Phil Jones Photography: Blog https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog en-us (C) Phil Jones Photography (Phil Jones Photography) Sat, 11 Sep 2021 07:49:00 GMT Sat, 11 Sep 2021 07:49:00 GMT https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/img/s/v-12/u844121845-o317486955-50.jpg Phil Jones Photography: Blog https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog 120 90 Dungeons and Dragons Fantasy Photoshoot https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog/2021/9/dungeons-and-dragons-fantasy-photoshoot Early in 2021, actor Sara Cristy contacted me and asked if I would be able to photograph fantasy-themed images for her portfolio, based on the fantasy role-playing game, Dungeons and Dragons. In this blog I've asked Sara if she could share what it's like working with me and her inspiration for the shoot.

 

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My name is Sara Figueiredo, stage name Sara Cristy. I am an Actress and Software Engineer. I have always been a fan of fantasy, especially ever since I watched the Lord of the Rings, I fell in love with the genre. I love to surround myself in fantasy storytelling - films, series, books, video games!

 

One of my dream roles is therefore to portray a character in a fantasy world. I always questioned whether the industry would give someone who looks like me a chance. When I say "who looks like me", I mean  - Mediterranean / French look, average body, with an unplaceable accent. But I always sensed there is something of an "old world" about my look. Like I could do period really well, and even fantasy / sci-fi. I truly believe I belong in a fairytale!

 

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Whilst playing dungeons and dragons, which is a very famous fantasy role-playing game, I chose to be a half-elf shapeshifter, lover of nature and all creatures. Her name is Lúmena, a druid, who was saved by a dragon when she was younger, whilst all her family was slaughtered. Lúmena is royalty, but she hides her true name, to escape from the people who still want her blood completely wiped out of the World. The dragon who saved her also kept her captive for years, because it fell in love with her. Dragons are greedy creatures, so she knew even though she loved him too, she had to escape. It is quite a fascinating story!!! 

 

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The dragon kept her captive for years because it fell in love with her.The dragon kept her captive for years because it fell in love with her.The dragon who saved her also kept her captive for years, because it fell in love with her.

 

Sometimes she has to kill, and inherit the senses of a beast. That is the only moment when she may lose her love for all living beings. But once she shapeshifts back to a half elf form, she cries... due to her empathy. 

 

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After a few D&D sessions, I knew I had to ask a photographer to help me give more life to her. It would be the perfect material to showcase to the acting world how much I belong to the fantasy world! And it would make me truly happy to dress up like her. I knew it wouldn't be an easy task. There were so many ways to bring her to life, so I knew I needed someone with experience in the fantasy genre and who wouldn't make me invisible behind so much editing. I needed it to look like stills from a film, no CGI.

 

After looking at a few portfolios, I came across Phil Jones's website. And there was something beautiful about his art. His photos all looked so natural yet so real whatever the genre he worked at. This is what I needed! So I got in touch with my idea. And I am so grateful he loved it too!

 

I loved how every week a new exciting idea would come into our minds! Phil completely understood what I needed, and brought his own creativity into the work. He also recommended an amazing make up artist, Grace, who did such a brilliant job!

 

I couldn't quite explain, but I felt really comfortable in their vision. Both before the shoot day, whilst sitting down and having my makeup applied, and whilst shooting. I think it has something to do with the fact that the three of us absolutely love Fantasy! 

 

With makeup applied, medieval robe on... (which was bought from https://armstreet.com/ by the way, special thanks to them!) After seeing the shooting setup, at this beautiful park nearby, I immediately fell in love with the concept without even seeing the final images haha. I knew we were up for an exciting adventure!

 

So the shooting day went on really smoothly and I was allowed to inherit Lúmena's thoughts without any problems (apart from the lovely dogs!!!!! How can someone not smile, nearby so much cuteness!!). But I did my best even when I looked like I was all beaten up. 

 

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You can see in some stills Lúmena looking up to the skies, searching for her love, the dragon who once saved her, when she most needed him. But she looks scared. Because she knows she may once again become captive... which one is worse?!

 

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Lúmena is mostly an upbeat creature, sometimes childlike, always fascinated by all nature. She even talks to plants!! That is why in most stills you can see her childlike, empathetic aura. Her magic is mostly healing based. Or spells that allow control of a human's mind. Her eyes / hair / skin change when she shapeshifts. This was the most complex bit to bring into the shoots, we had a few discussions on how we could make this work with the time we were left with, but I love the eye change Phil came up with. And the sharpened face Grace came up with. It gives a more animalistic trait to the character which is what we were looking for.

 

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One thing I really liked about Phil Jones, is that I felt we could really share our own experiences as human beings and artists too. It was not only a professional day for both of us, it was a true collaboration, where we could speak to each other with an open heart. That is when the best projects come into place.

 

I have to thank Phil, his family, and Grace, for allowing me such an incredible day and for bringing Lúmena to life. 

 

Both me and my agent LOVE the final pictures. I look forward to working with you again!

 

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I'd just like to thank Sara for her really kind words and for writing this blog, it was a pleasure to meet and work with you and I look forward to working with you again soon!

You can follow Sara on Instagram

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and of course, there's me Phil Jones Photography Instagram 

 

A selection of images from my photoshoot with Sara Cristy. DO NOT USE WITHOUT PERMISSION.


 

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(Phil Jones Photography) dungeons and dragons ethereal fantasy photoshoot Larp larp photography magic photography role play https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog/2021/9/dungeons-and-dragons-fantasy-photoshoot Fri, 10 Sep 2021 09:10:07 GMT
Motorcycle YouTube Vlogger https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog/2021/3/motorcycle-youtube-vlogger It has been a longer winter than normal for most of us in the UK and in many countries around the world thanks to Lockdown. As you may have seen in my last blog all my regular work stopped overnight thanks to the pandemic but I was able to work on a few commercial shoots in between lockdowns, but I know it hasn't been easy for many of us.

 

You all know I just cannot sit around for too long, so in December 2020 I decided to edit my GoPro video footage and stills photography from my solo trip to Scotland on my motorcycle and create a three-part mini series and share it on YouTube under the name of The Adventures of Phil Jones. How difficult can it really be to start a YouTube channel? To be honest, I was completely surprised by the response it had, and as I write this Part One has had over 15K views and over 300 likes.

 

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Trying to keep your hand in as a photographer during winter when you aren't allowed to meet with people is almost impossible so in an attempt to Keep Sane and Carry on I was inspired to create more videos for the Channel and learn some new skills. Although I have created videos before, videography is very different to photography. I like to think I'm okay at finding the right camera angles and framing a shot but camera settings for videography, lighting, sound, editing, scriptwriting and the hardest one for me, being in front of the camera are all very different to what I do from day-to-day.

 

If you have seen my blog from last year you will know that motorcycling has always played a massive part in my life. As a child, I loved Photography and Motorcycling, and I still do. So what could be better for me than to combine those two passions and create videos and photography to share on YouTube and my own website?!

 

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Even as a was planning my Adventures in Scotland series for YouTube, I decided to film and create a How-To video which made me realise how difficult it is to film yourself while working on your own motorcycle, talking to the camera and checking everything is working as it should be, such as the sound and lighting which constantly changes when working outdoors.

 

I do realise that learing How To fit an SP Engineering Exhaust to your motorcycle won't be what most of my subscribers have signed up for but as I mentioned, it has kept me sane and taught me some new skills which isn't a bad thing.

 

I have also started writing a new series How To Photograph your Motorcycle which will also include working with models, so I'm sure many of my regular followers will be very interested in that series. I have plenty of other ideas for videos which I've started on including featuring my friend and model Grace, so if that interests you make sure you Subscribe to my new Channel and hit the notification bell too so you don't miss out.

 

For now, let me leave with the videos I've created so far. If you have any questions or comments please don't be afraid to ask!

 

The Adventures of Phil Jones YouTube Channel

 

My first video 


 

 

Adventures in Scotland

 

Scotland by Motorcycle - My Bucket List Tour of Scotland In April 2019, I went on a solo motorcycle trip to the Scottish Highlands on my Suzuki GSX-S 750, travelling from Essex to Scotland. I had always wanted to ride through Scotland and see for myself the breathtaking scenery and roads I have heard so much about. In Part One of my adventures in Scotland, I explain why as a photographer and a passionate motorcyclist, I like to mix business with pleasure and share some of my favourite British Superbike Photographs as well as my commercial motorcycle lifestyle images taken for Hideout Leather and Lings Triumph Essex, before I start my bucket list bike ride to Glen Coe, Glen Etive, the Isle of Skye, Bealach na Ba, and Eileen Dona Castle Kyle of Lochalsh, to name just a few magical locations you'll see in part one. Using stunning drone footage, you will not only see the incredible Scottish landscapes from the air but also, as I saw it from the road, from my GoPro camera as I rode along the most amazing roads. I have also shared my own personal favourite Hi-Res images taken from my Canon 5D MKIV camera.
 

 

 

 

Scotland by Motorcycle - Full-Length Film

 

Although my first video was well received, I did have a handful of comments from older people who said they found my commentary a little difficult to hear over the music. It was definitely a learning curve for me as I mentioned but by the end of the first series, I felt as though I had already had learnt so much so decided to create a full-length video of all three episodes and improve the sound quality. 

 

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The best way to clean your Motorcycle - How-To Series

 

To take us right up to date, my current series is The best way to clean your motorcycle. Now as my bestie always keeps telling me, I'm always trying to be a perfectionist and I must admit I've really tried hard to create the best sound I possibly could for my latest videos, whether that is outdoors using a Lavalier aka a lapel mic, or inside using a voice-over. So you can imagine how disappointed I was when I managed to break a microphone by pulling the lead out whilst catching it on my bike indicator. I've tried not to spend too much money recently as basically it hasn't been coming in, so I opted to replace the mic with a Rode Lavalier Go but had terrible intermittent interference problems, so much of my last video I re-recorded or replaced with a voice-over. But all is now well as I sent that mic back to Wex Photographic, who was very helpful, and upgraded to the Pro Rode Lavalier Mic Kit which seems to be working just fine.

Click the link to view the series The best way to clean your motorcycle

 

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The last thing to mention is I've also signed up to Amazon Associate Programme as so many people were interested in buying some of the products I recommended. So if you do ever shop on Amazon, make sure you click my link first and I could get a little kick-back which will help me as Lockdown hasn't been kind to us creatives. 

 

See below links to the equipment I use for my YouTube Videos

At the end of the day, I'm still trying my hardest to do what I love and I hope you guys like it too!

 

All the best,

Phil
 

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Equipment Used for my YouTube Channel

Canon 5D Mark IV Camera https://amzn.to/3fgEF3A

Canon 24-105 mm F4 L Series Lens https://amzn.to/31gSA1n

SanDisk Extreme 64GB CompactFlash Memory Card https://amzn.to/3lPPuuO

Manfrotto BeFree Live Travel Tripod https://amzn.to/3shoA1g

Rode Lavalier Microphone https://amzn.to/31nowkF

Rode NGT2 Mic https://amzn.to/3tYFGBI

Rode Video Mic  https://amzn.to/3sqgymS

Zoom H4N Recorder https://amzn.to/39yV7J5
 

 

 

 

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A Decade in Review 2020 https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog/2021/2/a-decade-in-review-2020 Despite how the world changed in 2020, especially for those working in the creative industry, I'm amazed by how busy I kept throughout the year but then again you know I don't like sitting around not doing anything, it's just not in my nature.

 

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What can I say about 2020 which hasn't been said already? Well, I can certainly tell you about my year and how I kept myself busy in one of the most challenging years ever working as a photographer.

 

I was working on a 4-day Corporate Headshot Photoshoot when the government announced you should work from home if you could or don’t if you can’t, who knew what you were meant to do at the beginning of the Pandemic?  I was able to finish my corporate shoot that day while the company were holding emergency meetings and planning for the immediate future. Then overnight, all the work which I had booked in, was postponed.

 

Now I don't like to sit around for too long, and I had no idea how long this lockdown would last for so I worked flat out for the next few weeks updating my website, portfolio and blogs while I had the time, and before things got back to normal. Of course, things didn’t get back to normal, and here I am practically a year on still wondering what's going to happen.

 

When it became apparent things weren’t going to return to normal anytime soon, I used a lot of my 'non-working' time experimenting with camera settings and lighting to improve my motorcycle and lifestyle photography. Photographing motorcycles was something I could do by myself so I could just keep shooting. In-between lockdowns, I also had a number of photoshoots with social media influencers as well as photographing my own bike at several locations.

 

2020 for me was spent either shooting models and actors or motorcycle photography. Unlike my previous Decade in Review Blog, I’ll divide my images into creative shoots and motorcycle photography, as I know not all of you are as mad about motorcycles as I am. Even still, I would really appreciate you taking a look at what I’ve been up to as it has shaped how I’ve worked this year and has kept me sane.

 

This is how my 2020 looked like for me in the last of my series A Decade in Review.

 

 

 

2020

 

 

Stunt Performer Kit Burden

 

January and February can be a quiet time for photographers and it's a time when I like to test if possible. I had already had planned a number of photoshoots early in the year including testing a Canon EOS R.

 

But before I get on to that, in February, I met up with Stunt Performer Kit Burden to help him update his portfolio and for us to take the time to discuss a few projects which we are hoping to work on together. Those projects have been put on hold for the moment, unfortunately, but we did have an awesome day creating an exciting set of action images.  Here are just a few of my favourites.
 

 

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Testing the Canon EOSR on Location

 

Whilst attending the SWPP Photography Convention in January and chatting to Canon about a focus issue I was having with my f1.2 lens, I signed up with Canon and Hireacamera to test drive the mirrorless EOSR. I had planned to meet up with model Gemma Huh to shoot at her home but I was keen to try the camera out in low light and decided to jump on a train and head into London. Do you remember when you could do that! Kit had seen the Instagram story I had posted and kindly offered to meet me in London to model for me. He also offered to contact a friend who was in London that day and I'm pleased to say that Actress Rose Muirhead agreed to also join us later that evening. 

 

Perhaps I'll save the review for another blog, but needless to say, it's incredible in low light.

 

 

Below: Stunt performer Kit Burden modelling for me as we made our way around London with the Canon EOSR

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Below: Actress Rose Muirhead kindly met us that evening as I put the EOSR through its paces using lowlight and the Profoto A1X

 

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Above: I couldn't resist asking if I could take a few shots of a passer-by who just happened to be walking past while I was waiting for Rose!

 

 

 

Testing the Canon EOSR in a home studio

 

The following day I made my way over to Gemma's home, complete with my lighting, and backdrop. It was a very relaxed shoot as I had purely wanted to test the EOSR for focusing, depth of field and in low light. As you can see in the final image, we also shot through the fabric to see how the lens and camera sensor would handle the fine detail. It creates an incredibly sharp image even at f2.0

 

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London Lifestyle Photography with Andrea Vasiliou

 

If you have been following my work for a while, you will know that I have had a number of shoots over the years with model and actress Andrea Vasiliou. Andrea contacted me to ask if I'd be interested in meeting with her in London to shoot a set of lifestyle images, of course, I would, as we always manage to capture some lovely images and have a good time in the process. This shoot would be no different. Although sunlight caused me a few problems we still created a lovely selection for Andrea to use.

 

My favourite part of the shoot was when we were kindly given permission to shoot in Côte Brasserie. Well, to start with Andrea was indoors and I was still out on the street, shooting through the window. After using their toilet facilities I then noticed an amazing space downstairs and cheekily asked if we could use it for a few minutes. I do love an impromptu shoot!

 

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Motorcycle Lifestyle Photoshoot

 

In June 2020, I was fortunate enough to create a set of motorcycle lifestyle images which my client Hideout Leather could use for their new website which they were building at that time. My best friend and motorcycle buddy Elyske, known as my Triumph Twinny, had a custom suit made by Hideout a couple of years ago, which made all of our lives easier for when we wanted to create new images.

 

This was as a test shoot as I wanted to improve my motorcycle lifestyle photography skills but I'm pleased to say that Twinny and I always create images which Hideout love and are keen to use.

 

You can see more from this shoot below in my motorcycle section.

 

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Above: My best friend Elyske wearing her Hideout Leather T-Shirt and custom motorcycle two-piece suit.

 

 

 

'Tara Croft' Action-Adventure Cinematic Shoot 

 

I had been chatting to model and actress Tara Hoyos-Martínez for some time about working on a project together, I also wanted to introduce Tara to stunt performer Kit. Late summer we were all able to meet up to create this action-adventure set of images. I won't say too much about this right now as I hope to be creating another blog very soon.

I love shooting cinematic images and had an absolute blast working with Tara and Kit on this shoot. Here's just a small selection of what's to follow soon.

Oh yeah, I can't take credit for the Tara Croft line, that's down to Tara but being a Tomb Raider fan I couldn't resist!

 

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A motorcycle isn't just a means of getting from a to b

 

One thing I've noticed over the years is that for most bikers, a motorcycle isn't just a means of getting from a to b. Of course for many it is a means of commuting but the social side of biking is massive and on social media, there are plenty of like-minded people who want to connect with each other.

 

Throughout the year I was shooting images of motorcycles which I could do by myself with the government restrictions in place but whenever I got the opportunity to work with other people I would jump at the opportunity. Two of my favourite shoots were with motorcycle influencers Deimante, known as Tomboy_A_Bit on social media and with Holly Richardson, All about Holly.

 

Read about these shoot below in Part Two of this blog.

 

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I had a day out in Surrey when shooting with Holly and pretty much had all four seasons in one day but we still managed to create some great photos which I'm really pleased with. Check below to see more.
 

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Headshot and Lifestyle

 

It had been a few months since I had seen Andrea Vasiliou, you may remember our shoot in London at the beginning of the year.

Andrea mentioned then she was looking for a new set of headshots and loved the style I had created for her a few years ago. As it was a lovely day I set my studio up in the garden including a seamless paper backdrop. We also made the most of a lovely sunset as we shot a lifestyle series in an open space near my home.

 

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Fantasy-themed Photography

 

I do love a fantasy-themed shoot as you know, so I was delighted to be contacted by actress Natascha Hort who was in need of a set of images for a casting application on an exciting new TV project. Of course, we shot at one of my favourite and best-kept secret locations. We had to juggle shooting in and out of the rain unfortunately but still had a great time.

 

There were also a few passengers on the District Line who were delighted to see Natascha as she wore the dress in the first image on the Tube. It certainly cheered up one young girl who didn't realise princesses travelled by London Underground!

 

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Portrait Photography 

 

I hadn't really had two many opportunities to shoot in my studio last year, so when I had a couple of clients contacted me to say their projects had been rescheduled, I was keen to test and make sure I could remember how to take a photograph. My Twinny Elyske was kind enough to offer to help me brush off the cobwebs while shooting in my home studio. How could I not share these lovely shots?

 

It won't be too long before I'll be photographing Elyske again at her wedding this year, which I'm honestly excited for but already kinda nervous about!

 

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The Adventures of Phil Jones Motorcycle Photograph and Social Media

 

As many of you know I have been a petrol head for most of my life and passionate about motorcycles from an early age. I’m pleased to saymy name seems to be getting recognised in the motorcycle industry.

 

In 2020 with all my paid work projects postponed or cancelled due to the pandemic, I used a great deal of my time experimenting with camera settings and lighting so I could improve my motorcycle and lifestyle photography. In-between lockdowns I also had a number of photoshoots with social media influencers as well as photograph my own bike at several locations.

 

Below is a selection of some of my favourite images taken throughout the year.

 

Below: Triumph Speed Triple 1050 S

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Above: I was hoping to get a nice sunset this evening but didn't expect it to be as dramatic as it was. It's amazing how quickly the light changes and how short a good sunset lasts for.

 

 

Below: During Lockdown in April, my daughter celebrated her 18th birthday at home. I had seen that Bennetts Insurance who sponsor British Superbikes, had a competition on Instagram which we as a family entered. Amazingly, we won! We haven't yet been able to claim our prize but look forward to a VIP trip to the British Superbikes when we are allowed.

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Below: A few more test selfies.

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Below: I was able to shoot for Hideout Leather to create images promoting their Hideout Concept Air which is designed specifically for hot-weather use.

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Below: It's not unusual for me to shoot at the same location twice. After thoroughly cleaning my bike I returned to this grungy street location which I love. I'll be back there soon for some more shots now I have an SP Engineering exhaust fitted.

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As I mentioned in part one of my blog above, this is my riding buddy and best friend Elyske who happens to wear Hideout Leather protective clothing which makes it easy for me and Hideout when we need to capture any new images for their website.

 

She does brush up surprisingly well!

 

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There aren't too many shots of me out there taken by other people, so I thought I'd share this natural shot Elske took using my camera. She even kindly had it printed on to a mug for me at Christmas! I particularly like this shot as for some reason it makes my arm look bigger than normal!

 

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I met a local biker Lee in the summer and loved his personalised Triumph Street Twin. Fortunately for me, Lee was up for a shoot as by now I was getting pretty bored shooting selfies!

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Above: I'm so pleased with this image, it's one of my favourites and I know Lee feels the say way too. Which would be your favourite image? Please leave a comment below.

 

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Tomboy_A_Bit is a motorcycle influencer who doesn't live too far from me. I've seen Deimante on the bike circuit but never really had the chance to chat until this year when I started chatting to her at a local event in the summer.

 

I was keen to just get out of the house last year if I'm honest and work with new people, and fortunately for me, Deimante was more than happy to shoot with me while she reviewed the Indian FTR 1200 for Krazy Horse London. We met at Krazy Horse in South London and rode together to a location I discovered years ago but had never had the opportunity to shoot there. It was perfect. I also knew of a footpath where we could push the bike so we could have the iconic Tower Bridge in the background.

 

I'm sure you would agree, they're a lovely set of images which we both love and it was a great opportunity to get to know Deimante better and chat about other possible projects we can work on together when the timing is right.

 

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I met Holly many years ago on the bike scene when model Grace Gray and I visited The Bike Shed to a social event Holly was hosting. We'd since bumped into each other at various biking events and I was hoping one day I'd be able to photograph Holly. For me, it's not always about getting shots I can use, it's also having the opportunity to socialize with other like-minded people and do something I love. I won't go into all the details but I just heard the shock news that a female bike I knew, Chelsea Hobbs, had been killed in a tragic accident. Chelsea and I were talking about having a shoot together and hearing this news really knocked the wind out of me. Meeting with Holly was just what I needed at that time and I really appreciate Holly's help. 

 

Holly looks pretty tough in this photo's which is the look I wanted but believe me, she doesn't usually stop smiling.

 

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Below: An addition to my Speed Triple, an SP Engineering Exhaust. See the link below to my YouTube channel for The Adventures of Phil Jones.

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Above: Just before Lockdown 3.0 I couldn't resist shooting my bike while in London. With all the rules and regulations these days I think more and more people will be looking to get two wheels to commute to work.

 

YouTube - The Adventures of Phil Jones

 

In November and December, I decided to create a new YouTube Channel to promote my motorcycle photography and my biking adventures. The Adventures of Phil Jones.

 

Here's my Channel Trailer

 

 

Over the next 2 months, I would edit the footage and photography from my trip to the Scottish Highlands in a three-part series as well as produce a channel trailer and a couple of “How-To” videos. I’m very pleased and surprised to say that as I write this, Part One has had over 10,000 views in just over a month which I find staggering.

 

Take a look for yourself at my Adventures. Below is Part One of my mini-series Adventures in Scotland.

 

 

 

Creative and Commercial Photography 2021

 

What lies ahead in 2021 is still unknown. I’ve now had projects which were postponed now cancelled completely but I continue to do my best to be positive and look forward to the time when I’m able to meet with my clients again and return to their offices.

 

Stay positive people. I'm still here should you need a photographer!

 

Connect on Social Media

 

Kit Burden Instagram

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Gemma Huh Instagram

Andrea Vasiliou Instagram

Elyske van der Pol Instagram

Tara Hoya-Martinez Instagram

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Holly Instagram

Natascha Hort Instagram

Hideout Leather Instagram

Lee Budny Instagram

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A Decade in Review 2019 https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog/2020/12/a-decade-in-review-2019 So, I'm very nearly at the end of my Decade in Review where I have been looking back at my work over the last 10 years. All that is left after this blog is looking at the work I've created during 2020, which surprisingly enough, I have had some amazing shots but before then, let me share my favourite images and shoots from 2019.

 

 

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2019

 

 

Actress and model Sian Altman

 

It had been 6 months since I had seen Sian Altman, you may remember our shoot in London in July 2018, I was keen for us to meet up again have a good old catch up and shoot in my home studio. For a lot of creatives, whether you are a photographer or an actor, January can be pretty quiet so it's a great time to test and start the year off on the right foot.  I was very fortunate to have been kept very busy from December to March working for my commercial clients but managed to schedule this shoot in between projects.

 

Makeup artist gemma Howell was also excited to work with me again and wanted to create a selection of commercial images for her portfolio, so that was our brief.

 

Below: I loved this image so much and wanted to keep my beauty portfolio fresh, so I decided to hand the retouching over to Jenny (link at the end)  who did an incredible job creating this hi-end beauty image.

 

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Above: Gemma Howell Makeup artist in my home studio.

 

 

As you can see with the makeup, it's always best to start off natural and build on the makeup from there.

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Above: Behind the scenes with Sian in the studio. MHere I am mixing a Bowens studio light with a softbox and grid as a rim light, with a Profoto Softbox as my key light or main light, and a Umbella with a diffuser as a fill light.

 

Below: Gemma applying smokey eyes to Sian.

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Above: A little bit of colour coordination with Sian and her Daisy Dixon London Watch. Just look at those blue eyes!

 

 

 

An early Heatwave

 

I have always struggled to get the right balance of work and time to relax. It isn't always easy when you do what you love and for many years I've missed out on holidays and going away. But over the last couple of years, I'm pleased to say I have got back into motorcycling which is something I've always loved and certainly missed. I am very blessed to have an awesome friend, Elyske who also loves motorcycles and also enjoys my company.

Over the winter I am pleased to say I had the opportunity to work with Hideout Leather, who manufacture protective motorcycling clothing. I had just finished shooting their entire range of clothing for a new website.

