It’s not often that I get a commission from a tabloid newspaper, but last week I was phoned by the Sunday World to photograph a female nurse who appeared on the Graham Norton TV show. As an audience member, she told a story about how she caught the eye of an attractive man at the gym, but tripped up on her treadmill at a crucial moment as she was establishing eye contact. When I met her in Stratford, I realised that the part of the appeal for the newspaper was merely to splash a picture of a young lady across their pages, so I dutifully obliged by producing an aesthetically pleasing one. Hearing the story before setting off, I took the orange dumbbells which are a large part of the focus.
To see the one I picked for my website, please see my best editorial portraits here.
I had a sizeable commission from Briefing Magazine to shoot 7 portraits around London and Bristol. They’re all leaders in law firms, so the brief was to have them looking powerful and leader-like, and crucially outside their normal office environments. One of my favourite portrait photographers is Harry Borden, whose pictures I like because they’re quite understated, and he has a great eye for placing people in often unexpected locations. I feel inspiration from his work. With my portraits here, I was given 30minutes+ in order to strike up a little bit of rapport and wander around the immediate vicinity of the subjects’ workplace with them. I’ve often struggled in the past to feel comfortable with city workers, because their jobs seem so different from mine. However I now realise it’s best establish common ground outside the workplace, whether it ‘s about cycling, London-life or the perils of hair blowing in the wind! I’m happy with these images because as well as having high impact I feel I’ve captured a little of their personalities. Well, all except one who didn’t let his guard down, no matter how hard I tried. (Can you guess which one?).
I was commissioned to photograph the woman who is leading the government’s troubled family’s team, Louise Casey. The pictures of her being interviewed came out well due to the light streaming in from the window behind her, and the fact that she was very animated and unconscious.
She said she could talk for hours about what she’s passionate about, to which I replied I could do the same on the subject of photography.
When it came to taking the posed shots for which I had scouted a location earlier, my lens decided to send cryptic messages to my camera, to the tune of error message. I got flustered and took it straight down to the camera doctor soon after, but I’m pleased that I got at least one shot that I’m happy with, particularly the playful nature of the colourful sculpture contrasted with her serious expression.