This has to be one of my favourite shoots for some time. When Belfast based design agency Mammoth sent me on location to Sheffield to shoot a project aimed at students I jumped at the chance.
The project is all a bit top secret at the minute so I can't give too many details. I was asked to shoot every aspect of the city from students to landmarks, architecture to abstract. This commission really appealed to me as street photography is one my my favourite subject matters. Though I could have skipped the pounding the streets on the 2 hottest days of the year part !
Just back from a photo study of Peru. A truely amazing country full of wonderful characters, landscapes and colour. I've selected over 400 images to make a more detailed blog post in the coming weeks but in the meantime here's a selection of some of my favourites. I'm planning to get more into travel photography so please share if you can. Thanks.
This 3 day shoot for Curadmir was one of my favourite shoots of 2013 and certainly the most challenging. Curadmir is a new cycling sportive in Ireland taking place each May around some of the most stunning scenery in NI and beyond. The imagery aimed to show the fantastic landscape and also the gruelling conditions the riders would face. Battling gale force winds and pouring rain we fought the elements, hanging out of moving vehicles to shoot this series of dramatic images. Please check out the Curadmir website as it's fantastic design really does the images proud.
Fermanagh lakeland Lodges approached me to shoot a range of high impact imagery to compliment an extensive brand redesign. The initial 3 day shoot covered everything from canoeing to sea planes, mountain biking to traditional music.
Aiming to get some spectacular sunrises and sunsets we really did put in the hours on this one but I'm delighted with the results.
As the rebrand and renovations are rolled out there will be further photography so stay tuned.
I love shooting large scale industrial jobs. I've shot many of NI's top companies including FG Wilson and Bombardier. This latest shoot for Sperrin Tube Supplies was commissioned through design agency Triplicate and was to compliment an extensive brand redesign.
I was asked to shoot high impact, gritty imagery and also a bank of stock video footage for a web video. It's always hard work moving all my kit around these large spaces but with the help of my assistant we added that bit of drama we were asked for.
Kris Turnbull doesn't do things by halves. Following the launch of his fantastic new showroom & offices last year he has followed it up with the amazing Saphyre restaurant. Every inch of the space oozes opulence and luxury, and the food is mouth watering also!!
I was commissioned to shoot a series of interior, staff & food photography using both ambient and studio lighting. Next up I have to photograph Kris' stunning renovation of the Chelsea Wine Bar so watch this space.
This image was shot for Lisburn based Onside Sportswear of rugby superstar Chris Henry.
The image is a composite with the main image being shot in my studio and the background plate image shot on a very cold snowy night at Windsor Park just before an international friendly.
This shoot for conveyer belt company Smiley Monroe has been one of my favourite for a while.
When shooting personal photography I’m always drawn towards gritty, urban, industrial, bleak and dark so when Lisburn based design agency ICON approached me to shoot striking imagery for a new brochure it was a perfect fit.
The shoot involved 1 day in the company factory in Lisburn and 1 day down a salt mine under Carrickfergus – one of the most amazing locations I’ve shot in to date – straight out of a scene in Aliens : )
Myself and my assistant had to pack a landrover full of kit and drive a mile underground in the most demanding of conditions. Using 2 Profoto Batpaks to power my range of lights and modifiers we covered a range of dark moody staff portraits and service team at work shots. Above ground we used the lighting on an overhead conveyer to overpower the ambinet light to give a striking sunset feel to the outdoor images.
Alongside the tender I won for Destination Mourne in 2013 I was also awarded Destination Strangford. Living in Bangor this has been a fantastic opportunity to explore areas of Strangford I never even knew existed. Covering all aspects of life of the Lough from fauna to activities, attractions to lifestyle it's been a fantastic project to work on.
This fantastic campaign centred around the corporate entertainment package offered by Todds Leap with the aim of the shoot to show suited business folk taking part in activities around the site. Over 3 sessions we covered 4×4, zipline, archery, clay pigeon, paintball and climbing. The weather was awful for 2 of the days so we really had to battle the elements. Luckily with my portable Profoto studio lighting I was able to set up a studio environment with a camouflage backdrop and with the help of some smoke grendades created some impactful portraits.
Images were used on 48 sheets around Belfast and also various corporate literature which included a lot of the supporting images seen here. This was a fantastic project to be involved in and it shows the spirit of the staff at Todds Leap to create something out of the ordinary in their marketing. Really was a pleasure to be involved in this project - apart from being totally covered in mud on 2 occasions (still think theres muck in my ears).
Walker Communications approached me with a cracking concept for a new RBAI school propectus.
A range of vibrant shots were to follow a school ‘hero boy’ through various school activities combined with a range of split face images showing the diversity of school subjects, sports and extra curricular activities.
