… to when we were living on the sea in Egypt and shooting sharks for fun. Incredible times. Here’s my gorgeous wife Natalia filming an Oceanic White Tip.
It’s been a couple of weeks since the most incredible spontaneous trip to Iceland with my 6 year old. I’ve still got numerous photos to go through - but my usual commercial photography has taken hold. Gotta feed the fam! ha ha… so here’s a quick photo of the amazing Skogafoss waterfall. Back soon with more Iceland action!
What a beautiful part of the world to discover for a long weekend. On a bit of a whim we headed over to Germany to soak up some proper European festive cheer! Based in Nuremberg we also had a day trip out to the amazing Rothenburg. A beautifully preserved "Gingerbread House" town. So photogenic I found myself snapping madly in every direction! There's plenty more photos going up - so stick around!
One of my favourite venues on the planet - the Liverpool Cathedral. I first spotted Ben Fogle early in the evening looking a little lost. It was the first time he'd been in the cathedral and was in awe of the sheer size of it. He wandered over in the near darkness and asked me if I knew where the client was. So we wandered through the incredible structure to the ornate Lady Chapel where guests were arriving. Lovely guy, totally chilled and just how I expected him to be. It never ceases to amaze me just how many British people have never heard of, let alone set foot in, the Liverpool Cathedral. Here's a few photos from the evening.
Was such a pleasure to photography Myleene Klass in Liverpool recently. She started "tinkling the ivories" and was both amazing to hear - and to photograph...
Seems like a lifetime ago now - scuba diving in the crystal clear waters of the Red Sea. This time of the year the Oceanic White Tip sharks come up to visit. The water currents and the temperature are just right for these incredible creatures to bask off the back of Elphinstone Reef off the coast of the southern Red Sea. My now wife Natalia took these fab shots of me whilst I was filming the sharks. Warm waters meant no wetsuits and basically no protection whatsoever! Was one of the most epic dives of my life!
An entire shoot in heavy rain... that was a challenge and a half! Was fantastic meeting the incredibly engaging, enthusiastic host that is Paul Rose. What a legend! If I have half his vitality when i'm his age - I will be very very happy! Such a pleasure to work with professional people. SO rewarding!
The first thing I did before the Liverpool Sky Ride was look up to the sky. And all I saw was dark grey ominous clouds. But the sky soon cleared and the green leafy streets of south Liverpool were transformed into a sea of high-vis cycling vests cruising their way into the city of Liverpool. I jumped on my own bike and captured some of the action. Here's a few photos below:
Has been a massively busy month with a diverse range of photo shoots going on. Food seems to be ever popular with numerous shoots across various hotels, restaurants and venues in the UK. Here's a selection of some of the photos taken in the past month or so...
A nice little project to photograph some of Liverpool's iconic buildings/areas in the commercial district. This particular shot was taken from the roof of the Town Hall and was featured on the cover of the BID project prospectus (see below)
To have a legendary Hollywood actor from The Godfather come to Liverpool is amazing. To have him perform under the same roof as where you work is simply unreal! As I was finishing up some editing from the aerial photography earlier in the day - Gianni Russo was warming up. He was still getting to know the musicians that were banded together from across Europe.
They rehearsed, they jammed, they joked. This was going to be a good night.
I went down and introduced myself. What a guy!
I asked if I could take a few snaps of him outside Static on Roscoe Lane. It's a typical little Liverpool lane that I thought might be an interesting juxtaposition with his yellow pants. He was obliging as ever and happy to be photographed wherever.
The rest of the night as they say, is history...
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Spent an amazing morning taking photographs of the interior of St. Georges Hall Liverpool. This original stairway caught my eye as I made my way into the Catacombs (which have not been seen by public for 160 years).
This fascinating aspect of St Georges Hall will once again be used for different events throughout 2014. Definitely worth a look!
