Great to see my Leeds Arena, Snow Patrol pictures in print this month courtesy of N-Photo magazine’s ‘On Assignment’ feature. The article offers a first person account of the whole night’s photography, covering the entire gig from start to finish, from various vantage points in the venue.
The University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) supports businesses across the energy supply chain in entering the nuclear energy market. Research, development of new technologies and training of skilled apprentices are all part of the equation. Now though, the University has opened a new Midlands Nuclear AMRC facility just up the road in Derby to further extend the work already underway in Sheffield and in Birkenhead. I went along for the University to follow the crowd of around 150 regional manufacturers and stakeholders who attended the launch event.
With state of the art workshop facilities, demonstrations and high-level speakers there was plenty to keep people interested. For me it was great to be there on behalf of the university and see how the AMRC initiative is delivering for businesses across the region, as they work to become Fit for Nuclear. It was a very busy morning which went very quickly – always a sign of a successful event!
KVH Studios creates tailored audio for in-store and broadcast promotion of some of the UKs biggest retailers. They’re currently in the midst of developing a new website for the business so this was perfect timing for KVH to move away from stock photography and develop their own picture library. A perfect opportunity also, for me to test drive Nikon’s new, mirrorless Z 6 camera alongside my trusty D5. I went along to recce the facilities and was really impressed with the extent of the operation, from sound booths to conference rooms, post production and video conferencing.
On the day, the Z 6 delivered a beautifully silent shutter action, perfect for the sound proof setting. I also took my daylight lamp to avoid using harsh and noisy flash as I photographed voiceover and interview session recordings. We captured shots with and without people to illustrate the quality of both the team and the facilities. Feedback following the job has been brilliant and all in all, it’s been great working with KVH. Interesting also to get an insight into the bespoke audio magazine programmes you hear in-store as you’re browsing. Plus the whole thing came through client recommendation which is always nice!
Final question for any fellow camera junkies out there – can you tell which shots are from the D5 and which are Z 6? In fact these are mostly D5 but the two just above the final shot are from the Z 6. Overall, I think the quality of the camera compares pretty well and it has been great exploring what a mirrorless system has to offer, so thanks also to Nikon for giving me the opportunity.
After four years in Colombia, my very good friend Amanda has come home to the UK with her two, now grown-up children. She arrived just in time to celebrate her 50th birthday and decided to mark the occasion with a studio shoot. Beyond the clothing choices, including Colombian football shirts!, Amanda gave me free reign to try different light setups and compositions to deliver a portfolio of individual and group portraits. Thanks to my very obliging models, In just a couple of hours we’d got plenty of images in the can. These are some of my personal favourites.
Awards events orchestrated by Barker Brooks always tend to be epic affairs. At the Manchester Hilton last month it was the turn of the personal injury teams to take time out for dinner, dancing, entertainment and a pat on the back for another year of hard graft. For them (and for me!) the evening was action packed, from the champagne reception to the presentations. With comedian Justin Moorhouse compèring there was never a dull moment – he was hilarious! Just before the pumpkin hour I headed back up the road to my digs to turn round the awards pictures for morning media and finally fell into bed in the wee small hours. Another sparkling night courtesy of Barker Brooks and great to be part of the team.
I’m always up for a street party, especially one with bands, buns and…complimentary TVs! As part of a special Freeview promotion, 50 residents on Sheffield’s Freedom Road were offered free televisions – a ‘thank you’ for being an existing customer or an incentive to become one! Needless to say local residents were more than happy to take up the offer and to enjoy the associated, presentation celebrationI Thanks to Little Red Rooster PR for inviting me to join in the widescreen celebrations.
8.30 am on the 18th September and I’m camera ready amid the lush greenery of Tropical World, Roundhay Park, in the company of some rather unusual insects. This was the press call for Cirque du Soleil, on the Leeds leg of their OVO tour but I was actually there on behalf of promoters Live Nation, shooting publicity pictures for the world renowned circus troupe.
The performers were fantastic to photograph in their ‘natural’ habitat. Colourful, exotic and obviously extremely flexible they created a gorgeous visual spectacle and were brilliant to work with. The shoot required special permission from Leeds City Council but let’s face it, who wouldn’t want a larger than life cricket, spider and ladybug with celebrity status taking up temporary residence on your doorstep. I would love to have spent more than an hour with the Cirque gang but sadly they had to hop, skip and jump off to their next gig. Thanks, one and all for the impromptu show.
Leeds creative agency Enjoy Digital are celebrating their first decade in business. They were one of the first agencies I worked with when I made the move to Leeds around seven years ago and since then we have partnered on a number of really fantastic projects. So, it was great to be asked to photograph the Enjoy Digital big, ten year bash at Headrow House. It was a fairly laid back, summer affair up there on the roof-top garden, with the usual drinks, speeches and barbeque food plus creative word association entertainment and piñata bashing to add to the fun. Enjoy Digital continues to grow, with a team of around 50 currently delivering creative solutions to a broad range of clients. They are a super-talented bunch with a special team spirit and I think that comes across in the pictures.
I’ve just finished a 3-day stint on the inaugural CBBC Summer Social in Liverpool and it was brilliant! Across Croxteth Country Park there was so much to photograph from Mr Tumble and his adoring crowd to workshops and music in the Clangers’ Garden. The official, lanyard style schedule had a section free for collecting autographs at the various meet and greets and there were two, main stages surrounded by a huge range of activities.
The Raven section was an amazing adventure space with tree climbing, rope swings, walkways and clue based challenges, just like the show. For the wee ones there was the CBeebies village with snuggly places to nap and bed-time stories read by their favourite presenters. Inside Croxteth Hall – magic potions at the Worst Witch spells academy and a Horrible Histories Tour. I got lost in the Pet Farm learnt how to make slime and hung out backstage with the legendary Hacker T.Dog. In short – wall to wall, family friendly action and I think I’ve set a new record for miles covered and shots taken at a festival…I wouldn’t have missed it!
London may not seem like the most attractive destination to visit on one of the sunniest days of the year but when you’re photographing some of the city’s coolest eateries it suddenly becomes a much more appealing prospect. This is the latest chapter in my work for property agents Daniel Cobb http://www.danielcobb.co.uk/locallygrown, who are continuing to develop their customer loyalty card scheme, Locally Grown.
Anyone buying or renting through Daniel Cobb on a private or commercial level, can sign up to the scheme and gain access to exclusive discounts and offers at a whole range of local businesses in the Kensington and London Bridge area. Daniel Cobb are always brilliant to work with and on this occasion George Cobb led the way on our gastronomic tour of the Capital’s west side. There were some amazing venues which were brilliant to photograph, including Bob’s Lobster where the servery is fashioned out of a classic, VW camper van. Of course, we had to sample some of the amazing food along the way and, as always, I left wishing I could sign up for membership of Locally Grown myself. Thanks to George and co for another, really inspiring shoot.