For the past few years Holly Booth and I have covered the University of Derby Fashion Show at the Assembly Rooms in Derby. I was just doing a quick trawl around Google and found the page on the University website with a lovely slide show from this years show. There are images by Lawrence de Gruchy as well as my own. You can view it here at Fashion Show 2012 or check out the photo bucket page.
From time to time I get to work on projects just for the fun of it. Recently I was in the studio with Oona and Sian and we came up with some great new ideas – mostly based around Sian’s amazing make-up work. It is always good to collaborate with other creative people without the pressure of having to meet any deadlines or a particular style. We went from a simple lingerie style right up to black body paint and glitter – quite a day really! A few of the results are below.
Last Thursday I got a text asking if I might be available for Monday in London, hush-hush, no details. Intrigued I said yes! The text was from Jennie at C W Sellors the jewellers so I knew it was going to be something good as I cover their Christmas Wishes event each year at Chatsworth House (remember Joan Rivers turning up?!).
Once I said yes I was told that I wold be photographing TV presenter and actor Donna Air in a huge spider themed jewellery piece designed by catwalk designer Scott Henshall and made by the team at Sellors. Diamonds, Black Diamonds, Jet and 150 year old vintage Victorian jet were all included in the fabulous piece.
So off we went to an hotel in the heart of London to wait for the moment when I could have a few minutes with Donna to photograph her before she was to walk the red carpet. As is the way of such things there were many delays, changes of idea and adjustments to be made but with half an hour to go before the red carpet I met Donna and we chose a plain background in the hotel to allow the dress and the jewellery to really be shown off to their best. Donna was great and easy to work with so in a few minutes we had what we had come for. Then I had no time at all to get two images downloaded, edited and emailed to the press. So little time that I actually left the MacBook on the reception counter while running to get into the blacked out Mercedes with it’s engine running – much to the bemusement of the hotel receptionist!
Also in the car was Hofit Golan, for Fashion TV, who was wearing another of C W Sellors spider creations for her red carpet stroll. Armed with AAA passes we strolled up the red carpet in Leicester Square just taking it all in. Lemar popped up behind us along with TOWIE cast members and lots of others walking up to the go beneath the giant spider and into the cinema. The AAA tickets also got us onto the balcony with Rhys Ifans, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone from the film. Also about were Benedict Cumberbatch and Anna Friel. After all that fun we watched the 3D movie and it was great!
So here are the two images I did in two minutes while rushing for the limo…
And here are a few iPhone pics from the red carpet.
Derby University Fashion department go each year to the Alternative Fashion Week in London with a selection of garments made by their students. This years theme was ‘Blue’. Holly Booth and I were asked to photograph the collection for a long line up shot. This time Holly took the photos and I have done the editing into the complete picture and here is the result:
Here is a sneak peek from a recent photo shoot with Derby University fashion student Carly Jackson. Her collection is titled ‘Showgirl’ and features adapted and embellished lingerie. She wanted an edgy look in the Dazed and Confused style. So I asked Oona to model and Stacey Sanderson to do the hair and make-up. So far Carly has been delighted with the results. Hopefully these images will feature on her website for the launch of her new business very soon.
I can now announce a whole new way to experience my studio and my photography. I now have two packages; only £49, for an hour shoot and £99 for three hours in the studio. Both packages include:
- All images in colour, black & white and more.
- Secure online gallery and slideshow.
- Free thumbnail photo downloads.
- Huge range of prints, frames and downloads available to purchase online, anytime.
In addition the full £99 package includes a £20 voucher towards prints, frames and wall art from your images.
So whatever your style, from simple portrait to full model portfolio I can offer you great images and great value. Have a look at the galleries to get inspiration.
It’s the season when I spend time working with the final year fashion students at the University of Derby on their collections. There will be lops more of these shoots coming soon but in the meantime here is an image from the first of these taken recently in the studio. This was for a style look-book and here the student was after for a classic look.
As a way of saying thanks to those great people who recommend me to others for any type of photographic job I am offering a free hour photo shoot session in the studio. All you have to do is pass my details on to your family, friends and colleagues and, if they book a job with me, then you can claim your free shoot worth £39 – it’s that easy! So come on everyone get you free shoots now!
Over the past year I have taken many fashion images and I have now added the best of these to my website for you to look at. I have also added new images to all the other galleries so take a look and let me know what you think. My favourite shoots involve a good team with a strong idea and great models – luckily I get the chance to do that quite often. So have a look at the Fashion Gallery now!
Megan Crook, of Crooked Knitwear, popped in to the studio last week for a quick shoot with some of her own creations. Megan work with yarns in a wonderful way and she now even makes boots! Megan is also organising a fashion show event soon in Derby where I will be one of the photographers – more on that later.