PHOTOGRAPHY ON LOCATION AND WHY IT CAN BE BETTER THAN THE STUDIO

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I have been working with MELBA LONDON since the companies birth back in 2000. Since then I have seen the rise of this small brand specialist and helped to build their reputation in the fiercely competitive maternity ware market with distinctive imagery.

Company owner, Rebecca and I have always worked closely together to pull together the annual shoots. “We initially started shooting the garments in the studio”, says Rebecca, “but quickly realized that creating a story around a location was producing images that brought the whole collection alive”.

The most recent shoot was conducted in a location house in north London, which by careful initial selection proved a fantastic back drop the 2012/13 maternity range.

For more images, please click on the image above.

 

RIP. Mrs T.

I SHOT MAGGIE!

A very sad day for the Thatcher family today but I’m pleased that I can say, I shot Mrs Thatcher!

Unfortunately this is not my picture of Mrs T but one from the late great Helmut Newton. (Although I’m sure my image was very similar) Sadly lost due to many moves and much file disorganisation.

With an invite to Downing street tucked in my pocket and a very nervous disposition, I trekked off to the home of Mrs T. back in the early 1990’s

For some reason I thought it might just be me and the the Iron lady. How wrong and naive I was.

Along with 15-20 other photographers we were trooped up the grand staircase and into one of the press rooms to meet our formidable sitter.

Mrs T, In control (as you might imagine) from the moment we walked in, gave us a master class of how to deal with the press. Which I still vividly recall today and I’m sure I will be able to tell many times again.

RIP. Mrs T.

CRUMBS! A TALKING TOASTER….

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Actually not a toaster at all, but rather a clever digital radio from the Dualit range of kitchen appliances.

I photographed this for the designers ad agency a short time back and was instantly taken by it’s design and form. Simple and elegant. (Didn’t sound too bad either).

To see more of my commercial still life, just click on the image.