend Nicola who wanted Pauls details to do the photography the week after at the Rendevouz, Skipton for Evans Ball.
OMG—Someone wanted Paul to take the photography for a really important charity event. I was so excited and full of butterflies. Poor Paul. I just agreed to it straight away and didn’t really ask him. I told him!!! This would be a great opportunity for us to build up our portfolio and get us on the track of becoming pro photographers.
Straight away we talked for hours about what equipment we would hire, what we could borrow, what we needed. Those hours were a blur but exciting. I had to admit I liked the idea that I would be working alongside my husband, although I didn’t wanna tell him that!!
That weekend would be a busy one for us but mainly Paul. He was away on the Friday in Sussex doing a car photography workshop. The Saturday would be time as a family with Fearne our daughter and Daisy our dog and Saturday night Evans’ Ball. Then on Sunday we were hiring a studio to take some family shots of our friends and family. It would also be our second wedding anniversary but that would have to take back seat this year as building the portfolio definitely comes first.
We hired 3 lenses that weekend for the events.
We also borrowed some lights from a fellow photographer (who we also hired the studio from), camera and flash from Pauls uncle Geoff.
So we were kind of ready. Oh, the mix of nerves was untrue. I felt sick! I wasn’t gonna show that to Paul. He was nervous as it was. God only knows the emotions and feelings of photographers when they do weddings. I definitely admire you.
I thought photography was just, ‘Point, smile,shoot’, how wrong was I…..