British Beauty

A couple of weeks ago I spent the best part of a week working on a job for L’Oreal. The team were truly ace and it was a wonderful assignment¬†- from start to finish.

The visual idea was to shoot a few interviews and then simply get on the streets and piece together great footage of ‘people’; nice close-ups, slow mo etc. I had to direct, which was a challenge and really quite tiring, but amazing fun and hugely rewarding.

So here it is:

Cameraman: Me

Producer: Cassidy Uggla

Production Assistant: James Finan

Company: Bespoke Banter

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Bed Head

A month or so ago I hit up Parklife Festival in Manchester to shoot for Tigi Bed Head. I can say, categorically, that the job was thoroughly enjoyable, but the festival itself…well…it wasn’t my cup-of-tea.

I drove up from London with a producer/editor and spent two days shooting behind the scenes, interviews, product shots etc.

And this is what we put together.

Camera: Me

Producer and Editor: Catrin Griffiths

Company: Bespoke Banter

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Still Images

I am a happy man!

Over four years ago I started out as a photographer. Little did I know at the time but a real and necessary transition into video work was essential to my survival…so…I started shooting more moving pictures and less stills.

But now! I ve managed to secure some wonderful photography clients that have levelled out my ratio of Video:Stills to 60:40 – and I am happy about that!

A couple of weeks ago I was sent up north to photograph Manchester Grammar School for a great publishing company.

Here’s a few shots…

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Baby/Lon

Welcome to a rather brilliant production – with a rather exciting cast – and an even more amazing raison d’etre.

The Big House Theatre Company provides an expressive platform for care leavers who risk falling foul of social exclusion. The company is fronted by Maggie Norris, an extraordinarily enthusiastic and determined woman on a mission to ensure these individuals have a voice.

In fact, their most recent production, Baby/Lon, is based on the experiences of the cast, which only adds to the intensity and power of the play, really!

I was asked to shoot some individual shots of the cast in situ. The light was low, eratic, time minimal and the cast ever-so-slightly ruffled after five days of continuous performing…but…it was great fun and an absolute pleasure.

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The Corporate Conference

This is the second international conference I ve had the pleasure of shooting.

It was quite an enjoyable endeavour, really, and we were a team of three; a cameraman (me), a lovely editor and a producer/spieler.

We shoot throughout the day and then deliver an edit to be played the following morning. Three edits in total.

Oh…and it was in Munich – so could be worse!

Welcome to the Innovation conference.

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Kent and Curwen

My first ever attempt at shooting a fashion show! Madness. I never thought I’d find myself working on these jobs – but I am far from complaining!

This was an edit shot for historic British brand, Kent and Curwen, courtesy of clever communications company, Bespoke Banter.

Thoroughly enjoyed every single – sweating-it-out – minute.

Company: Bespoke Banter

Director: Scott Wimsett

First Camera: Me!

Second Camera: Sam Orams

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LCM and Fudge

I have now shot my first jobs in the crazed and frenetic world of a fashion show.

London Collections: Men was my first intrepid adventure into the fine art aestheticism of the catwalk. Angles, lines, textures and croissants.

You find yourself in a trance like focus, frantically attempting to cover-off your shot list – all the while fighting off other intrusive pieces of glass, both mirror and lens. It’s ace, particularly when you’re working with a wonderful team.

Although an edit – largely shot by me for another brand – has yet to be signed off, this piece below features a few of my clips towards the end. The rest (and majority) was shot by a most capable cameraman, Martin Roach.

Company: Bespoke Banter

Produced and Edited: Catrin Griffiths

First Camera: Martin Roach

Second Camera: Me!

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