Testing with Kate Waldron Model today at the Abode Hotel in Manchester, just flicking through the shots now and they are looking great. Thank you to Nita Malata Makeup Artist and Chun Yuen for Assisting me. I should have the edited images up in a few days.
Shots from today’s hair extensions shoot are looking fab can’t wait to retouch them!
This afternoon I went to have a look at the German U-Boat U-534 that has been situated for sometime at the Woodside Ferry Terminal in Birkenhead.
There was also lots of information boards telling you about what you are looking at, also in some of the hard to see areas there was a remote camera so that most areas could be seen. I snapped some shots with Hipstamatic on my iPhone.
Location:Woodside Ferry, Birkenhead
This weekend Danielle commissioned me to shoot her actors headshots and she very kindly let us take some behind the scenes footage of her shoot. My actor’s headshot package is very comprehensive and competitive. Each session roughly lasts 1hr and 30mins and I take the time to create images that will make your agent and any potential casting directors place you at the top of the pile.
Shot in a photography studio in the center of Liverpool and with Manchester locations available; and with a photographer of 10 years experience you will have a fun and enjoyable session. My actor’s headshot package is now currently £119.00 and if you would like the optional makeup artist like Danielle, then it is only a small extra cost of £40. You can view more information on my actors headshots page. (10% NUS Discount is available on the package)
Portraiture and working with talent is one of the areas of photography I enjoy the most. Actors make the best models in my opinion. Just take a look at Angelina Jolie, Rachel Weisz, Pierce Brosnan and who can forget Audrey Hepburn. The majority of professional actors and actresses are trained and comfortable in front of the camera, and I have spent many rewarding hours photographing acting talent.
Today’s beginners photography course in Liverpool was a great success. The delegates with my help were able to learn how to use their cameras, grasp the concepts of Depth of Field, Histograms, White Balance and Aperture Priority.
Working with a professional model the delegates were then able to reaffirm these skills and work on composition technique to improve their photography.
I will be holding several more beginners photography courses this year so please check out my course page for more information. You can also view feedback from today’s delegates below.
Today at the studio I was commissioned by singer Adam Kaufman to shoot some photos for his website and promotional material.
Check out the unedited previews below. If you are an artist or singer looking for photography please keep me in mind. My packages are affordable and start at £129 including hair and makeup.
With the bank holiday approaching its been a slow week so I decided to organise a beauty test shoot today with Rebecca Cordell @Industry People.
Nathan @Sassoon and Elizabeth McNell did a great job with hair and makeup. Please take a look at the unedited results below; I have already started retouching and will have the final images up in a few days.
Black & White photography really gives your images the edge and a classical feel. I decided in this post to showcase some of my best B&W Photographs so I snapped these screen shots with my iPhone.
Over the past two weeks I have been busy shooting with B&W film with my OM1, and I’m waiting for the roles to come back from the lab. I’m looking forward to posting the images and will pop them up on my blog in a few days.
In the meantime if you would like to see more of my Black & White Photography please take a look at my portfolio pages.
This week the Liverpool Echo interviewed me about my recent model portfolio shoot with Stuart Reardon, Rugby Player for the Warrington Wolves. The interview was published today in the newspaper. Check out the article below and click here to view the full photoshoot.
Dawn Collinson talks to the rugby hunk who is giving modelling a try
RUGBY players are no strangers to looking good in front of the camera. Just ask Charlotte Church. But if Welshman Gavin Henson is more the perma-tanned pretty boy, England and GB winger Stuart Reardon is clearly at the manlier end of the modelling market.
Although, he jokes, there was a little less-than-macho behaviour required for his first professional photoshoot.
“I had to wear make-up for the first time, which was a bit of a culture shock,” he laughs. “Although I had to admit it did look better. Nobody’s perfect are they? But it was only a bit of foundation to even out my skin and make it look a bit browner – there was definitely no mascara!”
The 29-year-old, whose sporting CV includes stints at Warrington, Bradford and Salford, is now playing in Wrexham for Crusaders, although he lives in Warrington.
But with the prospect of retirement not a million miles away, and with casual offers to model coming his way, he’s decided to try his hand at a second career.
“There aren’t many rugby players who play until they’re 35 or 36, so once you’re knocking 30 you have to start looking around,” he explains. “I think when I stop playing I’ll probably become a personal trainer, but people asked me to do some modelling so I thought I’d give it a try.
“I’m pretty open-minded and I’ll try things and hope for the best, so I thought I might as well see how far modelling could take me.”
Stuart’s first task was to get a portfolio of photos to present to agencies.
For that he turned to Liverpool-based photographer Rory Lewis, who specialises in fashion and beauty work.
Rory was immediately impressed with Stuart’s look and his ease in front of the camera.
“I get a lot of people who come and say to me ‘I want to be a model, do you think I can make it?’ Nine times out of 10 the answer is no and you have to tell them straight.
“But with Stuart, as soon as I saw him I thought he could definitely make it. He’s a really good looking guy and he has the basic criteria – the bone structure and height – that you look for.”
When Stuart walked in to Rory’s Renshaw Street studio, he was a little nervous at first, says the photographer.
“But he got on with it and he did a very good job,” he adds. “I gave him some direction, too, which helps to get a reaction and break the ice.”
Stuart agrees that his first session went smoothly, with Rory’s guidance.
“I felt fine in front of the camera and Rory made me feel really comfortable,” says Stuart. “I didn’t really know how to do a model pose, so he obviously had to give me a few directions about that, but I’m just starting out. I’m happy to be shown.”
Now signed to Impact agency in Liverpool, both photographer and model agree that commercial work is the most likely route for Stuart to take.
“I’ve got an athletic body because of what I do so I’m not embarrassed about taking my top off and showing it,” he smiles. “Obviously I’m training and playing, but you have to be really fit to play rugby so working out with weights and eating healthily becomes a part of your daily routine.
“I’m not so big that I couldn’t model clothes, though. I’m an outside back so I look athletic but I’m only 14 stone and a 42inch chest so I can wear off-the-peg, whereas some of the lads who play with me are 18 stone at least.”
Rory believes Stuart has quite a versatile look which would work well in several markets.
“He’s not really catwalk, but I think he’s the sort of person you’d see in an ad campaign for sportswear or outdoor clothes,” he says. “He could work for cosmetic brands, too, because a lot of those companies use built men to advertise their products. They like the whole concept of tough guys using beauty products.”
Stuart’s girlfriend Emma is a former model so, he says, she’s been supporting his ambition. But what about his teammates?
“Because I haven’t really done any professional jobs yet, not all of them know, but I don’t think they’ll be that bothered,” he smiles. “A couple of them know, but they’ve not given me a hard time … not yet, anyway.”