Would you spend your holiday in a cage?

If you’re traveling on the underground, keep an eye out for the latest Doggbuddy Summer Ad Campaign.
I shot this back in May and had my favourite all-girl team on board including stylist Becky John, hair & makeup Sarah Jane Green and digital opp Jo-Anna Rohmann.
The creative director was Jonathan Howells of Dinnick & Howells.
One last mention to our models the Phillips family, for being such good sports about spending the day scrunched up in a cage!
Oh and how could I forget the main star ‘Arthur’… Woof Woof

Keep an eye out for two more themes following on later in the year.

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You Never Know What to Expect

It is a general rule of photography that the more planning that’s done before a shoot, the more successful the end result. It is also true that no matter how much planning is done, one needs to be prepared for the unexpected…. And sometimes jobs come in with such short lead-time, that you just need to jump straight in and sort things out along the way. Last week proved to be an example of the latter.

Working for Indivior PLC, a world leader in the treatment of opioid addiction, we had to photograph the CEO and Chairman at a Surrey location first thing Tuesday morning, travel back into London to set up for an evening shoot involving a case study patient at a studio in Brixton, and then drive to Germany first thing Wednesday morning, to shoot Dr Patric Bialas, a physician based at the Universitätsklinikum des Saarlandes, Homburg on the Thursday.

The brief was to shoot everybody full length on a white background with matching lighting across the set. The images were to portray a sense of energy and personality of each subject and reflect natural, candid and relaxed poses.

With less than three days to pull everything together and with final locations and patient details still to come in, it wasn’t until Monday afternoon that everything finally appeared to be in place and we set off to deepest Surrey do a pre-light for the following morning.

After the planning and logistics, comes encouragement, persuasion and coercion. To persuade and coerce the chairman of a PLC to let his guard down and perform in front of the camera. To encourage a shy, reluctant patient to express a natural, candid confidence. Then finally, with Patric our German doctor…. Well sometimes you just luck out!

 

The images below are my selections that expressed the true personalities once the guard was dropped.

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Howard Plen, Chaiman Invidior PLC

 

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Dr Patric Bialas

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Human Ants

I was recently up in Glasgow and found myself having to kill couple of hours in the afternoon. Walking around exploring and taking pictures, I came across this fantastic mural by street artist Sam Bates a.k.a Smug. It was obvious what the artist had in mind and I felt I had to oblige. #streetart #mural

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Shot on the run

I’ve always enjoyed running. During the 80’s I lived in Miami and ran in three Miami Marathons, with a personal best of 3 1/2 hours. These days I tend to spread the load between swimming, cycling and running. Whilst I find running the most punishing on the joints, it’s still the quickest and easiest way to grab 30 to 45 mins of cardio vascular and I always pack my running shoes when I go on a trip.

At the end of last week’s hectic schedule, I was shooting a job in Homburg Germany. On the evening before the long drive back to Blighty, I managed to grab half an hour to myself and go for a run through the forest which, quite literally, backed onto the doorstep of our hotel. The cool fresh air mixed with the smell of pine resin and freshly cut timber was a heady mix.

Here are a few iPhone only pics.

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What’s Your Winning Shout ? Day One

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To shake off the January blues, we kicked off the year with another lively two day studio shoot for the National Bingo Game Association. Now in it’s third year running, the ‘Winning Shout’ campaign has been very successful both in terms of increased revenue streams and in re-branding Bingo to a younger audience.

It has been an absolute pleasure to be working again with the creative team at the Workroom and thanks go out to my team Boo (stylist), Dottie (Hair & Makeup) and Tristan (Digi Opp) for their energy, enthusiasum and creative contribution to another successful shoot.

These BTS shots are taken from last years shoot

Day One

Styling Briefing

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Martyn and Colin discuss styling with Boo
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Stylist Boo and CD Martyn

Getting the Models ready

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Boo Styling Terri for her first shot
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Victoria in Hair & Makeup with Dottie
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Boo and Victoria

On Set

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Day One on Set
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Building the energy
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and pause…..
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Martyn drops his pink ice cream
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Boo is not amused
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A masive ponder….
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Barry and Martyn
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Dottie and Terri on set
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Caught Moments on set

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Vive la France

In the wake of the horrific, barbarous  terrorist attacks in Paris last Friday night, I wanted to add my voice of support and solidarity for people of France and especially for the bereaved families and those still lying wounded and fighting for their lives.

Quite frankly I was struggling to find the words that summed up my feelings of outrage, anger, defiance but also my hope in humanity… and then my 15 year old daughter penned these few lines:

You think the more suffering you create
the more names you tag onto your clickbait
the more damage you do to the history of our states
the more fear you’re going to initiate?
you just watch.
you just watch as a planet we unite and negate
your so called sacred death toll in the name of a god who you claim would wish this upon us.
I bet if there is a god out there they’re looking down on their children in shame
and asking what part of their scriptures did you use to incriminate
for the sake of your own sick lust for a ticking mortality rate
I bet he’s asking what the fuck it’s all for
to dominate?
to dictate?
or just for the gratification of extremists manipulating the vindication of religion like some kind of namesake
but terrorism has no religion.
terrorism has no race.
terrorism has only the xenophobes and the brainwashed and those blinded by hate.
Pray for paris.

Marianne Willis, age 15