Thursday, 28 January 2016

Remote Britain

I have the privilege of being part of a project called Remote Britain. The passion being this project is to travel to some of the remotest locations in Britain and capture something of the beauty of the scenery in photography and art and film. I am providing the landscape photography and we've just had our first trip - which was to the Outer Hebrides, and was incredible!

If you’re looking for an outdoor adventure with incredible coastal walks, mountain views, turquoise seas, white sandy beaches and stunning wildlife, then I have the perfect location for you. That description would normally remind us of the Caribbean, but somewhere of that exotic nature doesn’t require quite the same clothing to keep you warm and dry. Over the last week I have been travelling with my team in the Outer Hebrides, around the Islands of Lewis and Harris, photographing landscape images of its stunning, dramatic scenery for various clients. It’s one of those places that gives you so much, even whilst it blows you away with it’s powerful wind, delivering snow, rain and hail all within several minutes.

I quickly discovered that taking photographs on this location would require a lot of endurance, not only because of the changeable weather, but because the best views only come to those who are willing to get their boots on and walk - often uphill! And this island was no exception! There was one occasion when we arrived at Cliof Beach, on the Island of Lewis, and it was raining hard. We parked in the empty car park and ate our lunch whilst we waited for the storm to pass - and over the next few minutes it was extraordinary. The passing storm gave way to a low, golden sun and a beautiful rainbow appeared over the beach, revealing the vibrant turquoise colour of the sea which looked stunning next to the white sandy beach - and we were the only people to see it! That afternoon we climbed high into the hills above the beach to photograph the views and the setting sun, and our reward for walking through hail, high winds, snow, rain and a temperate of -4 degrees was a stunning scene beneath us which you can see in the photos below.

One of the questions we all have before heading out into extreme weather locations is 'what to wear' - especially when you’re faced with a variety of weather all on the same walk! I decided to wear Rohan gear exclusively for this trip - which included my socks, gloves, hat, base layers, jackets, trousers, t-shirts and waterproofs. I opted for the Tundra Jacket as my main coat for its warmth - as it’s filled with duck down - and like all Rohan gear packs down really small, making it ideal for travel. I also wore the Elite Overtrousers and Jacket - and these are so impressive! When I'm in high winds and wet weather I need an extra layer on top as it genuinely keeps the biting wind out, and stops any rain getting through to my clothing. The nature of my work requires me to lay on the muddy ground to take certain shots, and this outer clothing makes it very easy for me to stay dry. It actually means I can keep shooting for longer. Some of my team chose to wear gear from other manufacturers and it was very noticeable how cold they were - often returning to the 4x4 to get warm and dry. So from now on, I’ll be wearing Rohan on all my shoots!

Monday, 23 November 2015

Beautiful Dorset and the Durdle Door

I've always loved Dorset - the soft countryside and stunning coastline provide the perfect location for photography, in all weather. Every year in late November it's possible to get a photograph of the sun rising directly through the 'door' from the far end of the beach, which gives you the opportunity to add a little extra to the beach shot at sunrise. I arrived there very early on Sunday morning, in complete darkness, and carefully walked down the very steep cliff to the beach, and waited for the sun to rise.

And then, over the horizon the light began to appear and the sun rose perfectly through the opening of the Durdle Door - making the 4am start well worth it!

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Deconstructed food

Part of being a food photographer is to be creative with how you portray the food you're asked to shoot. Obviously your wanting to provide your clients with something beautiful, eye catching and professional that will present their product or dish in its best light - but sometimes I enjoy taking a step into the preparation of this dish or beverage. I find that it helps to understand the process of how it was made in the first place.

I love the process behind how food is made - I'm passionate about organic and the welfare of animals and love british farming. I recently did a photoshoot for the Rhug Estate in Wales, where Lord Newborough operates a beautiful organic farm where they produce the most incredible meat - and this process really excites me.

Over the next few weeks I'll be uploading plenty of deconstructed food to my blog, so keep an eye's a milk shake below:

Iceland photo shoot

Just finished an incredibly awe inspiring photo shoot in Iceland, shooting in the glacier region of Jokulsarlon, where the ice is very blue! We were so fortunate to have totally clear wether for the trip, so we were able to capture the the beauty of this region in glorious light!

Part of the pleasure of shooting somewhere like Iceland is the strength of colour in the landscape. It's hard to explain how strong the colours are in that region, especially during the golden hours (sunrise and sunset). For landscapes and product photography, it was a total dream as we were treated to an incredible feast of colour.

Part of the trip involved photographing for a whisky brand, with their product truly 'on the rocks' in crystal clear, or sometimes blue ice - lots of fun! I've put a few of the landscape photos below, as well as a pic of me at work in that fantastic region - enjoy! 

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Sunday, 5 July 2015

Beautiful wedding in Arundel, Sussex

Yesterday I had the privilege of photographing a beautiful wedding in the lovely town of Arundel. After the ceremony we shot a few portraits along the winding river before heading off to a village pub for a great BBQ reception. A real summer wedding!

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Royal Ascot with Peperami

The first thing that came to mind when I was booked to shoot at Ascot last week was HATS! It's one of those images that stays with you - especially if you've watched 'My Fair Lady' in the past - which I have. So, when I was asked to go to Ascot and shoot a hat made of sausage I was excited to imagine the scene - especially in the hot sun!

Gathered outside the royal box entrance I stood with the model wearing his hat made of Peperami sausages and we were immediately mobbed by other photographers from the associated press and tv crews - all wanting a shot of this amazing hat. I'm pleased to say that the hat withstood the heat of the sunshine, and held up well as ladies from around the world paraded their weird and wonderful hats around the historic race course. Here's a few pics of the hat in question:

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

The Hollies!

Last night I was shooting a launch party for a brand new restaurant in London, called Smith and Wollensky. They're already a well established brand in the USA, but this is the first of their incredible steak restaurants to hit the UK. The launch was great fun, with plenty of good food, drink and music to go round for everyone. My job was to capture the whole event on camera, and during the evening we were entertained by the enormously talented lead singer of The Hollies, Peter Howarth. He's one of those guys who's done everything as a guitarist - like play with The Who - and last night he sang us some real classics. Thanks Peter!