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.
Nestled away on one of the industrial parks of Northamptonshire is a gem of a workshop, using traditional coachbuilding techniques and tools to build and restore classic and reproduction cars. The projects in the workshop ranging from a reproduction Bentley that will have around 500 hours of work on it before leaving the shop, a Porsche Carrera RS that is one of the owners own projects to a Whitfill special, a one of a kind race car that needed a quick repair before heading off to Goodwood for the revival.
The guys working here pass down the skills to the next generation, in the same way they learnt their craft. seeing great pride in knowing that these skills wont fade out and be replaces by modern “bolt a new one on” mindsets.
Around the workshop we see guys working on English wheels to bend the metal to fit the shape of the bodywork, mapped out on a wooden jig. Hammering smoothing the lines and creating custom panels to fit the bodywork, remembering that none of these cars are identical when they leave the factory, all the repairs must be custom made, no bolt on parts are found here. Its testament to the skill of the craftsmen seeing pictures of their finished projects being displayed at pebble beach, and invited to the likes of Goodwood.
There are some similarities here that you will find at your local garage, bad singing and just as bad jokes ring out amongst the guys, its certainly an entertaining place to spend the day shooting.
Thanks to Mark Kidsley for assisting me on the day, and for the BTS video below and the guys at Shapecraft for inviting me into your workshop.
We spend a lot of time shooting on location where getting power can be difficult. To get round that I use the ChargeAll portable power socket:
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.