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2013 Catalogue Cover Image

2013 Catalogue Cover Image

Meet Jade, the young lady seen on the Lencarta stand at Focus on Imaging 2012, and in a number of Lencarta shoots before and after. This image was to be used to promote the Lencarta presence at Focus 2013 ( Stand F31 for those making the pilgrimage this year ). It’s also featured on the 2013…

Photographing the photographer

Photographing the photographer

Meet Allan Vincent, a respected photographer from the Chorley area, who needed a headshot for his various social media outlets, and whilst he was at the studio, photographing his gorgeous daughter, I nailed his feet to the black backdrop and took my chances Like this:Like Loading…

Location Fashion Shoot – Part 3

Location Fashion Shoot – Part 3

This is part three of an extensive fashion shoot for Lencarta. The first part of the shoot was done in an open grassy area with a couple of short trees, and can be found here. The second part was on an elevated wooden platform, and may be found here. The final part of…

Calthwaite Hall Wedding Brochure Shoot

Calthwaite Hall Wedding Brochure Shoot

  Calthwaite Hall is a beautiful location for a wedding, and as such, I had been asked to photograph their wedding brochure. Calthwaite Hall was originally built out of cut stone in 1837, and was designed in the Elizabethan style. The south front porch and east front centre reflect the gothic…

Food or Product Photography?

Food or Product Photography?

Wedding cakes. Lots of them Is it food or product photography? Normally, when I have a subject to photograph which sits in two or more categories, and determining the right strategic approach to the photographic style is difficult, I consider the target client rather than the paying client. Occasionally, my…

Graduation

Graduation

In the middle of working on the previous wedding photographs, I get a frantic call from a mother who wants her son photographed before the hired gown goes back the following day. Hmmm, ok I say and chuck my gear together and head out west. Well, across the valley, anyway.…

Lencarta Catalogue Cover

Lencarta Catalogue Cover

As many of my clients know, I much prefer to combine several client’s needs together in one assignment. It keeps the cost down and everyone benefits from the input of others. This assignment was for Lencarta, and in particular, for their catalogue. The request was for images that either showed…

The Opticians

The Opticians

I received a brief from Live Magazine. One of the branches of David Myers Opticians (the branch in Penwortham) needed some images for their upcoming advert and editorial. I didn’t really fancy just shooting the shop front, or just the frames for that matter. I wanted a fairly striking image…

Natural light and reflectors

Natural light and reflectors

After 25 years of working as a photographer, it’s a great feeling to walk into a studio and have pretty much everything you need to start shooting. Backgrounds, lights, reflectors – I’ve built up a collection of kit over the years that means I’m pretty well set up to do…

Mixed lighting with coloured gels

Mixed lighting with coloured gels

During a recent test shoot for some new models, I arranged for a good friend Rob to bring his Harley Davidson motorcycle to the studio to use as a prop. Although my studio is quite big, with a shuttered front, I totally failed to appreciate just how large these bikes…

The Joker

The Joker

This was a fairly straightforward remit. Photograph one of the business partners (no problem there), make it a businesslike environment (plenty of spare office space, so that’s ok too), and make him look like he means business! (oops). Like this:Like Loading…

Food Photography

Food Photography

Following on from the event catering I covered with Fusion Outdoors, Russell asked me to photograph both the restaurant (Fusion Room, Preston) and also his food. After a meal at his restaurant, and spending time with Russell, how could I say no to such a likeable guy? Besides, the way…

The SmartFlash Challenge

The SmartFlash Challenge

How many times have we heard “If only I could afford better!”, or something similar. I had a recent conversation regarding lighting equipment, and the subject inevitably turned to cost. I don’t really subscribe to the idea expensive=better. Sure, you tend to have more features etc, but the ability to…

MUA Portfolio

MUA Portfolio

I had been asked to provide a portfolio for Catherine Boden of Glamourise, who’s a rather high flying makeup artist and stylist who works in the film industry. She also provides a wedding makeup and styling service to ‘A’ list celebrities and other high level clients. Incidentally, this was also…

Location Corporate Portrait

Location Corporate Portrait

Not all corporate headshots need to be stuffy and boring, particularly if they are to reflect the companies ethics or approachability. One of the quickest ways to erect a barrier between a company and its clients is to have a “stuffy” portrait that doesn’t really give the company a human…

Preston Marriott

Preston Marriott

This assignment was for a number of clients, including the Preston Marriott Hotel, Zoe Cookson (importer of couture wedding gowns) and Live Magazines. It also afforded me the opportunity to test the new Lencarta Safari Li-on location lighting equipment, which is the latest version of my own location lighting workhorse,…

Margate Scooter Shoot

Margate Scooter Shoot

What better way to spend a Sunday morning than down by the sea with six scooters and their very proud owners. This shoot was commissioned by a long term commercial client of mine, who recently had his 1968 Lambretta SX200 fully restored to it’s original condition. He decided that the completed restoration…

Marc Gouguenheim on lighting people

Marc Gouguenheim on lighting people

  Working with light shaping tools for Fashion and Portrait Photography Choosing the right light – and the lighting set-up I’ve always been amazed by the discrepancy between the money most amateur studio photographers spend on their cameras and lenses, and the money they spend on their lighting equipment. Most…

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