It's always great to have freedom to be able to play around with lighting techniques.
We shot two different looks to promote Saints Hair Salon, who I have worked with for many years. We always create something unique that stands out with a very busy market.
I'm really pleased to launch my new printed promo designed by http://altogethercreative.co.uk. It's been a long road of hard work and patience but the booklets are finally landing on desks this week.
Click video below to view the full printed promo.
My brand new portfolio landed this week from Delta Design Studio's in London. These guys have been making portfolio's since long before I started in the business, and it seems people are always impressed.
I love showing the book, but the torture comes in the editing and putting it together.
Here is a snap shot peek from yesterday. I had literally put the pages in before heading off to Altogether Creative for a meeting about my new printed mailer. It's always great getting to sit and talk creative things bouncing ideas around. I could do this all day.
I had the pleasure of shooting Neil Robson who is famous for producing smoked kippers In Craster, Northumberland. I had heard about the location and have eaten the kippers so was excited to create a portrait for Waitrose this month.
"Do you want some smoke in the background Dan?".
Well it would have been rude not to.
I discovered a lovely scene as I explored the location studio of our recent location. It always pays to poke your head through door. I'm pleased I did.
Here are two cast members 'The Bouncers' from the recent Gala shoot. These are personal shots I took in front of a large window.
At the beginning of the month we landed in Latvia to shoot on set stills for online advertising for Gala Bingo. The set was a solid three days of set build, shoot, break down, repeat.
It's always frustrating not being able to show too much of the set, so here are a few behind the scenes shots from the set that are safe to show.
Christmas and New Year are usually time to turn things off and relax. We are still working on a recent shoot from late December, but, it was a great shoot so looking forward to getting the shots out.
Here's The Governess from The Chase, shot during the filming of a TV ad for Gala.
I have collaborated with Southpaw Dance Company for many years, and this year they worked on a live outdoor performance Wordplay. This was to mark the opening of the building The Word in South Tyneside.
These guys a super talented and travel Europe with their shows. Great creative freedom is given to the shoots, from initial discussions about what the show, story and style. Love working with dancers as the dedication 100%.
I have a love/hate relationship with awards season, as I love to submit, but hate choosing the right images. As we all know it's very subjective, but, you need to be in it to win it, so need to submit your work.
It's always a pleasure to be recognised for the images you create, especially personal, as you feel you are still doing something right.
Now the hard part of coming up with the next ideas.
Here is one of my images from my Superme project I shot during a commission.
Great news last week from the AOP Awards 2016 in London. Proud to announce my Snowing series picked up Best in Category for Non-Commissioned Portrait Series.
It's always nice to know that people connect with the work born from the little ideas I carry around in my head.
It's always a pleasure to meet and photograph people from all walks of life, but sometimes you get to sit down and listen to someones's personal journey that is heart breaking.
I had the pleasure of meeting Doreen yesterday and spent a little time getting to know her. The image was part of a story shot for The British Heart Foundation.
More Gala ads live. Having shot these on tv sets I now have the song permanently in my head.
A recent ad campaign shot for National Railway Museum will be live soon on billboards and buses
I have been adding drone work to my kitbag and had some really interesting commissions. We used drone footage for 100% Robert Oliver and a client contacted me to capture stills and footage for print and web.
Here's a little taster of some footage I recently shot whilst testing.
I have recently picked up my 100% project, showcasing athletes from all walks of life that dedicate 100% to their sport.
It is such an exciting project as the diversity of subjects is extraordinary and great for creativity. Giving yourself a challenge and a brief at the same time.
The project is an ambitious one, shooting both stills and film at the same time. I have the help of Ross a seasoned videographer shooting alongside me capturing the elements matching the photography, to show as a final promotional video for each athlete.
Recent shoots have included Robert Oliver a paralympian aiming for Rio2016 in the Paracanoe. This is the first year it will be at the games and Rob is set for UK gold.
Leigh Newton is a Muay Thai boxer from Peterlee. The first time I met Leigh was for a commission and she turned up with a sports bag full of belts. She is a one to watch in the future.
Also, we have been shooting Jenny Todd, Britain's Strongest Woman. This girl is amazing. It is a delight to work with her from our numerous visits, and we have one more to go with the impressive truck pull.
The project continues with more athletes on the road to Rio. More to come soon as we work on the final edit's of the video's.
Very please to launch my snowing portraits. These are still images combined with 3d motion showing various levels of snowy weather.
I was on a recent video shoot and was inspired by the use of a snow machine as well as a client contacted me to discuss cinemagraphs. This seems to be a new title for combining motion capture and still imagery. I have heard other combinations of words to describe this technique but however you describe them, it can create a nice effect when applied to the right project.
I have collaborated many times with Ross at Aytball Film on recent motion projects, so this was a bit of fun to see how to create levels of 3d snow from scratch.
A recent energetic shoot for a new company Watt Fitness owned by Joanne Bannatyne.
This was a bit of a surprising shoot, as I turned up expecting to shoot some action reportage images, then having seen the environment completely changed the plan. We ended up shooting some dramatic energetic action shots which required lighting and shooting as quickly as our PT models could work out.
A few years ago I decided to shoot a reportage project based on the paralympian athlete Stephen Miller as I wanted to shoot a natural sports project. This ended up being a great little journey having a travelling exhibition, tv interview and a chance to inspire young people through photography. It was also a start of capturing motion making a short film to use as a promotional tool for the exhibition.
I loved the journey and have met some great people along the way. I decided to continue the project and expand 100% to all sports and elite athletes who push themselves to achieve the highest accolade within their field. This can be either professional or amateur, as professionals start out as amateurs and strive to achieve that goal of being the best they can be to reach a professional level.
Here's a little look behind the scenes from two recent shoots.