As luck would have it this week while on assignment in Los Angeles Actor Mark Margolis, and his wife Actress Jacqueline Margolis were staying in the same Studio City hotel. I recognised Mark in the lobby having a sneaky cigarette, and introduced myself, he was very approachable and chatty. Mark has starred in dozens & dozens of films, from 1492 to Hannibal, The Wrestler and of course Scarface. I was very keen to talk about his role in the Television Series Breaking Bad, as the notorious man with the Bell, Hector “Tio” Salamanca. Mentioning to Mark I was shooting in LA, I asked if he would like to sit for a portrait.
Delighted with my offer of a portrait sitting mark accepted and from a chance encounter I was able to capture some wonderful frames of Mark and his wife Jacqueline, who was also happy to sit for a portrait. It was an amazing experience to work with an Actor of such talent, and it goes to show great things can happen just by chance.
Steven Berkoff is an English actor who has also enjoyed prominent success as an author, playwright and theatre director. Often cast as the ‘big bad’ in his films, he has appeared in the likes of Rambo: First Blood Part II, Octopussy and as Adolf Hitler in the TV mini-series War and Remembrance. Recently, you may have spotted him alongside Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara in David Fincher’s version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Arriving at Steven’s home in London I was a little apprehensive over what to expect. I’d heard rumours that he was difficult to work with, and his reputation as the go-to bad guy was beginning to put the fear of God up me. My nervousness was soon put to rest and it was an absolute treat to sit and work with this seasoned veteran.
Having spent time as a photographer himself, Steven took quite an interest in my work, and I his. He was full of well-informed input during the photoshoot which made the whole thing feel very collaborative. As each frame passed, I noticed that he was able to tell a different story with every pose. Flicking through the images was like reading a novel. Through the power of his expression alone, Steven constructed a beginning, middle and end to the session which was simply a joy to behold.
Images where taken with my medium format Mamiya 645DF, Leaf Credo 40 & 80mm f/2.8 LS D.
Two words to describe the Bowens RX400 kit, portability and power, for the photographer on the move they are an ideal solution. I had the chance to test out the RX kit on a recent photoshoot with Red Dwarf and Coronation Street actor Craig Charles.
The Rx 400 Kit is smaller than the standard Bowens Gemini kits, with the test button now integrated with the power LED. On the back, there are three switches: one to change the modelling light mode, one to change the modelling light control and one for setting whether the device beeps when its ready to be triggered again. The 400Rx also has the standard Bowens battery port, so is able to be used with the Travel Battery-pak .
Built into the 400Rx is a radio receiver compatible with Bowens Pulsar radio triggering system the system allows for 24 channels, accessed by using the two buttons on the transmitter. The Pulsar Radio trigger is lightweight, compact and solid . With the receiver being built in, you don’t have to have things attached or dangling from the monolight, but there still is a sync port in case you don’t have the option to use the Radio trigger.
The kit is a great choice for those just starting out, and seeking their first set of strobes, or those looking for kit that gives them portability, without having to carry bulky heavy lighting systems. With the kit you can create easy two light setups without any fuss. On the photoshoot with Craig (Image Below) taken with a Canon 5DMk III you can see the quality and power of the two strobes.
Many may not know, that despite living in my home town of Liverpool and having my studio in the city, I work both Nationally and Internationally. Actor Brent Spiner, who best known for his portrayal of the android Lieutenant Commander Data in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Sat for a portrait session in Los Angeles last month. It was wonderful to meet Brent, he is a very talented actor. I recently had chance to watch ‘Out at Sea‘ staring Spiner as the Cruise Director Gil Godwyn, I recommend you take a look. The session lasted around an hour and we worked through several looks, I directed Brent to assume expressive poses, both pensive and thought provoking. Brent is a natural in front of the camera, and in such a short time we created some wonderful portraits.
All portraits where photographed with the Mamiya Leaf Credo 40 & Mamiya Sekor Af 110mm F2.8 Ls D Lens; the best Fixed Prime Portrait Lens I’ve ever used. I’m looking forward to returning to Los Angeles, where I will be holding two Portrait Photography Courses in Studio City June 2015.
Wonderful start to 2015, I was commissioned by a Commercial Uniform Supplier to photograph their 2015 Collection. Over 250 uniforms, the assignment took three days to complete.
From multinationals to individuals, advertising agencies and design groups. I have been commissioned by a large number of clients over the years, from household names including Pepsi, John Lewis, HSBC, Malmaison Hotels & Government Departments to Small Companies and Start-Ups. If you are in need of Commercial Photography for your business please keep me in mind.
Actor Tino, booked a session at my Liverpool Studio this week. Tino is about to apply for a place at the New York Film Academy. Working with Aspiring Actors and new Talent is an exciting prospect. This was Tino’s first sitting, and Tino like many young actors was unsure on how to pose for his headshot session. Over the years I have developed my own unique style of working with Actors. Ensuring Sessions are relaxed and enjoyable; using ‘inventive scenarios‘ and direction, to create natural approachable headshots. I always like to start with a few test shots which we can view on the computer so that any necessary changes can be made. We then work in the studio for a time, this gives you a chance to get a feel of how I work and I can find out what works best for you. clothing and hair styles can be changed whenever needed. (A Makeup Artist can be provided if Needed). From time to time I will show you photos so you have a clear idea of what is going on.
After another coffee break I take more studio shots using a different background. Throughout the shoot we will aim to get as many looks as we can, with clothes, different hair styles, angles and emotions. The session will last around Two Hours and in that time I will take about 500 photos, which will be cut down to around 200/220. I shoot in colour and convert into black and white so if you require any colour shots this is not a problem. You will receive your contact sheets on-line via this website within 24 hours. Once you have chosen your two photos I will re-touch and crop them for you and changes can be made before you receive your final photos. With regards to airbrushing, I feel this is a very important area as too much can spoil a photo, this is why I spend a great deal of time working on your photos and like to include you in this process via email or your private page so please make sure you pick the right photos. You will receive all final photos by via your private page.
Tino Booked My Package One Session in Liverpool, I have TWO Comprehensive Packages Available. I run sessions every month in Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, and London. To Arrange Your Session, please checkout my Actors Headshots Page.
Dr James Kimilu commissioned me to photograph some new corporate headshots for his Liverpool Clinic website. The images needed to reflect the professionalism and character of Dr James. Every company needs an online presence and professional looking profile photos are an essential part of that. I have many years’ experience working with companies to create polished business portraits. Connect with your audience and make a great first impression. Use the power of photography to brand your company or yourself.
Barrister Neil booked a Corporate Headshot Photoshoot at the Liverpool Studio to Update his Profile Images. Every professional needs a good headshot, if you are a Barrister or Solicitor please take a look at the comprehensive service I can offer. Portraiture is my speciality, having over 10 years experience; you will find my friendly and professional approach helps put even the most photo-phobic at ease. I’ll provide you with a good selection of shots, generally showing a range of different expressions to help you fine-tune the corporate image you wish to put across. Click Here to View my LATEST CLIENTS & PORTFOLIO.