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.
Isn't it strange how technology changes how we connect these days, if it wasn't for mobile phones and twitter/instagram would we still find the same opportunities in life as we do now?
This comes to mind as it was instagram that brought this VW squareback to my attention while it was being built, but more than that, it reconnected me to an old friend. The cars owner was one of my friends when I was a child, it must be almost 20 years since we last saw each other and in the years since he has become quite a VW connoisseur (something he shares with his dad).
Lewis found the car sitting in a garage, having not moved in more years than I have been alive he was impressed with the condition of it and knew it would make the perfect addition to his VW garage. With only one owner from new, and 18,000 miles on the clocks it was a special find.
I followed the build on instagram (@LE_SAV) and me and Lewis messaged about arranging a shoot when Huey (the cars nickname) was complete.
6 months later, a bit of welding, some new wheels and a suspension drop and the car was complete.
We shot the car, shared stories about growing up and cars, crazy dogs (check out Doug Lew's french bulldog on his instagram) and grabbed a beer in the sun. My kind of shoot.