You may remember in February 2019 we had an early heatwave in the UK, and I certainly made the most of it. Although Elyske and I had been riding throughout the winter, we were extremely pleased to welcome this very unusual early heatwave and spent a day riding together covering a couple of hundred miles through Essex and Suffolk. But before the day was up, we decided to make our way to Southend so I could try and capture some motorcycle lifestyle images of Elyske which Hideout could use on their website and social media. Fortunately for me and Hideout, Elyske had commissioned Hideout Leather to tailor a two-piece leather suit, which is what they are best known for. 

 

 

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Above: If you're a biker in the South of England, then you will certainly recognise this location in north Essex. Finchingfield is a well know biker hangout and is a beautiful village not too far from Hideout's shop. 

 

 

 

Adventures in Scotland - A busman's holiday

 

Over the winter months, I decided it was time for me to finally getaway in 2019 and had planned a solo trip to the Scottish Highlands on my motorcycle. In April 2019 off I went, and what an incredible trip it was. In fact, I've just created a new YouTube channel and uploaded a video of my adventures which will explain a little more of my background and events leading up to my trip.

Although it was a break, I, of course, took my camera making it a bit of a busman's holiday, but I was having fun and shooting what I loved. Please make sure you check out my video and don't forget to leave a comment!

 

 

Below: A selection of selfies, using my Manfrotto Tripod and Canon 5D Mark IV camera
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Above: Stunning scenery at Bealach na Ba, the Pass of the Cattle. 

 

 

 

Action Photography - British Superbikes

 

If you are a regular follower of my blogs, you may have seen I like to attend Brands Hatch at least once a year to photograph the British Superbikes, yet again, I'm doing what I love, relaxing and playing with my camera, as I find it very difficult to sit around and do nothing, I find this just makes me grumpy if I'm honest.

 

In June 2019 I was again able to attend the British Superbikes, but this time thanks to Hideout Leather, I was given the opportunity to hang out with some of the riders they sponsor and take a friend to enjoy the racing too. Of course, I took my biking buddy Elyske, and although the weather was wasn't as dry as we would have liked, we still had an awesome time. I'm so grateful to have been given the opportunity to take images in the Pitlane for the team as well as on the Starting Grid on race day!

 

Below: Stock 600 rider Louis Valleley on the starting grid on race day.

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Above: Matt Wigley and Sorry Mate Wigley Racing also sponsored by Hideout Leather

 

Below: My amazing friend Elyske enjoy the action at Brands Hatch British Superbikes 2019.

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Below: Scott Redding #45 who went on to win the British Superbike Championship that year on his first attempt.

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Above: Peter Hickman, Smiths Racing.

 

 

Additional Related Reading How to improve your sports photography

 

 

 

Building a model porftolio - Shooting with my bestie, Elyske

 

I consider myself extremely blessed to have some amazing friends in my life, non more so than Elyske who has gone out of her way to help me with my motorcycle lifestyle photography. Believe it or not, Elyske was not too keen to be in the limelight and although she was happy to hide behind her bike when I'm taking shots, she didn't feel she was model material. Of course, I beg to differ and one very windy day in August 2019 we spent a day shooting together for the fun of it.

 

I did my best to give some coaching to Elyske about camera angles, shapes and finding your light, not that she really needed my help that's for sure! What you see here is typically the type of images I would create for a new or experienced model looking to update their portfolio. 

 

A selection of commercial, fitness, fashion, lifestyle and headshots are typically what a model agency would like to see in any model's portfolio,

 

 

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Although the windy conditions could sometimes cause a problem, it's best to adapt and just roll with it, and at the end of the day we had amazing light and I'm so proud of Lyskie and the images we both created. 
 

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Fitness Photography with Imogen Leaver

 

There's nothing like organising a last-minute photoshoot and in September I was lucky enough to meet up with the lovely Imogen Leaver again, this time in London for a fitness style shoot. We were also keen to meet and chat about the possibility of planning other shoots for the near future. You are going to have to watch this space to see what comes of that!

 

We had a relatively quick shoot but had an awesome time non the less. Below is just a very small selection of some of my favourite shots we created. I already had a few ideas I wanted to try out which Imogen loved the sound of and was happy to shoot. I love shoots like this when I suggest an idea and the model gets on with it needing no art direction, teamwork they call it! 

 

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It has to be Grace!

 

For my last test shoot of the year, it has to be with Grace Gray again doesn't it?!

 

Grace had been asked to shoot some clothing images for Collectit Clothing but she was also learning to ride a motorcycle and we had had a couple of ride outs together as friends. Just a week or so before this shoot I had taken delivery of my new bike and was excited to show Grace and the two of us could go for a ride, me on my Triumph Speed Triple and Grace on her Honda! 

 

 

Below: We were very fortunate to have amazing weather and light at the beginning of November, not that it wasn't cold but Grace just gets on with it as the true professional she is. You would find me wrapped up and wearing my Beanie!

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Below is another example of how well Grace and I work together. Grace had literally just got changed ready to ride when I suggested we have a very quick shoot, 7 minutes actually according to my image data, of Grace with my bike, which I could then use on my social media and include in my motorcycle lifestyle portfolio. 

 

 

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If you follow my blogs then you would have seen that in 2020 another awesome collaboration came out of this too. Here's a link if you missed it.

 

Is Photography Art?

 

 

Sian Altman Instagram
Gemma Howell Makeup Instagram

HideoutL Leather Instagram

Imogen Leaver Instagram

Grace Gray Instagram

Retoucher Jenny Instagram

 

Other Blogs of interest

Motorcycle Photography

A Decade in Review - Part One

 

 

 

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A Decade in Review 2018 https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog/2020/12/a-decade-in-review-2018 At the end of a good photoshoot, it’s always difficult to shortlist the images and pick a handful of your favourites for retouching, especially when there are so many you love. I’ve also found that to be the case when looking back at my work over the last 10 years. Originally, in A Decade in Review, I had planned to post 2 or 3 images per shoot but after looking through each set of images, that idea went out of the window.

 

For my review of 2018 I’m going to attempt to be a bit stricter with myself and how many images I share. You all know the expression, less is more, well lets see how that goes!

 

 

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2018

 

 

Actress, model and current Deputy Miss England, Dominique Fragale

 

The first model shoot of the year for me was with actress, model and current Deputy Miss England, Domenique was particularly interested in creating action-themed images which her agent could use to help with castings but also wanted to create a selection of character shots and commercial images. 

 

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Dominique Fragale wearing Cluse Watch Inside her wrist for commercial photoshootDominique Fragale wearing Cluse Watch Dominique Fragale wearing Cluse Watch Inside her wrist for commercial photoshoot

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Beauty Photography with Romy Bondy and Gemma Howell

 

After sharing my beauty images on Instagram I was now getting known for this style of work and not just for lifestyle commercial photography. French model Romy Bondy had organised a trip to the UK and asked if I would be interested in shooting creative beauty as well as a more commercial beauty look. Without the help of a Makeup Artist this obviously just wouldn't be possible but fortunately for me, MUA Gemma Howell was excited to work with me and Romy.

 

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Model Romy Bondy. Commercial style Beauty Photoshoot with Gemma Howell makeup artistModel Romy Bondy. Commercial style Beauty PhotoshootModel Romy Bondy. Commercial style Beauty Photoshoot with Gemma Howell makeup artist with Phil Jones

Above: We started the shoot with a commercial beauty look using the same lighting set up I had been experimenting with on recent shoots. It's always good to have a go-to lighting set up. Here I using the Profoto B2 Location Kit and a silver reflector.

 

Below: Gemma then started to build on the makeup introducing more colours and I wanted to practice shooting with a shallow depth of field with my Canon 85mm f1.2 lens.

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Whimsical photoshoot with Romy Bondy and makeup artist Gemma Howell. Whimsical photoshoot with Romy Bondy and MUA Gemma Howell. Whimsical photoshoot with Romy Bondy and makeup artist Gemma Howell.

 

For the final look, Gemma introduced golds and vibrant purples as I went in close with my Sigma 150mm Macro Lens.

 

Macro Photography with Romy Bondy and makeup artist Gemma Howell. Macro Photography with Romy Bondy and makeup artist Gemma Howell. Macro Photography with Romy Bondy and makeup artist Gemma Howell. Macro Beauty Photography with Romy Bondy and makeup artist Gemma Howell. Macro Beauty Photography with Romy Bondy and makeup artist Gemma Howell. Macro Beauty Photography with Romy Bondy and makeup artist Gemma Howell.

 

 

Commercial wedding photography

 

I have had the pleasure of working with Hair Stylist Tara Johnston since 2010 on many of my shoots but always in the studio environment. Tara is an award-winning freelance hairstylist and particularly known for Wedding Hair by Tara where she has been a finalist and Highly Recommended in the East of England Wedding Industry Awards.

 

On this shoot, Tara arranged the venue, the wedding dress and props and I booked our model, Tate and student Anna who was filming behind the scenes. Unfortunately, what we didn't expect was the amount of snow which would fall the night before the shoot. Anyone from the UK knows, as a country, we grind to a halt when it snows. Unfortunately, our makeup artist was stuck in gridlocked traffic for hours and the bouquet of flowers didn't make it either but we had our bride, wedding dress courtesy of Julie at Blush Bridal Leigh-on-Sea who went out of her way to deliver it to Tara.

 

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Thanks to The Old Parish Rooms Hockley Road, Rayleigh for allowing us to shoot in their incredible venue.

 

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I mixed ambient window light, Profoto B2 strobe lighting and lighting within the venue and was honestly really pleased with the results. This was made easier for me having Anna and Tara close by to help hold the lights in awkward positions as you can see on our BTS video.

 

Wedding hair by Tara, commercial photography of bride at the old parish rooms, RayleighWedding hair by TaraWedding hair by Tara, commercial photography of bride at the old parish rooms, Rayleigh

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Commercial photography of bride at the old parish rooms, Rayleigh. Wearing a wedding dress by Blush Bride. Wedding dress by Blush BrideCommercial photography of bride at the old parish rooms, Rayleigh. Wearing a wedding dress by Blush Bride.

 

 

For the final shot of the day we all couldn't resist popping outside the venue just as it started to snow, it was honestly so cold for Tara but as you can see, she did an amazing job then and throughout the day.

 

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Here's the final video which was filmed by Anna and myself and edited by Jebby Media

 

 

 

Fitness and Swimwear with Lana Corina

 

I made a conscious decision not to test as much this year, sometimes you feel like all you do is work and it was time to try and address the balance. This is also influenced by my mood at the time in all honesty. Saying all that, for some time I had been chatting with model Lana Corina who was interested in shooting with me and as we were blessed with a beautiful warm April we decided to meet up in sunny Southend-On-Sea for a fitness and beach style shoot. 

 

As you can see with the shot below I tested the Profoto B2 Freeze mode to capture the action.

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Below: Fitness lifestyle

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Below: Creating images for Lana's social media.

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Shooting again with my old friend Rosey

 

In June I had the pleasure of seeing my friend Rosey who had been living abroad for a few years. Rosey had also become a complete fitness junkie and has worked tirelessly to transform her look. Of course, we wanted to meet up and shoot again and so did MUA Gemma Howell who had a few ideas she wanted to test. Gemma was also looking to create some commercial images for her portfolio and kindly wanted to work with me again. We also thought it would be cool to have two models working together and I thought of Tate who was happy to be involved and the awesome Tara Johnston as Hairstylist.

 

Rosey was looking to update her portfolio and create new shots which her agency Sandra Reynolds could use. 

 

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Below: Commercial advertising image with Rosey and Tate wearing Fossil Watches

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Below: I love this set of modelling portfolio images with Tate. Hair by Tara Johnston, Makeup by Gemma Howell.

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Above: Of course, Gemma couldn't resist adding a splash of colour to Tate's makeup towards the end of the shoot on this absolutely glorious and extremely hot day. Quite a difference from our last shoot in the snow, this time our MUA had to keep sheltered from the sun it was so hot but that's just what Tate and Rosey love!

 

 

St Luke's Hospice Creative Workshop

 

Since 2016, I have had the pleasure of helping St Luke's Hospice in Basildon with photography at fundraising events and helping with awareness. In July 2018 I was asked if I would like to set-up a creative workshop at the Day Hospice where they wanted to offer creative therapy to their patients.

 

I mentioned the shoot I had recently had with Rosey and knowing what a big heart she has, I was sure she would love to be involved. I gave a quick talk about my work and then a photography demonstration with Rosey followed by a hands-on opportunity for patients to use my or their own camera or phone where I offered tips and advice to help them improve but more importantly have fun.

 

I'm sure Rosey won't mind me saying what a humbling experience she found this to be which is why I'm so proud to help them in my little way.

 

Below: As well as using my Profoto B2 lights indoors we also popped outdoor and shoot in different lighting situations proving you don't need to have all the gear to get a nice shot.

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Here's a link to a previous blog where I created an awareness campaign for St Luke's Hospice hops.

 

St Luke's Hospice Fairytale Blog https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog/2016/8/charity-shop-photoshoot

 

To find out more about the Hospice please visit their Website

 

 

 

 

Daisy Dixon London Watches - with Sian Altman

 

Also in July 2018, I had the absolute pleasure of meeting up with Sian Altman again who I was now able to call my friend. Sian had recently won a Daisy Dixon London Watch on Instagram and we jumped at the chance to catch up, have a fun day and grab a few shots which we would share with Daisy Dixon.

 

I may not always produce the most creative shots with Sian but I do however have the best days out with her filled with lots of laughter. I also like to think we get the shot too, including the image below where I wanted to visually reinforce the name, Daisy Dixon London!

 

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Beauty and Rope Editorial with Grace Cairns

 

Grace and I had been chatting about meeting for a shoot for some time but we both were keeping busy with other work. Without too much notice, we agreed to meet and shoot with the help of Makeup artist Gemma Howell who is a good friend of Grace's.

 

Grace had seen my Shibari rope images on Insta and after chatting and sharing concepts it was apparent we both had very similar ideas for an editorial and were both equally excited to shoot and combine beauty and rope. 

 

I have to admit not only was it awesome to finally work with Grace, I absolutely love the shots we created, but of course, the shoot wouldn't have been possible without all of Gemma's hard work and creative input. It was also nice to get Gemma talking on video which you can see below.

 

Once we had all agreed on the final shots and had them professionally retouched, I reached out to Ellements Magazine who jumped at the opportunity of publishing the images which I'm extremely grateful for.

 

Model Grace Cairns Beauty and Rope Shibari editorial photoshoot by Phil Jones. Makeup by Gemma HowellModel Grace Cairns Beauty and Rope Editorial Shibari photoshootModel Grace Cairns Beauty and Rope Shibari editorial photoshoot by Phil Jones. Makeup by Gemma Howell

 

 

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Model Grace Cairns Beauty and Rope editorial photoshoot by Phil Jones. Makeup by Gemma HowellModel Grace Cairns Beauty and Rope editorial photoshoot by Phil Jones. Makeup by Gemma HowellModel Grace Cairns Beauty and Rope editorial photoshoot by Phil Jones. Makeup by Gemma Howell

 

 

To find out more about the shoot please visit my Blog https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog/2018/12/beauty-editorial

 

and check out our Behind the scenes video showing my four light setup and Gemma at work.

 

 

 

 

Promotional model Josie Minter

 

Many of you know I am a keen motorcyclist and try to attend the British Superbikes when possible. When visiting Brandshatch in June, I met Josie who was working with Bennetts helping with promotional work. Of course, we got chatting and it turned out that Josie doesn't live too far from me and was keen to update her portfolio.

 

Below is a small selection of the images we created on a rather action-packed day which included creating fitness, lifestyle, motorcycling and fashion images.

 

Studio and location photography for promotional models. Model Josie MinterPromotional model PhotographyStudio and location photography for promotional models. Model Josie Minter

 

Below: Josie modelling on my then Suzuki GSX-S750. You can see more of my motorcycle photography HERE!


 

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Fitness photography with Personal Trainer Jessie Southcott

 

My good friend Grace Gray asked if I would photograph her friend Jessie who had travelled with Grace a few months earlier. Of course, I'm always happy to help Grace and I'm pleased I did as Jess was a joy to meet and work with. 

 

Jess works as a Personal Trainer so she knows what she's doing when it comes to fitness and under Grace's supervision took to modelling in no time at all, the girl's a natural! I have to say that or she'll beat me up. Just joking, Jess!

 

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Location Shoot in London with model Elizabeth

 

Australian model Elizabeth was living in London for a while and loved my street photography. I seem to remember we both found it difficult to get a date in the diary as our work was keeping us busy, which you can't complain about but in August 2018 we met up in London.

 

On the way to the shoot, Elizabeth had received a call from her agent who had an urgent casting she wanted Elizabeth to attend. We quickly got to work shooting the headshots you see below before Elizabeth rushed off to her casting leaving me to hold the fort for an hour and wondering if it was something I had said and questioning if she would return.

 

Fortunately, she did and we cracked on where we left off and had an awesome shoot. There's nothing like a beautiful summer's day in London and as neither of us was in a rush we made our way to Horse Guards Parade to make the most of the sunset. Although we created a little video offering a super tip, here's another of my super tips, at the back of Horse Guards Parade you will find the best light at the end of the day, guaranteed! Remember where you heard it first! Haha!!

 

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Below: Elizabeth couldn't resist asking for a tourist shot to send her family back home in Oz. As you can see the guard was working the camera too! What started out to be a sketchy start ended up being an awesome day with more fun memories and I'm looking forward to the day when we can meet again!

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Sian Lacey

 

As you read earlier, I met Josie at Brands Hatch while she was working with Bennetts who are the sponsors of British Superbikes, but also working for them that season was Sian Lacey. To be honest, we didn't have the same conversation as I did with Josie, but obviously, my good looks left an impression, or more accurately, Sian was super impressed with images I had taken working with Josie that she also wanted to book a shoot. Unfortunately, being a speed freak, she managed to get a speeding ticket on her way to me!

 

For years Sian had worked on the Touring Car circuit helping with promotions but she had a keen interest in motorcycling.

 

 

 

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Above: I couldn't help but notice Sian's Semicolon ; tattoo on the inside of her wrist which she told me was raising awareness to mental health. We had a fantastic chat about the subject which led to me producing this BLOG

 

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After our initial studio shoot, we then ventured outdoors with my Suzuki for some bike promotional shots. The best was still to come, Sian had brought her one-piece leathers, crash helmet and protective gear. So as the sun started dipping off we went for a little ride and hoping to capture a handful of shots if we got the opportunity.

 

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Imogen Leaver

 

I remember receiving an email from model Imogen Leaver asking if I would be interested in testing with her, I know that name I thought, and it didn't take me too long I remembered watching Imogen on TV many years earlier in Britain's Next Top Model where she came third. At the time Imogen didn't live far from me and was indeed an Essex girl!

 

I jumped at the chance to work with her but we had a very small window of opportunity to make it happen before Imogen was going away. Three days later Imogen was in my home studio with MUA Gemma Howell for a beauty shoot as well as to discuss other projects which we could help each other with, I love it when opportunities like this happen! 
 

 

Beauty photography of Essex model and actor Imogen Leaver by Phil Jones. Makeup by Gemma Howell.Model and actor Imogen LeaverBeauty photography of Essex model and actor Imogen Leaver by Phil Jones. Makeup by Gemma Howell.

 

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Close up Macro beauty photography of model and actor Imogen Leaver by Phil Jones in a home photography studio. Makeup by Gemma Howell.Close up Macro beauty photography of model and actor Imogen LeaverClose up Macro beauty photography of model and actor Imogen Leaver by Phil Jones in a home photography studio. Makeup by Gemma Howell.

 

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It goes without saying that the last shot of the day was to get creative and let Gemma loose with makeup!

 

 

 

 

Imogen Leaver

 

It wouldn't feel right if I went a whole year without photographing Grace Gray, fortunately for me, Grace and I were invited by Canon to a Private Viewing of an exhibition raising awareness to Mental Heath and the Photography Movement.

 

Before going in, we had our quickest shoot ever making the most of a nearby lit window display!

 

Ginger Model Grace Gray on London street photoshoot with Essex Photographer Phil JonesModel Grace GrayModel Grace Gray on London street photoshoot with Essex Photographer Phil Jones

 

Domenique Fragale  Instagram

Romy Bondy  Instagram

Gemma Howell  Instagram

Tara Johnston  Instagram

Sian Altman  Instagram

Grace Cairns  Instagram

Elizabeth  Instagram

Imogen Leaver  Instagram

 

Sorry, I have too many images to include links to everyone!

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A Decade in Review: 2017 https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog/2020/11/a-decade-in-review-2017 As I started preparing this blog I had forgotten what a busy year 2017 was with commercial work and model test shoots. I invested in new camera equipment as well as concentrated on improving my photography skills in the studio and on location. 'A Decade in Review' is where I look back at my favourite photoshoots and images and in this blog I revisit 2017.

 

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2017

 

A New Year and New Photography Equipment
 

As a full-time photographer, it is obviously important to make money, I find I’m in a much better mood when I’m paying the mortgage and have food in the fridge but joking aside, apart from filling my diary with bookings for commercial work, it is also important to practise with new equipment and photography techniques in your own time. Although some clients are happy for you to experiment on set and be creative you really don’t want to turn up on a paid shoot and have no idea how your photography equipment works.

 

One of the first investments I made in photography was a set of Bowen’s Esprit 500 studio strobes which have proved to be an incredibly reliable studio flash and they still come in handy today, but after using them for many years I wanted to invest in a new bit of kit and in November 2016 I purchased a Profoto B2 Location Kit as my go-to lighting. 

 

The majority of my work was now on location, away from my studio, and this kit was not only a lot lighter for me to carry around, but it also had collapsable light modifiers which were easier to transport and it used a rechargeable battery so the entire kit would not rely on mains power giving me the option to use it in any situation.

 

Profoto B2 Location Kit Test with Lucy Scarfe

Although I used the B2 kit on a straight forward commercial project in the December, I hadn’t had the opportunity to test all the various light modifiers such as a softbox, beauty dish, umbrella, and grid, so when actor and social media influencer Lucy Scarfe got in touch to see if I would be interested in shooting with her, I jumped at the chance.  Below are a few of my favourite retouched images from the shoot , I also have another blog and a full review of the B2 Location Kit and Light Modifiers, click here to read.

 

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Lifestyle Photography with Emma Frisk

A couple of weeks later I met with Emma Frisk and this time I was keen to experiment with the lights in a home environment for my lifestyle and stock photography images and to also take the lights outdoors to see what results I would get.

 

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Above: We also took the opportunity for me to experiment with creating business style images which are typical of the style of content I create for many businesses in Essex and London where I predominantly work.

 

 

Actors Headshots with Grace Parry

 

If you have read my Decade in Review 2016 you would have seen my last shoot of the year was with actor Grace Parry where we had absolutely stunning light, we both hoped to shoot again in the new year and Grace was in need of a new headshot and images for social, so again it was another opportunity to try different things with my lights and create more content for Instagram for us both.

 

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Above: Experimenting with lighting to create different moods for an actor's headshot.

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Above: We created a lovely set of images for Grace in this style. Photoshop retouching on this set was by me. More about retouching later.

 

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Sian Altman - One photoshoot which led to an awesome friendship.

 

If you have seen my 2016 blog then you will know that I had pitched a concept to Andrea Vasiliou about a female assassin and I had already had been given permission to shoot on a private location and I was planning on visiting again soon to grab a few shots to help plan our big shoot. Sometimes, life can be kismet. The morning of our shoot I was visiting my client who owned that location and in conversation, I mentioned I was meeting that afternoon with an actor for a studio photoshoot. They knew I was keen to create some pre-vis material and gave permission for me Sian to shoot there that afternoon if we wanted to. Of course I wanted to!  So that afternoon I collected Sian from the station and we discussed shoot ideas. The final plan was to spend a couple of hours shooting in my home studio and then go shoot on location. It soon becomes apparent to me that Sian would fit the role as an undercover agent, like the characters Dana Scully from X-Files or Emily Prentis of Criminal Minds. With this in mind, we first shot a set of character profile images in my studio, see below.

 

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After then quickly shooting a small selection of lifestyle and other mages for social media, we made our way to a private car park to test a few ideas and the Profoto B2 lights. On a shoot of this genre, I would normally plan in advance and suggest ideas before the day, but it soon becomes apparent that Sian and I were getting on like a house on fire and as far as I was concerned the initial test images were looking awesome, so instead of rushing a handful of shots we decided to stay longer and create a variety of test images which I could go take away and develop another story idea I had whizzing around somewhere in my head! That idea soon became known as Protection Command and I can’t wait to take it to the next level soon.

 

 

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I can’t think of a shoot where I didn’t actually get on with the model, obviously, you gel better with some than others. What I didn’t expect from working with Sian was to gain a friend who is so supportive, encouraging, and fabulous company.

 

As you can below we didn’t leave it too long before we met up again that year, to discuss and create a few more images for Protection Command as well as create more lifestyle images for our social media.

 

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Above: Another set of images to reach out to the brand, New Look. It always helps when the model shops at the brand you are reaching out to! 

 

Below: This is not the most technical image I've ever taken but is certainly amongst my all-time favourites. For me, it just captures Sian and Mummy Altman also approves, so that's always a good thing!

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Below: I seem to remember it had been a long and blustery day but as the sun started to drop it didn't stop Sian! As well as doing photography professionally, it's also nice if like-minded people can enjoy spending time together, doing what they both love, creating images and supporting each other. I'd highly recommend it if you are fortunate enough to make that friendship as I have been.

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Beauty Photography

 

Let's jump back to February and the day after shooting with Sian, my other very good friend Grace Gray and I had planned to shoot Beauty in my home studio which is something I was also keen to improve my skills on. As well as working as a model, Grace is also very well known in the industry as a makeup artist too and recruited the help of a couple of her friends to model for us.  A big thanks to Natasha Eatsdale and Shupikai for all their help. It’s always nice when there’s no rush and you can spend the day getting to know each other and testing new ideas.

 

Below: Macro photography of Natasha Estdale using Illamaqua products.

