Friday, 11 December 2009

Merrily Dress Photos

I finally finished editing the dress rehearsal images from Shilo's production of Merrily We Roll Along during last night's performance!

It's been a pretty manic week, but I really love doing backstage stuff particularly with a show like this where you really benefit from seeing it over and over. The music is firmly wedged in my head now.

The full selection of images is online. However this is my new Bridge CS4 gallery layout and an awful lot of the images are displaying pixelated- does anyone know why and what I should do? It's very frustrating.

Anyway here are my favourite images.



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Thursday, 10 December 2009

Sarah and Pete's Wedding

Not last weekend but the weekend before, I photographed the wedding of Sarah and Pete. They got married at Hollin Hall in the Derbyshire hills and, although cold and dark, we got some stunning photographs. I had a particularly lovely time because I knew so many people there and I think this affected the style of the images. Sarah and Pete get back from honeymoon tomorrow and I always like to have the images finished for their return, so guys the disk is going in the post today!

Here are my favourites.

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Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Shilo Theatre Company Present Merrily We Roll Along

This weekend as well as being photographer/guest to a wedding in the cold Derbyshire hills, (photos to follow) I got a last minute phone call from my friend Al who is one of the producers of the Shilo Theatre Company needing some photography for their next production, Merrily We Roll Along.

The show is going to have two projection screens running all the way through that will help to explain this complicated musical (complicated because it goes backwards!). Sunday was their first rehearsal in costume and therefore the first opportunity to get some imagery of the characters together. The imagery required was overall pretty simple stuff however the image below I think is pretty special and deserved a blog posting! The story behind it is that our leading characters are at their youngest age, star gazing and innocent to their chaotic future together.

Merrily We Roll Along is on at the RNCM, Manchester, from the 9th to the 12th December at 7.30pm and details to get tickets are on their website. Not only am I official photographer (photos from the dress will be posted here when I get chance!) but I am also crewing the whole week responsible for sound and projections, it's going to be a busy one!

I am also singing as part of SMAOS' fund raising christmas concert this week, 7.30pm on Friday and Sat (4th and 5th) at the East Didsbury Methodist Church. More details here.


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Thursday, 26 November 2009

Autumnal Family Portraits

On Sunday I went to Altrincham to do an Autumnal style portrait session with Gail, Greg and 5 year old Bonnie. It was a really lovely afternoon (except when it started raining!) and here are my favourite images.


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Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Photographing Tom: Stage 2

So finally, yesterday, me, Tom and my better half Chris (because he needed to hold the flash off camera and possibly an umbrella too) found time to take the still portrait for my masters project.

At the same location on Canal Street as before (see previous post) but at dusk to give better lighting. The idea behind the image is to provide as much sense of Tom as possible (but in a beautiful image that you would put on your wall).

So what do you think? These are the four final images. The mini consensus at the cinema last night was number 2 but it's still up for debate until we've made the moving image bit too. Please bear in mind the composition is the way it is because we're going to take out a hole in the bottom right of the image and put in a moving image/film to show another side to Tom (hopefully dancing).



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So next step is to get the filming done, print an example version and then move onto the next subject. Um Jo, that's still you if you're reading this!

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Zoe and Serge and some Senegalese footballers!

On Sunday I photographed the wedding reception of Zoe and Serge at the Marriott Hotel in Worsley. The wedding itself happened the day before in Gloucestershire, Zoe's family home, but they live in Manchester and therefore wanted a party in Manchester!

Serge is from Senegal and I was warned that I would photographing the mad dancing of his footballer friends. It certainly proved to be an interesting evening finishing at 1am!

My favourites are below and you can view all the images in, yet another, new web gallery for me (this one's pretty slick!). Click here




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Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Kate and Adam's Wedding Album




The above design has taken some time but it was finally sent to print this week! I hope it shows my design skills improving and i'm really looking forward to seeing it for real.

The slideshow format for displaying it is new, I wonder if it'll work on Facebook? If not just click through to my main blog page.

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

New Horizons Competition

On Sunday I went out and captured the horizons that came to my mind when presented with the competition theme New Horizons. The first two are taken of Scout Moor wind farm near Bury and the second from my favourite view of Manchester (but including the scaffolding for some added grit!).

What do you think? I'm submitting tomorrow- wish me luck!


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Friday, 23 October 2009

Ooh, ooh Photography Competition!!

I've just found out there's a photography competition for Salford Uni students as part of the University's partnership with MediaCity UK. The theme is New Horizons and I have until next Friday. Lets see if I can pull something together over the weekend.

Any suggestions on what I could take would be greatly appricated otherwise it's going to be the obvious and I know just the spot!

Sarah

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Photographing Tom: Getting on with my MA Final Project

Today I met my good friend Tom in central Manchester to discuss what aspects of his personality he would like to see in a portrait of himself.

This is all part of my final project for my MA Creative Technology at Salford Uni which i've been talking about since February but am only now getting round to doing something about- oops. You have my permission to nag me about it if nothing seems to happen again for a long time after this post!

My project is called Still Moving and, in a simplified explanation, is a series of portraits that incorporate one still image with a moving one (playing on a digital photoframe) to give a better sense of character than a standard portrait.

I need to work closely with my subjects to ensure I capture them in a way that feels real to them, however my subjects are also going to be people I know well already to make the whole process more effective.


So Tom,
He wanted to take me to a spot near Canal Street that he thought would make a good location and interestingly it was a dark, dirty spot he took me too. Yes, Tom has a side that could suit this location, but is that the best choice? I took him back to the main drag and took this image which, although lovely, is too far the other way (no character/unreal):


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So we went for a coffee and chatted about Tom's personality and how we can show that visually.

To cut a long post short, the final plan is the still image as below, but at dusk, so darkness with the lights of Canal Street in top left of the image, the right hand side of the image will be Tom laughing naturally (hopefully, I know he doesn't like this image!) lit in a filmic style, and bottom left is where the 7" photoframe goes. Plan for the moving image is a dance routine in a theatrical environment- something Tom loves doing and should work visually very well!


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As featured on Channel 4's "How To Look Good Naked"

On Tuesday night's episode of 'How To Look Good Naked' the below photograph was shown as part of Gok's campaign to make Britons feel good naked!

It was taken as part of a fundraising calendar for Manchester Universities Gilbert and Sullivan Society (www.mugss.org) last year, a days shoot that was a really fun experience! And the girls were really brave and obviously proud of it to have it shown on national television!

I've already posted a still of my paused sky box image to my Facebook business page but here is the original in all its glory!




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Tuesday, 6 October 2009

The Boyfriend: Cast Photographs

I'm very excited about these and can't wait to see all 15, A4, versions on display at the Royal Northern College of Music next week! Make sure you look deep into their eyes ;)


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