Major John Melville Military Portrait Sitting

Major John Melville late of the Commandos and now serving in The Royal Artillery commissioned a Military Portrait at Barracks in Liverpool. It was wonderful to meet John and great to speak to him about his incredible career. Melville is a soldier of considerable experience serving through the ranks as an enlisted man all the way to becoming an officer. His service in the military spanning from the Falklands Conflict in 1982 to the Gulf War in 1990 and even the recent conflicts in Iraq 2003 & Afghanistan 2001–14.

 

Portraits are very important to military personal, to be captured in Uniform looking ones best and in full finery can fill one with pride for the service. John is a genuine British Hero and I wanted to capture him as thus, opting for tall, solemn yet dutiful poses. He was very proud of his service in the Commandos and opted for his portrait in the Iconic Green Commando Beret.

 

If you are a member of the armed forces looking for a portrait siting please check out my comprehensive service available UK wide and several times a year in Los Angeles USA.

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Weekend Portrait Masterclass Feedback

Thank you to everyone who attended Weekend Portrait Masterclass over the bank holiday. It was wonderful to welcome everyone to my Liverpool Photography Studio. The course was a wonderful success, if you would like to book a place, I will be holding four more Weekend Portrait Masterclasses this year in Liverpool, London, Edinburgh & Dublin.

Work with Professional Models Test using State of the Art Equipment

Morning of the first day delegates enjoyed a talk on the medium of portraiture, then after coffee and refreshments it was time to learn low key lighting with our first model Alexandra. After lunch (provided) we moved on to beauty portraiture, learning high key lighting techniques. Into the afternoon delegates worked with our Second Model, Actor and Martial Arts Expert Kru Lundy. Learning how to direct a male subject and use reflectors & softboxes.

Work with Professional Models Test using State of the Art Equipment

On the second day delegates had a full schedule ahead of them. Starting with a fashion portrait photoshoot featuring our first model Alexandra, learning how to use gels to create a vivid portrait. After lunch (provided) delegates worked with a real soldier Major John Melville to create an epic low key portrait in the style of the renaissance artists. Finishing off the second day delegates expanded on high key lighting techniques with our third model Peter Adediran.

 

Mark & Jacqueline Margolis

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” SalamancaMentioning 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.

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William Hague Sitting

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William Hague is a British Conservative politician who was the MP for Richmond from 1989 to 2015. He also served as Leader of the House of Commons from 2014 to 2015 and as Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs from 2010 to 2014. He was the Leader of Conservative Party from 1997 until Iain Duncan Smith took over the position in 2001.

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Until this point, I had longed for the chance to work with a truly significant British historical character. William Hague’s name is synonymous with modern political discourse, but to meet him in person, you would not think it.

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He is a very witty man who was reeling jokes off through the entire sitting. I was pleasantly surprised with how well he held himself for the portrait, so well in fact that the finished frame is very reminiscent of a Holbein piece – dignified and full of grace and authority.

 

Images where taken with my medium format Mamiya 645DF, Leaf Credo 40 & 100mm Mamiya Leaf Sekor AF 110mm f/2.8 LS D &  80mm f/2.8 LS D. Thank you to Calumet Photographic for supporting the Photoshoot.

 

Jewellery Product Photography

Just returning from Los Angeles a client contacted me to arrange a last minute Jewellery Product Photoshoot at the Liverpool Studio. Photographing over 50 items, I captured some stunning shots of all the pieces, delivering them in a 24 hour turn around.

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Philip Hitchcock Magician Talent Photoshoot

Talent Photoshoots, Liverpool, Manchester, London, UK, USA, LA, NYCMagician Philip Hitchcock booked a Talent Photoshoot at the Liverpool Studio this week. Philip was in need of a drastic update of his portfolio, his last photoshoot being several years ago. Philip wanted his famous ‘light bulb trick’ to be highlighted in his images, and using lighting and direction we captured some wonderful shots, adding a little photoshop wizardry.  If you are a Magician, or any other talent, please get in touch, with affordable packages to suit all needs no Job is too big or too small.

Talent Photoshoots, Liverpool, Manchester, London, UK, USA, LA, NYC

Talent Photoshoots, Liverpool, Manchester, London, UK, USA, LA, NYC

No Substitute for Good Hair Salon Photography

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There can be no substitute for good marketing that promotes your hair salon and engages your customers. Professional hair photography brings the styles and textures of hair design to life. A picture does indeed speak a thousand words and your customers in today’s competitive market are looking for the WOW factor.

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With websites like twitter and facebook, your  existing and potential clients are now looking at social networking sites and on a regular basis; being bombarded by advertising from your competitors through this medium. Your salon needs to stand out and market the excellence of its products through photography that sets it apart from all the others in online and in print.

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I specialise in commercial, editorial and awards photography, working with some of the best talent in the hair and beauty world. Shooting commissions for the British Hair Dressing Awards, the L’Oreal Colour Trophy and Wella Trend Vision Competitions.

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Successful photoshoots are a big team effort and it is important to know that we can work together on the day to get outstanding results. I am closely involved in each shoot at an early stage and can help with all aspects from looking for models to finding a makeup artist and clothes stylist that can work successfully to your brief.

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Stunning images of your work can have a big impact on the success of your business and attract prestige and new clients in a number of ways.

One shoot can produce a collection of photographs for your salon that can lead to great coverage on facebook, twitter,  in magazines, local, national and consumer/trade press. Using the shoot photographs on your salon walls, appointment cards, website and brochures are the ultimate advertisement for your business.

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The shoot can be used for hair competitions, and can attract the best stylists to boost your salon. A photoshoot is also a great way to reward your stylists and generate fresh energy and creativity in the team.

If you would like to hear more about what I can do for your hair salon please get in touch.