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As I said earlier, it is so important to test with models and makeup artists to develop new ideas and experiment with camera and lighting settings and techniques. This shoot was a turning point for my confidence in shooting beauty and I've since worked on paid commercial beauty shoots.

 

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Above: Behind the scenes image with Natasha Estdale showing the lighting set-up. Camera settings for the close-up eye shot are:

Canon 5D Mark III, Sigma 150mm Lens, ISO 100, Shutter Speed 1/160 at f18

 

Although I do a lot of my own retouching we were also keen to get the help of a high-end professional retoucher and commissioned the help of Anna Rovkina. Below are my favourite final retouched images.

 

Below: Behind The Scenes Video

 

Time to update my camera - Canon 5D MKIV

 

This was looking to be an amazing year for developing my style of photography, and as well organising more tests than I usually would, my commercial and corporate photography was also going very well so I decided to update my camera and purchase the Canon 5D MK IV. I had used the 5D Mk III since 2014 and still had the 5D Mark I classic in my kit. I put a request out on social media that I was looking for a model to test and Lucy Allen kindly offered to help out over a couple of evenings.

 

Below are a small selection of finished images from the shoot.

 

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Here’s my video of Canon 5D Mark IV - First Model Shoot with Lucy

 

 

Reaching out to a Brand

 

A week later I met up with model Beth Smith at sunny Southend-on-Sea. We had recently worked together on another client project and I was as keen as always to reach out to a Brand. These days it’s so much easier to reach out to Brands through platforms such as Instagram, and because of my style of photography and signature look (Click Here), I’ve been trying my hardest to get my images in front of New Look especially concentrating on clothing and watches and accessories and wanted to create as many images as possible with a variety of models throughout the year.

 

Beth is such an awesome person too and I just wanted to add a little shout out for her too. You may have seen her working with Gavin Hoey at Photography Live or one of Gavin's Photography videos, if you haven't make sure you go check them out.

 

 

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Models often ask me to help fill a hole in their portfolio by producing commercial images and it’s easy to use clothing and non branded watches to create a timeless look, excuse the pun. It appears that model agencies also love the look too and you'll often see my test shoot images on a model agency profile.

 

 

ANDIE - Action 

 

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Following my test shoot with Sian in February, I spent the next few months planning and developing my female assassin concept ANDIE with actor and model Andrea Vasiliou. This included securing access to the site where we were filming and shooting, informing the Police of our shoot, organising and renting props which also included a Ford Mustang, a Ford 150 Pickup truck and Suzuki GSR 750 and In Sept 2017 the shoot went ahead.
 

 

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We had such an awesome time, as always it was a packed day but I was so pleased with the results. Again it wouldn't have been possible if it wasn't for the help of Grace Gray, Anouska Watts, Phil Walker, Andrea Vasiliou, and everyone else who was involved.

 

To find out a lot more about this awesome shoot, see behind the scenes images, and to save me repeating myself please visit this blog

https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog/2019/11/cinematic-action-photography
 

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Above: Thanks to Phil Walker for the use of his F150 Ford Pickup Truck and driving skills. This is a great link to my next shoot which features Phil's daughters.

 

 

Fashion and Brand Photography with Ella and Evie

 

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Early in October, I worked with my good friends Ella and Evie Walker on a fashion shoot (images above) for a client and we decided to meet again for a shoot in my home studio to help update their portfolio, experiment with a lighting idea, and create more images for social media. I’m actually very good friends with the girl's mum and dad and keep reminding Ella that I discovered her before anyone else and had the pleasure of working with her on her first-ever shoot. Since then Ella has gone on to work on Commercials, Film and with the world’s biggest brand names and celebrities such as Lewis Hamilton, Tommy Hilfiger, Adobe and many more. I’m sure it won’t be much longer before her younger sister Evie follows in her footsteps.

 

Below: In this shoot, I created a hand-painted background and mixed the Profoto B2 lights with Christmas lights in the background.

 

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Below: Screengrab from W Model Management showcasing my images of Ella. In my experience model agencies love this style of commercial image.
 

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Below: Unedited Raw file of Evie.

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Geisha, Shibari and the Canon 85mm 1.2 L Lens

 

I had always wanted to add a Canon’s 85mm f1.2 L Lens to my kit and at the end of October after years of waiting, I was the proud owner of a new lens. Of course, I couldn't wait to put this lens through its paces and organised a shoot and the help of Makeup artist Clare Bradshaw, Hairstylist Tara Johnston, models Rebecca White and Lucy Allen and assistant Anouska Watts.

 

For many years I have wanted to create creative Geisha inspired images. I was also building a reputation for creating Damsel in Distress images and wanted to develop the rope inspired theme and learn more about the art Shibari. In May 2017 I was asked to give photo tuition to a Shibari artist and asked Grace Gray to apply the makeup and give me some assistance.

 

Below: Grace Gray on set with Anna putting the creative touches to the Shibari rope tie.

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Below: Shot on location in a home environment  

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As well as offering photography tuition, I also shot behind the scenes video which you can see here.

 

The Art of Shibari Part One

 

The Art of Shibari Part Two

 

Back to my shoot with Lucy and Rebecca, as well as agreeing to partake in the creative shoot, I also created a set of headshot, hair and advertising style images. A shoot like this is definitely teamwork, I wouldn't get the same results if it wasn't for the help of everyone involved.

Below: Model Rebecca White

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Below: Model Rebecca White, Hair by Wedding hair by Tara. I've worked with Tara for many years now. Tara is an award-winning Bridal hairstlist and Finalist of the Essex Wedding Awards.

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To start, hairstylist Tara creates infinity braids and a low set bun to create a stylish classic look as model Lucy Allen has a makeover for her shoot. We then created a series of images showcasing Lucy's hairstyle using Profoto lighting, reflectors and shields.
 

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Above: Tara Johnston with model Lucy Allen.

 

While Tara and MUA Clare start work on creating the Geisha look on Rebecca, I shoot a series of stylish portraits of Lucy using Japanese Shibari rope ties, this also gives me to practise the takate kote which is a shibari rope tie which I had been learning to tie with the help of Anatomie Studio in London.

 

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I also got creative by using a lampshade to create an unusual effect without having to do any retouching in Photoshop. You can see how this was done by watching the videos at the end of this section.
 

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Once Tara and Clare have finished their stunning transformation turning model Rebecca White into a Japanese Geisha, I get to work testing my camera and 85mm lens.

 

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Above: Using an 85mm F1.2 lens and shooting through a lampshade to create this on-camera effect. Check out my BTS video below to see how it's done.

 

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Again, here are a couple more videos which were mainly filmed by Anna and tell the full story of our shoot.  

 

 

 

 

Model Test Shoot with Jamila Wardknott
 

 

The final test shoot of the year was with model Jamila Wardknott and MUA Michelle Lacey. Jamila contacted me after seeing my work on a Facebook group and was very successful on Instagram with over 100,000 followers. Quite often you hear from photographers, models and makeup artists that they get very nervous before a shoot. Quite often 'creatives' worry about their style of art and feel they aren't good enough. I've also been guilty of this and sometimes those thoughts still pop into my mind. My advice to you would be to ignore those thoughts and like me, keep practising and reaching out to new people. The more people you meet and work with, the more comfortable you become in your art. I guess it's experience. If things don't go according to plan on a shoot, don't panic and try not to stress. Cameras and lighting equipment are complicated bits of kit and because they're mechanical and technical, they can go wrong. None of this happened during our shoot, but my advice is to learn from your mistakes and get to know your kit, which is exactly what I did in 2017.

 

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Above: The hairdryer technique! As well as a Makeup artist, Michelle is also a very competent hairstylist.

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Retouching skin is not my strength. If you're like me then don't panic, there are plenty of retouchers around the world who can help. In this case, I sought the help of Andrey Shchepkin who I have used on a number of my shoots. Prices can vary between a retoucher. Send them your Raw file and they will let you know how much the image retouching will be before they start.

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I’m sure you would agree I certainly kept myself busy in 2017 and thoroughly enjoyed every shoot. I’m so grateful for the people I have met and for all the support so many have given me. They all know how passionate I am about my work and having the friendship and support of others is so important especially when working alone.

 

And thank you for taking the time to visit, you can find me on social media at all the usual places so please let me know if any of my chat has helped you in any way.

 

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I don't want you to miss out on the full A Decade in Review blog:

Part One 2010 Click Here 

 

 

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Emma Frisk Instagram

Grace Parry Instagram

Sian Altman Instagram

Natasha Estdale Instagram

Grace Gray Instagram


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Lucy Allen Instagram

Beth Smith Instagram

Andrea Vasiliou Instagram

Ella Walker Instagram

Evie Walker Instagram

Anna Noctuelle Instagram

Rebecca White Instagram

Clare Bradshaw Twitter

Tara Johnston Instagram

Anouska Watts Instagram

Jamila Wardknott Instagram

Michelle Lacey Instagram

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(Phil Jones Photography) beauty photography creative photography home studio photography police drama Profoto lighting shibari https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog/2020/11/a-decade-in-review-2017 Sun, 08 Nov 2020 17:20:15 GMT
A Decade in Review: 2016 https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog/2020/10/a-decade-in-review-2016 2016 was a busy year for me with both commercial and model photoshoots. As well as working with new clients, I was also involved in a few exciting collaborations. There's a lot to show you in this blog, so without any further ado, here's 'A Decade in Review' where look back at my favourite photoshoots and images from 2016.

 

 

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2016

 

Lomography Petzval Art Lens Fantasy Shoot
 

Let us kick things off with a fantasy photoshoot collaboration with Lomography on a freezing cold January with model Lexi Lane and Makeup Artist Rachael Henighan. 

 

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Lomography kindly sent me their Petzval 85mm Art Lens to test as they thought my style of fantasy photography would really work well using their art lens and the swirly bokeh effect it can create. Even with low light conditions and a freezing cold day, you can see what amazing bokeh effects you can create. 

 

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To read my interview with Lomography and to see other images I had created, visit Lomographys blog https://www.lomography.com/magazine/321465-phil-jones-fantasy-art-photography-with-the-petzval-85-art-lens
 

 

I also used my Canon 70-200mm f2.8 lens to compare the results and to be honest, I wanted to be on the safe side as I hadn't shot with the Petzval lens before and as focusing was manual mode only I didn't want to not have any useable shots. It's better to be safe than sorry!

 

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Lomography Petzval Art Lens Fantasy Shoot - Part Two
 

It still felt just as cold in April for my next Lomography Petzval Lens Collaborative shoot with Amber Boyden-Wilson and Makeup Artist Clare Bradshaw but at least the sun made the occasional appearance and colours were returning with the start of Spring.

 

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The above shot is a combination of two images merged together, taken using the Lomography Petzval 85mm Art Lens.

 

 

 

Lifestyle Model Shoot with Andrea Vasiliou

 

In May 2016 I was contacted by actor and model Andrea Vasiliou who was looking to create some commercial lifestyle images for her portfolio. We arranged to meet at Laindon, Essex and had two hours before Andrea had to head back to London. It was an awesome shoot and turned out to be my first shoot of many with Andrea.

 

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Andrea had just finished filming Wonder Woman in which she was an Amazonian warrior and as you can see was proudly wearing the T-Shirt!

 

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In between shooting, I pitched an idea about a female assassin to Andrea to see if she would be interested in working with me. I'm pleased to say she loved the idea and was very excited to play the role. More of this to follow in 2017! 

 

 

Fitness Stock Photography Shoot with Grace Gray

 

Throughout the year model, Grace Gray and I had kept in contact and we were keen to shoot together again but I'm pleased to say our clients were keeping us busy with other work. Late one August afternoon, we met to discuss a project I was hoping to shoot in a months time and create a selection of fitness and wellbeing images which Grace could send to her agents and I could sell through Shutterstock as Royalty-Free images.

 

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Fitness images available to purchase from Shutterstock

https://www.shutterstock.com/g/Phil+Jones/sets

 

Once we finished shooting the fitness set, Grace and I were keen to test a few ideas for a couple of shoots which we had coming up soon, but as always on a great shoot, another idea presented itself which I couldn't resist shooting. I've made lots of fun memories shooting with Grace over the years and her hiding amongst the flowers in a park garden border and bumping into an old school friend is just one of them. 

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Fantasy Photography with Grace Gray and Smudge

 

Grace, like me, is a big fan of ethereal and fantasy imagery and we were keen to see if we could take the images one step further. Thanks to Paula, one of my wife's work colleagues, we were able to shoot with Smudge the horse.

You never know what weather you're going to get in this country and the morning of our Fantasy Shoot the skies were grey and threatening rain. We were hoping for slightly sunnier conditions but in hindsight, the clouds added to the drama.

 

Grace used to ride when she was younger and it's fair to say she was pretty damn excited to work with Smudge as was I.

 

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Above: Composite image of Grace Gray as a strong female warrior. 

 

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After spending an hour shooting with Smudge, Grace and I moved locations to one of my favourite spots and I'm pleased to say the sun popped out which made for some awesome light. You may have already noticed I'd also managed to borrow a sword to use on the shoot and Grace always has alternative goth clothing not too far away!

 

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MaGa London Watch and HotRod Photoshoot

 

You've guessed it, the model is Grace Gray but I make no apologies! Sometimes this happens, all the projects we plan to shoot either come through all at once or you realise you're running out of summer so we better get on with it.

 

Ma-Ga London promotes its watch and accessory brand as the edgier and darker Daniel Wellington and Olivia Burton, reaching out to the inked culture. My thinking was to introduce the Hot Rod and Custom Culture, who have always been synonymous with tattoos, with Ma-Ga London watches and accessories, at the same time combining my interests. They say 'shoot what you love', so what could be better?

The concept of the shoot was to portray the Hot Rod culture with a lifestyle photoshoot. Yes, its important at some stage to show the detail of the watch but this campaign is about showing your personality. Creating and building a Hot Rod or Custom is about being an individual, adding style and detail which makes your build unique and reflects your personality. The same ethos applies to Ma-Ga London - Create your own identity.

 

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I've got say that the above images are some of my all-time favourite shots. Yet again the sun didn't really make an appearance but Grace and I still managed to create a selection of shots we are both thrilled with. The original images have come out fine but as soon as you commission a professional Hi-End fashion retoucher, the images are taken to the next level.

 

Below. Thanks to Neil Tadman for the use of his 1934 Ford Sedan

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Below: Thanks to Hot Rod Ron for all his help and use of his Ford Model A's

 

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You can read about this shoot on one of my earlier blogs https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/commercial-watch-photoshoot

 

 

The shoot with Two Grace's!

 

In October 2016, I was contacted by actor and model Grace Parry who was looking to create some ethereal styled images for her modelling portfolio. It goes without saying we had to get Grace Gray involved but this time as a makeup artist. As you can see by the images, this time we had an absolutely incredible day which I remember very well. It was the 31st October, and the low golden light was amazing. 

 

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The problem with shooting in the afternoon in October is when the sun decides to set it's gone in no time but hey, as true professionals and armed with a Canon Speedlite flash and Grace's mobile phone torch we created the image below. I remember at this time I was thinking of investing in the Profoto B2 location kit and this shoot helped me make the decision to add it to my kit!
 

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Above: That's a lake in the background in case you were wondering.

 

If you're a keen photographer you may be interested in taking a look at my blog on how using a reflector can improve your photographs, you can also see a few more images from this shoot with Grace Parry.

https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog/2016/11/how-using-a-reflector-can-improve-your-photographs

 

You can also check out my video on YouTube which includes footage from my Fantasy and Hot Rod and watch shoot with Grace Gray.

 


 

 

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Thanks to:

Lexi Lane Instagram

Rachael Henigham Instagram

Clare Bradshaw Twitter

Amber Boyden-Wison Instagram

Andrea Vasiliou Instagram

Grace Gray Instagram

Grace Parry Instagram

Lomography Blog

MaGa London Watches Instagram

Neil Tadman and Hot Rod Ron Facebook

 

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A Decade in Review: 2015 https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog/2020/8/a-decade-in-review-2015 From Fairytale fantasy photography to commercial lifestyle images for models portfolios, in this 'A Decade in Review' blog I look back at my favourite photoshoots and images from 2015

 

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2015

 

2015 was actually a relatively quiet year as far as testing was concerned. When I did test it was either to help build a model portfolio or create a specific image for my portfolio.

 

BMA Models

If you've read my 2014 review you would have seen I had built a relationship with BMA models who were regularly asking me to help build or update their model portfolios. Surprisingly we had a warm and pleasant January so as well as creating a selection of studio images for a new face model, Gabriella, we also made the most of the mild weather for a selection of lifestyle shots. 

 

Makeup artist: Clare Bradshaw

 

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Above: Model Fitness photoshoot with young BMA star, Gabriella

 

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Above: Lifestyle photoshoot with model, Gabriella

 

 

Fairytale Photography

 

In June 2015 along with makeup artist Clare Bradshaw, I arranged a Fairytale style shoot with model Anna Nause. This was a shoot Clare was keen to do and she supplied the props which included handmade pieces.

 

Below: A fairytale/ethereal theme photoshoot
 

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We were also keen to create a series of Fossil Boyfriend watch images this year which we could share on social media and present to Fossil.

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Fossil Boyfriend Watch

 

In July of 2015, Clare and I jumped on a train to London to meet model Indiraya to continue building our Fossil watch 'Boyfriend' collection of images. This time we moved around the Westminster area on a windy but sunny day.

 

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Commercial Lifestyle Model Photography

 

In December 2015, model and friend Grace Gray asked if I would help shoot some lifestyle images of her which her agency was screaming out for, as always with Grace, we mixed business with pleasure and although we didn't have much time to shoot we were delighted as always with the results.

 

Although Grace can shoot anything from fashion to lingerie and had worked on many commercial images, she wasn't supplied with the commercial images and agencies want to see 'proof' you can shoot that genre.

 

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Above and below  Grace Gray Commercial lifestyle model 

 

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I don't want you to miss out on the full A Decade in Review blog:

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A Decade in Review: 2014 https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog/2020/6/a-decade-in-review-2014 Lingerie studio shoots to Ethereal fantasy shoots on location in a stunning natural surrounding, in this 'A Decade in Review' blog I look back at my favourite photoshoots and images from 2014

 

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2014

 

By 2014 I had already created some amazing friendships within the industry and this year would be the start of building my local 'dream team'. I had always hoped to create enough local contacts that depending on the style of the shoot I would have models and makeup artists who would be willing to help me without too much notice, especially on outdoor shoots when the UK weather can be very unpredictable and I wouldn't want to miss the opportunity of shooting during a stunning sunset.

 

Together with models Kelly, Sasha and Rosey, Makeup artists Clare Bradshaw, Kelly Hollands and Hairstylist Tara Johnston, I had the creative resources to help me improve my techniques, build my portfolio and help them build create content for their own marketing and portfolios.

 

Model Portfolio Build


In February 2014 I had arranged to shoot with a local model Rosey Pooley to update her portfolio. Rosey was on the edge of being signed with Sandra Reynolds model agency and the images we created on our first shoot were enough to show Sandra Reynolds Rosey had what they were looking for and they added her to their books. The shoot also convinced Clare and me that we wanted to work with Rosey again, more of that in a moment. I'm pleased to say I've kept in contact with them both aClare and Rosey over the years and this would be the first shoot of many with us working together.

 

Below is a series of images I would typically produce to build a model's portfolio. Although shot in one day, we mix up the styles and genres so that they don't look as if they were all taken during just one shoot.

 

Below: Commercial style image of a professional businesswoman.

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Above: A mix of fashion and beauty

Below: Creative headshot of model Rosey Pooley shot in my studio

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Below: A fairytale/ethereal theme photoshoot

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Beauty Photography

 

During this portfolio build shoot, Clare and I discussed the idea of meeting for Beauty Photoshoot and local model Rosey was extremely keen and stepped up to the challenge.

 

Below is our Behind The Scenes Video from that shoot, where you'll see we had a lot of fun and I got to experiment with my Bowens studio lights, Beauty dishes and grids. You can see makeup artist Clare Bradshaw hard at work and get a sense of the mood we like to create during one of our shots. We also look so much younger!

 

 

Below: Clare had been approached by a retoucher who was keen to show us his skills, I believe this was the first time I had outsourced my retouching.

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Below: An unedited image of model Rosey Pooley 

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Lingerie Photoshoot

 

In April I arranged a lingerie shoot with, my now my friend, and model Kelly R. It's so important when shooting lingerie to have trust and confidence in each other, especially if there isn't a big team involved. These images were created with just me and Kelly working together and were produced to build both our portfolios.

 

If you missed by special blog about Kelly, please click here

 

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In total, we created 3 sets of images but there are some images which are nice to save for just the model's portfolio.

 

Ethereal Fantasy Photography

 

In June, actually the day after I celebrated a big birthday, model Sasha Wright, assistant Emma White and me set off bright and early to South Yorkshire from Essex for this fantasy, Lord of the Rings inspired photoshoot.

 

 

You can read my full blog here Ethereal Fantasy Phototshoot but before you do here are a few of my favourite shots we produced.

 

Below: Ethereal fantasy photoshoot on location with Sasha Wright and photography assistant Emma White

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Brunswick Guitars - Commercial Photography

 

One very exciting commission came in that year from Brunswick Guitars who had briefed me to create lifestyle images of a guitar which you could take with you anywhere as opposed to a very expensive brand which you would think twice about taking to the beach for example.

 

This is a great example of the trust and friendships I had built with my lovely team of models. The project did include a fee for some models but Kelly arranged for her brother and sister to help, free of charge as did Rosey, as they knew I was keen to update my Canon camera from the 5D to 5D MkIII and in return, we would arrange a number of photoshoots which I would do for free. Thanks guys, you were and are amazing!

 

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Above: While spending the day on the beach I couldn't resist the opportunity to shoot a lifestyle image of Rosey to add to her portfolio.

 

Below: Dancer and Model Emily Burgess

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Below: I'm never going to let Ella Walker forget I discovered her before anyone else. This was Ella's first shoot and since then she's gone on to be signed by W Model Management and has worked with some household names, including Lewis Hamilton, Nike, just filmed Fast and Furious, appeared on BBC's Glow Up and so much more. As you know Ella, I'm super proud of you my friend!

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Above: I might Holly Worthington when she was a torchbearer at Basildon during the Olympic Games in 2012, it's a crazy life, isn't it?

Below: Behind the scenes video from all seven photoshoots. As you can see I was keen at that time to try my hand at videography and have continued to do my best to create videos for many of my photo shoots. Please check out my YouTube Channel and don't forget to Subscribe and Like.

 

 

Fantasy Art Photography

 

Following my Dark Fairyale series  I was asked by an Arts Print to take a punt at creating a similar themed shoot which had not been released on social media. Fortunately for me Rosey was keen to get involved. Even though we visited the same location as where I shot the original set, the results were very different and as you can see the low October light was incredible towards the end of the day. Here are my two favourite images which I've only just published this year.

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Above: Fantasy and folklore genre photography with model Rosey.

 

BMA Models

I had also built contacts with BMA models who were regularly asking me to help build or update model portfolios. This was a fun lifestyle shoot with Saffron which was shot on my doorstep in Basildon.

 

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Thanks for taking the time to visit, you can find me on social media at all the usual places

 

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I don't want you to miss out on the full A Decade in Review blog:

Part One 2010 Click Here 

 

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(Phil Jones Photography) commercial photography" "brunswick guitars" ethereal fairytale fantasy art lingerie model model portfolio https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog/2020/6/a-decade-in-review-2014 Mon, 29 Jun 2020 18:18:01 GMT
Is Photography Art? https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog/2020/6/is-photography-art Is Photography Art?

 

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In this blog, I look back at my life’s journey as an artist, from my school days to the present day and I ask myself the question Is my photography Art?

 

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Above: Fantasy Art Photography with model Grace Gray but would you categorise it as art?

 

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Above: A Damsel in Distress. A humorous fantasy art image of model Kelly R and actor Kenton Church 

 

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Is Photography Art?
 

This is the question I’ve been considering during lockdown as I’ve recently been inspired to be creative. The problem I have, and I’m sure I am not alone feeling like this, is the fear of failure. I want to create something amazing but my past experiences play on my mind and more often than not I don’t even make the first pencil mark. So why am I like this when it comes to drawing or painting?

 

Love what you do!

 

As a child I always liked to draw, I wasn’t any good at it but it gave me a lot of pleasure. I took art as one of my options at school but because I wasn’t a natural illustrator I felt as though the teacher spent her time concentrating on the pupils who were naturally gifted and I just got on with my own thing unnurtured. When choosing my options at school I also wanted to take photography, unfortunately for me, I was the only pupil in my entire year who chose photography as an option, so that was out of the question. 

 

Not long after starting my school options when on a short break with my family, I discovered a piece of art created on Scraperboard, which really inspired me. I wasn’t brilliant at it but it did fire up my interest in other forms of art other than just watercolours and pencil drawings. In the interest of encouraging you, here's some of my early art which I'm honestly embarrassed to share.

 

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Above: A very early Scraperboard drawing of my hero, stunt rider Eddie Kidd - sorry Eddie, you were much better looking than this!


 

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Above: An early art project of Clint Eastwood as The Outlaw Jose Wales 

 

 

My scraperboard art inspired me to take up glass engraving which uses a similar technique. It also helped me get my first job which was an apprentice Silversmith where I repaired silver antiques. I attended Sir John Cass School of Art for one day a week and had two very proud parents! Unfortunately, due to a recession, I was made redundant after a couple of years and went on a different journey.

 

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Above: As one of my projects at Sir John Cass School of Art I created this drinking tankard out of Nickle Silver. It's in need of a good polish but hasn't fallen apart, yet. Incidentally, it was made from 4 pieces of metal, one for the body, another for the base ring, and two for the handle.
 

 

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Above: An illustration showing the profile and top view of sugar bowl I designed while attending Sir John Cass School of Art on day release.

 

Jumping forward a few years and feeling rather fed up working in a dead-end job after being made redundant yet again,  I handed in my notice at a job I hated to become self-employed as a glass engraver. While doing this, I learnt a lot about business and how difficult it can be pursuing a passion for a living but I did really enjoy what I did and have carried those experiences with me.