The kick off meeting involved discussing various ideas to bring the creative concept to reality. We settled on setting up a portable studio in the school for the first day of the shoot, shooting each of the boys individually wearing the various outfits and uniforms.
Lighting was integral to this shoot as to photoshop the faces in post the lighting had to match (or run from light to shadow) across the face, however some scenarios involved highly reflective elements like glasses, visors, musical instruments etc. Shooting tethered to Lightroom we were able to make slight adjustments in the lighting, combating arising reflective issues, yet ensuring the images were a good fit.
Another shoot alongside Mammoth for Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke. Shooting at Crawfordsburn beach our aim was to create a strong set of images for the Run to Remember campaign.
I've been working with Kris Turnbull for over 3 years now covering luxury homes, bespoke products, launch evenings and staff portraits.
Commissions have included shoots in Spain and London with work regularly being featured in Ulster Tatler Homes and IN Magazine.
It seems I'm developing a bit of a niche in school prospectus photography with 2013 adding Haygrove School in Somerset and Victoria College to ongoing clients RBAI and Glenlola Collegiate School.
Englans based Haygrove had seen the great job we did on the RBAI prospectus and went in search of myself and Walker Communications who produced it. In July we went over for a very busy 2 day shoot working with a great range of both students and staff.
I worked alongside Omagh based agency Creative Media on this stills and video shoot for Lineman. The sun was splitting the trees all day so we had to battle various elements, using reflectors to compliment the existing light and at times my portable Profoto lighting to overpower the sun to create our own lighting environments.
A new website is coming soon featuring the photography and also a short TV style film.
Another commission for Creative Media involved a cracking shoot at the newly launched Enniskillen Hotel.
Having previously attended the launch night on 12.12.12 I had been looking forward to this one – especially as the shoot involvd a 2 night stay – tough old job eh?
The client wanted a strong series of management images, food photography, couple shoot and general interiors.
The couple used were friends of staff and I have to say they worked great together and gave a lovely natural feel to the images.
Images will be used for an upcoming website to be launched over the coming weeks.
I was asked by Mammoth to shoot a series of images for Grafton Recruitment to be used across print and web.
I’ve shot a lot of these corporate office scenarios and the main issue is to work with the models to make them comfortable – trying to direct them into poses without making them think too much about their actions and therefore becoming wooden. Its always a fine line, but we always have a lot of fun getting to the finish line.
Working with McCadden Design in Belfast we have created a new series of tourism imagery for a new brand initiatiave being launched on 5th August.
The shoots included local business profiling, shopping, restaurants, events, sports and activities, celebrating the town and all is has to offer.
Belfast based design agency Mammoth commissioned this shoot for international recruitment company Xellient.
We shot the series of black & white portraits around my studio building in Conway Mill which has some fantastic textures, backdrops and stairwells which make for great locations.
For this particular shoot I shot black & white in camera so myself and the client could judge overall contrast and tones. All images where shot with a Profoto beauty dish, grid and diffuser combined with 4×1 stripbox.
I’ve included a colour image conversion also as I thought it worked well with that image.
I received 2 commissions recently from Monaghan Mushrooms.
The first involved shooting a range of images to promote the Graduate Recruitment Programme. For this project I had to liaise closely with the design agency Day 1 based in Sussex to ensure the images followed the tight brand guidelines.
The second shoot involved photography both in Monaghan and Yorkshire, creating a range of imagery to promote the Spore to Store process behind Monaghan Mushrooms.
A range of hair nets, overalls and very muddy shoes later here is a sample of imagery.
I was introduced to Evoco through Three Sixty Web Design to create a range of fly on the wall photography and promotional films.
Sharon from Evoco specialises in piano teacher training. She is so energetic and passionate for what she does and we wanted that personality top come across in our media and really bring her business to life.
She told me we have exactly that - which is always nice to hear.
I've worked alongside Belfast based design agency Mammoth on a number of projects for Queens University.
These included both on location staged shots of students in medical environments and also a range of student profiling portraits shot in my Studio in Conway Mill.
I was recently commissioned by the amazing team at Mammoth to create staff portraits for Manchester based National Asbestos Helpline.
A really fun team to work with we utilised the lovely office space at Mammoth to create a series of colour and black & white imagery to be used across print and web.
I won tenders for both Destination Mourne and Destination Strangford in January 2013 to shoot a range of tourism imagery covering all aspects of activities, attractions and landmarks in each area.
The initial imagery for the Mourne area was used towards a stills based TV commercial which can be viewed in the film section. Imagery was used across 48 sheets, adshells and banner ads throughout the province.
Gerry Patterson of Patterson Design Associates asked me to shoot an unconventional portrait for his new website and I instantly thought dark and moody. We shot a series of high and low key portraits in my studio and had a lot of fun in the process - although you wouldn't think it from Gerry's face : )
The images were also used for an Ulster Business article on the company.
