Thursday, 27 September 2012
It is my personal work that leads me to getting fun commissions. The self funded and self organised work of a photographer is often what defines them, it is the thing that makes them individual and interesting. Everyone has been commissioned to shoot the same old things, by doing personal work I can expand my portfolio and find out new ways to take photos. If I did not do personal work I would be just like everyone else. It is my personal work that helps me stand out and get commissioned to shoot the more fun assignments.
My People and Animals project makes up a large part of my current printed portfolio. It is a totally self funded and self organised project that has taken up a lot of my time. When visiting Johanna Ward, the picture editor at Wardour publishing, she knew that my animal images would interest Rob who art directs Heart Matters magazine, the images from the project went down really well. A few weeks later whilst speaking with Rob on the phone he tells me that his client loves my animals shots (almost all from my personal work) and that he wants to send me to a beach to shoot the front cover of his magazine. I was well up for it - messing about on a beach with a camera sounded like my perfect day. On top of that he wanted to make the story about a man and his dog - I knew the perfect person to contact.
I photographed Jim as part of my people and animals project on his farm in Devon a while back. And when given this shoot I gave him a quick call to see if he wanted to take part and star with one of his beautiful dogs on the magazine's cover. Jim was well up for it and took the day off from looking after the farm to mess about on the beach with me and my camera.
It was a lovely and warm day when we did the shoot near Exmouth. Jim was a star pretending it was not a hot summer day and that it was actually November. It was great to see Jim, Penny and their dogs again and give something back to say thank you for taking part in my personal project.
Monday, 17 September 2012
Getting out of my taxi in the middle of Berkeley Square I was very excited to be heading inside an amazing members club. I was sent to photograph Carlo Carello and Jake Parkinson-Smith who have been charged with launching a new nightclub for Morton's. It was great fun photographing the gents: Carlo enjoyed a whisky at 10 in the morning, I nearly got run over by a taxi or two, my camera jumped for freedom and grazed itself, and Polly did some dancing in the street.
launch of 2and8 over on its facebook page: facebook.com/The28Club
Wednesday, 12 September 2012
Models: Jade Sparkes and River at Bookings modelling agency.
Music: Two Fingers of Firewater
Tuesday, 11 September 2012
A big thanks to Gennaro for his friendliness.
Sunday, 9 September 2012
On Thursday I got a call at 7pm asking if I could shoot a job the next day for The Sunday Times. Some serious diary rearranging meant that the morning after I found myself in the beautiful sunshine walking around Hampton Court Park with Simon and Morgan Fowles.
Wednesday, 5 September 2012
Some jobs are great fun, and this was certainly one of them. The editor of Grove magazine asked me to photograph a variety of stall holders at the Kensal Flea market. From vintage clothing collectors to funky cupcake makers I had an awesome bunch of people to photograph in the amazing location of Paradise, a pub with the best of interiors.
Many thanks to all involved. You can find out more about each of them here:
Lucy and John from the Rebel Bakery: www.rebelbakery.co.uk
TV presenter and clothes hoarder Anna Richardson: www.annarichardson.co.uk
Lucy and Charlotte from Violet Vintage: www.violetvintagejewellery.com
Hazel from Rag and Bow: www.ragandbow.com
Lisa from Mayhew Animal Home: www.themayhew.org