 

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Above: One of my first engravings using a hobby engraving tool on perspex. This is still proudly displayed on my mum's wall at home!

 

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Above: A couple of Scraperboard illustrations which I used as templates for my glass engraving projects

 

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Above: Glass Engraving on wine glass
 

 

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Above: Glass Engraving of Mozart with music score

 

 

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From CSE Art to a Director of an Advertising and Design Agency

 

This eventually led me into graphic design which I absolutely loved and after gaining a few years of experience working in agencies I set up my own business. I went on to be a director (glossy term) of an advertising and design agency with my cousin and his business partner. Not bad for someone who didn’t do well at school and couldn't draw.

 

We ran our agency for 15 years, it was like a family business where we had lots of fun times and worked for some great clients. My talent was being a graphic designer and any illustration would be commissioned. Using Apple Mac's and Desk Top Publishing software I was in my element, creating commercial art and doing a job I enjoyed. But I still didn't enjoy the day to day tasks of running a business, if I'm honest.
 

I was still passionate about my photography and hoped that one day I would be able to pursue this interest for a living. You can read more about this on my website blog.

 

We closed the business for a number of reasons and I knew now would be the opportunity for me to really concentrate on my photography which was now such a massive part of my life. Life was photography and photography was my life.

 

Fantasy Art Photography

When I first started experimenting and building my portfolio, I promoted myself as a Commercial and Fantasy Art Photographer, and that description still applies to this day. Photography is my only source of income. As a commercial photographer, I work for many businesses and organisations doing what I love, day in and day out. 

 

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Above; Model Grace Gray, soon to be portrayed in an original painting. More of that to follow!

 

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Above: A boho/whimsical style of photography with model Sasha Wright

 

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A Dark Fairytale series of Fantasy Art images with model Sian

 

 

Back in 2014 I created an image based on the Dark Fantasy Series which we've kept under wraps all this time. The reason being, there was talk of the image being commissioned as an Art Print and we couldn't share it on social. Both Rosey and I decided this is now the perfect opportunity for us to share. What we loved was how different the shot came out compared to the original image above, even though we used the same props and actually shot at the same location. It was one of those moments when the sunlight became magical and really suited the fantasy world we had created.

 

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Above: Model Rosey Pooley

 

Photography is still also my hobby, it is my art and the way I express myself; I really enjoy retouching in Photoshop using a Wacom pad and stylus pen. Holding the stylus feels like you are holding a pencil and gives me the same feeling as an artist would get with their brushes, or at least similar! 

 

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Above: Fairytale Fantasy Art with Anna Nause, Makeup by Clare Bradshaw

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Above: Whimsical style art with model Sasha Wright

 

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I’ve always been an ideas person and love being creative. Looking back from where I started you could say I was Drawn to Photography. 

 

Is photography really art? This is the question I’ve been considering recently. My wife and I love watching Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year, as well as Landscape Artist of the Year. In 2018 we were able to attend a live event and chat with the artists and hosts of the programme. My favourite was Samira Addo who not only won the heat but went on to win the competition that year and was commissioned to paint Kim Cattrall. We both love watching an artist start with a blank canvas and interpret the subject in a different light, using their style and technique. 

 

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Above: The brilliant Frank Skinner

 

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Above: Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year with Michael Ball

Below: Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year with Robert Bathhurst
 

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But is it art?

 

We’ve recently started watching Grayson’s Art Club on C4 which has really inspired me to create again but what images have I created would I say is art?

 

I would to say yes it is but I'd like to know your opinion. Art can mean different things to different people. For most, it's escapism, a way of getting away from the real world to a fantasy world. Even if your art is lifelike, photo-realism, it's still a way for the artist to disengage from the every day while they are creating.

 

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Above: Beauty and Rope. Shibari Rope Art mixed with Beauty. Model Grace Cairns, Makeup Gemma Howell.

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Above: Macro Beauty Photography. Model Natasha Estdale. Makeup by Grace Gray

 

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Above: Model Romy Bondy. Makeup by Gemma Howell.

 

This year I had planned to shoot a lot more creative photography and I have a number of concepts I want to create. Covid-19 has currently stopped me producing my ideas as the makeup was going to play a big role and this part of the project can be very hands-on. My plans to create more Shibari rope art has also been put on hold due to the current 2m distance rule for safety. Creating Cinematic Photography is also difficult, but not impossible. It is also a worrying time for those working in the creative industry as the projects which I had in the diary for April and May were put on hold until further notice. Although, this has given me time to update my website, write new blogs but also assess what it is I love and what can I do to relax too, which I find difficult.

 

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Above: Shibari Rope Art with model Rebecca White. Hair by Tara Johnston Make up by Clare Bradshaw.

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Above: Sian Altman - Is portrait and Beauty Photography really art? Well, I guess that depends on the style and why the image was commissioned in the first place.

 

Find a technique which works for you
 

Whatever your situation I encourage you to be creative and experiment with art. There are so many mediums you can choose: Photography, Painting, Sculpture, Pottery, and Needlework are just a few of the obvious choices and you shouldn't be afraid to have a go! We (I) often will not start a project, especially a drawing, as I’m afraid it won’t be good enough. You should have fun creating and never be afraid to share your art! There are online or local art classes to join, or you can buddy up with a friend or family member!

 

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Above: Grace Gray Fantasy Art Photography

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Above: Model Grace Gray in a whimsical style photograph

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Above: Motorcycle Art - Triumph Speed Triple 1050 S

 

 

Art Collaboration with Stoke and Bear

 

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Above: 'Camp VC' An original Oil painting on 39.5" x 31" panel by Stoke and Bear.

 

As many of you may know I’m also an extremely keen motorcyclist, take a look at my blog. in 2019 I won tickets to attend The Malle Mile which is advertised as ‘a non-stop programme of very inappropriate motorcycle racing.’  In one of the tents was an exhibition by Jet Bailey - Stoke and Bear, an artist specialising in motorcycle art, over the recent months I connected with Jet and have been enjoying watching her at work on her commissions. Following a recent exchange of messages, I’m pleased to announce that Jet will be using one of my images of my friend and model Grace Gray has her inspiration for an original painting. 

 

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Art Prints by Stoke and Bear - check out Jet's website where you'll find some awesome prints and original art. 
 

 

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I love looking up close at an original painting and admiring the brush strokes. Original art by Stoke and Bear.

 

As you can imaging I’m very excited about this and cannot wait to hopefully watch Jet at work on Instagram live and follow her stories as she interprets my photography in her style. Make sure you follow Jet too by following her on social media, links below.

 

Connect with Jet at Stoke and Bear

Website Stoke and Bear

Instagram 

Facebook

 

Make sure you revisit this blog too as I’d love to share images of the painting in its different stages, which I have always found mesmerising.

 

Update: Created 15th June 2020

 

Stoke and Bear Original Painting of Grace Gray

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Above: Using an HB pencil to sketch the composition on to a wood panel, artist Jet Bailey is using Michael Harding oil paints and applying them with synthetic brushes for a smoother application. Even after the first session, it's already an incredible painting and a fantastic resemblance to Grace.

 

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Above: Work in progress. This close-up shot of model Grace Gray's hand and watch by Stoke and Bear shows the lovely brush strokes and fantastic detail created by artist Jet Bailey in this original oil painting.

 

Below: Update on 23 June 2020. It's nearly there and looking awesome! It's still work in progress but artist Jet Bailey hopes to finish the painting today!

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A limited number of prints will be available in the near future, let's give Jet time to finish first, shall we!

 

It's finished, although when I received these images from Jet the paint was still wet!

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Below: I love seeing the brush strokes and look forward to seeing this oil painting up close

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Below: I love all the detail Jet has produced in this original oil painting

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Available Now

'GRACE' - LIMITED EDITION FINE ART PRINT

 

It's been an absolute please collaborating with Jet at Stoke and Bear on this project and I hope you would agree the level of detail within the print is incredible!

 

I know times are hard for some at the moment but if you could support us by purchasing a print that would be amazing and I'm certain you will not be disappointed.

 

Below: Look at the detail of the prints, the brush strokes and depth of paint really jump off the paper.

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To find out more and order your limited edition print, please visit stokeandbear.com/category/fine-art-prints
 

Size: 16x20"

315gsm fine art paper

 

 

Disclaimer: The images on this website may vary slightly in colour from the computer screen to mobile screen, to the print itself. Please allow for slight variation in colours.

 

I’d like to thank Jet at Stoke and Bear for her interest in working with me and to Grace Gray for giving us permission to use the image.  Watch this space!

Grace Gray Instagram

 

Please also visit my YouTube page to find tips, advice and other art-related photoshoots such as The Art of Shibari with Grace Gray.

 

 

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Great minds think alike - The last Thing He Wanted https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog/2020/5/the-last-thing-he-wanted So we have reached the final part of my bumper issue blog where I took you on my journey of how it all started for me with my passion for both motorcycle stunt riding and photography.

 

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In part two I shared about my photography style or signature look which more often than not includes colour coordinating my shots and using a watch worn inside the wrist for the majority of my images, it's about introducing colour into the shot. I feature the strap as part of the colour palette as if it were more like a bracelet than an actual watch. 

 

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In part three I share how colour is used to convey meaning, emotion and promote a brand and how I use colour for my commercial and model photography shoots. When it comes to advertising and marketing, colour is a powerful tool. 

 

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In part four, I talked about the psychology of Colour in Film, TV and Cinematic Photography and In Film and TV, how colour is used to stir emotion and affect the mood of the audience and I reached out for a Q & A with Production Designer, Malin Lindholm.

 

 

Below: Teaser Poster for Police Drama Concept I created with Sian Altman in Protection Command - Photography by Phil Jones
 

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Introducing colour into my photography is something I've been doing for many years, even before I understood the importance and power of using colour to create an emotion. If you're looking for a subtle way to make a scene or image resonate emotionally, there may be no better way than choosing a colour associated to create that emotion.
 

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Which leads us on to a few weeks back where I discovered a film which uses a similar colour coordination technique as I do in my photography.

 

The Last Thing He Wanted

One evening in 2020, while relaxing at home with Mrs Jones and flicking through Netflix, I came across a film starring Anne Hathaway, Ben Affleck and Willem Dafoe called ‘The last thing he wanted’. Directed by Dee Rees ‘The Last Thing he Wanted’ is a political thriller based on the book with the same title. It immediately grabbed my attention not only by the plot but also how the film made excellent use of limiting the use of colours by colour coordinating the cast, props and set design in any one scene.

 

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Above: Anne Hathaway in The Last Thing He Wanted

 

Although Ms Hathaway had a number of costume changes throughout the film, whichever colours were used, they always complimented her hair, skin tone, makeup and set colours, her personal belongings were rustic dark brown and never changed which gave continuity to her character. She wore carefully selected colour matching brown props including the watch she wore, this had a brown leather strap; also brown sunglasses, shoes, diary, clutch bag and purse.

 

As I shared in Part Two my style and trademark look in photography, whenever possible I colour coordinate my shots by using watch straps, props, furniture and pretty much anything which will complement the image and suit the style of image I’m creating; whether that’s for a commercial or a creative shoot. I noticed very early into ‘The last thing he wanted’ this look was also used.

 

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Above: Anne Hathaway wore carefully selected colour matching brown props including the watch she wore, this had a brown leather strap; also brown sunglasses, shoes, diary, clutch bag and purse. Credit Netflix
 

Take a look at the images below to see how carefully selected complementary colours from opposite ends of the colour wheel are used for not only Anne’s character but for the support actor's, extra’s and locations. 

 

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Even both cars in the above image continued to keep the colour style consistent. The film set, costumes and colours used were chosen to complement each other and enhance the viewing experience.

At the beach house scenes, all the colours used complimented each other, teal, blues, orange, blue and greens.

 

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There are also a number of action scenes throughout the film which caught my attention. In recent years, I’ve been keen to not just photograph cinematic images but create a storyline and script too. That’s how ANDIE and Protection Command came about, more about that in another blog soon. Of course, I still have an interest in stunt work so decided during this time of Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown to reach out to Michelle Cortes who is Anne Hathaway’s stunt double in the film and chat to her about her career and involvement in the film. Michelle was kind enough to answer my questions and allowed me to share them with you.

 

Interview with Michelle Cortes, stunt double to Anne Hathaway in The Last Thing He Wanted

 

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Above: Left Anne Hathaway and her stunt double Michelle Cortes. Images courtesy of M Cortes.


Phil: How are you coping, Michelle both physically and mentally during COVID-19 lockdown? Are you keeping yourself busy or using the time to chill?


Michelle: I definitely keep myself busy as much as I can but also take time to chill because life is all about balance, no? I have found it very helpful to create a routine and schedule throughout the days. I have a small gym in my house where I do all of my training and dedicate a few hours a day everyday to work on my body and techniques.  I also have scheduled classes through Zoom where I learn different skills and keep the mind busy. And lastly, I keep a healthy diet filled with nutritious foods to help me keep a positive attitude throughout this situation. 

 

Phil: Am I right in saying you started as an actor and model and progressed into stunt work? 

Michelle: I started acting in the theatre when I was 12 years old and decided I wanted to pursue it as a career when I graduated school. I studied Drama in the University of Puerto Rico and shortly after completing my Bachelors Degree in Drama I started professionally working in the film and commercial industry as an actor.  It was through my work as an actor that I progressed into stunt work. Currently, I find myself working as an actor, stunt performer and model as well. 

 

Phil: Would you mind telling me a little bit about yourself, your passions, interests and skills and how you became a stunt performer? Is this something you have always wanted to do?

Michelle: As I mentioned before, I have great love for acting which is why I decided to study it and pursue it professionally. It is my passion to serve as a tool to tell stories which also includes stunt work. We are performers and actors who take you on a journey of a character and help communicate what they are going through physically and emotionally. Besides doing theatre since a young age, I practiced martial arts which helped me have the ability to do stunt work. I worked in a movie as an actress a few years ago where my character had a couple of stunts which I performed myself. It was then where I discovered my love and ability for stunting and little after that  I had the opportunity to work with the stunt team in Puerto Rico. I kept training and learning new skills throughout the years and still do of course. It definitely wasn’t something I thought I would end up doing but I think that’s the beauty and romance of it all, unexpected love. 

 

Phil: How much training did you have before performing stunts in the industry and who, if anyone, helped you? 

Michelle: I trained in martial arts since a young age and also have a little bit of dance background which can be very useful when performing stunts. But it all comes to training with stunt coordinators and fellow stunt performers. It is with them that I learn and continue to learn everyday all about stunt training and the safety of it all. 

 

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Above: Michelle wearing exactly the same outfit as Anne Hathaway as seen below with Toby Jones

 

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Phil: Can you tell me about the process of working with the costume and prop team?

Michelle: As a stunt performer it’s always interesting working with the costume and props because it will always depend on the type of physical activity the scene requires and what type of costume the character has. I love challenges and being able to serve the story in a safe way. It is very important to have communication with the costume and prop team and knowing what will be used in a scene. For me as the performer the process involves studying the scene, the props involved after communicating with the art department, are there any weapons? Was the character in a party? Or the beach? Little clothing? Or a lot? Will I be able to wear protection under my costume? As in elbow, knee, shin pads, etc. Study the character, how she moves, how the actress moves if I am doubling, and rehearsing. 

 

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Above: Michelle Cortes with actor Edi Gathegi

 

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Phil: What was the most memorable experience and new skills you took from working on this production?

Michelle: I think the entire process was the most memorable experience for me ha. I absolutely enjoyed working with such an amazing cast and crew. I always take with me new skills from each production I work in. It’s the beauty of the job, it’s a constant learning experience.   

 

Phil: What advice would you give to anyone who wants to work in the film industry either as an actor or stunt performer?

Michelle: Study, train and persevere. Like any other job, one must study and go through a training process to be good at it. The best advice I could give is to constantly work on your craft, and put in the hours of work. Because we live in an abundant world with lots of opportunities, and those opportunities will come one day knocking on your door and you must be ready for it. So don’t give up! And be prepared. 

 

Phil: I really appreciate you taking the time to talk to me Michelle and share your experiences. Once COVID-19 lockdown has been lifted? Do you have any exciting plans for the future and will you be visiting London again so we can shoot together?

Michelle: Yes! Hopefully once the lockdown has been lifted my #1 plan is to reunite with family and friends and hug every single one! Hopefully, as well we will all be able to go back to work and keep doing what we love to do. I was working in a film when the COVID-19 lockdown began so hopefully we will be able to get back and finish what we started.  I sure have plans to travel and visit London very soon! I’ve had the opportunity to visit a couple of times and I am absolutely in love with the city. I can't wait to visit London and will absolutely enjoy a shoot!

 

 

The last thing he wanted

It is the Costume and Hair & Makeup Departments job to make Michelle look as though she’s Anne Hathaway’s identical twin, from the hair colour and style, to makeup, blouse, skirt sandals and wristwatch.

 

SPOILER ALERT

Even the blouse has holes and small greenscreen areas for squibs which are used for special effects.

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Above: Michelle at work as Anne Hataway's stunt double in The last thing he wanted, Netflix Original. Make sure you check out the film and look out for Michelle’s stunt work and see if you can tell them apart!

Above right: Michelle with Dee Rees

 

Below: Green screen with stunt double Michelle Cortes.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog, which is a little different to what I have posted before. It has taken me on a different path, reaching out to others in the industry and hopefully sharing insights into the world of Film and TV as well as my personal story. If it has inspired you to help you find your own style, please let me know and share your images. Writing this blog and looking at old images has given me a few ideas too for moving forward which I'm very excited about. It's still important for me to enjoy what I do every day, and helping my clients grow their business or brand. I can't wait to share some new work soon. 

 

A special thanks to Michelle Cortes for all her help, I’m looking forward to meeting and shooting with you one day.

 

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As always I'd love to know what you honestly think so please get in touch. Thanks for stopping by to take a look, don't forget to connect with me on social media if you haven't already. 

 

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Links to previous Blogs in this series

Click HERE to read Part One Motorcycle Photography: My Journey into the Motorcycle Industry

Click HERE to read Part Two Creating a Signature Look in Photography

Click HERE to read Part Three Using Colour to convey meaning, emotion and promote a brand

Click HERE to read Part Four Psychology of Colour in Film and Cinematic Photography

 

 

 

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Psychology of Colour in Film and Cinematic Photography https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog/2020/5/psychology-of-colour Creating business headshots as a commercial photographer and also cinematic inspired images you would think couldn't be more varied but what links them together for me is how I use the colour palette in my images much like the Film and TV industry.

 

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Filmmakers have for many years used colour to add vibrancy to their films but they also use colours to dictate a mood and take an audience on a journey by changing the colour palette. In my last blog, I talk about how using colour in advertising and marketing can convey meaning, emotion and promote a brand and how colour also has the power to influence how we feel without us even noticing. In Film and TV, colour can build tension and harmony within a scene and can set the tone of a movie.

 

Psychology of Colour in Film, TV and Cinematic Photography

 

In my last blog, I talked about the Colour Palette and how colour is carefully chosen to promote a brand and create an emotion in advertising and marketing. In Film and TV, colour is again used to stir emotion and affect the mood of the audience, the choice of colour can have a huge effect on your reaction to what you're watching.

 

How is colour used? From the production design through to the wardrobe and props, colour can be an entire character in the script. Take a look at this short video below which takes us through the colour palette and shows us first hand how colours can change our emotions.

 



 

Creating emotion in film by using colour

Introducing colour into my photography is something I've been doing for many years, even before I understood the importance and power of using colour to create an emotion, (further reading How to create a signature look). If you're looking for a subtle way to make a scene or image resonate emotionally, there may be no better way than choosing a colour associated to create that emotion.

 

 

 

Keeping with cooler tones, in this cinematic shot below, I used a building, Ford Mustang and dressed actor Andrea Vasiliou to colour coordinate the image and create a mood during the production of my action thriller Andie.

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Below: Colour palette used on The Reverence.

Credit CINEMA PALETTES

The Revenant (2015) dir. Alejandro González IñárrituThe Revenant (2015) dir. Alejandro González Iñárritu

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Above: The colour Palette from The Reverence worked perfectly on my cinematic shoot with Andrea Vasiliou. If only I had planned it!

 

Listed below are the emotions which are normally associated when using each colour but as you saw from my examples of using blue, they can have opposite effects.

 

RED – anger, passion, rage, desire, excitement, energy, speed, strength, power, heat, love, aggression, danger, fire, blood, war, violence

PINK – love, innocence, healthy, happy, content, romantic, charming, playfulness, soft, delicate, feminine

YELLOW – wisdom, knowledge, relaxation, joy, happiness, optimism, idealism, imagination, hope, sunshine, summer, dishonesty, cowardice, betrayal, jealousy, covetousness, deceit, illness, hazard

ORANGE – humor, energy, balance, warmth, enthusiasm, vibrant, expansive, flamboyant

GREEN – healing, soothing, perseverance, tenacity, self-awareness, proud, unchanging nature, environment, healthy, good luck, renewal, youth, vigour, spring, generosity, fertility, jealousy, inexperience, envy

BLUE – faith, spirituality, contentment, loyalty, fulfillment peace, tranquility, calm, stability, harmony, unity, trust, truth, confidence, conservatism, security, cleanliness, order, sky, water, cold, technology, depression

PURPLE/VIOLET – erotic, royalty, nobility, spirituality, ceremony, mysterious, transformation, wisdom, enlightenment, cruelty, arrogance, mourning, power, sensitive, intimacy

BROWN – materialistic, sensation, earth, home, outdoors, reliability, comfort, endurance, stability, simplicity

BLACK – No, power, sexuality, sophistication, formality, elegance, wealth, mystery, fear, anonymity, unhappiness, depth, style, evil, sadness, remorse, anger

WHITE – Yes, protection, love, reverence, purity, simplicity, cleanliness, peace, humility, precision, innocence, youth, birth, winter, snow, good, sterility, marriage (Western cultures), death (Eastern cultures), cold, clinical, sterile

SILVER – riches, glamorous, distinguished, earthy, natural, sleek, elegant, high-tech

GOLD – precious, riches, extravagance. warm, wealth, prosperity, grandeur

 

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Above: What does my Ethereal Cinematic Image represent to you?

In the Psychology of Colour in Film and TV Green represents healing, soothing, perseverance, proud, unchanging nature, environment, healthy,  renewal, youth, spring and fertility. WHITE – Protection, love, reverence, purity, simplicity, cleanliness, peace and humility.
 

  Stunt Performer Kit Burden Cinematic PhotographyStunt Performer Kit Burden Cinematic Photography

Above Stunt Performer Kit Burden. Browns and Greens say outdoors, environment, earth and endurance, add some black for mystery and power. 

 

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Above and below: Actor Sian Altman in my concept Police Series, Protection Command. 

BLACK – No, power, mystery, fear, unhappiness, depth, style, evil, sadness, remorse and anger.

Below: Add some Red and we introduce Danger.

 

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Use of colour depends a lot on context and continuity in the storytelling, it really is dictated by the director's vision for the film. The colour red, for example, tends to raise people's blood pressure, while a pastel blue colour can have a calming effect, however, two of my old favourite science fiction films, Aliens and Terminator 2, rely heavily on the colour blue to build tension, where The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, for example, uses blue for a more calming effect.

 

 

As well as creating an emotion colour can be used to make an impact on the audience too. I particularly like the less is more approach, where colours using a similar hue are used. Take a look at the examples below and the colour palette for each scene where all the colours balance and sit in harmony with each other.

 

Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) dir. James BobinAlice Through the Looking Glass (2016) dir. James Bobin

 

 

Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) dir. Bryan SingerBohemian Rhapsody (2018) dir. Bryan Singer

 

 

 

Dunkirk Directed by Christopher NolanDunkirk Directed by Christopher NolanDunkirk Directed by Christopher Nolan

 Above:  Credit CINEMA PALETTES
 

 

Less is more

Have you noticed over the last few years how some TV series' also use the less is more approach when working with colour, whereby the entire series uses a few carefully selected colours and these colours are used everywhere from clothing, buildings, props and interior design?
 

One TV series where I noticed used this approach is 'Deep Water' starring Anna Friel, where the colour palette is based on the autumnal colours of the Lake District. See the trailer below.

 

Deep Water - ITV Series 

 

While writing this blog, I discovered Malin Lindholm's website. Malin has worked as the Production Designer for many films and TV Series' including ITV's Deep Water. I reached out to Malin who kindly agreed to answer some of my questions and help me get a better understanding of what exactly a Production Designers role is.

 

Q&A with Malin Lindholm, Production Designer

 

Phil: Thanks so much, Malin for your interest in my blog. Would you mind telling me a little bit about yourself, your passions and interests? 

Malin: I’m a London based production designer who grew up in Stockholm, Sweden and came to London twenty years ago, after a few years between New York and Paris. Besides production design, I also do some spatial design/ commercial interior design. When I don’t work I like to go on long travels. But I also like being at home and enjoying my London life, since work tends to take me away. That’s one positive thing with Covid 19 - I get to be at home!

 

Phil: I’ve seen your illustrations and paintings on your website which are fantastic, you’re obviously a very talented artist, have you always wanted a career where you could use your artistic gift?

Malin: Thank you, that’s very kind. I don’t think I’m an artist- I just like to draw and have been drawing since I was a kid. My first career aspiration was to become a vet, but I think I abandoned that idea already in secondary school, not keen on the idea of having to put down animals. I then aimed for architect, because I liked drawing and creating spaces, but I also liked writing stories… so when I discovered that there was something called set designer, which was about creating space and telling stories at the same time, then that sounded like a playful compromise. I was always encouraged by my dad to go for a career where I would get to use my imagination. 

 

Phil: Did any of your school teachers pick up on your talent and give any good advice to help you choose your career?

Malin: Not as I can remember no…sorry, you probably wanted a more elaborate answer here!

Phil: No not at all. I would like to encourage young people who don't know what to do after leaving school or even University not to give up on their dreams or worry about their future, your answer is perfect! As helpful as teachers can sometimes be, quite often it takes many years before we, as adults, find the right career!
 

