Sunday, 3 August 2014
It's been nearly a month since I've had a relook at my website and have completely relaunched it with new work. I've been up to so much these last few months that we came to the point that the work I had displayed online was not reflecting my current projects and ideology.
So here we go, new work, new styling, new energy and all of my social media links for you to follow! :)
Monday, 16 June 2014
I currently find myself in a new creative boost, fresh air dancing in my head, I have organised new collaborations, am working on big shooting plans and keep buying new pieces of kit, most of which not necessarily camera stuff, but which go in my bag and in the boot of my car for my studio or location work....
I have always loved to shoot floral work, be it flowers in their natural state, arrangements or models in flower crowns. I do like to add flowers to enhance the subject for a bohemian feel, depending what the subject is of course!
Today I share I simple shot of flowers from my garden, multi coloured poppies and beautifully bold cosmos, dancing in bokeh, srcreaming colour. Did you notice I love colour, the vibrancy of life?
Hope you like this work - I look forward to publishing more images in this style soon...
Sunday, 8 June 2014
'Day of the Dead' has been done to death as subject matter for photographers, but there really isn't much work out there using more mature models. I hope you will like the work I produced with Norfolk based actress Lindy Pieri recently. I photographed the very vesrsatile Lindy in her own home and, being fuly portable in terms of kit, recreated a very classical portrait in terms of lighting. The effect is, as I hope you will agree, dramatic and complementary to both the model and subject matter.
Not content with just producing work in colour I have also produced this monochrome image which is also very dramatic and is recreated with the effect of old and amazingly punchy Kodak T Max 400 in mind.
I hope you like the work and look forward to your comments as usual. :)
Monday, 24 February 2014
I received this sad message yesterday...
The prints have arrived safe and sound, Thank for your help, they look great. The picture has particular happy memories as my mother ( oldest lady on the left) sadly passed away 2 weeks ago. So happy memories ( the wonderful thing about photos I think)Thanks again L & K
just a reminder that life goes on, and some of us are left behind. Thank God for images captured and great memories kept forever....
Sunday, 16 February 2014
I had a very interesting meeting with a great London based creative hair stylist this week - he also happens to be a shoot stylist, though that was not the reason I got in touch, indeed I was not aware he had this role. We discussed a possible collaboration, and typical me, although I always have ideas for what I want to create/achieve, took nothing but a notebook and pen with me.
My collaborations do not base on preconceived ideas. I listen to the people I am working with and try to understand what their strong points are and what their goals within this collaboration are. Sometimes, during this initial conversation, I push people a little bit as I want to find out not only what they want to and can do but also what they won't and can't. This is important for me, as I would never want to push a collaborator too much during the creative process. in both the prep just before the shoot and also during this, knowing very well that if I wanted to I could go too far and upset the delicate balance of what is essentially, a group of people who are coming together creatively for the first time.
Even when you work with your own established team, you are likely to be introducing different models, therefore it is essential to maintain this fine balance till at least the end of the shooting.
Diva behaviour is not something I enjoy very much so people with attitude don't make it to my short-list, which is why I always try to meet with the people i will be working with. If my gut feeling says no, then I will think about whether to take this forward...
Back to the shoot stylist. We mostly talked about ideas for hair but he also talked about his role as a stylist. I then just suddenly realised that up to now I have never engaged one, maybe because I worry that they may take over most of the creative process pre shoot and that the resulting imagery would have less of my imprint only.
I had not realised that I am doing a lot of extra work some photographers don't do. I have always stylised my own shoots and that all the timeline and planning always falls on myself.
My process is usually quite meticulous and unless I am pressured, I will not propose a date for shooting until everything is sourced and available. Everything beyond the model turning up, and the MUA and hair stylist doing their bit, is usually up to me. this includes location scouting, deciding timing of shoot for best lighting, planning transport of kit, clothing, purchasing/modifying props and getting all the team organised and with a clear idea in mind.
It just struck me how lucky some photographers are to have a stylist assist and take a little of the planning and execution. or am I the lucky one as I retain more control over the execution of my vision?
I spend my "free time" (really and truly I don't even know what free time is!), going into charity shops, vintage stores and all sorts of random places, from B&Q to gardening centres scouring for and sourcing items for a shoot. I have a small collection of items that are readily available and stuff that I have hunted for instinctively that is waiting for the right moment to me used. Being Maltese, I am immensely resourceful and practical and can usually come up with a quick solution if things get a bit complicated or too expensive to take forward.
My personal baby blanket, all of 46 years old, has appeared, complete with tatty ends and holes in a photo that is published on the Vogue Italia Website. old coats, bustiers and bits of my old wardrobe have been used, and I have created interesting backgrounds out of curtain bits, odd drapes and even my bedsheets on occasion...
This is a tedious process but at the end when the images are complete I am left feeling as if I have completed a body of work, rather than having been part of it.
If you are a photographer reading this, I would love to hear your opinion about this subject...
Do you work alone, or do you use stylists, and if so, do you always use the same person because they have become part of the creative team and understand your vision and way of working?
Let me know what you think by posting a comment at the bottom of this posting...
In the meantime I am looking forward to planning the shoot with the creative hairstylist, hopefully very soon :)
Best wishes X
Friday, 6 December 2013
I received an unexpected and very wonderful surprise this morning, a link to an article written by a lovely person I photographed some months ago. Jenny Eaton runs the EOS Programme in Norwich and wanted some images taken to update her image portfolio. She did not feel that the images she then had represented her true self at that point in time. We therefore worked together to create some images for her. On receipt of the images, she let me know how happy she was with the work and how many positive comments she received on her social media pages. Success!
