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.
I may not have hit the gym like the rest of the nation during the opening weeks of 2106, but I have definitely hit the ground running! And while the international kale mountain was being diminished by the masses, I was surrounded by sensational chef glitterati!
I kid you not. I was blessed to have the opportunity to meet and film Luke Matthews, Pierre Chevillard, James Martin, Jean-Christophe Novelli all in the name of work having been commissioned to make the Chewton Glen 50th Anniversary celebration video. I might just throw in Robin Hutson, Martin and Brigitte Skan, Peter Crome, Andrew Stembridge, oh and Sir Ben Ainslie. And did I mention Jody Scheckter?
As you may be aware, I love a landscape and being based in Milford on Sea I have access to both coast and country vistas. Sales of this work have rocketed recently so I have launched a separate site – lynklandscapes.com where all my latest pieces are available to purchase.
With my corporate hat on, I have been working with a lot of clients who are busy refreshing their websites and social media platforms and have required ‘head shots’. To some this may sound like small fry, but never underestimate the power of a good clean set of images displaying your highly qualified and results driven team.
Time is March’ing on (see what I did there?) and next month will be a lot about hotels, business leaders in action, food imagery and a substantial amount of interior property shots for a new client.
In the meantime, I have been ‘instructed’ to join the exercise bandwagon and so having escaped the gym in January, I am now plodding, like a slow plodding thing, my way from my extremely comfy couch to 5 very hot and sweaty K. I’ll leave you with that thought 🙂