Malin: That's a great initiative to inspire the youngsters.

 

Phil: What training did you have and how did you first get involved working in Film and TV.

Malin: I studied theatre and film at the University of Stockholm and started to do set design for small theatre productions at first and later short films. Then I moved to New York and got an internship at a production design studio (a block from time square and with a spectacular view of the west side of Manhattan!). I stayed there for six months and really got to be a part of the whole process- from research and budgeting to technical drawings, model making, painting backdrops, dressing etc. My boyfriend at the time was a student at the School of Visual Art so I ended up designing student films there as well. It was an intense six months! A couple of years later I came to London to study Technical Arts Design at Wimbledon School of Arts, and stayed.

 

Phil: Would you mind explaining your role as a production designer? 

Malin: My job as a production designer is - in short - to interpret or help to refine the director's ideas of mood, style and look for the film/ tv series (or whatever medium) and based on that create the visual world for the story, together with your team.

 

Phil: At what stage do you get involved in a project, are you given a script and left to come up with ideas or how exactly does the process work? I usually come onboard at a pretty early stage- sometimes there’s just a first or second draft of a script and if it’s a series there might only be scripts ready for the first two episodes. The first step of the process is to go through the script(s) with the director to get a feel for her/ his ideas, likes and dislikes. In this process I like to share lots of visual references, to work out the style we want- colour, textures, symbolism, the use of light etc. After that, I start working with the location manager in finding locations. A lot happens when you start to look at actual locations with a character and a story in mind and most certainly you will get new ideas. Around this time your art department is also starting to take shape and need to be briefed and before you know it you’re drawing up sets to be built and from there the ball is rolling and then comes script changes, shooting schedules and suddenly it’s about problem-solving as much as creating and designing!

 

Phil: On average how much lead time would you have to create a look and designs for a TV series before filming started? 

Malin: 8-10 weeks prep is normal

 

Phil: How close to your concepts are the finished sets?

Malin: Pretty close. I do visuals and colour boards that the set decorator works from, so it’s very clear to everyone what we’re aiming for. but of course, last-minute changes happen.

 

Phil: Once your concepts are agreed, do you brief the other departments on the colour palette or is that someone else's responsibility? 

Malin: Yes, I share my mood boards and visuals with the DoP and costume designer (and whoever else might need it).

 

Phil: I noticed in ‘Deep Water’ the wardrobe, buildings and lighting were all from the same colour palette. How many people and departments were involved in creating the look?

Malin: Thanks for noticing! It’s usually the director and myself who come up with the colour palette during our prep together. Then the DoP comes on board and has thoughts which often tweaks it a bit, or the costume designer might have an idea of a colour that works well on a certain character and it might then make sense to bring it into details in the set... It’s sometimes more important to settle on what colours to avoid than what colours to go for. In Deep Water, I chose to work with the autumnal colours of the Lake District, where it’s set. It still gave us a wide range of colours.

 

Phil: From a practical point of view when working on set, will the lighting dept and director of photography brief you on ideas they have and how much room they need or do storyboards come after your initial concepts?

Malin: The DoP usually starts later than the production designer. When they come onboard they have their own mood boards and references, but since we’ve both been in discussions with the director, we’re usually on the same track. So it’s more a matter of merging and refining rather than changing. When we recce locations together or draw up studio sets, we always discuss the lighting. the DoP will mostly have opinions on things that directly affect their work, such as the size of a room, foreground elements or depth. As for storyboards, they tend to come pretty late in the process but are very helpful. They’re more about the use of space rather than the concept though.

 

Phil: Although the use of colours in Film and TV are used to dictate a mood and not so much to sell a brand I have noticed a tendency that dramas on ITV for example, tend to stick with blues which reflect their logo and brand. Am I overthinking this or is this part of the brief?

Malin: Yes, you’re definitely overthinking it! A part from the soft greyish blue in the reception and stairs of the physio clinic, we hardly used any blues at all in Deep Water. There were hints of blue tones in Ross’ house too, but it was either cold greens, lilacs or cold purples, but not blue. What might have given that impression though is perhaps the use of natural light..? Designers often chose cold wall colours, as it works better with most skin tones, but I can assure you it’s not a branding trick!

 

Phil: What advice and tips would you give me when I’m planning a photoshoot to improve my photography and using colour to make a better image? Dark walls! It’s obviously depending on the theme and occasion, but dark, textured walls with a glossy finish look great on camera. I personally love reflections.

 

Phil: What advice would you give to anyone who wants to work in the film industry as a production designer?

Malin: Be persistent and willing to learn from those who have more knowledge and experience than you. Work hard and know when it’s time to start becoming selective with what projects you chose to do. 

 

Phil: Thanks so much for taking the time to talk to me Malin, what plans do you have once Covid-19 lockdown has been lifted?

Malin: Pleasure! It’s too early and uncertain to make plans for life after this - don’t you think? 

 

To find out more about Malin please visit her website, I've  added a link at the end of this blog.

 

 

The best use of colour within a TV drama

Now we understand exactly what a Production Designer's role is, I also have to mention and show examples of a few of my personal recent favourites of the best use of colour within a TV drama which have inspired me.

 

 

A Discovery of Witches

Credit: A Discovery of Witches - Sky Original

 

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Teresa Palmer in A Discovery of Witches (2018)Teresa Palmer in A Discovery of Witches (2018)

Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer in A Discovery of WitchesMatthew Goode and Teresa Palmer in A Discovery of Witches

 

Liar

Credit: Liar - ITV Series

 

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Anne with an E
 

Credit: Anne with an E - A Netflix Original Series

Image credit - Netflix

 

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Absolutely brilliant use of the colour palette as far as I'm concerned and I would definitely recommend this series.

 

Cinematic Photography

To finish on, here are a few more examples of my Cinematic Photography.

 

The Dark Fairy TaleThe Dark Fairy Tale

Above: Sian Fan in A Dark Fairytale - Photography by Phil Jones

 

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Above: Andrea Vasiliou in Andie - Photography by Phil Jones
 

 

Whimsical Cinematic PhotographyWhimsical Cinematic Photography

Above: Grace Gray in a whimsical/Fairytale Photoshoot - Photography by Phil Jones
 

Action adventure Cinematic PhotographyAction adventure Cinematic Photography

Above: Stunt Performer, Kit Burden - Photography by Phil Jones
 

Protection Command Police DramaProtection Command Police DramaProtection Command Police Drama with Actor Sian Altman

Above: Teaser Poster for Police Drama Concept I created with Sian Altman in Protection Command - Photography by Phil Jones
 

 

My final blog in this series I look at the film, The Last Thing He Wanted and chat with Ann Hathaway's Stunt Double, Michelle Cortes.

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If you want to read more about the using colour in film, check out this detailed blog which is one of the best I've found. 

https://www.studiobinder.com/blog/how-to-use-color-in-film-50-examples-of-movie-color-palettes/
 

 

 

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(Phil Jones Photography) action images cinematic photography Creating emotion in film using colour photography Psychology of Colour in Film and TV https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog/2020/5/psychology-of-colour Tue, 19 May 2020 05:30:00 GMT
Using Colour to convey meaning, emotion and promote a brand https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog/2020/5/using-colour-to-promote-a-brand The first thing you recognise and associate a particular company or product with is the colour of the logo. When it comes to advertising and marketing, colour is a powerful tool.  In this blog, I talk about how colour conveys meaning, emotion and promotes a brand, and how I use colour for my commercial and model photography shoots.

 

Using colour to convey meaning, emotion and promote a brandUsing colour to convey meaning, emotion and promote a brand

 

Welcome to Part Three of my bumper issue blog
 

Using colour to convey meaning, emotion and promote a brand

So let's put my theory to the test, shall we? I believe the first thing you recognise and associate a particular company or product with is the colour of the logo or brand. I've taken 12 famous logo's, how many do you recognise and can name from the image below?

 

Sliced famous logosSliced famous logosLet's see how many famous logos you can recognise

 

I'm pretty confident that wasn't too difficult for you, there may have been one or two which made you think. So now I'm sure you would agree with me colour plays an important role when it comes to advertising. Before I worked as a full-time commercial photographer, I was a graphic designer and art director and loved playing with colours even before I realised how powerful the use of subliminal promotion of colour branding can be, what do I mean by that?
 

The Colour Palette

Colour plays an important role in how a brand is perceived. Whether it's a fashion brand trying to connect to a youthful audience or a health and wellbeing store who's aim is to strengthen customer trust, using the right colour can help a brand attract and connect with their ideal customer. 

 

A designer doesn’t always choose a colour for a logo or brand because it is their favourite colour but because they know how powerful colour psychology can be in advertising and marketing.  Colour offers an instantaneous method for conveying meaning and message without words. The advertising industry understands that the consistent use of colour plays a huge role in memory recall. Take my example above where I sliced the logos.

 

But colour isn't only used to recall a logo or brand, colour creates an emotion. Therapists and interior designers also believe in the power of colour and how it can affect your mood, feelings and behaviour.

 

The language of colour has even entered our vocabulary to help us describe our emotions. You can be ‘red’ with rage or ‘green’ with envy. We often speak of bright cheerful colours as well as sad or dull ones. A ‘grey’ day may be depressing and result in a feeling of the ‘blues’. Take a look at the illustration below to see how colours can make you feel.

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Using Colour in Photography

When I first started photographing for clients I was also still working as a graphic designer. The image below is an early example where I colour coordinated the images and the design but which came first? The clients Branding, of course! In the case of Spurgeons Children's Charity, it was Orange, White and Black. The brief for the newsletter was to make it vibrant and positive! Take another look at the chart above, Orange is also friendly, cheerful and confident.

 

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In my previous blog, I talk about Creating a Signature Look in Photography and how and why I use colours to create my style and signature look. Take a close look at the example below and the colours I used. Not only have I used my clients brand colours but I also used a backdrop in the photograph to match the colour of the text which helps create a coherent look to the design. Although my client has black as part of their logo, more often than not, black text is frequently used against a white background, purely because it is easier to read, by introducing the black watch strap and black sidebar in the image below of the Spurgeon's Editor this also helped connect my photography with the design.
 

 

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When working with a commercial client, I always like to discuss how important it is for them to include their brand colours within their photography. Some clients haven't given this a second thought, while others are very aware of the importance of using their brand colours.

 

Using Brand Colours in Commercial Photography

I have worked for many years with leading Essex Accountants, Rickard Luckin, not only creating business headshots of their team but creating commercial images of people at work. Before we organised the shoot I met with Rickard Luckin's marketing team who, after our brainstorm, was very keen to introduce my style of photography to their images. They were fully aware of the importance of using their brand colours but had not thought of using it in the subtle way in which I do. Our first few photoshoots consisted of creating headshots and 'action shots' of people at work which created a vast library of images they could use across all their marketing platforms and promotional material. They also used the colour mood boards we created to influence the paint and interior design colours of their offices which for me was an OCD dream come true!

 

Using colours in photography to promote a brandUsing colours in photography to promote a brandUsing colours in photography to promote a brand (Photo by Phil Jones Photography)

 

If you look at the graphic on the wall in the above image, you will Rickard Luckin's logo and brand colours which consist of 3 types of blue and a single magenta. Through careful pre-shoot planning with the marketing team, I arrived with a selection of colour props and their team was asked dress wearing the companies corporate colours. The use of different tones of blues and a touch of magenta worked perfectly as far as the client and I were concerned.

 

A year later and another shoot with the same client. You can see how effective their marketing team were with their internal communication and how willing individuals were to do their best to make our shoot a success. Although each team member dressed in their own individual style, the colours they wore all sat harmoniously within the clients brand and were not used excessively.  

 

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I don't always just use props and accessories to promote a clients brand. When I originally started working with Essex Solicitors and Lawyers, Birkett Long, my brief was to create business portraits and headshots against a white background which worked perfectly but it was while we were creating a selection of different style portraits for PR use we came up with their current style headshot against the lime green. The marketing team had allocated time for us to experiment with a few looks, colours and photographic styles, and that's when the corporate green was introduced. The background is actually from their event gazebo which was printed to match their brand colour. What is important for us was to create a style of headshot I could recreate in any of their offices in Essex and keep a consistent look. I must admit, I was a little worried at first it would be hard to keep the consistency but we have managed to and I think the shots look great and are a welcome change to the normal portraits against a white or dark background.

 

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Although I've used my signature style of photography for many of my commercial clients, my style has been a big success with models when updating their portfolios. I've had many models tell me that my use of colours and style really makes my images recognisable which as a photographer is what you hope to achieve. As I mentioned in my previous blog, it's important to have a style which works for you and reflects your personality also.

 

Colour coordinating my photography.

In this shot of model Beth Smith, I used black and shades of gold to keep within our use of a limited colour palette. We had planned before the shoot to use a New Look watch which we knew would compliment Beth's skin tones, makeup and hair colour. I was subconsciously pulled to the location which I had visited before but didn't realise the colours would suit our shot perfectly. This happens to me a lot!  
 

Model portfolio photoshootModel portfolio photoshootCreating images for social media. Test shoot with model Beth Smith wearing New Look Fashion. This is New Look.

 


Below: Strong and powerful use of Red, White and Black to promote the Seiko Sportura watch for Bellefontaine's Jewellers in Billericay with model Kelly.

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Above: When I'm creating commercial images for businesses, this is very typically what I would do, select colours which suit the model and include my client's main brand colour, in this case, blue. Model Beth Smith.

 

Creative PhotographyCreative PhotographyCreative Photography. Japanese inspired photoshoot with model tied with rope Shibari style

Above: Using the colour palette in my studio on this Geisha themed shoot with model Rebecca White.

Emotions created by the colour Purple. Creativity, Mystery, Calming, Spiritual, Meditation and Fantasy. 

 

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Above. Beauty Shoot with model Grace Cairns and make-up by Gemma Howell. Quite often I will select colours because they suit the model and the makeup and don't give the emotional side of choosing a colour too much thought. By the end of the shoot, the emotions the model creates reflect exactly what the psychology suggests.

 

 

Brown is a relaxing colour, it is friendly, comforting, warm, supportive, confident and approachable. Model Emma Frisk.

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Below: Model Ella with strong contrasting colours. Red is always associated with love and apparently Coca Cola!

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Below: There's an old rule that says "Blue and Green should never be seen. I guess some rules are made to be broken!

Model: Fitness and Wellbeing photoshoot with model Grace Gray

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Using colour to convey an emotion.

Yellow and blues instantly make you think of warm sunny days and it was certainly a warm day in London when I shot this lifestyle Daisy Dixon London watch image with actor and model Sian Altman.

Yellow says Friendly, Cheerful, Happiness and Warmth, add a pretty smiling face to the shots and your photograph is oozing those happy vibes and emotions.
 

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Below: The same day but a different location and use of colours can really change the mood of an image.

Blue is the colour of Trust. Other colour emotions of blue are Honesty, Loyalty, it is thought to introduce calm and convey serenity. Model Sian Altman

Blue is the colour of TrustBlue is the colour of TrustBlue is the colour of Trust. Actor Sian Altman wearing her Daisy Dixon London Watch

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Above: Credit The Land of Colour. Link below.

 

I hope you found this blog interesting and I'd be very interested to know if you had ever have given this subject much thought before today? If you are interested in researching in more detail the meaning behind colours then these links may be helpful.

 

https://www.oberlo.co.uk/blog/color-psychology-color-meanings

https://www.verywellmind.com/color-psychology-2795824

https://thelandofcolor.com/

 

Next time I talk about the Psychology of colour in TV and Films and how it can build harmony or tension within a scene and set the tone of a movie.

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(Phil Jones Photography) brand awareness colour and commercial photography colour emotion colour palette photography using colour to promote a brand https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog/2020/5/using-colour-to-promote-a-brand Tue, 12 May 2020 05:30:00 GMT
Creating a Signature Look in Photography https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog/2020/5/creating-a-signature-look-in-photograpy In this blog, I talk about creating a signature look within photography and why you should have your own personal style. 
 

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Welcome to Part Two of my bumper issue blog If you missed Part One then click the link below.

Click HERE to read Part One Daredevil Stunt Riding and My Teenage Years.

 

Creating My Style of Photography and a Signature Look

What is a signature look and why do I need one? Your signature look is the flagship look of your own personal style, it is what makes your work recognisably, yours, a style which will set you apart from other photographers.

 

Some photographers use colour gels to create their look, others process their images using custom presets to define their personal style, while for others, it's a technique they have created within the camera defined by how they use the camera settings, for example; highlighted areas, dark and moody shadows, slow shutter speeds to create movement and so on. Being unique and recognised as a photographer can be difficult as I'm sure you would agree. It took me two to three years of experimenting with techniques, retouching and lighting to produce images I felt had a style of their own but I still felt they didn’t have a personal or signature look which I was happy with but developing your signature approach is an ongoing progress. Every photographer at one time or another has altered their style throughout the course of their work as their mindset has changed and a new style has developed.

 

It was while I was helping a good friends son on work experience placement I discovered my colour-coordinated look. Work experience for me was always allowing students to be hands-on, be it using a camera, retouching or designing. My student, James had arranged for his sister to come in and model for us in the studio and I had the idea to purchase a selection of props to complement what she was wearing and experiment with colour coordinating the shots and create my own in-house images I could use on design projects.

 

I was really pleased with the images and especially our use of colours so a few days later we popped out on location to capture some more images for a brochure I was working on. A few months later I had arranged to shoot with model Sophie. When Sophie and her mum saw the photos of Danielle they mentioned how much they liked the colour coordination, so we decided to play with colours and props a little more. This continued over the next few shoots with different models and it was suggested, more than once, that I should continue with it as my signature look.
 

Below: The early days of experimenting with colour and props with Danielle who just happens to be my goddaughter!

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Below: I had the pleasure of working with Sophie and her family on a regular basis to help build her model portfolio and I'm really grateful for the times and experience I was given back in the early days.  A could literally fill a blog of images we created but here's a small selection of some of my favourites of Sophie and other early practice shoots.

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I’m pleased to say my style has been well received by followers, models and clients and has been requested on many commercial shoots to help promote a brand. In an extremely competitive industry, it has, without doubt, helped my images become recognisable, and more 12 years on, it is still working for me.

 

Below: Amber Gains was the first makeup artist I worked with and was stunning in front of the camera too. 

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Below: A combination of portfolio shoots and client shoots with models Sophie R, Victoria, Zoe Jay and Susuzie Houlihan.
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Let's do the ‘Why is the watch worn inside the wrist’ conversation, shall we!

I’ve had so many of people ask me over the years ask me why do I use wristwatches in my shots and why are they always worn with the face inside the wrist or upside down, backwards, inwards or the alternative way? For a lot of guys especially, this seems to be their biggest pet peeve ever! I’ve always worn my watch this way, it feels natural, comfortable and I like the style. No, I never used to be in the military or I was never a sniper. Did I use to be a secret agent? I can’t guarantee your safety if I answer that question!  Seriously, here’s the story. 

 

The first shoot I did where I added colour accessories, the model also wore her watch this way, as do a lot of people I know, it just looks natural and the ‘right way’ to me. Shortly after this shoot, another model saw the shots and commented on how much she liked the look and the clever use of colour, so we decided to try it again but this time using a different colour watch and strap to colour accessorise the shots. After sharing the image on a photography site I had a lot of businesses contacted me asking if they could purchase the image for their marketing, in my eyes it was a success. 

 

I specialise in People and Lifestyle Photography and having a model wear a watch keeps the image real, which is what Lifestyle Photography is all about. It used to be that most photographers and art directors insisted models remove their watches during a shoot, where for my images, I’ve ended up doing the opposite. 

 

If you know me, you’ll know I’ve had many conversations about this topic, I've also had many messages, emails and DM's from around the world, so for some, it's a topic of interest, for others, they don't care how you wear your watch!

 

For the majority of my images, it's about introducing colour into the shot. I feature the strap as part of the colour palette as if it were more like a bracelet than an actual watch.  If I’m asked to include a brand colour into a lifestyle shot, it’s an easy, quick and effective way to do it and unlike a clunky bracelet, a watch strap looks neater, in my opinion. I will also use other props such as books, mugs or clothing to introduce additional colours to play with. If it is important to see the watch face then it's just a question of the models pose and/or the position of the camera. This can be achieved the 'traditional way' of course, but remember it's my style.

 

Below: Model Grace Gray on a commercial lifestyle photoshoot lifestyle shoot for MaGa London watches. The brief was to be yourself, to be an individual and wearing her watch inside the wrist answered the brief perfectly and looks very cool. Take a careful look also at the colours and how they all balance with each other.

Wearing her watch inside the wrist looks really cool and answered the brief perfectly. Wearing her watch inside the wrist looks really cool and answered the brief perfectly. The brief for this photoshoot was to show your individuality, wearing her watch inside the wrist answered the brief perfectly and looks really cool as I'm sure you would agree. Take a careful look also at the colours and how well they all balance with each other. Model Grace Gray on a commercial lifestyle photoshoot lifestyle shoot for MaGa London watches.
 

Below: Although it was important to create images which showed the face of the watch, it was as equally as important to create stunning images which express your individuality and a lifestyle. Using a 'Hot Rod' car was a perfect prop as each custom car is as unique as the owner. 

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Above: I specialise in People and Lifestyle Photography and having a model wear a watch keeps the image real and can really help the colour palette. Model Nikki from and from my set of Royalty-Free Images available from Shutterstock.
 

 

Below. Retouched for this blog. While looking through my library of old images I came across this set of shots with model Sian. Following our 'A Dark Fairytale' shoot, Sian kindly agreed to work with me to create a set of images I could sell as Royalty Free Stock Images. I loved the images we created but had honestly forgotten how many great shots we created that day. I was fortunate enough to have a very lovely client of mine allow me to use their board room to shoot in, which had amazing light and office furniture. I purchased the Businesswoman's suit and went about acquiring the appropriate props to colour match.

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Below: A selection of unedited Raw images from our Stock Library photoshoot. Visit Shutterstock to purchase. Click Here!

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Below: After purchasing a new Canon 5d mkIV camera and Manfrotto tripod, I was keen to create images to accompany my Vlog which you can see on YouTube. Both Canon and Manfrotto's brand colours are red, black and white. In this shot, our model Lucy dressed all in black apart from wearing a watch with a red strap. This was deliberate to link to the Brand's colours. The observant ones may have noticed the tripod has a small amount of silver as does the badge on the camera, which we reflected by using Lucy's rings and the car wheels. 

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Above: On this commercial image of professional businesswoman meeting with a client, notice how I used my clients brand colours throughout the image which are three different blues and magenta.

 

Below: Although we did create images during this shoot where the watch face was clearly seen, in this image of model Rebecca White, she wore the watch inside her wrist purely for the overall style and keeping everything black with no additional accent colours was fine for this shot. Rebecca agrees with me, we both love this shot and think it looks dead cool! 

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Below: The opposite of Black. In this Boho fashion Lifestyle image not only did Elle wear colour coordinated clothing but I also used a location where the colours of her surrounding would work perfectly in the shot. The foreground blur was created in-camera and is a technique I use a lot where I can. If this was more of a fashion Boho shot we would have removed her watch but as it is a lifestyle image it works and again becomes another one of my signature look shots.

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Below: Taken just before lockdown with model and actor Andrea Vasiliou. In this shot, we used tones of golds and black to colour coordinate our image for this designer sunglasses brand.

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Above Example: Credit Chanel. Model Sam Rollinson. Photography by Melanie and Ramon

 

Advertising from Chanel Boyfriend watch. Wearing a watch now is more of an accessory or fashion statement because everyone can check the time on their cell phones and since every single person carries a cell phone….no need to wear a watch…unless it looks something like this one by Chanel.

Price is around £18,900 if you're thinking of getting one.
 

These days it isn’t uncommon to see images from watch brands and influencers posting images of them wearing their watches inside the wrist, especially when they're making a statement. Personally, going by what I've seen it’s becoming a more and more common way to wear your watch. 

 

It may go against how most people wear their watch, and really "Tick" some people off, but for me and most of my models and clients would agree, it adds to the shots and is a great way to introduce colour to an image which reflects my style and personality in my photography and has helped me 'overtime' develop my signature look… and it just looks eye-catchingly unconventional!
 

 

Up Next

In Part Three I show you how using the Colour Palette can not only visually impact your image but how colour is used in advertising to convey meaning, emotion and promote a brand.

Part Three Published on May 12, 2020.
 

 

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Could I ask politely that you Do Not message models or members of the creative team about how they wear their watch and what's their style, as quite honestly it just annoys them and we don't want to do that? Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!
 

 

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Motorcycle Photography: My Journey into the Motorcycle Industry https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog/2020/4/motorcycle-photography The last few years I've really been focusing on expanding my motorcycle photography portfolio. So much so, that I now regularly shoot for a number of local businesses, including a motorcycle dealer, as well as a respected brand that produces bespoke motorbike gear.

 

It all started with my passion for both motorcycle stunt riding and photography. Along the way it's led me to snapping photos of professional bikers on track events, to setting up photo shoots with bikers and even incorporating it into another great passion of mine: cinematography.

 

Funnily enough though, when I began writing this blog, I hadn't really planned to even cover this topic! You see, I get asked so often about my photography style or signature look, that I thought it was about time I talked about it in a blog. The thing is, I get easily distracted and find it almost impossible to cut a long story short, as my friend Caroline likes to point out! Well, one thing lead to another and before I knew it I had created a bumper issue blog.

 

I started out discussing Colour Palettes and Colour Psychology in images and how filmmakers use colour to influence how we feel, without us even noticing. But that evening, while crashed out on the sofa, I happened to watch The Last Thing He Wanted on Netflix. To my amazement, it used a similar colour coordination technique as I do in my photography. It inspired me to get in touch with and set up an interview with Anne Hathaway's stunt double, Michelle Cortes...which then led me back to my own motorcycle stunt riding years and the current work I've been doing as a motorcycle photographer. Have I lost you yet? Told you I get easily distracted!

 

So, in the end, I thought I'd chop up all the different topics into separate blogs. So here we are, starting at the very beginning: my teenage years and motorcycle stunt riding.

