Whilst the above image may well look like a studio shot, it’s actually one from a competition event held at Blackpool Winter Gardens. This was the Europeans annual competition, and I was there with Helen, of Helen Rose Photography.
I do enjoy photographing food. And photographing really good food is something else! This is the Cherry Tree at Blackrod. An outstanding venue with food to match. The colour and texture gives me plenty to work with, and it’s these two attributes I want to get across.
Cosplayers. Definitely a unique type of client, and not because of the costumes. They tend to have quite a special outlook on life in general. They give up an awful lot of their time for charity causes, and quite frankly, they all seem to be a little bonkers! And it’s this last trait that I love the most.
Automotive photography is one of the genres I really do enjoy. I like the challenge of the convex glossy or metallic surfaces, the challenge of hiding and avoiding reflections. What also gets my pulse racing, is the opportunity to photograph unusual cars. Cars such as the Tesla. While it’s not particularly rare, you don’t see one in every third parking bay at Tesco!
Okay, so I’m a stills guy. I photograph, and I do a lot of it. I’ve photographed since 1966, when I got my first camera, and that’s my gig. I like what I do, and I’m happy at that. So, a good friend of mine says “You know those blogs you do? You should video the behind the scenes stuff!”. Yeah, thanks Damien!
The above image was conceived and shot for Ash Ellison, MD of Wrapped UK, who are based in Colne, Lancashire. The material is quite reflective, and posed a number of challenges.
As many restaurant owners understand, the methodology of marketing to a target audience isn’t just driven by the business, it’s driven by their clients.
I wondered how the Fujifilm GFX 50s would deliver on a nice, low key food image, not too dissimilar to the renaissance era paintings we are familiar with. It really wouldn’t take an awful lot to light it, to be honest. Pretty much a single light, and a reflector.
This was the first real outing for the Fujifilm GFX 50s, with quite a rare incarnation of the Aston Martin V8 Vantage N430. The GFX turned out to be the absolutely ideal camera for the automotive or car photographer. This image was taken in Worden Park in Leyland, Lancashire.
Occasionally, I come across a venue where I feel I may have a bit of a challenge with regards as to where I may do the portrait session. The Samlesbury Hotel is one of those. There is a large car park, which basically surrounds the hotel. There is a field, which I’ve used before, but it wasn’t going to work this time, as this was a November wedding, and it was dark.