On the day of the shoot with Norse projects, I went to meet Kristine Wold, the stylist for the shoot, at her flat in Norrebro, Copenhagen. I had done a bit of location scouting a couple days before, and thanks to a few tips she had given me when we first met, I’d found some interesting spots dotted around her neighbourhood. The area was beautiful – streets lined with beautiful old apartments and peaceful little shops and cafes. At one end it became a little more ‘urban’, with graffiti on the walls and some tattooed fellas who seemed to be having a ‘debate’. I’d just sat down in a pretty café to write an email when no more than 5 minutes later a police van turned up, siren blaring. See more…
During the summer of 2013 I embarked on a 4 month motorbike trip around Scandinavia, to meet up with some of the regions most exciting fashion labels. I spent my time interviewing the head designers, documenting their work place and shooting their AW13 collections. Whilst on the trip I kept a photo diary which I regularly updated. Please do check it out!
If you have a blog yourself or are from a magazine and would like to cover the trip or one of the brands I visited please feel free get in contact. The trip was all about discovery, finding new and interesting brands and getting to know established ones better.
Here are the brands I visited on the trip:
- Norse Projects
- Libertine Libertine
- Uniforms For The Dedicated
- Our Legacy
Earlier this Autumn I covered the Harvey Nichols A/W fashion show. Some of the photos were published in Manchester’s Style Etc along with an interview article (above). The article went to print this month so I can now feature the piece in my blog. Woo! Hit the jump for more pics and the geeky lighting info…
I have been doing quite a lot of location scouting recently so I thought I would do a blog post on the subject. It is something every location photographer has to do and is a good way to get out from behind the computer for a day. I usually put on some walking boots and have a good hunt. I like to start early so I can see where the sun starts out and usually carry on till it sets so I can get a good idea of where that is too. Obviously, a leisurely stop for lunch breaks up the day nicely and invariably another pit stop for coffee keeps me going for what usually ends being a 10 or 11 hour day on my feet. Sure its work but there is no need to be uncivilised. Hit the jump for instagram snaps of a recent day out, the thinking behind choosing a location and some rambling about focal length…
“Hey man whatever you think is best – probably depends on the weather.”
Just when I thought, Sven, you’ve had your brief don’t push your luck, a revelation comes out of nowhere:
“Definitely no hats”
Nightmage gig?! Nope. This is my favorite type of work – I love an open brief. What is really being said (I like to tell myself) is, we trust you to come up with something. This is where the fun starts. Hit the jump to see the rest of the pictures, write up and of course all the geeky lighting stuff.
At the end of last year I did a shoot with the lovely Helen Batchelor and vintage make up artist Bethany Jane Davies, and I mentioned I would do a proper post on it so here it is. Antwerp mansion in December is an extremely cold place and despite having brought hot tea in thermoses and snacks to keep energy up it was a tough shoot. In fact Helen having spent a good portion of the shoot in underwear managed to catch the flu the next day. Lovely! Never-the-less it was fun to mess around and I try to do a shoot once a month that is a bit different from what I would normally do and is not for money, just to keep the creativity and learning on track. For this shoot I wanted to use some old stage lights I bought ages ago and see how they worked with strobe lighting. Hit the jump to get the geeky break down on lighting set ups…
In the last post I was leaving for an extended trip in Asia with the aim of getting some photos to come back with. As it turned out I became rather distracted with a video project that I want to put together for our trip through Vietnam. While we were there we bought a rather tired out old motor bike and traveled through the interior of Vietnam. I am currently in the process of putting together the footage into a short video which will be posted on this blog when its done, however since I’m new to video editing its takeing quite some time, so bare with me while I labour over the editing. In the mean time I shall be blogging on a few of the things I’ve been up to since I’ve been back. One of the first things I did when I got back was immediately leave again on a trip round scotland. An excellent choice if you like whiskey and castles. Hit the jump to see more…
A couple of weeks ago I did a burlesque shoot with Helen who has been suggesting we do this for about a year, literally. The question has always been, where? That question was answered a month ago when I went to see a gig at an old derelict mansion near where I live. It was perfect for the job. Unfortunately I have only been able to process a couple from the shoot as it has been absolutely crazy these last couple of weeks. We have been getting ready for a BIG TRIP in east Asia which starts on the 2nd at 9am (yes in 5 hours) plus I had the family at my house for Christmas for 10 days. So no time to blog. We plan on going to Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos and to come back in two months with a hardrive full of photographs to start my traveling portfolio. Check back here in March to see the results! Hit the Jump to see more of the burlesque shoot…
Having decided I had to do a shoot with her we dragged her into the house by her horns, which she did not like at all, but once she was in the house she was immediately content to tentatively wonder around examining the carpet, the sofa upholstery, and Gemma’s legs. Getting her to stand still for the shot was absolutely hilarious as my brother and my sister’s boyfriend chased around the room coaxing it to behave. Funnily enough I think it was merely a communication problem, because when we got her in the position in the photograph she happily held that position for quite some time. In fact, I swear she started posing. Hit the jump for some of the rather amusing attempts previous to this shot and the lighting info.
Over the next couple of blogs I’ll be posting about a couple of more noteworthy things I’ve been up to this month. One of which was covering an event held by the Manchester Gallery of Costume (this is a part of Manchester Art Gallery in Platt Fields Park for any Manchester readers). It was an event to raise money for the gallery and was sponsored by Harvey Nichols who brought 4 models from Boss Model Management (pictured).
It was a rather swanky event with 60 of some of Manchesters wealthiest women on the guest list. A photographer from Cheshire Life and i were snapping away during the evening documenting the proceedings. Gwen from Manchester Art Gallery who organised the event did a pretty impressive job as the whole place looked amazing with some very spectacular costumes and decor on show.
I have decided to start writing this blog so other photographers can learn from my triumphs and my mistakes and so clients have an opportunity to get to know me a little should they wish to. To the former I hope to be parting with a fair amount of lighting knowledge I have gathered over the years as well, a subject very close to my heart. I’m truly terrible at emailing my poor mum so even if no one else reads this at least she’ll know what I’m up to!