 

Daredevil Motorbike Stunt Riding and My Teenage Years as a Photographer

 

In my ‘A Decade in Review’ blog (Click Here if you haven't seen it) I shared how I started my career in the creative industry. Beginning as a graphic designer, I worked my way up to become an art director, before shifting my focus and putting all my efforts into becoming a full-time photographer.

 

But let me rewind even further, to when I was in a child. I was fascinated by stunt work in films and on TV, so much so, that every time there was a fire gag or a motorcycle jump on the TV, my dad would shout out “Stunt!” to get my attention. For quite a few years I was adamant I wanted to be a stuntman. I would often leap from the first-floor window in our home, or ride my pedal bike through a wall of fire in the garden, much to my parent's horror!

 

Later, I became obsessed with motorcycles and in particular, Daredevil stunt riding. My heroes were, of course, Evel Knievel and Britain’s equivalent, Eddie Kidd. My teenage years were spent riding off-road learning balance tricks, trying to wheelie, ramp jump and ride through fire with my Cousin Dave Field (who was equally as mad and much more talented than I ever could be). Along with our friend Paul Dimond, we would attempt to wow crowds at local shows, fetes and carnivals and, quite honestly, I absolutely loved those days!

 

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Above: Back in the day. From pedal bikes to motorbikes, this is me riding through a fire bale at a Stunt Show in Kent.

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Needless to say, I never became a professional stuntman, but I’m still in awe and slightly jealous when watching the new generation of stunt performers in action.

 

At the same time I was hoping to be a stuntman, I was also a keen photographer, and was encouraged by my dad who kindly let me use his SLR cameras, which of course used 35mm film. A very close family friend, Peter Titmus, who later became our next-door neighbour, was a professional photographer and was also a big encouragement. He kindly allowed me to use his darkroom from time to time.

 

When choosing my options at school I was encouraged to look at a career in photography, as it was what I loved and was less dangerous than leaping from a helicopter into an airbag. Unfortunately for me, I was the only pupil in my entire year who chose photography as an option, so that was out of the question. Not to worry, it was replaced with Chemistry and French, for which I failed massively!

 

But all things come together for good and after a lot of determination, here I am working as a professional photographer, still riding a motorcycle (with both wheels firmly on the ground) and doing what I love...which includes a good share of motorcycle photography!

 

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Above: That's me on my old Suzuki GSX S750

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Above and below: Here I am on the wrong side of the camera doing my best Littlewoods catalogue poses.

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It's important in photography to shoot what you love, and although I specialise in People and Lifestyle Photography, I've been really keen to create images for the motorcycle industry. For many years I've taken myself to Brands Hatch for the weekend to watch The British Superbikes. Brands is my local circuit, which I've got to know quite well. It's allowed me to experiment with shooting in different locations around the circuit, using various camera settings and improving my shots as a motorcycle photographer. If you're interested in learning, I wrote a whole blog on How to Improve your Sports Photography.

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Above: Sylvain Guintoli British Superbikes

Below: Jake Dixon British Superbikes

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Above: Scott Redding at Brands Hatch at the British Superbike Championship 2019

 

Motorcycle Gear Photography for Hideout Leather
 

All this practising has now paid off and I'm very pleased to have added motorcycle photography to my portfolio. I currently create images for Hideout Leather who manufacture bespoke motorcycling clothing. Kate and her team made custom motorcycle leathers for Tom Cruise and Rebecca Ferguson in Mission Impossible Rogue Nation and are particularly known for producing Custom Handmade Race Suits.

 

As well as photographing Hideout Leathers entire range, I’ve also created lifestyle images for Hideouts new website and had the opportunity to meet and photograph some of the riders they sponsor at different circuits.

 

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Above: Stock 600 rider Louis Valleley wearing Hideout Leather custom-made race leathers. 

Below: It's all the detail for Hideout Leather

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I may be slightly biased, but the quality of their work is incredible. Prior to working with them, their website didn't really show just how good their work is: from Retro Jackets, Street Leathers to Touring Textiles. I hope my images will now do their clothing justice.
 

Below: Motorcycle lifestyle location images for Hideout Leather. There are so many women who ride motorcycles these days and Hideout custom-made service offers style and protection.

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Below: Shooting on location at Bealach na Bà in The Scottish Highlands. Motorcycle photography in Scottish landscape for Hideout Clothing Motorcycle photography in Scottish landscape for Hideout Clothing

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Above: Lifestyle location photography for motorcycle clothing

 

Event Photography for Motorcycle Dealer Lings Triumph Essex
 

Event photography image for motorcycle dealer Lings Triumph EssexEvent photography image for motorcycle dealer Lings Triumph Essex To add to my client list, I've also recently collaborated with Lings Triumph Essex covering event photography and creating images for social media. As I write this, they are refurbishing the dealership in Dunmow and I can't wait for Lockdown to be lifted so we can continue creating bespoke images for this incredible brand. Of course, I'll keep you posted, but make sure you follow them and me on social media so you don't miss out on the exciting events they have planned for when things return to normal.

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Above: Launch of the Street Triple 765 RS at Lings Triumph Essex

Below: For the Ride. Triumph Social Media image.

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If you have any questions or comments or if you're looking for motorcycle photography images for your brand, then please get in touch. Or, if you're reading this as a budding photographer then I hope you learn one thing from this blog, which is to never give up on your dreams and that you too end up doing what you love for a living.

 

Links:

Hideout Leather Website Click Here

Lings Triumph Essex Website Click Here

 

In Part Two I'll be talking about Creating a Signature Look, Colour Palettes, Lifestyle Photography and answering the ‘Why is the watch worn inside the wrist’ question!

 

Part Two Click Here

 

 

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A Decade in Review: 2013 https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog/2020/4/a-decade-in-review-2013 From brightly coloured Shibari shoots in the studio to a barefoot model in the snow, welcome to my A Decade in Review Blog where I look back at my favourite photoshoots and images over the last 10 years.

 

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2013

2013 was a very busy year for me building model portfolios, creating Royalty-Free stock images and experimenting both in and out of the studio. I also meet lots of new people in the industry, most of whom I'm still working with or still in contact with today, one of the perks of the job!

My first shoot of the year was with Kelly (click HERE to see more) where we created a bunch of royalty-free stock images and a series of lingerie shots for Kelly’s personal portfolio. We were also chatting about the idea of shooting a female assassin series of images so we decided while we were set up in the studio to literally just spend 15 minutes shooting a test set inspired by the film La Femme Nikita, below are my favourite three images from that test shoot.

Assassin Montage

 

Let it Snow - Shooting Fantasy Photography 


Later that month, model Grace Gray posted on Facebook asking if there were any photographers interested in shooting in the snow as we’d just had a light sprinkling, of course, I jumped at the chance and fortunately for me, Grace was happy to shoot with me again. We started by creating a set of alternative fashion styled images and then following a quick clothes change and new look, we made our way to a small green space.

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Above left: It took me a while to find the right camera settings but I got there eventually.

Above left. An unedited Raw file

By now the light was fading quickly so armed with my 'Plastic Fantastic' lens, a cheap £99 Canon 50mm f1.8, a Canon Speedlite and reflector we hastily started shooting. To get herself in a fantasy mindset, Grace actually took off her wellies and modelled barefoot, even though the majority of shoots didn’t show her feet, massive respect as always to Grace. I felt as though I was struggling a bit at the start of the shoot, as there wasn’t much light available and then I had a lightbulb moment and that was to position the Speedlight Off-Camera behind Grace and lean my reflector against me bouncing light back onto her.

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Above right: Unedited image of Grace modelling barefooted in the snow.

Then we captured another of my all-time favourite shots, The Snow Maiden. I don’t think I’ll ever get bored looking at this image and it’s like a treasured family Christmas decoration which I always pull out of the archives for social media during the festive season!

The Snow MaidenThe Snow Maiden with model Grace Gray(Photo by Phil Jones Photography)

 

Fashion and Rope

In March 2013 I posted on Star Now looking for a Makeup Artist and models for a test Fashion and Rope Photoshoot, this was the first time I met and worked with MUA, Clare Bradshaw and model, Sasha. Since then we’ve had so many shoots together and I’ve always really appreciated all the help, support and friendship they have both given me.

For this first shoot, Clare and I discussed a bright and colourful shoot and I was keen to experiment with rope tying ideas after being inspired by Canadian photographer and digital artist, Renee Robyn, who had a shot a really cool set of Shibari inspired images (link below). Renee was the first artist I remember seeing to create something different from the usual Damsel in Distress, rope bondage images. I remember reaching out to Renee through Tumblr to ask for her honest critique of the shots below. Renee has always been extremely generous with her time chatting online with creatives and offering advice for which, I for one, am so grateful for.  

For my Fashion and Rope shoot we had a second model Nerigna and photographers assistant for the day, Dan Lilly. The shoot really gave me the chance to experiment with lighting and retouching techniques, please don’t judge me by my lack of rope tying skills and knowledge back then.

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Above left: Taking the time to experiment shooting through fabrics in the studio
 

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I’m pleased to say that both Sasha and Clare were not put off by the experience and both continued working with me. Sasha is also a self-confessed makeup addict and at the time, amongst a list of other jobs, she worked in the cosmetic industry so was very comfortable applying her own makeup, we agreed we would both make time to shoot after work during the summer, more of that soon.

 

Creating Maternity Lifestyle Images

March was a busy month for me, what I’m showing here is just a small selection of portfolio build photoshoots I had. Just going back a few months for a moment,  I had discussed the idea with model Nikki Chislett of a lifestyle shoot in the snow which we were planning to do but being the absolute professional and honest model that Nikki is, she called me for a confidential chat and suggested another theme, a lifestyle pregnancy shoot! There was no need for a prosthetic maternity bump as Nikki was expecting her second child. I was really excited to be invited to her home for the day where we would create images her agency could use and I could sell as Royalty-Free images on Shutterstock. These images were subsequently used by so many brands and services, including the NHS, private Hospital's and Nikki’s favourite, a book cover 'Pregnant with the Soldier’s Son' by Amy Ruttan.

Pregnancy photoshootModel Nikki Chislett

Nikki is also, like me, a little OCD (my personal opinion), when it comes to colour combinations our look and style just came together with colour coordinated shots in white and grey creating a neutral look as well as a traditional baby pink for the girls and blue for the boys!

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Above: Adding some coloured props to style the images, Pink for the girls and blue for the boys

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You can check out and purchase a selection of our maternity and pregnancy images of Nikki from Shutterstock at the link below. Would you agree with me, Nikki had the perfect baby bump and figure for this shoot!

 

Building a model Portfolio

In June Sasha and I met up again to build her commercial portfolio which included a set of office and fitness images.

Corporate business woman Business photography

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Fitness photoshoot fitness images

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We chatted about a Boho themed shoot one evening which suited Sasha’s as it was her favourite style! So on a beautiful July evening my young daughter, Melissa, Sasha and myself headed to a local field where I knew we would get the last of the sun and created the following images, again using just a couple of reflectors, a Speedlight flash and Canon 5D mk1 with a 70-200mm f2.8 lens and a Canon 50mm f1.8 lens.

Lightroom settings

As you can see by the Raw image above, our lighting set up really worked a treat and I was so happy with the Raw unedited images. Of course I was still experimenting with a whimsical look also inspired by Emily Soto so I tweaked some of the shots in Photoshop. 

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Boho fashionBoho Fashion Shoot with Sasha Wright

Boho summer shoot

Boho summer dreaming

Behind the scenes Above: Behind the scenes with my daughter Melissa helping as our assistant stabilizing a Gold reflector from Lastolite.

I should also mention Sasha was also an agency promotional model and was Hamley’s real-life Barbie, a Bennetts motorcycle grid girl who was once Scott Reading’s lucky charm at the British Silverstone Moto2 GP and appeared on the podium alongside Valentino Rossi. Sorry, I went off on a tangent but you can tell I’m proud of her! If you ever needed a model who could smile all day long, Sasha was your girl!

 

Beauty and Strength - Time for some fitness

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In September 2013, Kelly and I created Strength and Beauty, a commercial watch shoot for Bellefontaines' Jewellers in  Billericay which showcased the Seiko Sportura watch in a fitness photoshoot. This consisted of a studio shoot where Brad Carter kindly filmed and edited a behind the scenes video and a location shoot at Basildon Sporting Village.

Seiko Sportura watch

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Below: Behind the Scenes video

 

Beauty and Lingerie - Studio Photoshoot
 

Finally for this year was another really fun photoshoot with Sasha - Beauty and Lingerie. 

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For this shoot I once again called upon make up artist Clare Bradshaw for her help. Although I have created some beautiful images with just Sasha and I working together, to create the beauty images I wanted I knew a great makeup artist would be vital. When I’ve worked with Clare previously we didn’t have the luxury of a hairstylist so Clare kindly took control of the straighteners and did an amazing job, but for this shoot Clare asked hair stylist Marianne Piangos for her help.

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Throughout the shoot, both Clare and Marianne were on hand to keep a close eye on how the makeup and hair were translated on camera. Working tethered to a computer is a great way of checking the detail of a shot. I used Adobe Lightroom on a MacBook Pro, which is also connected to a colour calibrated monitor. 

 

So that was 2013 and what a year it was creating a selection of my favourite and timeless classic images. Of course, I have to thank everyone for their help and trust. 

 

Please DO NOT use any of the images without written permission. Some of the images are available to buy from Shutterstock, Click HERE
 

If you would like to connect here are the Social Media Links, don't forget to mention Phil sent you!

Sasha Wright Instagram

Grace Gray Instagram

Nikki Chislett Instagram or new modelling account Instagram

Clare Bradshaw Twitter

Phil Jones Photography Instagram

 

Renee Robyn Instagram

Renee Robyn reneerobynphotography.com/

To see Renee Robyn 'Bodies' and Shibari images click Here 

 

I don't want you to miss out on the full blog:

Part One 2010 Click Here 

Part Two: 2011 Click Here

Part Three: 2012 Click Here

Part Five: 2014 Click Here

 

 

 

 

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A Decade in Review: 2012 https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog/2020/3/a-decade-in-review-2012 Welcome to my the third chapter as I look back at my favourite photoshoots and images over the last 10 years. In 2012 I ended up shooting lifestyle on a beach in Kent to Damsel in Distress images on a working Railway line in Essex, read on to find out how.

 

2012
 

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In 2012 I was contacted by model Kelly who was interested in updating her portfolio and shooting lifestyle and commercial images, what we didn’t know then was how well we would get on and how many shoots we would have together. It’s only right that I dedicate the 2012 blog to Kelly and showcase just some of our photoshoots from that year. 

As I mentioned from the previous blog, this was around the time when I was extremely keen to test, not only to better my understanding of photography and learn what all the camera menu settings did but experiment with lighting, both natural and photographic and develop my own style and look. Looking through my Adobe Lightroom catalogue at the images I shot from this year, I was surprised by how many images I shared which came straight off the camera with absolutely no Photoshop or Lightroom editing. 

 

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Our first shoot was in March 2012 on a beautiful sunny day, we created Boho Fashion styled images at a local country park. My camera was the original Canon 5D mk1 or classic as it’s now known, I also had just purchased a cheap Canon 50mm F1.8 lens which I bought for under £100.  Having a good rapport with your subject has always been really important to me, even if you don’t get on like a house on fire it doesn’t hurt to be polite and friendly for a few hours. Fortunately, Kelly and I did get on well and were already planning the next shoot and chatting about other images we would both like to create, and because we live close to each other, we would often get together for just a couple of hours. What really helped me when shooting with Kelly was working in the diverse locations and surroundings, we also created images from every season, although unfortunately, I don’t think we didn’t manage any shoots in the snow, I guess we can blame global warming for that!

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Lifestyle Photography

Below: Lifestyle photography. Images available from Shutterstock for commercial use.

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Below: A couple of years after shooting the above image, I commissioned professional retouched Princess Arina to work her magic and Arina really did an amazing job. As a commercial photographer, I always give my clients the option to have their images retouched but more often than not they run with the image pretty much as it comes off the camera, sometimes with just a subtle skin retouch and maybe colour adjustment. I'd be interested to know what you think, should images be retouched or left alone?

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Fitness Photography

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Above: Kelly has always been extremely keen on her fitness which plays a big part in her life. Of course, she was really keen to work with to create royalty-free images available from Shutterstock.

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Above: Another day testing in the studio and on location.

 

A day at the beach

July 2012, we decided to have a day out at the beach armed with my Canon 5D, reflectors and a converted Bowens transmitter to fire my Canon Speedlight as an Off-Camera Flash. That was the first time I realised what appetite Kelly had after watching her demolish a burger and chips as a lunchtime treat! To be honest, she probably burned off the calories in a matter of minutes!

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A Damsel in Distress

One of my all-time favourite set of images which I’ve taken is the classic railway line damsel-in-distress where the heroine is tied to the railway track by a dastardly villain. The idea of shooting this was suggested by Kelly after seeing my Dark Fairy Tale images. Throughout the year we would chat about ideas and possible locations. In September 2012, I was given permission by a local railway museum for us to shoot there. Kelly arranged for her friend and Makeup artist Maridelle-Tan to help on the day with Hair and Makeup and a friend of mine Kenton Church kindly agreed to be our villain. I never have written shared a blog about this shoot, let me know if you’re interested and perhaps it’s something I can do soon! 

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Autumn Fashion

 

Below: Early November 2012 we had amazing weather and one Sunday afternoon decided to shoot at a local park to create a few autumnal shots. 

The idea was not only to create commercial lifestyle images for the portfolio but to experiment with shooting into the sun. 

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Above left: Straight off the camera with no editing.

Woman watch photoshootModel wearing oversized Rotary inside her wrist

Above: We also took the time to create some test images for Rotary watches which they shared on social media.

 

It goes without saying that I went on to have many more great shoots with Kelly, some of which you’ll see in the next blog, and although we haven’t managed to get together for a while we still stay in contact, will we ever get to shoot together again, watch this space to find out!

I’d like to say a massive thank you to Kelly for all her help and encouragement over the years. Looking through the images brought back many happy memories of fun days out, good times and the valuable experience to better me as a photographer.

Shutterstock Royalty-Free Images www.shutterstock.com/g/Phil+Jones

 

 

I don't want you to miss out on the full blog:

Part One 2010 Click Here 

Part Two: 2011 Click Here

2013

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A Decade in Review: 2011 https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog/2020/2/a-decade-in-review-2011 A Decade in Review: 2011

 

My second instalment as I look back at my favourite model photoshoots and images over the last 10 years. In this year my work covers Beauty to Fantasy Photography and a lot more in between.

If you missed 2010 CLICK HERE

 

2011

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Following my retail test shoot a few months earlier with model, Nikki, I wanted to continue building my commercial portfolio and gain more experience working with a creative team and professional models. With this in mind, I had connected with model agency BMA Models and between us built a great relationship.

My first test shoot in 2011 was with model Stacey who I had worked with on a number of previous shoots. My favourite images from this shoot were a set created for Rotary Watches who I was meeting with and subsequently supplied images to for social media.

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In June 2011 I met with Alex for a collaboration test shoot. As you can see in the images we shot in a field close to my studio was full of poppies but strangely, I’ve never seen any poppies in that field since!
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Vintage lifestyle shoot Vintage People and Lifestyle photoshootModel Alex

 

In August 2011 I created a Fantasy and Cinematic shoot with model Sian Fan called A Dark Fairytale which was so well received it encouraged me to explore storytelling through images further. I must thank Lauren and Scarlett who assisted me on this shoot, without their help this concept wouldn’t have been possible. This shoot also helped me to develop my style of photography and retouching. It’s no secret I was, and still am, I big fan of fashion photographer, Emily Soto whos style of photography was a massive inspiration to me. It was a dream come true when Emily kindly shared a few of my images from this shoot on her social media.

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A Dary FairytaleA Dark Fairytale series by photographer Phil Jones

To see my original Dark Fairytale Orginal Blog click HERE

 

 

October 2011 was a life changer as it was the first time I met and worked with model and MakeUp Artist Grace Gray who has since become an amazing friend and has continually supported and encouraged me with my work. With the help of MUA Kelly Hollands and assistant Lauren, this lingerie shoot took just 2 hours and helped build my portfolio as a People and Lifestyle commercial photographer. As you can see with the different look of images, I was exploring with retouching and I remember feeling frustrated for many years as I felt I didn’t have my own style which has always been difficult in such a saturated market.  

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Below: Fifty Shades of Grace Gray

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Above: As you can see from the images above I was experimenting with retouching ideas and trying to find my own look and style of photography.

 

My final favourite set of the year was a Beauty Shoot again working with MUA Kelly Hollands, Hair Stylist Tara Johnston and BMA model, Alexandra. Here I experimented with mixing lighting styles by using studio strobes for my key light and placing Christmas lights within the backdrop, it was an amazing shoot to help build my confidence and trying new ideas.
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Photography and Retouching: Phil Jones

Instagram philjonesphotography

MUA: Kelly Hollands

Hair Stylist: Tara Johnston

Instagram weddinghairbytara

Model: Grace Gray 

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Model: Alexandra from BMA Models

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2012

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A Decade in Review - 10 years of Photography https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog/2020/1/a-decade-in-review A Decade in Review: A look back at my favourite photoshoots and images over the last 10 years.

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Over the Christmas break I took a long look at my back catalogue of work from the last ten years and the journey I've taken as a photographer and thought it would be great to share some of my favourite images from the last decade ending with images from this year which have yet to be taken!    

My first thoughts were to have a competition and let followers pick their preferred image of the decade but on reflection, I decided to share some of my own personal faves and say thank you to all those people who have helped me along the way. 

How I started

Let me start by giving a brief background on how I become a full-time professional photographer and share a few personal moments. My interest in photography started at an early age and I was encouraged by my dad. At school I was the only pupil in my year who picked photography as an option, because of this, I was told that it was ‘no longer an option’ but it didn’t put me off. I spent as much time as I could having fun with my camera, shooting rolls of film and developing and printing my shots in my home darkroom, which also doubled as a bedroom!

As a child, I was dragged through church and attended a thriving youth group which I honestly really enjoyed. One of my proudest moments as a teenager was winning a national youth photography competition two years running! Life, as we all know, can sometimes have a habit of throwing a curveball our way and because of this my faith and spiritual journey hasn’t always been a consistent one, but I have held close a couple of Bible verses which have always helped me especially when times have been difficult, and I’m sure any self-employed person working in the creative industry would agree, life can at times be difficult. 

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Do Not Worry “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can anyone of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? Matthew 6:25-34

That’s it, spiritual bit finished, for now!

I began my professional career in photography in 2006 after spending 18 years working in the industry. Starting as a graphic designer, before later becoming an art director, I understand the importance of producing creative photography but also answering the marketing brief. I’m also known for being slightly obsessed with colour coordinating my images, which is something I believe evolved from my design background and the subliminal promotion of colour branding. My style has been well received and requested on many commercial shoots, and in an extremely competitive industry, it has helped develop my signature look.

From 2006 -2009, I was still juggling my work as a company director, graphic designer and now trying to grow my name and skills as a photographer. I was fortunate that I had many existing clients including The NHS, Colchester Zoo, Dominion Homes, IFDS and Spurgeons Charity to name just a few who were happy for me to shoot for them, creating images for their brochures, websites and advertising. Reviewing my work has shown me just how many commercial clients I've worked for over the years, many of which I still work for now, for which I'm extremely grateful.

It was during 2009 I started connecting with makeup artists and models to create images which were a little more creative. It was at this time I started to experiment with developing my style and creative work which would attract new clients who were keen to work with a photographer who offered a more creative approach.

Not only has photography been my only source of income for the last decade, but it has also remained my main interest and hobby over the last ten years and I'm pleased my passion for photography still comes over when I work. Many of the images I’ll be sharing were taken during test shoots. A test shoot is basically a team of creatives coming together to either practise, test new equipment or technics and to build their portfolio’s. I’ve often tested just for fun to create an image which I or a member of my team has always wanted to create. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet so many amazing people since I’ve started, from models, makeup artists, hairstylists and creative people who I am honestly so grateful to have met. Some have been a regular support and encouragement, none more so than Mrs Jones who understands it is important in life to Do what you love!

Of course, my story and style have developed over the years since I've gained more experience and confidence. When I look back at my work, I love the fact that every image has a story and every person I've worked with has had some affect on my life but don't worry I won't share all those stories right now!  Without further ado - I give you, a decade in review.

 

Take me directly to 2011

Jump to 2012

Jump to 2013

 

2010

To start, I’ve decided to share images from just one of my shoots in 2010.

Retail Therapy - Get the look!

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I arranged this shoot to not only help push me as a photographer and build my confidence but to gain the experience of working with a professional team which at the time scared me, to be honest, I still get nervous on so many shoots but that's because I always want to do well and not let the team down, I know I'm not the only one who feels like this! I also wanted to create images which I could use to promote myself and the creative agency WWJ to the retail industry. This was the first time I worked with makeup artist Kelly Hollands and Hairstylist Tara Johnston, since then we have all worked together on numerous shoots. It was also the first time I met the gorgeous model Nikki. It always amazes me how these serendipitous moments can alter the path you take through life.

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Above and below: Take a look at the behind the scenes video to see how these images were printed on large format prints and point of sale products.
 

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Below: Behind the scenes with Nikki Chislett and Tara Johnston

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Below is a behind the scenes video which was filmed and edited by Brad Carter. You’ll not only see how the images were lit and the final products we created, but you’ll also get a good insight into a fashion shoot and how the team work together.

 

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2010 Photo Shoot: Get the look - Retail and Fashion Shoot

Photography and Retouching: Phil Jones

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Model: Featured model - Nikki Chislett

Instagram whatnikkididnext

MUA: Kelly Hollands

Hair Stylist: Tara Johnston

Instagram weddinghairbytara

Filming and Editing: Brad Carter

Client: Waldon White Jones - Creative Agency

Large format Print by Kamset - kamset.com

 

 

2011

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ANDIE - Andrea Vasiliou Action Hero https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog/2019/11/cinematic-action-photography If you are a regular follower you will know I’m a big fan of cinematic and fantasy photography, my head is usually full of ideas which I’d like to shoot and quite often those ideas spill out into much bigger projects. One such project is ANDIE, an action-adventure story which I have wanted to tell for some time.

