We took the new Insignia to the coasts of Scotland, for Vauxhall.
I was recently tasked with shooting portraits of the staff for restaurant chain Vapiano, we wanted to show the staff for who they are, with their personalities showing through.
We decided a clean background of white and grey would be best, to show off the clean white uniforms (for the chefs, cream for the servers and black for managers) with the red Vapiano brand colour showing nice and bold.
The images will be used for recruitment campaigns, training programs, web and social media, print advertising and also on restaurant front windows like the new venue in Edinburgh below.
In this career there are times when you are very glad you picked up the phone. For me, one of these times was when Nick Wilson phoned to see if I would like to join him on a trip to Italy, shooting for Ferrari magazine.
The trip was the first ever for Ferrari, and would be full of firsts for not only the brand, myself and Nick, but also Italy. The most iconic of these being having all 70 cars parked under the "leaning tower of Pisa", a location cars are never allowed.
The guest list of cars read like a deck of top trumps being laid out;
- 1947- 125s
- 1957- 250GT Berlinetta (PL TDF)
- 1974- Dino GTS
- 1959- 250 GT Berlinetta (PL TDF) "interim"
- 1950- 166mm
- 1955- 750 Monza
- 1956- 860 Monza
- 2017- La Ferrari 70th anniversary edition
....just to name a few.
And then our rental car, A 2017 Jeep renegade... Diesel.
Luckily for us, and our (in the company we were driving in) underpowered rental car, we had police outriders shutting down junctions on roads and roundabouts to keep our convoy flowing. With the Cavalcade Classiche stickers on the side of our car acting as a get out of jail free card we could push close to the limit of what was "legal" on the public roads. When we dropped out of the convoy and the safety of the police outriders our progress along the route slowed to a snail like pace.
It wouldn't just be the public roads the owners would be able to push their cars on tho, the trip included a session at Fiorano, the Ferrari test track. Finishing the trip at the Ferrari factory to see where their future orders will be built.
"I can dream"
Italian Police officer
With thanks to everyone involved in this trip, to Nick for the invite, and to the team at Ferrari for giving us access and permission to shoot the factory floor (another first).
I love my job.
A few of weeks ago I was honoured to be asked to shoot the new Citroen concept car alongside director/Photographer Tom Kan, being the second person in the world to shoot the new design concept from one of the most daring manufacturers.
Here is a selection of images shot for Citroen.
More details coming after the Paris motor show where the car will be on display.
Back in January I set up a shoot with fitness blogger Charlotte Clarke.
Charl is London based and a big fan of the city and the fitness community based there, this was something we wanted to include in the images, alongside the stunning architecture the city offers.
Our first location was canary wharf, where the newly opened crossrail bridge in canary wharf would give us a clean and slightly sci-fi backdrop to show off charlottes impressive yoga skills.
Using a profoto B1 with Photek softlighter, both held by my assistant Katie (except here where she grabbed a couple of BTS shots for us), we kept a small footprint and created some beautiful light.
The next location was down towards the river where we wanted to show more of the size of the city, and make use of the streams of light cutting through the buildings.
followed by some lifestyle images for charl’s blog before we needed to get somewhere warm and defrost (it may look sunny, but it was freezing), Charl was a star to work with, and she got me back for shooting in the cold by finding the healthiest food in the city….. now, where’s my cake?