The name Luxmere reflects the inspiration behind the Luxmere brand, as its founder, Carol wanted to create a luxurious range of products which would feel as pleasurable next to the skin as cashmere.
I was asked to shoot some strong imagery both in my studio and on location at the Merchant Hotel to compliment the beautiful packaging and luxurious feel of the product range.
Due to the shape of the bottles, lighting was key, and each product involved a 5 light set up.
What goes around come around. I was awarded a job recently for the amazing Walker Communications which is the first ever design agency I ever worked for – too many years ago to mention : (
The brief was to shoot a series of new images for a Stena Line rebrand incorporating a mix of models and staff. The model based images were to focus on key areas of the ship and highlight the superb customer experience. With a limited number of people on the shoot it’s always a challenge to make an empty vessel look lively and bustling but I think we achieved it.
Here’s a few samples from the day.
I was asked to shoot a fantastic advertising campaign for the Integrated Education Fund, commissioned through design agency Think RLA – one of Belfast’s rising design stars. The shoot took place in a school gymnasium in Belfast and also incorporated some filming for online banner ads.
The campaign ran running across a wide variety of media channels including press, outdoor, online and a heavyweight radio campaign featuring actor Liam Neeson!
The photography was used for 48 sheet, press and online.
For more info on Think RLA and their amazing approach to design visit the website atwww.thinkrlabelfast.com
Another exciting shoot that I’ve being looking forward to posting.
Here’s a few sample images and final artwork for a campaign for Dublin City University.
Commissioned through the amazing Mammoth agency in Belfast and shot on campus in Dublin these ads were used extensively on poster sites and adshels around Dublin.
Always nice to work with a new design agency, this time the very talented Dead Good based in Belfast.
The first commission involved shooting a range of strong portraits of Derry business people for an enterprise week brochure. The 2nd shoot was towards a new craft brochure, sjowcasing various artists at work and a collection of environmental portraits.
My beauty dish near blew off the Millennium Bridge in the howling wind. The challenges of lighting outdoors : )
Creative Media in Omagh asked me to shoot images of Todd Architects (now old) premises for a letting brochure as they were moving to a new space.
The images were to have impact to highlight the creative space and also a series of images showing the surrounding area and its cafes, restaurants and access to the arts.
Design Ethos asked me to shoot a series of images of the Ulster Orchestra players for the new 2012-13 season programme.
The brief was creative and moody. I only had about 30 minutes with each musician which included any modifying of lighting set-ups so it really was fast work. Love the results though.
I was approached again by the wonderful crew at Creative Media to produce a series of customer focused images of Lavender Health Spa to compliment existing photography showcasing the premises.
Using a range of ambient and portable studio lighting we showcased each of the fantastic treatment and relaxation areas – sometimes in very confined spaces and in deadly silence as we couldn’t disturb paying customers.
It really is a wonderful spot – must get down to relax my muscles from carrying all my gear around!
I’ve been working ongoing with FG Wilson on a range of factory and staff photography showcasing machinery and manufacturing processes. I’m in my element in these big industry environments and the lighting I’ve invested heavily in really comes into its own in these large spaces.
The latest shoot took place at an FG Wilson warehouse in Zeebrugge.
CEM systems asked me to shoot a range of people based images around their premises using their latest equipment and software. Myself and my assistant had our work cut out as we had to make the settings look generic and look like security stations on a larger scale.
More recently I've also shot some product photography and filmed their major 2013 conference in Belfast.
I was commissioned by Walker Communications to shoot imagery for a new prospectus showcasing Glenlola Collegiate in Bangor.
Using a range of Profoto lighting we captured photographs that highlighted key areas of the school.
The gym shot is a personal favourite from the session with myself and Peter Higgins from Walker Communications (acting as a human light stand) both up a ladder overlooking the netball net. I promised I would have an assistant next time! : )
I have been working with Des Ewing for over 3 years now on various properties including the fantastic ICEBERG developments.
I was also asked to shoot Des’ own house for a Dublin based publication and also a range of staff portraits for a new website. Des wanted to shoot both in his studio but also around the premises exterior to show the rustic, homely feel to the business.
I have worked extensively with both Belfast City Council and BVCB over recent years. Awarded tenders have included Creative Legacies and Cultural Framework photography.
The Creative Legacies settings included historical reenactments on Black Mountain, dance performances in Ormeau park, art projections onto the side of the Ulster Museum and extensive workshops.
Documenting the Cultural Framework document covered various arts based buildings such as The MAC, Crescent Arts Centre, PRONI, QFT, Oh Yeah, Black Box etc. The aim was to create a people based range of images but with a ‘fly on the wall’ documentary style.