This is ANDIE - the story so far.

Andrea VasiliouAction adventure storyboarding with Andrea Vasiliou

Above: Actor Andrea Vasiliou who brings her own experience and enthusiasm to the project.

I first worked with Andrea Vasiliou back in 2016 when we worked together shooting lifestyle and fashion - see image below. Andrea had just finished filming Wonder Woman and was still buzzing with excitement. Within minutes of shooting, I instantly thought Andrea would be perfect for the assassin role I had created and shared my ideas with her. Fortunately for me, Andrea was super excited after hearing my ideas and then a few days later after reading my synopsis, she was all too keen to get involved and play the lead role in ANDIE!

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Above: 2016 Lifestyle and fashion with Andrea Vasiliou - see more from this shoot at the end of this blog.

The concept - what is it all about?

My original concept was to combine film and motion with high-end retouched cinematic photography to create a stylish, action-packed Motion Graphic Novel as never seen before! It's great to let your imagination run wild and I often have plenty of ideas running through my head. I soon found out his was no easy project to produce by myself and requires help and cooperation from others.

Let's do this!

If you are a producer or production company and looking for a unique fresh concept to develop, I would love to pitch my original ideas to you. Below is just a few storyboard images we created to develop the ideas which give a taste of the concept but admittedly doesn't give too much away. To really do this project justice we need the backing of like-minded creative people who like what they see so far and are intrigued to know more.
 

About Andie

ANDIE is played by actress and model Andrea Vasiliou who is known for her work in Wonder Woman, Krypton, The Dark Knight Rises, Knights of the Damned and Justice League.

From the moment we are introduced to Andie our story hooks the audience and it soon becomes obvious things aren't always as they seem. 

Don't be fooled by the pretty face and affectionate smile, Andie is the most beautiful girl you never want to meet. A trained killer, a hired assassin, and she makes a wicked lemon drizzle cake!
 

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Both Andrea and I have already shared a small selection of images on Instagram and social media which has created an enormous amount of interest and excitement and going by your initial comments we know how excited many of you you are to see this project completed.

To whet your appetite a little more here's a small selection of test shots and storyboard images which I hope you like. Please don't be shy and make sure you leave a comment below and let me know what you think.

Below - Concept and storyboard imagery for ANDIE.

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Above: Makeup Artist Grace Gray on set with Andrea Vasiliou

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Above and below: Behind the scenes as Andrea Vasiliou is about to be suspended in mid-air.
 

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Below: A composite image of Andrea in action as she leaps from an office window into the London skyline.

Let's flyActor Andrea Vasiliou plays an female assassin and leaps from a London building in this action hero scene

Photography, retouching and original concept by Phil Jones.

 

Phil Jones Photography Instagram https://www.instagram.com/philjonesphotography/


Andrea Vasiliou Instagram https://www.instagram.com/andreavasiliou/

 

Of course, none this would have been possible if I didn't have help from others.

In no particular order, I would like to thank the following people for their help:

Essex Police

Tracie Murphy

Grace Gray 

The owners of our secret location

Jon and Chloe

Anouska Watts

Lynn Jones

Peter White

Eddie Coe

Phil Walker

and of course Andrea Vasiliou

IMDB https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7908458/

W Model Management https://www.wmodel.co.uk/en/digital/fitfluencers/432-andrea-vasiliou/1058/

W Model Management https://www.wmodel.co.uk/en/women/mainboard/432-andrea-vasiliou/1317/
 

 

Below: 2016 Lifestyle photoshoot with Andrea Vasiliou - images by Phil Jones Photography.

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Wedding themed photoshoot https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog/2019/10/wedding-themed-photoshoot blonde bridewedding themed photoshoot If you cast your mind back to winter 2017/18 you may remember the dreaded "Beast from the East", for those who do not live in the UK, this was the nickname of a weather system which brought blizzards, strong winds, drifting snow and bitter cold causing disruption which lasted for weeks if not months and as the world knows, Britain grinds to a halt if we get more than a few centimetres of snow!

 

The morning of the 27 February 2018 and you can guess what happened, yep, you've got it, the majority of the roads in Essex were absolutely gridlocked due to a sprinkling of snow. I had arranged to have a wedding-themed shoot with the amazing Hairstylist Tara Johnston and model Tate. To be honest, Tara was the one who did all the hard work preparing for the shoot, organising the venue, hiring a wedding dress, organising flowers and a makeup artist. My job was to rock up with Tate and capture the images. I'd also asked Anouska Watts, a media student I've worked with if she'd like to come along and film the shoot which she kindly agreed to.

 

Unfortunately, our Makeup Artist was stuck in snow on the gridlocked roads and eventually had to give in and head home, complete with the bouquet of flowers. I was pretty determined to get the Bride to the church on time, despite the snow, and fortunately, I had slightly better road conditions to deal with. Despite the initial worry and flood of WhatsApp messages, the rest of us made it, including Julie from Blush Bride who went above and beyond to get the wedding dress to us. Tate did an amazing job doing her own makeup, which fortunately she brought with her, and of course, Tara set about creating a stunning rustic boho plait for our "Bride." I've worked with Tara for many years and her work is always incredible, I would highly recommend you contact her if you're looking for an Essex based wedding hairstylist but don't take my word for it, see for yourself on our behind the scenes video.


 

For the keen photographers out there, I used my Canon 5D mkIV, 85mm f1.2 lens and a Profoto B2 location kit. As you can see in the video there was plenty of daylight coming through the windows at The Old Parish Rooms and mixed with the B2 flash it made a lovely natural-looking shot. I'm especially pleased with the shots of Tate standing on the stairs with the electric lights hanging down from the ceiling and the bokeh effect through the glass in the background.

For our final shot, we couldn't resist quickly popping outside in the cold, and boy, it was cold so hats off to Tate for battling through what the "Beast" had to throw at us! Despite all the earlier challenges, I feel like we took on the "Beast from the East" and won, let's see what happens this winter! 

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Above: You will not find a nicer and more talented Hairstylists than Tara Johnston. If you're planning a wedding, give her a call and tell her Phil sent you!

Unedited imageStraight out of Adobe Lightroom and unedited

Above: No retouching on this image of Tate, this is how the shot came off the camera.

Lightroom-grabAdobe Lightroom Screen GrabAdobe Lightroom screen grab of unedited image Above: Raw image in Adobe Lightroom. If you're like me then I'm sure you will be keen to see the Develop module settings. Remember, they change from shot to shot depending on the lighting conditions but you can see I don't overcook the Post Processing.

Bridal unedited imageExported from Adobe Lightroom with no image editing Above: Unedited image.

Below: If you compare the images below to the RAW image, you'll notice I've done very little retouching. One thing I always like to do on nearly all my images is sharpen the eyes just a little bit.  

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Above and below: I love the mix of natural light and the use of Profoto B2 flash. I also love the mix of old meets new at The Old Parish Rooms, Rayleigh.  Rustic Boho Braid from behindClose up of Rustic Boho Braid by Tara Johnston, wedding hair by Tara. Photography by Phil Jones Bridal PhotographyBridal photography by Phil Jones

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Above: Studio portrait of the lovely and very Tara Johnston - Wedding Hair by Tara taken during our Geisha themed shoot. Check out our two-part Behind The Scenes video on YouTube.
 

I really can't finish this blog without mentioning my favourite part of the day, secretly marrying Tate but I've probably said too much about that already!

Wedding DayPhotography Phil Jones with model Tate. Repeat after me... Always trying to get a laughCommercial photographer Phil Jones trying to trick model Tate into marrying him

Many thanks to Julie at Blush Bridal Leigh-on-Sea for supplying the dress https://www.blushbride.co.uk

Venue: Thanks to The Old Parish Rooms Hockley Road, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 8BA https://www.theoldparishrooms.com/

Wedding Hair by Tara https://weddinghairbytara.co.uk/

Filming by Anouska Watts and Phil Jones.

Film Edited by Jebby Media.

Photography and Retouching Phil Jones Photography
 

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(Phil Jones Photography) blushbride commercial photography Essex hairstylist photography profoto tara johnston the old parish rooms wedding wedding hair by tara wedding themed photoshoot https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog/2019/10/wedding-themed-photoshoot Sat, 12 Oct 2019 07:32:04 GMT
Good Light Magazine https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog/2019/9/good-light-magazine Beauty and Rope - Good Light Magazine

front cover of good light magazine with ginger hair model wearing bright makeup hands tied with ropeGood Light Magazine Issue 68Phil Jones Photography featured in Good Light Magazine Issue 68 with model Grace Cairns

I'm super excited to have made the front cover and a 12-page feature in Good Light Magazine featuring my 'Beauty and Rope' shoot with the amazing makeup artist Gemma Howell and model and Grace Cairns!


Great news for my followers, Good Light Magazine have kindly allowed my followers to download this issue for free using this link http://www.goodlightmag.com/gift .

Be quick as the link expires at the end of September 2019
 

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(Phil Jones Photography) editorial good light magazine photography tips shibari https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog/2019/9/good-light-magazine Wed, 18 Sep 2019 18:37:48 GMT
Bike Shed Show London 2019 https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog/2019/5/bike-shed-show-london-2019 You may know that in my spare time I’m a bit of a petrol head, especially my love for Hot Rods and Motorbikes. Another hobby of mine is photography which isn’t always ideal as I’m a full-time commercial photographer and after spending all week shooting for clients I probably shouldn’t be shooting in my spare time. The last Bank Holiday weekend in May was no exception, having received my VIP/Press Pass for the Bike Shed Show London 2019 I couldn’t wait to go meet like-minded two-wheel fans and admire the art, craftsmanship and engineering skills which have gone into creating their machines. Of course, I couldn’t resist taking my camera, shoot what you love I always say!

 

If you have never heard of the Bike Shed Show, it is now, one of the biggest and best custom bike shows in Europe, if not the world, and this year was their 10th year yet again at the incredible Tobacco Dock! It’s billed as an experimental hospitality event, based on community and centered around motorcycle culture. I can’t think of anywhere else where you could talk bikes with strangers, admire art, have a tattoo, visit a barber shop, enjoy live music, meet large motorcycle brands and small independent bike builders, have an afternoon nap on the sofa or watch a film in the cinema, relax outside in the sunshine, have a cup of tea and biscuit or have a few drinks at the bar. 

 

The best thing about The Bike Shed Show for me is the atmosphere which is like no other show I’ve been too. One exhibitor said to me “we’re all part of the Bike Shed family” which I for one felt part of over the entire weekend. Thanks to all those old friends and new who made it such an awesome weekend and to the Bike Shed organisers and crew - congratulations, and thank you for yet another amazing show! 

 

The Bike Shed London 2019 in pictures, well, they did say bring a camera!

Signage of The Bike Shed Motorcycle Club at The Bike Shed Show 2019, Tobacco Dock.The Bike Shed Show 2019Signage of The Bike Shed Motorcycle Club at The Bike Shed Show 2019, Tobacco Dock.

Tobacco Dock was packed this weekend with Custom motorcycles at the Bike Shed London Show.Bike Shed Show 2019Tobacco Dock was packed this weekend with Custom motorcycles at the Bike Shed London Show.

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A special thanks to the following brands and people for making it such a fantastic weekend:

Biltwell Instagram.com/biltwell/

Blackbird Motorcycle Wear Instagram.com/blackbirdmotorcyclewear

Courtney Scarlett Instagram.com/courtneyscarlett

Dominika-Rides Instagram.com/dominika_rides

Ducati Scrambler Instagram.com/scramblerducati/    Instagram.com/ducatiuk

Dutch on Wheels Instagram.com/_dutchonwheels_

English Electric Motor Co. Instagram.com/englishelectricmotorco

Knox Armour Instagram.com/knoxarmour/

All about Holly Instagram.com/allaboutholly/

Mutt Motorcycles Instagram.com/muttmotorcycles

Urban Rider Instagram.com/urbanriderlondon

Yamaha - Faster Sons Instagram.com/fastersonsfans

Dave, Darren, Paul, Lei Instagram.com/8leilei/
and Grace Instagram.com/gracegraymodel

and all the crew at The Bike Shed London Instagram.com/bikeshedmc/

 

PLEASE DO NOT USE ANY IMAGE WITHOUT PERMISSION

 

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(Phil Jones Photography) art bike shed bike shed show 2019 bobber cafe racer custom motorcycles photography tobacco dock https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog/2019/5/bike-shed-show-london-2019 Mon, 27 May 2019 20:38:07 GMT
Ellements Magazine Beauty Editorial https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog/2018/12/beauty-editorial In July 2018 I shot at my home studio with makeup artist Gemma Howell and model Grace Cairns to create four looks for a beauty editorial. In this blog, I share our behind the scenes video where Gemma chats about the makeup she's created and I show you how to create a four light setup in a small home studio. I will also share a selection of Raw unedited photos and the final hi-end retouched images which were published in the November 2018 beauty issue of Ellements magazine.

 

Camera and Lenses. I used my Canon 5D mkIV  and started with my 85mm f1.2 lens with an aperture of f.13, I then swapped to my Sigma 150mm lens for close-up shots and also changed my f-stop to f.14

 

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Above: Look one of our beauty editorial for Ellements magazine, November 2018. Model Grace Cairns and makeup artist Gemma Howell

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Above: This is one spread of our Beauty editorial for Ellements  magazine, November 2018.

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Above: Final retouched image. Model Grace Cairns, makeup by Gemma Howell

 

For our next look, Gemma went for bright colours, smudged, glossy lips and messy braids. She used Blonde lashes from Sweed lashes, pink and gold tones by Viseart in Nuance theory and Petit pro 1. 

Please follow Gemma to find out more - Instagram link below
 

 

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Above: Final retouched image. Model Grace Cairns, Hair and makeup by Gemma Howell. 

 

Instead of creating just beauty headshots we had all previously discussed the idea of adding ropes into the shoot which was inspired by Japanese rope art. Just as Gemma was building up the makeup for each look, we also wanted to change the rope ties and add a rough texture to the image which would contrast against Grace’s light skin.

 

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Above: Beauty and Rope. Inspired by Japanese Shibari rope art.

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Above: Beauty and Rope. Inspired by Japanese Shibari rope art we wanted to add rope as Gemma was building on the makeup to contrast against Grace's soft skin.

 

For the final look, Gemma created a dramatic winged eyeliner, added mascara and changed the lips to a peach. Gemma then created a high ponytail which reminded me of a Japanese top knot.

 

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Above: Final retouched image. Amazing makeup by artist Gemma Howell creating glowy skin, flushed cheeks and pink lips.

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Above: Beauty and Rope. After shooting our beauty images I then tied a basic Shibari box tie called a Takate-Kote for the finished look.


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Above: "Rope Marks" final retouched image. Model Grace Cairns and makeup artist Gemma Howell

 

Lighting: I used a 2 head Profoto B2 location kit and 2 of my old Bowens Esprit 500s studio lights. To find out how I lit this shoot, please take a look at our behind the scenes video where I show you in detail. Please don't forget to subscribe, like and comment!

 

Behind the scenes video on YouTube.

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Above: Makeup artist Gemma Howell creating the second look on our beauty editorial for Ellements magazine, November 2018.

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Above and below: Two examples of unedited files. This image has had the colours converted in Adobe Lightroom but has not been retouched, it's basically as it came off the camera. 

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Below: As a photographer quite often all you see are the finished retouched beauty images, here I wanted to show you how the image came off the camera and how we briefed our retoucher to amend the image. I also included in the brief instructions on retouching the skin. It's important for me to keep the skin looking natural and not overworked and only remove minor blemishes.

Retouching briefRetouching briefIndicate on your original image what changes you would like made

Hair and Makeup: Gemma Howell
https://www.instagram.com/gemmahowellmakeup/

Model: Grace Cairns
https://www.instagram.com/carrotcairns/

Photography: Phil Jones
https://www.instagram.com/philjonesphotography/

Retouching: Andrey Shchepkin and Phil Jones

 

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It’s time to talk about mental health and social media https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog/2018/9/it-s-time-to-talk-about-mental-health-and-social-media I recently worked with promotional model Sian Lacey and noticed she has a semicolon ; tattoo on the inside of her wrist. Sian tells me the ; was adopted to raise awareness of mental health. 

Sian Lacey bringing awareness to mental health with her semicolon tattooSemicolon - mental health awarenessI recently worked with promotional model Sian Lacey and noticed she has a semicolon ; tattoo on the inside of her wrist. Sian tells me the ; was adopted to raise awareness of mental health.

It’s time to talk about mental health and be honest about your vulnerability.

My battle with social media. I’m the first to admit I’m no expert on social media marketing and however much I try to engage with others and build my followers, I struggle. 

How does that make me feel? It’s very difficult for me not to compare myself with other photographers, social media has recently made me judge my success on how well my account is growing and how many likes an image has had. We now live in a world where the more successful you are on social media, the more opportunities there are to work with brands. I was recently approached by a brand who loved my style of photography and wanted to collaborate with me, unfortunately, they later pulled out as I didn’t have as many followers as they would have liked! 

Because of this I’m constantly thinking, ‘I need to check my likes’, ‘I can’t grow my followers’, ‘every other photographer is able to interact with others so obviously no one is interested in what I do’, my thoughts go on and it’s a constant struggle to succeed.  

So what makes us successful? If you’ve ever worked with me you know how passionate I am about my photography and how I’m always trying to push myself to the next level. At school I was told I cannot do photography as an option, here I am working as a full-time professional photographer and succeeded in one of my goals in life. Although my turnover isn’t enormous my business is profitable and in an over-saturated market of photographers I work with a number of clients who use my images to help promote their business and are very happy with my service and choose to work with me on a regular basis. Surely this is a sign of success?

Since I had the idea of sharing my battle with social media with you, just putting this on paper has helped me focus on what’s important. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to build my followers but I’m also extremely grateful for the followers I have, the kind comments I receive and the amazing friends who support me, you know who you are! Of course, I’m going to keep pushing myself and trying my best but I also shouldn’t be so concerned every time I post. I don’t need to keep checking my phone to see how many likes I have. I don’t need to compare myself to others. I am unique, I have my own style and I shoot what I love.

I encourage you, stop and take a look a look at yourself, It’s time to talk about mental health and be honest about your vulnerability.

 

Motorcycle photoshoot promotional model Sian Lacey. Notice her semicolon tattoo on the inside of her wrist.Promotional model Sian LaceyMotorcycle photoshoot promotional model Sian Lacey. Notice her semicolon tattoo on the inside of her wrist.

Above and below: Motorcycle photoshoot with promotional model Sian Lacey

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Below: Studio shots using Profoto B2 lighting

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(Phil Jones Photography) anxiety health media mental photography self social worth https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog/2018/9/it-s-time-to-talk-about-mental-health-and-social-media Wed, 12 Sep 2018 13:35:55 GMT
Organica Sleep Lotion Advertising Shoot https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog/2018/5/organica-advertising-shoot It’s not often I’m sent behind the scenes images from a commercial shoot, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to share them and give you a brief insight into a day at an advertising photography shoot.

In March 2018 I was commissioned by a London adversing agency to create a series of images to be used for advertising, social media and a new website for Organica Sleep Lotion. 

Before the shoot my contact at the agency, Olivia, briefed me on the product and the style of images the agency were looking to produce. We discussed locations, models and timing. Olivia then booked an apartment near Old Street, London and 3 models, Sian, Karolina and social media blogger and owner of Nightire sleepwear, Nina Clark. Between Olivia and me we created a schedule for the day and swapped mood boards which suggested the look and style of the images we wanted to create.

For the shoot my kit included a Canon 5D mk3 and a mkIV camera, a selection of lenses, studio strobes and a Profoto B2 location kit, lighting stands, reflectors, a manfrotto tripod and props which were all transported in two large travel cases so I could make my way to the shoot by train and a black cab. 

I lost count how many people were on set from the agency but they included an art director, an assistant, a videographer, product advisors, a graphic designer and of course the boss! Having so many people on set made it a great creative atmosphere and we were all very excited to set up and start shooting.

Following a quick recce of the apartment and final chat about ideas, I hastily set up my Profoto lighting kit which could then be easily moved from room to room. During this time our Makeup Artist (MUA) Ema and our first model Nina arrived.

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Makeup artist Ema Tiller Cordy and model Nina preparing for the shoot

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Below: Me and my trusty Canon 5D mkIV fitted with a 24-105mm L-Series f4 lens and Profoto Air Remote transmitter to trigger the B2 location kit

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Each model had a time slot throughout the day which meant a non stop shoot for me which is just the way I like it! Even though the day was non stop we still created a friendly, creative, fun but professional environment to work in, which I hope you can see from the images below.

Nightire founder Nina Clark modelling for Organica Sleep Lotion photo shootBlogger and Model Nina ClarkNightire founder Nina Clark modelling for Organica Sleep Lotion photo shoot

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Nightire founder Nina Clark modelling for Organica Sleep Lotion photo shoot with Essex and London photographer Phil JonesOrganica Sleep Lotion photoshootNightire founder Nina Clark modelling for Organica Sleep Lotion photo shoot with Essex and London photographer Phil Jones

Behind the scenes of an advertising Photoshoot, with the model, client and art director huddled around my laptop to review the images.

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Below: Makeup artist Ema Tiller Cordy and model Karolina

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The above image of Karolina has NOT been retouched, it's straight off the camera.

Below: Shot in broad daylight the challenge was to make this shot look like it was night time!

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Above: This behind the scenes shot shows my Go-To lighting set up to create beauty style headshots

Below: Model Sian B modelling for Organica Sleep Lotion Model Sian B on Organica commercial photography shootModel Sian BModel Sian B on Organica commercial photography shoot

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Natural retouching for Organica sleep lotion photoshoot with model Sian, image by photographer Phil Jones Organica Sleep lotionNatural retouching for Organica sleep lotion photoshoot with model Sian, image by photographer Phil Jones

Below: Another day in the office capturing images and video for social media

Capturing some images for social media for the team with model Sian BAnother day in the officeCapturing some images for social media for the team with model Sian B  

Thanks to Victor Dormeals for the behind the scenes images and everyone on the day that made it a great shoot!

 

To find out more about Organica products and to place an order please visit https://organicawellness.com/

FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/Organica-1868004090179040/?ref=br_rs

Nina Clark -  Nightire The Urban Sleepwear Co https://nightire.com/

Makeup Artist - Ema Tiller Cordy https://www.emamua.com/

Models Sian B and Karolina P from Base Models http://www.basemodels.co.uk/

 

At the time I write this blog the final campaign hasn’t yet been finalised but I do have permission to share a selection of images. Please follow me on social media and keep an eye on my website to see more images from the shoot as and when they are released.

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Advent Photo Calendar - Christmas 2017 https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog/2017/12/advent-photo-calendar---christmas-2017 Christmas is fast approaching and as part of the festive celebrations, I'll be sharing one image a day as we begin the countdown to Christmas.

Please follow me on Facebook and Instagram to take part in the conversation on social media!

Without further ado, here is my Advent Photo Calendar 2017!

December 1 - Ella

#BeTogether Teenage girl wearing New Look Watch#1 - Ella#BeTogether Teenage girl wearing New Look Watch

 

December 2 - Evie

2 Evie BlogEvieModel Evie wearing New Look Fashion

 

December 3 - Ella

#BeTogether Teenage girl wearing New Look WatchElla#BeTogether Teenage girl wearing New Look Watch

 

December 4 - Rebecca White

Makeup Artist: Clare Bradshaw

Hairstylist: Tara Johnston

Model Rebecca WhiteRebecca WhiteModel Rebecca White

 

December 5 - Jamila Wardknott

Makeup Artist and Hairsylist: Michelle Lacey - Bumblebee Bridal

Studio portrait of model Jamila WardknottJamila WardknottStudio portrait of model Jamila Wardknott

 

December 6 - Lucy

Makeup Artist: Clare Bradshaw

Hairstylist: Tara Johnston

Studio portrait of model LucyLucyStudio portrait of model Lucy

 

December 7 - Sasha

Makeup Artist: Clare Bradshaw

Hairstylist: Marianne Piangos

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December 8 - Grace Parry

Makeup Artist and Hair by: Grace Gray

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December 9 - Natalia

Makeup Artist and Hair: Clare Bradshaw

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December 10 - Amber

Makeup Artist and Hair: Clare Bradshaw

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December 11 - Sasha Wright

Assistant and BTS Video: Emma White

Makeup Artist and Hair: Sasha Wright

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December 12 - Kelly

Makeup Artist and Hairstylist: Maridelle

Beautiful girl dressed in flapper dress and pearls as part of my damsel in distress seriesThe Train JourneyBeautiful girl dressed in flapper dress and pearls as part of my damsel in distress series

 

December 13 - Andrea Vasiliou

Makeup Artist and Hairstylist: Grace Gray

Andrea Vasiliou Action adventureAndrea VasiliouAndrea Vasiliou Action adventure

 

December 14 - Model: Sasha Wright

Assistant and BTS Video: Emma White

Makeup Artist and Hair: Sasha Wright

Ethereal and FantasyEthereal and FantasyEthereal and Fantasy Photography

 

December 15

Model: Kelly and Kenton Church

MUA: Maridelle Tan

1920's inspired damsel in distress conceptual photographDamsel in Distress1920's inspired damsel in distress conceptual photograph

 

December 16

Model: Ella

New Look Fashion and RosesNew Look Fashion and RosesNew Look Fashion and Roses

 

December 17 - Rebecca White

Makeup Artist: Clare Bradshaw

Hairstylist: Tara Johnston

Hairy and BeautyHairy and BeautyHairy and Beauty

 

December 18

Model: Alexandra

Makeup Artist: Kelly Hollands

Hairstylist: Tara Johnston

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December 19

Model: Grace Gray

Makeup Artist: Kelly Hollands

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December 20

Model: Shups

MUA: Grace Gray

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December 21

Model: Rosey

MUA: Clare Bradshaw

Hairstylist: Marianne Piangos

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December 22

Model: Ella

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December 23

Model: Sian Altman

Actor Sian AltmanActor Sian AltmanStudio portrait of Actor Sian Altman.

