Heavy Metal

In August 2021 I was approached by an agency client about a possible project that involved food photography and maybe a little more, thus began a journey that took me into Heavy Metal, food photography, portraits and industrial photography and videography.

A metal foundry in the black country had found that its production had fallen because of global changes, the company Chamberlin & Hill had been producing quality castings since 1890 and had decided to venture into the consumer cookware market and they designed and made a griddle and skillet.

The brand EMBA was born and I am proud that I was involved with the development and execution of the visual assets for the website and marketing for these great products.

The story of the...

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Cotswold Living

It was a surprise to be approached by a magazine editor, Sharon Martin,to be a subject of an article, I am often approached by the editorial department of magazines to provide an image of a subject they are featuring, in fact it is one of the areas of photography that I most enjoy, portraits of 'interesting' people, an article is often already written, and the subject is seen as someone worth photographing and I am always delighted to photograph the subject, however, why me as as a subject of an article?

Well I am lucky that I have photographed a large number of celebrities over the years, although I have never been a specialist in that area, but by association I suppose some of that celebrity status rubs off?

I would like to think I am not star struck or ever have been,...

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Allyson Martin

The Pandemic certainly impacted my work, although I have always worked across many genre, since 2010 the majority of my work has been portrait based, with personal projects such as the ‘In the American West Midlands’ and ‘A day at the Races’ the personal work then informs the commercial commissions with Brand campaigns such as Marsh & Parsons as well as editorial portraits.

Not able to work in studios and location while lockdowns were in place, was OK as somehow product and food projects came in and I enjoyed the opportunity to work with subjects that did not have limited time or were reluctant to be in front of a camera, able to work from home with a small still life studio was a new approach that I enjoyed, but I did miss my portrait work.

Now the situation has...

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Men in Black -

Why do photographer wear black?

I have for many years worn black, my sister even told her young son that I was a ‘man in black ‘ and was really some kind of covert agent, as I was often out of the country, I was actually shooting Ads but to my nephew it made sense (he is now in the industry so he understands). The ubiquitous black T shirt and black jeans, ok the jeans were often classic blue, but with a black jacket that was my uniform?

Yes, it's a uniform because I belong to a tribe, the social aspect is limited as we don’t gather together much, we often work by ourselves and spend hours on a computer processing and editing our work but still we wear the darkest colour.

I know black is flattering and can make you appear a little lighter than you are, but there are...

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Rafael  Macedo

What should you do to create a good headshot for Linkedin or your social media?

Here are some suggestions, tips and tricks to ensure you have a great headshot for social media.

If you can’t access a professional headshot or portrait photographer here are some guidelines.

Use a camera phone with a ‘portrait’ lens. There are many smart phones around today, some are incredibly well specified, and may have a selection of lens.

If you can get someone else to operate it, or have it secured and get away from the camera, ideally by two metres.

1: The further away from the camera the less chance there is to have perspective distortion. This is an effect that is natural but not flattering, if you get close to someone their nose is closer and in-fact it can look...

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'Brand' campaign for Marsh & Parsons

Brand Photography

The term "Brand Photography' has been around to my knowledge since the 1980's , in fact it is certainly well used and now seems like one of those Buzz words that are associated with the creative industry and terms that are used to replace advertising and marketing, when that is what it's all about. Marketing and communication is what commercial and not for profit companies do, they can be selling a product or providing a service, and in order to communicate the product or service to an audience they use many methods including photography.

So let's keep it simple, Brand photography is Advertising photography.

Well, yes and no, because communication is what is happening, and not always in an advertising context. The recent amazing work done by the...

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Cirque - a sculpture by Sue Jones

CIRQUE - Sculpture or could it be a product?

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Transpaent Umbrella with photographer

How a portrait photographer can work safely during Covid 19 restrictions.

Since March 2020, there has been a massive change in the way I have approached taking portraits on location and in a studio environment. As a member of the Association of Photographer I have a great resource for up to the minute guidance, and although most of the restrictions during the initial lockdown, were not initially clear, a professional photographer can continue his work, providing they do not break distance rules wear a mask or suitable PPE, and follow hygiene guidance.

Press photographer and others were out and about taking photographs & video, to capture all that was going on, some of the most poignant images were of NHS staff, patients and others that were directly affected by the...

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Mask and Gloves are just part of the protocol for a safe shoot

How to Photograph food with Covid restrictions.

Photography did not stop during the Lockdown in the UK in fact there are many great examples of documentary and fine art photography during this challenging time, the way the world had changed provide great opportunities to document a momental time in a world that was experiencing such a massive social and economic change.

However business had to continue and certainly there was a massive shift to remote working and the boom in online commerce, the resulting change has meant that a great deal of new visual communication images were required, to engage with audiences, there is a massive shift toward video and yet the still image is still required. Images that respond to a new way of working and delivering services. Food was a...

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Striking, double-glazed development. Built-in air-purification system.

New Brand Campaign for London Estate Agents - Marsh & Parsons.

In December 2019 and January 2020, I shot a series of portraits for my client Marsh & Parsons, the campaign was to be rolled out over the next twelve months on social media, poster sites and on their website. That was the plan, but as everyone is now aware the world changed drastically in a very short period of time, I was following the progress of the pandemic in the China and realised that the work I had produced would probably not get used for a while? As Lockdown happened, my bookings were cancelled, especially those involving people, which for a portrait specialist is about 80% of my workload, I then resigned myself to a very quiet time to say the least, however as I have seen recessions and massive...

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