A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing Sian Sanderson a talented singer songwriter. She approached me a few months ago and asked if I would like to work with her and get some shots she can use for her online presence. I instantly said yes and brought a good friend of mine Katy Sparkes onboard who was responsible for the awesome zombie shoot I did about 6 or so weeks ago. We had actually been discussing how badly we wanted to photograph a female with tattoos and a rock n roll look just before Sian approached me so it must have been a sign or something.
The brief was open as she had no real ideas as far as direction or styles went just as long as it wasn’t the whole long grass or forest set ups that seem to spam alot of the interweb. After a bit of thinking it and looking at some of the styles of my favourite photographers I had a concept of her taking high tea at a really posh location and surrounded by bright cakes and indulgence.
This for me seemed a great way to juxtaposition her alternative look and style with something that be taken as a fashion shoot as well as a promo for a singer. With this brief I sorted the location at originally the Oatlands Park Hotel but upon a recce thought it was not swish enough for what I needed. Roll on to a bit of a panic the week before the shoot. I have the model, all the props and dress sorted, the makeup artist was set just no location.
Thanks to the Nic and Karen at the Hand and Spear pub in Weybridge, Owners of the recently refurbished Youngs pub. The styling was just what i was I had in mind and just an awesome location. Regarding the butler the wonderful Andy Jackson an old friend of mine seemed to just work so well with Sian, both looks and personality wise. A good laugh was had and just really glad it went so well!
The shoot was fast and went well. The retouching was minimal due to great makeup and a clear skinned model. Overall it was a great shoot, and really looking forwards to the next one! so if you have any ideas or suggestions get in contact!
This weekend was a great weekend for the stable! Recently I have been in chats with a few buddies about cool projects to work on and we finally got started on one of them.
The project in question was a zombieland inspired photoshoot with special effects by the talented Katy Sparkes www.sparkesfx.com. This is a pre-production shoot for a bigger project. Used to get an idea of how my kit works, what is needed, how long things take and generally how thongs need to work.
Short on time and with only two models we certainly got alot done and in really happy with the shots. Some look a little but hammy and I think that’s down to me rushing or being rushed on to the next shots. This is something I need to work on. Only call a shot a wrap when your happy with it.
Taking all of my kit with me I hot cracking setting it all up. I found that the wide angle kit I had suited most of my needs but experimented with my nikon 50mm prime which is great! and disappointed by my sigma 28-70 f2.8 which I find soft and not great on the focusing side of things.
Using a couple of speedlites triggered by nikons fantastic yet at times frustrating CLS system (not to be confused with the crap boy band.) the lights were used with lastolite softbox on a handy pole ad some times reflected with 1.5m wex reflector held by some helpful assistant.
I haven’t retouched any of these images so they are not final images but I am just so excited bout them I wanted to share some with you.
We have alot of planning to do for the real thing. Lots of zombies, a brilliant band, bigger location and awesome makeup.