 

December 24

Model: Grace Gray

Hair and Makeup: Grace Gray

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Please respect all models.

 

Wedding Hair by Tara

https://www.facebook.com/weddinghairbytara/

 

Clare Bradshaw Makeup

https://twitter.com/clarebmua

 

Bumblebee Bridal Hair and Makeup Artistry

https://www.facebook.com/bumblebeebridal/

 

Grace Gray

https://www.facebook.com/gracegraysmakeup

 

Maridelle

https://www.facebook.com/maridelle.tanmarkeupartistry

 

Sian Altman

https://www.facebook.com/sianaltman/

 

 

Find me on social media

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https://www.instagram.com/philjonesphoto/

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Throwback Thursday Blog #1 Strength and Beauty https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog/2017/10/-tbt-strength-and-beauty-photo-shoot Welcome to my first Throwback Thursday Blog!

Instead of sharing one or two nostalgic images as part of Throwback Thursday, I thought it would be a great idea to share my blogs from yesteryear!

Background to the shoot. A few years ago I was fortunate enough to have a small network of amazing models I could work with on a regular basis. Whenever I needed to test new equipment, try out new lighting techniques or just shoot for the fun of it there was always someone there to help me, for which I'm so grateful. My first Throwback blog has to feature the amazing Kelly Amber. We had so many shoots together and so much fun too as you will see on the behind the scenes video. I hope you enjoy the blog!

Model Kelly Amber wearing Seiko Sportura wrist watch inside her wrist. This image was later used on the cover of EOS Magazine July - September 2014Model Kelly Amber wearing Seiko Sportura wrist watchModel Kelly Amber wearing Seiko Sportura wrist watch inside her wrist. This image was later used on the cover of EOS Magazine July - September 2014

Above: This image of model Kelly Amber wearing Seiko Sportura watch was used on the front cover of EOS Magazine July - September 2014

 

Throwback Thursday - Strength and Beauty 

Model: Kelly Amber

Images taken September 2013

Strength and Beauty. Seiko Sportura Watch photo shoot in collaboration with Bellefontaines Jewellers, Billericay.Bellefontaines Strength and BeautyStrength and Beauty. Seiko Sportura Watch photo shoot in collaboration with Bellefontaines Jewellers, Billericay.

After having several fantastic photoshoots with model Kelly Amber during 2012 including the damsel in distress series: The Train Journey, A Female Assassin and Kallisto, it had been far too long since our last shoot so a date was set and a fitness shoot was our theme, a good excuse to catch up and have some fun.

When planning a photoshoot, making decisions on wardrobe, make up, hair styling and props are an integral part of my creative thought process as is choosing the right model. For this shoot I decided to keep it all low key, without an assistant or styling team behind me. The main reason for this decision, quite honestly, was that it would be nice to take the opportunity to chat with Kelly and put the world to rights, and as Kelly is a qualified beauty therapist, she is more than competent doing her own make up for this shoot.

Depending on the concept of the shoot and of course the budget, I usually hit Lakeside Shopping Centre, act as though I’m a stylist and get a selection of outfits and props. In this case, not long after a date was set, an email from Kelly arrived with the subject line “Outfit choices so far…” complete with a couple of selfies. A red, white and black theme instantly grabbed me and my creative process had begun.

This may not come as a big surprise but I’m very much a visual person and like to visualize from an early stage how the end image is going to look. Shot in the studio against a black background, traditional old school black cast iron York Fitness weights, a solid steel chrome barbell and dumbbell cutting through the darkness was all part of my vision. Creating an image that I could use as part of my marketing and use to make new business contacts would be useful, producing a behind the scenes movie to start my YouTube account would be awesome! Fortunately for me I work extremely closely with a full service creative agency, WWJ and Brad Carter, who is responsible for WWJ’s film and motion, offered to help out! Why, how could he resist?

I wanted the images to have a commercial look about them and create a series of images which could be used for an advertising promotional campaign, so the next obvious choice for me was to contact family run jewellers in Billericay, Bellefontaines, who I had already worked in collaboration with, helping to promote the Rodania watch brand. Not only are they a lovely bunch of people, they are also very supportive when it comes to helping and working with local businesses. A quick text, followed by a phone call, led to me visiting the shop. Sitting there in the window was a red, white and black Seiko Sportura Chronograph watch. As I’m slightly obsessed with colour coordinating my images, this was the obvious choice and would to be the focus of the shoot - no pun intended.

Any of you who follow me on Twitter, @PhilJonesPhoto, will know that on the day of the shoot I had an early morning start setting up the studio. A wise old photographer once told me to make time and set up the lighting before a shoot, if you’re in the studio alone, use the self-timer even if you’re as non-photogenic as I am! I use the set up time to visualize the end shot and think about poses and angles so I can give art direction to what I want to achieve.

Once I have created the lighting set up and mood I want to achieve, I can relax knowing the tricky stage is complete and all that is left is fine adjustment and tweaking of the lighting when the model is on set and the shoot is in progress.

It’s important to create your own style of photography and this can be achieved in many ways, such as through lighting. Look at other photographers work on Flickr, Behance and Deviantart. Read blogs and practice recommended lighting setups, then try new things. If they don’t work, so what? Learn from your mistakes and experiment.

The next stage for me is my favourite. The Photoshoot. As a photographer I believe it is important to build a rapport with the model. Not only does it make the shoot more fun but it creates better shots too. Again, every photographer has their own style and this is part of what makes me, me!

Take a look at the finished Behind The Scenes video and you’ll see what I mean.

 

 

What you didn’t see on the video is the outdoor location shoot. I already had permission from Basildon Sporting Village to photograph on their running track to create new images for my Shutterstock photo library account. I was also keen to create contrasting images to which I had just taken in the studio. Images which promote the Seiko Sportura to a serious athletic and fitness audience where performance, high precision and the strength are as important to them as it is to the Sportura brand.

I hope you like the results and that this article has given you an insight into how I work and plan my shoots. If you have any questions it would be great to hear from you. If you have any feedback, it would be great to hear that too. Make sure you sign up to my Blog so you don’t miss any future posts. Thanks for your support.

 

Strength and Beauty, the Seiko Sportura range available from Bellefontaines’ Jewellers, Billericay.

www.bellefontainesjewellers.co.uk

 

  Seiko Sportura watch marketing image for Bellefontaines' Jewellers, Billericay. Seiko Sportura watch marketing imageSeiko Sportura watch marketing image for Bellefontaines' Jewellers, Billericay.

 

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  Seiko Sportura watch marketing image for Bellefontaines' Jewellers, Billericay. Seiko Sportura watch marketing image for Bellefontaines' Jewellers, Billericay. Seiko Sportura watch marketing image for Bellefontaines' Jewellers, Billericay.

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Equipment used:

Studio: Bowens Esprit 500 Flash Heads

Canon EOS 5D

Canon EF 24-105mm f4 L series IS USM Lens

Tethered to MacBook Pro using Adobe Lightroom 3

Behind the scenes video filmed on a Canon C300

Track photography: Canon 70-200mm f2.8 L Series IS USM Lens

 

Image featured on front cover of EOS Magazine July - September 2014EOS Magazine July - September 2014Image featured on front cover of EOS Magazine July - September 2014
Above: Image featured on front cover of EOS Magazine July - September 2014

*NOTE* My images may not be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my written permission. All content © Phil Jones, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved. Use without permission is illegal.

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(Phil Jones Photography) advertising beauty canon 5d canon photography commercial eos magazine eos magazine july september 2014 fitness fitness photoshoot model photography seiko sportura studio photography watch watch photography wrist watch https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog/2017/10/-tbt-strength-and-beauty-photo-shoot Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:03:32 GMT
Creating photography for Website of the Year finalist https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog/2017/10/website-photography In 2016 I was commissioned by Rickard Luckin, a firm of chartered accountants and tax advisers with offices in Chelmsford, Basildon and Southend, to create business portraits and candid photography for their new website which was then under construction. I’m pleased to say Rickard Luckin entered the finished website, built by Infoserve, into the category ‘Website of the Year’ at the Countryside Business Awards 2017 and were one of only six finalists.

Creating digital content for Rickard Luckin Website of the Year finialist 2017Rickard Luckin Website of the Year finialistCreating digital content for Rickard Luckin Website of the Year finialist 2017 (Photo by Phil Jones Photography)

Photographing over 130 Business Portraits for Rickard Luckin's new website across 3 officesBusiness Portraits for Rickard LuckinPhotographing over 130 Business Portraits for Rickard Luckin's new website across 3 offices

I am really proud to have been involved with the marketing team from the very early stages of the website build and to offer creative ideas within the photography which would capture the personality of the company.

Since the initial photo shoots, I have again been commissioned to create images at Rickard Luckin’s amazing new offices in Basildon. Many of my original ‘mood board’ concepts have now made their way into the decor of the offices and as a photographer who is known to be slightly obsessed with colour coordinating his shots, it’s an amazing space to work in, with a friendly, professional and approachable team!

Relaxed and informal business portrait for accountants and tax advisers Rickard LuckinRelaxed and informal business portraitRelaxed and informal business portrait for accountants and tax advisers Rickard Luckin

Relaxed and informal business images for accountants and tax advisers Rickard LuckinRelaxed and informal business images for accountants and tax advisers Rickard LuckinRelaxed and informal business images for accountants and tax advisers Rickard Luckin Creating digital content for Rickard Luckin Website of the Year finialist 2017Creating digital content for Rickard Luckin Website of the Year finalist 2017 (Photo by Phil Jones Photography)Colour coordinated images to reflect Rickard Luckin's brand. Website of the Year finalist 2017 (Photo by Phil Jones Photography)

Relaxed and informal business portrait for accountants and tax advisers Rickard LuckinRelaxed and informal business portraitRelaxed and informal business portrait for accountants and tax advisers Rickard Luckin

Congratulations to everyone at Rickard Luckin on such a fantastic achievement and thank you for trusting me with your photography!

 

Recommendation from Rickard Luckin’s Creative and Digital Marketing Manager, Kim Aaronricks

From the initial brief, to the final day of shooting, Phil's creative process, attention to detail, communication and photography was impeccable.

Having over 130 people in our team, across 3 different offices, the task I gave Phil was a tricky one. But he handled it with professionalism and a bit of fun! The feedback from staff has been nothing but positive and everyone left the studio with a smile on their face.

His distinctive eye for colour adds a unique graphic element to his photography, which united the team with our corporate brand, and he clearly has passion and takes pride in his work.

I couldn't be happier with the results and highly recommend Phil for corporate photography and professional profile shots.

 

Rickard Luckin Website https://www.rickardluckin.co.uk/

Infoserve blog https://www.infoserve.com/infoserve-website-finalist-website-year-award/

 

Below: A selection of images taken for Rickard Luckin over several days to be used not only on their website but also for social media and other digital marketing, print and promotional purposes. Interior design which reflects Rickard Luckins Brand IdentityInterior design which reflects Rickard Luckins Brand IdentityInterior design which reflects Rickard Luckins Brand Identity Interior design which reflects Rickard Luckin's Brand IdentityInterior design which reflects Rickard Luckin's Brand IdentityInterior design which reflects Rickard Luckin's Brand Identity

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Colour coordinated photography for businesses. Creating digital content for website of the year finalist Rickard Luckin.Colour coordinated photographyColour coordinated photography for businesses. Creating digital content for website of the year finalist Rickard Luckin.

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(Phil Jones Photography) business portraits corporate photography essex photographer website of the year https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog/2017/10/website-photography Thu, 12 Oct 2017 13:07:22 GMT
How to improve your sports photography: I spent a weekend shooting the British Superbikes https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog/2017/7/a-weekend-at-the-british-superbikes Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki, at Brands Hatch 2017, British SuperbikesSylvain Guintoli, Bennetts SuzukiSylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki, British Superbikes Brandshatch 2017,

If you are a regular follower of my photography then firstly I would like to apologise for not publishing a blog for a while. One of my excuses is I have tried to take time off at weekends and balance my work/social life. To help with this I have got myself back on two wheels, a Suzuki GSR 750 to be exact and I'm lovin' every minute of riding again!

This brings us on to the weekend of 21-23 July 2017 where I decided to buy a weekend ticket for the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch GP, take my bike and camera, and have some fun! Yet again I found myself trying to balance relaxing and enjoying the moment, opposed to using my camera and 'working'. My biggest problem is I love what I do, so a weekend racing became a bit of 'Busman's holiday'. Although I have experience shooting images at the MotoGP (thanks to Claridon Shipping who sponsored a 125cc and later Moto 3 team), I am not an expert in sports photography. What I found at Brands Hatch were plenty of amateur photographers who follow BSB up and down the country to the various racing circuits. I found myself chatting with them over the weekend and picking their brains to which camera settings they were using and found it interesting that they all had their own method of shooting. I think this varies depending on what equipment they had and of course what style image they wanted to create. I would like to share a selection of my images from the weekend and explain my set-up, which if you are new to sports photography may help you.

Jake Dixon, RAF Regular and Reserves Kawasaki, ZX-10RR, British Superbikes 2017Jake Dixon, British Superbikes 2017Getting a low camera angle of Jake Dixon, RAF Regular and Reserves Kawasaki, ZX-10RR, British Superbikes 2017 Above: Jake Dixon, RAF Regular and Reserves Kawasaki, ZX-10RR. Image taken at Sheene Curve at over 100mph. 1/2500 sec, f3.5, ISO 125, focal length 200mm

Let's talk camera set-up!

I'm shooting with a Canon 5D mk3 with a EF f2.8 70-200mm Lens. If you're thinking of buying a lens, my advice is get the best you can afford. A Canon EF 70-300mm USM IS Lens would be a great lens for sports photography as it gives you the option to zoom in close or take a wider shot. Someone kindly let me experiment with his 300mm prime lens which was amazing but personally I like to be able to have the option to pull back a little especially as many of my shots get used on websites where aspect ratios are different and a tight shot wouldn't work. It's great to fill the frame but these days you can always crop tighter afterwards and not lose quality for web.

Set your camera to burst mode or continuous high speed. Although I usually take one or two images at a time, it's good to have it set up in case you need it for unexpected racing incidents, more of this later! Without a doubt use AI Servo Focusing mode which is best for shooting moving objects. When you partially depress the shutter button, the lens focuses on your subject and will continually refocus if the subject moves and the focus point changes. Take a look at the link at the bottom to read more from Canon on this subject.

Focusing. My technique is to use one single focus point and to position it on the riders crash helmet to create a sharp image. Some photographers use multiple focusing points but as I always focus on the eyes when shooting models this was to be no different. As the bikes approached the 'U' bend of druids, a second gear bend - 60mph. I would pan my camera and follow them throughout the turn.

Shutter speeds. This will of course change depending on how fast the action is and again how you want your image to look. Let me explain by showing a few examples. I would recommend 1/500 or 1/640 is a good place to start. Set your camera to shutter priority, dial in one of these speeds and let the camera pick the aperture or f/stop. When shooting at these shutter speeds it creates a sense of movement from the bike as the tyres and wheels are revolving much quicker than the forward movement of the bike. The faster the shutter speed, the more you will freeze the action. At Sheene Curve for example, (a third gear corner - 100mph or faster), I found myself wanting to use a faster shutter speed when the bikes were at a quicker part of the circuit. Also during qualifying or on race day the riders' speed will increase to that of a practise session. It's also a lot harder to follow the rider as they approach Sheene Curve making the camera pan shorter.

Taylor Mackenzie, British Superbikes 2017Taylor Mackenzie, British Superbikes 2017British Superbikes 2017 Above. Taylor Mackenzie. I started the day at 'Druids' which is a relatively slow bend and this location gives you the opportunity to get close to the riders. The settings for this shot were 1/640 sec, f7.1, ISO 400 but I used my x2 lens converter at 220mm.

Below: Still using the image converter but at maximum focal length of 400mm, these two shots were taken using continuous shooting mode and have not been cropped. This is where panning the camera helps keeping the bike in shot.

Rider: James Ellinson, McCams Yamaha YZF-R1 at 'Druids'.

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Apertures. As I mentioned earlier when using shutter priority the camera automatically selects the aperture and creates some stunning results but this will vary depending on the light conditions. I have shots at f2.8 through to f16! The evening of day 1 I looked at my images in Lightroom and thought f6.3 worked really well for the style of image I wanted to create. The next day I experimented further setting the camera to manual, selecting f6.3, a shutter speed of either 1/1250, 1/2000 or 1/2500 but then selecting Auto adjust on the ISO. This is the first time I've ever used Auto ISO as I like to keep the noise or grain down to a minimum but I know from experience if I print an image at ISO 1250 you will not see the grain. When shooting with Auto ISO I kept an eye on the ISO and made sure it didn't get too high. I also found it very interesting chatting to other photographers to whether they use the lens image stabiliser. Some did and set it to mode 2 for panning but others said it wasn't necessary and they found it slowed down focusing. Again I tried both and personally found Canon's image stabiliser worked really well.

Leon Haslam, British Superbikes 2017Leon Haslam, Kawasaki, British Superbikes 2017Leon Haslam, British Superbikes 2017 Above: Leon Haslam JG Speedfit Kawasaki. 400mm, 1/640, f6.3, ISO 400. Uncropped and filling the frame. This image is a little soft at the rear of the bike.

A slow shutter speed can add excitement to your action shot. Billy McConnell, British Superbikes 2017Slow Shutter SpeedA slow shutter speed can add excitement to your action shot. Billy McConnell, British Superbikes 2017 Above: Here I moved to as the riders were exiting 'Druids' and I slowed the shutter speed right down to create an image which shows the speed and excitement of racing. Here I shot rider Billy McConnell on his Kawasaki at 1/60 sec using shutter priority mode (TV on a Canon). f9.0, ISO 100, 200mm Although there's a little movement on the rider I personally love the shot.

Below: I tried the same technique but shot at a faster shutter speed of 1/125 on Shane 'Shakey' Byrne on his Be Wiser Ducati Panigale R.

A slow shutter speed can add excitement to your action shot. Shane Byrne, British Superbikes 2017Shane Byrne, BSB 2017A slow shutter speed can add excitement to your action shot. Shane Byrne, British Superbikes 2017

John Hopkins, British Superbikes 2017John Hopkins, British Superbikes 2017John 'Hopper' Hopkins, British Superbikes 2017 Above: John 'Hopper' Hopkins, Moto Rapido Ducati Panigale R. Shutter speed at Sheen Curve now at 1/2500 second. See how there's no movement on the shadows of the brake discs. Remember the riders are travelling over 100mph at this point of the circuit.

The good thing about shooting with a fast aperture is if an incident does happen which you obviously weren't expecting then you have a better chance of capturing the shot. I found this to be the case during Race 1, Lap 1 of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship when rider James Naggy found himself on the grass and heading for the gravel or cat litter as I call it! Somehow I managed to keep focus as the front end of the bike dug in and cartwheeled. Fortunately, James walked away unhurt although he told me later he was just a little sore!

Below: Just a few images of the incident shot using continuous shooting at 1/1250 sec in shutter priority mode.

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Below are some of my favourite images taken at Sheene Curve, Brands Hatch.

Something I noticed at Brand Hatch was the majority of photographers try to keep high when shooting, many of them take a step ladder. A technique which I use and I must admit I didn't see anyone else doing was to keep myself as low as possible. This makes it difficult at times seeing the riders approaching but it does create a great angle. Of course there were times when I tried to make myself as tall as possible and look down on the riders. Generally the most interesting shots you can get as a photographer are finding angles which you don't want to be in for too long, especially if you have an achy back!

Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1/1600 sec, f3.2, ISO 100 Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1/1600 sec, f3.2, ISO 100 Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki ZX-10RRLuke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1/1600 sec, f3.2, ISO 100

Below: Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R 1000 I know I am biased as I now ride a Suzuki but this colour scheme just works doesn't it!

1/1600 sec, f2.8, ISO 250

Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R 1000 Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R 1000Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R 1000

Below: The same angle but shot at 1/500 sec  Shane Byrne BSB 2017Shane Byrne BSB 2017Shane Byrne BSB 2017

Blue just seems to photograph really well. Jakub Smrz on his BMW S1000RR before he launched it into a fence creating a very dramatic crash, see link below. 1/500 sec 

http://video.eurosport.com/superbikes/superbike-stuck-in-mid-air-after-enormous-crash_vid992618/video.shtml akub Smrz on his BMW S1000RR before he launched it into a fence creating a very dramatic crashakub Smrz on his BMW S1000RR before he launched it into a fence creating a very dramatic crashakub Smrz on his BMW S1000RR before he launched it into a fence creating a very dramatic crash akub Smrz on his BMW S1000RR before he launched it into a fence creating a very dramatic crashakub Smrz on his BMW S1000RR before he launched it into a fence creating a very dramatic crashakub Smrz on his BMW S1000RR before he launched it into a fence creating a very dramatic crash

Below: This image of James Ellison really makes it look as though he is travelling at speed, which of course he was! The second image below which I've cropped in tight shows how a slower shutter speed allows for movement in the wheels, tyres and ground adding to the excitement.

his image of James Ellison really makes it look as though he is travelling at speed, which of course he was! James Ellison, British Superbikeshis image of James Ellison really makes it look as though he is travelling at speed, which of course he was! Cropped image shows how a slower shutter speed allows for movement in the wheels, tyres and ground adding to the excitement.

a slower shutter speed allows for movement Cropped image shows how a slower shutter speed allows for movement in the wheels, tyres and ground adding to the excitement.

Below: Josh Brookes. Yamaha YZF-R1

Josh Brookes. Yamaha YZF-R1, British Superbikes, 2017Josh Brookes. Yamaha YZF-R1Josh Brookes. Yamaha YZF-R1, British Superbikes, 2017

Below: Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing, CBR1000RR Fireblade.

Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing, CBR1000RR Fireblade.Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing, CBR1000RR Fireblade.Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing, CBR1000RR Fireblade.

Below: Bradley Ray, not only getting his knee down but his elbow too! Buildbase Suzuki, GSX-R 1000

Bradley Ray, not only getting his knee down but his elbow too! Buildbase Suzuki, GSX-R 1000Bradley Ray, getting his knee down but his elbow too!Bradley Ray, not only getting his knee down but his elbow too! Buildbase Suzuki, GSX-R 1000

Below: Richard Cooper, in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship who dominated his class all weekend. Richard Cooper, in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 ChampionshipRichard Cooper, Superstock 1000 ChampionshipRichard Cooper, in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship

Richard Cooper, in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 ChampionshipRichard Cooper, Superstock 1000 ChampionshipRichard Cooper, in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship

Below: Staying with Superstock 1000's #4 Michael Rutter getting his knee down. What a great sound as you hear the nylon knee pads scraping along the floor.

Michael Rutter, in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 ChampionshipMichael Rutter, in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 ChampionshipMichael Rutter, in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship

Taylor Mackenzie who I had the pleasure of meeting a few times when he rode with MotoGP 125cc class Taylor Mackenzie, BSB 2017Taylor Mackenzie, BSB 2017Taylor Mackenzie, BSB 2017

 Below: See the sparks fly as Andy Reid's BMW S1000RR exhaust hits the ground. See the sparks fly as Andy Reid's BMW S1000RR exhaust hits the ground.Sparks fly as Andy Reid's BMW S1000RR exhaust hits the ground.See the sparks fly as Andy Reid's BMW S1000RR exhaust hits the ground.

Hopefully, this blog has shown you the sort of results you can get when using different camera settings, of course, they are just a guide as lighting conditions are never the same and that's what makes photography fun. When shooting in the afternoon of day 1 I was worried about having the sun behind the rider creating harsh shadows. One of my favourite shots over the weekend was taken at this time and the sun created an amazing shadow of Sylvain Guintoli (50) and his Bennetts Suzuki.

Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki, British SuperbikesSylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki.Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki, British Superbikes

Close-up, Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki, British Superbikes 2017Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki, British SuperbikesClose-up, Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki, British Superbikes 2017

I love the detail in this shot above which I've cropped tight. Image straight out of Adobe Lightroom.

The most important thing about shooting sports photography is the same as when photographing nature, people or fantasy; have fun and shoot what you love! Practice and try different techniques. Don't be afraid to talk to other photographers who are generally happy to pass on a little knowledge and show off their shots, just like me!

If this blog has inspired you to pick up your camera, then take a look at the British Superbike calendar here, who knows, I may even see you at the closing round when they return to Brands Hatch 13-15th October 2017.

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Home of Hearts Boutique Photoshoot https://www.philjones-photography.co.uk/blog/2017/5/home-of-hearts-boutique-photoshoot It's always a pleasure to work with Essex based Hairstylist Tara Johnston, when she approached me and proposed a photoshoot to create images for her on-line wedding accessory and jewellery business, Home of Hearts Boutique, I had to say yes!

Home of Hearts Boutique offers a range of accessories to compliment any bride, their collections are as unique as each bride on her wedding day!

Our photoshoot was another great collaboration of talent and an opportunity to try new ideas. Tara and I were both influenced by a number of fashion images we had seen and were keen to create a backdrop which moved away from stereotypical wedding photography. We swapped the pretty flowery background to a metallic silver which I painted on a sheet of mdf board, I better mention my daughter assisted or I will be in trouble!

I was also interested to know if I would have room to shoot this at home as opposed to hiring a studio for the day. Although we were a little tight on space we managed not to fall over each others feet, both Tara and I were delighted with the end results. Makeup was courtesy of Michelle Lacey of Bumblebee Bridal, who did an amazing job on our two beautiful models Krisztina and Clare. It goes without saying, Tara was responsible for the hair styling, she's no stranger to creating beautiful hair. Whether it's a timeless classic, vintage inspired, or a Boho style, Tara is passionate and patient so you can be confident in her 20 years experience in the hairdressing industry.

We were also interested in creating a behind the scenes video of the shoot, this was made possible by Pete at PDA Creative. Make sure you take a look at the end of the blog and be sure to give it a like on YouTube!

Finally, a big thank you to Bridal Reloved, Maldon who supplied Clare's amazing designer dress.

Without further ado, ladies and gentlemen please be upstanding for the bride(s)!

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