Contrast sums up a lot of areas of my life. Today I was shooting pupils swimming at a large independent school in the centre of Bournemouth, then I went off to a freezing underground car park to work with Nasty Lifestyle on a clothing shoot, which always makes me grin as the models are barely clothed and – holding on to that theme – I closed the day with artist Will Rochfort after hours in local launderette capturing a backdrop for his next piece of work.It’s all at high speed as ever and I am thoroughly enjoying using different kit, experimenting in new environments and there is a substantial pitch in the pipeline which we are all very excited about.
Last weekend I was lucky enough to stay and enjoy the sheer luxury that is The Chewton Glen. There is nowhere like it for me, their service is delivered with such infinite style and panache. On the Sunday I was invited to visit the Fat Duck with a client. What a kitchen – it quite took my breath away!
By contrast, there it is again, this weekend I’ll be mainly ferrying my girls to and from their various ‘social engagements’, trying to assist with housework (brownie points urgently required) and casting an eye over the grey area that is the garden.
“I’m absolutely delighted to have reached the semi final stage in the Bournemouth Tourism Awards ‘Rising Star’ category! Having been nominated anonymously (easy for you to say) by two different sources its quite humbling to be in such a broad category and be in with a chance. If I win I’m sure my supporters will show themselves in a bid for a free drink, which will of course be forthcoming and plentiful.
Most random location used so far this month? A local Launderette at night.
Piece of kit most used?
My Nilon 24-70mm f2.8 be.
Most valuable lesson learnt?
Never settle for “good enough”
And finally …
Sometimes you look up from behind the lens and realise how lucky I am to do this for a living
I’d love to tell you that I’m excelling at a raft of educational, life-enhancing and worthy NY resolutions and, whilst I am high on admiration for those that are, I am slightly lower on the self discipline scale. I have enjoyed some long blasts of fresh air already this month and living here on the beautiful South Coast, it’s no real hardship to have your car passenger window stuck on ‘open’ on few bright and breezy days.
Voting in the Bournemouth Tourism Awards has now closed and I’m overwhelmed by how many people took time to vote for me in the Rising Star category. I still don’t know which two people / companies nominated me for the award in the first place. Intriguing! We’ll know if I made semi finalist in a few weeks, naturally I’ll be bragging on every social media platform known to man if I do. Speech you say?
We kicked off 2017 working on a music video for singer songwriter Charlie Hole (http://charliehole.com) and the local area offered us the most incredible backdrop. I got to collaborate on this video with my great mate, film and television Director Sean Glynn https://twitter.com/mrseanglynn during a rare break from his current Hollyoaks contract. It was fascinating to put my photographic way of working alongside Seans’ cinematic approach and the result is, in our minds, flipping fantastic! I should point out that the client is pretty happy too.
We used locations including a lake, a pub (revert to paragraph 1) a street, a farm and a motorway and our team included Bournemouth based filmmaker Rob Amey, international make up artist Joe Hopker, lighting, sound and special effects expert Joe Hale (http://www.sfxevents.com) and numerous friends and colleagues for background shots. The video is currently being mastered and should be ready for release early Feb. So again, naturally I will be bragging about it on social media, just to tease you here is a glimpse of the behind the scenes video from the day. Thank you Todd Clark. https://www.facebook.com/toddclarkvideography
It’s a wrap for 2016 (a pitiful attempt at seasonal humor but better than some of the efforts I have seen). I have hit my 3rd year as a full time photographer and this year has seen me move to work with video, a process I thoroughly enjoy. I still get a buzz from getting a great shot on my camera phone though!
One of the more complex, intricate shoots I was involved in this year featured the back drop of a large lake, several boats and lots of competent junior sailors dressed in character – as you do! Being on location at Walhampton is always exciting and this campaign was to a particularly specific brief. Needless to say there were a great many dependables, not least the weather, water and a group of 8 – 13 year olds. I have to say the children were remarkable in their boat handling and hanging around while we set up. It always impresses me how these pupils can be running around one moment and completely in control and taking responsibility and instruction the next.