After getting up at 4am, driving a couple of hours and arriving at the north east coast of County Antrim - I walked down the dramatically rugged coastline and arrived at this. I come from New Zealand - the spiritual home of dramatic landscapes. But when I saw this I just stood there. Trying to take it all in, I literally didn't know where to start. I am a massive fan of architecture and landscapes. So to arrive at somewhere that serenely blends the two, was really something very special. The sun was just rising over the horizon - so I knew time was of the essence. But today was not going to be a day where the photographic execution was implemented. Today was going to be a recce. To truly do this justice, I would need to come back. Today, I just need to explore, appreciate and respect this incredible landscape.
Really have been spoilt for choice so far in Auckland, New Zealand. Six photo shoots down and another 10 to go! One very special place for photography between Takapuna and Milford is a little beach called Thornes Bay. It's nestled in between volcanic rock and Pohutukawa trees.
It's an amazing place for photography - so it was just as well I had an amazing family to photograph!
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Flynn and Hugo are mad about basketball. So it was only fitting that our photoshoot was in Downtown Auckland at the new Wynyard Quarter. What was formerly industrial dock wasteland has now been transformed into a very cool urban playground.
With gorgeous morning light there were loads of nice photo opportunities to be had.
I'm always a bit of a sucker for a nicely back-lit silhouette. It just brings a whole new evocative mood to a shot. These particular ones we taken from a low angle to bring the old tramtracks into the shot too.
With the first two weeks of my New Zealand working holiday coming to a close - it's been pretty awesome fun working in my old stomping ground. We're off to Coromandel tomorrow for a week - and due to lots of requests i'm going to be doing another week of portrait shoots when I get back.
It's so nice to be out here in Aotearoa. Weather has been incredible and i've also been capturing some portraits of some pretty amazing people. My first official shoot was with Nicki and her adorable two kids (and her fantastic two retrievers)
Here's a couple of photos from the portrait shoot:
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Having two whole months off any kind of work is likely to drive me slightly mental. So to counter that i'm going to be shooting portraits in the first couple of weeks. Already have the first week booked up - but give me a holla if you'd like any photographs taken. I've also got an absolute killer wedding to photograph down Mount Maunganui way in March. That is going to be amazing. In between times there'll be plenty of "up at sunrise" coastal shots to be had. Am really looking forward to expanding the fine art photography archive and getting the PRINTS section of the website live.
I'm currently adding a general portrait section to the site as last week I had someone call and ask me "Do you only photograph famous people?" I laughed and told her that was me just trying to show off!
Anyway - back to it. Gotta get some sleep before I photograph some of the LFC team tomorrow at their Melwood training ground.
It's not often I have my camera with me on a dog walk - but today was a pretty crazy day with three different shoots going on. As it was such an ethereal day weather-wise, I decided to leave my kit with me in the car when I swung by to pick up Coco for her walk. I grabbed my long lens and headed off through Storeton Woods. The area where the photo was taken used to be a railway line and it's a brilliant linear landscape for photos. Today it was made even more special with the fog that didn't lift all day. I waited as this man came out of the fog and into view to give the photo a sense of scale. Quick like the fact that the retriever was carrying half a tree with him too! Tomorrow i'm looking forward to interior design photography in Stockport. Then it's a recce at the LFC training ground at Mellwood ahead of a shoot next week with some of the LFC football players.
After flying on a little island hopping plane back to Rarotonga the night before I had one of those "have to get up early to catch a plane, so a little bit wired and won't get much sleep" kinda nights...
So there I was at 5am listening to the waves crashing on the reef outside my window. I had an hour to kill before walking across the road to the airport - so got up and wandered along the rocky shoreline. First thing I thought was i'd left it a bit late. The sun had already risen just above the horizon... at 5am? Arghhhh!
I was hoping for a really long exposure to give the stormy sea an ethereal feel juxtaposed against the craggy outcrops... but hey - this was not planned. This was spontaneous and you just gotta go with it!
And the sleepy island of Rarotonga didn't disappoint. If this was to be my last photo of the trip - i'll take it!
Thanks again Cook Islands you beautiful jewel in the South Pacific. It's been special.
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