2012 Year in Review

Thank you to all of my family, friends, clients for making 2012 such an amazing time. It has been a great year and I am excited to update everyone on the happenings of the year.

 

I began the year on assignment in Barcelona with Episode Fashion Management, shooting a campaign for CEO Charles McDonald. It was a wonderful opportunity to explore the sites and make new friends in the cities creative circle.  I was also lucky to bring in the New Year in Barcelona celebrating in the famous Las Ramblas. I will be  returning to Spain at the end of January this coming year and look forward to the photoshoots and site seeing I have planned.

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Upon my return from Spain I embarked on one of the most challenging assignments of my photographic career, being commissioned by Princes Foods to shoot over 4000 items of Product Photography. It sounds simple, but the assignment required all the products to be shoot in unique compositions. The task took over a month to collate and complete, but the results looked stunning, and since the assignment I have gained a great deal of product photography clients. Now being able to offer a 24 hour turnaround in most cases.

 

 

With the completion of my Princes assignments I was able to dedicate some time to other projects being commissioned to shoot singer Nikki Belle; And with the help of Stylist Rikki Finlay and Makeup Artist Nita Malata. I planned several fashion and beauty tests in the spring to update my portfolio. Working particularly with Oxygen Models in London and shooting mainly male models as my book was lacking in this area.

 

Testing is a very costly business but it is essential for professional photographers to test, so new ideas and ways of working can be explored. This in turn can improve your portfolio and show to your clients your skills and talent.

 

2012 has been the 10th year of my professional photography career and I have enjoyed being commissioned to shoot a wide variety of projects. I continue to offer Model Portfolio & Actors Headshot Services and throughout the year, have worked with dozens of new and established actors and models to start or update their head shots & portfolios.

 

It has been very rewarding to help new models and actors to find their way into the industry through my photography and many have gone on to gain work through some of the UK’s top Agencies. One of the highlights of 2012 has been a shoot with Coronation Street actress Holly Quin Ankrah.

 

2012 was the year I  decided to hold my first exhibition (Keeping Abreast) hosted by the Bluecoat Gallery in Liverpool. I invited my friends, family and clients to view my work, and opened the exhibition to the public. I really enjoyed speaking with clients and members of the public about my photography, gaining new opinions and feedback.

Rory Lewis 2012 Exhibition

If you missed the exhibition you can view the highlights in the video below. The event raised £400 for Macmillan Cancer Support and I thank everyone who donated. I will be holding another exhibition in 2013 so pleased keep subscribe to my feed for more news on the event.

 

One of the areas I specialise in as a photographer is Hair & Beauty Photography and every year I gain a great deal of Hair Salon Commissions from Salon’s looking to update their marketing material and styling books and enter the Wella and L’Oreal competitions. This year I was delighted to work work with, Vidal Sassoon, Pierre Alexandre, Beauty Works, Love the Salon and L’Oreal to name a few. Creating some wonderful photography and Marketing Material.  

 

When a photographer and model are on the same wavelength great things happen. This has occurs often in my hair  & beauty portraiture photography. The capturing of a perfect portrait moment a split second when the model and photographer connect is a rewarding experience.

 

Paris Rory Lewis Photographer2012 is also the year I turned 30, and to mark the event, I decided to treat myself, starting with a dual city break in London and Paris. It was in Paris I proposed to my now fiancé Alexandra. We had a wonderful time in both London & Paris exploring the cities sites and taking in the Parisian Culture. You can check out my city break snaps on My Blog.

 

Returning from Paris,  I arranged another birthday treat purchasing tickets to Star Trek London. Being a Closet Trekkie, I took the opportunity to see all the Five Captains on stage and meet actors William Shatner, David Warner, Michael Dorn, Andrew Robinson and Avery Brooks having my photos taken with several of the actors.

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After pretty much a four week birthday celebration of trips and indulgence I returned to work, receiving several assignments, from photographing Pasta to Electronic Cigarettes . I was also commissioned by sports online retailer Kit Bag  to shoot footballer Robbie Savage for a Festive Christmas Marketing Campaign.

Throughout 2012 I expanded my Photography School holding one day and weekend courses in areas from Portraiture to Fashion photography, and it has been wonderful to pass on skills and knowledge to both professional and amateur photographers. In 2013, I will be continuing to offer Photography Courses and One on One Tuition sessions throughout the year so please check out 2013 Timetable.

 

2012 has been a very exciting year, and I look forward to seeing what 2013 has in store, I have taken a little break over the festive period to relax my creative juices and look forward to returning to work in January with many new projects on the horizon.

Vidal Sassoon Summer Shoot

I love working with the team from Sassoon, over the past two years we have created some fabulous hair photography. This week the stylists wanted to experiment with hair extensions adding a fringe and using movement we shot some interesting shapes.

The images are great, thank you to all those involved, I look forward to working with the Liverpool Team on their next project.

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Vidal Sassoon a Legend of Hair Dressing

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It was just a few days ago that I learned Vidal Sassoon had passed away on the 9th May at his home in LA at the age of 84. From an early age I have always been aware of Sassoon’s work as my mother visited a Sassoon Salon once a month for her geometrically perfect hair cut.

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Sassoon was a legend of hair dressing and his ability to bring geometry to the technique of hair cutting and styling will live on. This man liberated women from hair curlers and sticky hair lacquer.

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“I’ve had so many star-quality clients, but when a working girl comes in and she’s saved five shillings to have a great haircut once a month, I treat her like a princess.” Vidal Sassoon

 

I have worked with Sassoon Stylists for many years and know without a shadow of a doubt his legacy will live on. In tribute to Sassoon see below some of the work I have completed with Sassoon Styling Team’s over the years.

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.