Closeup during night shoot in central London, using light from shop window
Edgy shot in editorial style during night shoot in Carnaby Street in London. Shop windows lead into background
Using the almost jazz like light coming off the neon window sign to create a sense of mood and melancholy in this night shot taken in Carnaby Street, London.
Taken in the curve of Regent Street, London. I really like how the warmth of the background light contrasts with the almost sad feel of the photo and the blue light emanating from the window.
Another from Carnaby Street, I love how the green and yellow light from the window play across her face to contrast nicely with the red bathing the street behind her. And while the shallow depth of field keeps the pedestrians in soft focus, it give just enough life and interest to bring this street shot alive.
As can be seen, the singer John Wyse is very attractive and stylish man, which contrasts perfectly with the run down brickwork and graffiti of the backdrop while shooting location in Shoreditch, London.
HAving previously discussed what he was looking for, we were trying to capture a sense of John retaining his rock identity but moving forward into a more mature and sophisticated direction. I think this photo captures it by having a sense of forward momentum whilst he symbolically looks back at his past. The Shoreditch street art behind him is just cool!
It was nearing Christmas, so the stream of lights work well with the shops, shadows and pillars to create leading lines (along with the rule of thirds) to make sure John is the first thing the viewers eye comes to. It's things like this that show why good composition is so important to photography. The warm colours also add to the seasonal feel, and help indicate it's a night shoot. This was taken along the outside of Liverpool Street Station.
One of my favourites. Here John is walking in between the shops and restaurants behind Liverpool Street station, London. The inky black of night reflected in the glass really makes the bollards and the circles of light a perfect receding frame for him as he walks into the wind toward the camera.
The rain shower we just avoided really added to this scene, as not only does rain automatically make people think of sadness and introspection, the reflections really add to the photo. They also combine with the windows on the right and the receding shops on the left all make leading lines, naturally bringing the viewers eye to John. Having him look down as he walks also helps create the impression that he's deep in thought.
Continuing the shoot in Shoreditch, I wanted a bit more mood and impact with this shot, so we went with the hood down and her hand pulling her hair back. Not only does it allow the blue and red street lights play beautifully over her, it gives a nice glimpse of the fantastic tattoos she has on her arm. I really like the contrast of the blue on her in the foreground and the magenta in the backdrop.
This was part of a shoot we did in Shoreditch, London during the evening and early night. While Crystal is obviously pretty, she also fits in the alternative/geek style, so the edgy look of Shoreditch streets full of graffiti and funky lighting really works well with her looks. Having the hood up adds to the mystique I feel.
Another from the shoot. I really like the intensity of her looking directly into the camera, with the hood pulled up and hands to her chin, her face is framed with darkness while around her the backdrop of reds and magentas almost seem like fire. I find it quite a dark photo, despite the brightness of the colours.
This was taken in Camden Market, London at night using the hanging lights and angling the camera to create leading lines to bring all the focus on the model in the centre of the photo.
Here Tia is in one of the older cobbled streets that leads to some bars, with the arched ceiling having lights that change colour. The changing lights made things tricky, but with the natural leading lines and shop windows reflecting the lights it made for a great bit of street portrait photography.
Here I was trying to get a sense of loneliness, which I think was helped by the splash of blue light from the shop doorway in the background, breaking up the darkness of night and the usual trigger of the colour blue indicating sadness.
This is the guitarist Anthony for London based heavy metal band GraVil. The concept the band wanted for the shoot was of guys playing poker, drinking and having fun with each other - a nice departure from the usual "five moody guys in front of a wall". I love the mix of warm browns and reds merge together, making sure the fill light off camera could bring the detail and interest of Tony to the forefront, making him stand out.
Another of the individual shots for the band, this time in landscape orientation, with Sparx (as he's known) leaning forward to to the camera to put out his cigar, giving a Sons of Anarchy vibe which was complimented by the skull, bottles and cards.
A fill light was used to the side, as can be seen by the light on his face but also the warm pool of light on the rich wood behind him. A warming gel was used to keep the tone similar to the reds and browns of the environment.
This was one of the shots taken of the full lineup, where we have plenty of laughter and camaraderie from the band (the laughter was genuine) but the singer and founder of the band, Grant, keeping full focus on the camera to create a focal point both for the eye and the band.
Similar to the shot of the bands bassist, we had several poses before I made this my final choice for editing. Sometimes simple is best! I like the touch of cockiness in his expression, befitting a guitarist!
A more serious, moody shot of the band with them being posed and directed to capture the "mid hand" look of their poker game. It was tricky catching the smoke trails from the cigars with off camera light going off, but thankfully a nice curl of smoke stand out well against the black shadows.
Love the gritty menace that this shot conveys, which is how metal should be!
Part of a shoot of nine year old Game that was then used to get him on the books of Bizzykids. I went for a typical editorial and fashion style with the shoot despite his age as he chooses to dress in quite a dapper and adult fashion, so I felt it important to capture that aspect of his personality.
I really like the pose in this shot, it gives him a real gravitas, which I think speaks to his strong personality as a child, important for those looking for a prospective model or actor.
