Travel Lifestyle, Dawn in the Dodecanese

It’s been a another busy year shooting assignments especially video work.As a result fitting in shoots and producing new work for my book has had to take a back seat.
Finally this last few weeks I’ve had a break from commissions and produced a shoot with a couple of models, stylist and makeup artist for my travel lifestyle work.
Ive also had time to commission a complete rebrand and update the website to reflect the changes.
Also coming shortly are some beautiful custom promotional packs that will be sent out early next year to individual clients.

So this shoot was shot in two stages.The backgrounds were shot on location in probably my favourite place the Greek island of Rhodes.
My love affair with Greece goes back many years and taken me to many parts and this was my 3rd visit to my favourite place of all.
I had planned to shoot some Aerial work but decided against it as to do what I had planned legally was going to cost a lot of money to get permissions needed so maybe that’s a plan for another visit.

I planned the locations I wanted to shoot before leaving England and once on the ground set out before dawn to get the best light and of course avoid the bloody tourists !
Rhodes did not disappoint I was rewarded with some incredible views and gorgeous light and my job of capturing was easy.

Once I had returned it was time to edit my collection and create several backgrounds to which I planned to place the models.
The image below of Lyndos was created with 18 images.The reason was I wanted to use a longish focal length lens rather than a traditional wide angle that is often used for landscapes.
This would allow me to capture my interpretation of what Greece is all about, historic temples, mountains and of course the sea.
The longer lens would compress and bring all these elements closer together creating a softer more tranquil look that helps make up my style of work.

Lyndos At Dawn

 

 

 

The second image below is captured at  Mandraki Harbour in Rhodes town and was a multi image composite.
I was around 22 years old when I came here for the first time and spent the night at Mandraki harbour while waiting to catch the early morning ferry to Kos.
My memories of the place where of the statues at the entrance to the harbour and these distinctive arches.
Memories are a funny thing and the image below fits perfectly with that but the reality was that the locations were not as close together.
Not a problem I removed the car park and positioned my tranquil memory of the harbour entrance in position.
I also replaced the rather plain floor with something more elegant.
I realise none of this is something that would be tolerated if shooting to promote the location for a visit but hey it’s how I remember it !

Mandraki Harbour

 

 

 

Below are a few behind the scenes images shot here at our studio base. Not as glamorous for the models as being in Rhodes (or as warm as it was late October).
The location was perfect enabling me to concentrate on capturing the correct light quality, shadow quality,perspective etc to blend the models into the backgrounds.
A great team is vitally important to to pull everything together.I called upon Natasha Musson who I have worked with before to organise the styling and makeup artist Suzanne Peppard.
The models were supplied by Gingersnap who Ive also worked before on many Business Lifestyle shoots over the last few years.
Our models Katie and Sal were great professionals even when the cold took it’s toll.

 

 

 


Affluent Evening Lifestyle

Following on from my Anniversary Venice themed shoot last year we once again decided on another affluent lifestyle themed shoot for some new personal work.
This time the location was the very beautiful 16th century Dillington House in South Somerset.
We had two models booked for the day, Simon Bond whom I had worked with last year on a worldwide campaign for Mimecast and the lovely Avril O’Riordan.
Being a personal shoot I wasn’t looking to create dozens of images just one or two to add to the book and website for promotion.

 


Size isn’t everything !

I’m sure Im not the only one to wonders where the time seems to go.This year has been crazy busy in a very good way but it’s meant not having time to update my website or blog with new images. Back in May I took a family trip to Florida and I’ve finally found time to review some of the images I captured and get a few of them online. The big change for me from this trip was taking all my pro gear (as I always do) and not using it at all for the duration of the trip.Instead I used my high end Sony compact camera for all the images I captured.

 

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“The Anniversary” From Silage Pit To The Romantic Waterways Of Venice

Im a pretty honest chap but I do confess that when briefing the models for this shoot I left out the fact we where shooting in an old farms silage pit ! It all started a month or so previous while shooting a worldwide ad campaign for my client Mimecast. One of the mature models on the shoot that day was the very experienced (and ex Milk Tray Man from back in the 80’s) Tim. Tim like myself was keen to update his Book with new images so we agreed to collaborate on something to benefit us both.

 

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Light Travel

 

A couple of weeks ago I took a family holiday to Florida to do the whole Disney Parks with the kids and the chance for Dad to see Kennedy Space Centre.

As with all trips the cameras have to come along although these days I’ve calmed down a little.
There was a time I’d be up at the crack of dawn nearly each day visiting areas of interest looking for the ultimate location and light.
These days I tend to plan things a little more and if I come home with one great image I’m happy.

Work has been good this year and I have been investing in some new equipment that I’ve wanted and in some cases needed to replace.
One item I wanted for this trip was a high quality point and shoot and I purchased a 20 megapixel Sony camera.
The idea behind this was I could fit this in my pocket and in my toolbox whilst travelling on my scooter (see my last post) and if I spotted something for my compositing archive the camera was of high enough quality to capture what I needed compared to the limitations of my iPhone.

The camera has been fantastic investment, not quite as easy to focus as my Canon workhorse but very usable, In fact my Canon gear never saw daylight during the whole trip in the states.
I also shot a lot more images and had a lot more fun without the very very heavy Canon dragging around my neck in the 99 Degree heat.
The Sony won’t obviously replace Canon as my professional camera kit but it has certainly been liberating and fun to use and the quality simply superb.

Here are a few images captured at the Kennedy Space Centre during the visit.

 

Florida May 2016


Capturing Contre-jour in Sa Coma

I love to travel,explore new places,meet new people and of course capture them. This image came from a recent family break in Majorca Spain a few weeks ago. I’m no stranger to Majorca having visited several times in recent years but like anywhere there is always something new to find and experience if you are prepared to look.

 

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Bluegrass Inspired Banjo Shoot

Inspiration to create images comes in many forms at least for me.\nWhile retouching some work the other week I decided to randomly listen to something completely different from my normal playlists on Spotify and put on some Bluegrass music. One track in particular hit a chord (pardon the pun) which as you may expect from the Bluegrass genre contained the Banjo.

 

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Corporate Portraits At Dillington House

It was only in September that I found myself on location shooting at the beautiful Hartham Park house near Bath.
This week I was at another beautiful historic house called Dillington which happens to be only a few minutes from the studio.

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Dillington House

I had received a call from an online events company called Choose Your Event who needed some corporate Portraits for a magazine feature they where appearing in.
As CYE are based on the grounds of Dillington House (and a client of the company) it was arranged for us to use the house for both interior and exterior images we had planned.

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Behind The Scenes


For the interior we chose one of the many rooms and it’s impressive fireplace to position the directors Ben & Simon Gray and to reflect some of the room back into frame and help set the scene.

 

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When it came to the exterior we where once again spoilt for choice but I decided on a couple of simple set up’s one of which was to show the famous golden local Hamstone and windows of the property.
As with all photography the best images are often those that are kept clean & simple even if sometimes they are far from simple to produce.

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Behind The Scenes

 

 

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You can view the CYE Group website and their services  Here