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Finally Getting To Work With Jimmy

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I’ve been meaning to work with James Ford for a while now, but our schedules have never aligned and he is often out of the country. But last week I had the pleasure of having him come into the studio for a test shoot. I’ve worked with Jimmy’s sister Peggy a few times, and we had spoken via social media, but it was great to finally be able to meet in the flesh.

I could tell right from the beginning that Jimmy was a seasoned professional. He knew his poses, had great expressions, and got straight into it without needing to warm up at all. The frame above on the right was literally the second frame I took all day.

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I got all of my garments from H&M this time, so we had a few different outfits to work with. I find it hard to source quirky, interesting pieces for males, as there seems to be a lot less available (on the mainstream market) than for females. Luckily Jimmy’s strong expressions and great posing easily carried the frames. Because of this, the shoot was over really quickly. Thanks Jimmy for finally getting in front of my camera, and good luck in Asia!

Fresh Face: Sam Kieseker

 

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I always love working with new faces, especially when there isn’t an elaborate concept behind the shoot. I find that this really allows me to develop the expressions of the talent, and get them feeling more comfortable in front of the camera. Because there is no background or context, the model’s ability to emote and have something going on in their eyes is really important.

A few weeks ago, I had Sam come in to the studio for some new folio images. He had recently been signed with GTR, and was even off to Hong Kong the following week. Sam was a little nervous at first, but really enthusiastic and willing to try anything I threw at him. He took direction well, which I think is particularly important for new faces.

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As the shoot developed, Sam became more comfortable in front of the camera and relaxed a lot. This meant that I was able to capture a range of emotions, both light and serious, which added extra diversity to his book.

A quick venture outside the studio ended the shoot- I never tire of the textures and shades of the walls nearby the studio, but I think I’m going to have to come up with some new locations soon so that my folio doesn’t look too repetitive!

Thanks Sam for coming down to the studio, and best of luck in HK!

Sam is represented by Greg Tyshing.

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Snazzy Headshots

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I get really excited when new clients contact me, especially if they do so because they have seen my work somewhere! Last week I got an email from Tanisha, who is a dancer. She wrote me some really nice words about my photos (making me all gushy and smiley) and asked if I could take some portraits of her to take to castings.

Tanisha was SO lovely to work with. Being my usual daggy self, I pulled all the lame dad jokes and had her laughing about on set in no time. She warmed up realy quickly, and relaxed in front of the camera easily. I love to mix these types of shoots up and work both indoors and outdoors, so after a few outfit changes in studio, we took some outdoor shots too. Thank you Tanisha for coming in to the studio, and good luck with future castings!

PS: yes, I do portraits and headshots. Actors, models, dancers- if you need a folio update get in touch! :)

Photographing The Rollercanes

I don’t usually get the opportunity to photograph musicians, but at the end of the year I had the boys from The Rollercanes in the studio, to shoot some promo images for their new album.

Without much of a plan for how they wanted the photos to look, I was given quite a lot of creative freedom with this shoot. The boys had a vague idea of including some random props in the frame, and perhaps being able to see some of the studio equipment too. In situations like this, setting up the frame is the hardest part. Trying to decide what to have in the shot is quite tricky, and its easy to go overboard and have too much ‘stuff.’ We tried putting things in and taking them out- swapping in objects and bits of gear to get the right balance.

Finally we were ready to shoot. They boys were a bit nervous at first, not sure how to stand or what to ‘do,’ but they soon got used to the lights and the long lens and settled in to the rhythm of the shoot.

Once they warmed up, the guys did a great job of interacting with each other. I didn’t give them too much direction, as they were a lot looser and more comfortable just doing their own thing and mucking around. I didn’t want the images to look staged, so I just let them poke, pester and heckle each other, and ‘play’ with the props in the set.

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Photo shoot inception. My attempt to make it onto the cover shot failed.

After the shoot, I sent through some proofs to the guys and they chose their favourites. After a few trials, we settled on a treatment that they liked. Here are a few of the  retouched images. The horizontal one made it onto the cover of the record!

Give the boys a listen or a like.

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Olivia Visits The Studio

I have been working with a few actors and actresses recently to capture natural, honest portraits of them for their CVs. The latest talent to enter my studio was Olivia, who was great fun to photograph. I really wanted to capture her friendly, cheerful nature, so there was a lot of smiling going on (some of it prompted by my terrible jokes.) All the best for the auditions Olivia!

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