I angled the shot so that he was in the middle of that beautiful golden hour sunlight, bathing the scene in warm, rich soft light.
This time I wanted to suggest a sense of "debonair" hence the buttoning of his coat, looking off camera and walking forward during the shot. The composition was done to provide the path and row of trees as leading lines leading up to Gabe, with a nice warm dash of sunset coming in through the trees.
This was a concept I wanted to try some time ago, enlisting a friend to take part. Not only did I want the drama and high contrast of the sparks coming from the power tool, but also the interest that comes from the heavy tattoos on his arm.
Even though it's an older photo, it's still one of my favourites!
Although the night time photos were more my niche, I am really happy with these daytime shots we took earlier in the day during the shoot, making the most of the rich winter sun and goldne hour.
Another of the daytime shots, this time with a little mood and attitude to the shot, the darker clothing and bare winter branches combining to give it a *slightly* gothy look, which contrasts nicely with her pretty, feminine appearance.
Continuing with this gorgeous old tree that lets her warm skin and blue coloured top take center stage, I really like the relaxed and almost whimsical nature of this shot. I think that by sometimes not having the subject interact with the camera you can get a better sense that the viewer is seeing them in a day to day moment rather than posing specifically for the camera.
We met to have a chat over coffee and discuss the coming shoot in the area of Old Street, London, but also brought my camera along so we could "scout" for areas to shoot when we did it for real. This was taken in Old Street tube station, and is one of my favourite photos. I wanted a sense of melancholy, which I think was achieved with the ambient light of the station, and having John look as though he is contemplating a call he either made or is about to make. It's all about forging a narrative and getting the viewer to wonder about what's going on in the photo.
Another in Old Street Station, staying with the melancholy theme, this one HAD to be taken once I saw the blue strip lights leading into the distance. It screams "moody in London", and continues the theme of John looking like he has heavy thoughts on his mind, added to further by having him looking comepletely away from the camera.
Underexposed on camera to stop the light streaming in through the window from having blown highlights and losing all the shadows, whilst using fill light to make sure the subject and foreground detail was well exposed. Balancing light is a tricky job! Half science, half magic! The steamy breath was a nice little touch.
Because I like to shoot on location, the graffiti, crumbling walls and highlights on the damp ground all add to the urban, gritty look of the scene.
Irene contacted me to photograph her album cover and insert artwork, with a specific theme in mind to go with the album title of "Martial Arts and Magic Tricks" hence the subtle touches like the deck of cards and dice.
This is an older photograph, and whilst I can see things I'd like to do differently now (including the increased amount of off camera flash I have now for one thing!), I still really like how this came out and is part of why I enjoy working with fellow creatives such as promo shoots for musicians.
This was part of the shoot for GraVil's earlier lineup before the current changes. Took a low angle so that it seems the band is both looming above the viewer but also with the singer leaning in, the differing perspective planes making for an imposing shot.
Part of the original shoot for baby Jacob, I love the intimacy and security that is evident of his being safe in his uncle's arms. The bond is very apparent in this photo, which is why I personally like shooting with a candid style for family shoots.
This was from our second shoot (the parents hired me to come back exactly one year later), where I decided to challenge the bright sunlight in the garden! As always, this was tricky and required my having them move about a bit to find enough shade but also a nice dappling of sunlight. I love the genuine love and laughter and their reaction to his laughter.
I've had the hardest time thinking of a word, or even a series of words, to describe the expression on her face. All I can think is that she's confidently challenging the camera (and me) with that almost determined look. The raw honesty of children makes for some great photography!
Ever have a "nailed it!" moment? This is it. Her love, the early curiosity of the baby, the almost human pose he has over her shoulder. Those gorgeous, big dark eyes! One year on, this is still the mothers facebook profile picture and has been since the day I took it. As a photographer, being able to give someone that kind of memory is a great feeling.
This photo has the uncle from the earlier shot, but this time along with his own daughter who is looking amusingly distracted. This, combined with the tenderness he's showing his nephew fill the shot with character and personality which is what I really look for in a family shoot.
A personal shot, taken while we were caught in a thunderstorm in London. I love rain and winter in general, but the softer diffuse light of a cloud covered day combined with the wet scene just make for gorgeous, mood filled photos, especially in black and white.
Really like the far off look on her face!
Title says it all! Bulldogs are such amazing dogs, full of character and personality, and his interaction with the boy is fantastic!
The snow really sells the scene in my opinion.
I'll admit, I normally despise colour popping, so I guess this photo makes me a hypocrite, but I felt compelled to keep the red light bathing the woman as she walked down the London street, it seems to add a ghostly quality.
Part of my experiment with longer exposure times and the image shake and light trails it brings.
Two of my closest friends, and "Don" George, the amazing old man we "adopted" who hangs out with us all now.
Not part of my official work, but here because of the friendship and love a candid photo can display. It's not always about following set rules or exposure, sometimes it's simply just capturing that moment in time.
Those big beautiful eyes! Went for a high key shoot here, although to get this adorable shot of her looking up her mum was talking like a nut waving various toys around over my head!
Another of my long exposure shots, this time in Picadilly Circus in London.