Like many other shoots I do, my images for Jenny did not end up on this blog. Many of my clients seek my assistance in creating an image that will boost their morale. They do not need their photograph plastered on a website/blog to advertise their photographers' skills. Keeping work private maintains clients' trust and confidence in my business. It does of course mean that I have less images to publish than I would like, but then you can get lovely testimonials to support one's work.... and wow was this a lovely surprise and great testimonial this morning :)
(click on the image to read the text as published on Radiant Magazine!)
If you would like me to work with you to create images of you that reflect your inner soul give me a call or drop me an email, I am always happy to help :)
Happy weekend! :)
Saturday, 12 October 2013
The house is empty, everything is packed and I am raring to go...
I am embarking on a new and exciting adventure, a move that will be a new chapter of my life.
For various reasons, I have not felt completely happy here. Even though Great Yarmouth has many good things going for it, it is not as open and multicultural as I had hoped. Even though I managed to earn decent bread and butter here, the lack of energy in this environment has taken a toll on my own energy and positivity. Even amongst creatives I have found lack of trust and confidence that binds them down and ties their wings...
My creativity and happiness is directly linked to my environment and I think it is the right time for pastures new, exciting and difficult challenges that will keep me an my toes, and new opportunities to take my business to the next level.
This post may seem sad, and I am a little sad for this town that seems to miss opportunities to move forwards, and home to some who find it difficult to change .... but in reality I am happy for all the new challenges I will find in my way and set myself to prove my abilities.
I took this photograph on the phone a few weeks ago whilst waiting for a client... the emptiness felt like the emptiness I was feeling in my soul at the time....
My laptop will start up again in a new place, new county, new town and new opportunities.
Blog soon from the other side :)
Friday, 4 October 2013
This quote by Roy Lilley, Health Commentator, caught my eye this morning...
When the Americans put men into space, the Apollo Programme sent them with a Fisher Space Pen that worked in zero-gravity, freezing cold, desert heat, underwater and upside down. The Russians took a pencil.
I think most of us photographers are guilty of just that, complicating things just for the sake of it. Some fashion photographers are well known for coming up with lighting setups that are more there to impress the client than actually light up the subject.
I believe that it is always incredibly important to be versatile, to have lots of tools in your toolbox and to know when to pull them out. To do this you need to understand your client, the environment, the brief and not least the available light... you need to have a vision, a clear idea of where you want to get, however it's good to play with what you've got...
I have and use a variety of lights, light modifiers, drapes, and contraptions I use to help me get my shot - everything has it's use. However I do find that going back to basics is rather the best way of keeping an uneasy client comfortable. Less of faffing about with leads, stands and firing flashes, more or talking, laughing and shooting...
... and this is what you get when you have a beautiful sitter, in a beautiful environment with a lovely soft light, one prime lens and lots of fun and banter :)
Thanks to Flamingo Amy for the wonderful make up and hair styling...
have a wonderful weekend ! x
Sunday, 14 July 2013
A quick upload and sneaky peek today as an apology for to blog followers who may be wondering if I have stopped blogging... Being busy is a good thing, but it also means one has less time to post images with the hows and whys. :s
Yesterday we packed our bags to photograph local costume maker Barry and his son Oliver. We had discussed the brief but we were unsure as to what Barry would pick out of many possibilities as the outfit to be photographed on the day.
That meant we had to create an editorial and choose a location on the fly. I thought to delegate a part of this to my son Matt who is my assistant and is looking to become a game designer. Part of his future role is to create scenarios for games so I gave him the challenge to come up with ideas for how to create a story with limited resources. There is so much to creating an image that the viewer often doesn't get and part of it is creating the mood for the story the image is telling.
My sneaky peek for today is an image of Oliver, dressed up as a confederate child. The cornfield in nearby Burgh Castle could be anywhere in the US and the look he gives the camera is of steely determination, emphasized by the strong shadow on his nearest eye. The image was photographed in full sun at 6pm and the strobes were used to create the particular lighting effect one behind my right shoulder and the other at 60 degrees to my left.
I hope you like this image and as usual I look forward to your comments. If you would like to book an editorial styled photoshoot with me please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call on 07748 197522
Have a great week! x
Friday, 10 May 2013
A beautiful model, lovely hair and make up, a wonderful vintage nightie I bought specifically for the shoot and a wonderful fresh flower headress, all in a dreamy little known location... what more can I ask for?
The difficulty is of course, is in achieving the balance between all these lovely features and the beauty of the model, so that not one overbears the other and all the contributors get maximum benefit from each of the images which feature their input and I hope I have achieved with this image set.
The model is the beautiful Holly, wearing a magnificent fresh flower headpiece from Norwich based master florist Jo Flowers. Make up artistry and hair were done by the creative Herts based Claire Warden who achieved a great look and perfect finish on Holly's already flawless skin. Such a great team to be collaborating with and I hope to be working with Claire and Jo again soon on different projects. Exciting!!
At the moment I am looking for more work with high end portraiture and in the fashion industry. Please get in touch with me if you think I may come up with a creative solution to your image requirements. I look forward to hearing from you if you have a challenge for me to take up :)
Meanwhile please have a look at the rest of the set and let me have your feedback. I look forward to your comments.
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