A selection of images from a total of 3 photoshoots Cre8iv Edge completed for the amazing new fashion label 'Mooi Urban'. It was a privilege to be asked to produce some work for Kelda Allyene [Owner and Designer -www.mooiurban.com] and I hope to continue to work with her & her team as the label launches and heads towards world domination [in the nicest sense of the word lol].
The shoots were rewarding, energised, full of cre8-tivity, fun and challenging for all involved. The combination of; well planned schedules; a strong passionate team, professional models, and, lots of laughter allowed us to exceeded expectations every time. Special thanks have to go out over the web-airways to Gina Dowle [Makeup and hair] and all the models.
The whole experience proves, if you love what you do..... there is no need for retirement, just cre8 until you depart this mortal plane for the next :) x
Copyright 2017 Cre8iv Edge - s t u d i o s
... The 2nd and 3rd shoot locations were outside and involved a 'totally gnarly dude' of an automobile, fur coats and some de garbed mug shots. I wanted to go for a slightly antiquated feel to these images and after experimenting with a vintage palette, I opted for good old fashioned black & white!
It was a very overcast and this would have been great with an additional strobe as the clouds act like a massive soft box for the natural light. As we didn't have a portable strobe I tryed out my SB900 speedlight for a few of the shots. I managed to get some great shots but if I had the chance again, I would definitely use a portable strobe or two and also try to reduce the background detail which is interfering slightly with the girls and the buggy.
We shot for approx. 3 1/2 hours altogether, although this sounds a lot; with location and clothing changes / makeup etc, time flew by and the opportunitiy to get the shots we wanted was limited.
All in all a great days shooting. Thanks for listening San Diego... it's good bye from me and good by from Tits McGhee!
As I am firing on all 'creative' cylinders today, I decided to post a quick blog covering the SS&M - Shirley & Shirley Photo shoot, which took place last week. The girls are heading to Edinburgh for their third debauched installment and as such required some promotional photographs (for editorial reviews during the Fringe) to accompany their poster and flyers.
The journey began with a long and tumultuous brainstorming session to flesh out the overall composition and location. I have always wanted to do a shoot in the old West Park mental Hospital in Epsom (www.westparkhospital.co.uk) and it would have been an awesome venue, but alas the current owners did not return my calls in time. Due to pressing deadlines and venue costs an alternative game plan was settled on, which meant enlisting on to the team, a neighbour who posses unique skills in the art of Japanese Shibari rope bondage. Joanna volunteered to take one for the team (not literally) and be the one strung from the ceiling (although as Pascal can't use the tube due to claustrophobia, there wasn't much chance of her stepping up to the plate!).
With the help of a fellow photographer Matt Jamie (www.mattjamie.co.uk), who specialises in portraits & head-shots for actors, we setup 3 shoot locations (Due to the limitations of Wordpress I will upload the images in 2 posts). The first of which was the rope scenario below , I have included some initial pre-composition images to add to the story of the setup:
NB - All images shown in this blog copyright cre8iv edge studios!
You can see from the initial images that Joanna was a little apprehensive (to all our entertainment) and took a few minutes to get to grips with the restriction. Especially, when upon questioning the discomfort she was told by Bruce 'hard luck deal with it..'. Both Matt and myself managed to get some great shots, while he used a fish eye lens to get an amazing perspective, I chose to use a 50mm and 85mm (which was a challenge in the space we were using).
End of part 1.....
I recently completed my latest photography project and thought I would write a post to explain the concept/message I am conveying with the images. I am very intrigued to find out what people think about the photographs (below) e.g. if they communicate my feelings in the way I had hoped. As I am developing my photography skills over the next few years, I will be looking for valuable feedback from all of you !! no pressure... but if you have 5 minutes at work to drop me a few lines I would be very grateful.
I have been making a concerted effort over the last 18 months to use my creativity within my current place of work. For those of you whom are aware of my current employers, you will understand why it took a while to embed my ideas! It was initially like being in a rubber dingy trying to push an oil tanker of course! That said, I managed to get some traction on 2 projects and was very surprised at the enthusiasm from the higher echelons. One such project was the one you see now. Although, firstly I will need to explain the difference between the Corporate message (e.g. for the images to be displayed within the London offices) and my own personal project (for my own exhibition).
Corporate = Two of the five 2011 key corporate priority areas for my department are around 'Growth' - 'Capacity for Growth' and 'Personal Growth'. Being aware of these, I decided to put forward a proposition to photograph 20 members of the department throughout the 'Movember' charity moustache growing event. The idea being to capture some strong imagery around growth that could be used for corporate materials and also be showcased (framed on a feature wall etc) within the office.
Personal = The British Journal of Photography is a great read for anyone interested in photography, many articles explain how professional photographers across the globe develop their own personal work. A central theme is to use your own experiences to portray personal messages that will resonate with others. As I began the corporate project, it became clear there was a way I could frame my personal experiences 'to-date' of the corporate world!. In short, through years of development and coaching (both consciously and unconsciously) certain corporate machines will mould and promote a specific type of individual. This factory line approach is obviously very successful for the companies bottom line and I am genuinely amazed by how it was developed and how it continues to grind results.
This model of people management (I use the term loosely and with an air of irony) is successful for individuals who are very task orientated and open for developing inline with corporate wishes. However, there are instances where an individual may have been caught up in the machine and may have been fighting 'the vampires blood as it coursed through his veins' for many years, as the business has tried to squash their square peg through a round hole!
These and many other thoughts gave birth to my personal project 'Growth Conformity'! By lighting the subjects in the studio and enforcing a universal pose, stance and visual focus point, I was able to create controlled images. As did the fact they had all chosen to conform to growing a moustache for charity. This was enhanced further in post-shoot editing by my choice of a uniform dark colour palette. The overall message I am portraying is 6 'individuals' ultimately conforming, consciously or not!
I am thinking about eventually adding a final image to the project to create another personal dimension, so watch this space....
Thanks for reading. Adios Amigos
I am re-awaking my blog and realigning/creating a better WWW footprint for my photography and art. I chose to focus primarily on my photography as a business and have secured a new studio in Camberwell.
I have taken / am taking some time to finish updating my photography, my blog and my art websites; currently the art website is a little all over the shop. If you combine this activity with trying to get my head around the plethora of social media websites out there, it is all getting a little chaotic. I am embracing this chaos and making progress, Hootsuite helps management of content, but having just signed up to Pinterest, I foresee there is still a way to go!
So, in the mean time I am looking to start using my blog as the cathartic outlet is was supposed to be, be it through pen/camera/paint brush/video camera.
Below are some black & white photographs I have been editing in the studio tonight. I thought I would post them on my blog, as I need to decided whether to capture such images on my photography website or maintain it for client project work. Thoughts on a post card please.... Thanks for taking the time to peruse... Edge
The cathartic musings of a CRE8IV mind, living at the EDGE of chaos.