Editorial

PR Photography in Newcastle: Red Tractor Thank You Tour

In November British Red Tractor Pork Farmers ran a country wide tour to say thank you for the publics continuing support of the british farming industry. On this tour they were handing out free Bacon and Sausage sandwiches to the general public. As their mascot they had found a large red tractor.On the Newcastle and Sunderland leg of their journey I was asked to provide photographs for the event which did involve manoeuvring the aforementioned tractor into places near landmarks for both cities.  My main brief was to photograph the tractor with major landmarks in the background, whilst providing general promotion stills of the day.

All in all it was a fun, if slightly wet and cold, day.  Plus there was plenty of bacon and sausage sandwiches around!

Thanks for reading! For more information and to show your support head over to the Red Tractor site at Lovepork.co.uk

Announcing the Photo Hub, Newcastle

A few months back, friend Chris Moody and I, decided to try and put together something that would serve the North East photographic community in various ways.

We were initially lured to the idea of a retail operation combined with a cafe and studio.  So we started running some ideas and more importantly, numbers, and came to the conclusion that this was not feasible or applicable in the current retail market and economic climate.  We threw hundreds of ideas around, but the main idea that stuck was that we wanted it to be a community based project, reacting and adapting to the needs of the local photographic community.

After many discussions and a lot of planning, the Photo Hub was born.  The idea of the Photo Hub was to be constantly moving and incorporating fresh ideas and trends at the drop of a hat.  The Hub was based on online social networking communities.  There are hundreds of photographers who communicate and chat on the various networking sites and the role of the Photo Hub is to bring them together physically.

The aim is to offer support, help, tuition and networking, in a friendly, professional and encouraging environment.  We aim to accommodate photographers who's experience level ranges from beginners all the way through to Professionals and bring them together to chat, have a drink and discuss the various aspects of photography.  Most of all we want the Photo Hub community to dictate and participate in the Hub's future direction.

It all kicked off last Sunday (4th Nov) with our very first event day.  Held at the Star and Shadow cinema in Newcastle, we held an afternoon of talks and activities.  We were also joined by various suppliers who exhibited their goods and demonstrated the latest in photographic gear.  Big thanks to the guys from Lencarta, Direct Digital Imaging (bringing their Phase One cameras with them)  and Intro 2020 for joining us.  Also thanks to Chris Ireland at completecaptureone.com for supplying our raffle prizes.

Thanks to our guest speakers for some very informative workshops and seminars and for a showcase of some truly inspiring images. Shout out to Phil PuntonJohn PictonMontana Lowery and Mark Pinder.It was an excellent afternoon and the feedback we got from the audience was great.

As part of the Photo Hub we will be holding monthly meets (first one TBC) and every six months we will be holding bigger event like the one at the Star and Shadow.

It's all very exciting for everyone involved. If you would like more information on the Photo Hub, then please visit our facebook page.

Lastly, and most importantly, a big thank you to everyone that came and made the afternoon really enjoyable and worth while event.

 

Black Swan Fashion

Unfortunately i had to surrender my studio at the end of May, but before I said goodbye I managed to fit in one last shoot.  I was approached by Rachel to shoot her final degree project.  The clothing range, inspired by the current economic situation, was a collection of reversible outfits. One side was white the other black, the idea being that one outfit could be worn during the day and then the other on a night out (although hopefully with a wash in between).The idea was to produce a collection of images based on the Black Swan.  The ballet theme was the obvious choice, with an image showing the white and black side for each outfit.  The series of images had narrative showing the journey from the naive and gentle white side to the more aggressive and stronger dark side.

This selection is taken out of context, they do not keep to the narrative (I did not have enough space).

 

Thanks for reading. Now that things have settled down I promise to update my blog more frequently.

Ciao!

Faith in the Studio - Part 2

I have already put up some images from my recent shoot with Faith, but as we covered a few different outfits and styles so I thought I would split the resulting collection into a couple of posts. The first post was a collection of editorial style images that worked well as a collection. This set is a little bit more varied.The first part of the shoot was to add some high fashion shots to Faiths portfolio and we changed up the clothes to add a bit of variety.

We then wanted to try something different and decided to go for an old school holywood styling as I thought that Faith resembled a certain TV and film actress from the 90's (guess who it is!).

We then tried something Gothic before going for a high key set up.

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Faith in the studio - Part 1

A few days ago I was lucky to welcome Faith into the Studio. I had seen some images from her previous shoots and thought that we would be able to create some good work together. The shoot went really well and I cannot speak highly enough of Faith. She came well prepared to try different things and had a variety of looks which we explored throughout the shoot. I was really amazed to find out that Faith had really only began modelling a few months ago as she was every bit the pro.I came out with lots of images from this shoot (which is very unusual for me) so I have decided to make this a two parter as I feel that the following collection made a nice set on their own. At this stage in the shoot we were going for an editorial look. For editorial fashion I personally prefer the look of black and white as it looks a bit more graphic and focuses the viewer on the shapes as opposed to colour. I was concious to provide a bit of variety, so I also mixed a few colour images too, which shows off Faith's red hair brilliantly.

The following three work well as a black and white set.

Finally, this was my favourite image from the whole shoot. We spend so much time posing models and creating a shot it easy to forget that it is the natural moments that create the best images. The best advice is to always keep shooting, even when talking and joking with the subject, keep the camera to your eye and be ready to press the shutter.

More to come! Thanks fore reading.