Friday, 20 May 2011

Latest shop work

Now that Uni has finished for the summer, I'm looking to gain exposure and experience through working for shops. I want to work alongside a number of local shops before aiming for some kind of larger chain store.

I've previously done some pictures for DAIS Boutique in Huddersfield, and on Tuesday I just shot some t-shirts by designer Benaiah Matheson. His shop is called The Connoisseurs Independent Trading Post (aka The CITP) and is situated in the Byram Arcade in Huddersfield. He is going to pick his favourites from the pictures below and use them for his page on the ASOS marketplace website which I'm pretty excited about! 

B wanted both a male and a female so I chose the lovely Grace who I've been meaning to shoot again for ages. We did a test shoot back in October but never actually got round to shooting properly as I decided I no longer liked the idea I'd set aside for her. Benaiah also picked Mike who I've shot 3 times before. Mike seems a really popular choice with the shop owners I've spoken to so far, consistently being someone they pick out.

I had a quick look on the ASOS marketplace site the day before the shoot and found most of the existing pictures on there were relatively basic and were there to show customers clearly what the clothes were like, as opposed to being groundbreaking pictures as such. So I decided to keep them rather simple and besides, we had to make sure the writing on the tees could be read, which prevented us from being too adventurous. 

The pictures should be on ASOS hopefully by tomorrow, so I'll be sure to link you and I'll be screenshotting the site for my 'exposure' album as well.
Anyway, hope you like.

And here's some of the man himself, Mr Benaiah Matheson. He prints his signature pattern individually on every bag, and hand writes the shop's name. 

We also got to keep a tee each after the shoot! 

If you would like to see more of Benaiah and The CITP, you can check them out on Facebook @


Saturday, 7 May 2011

Shooting in Blackpool

So earlier this week I left the Isle of Man again and had been staying at my dad's house in Blackpool for a few days.

    I took this first pic while out on a walk with one of my close friends the evening before I left. 
We were just wandering really, and I looked up to notice this. Glad I had my camera with me.
As always, the sun glare is genuine.

Here's another taken a few minutes later. Obviously just an off-the-cuff shot but I put it on Flickr and people seemed to like it, notably the light in his hair and the 'rainbow glare' on his back.

A quick one I took of our cat whilst waiting for Lewis to get ready.

This week I shot on Tuesday evening and twice throughout the day on Wednesday. This is my cousin Lewis, who is an aspiring footballer travelling the UK and playing for various clubs. He is staying at my dads this week so we finally got to shoot after months of waiting. The beach pictures were taken by Central Pier on Tuesday. 

Lew actually gets comparisons to rapper Chipmunk a LOT! We decided to prank my Facebook friends with the below picture, claiming I'd shot 'munk himself. We had a good laugh at the response! Maybe one day :)

My personal favourite:

These are from Wednesday. We went for a walk throughout the back streets 
of Blackpool to see what we could find.

A little extra from when I was editing. Lew's eyes were watering so badly from hayfever. Apparently this helps contain it... I asked no questions!

There are actually many more pictures than this but I figured 30+ was enough!

I've got a busy week ahead with revision (English Language degrees are fun) but as of next Thursday my summer begins and I've got a whole host of new models to shoot with. I'm also going to be planning my short film through may and shooting it across summer! Every time I go to revise, more ideas seem to come to me.

Oh, and my behind-the-scenes video is not so far off. I've been filming a little at every shoot since I got my new camera. It's not a big project, but I'm going to make a montage with the clips just to show everyone the type of things that go on at shoots :)

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