Sometimes life throws things at you that you could never ever have anticipated. This happened to me twice during November. One piece of news I’ll share with you at later date (it’s huge) the other knocked my socks off and I’ll share it with you right now!
I have been nominated for an award, I know! Not only that, but I was nominated twice by parties who remain anonymous to me. Clearly I owe a huge debt of gratitude somewhere along the line, and now I find myself asking you all to take 3 minutes to hit the link and vote for me in the ‘Rising Star’ category. Oddly I have previously photographed one of my ‘opponents’.
Every time I go on location with BH Live I find myself holding my stomach in and trying hard to swagger nonchalantly amongst all the fitness coaches and PTs while I shoot, nodding magnanimously at their tales of incredible feats and achievements. My recent images are about to be posted on the walls of the newest BH Live property in Corfe Mullen in 96 sheet size #huge
While my family can’t wait to fully embrace twinkly lights and decorations, I am already using any spare time to create client storyboards and shoot lists for next spring! I’ve seen a fair few Christmas decorations over recent weeks and it seemed only fitting to include a firm favourite from a shoot at Buckland Manor, a venue I use as a backdrop for fashion and styling a great deal as it has been masterfully renovated by the owner.
It was a privilege to be involved in the extremely edgy brand re-launch and unveiling of the new website for Mobile Media Group (MMG). Located at the very cool Ice Tank in the heart of the West End the event was attended by leading figures of the digital marketing and design industry. The champagne reception was followed by the reveal of the new site design and an impossibly beautiful Dance Act put this launch into the premier league. As far as photography and videography go, it wasn’t without its challenges with regard to lighting and space, however my team executed the brief and the client feedback has been spectacular.
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I am delighted to have hit the front page, literally, of the Independent Schools Guide with my photograph of pupils from Walhampton School in Hampshire. I ripped up the ‘never work with children (or animals)’ rule book when I worked with a model of 7 who had more star quality than many of the adults around her. My intuition for being able to think ahead to what is coming next is either down to having young children myself or perhaps my slightly mischievous nature!
Cuddles Nursery has recently undergone a huge transformation, invested a significant sum in new equipment and my brief was to capture the children as they navigated the lights and sounds around them.
Living on the south coast in the seaside village of Milford on Sea means that our local children get the opportunity to share time in a beautiful school garden. It’s a focal point where pupils relax and engage in new responsibilities It’s noticeable how their energy and unit recharges when they move outside from the classroom.
I have been photographing the students at Walhampton for quite sometime. It’s a school bursting with vigor, opportunities reflected from both staff and pupils. I am always confident of catching something or someone that shines through the lens back at me.
Prom is a big deal. A really big deal! I know this now having photographed the Ballard School Year 11’s celebrating their achievements over an evening filled with great laughter and camaraderie For me, this celebration is the epitome of the phrase ‘they are growing up in front of our eyes.’
Working with a child model is very different to being in an educational environment. Asking a small child to comply with a formal brief can have it’s challenges even in the most magnificent 5* surroundings however I have been extremely fortunate to date. So far, so good!
The link below will take you to one of the videos I have produced for a school. Video is so all encompassing and inclusive for pupils and a successful marketing device, not to mention being something memorable for the parents.
As we head into the season of ‘mists and mellow fruitfulness’ I’ve come over all reflective and thought I’d share some of my thoughts about this most sensational summer.
The Lynk diary has once again taken me to exciting locations from the scorching coastlines to some balmy rural retreats meeting new clients and catching up with some familiar faces. With the weather playing such a blinder I have been able to indulge in my passion of capturing the local landscape. Living in a traditional seaside town has its benefits. I can’t make any calls from my mobile but I can watch the sunrise or set most days!
Talking of sand, (see what I did there?) I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to work with PGA Coach Colin Murray, creating images for his up and coming new website. Colin can actually ‘hear’ when a player hits their shot incorrectly from thousands of metres away and then tell the golfer what they should try next time they are faced with the same shot. It’s hard not to try and get a few tips when you are alongside man who successfully applies a method of ‘marginal gains’ to his coaching students. A few people on my team would be thrilled if I improved on certain aspects of my job by 1%!
As ever, while most of the UK has been applying Piz Buin, I’ve spent a lot of time spraying festive glitter and fake snow around beautiful homes and in luxury hotels. Our usual round of #christmasinjuly expanded into August and September and we have exterior shoots on ‘hold’ as we really do need some ‘mists and mellow fruitfulness’ or we’ll lose the tone. Interiors are all good to go even if it’s a tad warm for the guys putting up and decorating the Christmas trees!
My quest for the ultimate kit continues with same fervent approach as Mrs L looking for the ever elusive ‘perfect shoe (boot, flip flop, handbag – you catch my drift?) and I have made some long awaited purchases over the summer. I have taken to spreading my kit out army style on a Sunday night, much to frustration of the aforementioned. I like to envisage what I’ll be using on which shoot during the week ahead. As a photographer I can always see another image whether it’s something for a client, or for personal work, which is why I am always on the move or plunged deep into thought.
The Indian summer has been exceptional, I’ve enjoyed it immensely and now I am looking ahead to the freshness and vibrancy of the colour that comes with the cooler temperatures. I don’t think I have ever gone into the autumn schedule with so much to achieve and I can’t wait to get stuck in!
In the words of the inimitable Alice Cooper ‘School’s Out!’ Amongst the joy, excitement and enviable optimism that summer is just around the corner there have been heartfelt tears (some of them mine) as the summer term at Walhampton draws to a close and the leavers bid the school farewell.
I have put together a 13 minute film Walhampton Founders Day Film 2016 hit the link to view that captures the essence of the school, teachers, day pupils and the boarders. I am extremely proud of this piece of work and hope to be allowed a quiet fist pump in the style of Andy Murray by the back office.
What next I hear you cry? Well for the rest of July and into August I am going to be up to my baubles (too racy?) in Festive shoots. Yes, that’s right we are back to the infamous #christmasinjuly and luckily it looks like the weather has opted to join me. Joke!
This year I have bookings from July to September predominantly with hotels, also stylists, house builders and product designers. I’m always excited to see what the season’s trends are and what the palettes are going to be like to capture through a lens.
While some clients favour ‘opulence’ and go all out to pile on the rich deep colours everywhere, others take the Nordic approach, which is neutral, clean and in recent years has featured stars in all shapes and sizes.
There is something magical about turning up on the school run with glitter in your hair and over your glasses, especially when it’s the last day of the summer term!
This year I will not eat a single mince pie… This year I will not eat a single mince pie…This year I will not eat a single mince pie – repeat as necessary!
At the risk of sounding a bit 80s, (a golden era even if I say so myself) a lot of my life is spent looking through a lens and I am thrilled with my new Zeiss lenses, made with the highest quality glass in the world, and they will help me produce images of extreme clarity.
While I was in the ‘shopping zone’ at The Photography Show at the NEC last week I also managed to source some of the Pro Video equipment I have been after for a while which includes an ice white constant lighting system for video and still imagery, a playback monitor and pro-gimbals. There was also a cheeky purchase of Pro lapel and boom microphones for higher quality audio capturing as we have some video and audio contracts to deliver later this year.
It’s at this stage that Mrs L glazed over!
The last few weeks have seem me darting to and from Cliveden House in Berkshire working with Andre Garrett on his latest creations, in and out of Walhampton School to capture World Book Day, the school play a 14 school X-country championship event, to an evening function at the Law Society, not to mention a night shoot in the Chewton Glen Spa.
I have also been lucky enough to get out and take pictures of some stunning sunrises and sunsets for my Lynk Landscape portfolio. For me, there is nowhere else where I could be treated to such magnificent scenery and colour.
Glancing ahead to the next few months, I am looking forward to sticking my bright and shiny lenses into some new contracts and continuing my march along the learning curve.