Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

20 December 15

Hi everyone,

Just a little note to say I wish everyone a very happy Christmas and an awesome new year.

Here's a little Christmas card I shot for some friends of mine this week who have a crazy kitten!

 

HAPPY CHRISTMAS!

Glastonbury Tor - Sept 15

20 October 15

Living so close to such a wonderful landmark in the middle of Somerset - means it's only a short trek to the top of Glastonbury Tor. This particular day there was a heavy mist around the town and a really bright sunset making an awesome glow above the town. I stayed a while at the top and watched the silohuettes pass through the doorway - this was the most interesting of the bunch.

 

North Somerset Bird of Prey Centre

09 October 15

As part of my birthday present back in May I was given a Owl experience day from my partner, Daisy. Bad weather meant having to delay it which was a shame but it was worth the wait. We had a fantastic time holding, flying and feeling the owls. I will add more images soon, this was one of my favourites from the day - they were amazing!

 

 

Next Tuesday, I'm heading to see my favourite band (Hot Chip) in Bristol - also as part of my birthday present from Daisy! It's not often I go to see a band these days without taking my camera, but not this time - it'll be nice to relax and enjoy the music! Can't wait! Should hopefully be confirming a couple of band shoots soon too.

Will

Walktall - Flyer layouts

09 October 15

Hiya..back with another little Friday post.

 

Here are some pages from the recent Walktall flyer - showing you how some of my photography fits into a page layout with product codes and prices. 

 

    

    

 

All the products here were in the autumn 2015 flyer for Walktall - the locations you can see here include Glastonbury Reclamation, Cheddar Gorge, Walktall warehousing and Glastonbury Tor. All the remaining images I shot in the studio.

 

Hope you all have a great weekend.

 

Will

Walktall - photoshoot | Running

06 October 15

I get to work with a lot of different brands with Walktall - which is great when it comes to shooting the quarterly catalogues as it provides a welcome break from the studio and lets me get out and shoot the footwear outdoors.

 

The image below is actually me. On these shoots I tend to be photographer, model and everything in between - certainly increases the level of the challenge.

 

There were a lot of things I had to keep in mind about the composition of this shot, the final image would be cropped, only using the top two thirds (ish) of the image - there had to be space to add product information and prices on this image as it was being used as a hero shot for the page and I also had to keep the product as big as possible (no-one would buy them if they can't see what they're looking at).

 

I set this shot up and picked a point on the road to focus on and set to manual focus - auto focus wouldn't work in this situation as I would be moving through the frame and I couldn't guarantee sharp focus where I wanted it. As always, I'm set up in manual mode - I chose a fairly high shutter speed at 1/640 to freeze the action, at f4 and ISO 200 and manual white balance.

 

As I was the model and photographer for this shoot - as is usually the case when shooting this kind of thing, I use my wireless triggers and hold it in my hidden hand. The trick here was to pace out my steps and make sure my right foot would be landing on my marker in the road (just a small stone I found by the side of the road) - Using my Nikon D750 on continuous high mode (6.5 fps) I was taking around 3 shots per attempt, getting all kinds of various leg positions (I didn't want to be flying or hopping) - in the end I had the pick from around 6 images I was happy with - this one seemed to be one of the more natural running positions and you can see some tension in the calf muscles which shows the runner is moving. The image was tweaked in Capture One Pro to make sure colours were as accurate as possible - and this was the final image.

 

I picked this location as it's a really quiet road and the view is fantastic, but not too distracting - I want the shoes and runner to be the first thing your eyes are drawn to.

 

 

Walktall Flyer and web banners

02 October 15

It's Friday! Phew.

 

It's been another crazy busy week with Walktall - the new autumn flyer has now been printed and is being sent out to around 35,000 customers.

 

 

Some of the photography featured inside the flyer has been also turned into web banners for the homepage of the website. I had to bear this in mind whilst doing the photography - making sure I had a really versatile set of shots from each shoot was important as they'll also be used on email communications with customers. Anyway...here are some of the web banners I designed this week. I should mention, the image on the cover was sent in to us from a customer named Joe - the image was actually from his wedding day shot by a photographer called Ashley Paton.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy your weekend everyone! I'll be back during the week with some new images from Looe festival and my owl experience day a few weeks back.

 

Will

Holidays are exhausting!

28 September 15

I finally feel like I've caught up after being away for 2 weeks, 3 weeks ago...which were amazing! We took in the sights of southern France, Paris and Disneyland and drove a hell of a long way! Since my return, I photographed and designed a new 16 page flyer for the Walktall autumn range being delivered at the moment. Last weekend was also my last festival of the summer in Looe, Cornwall - you can see some shots here but the rest of them will be posted as soon as I clear the rest of my backlog.

 

Looe Music festival was a great way to end the summer - I was staying at Tencreeks holiday park - it has a great location to the town via the shuttle bus (every 20 mins) and the mainstage is actually on the beach (unlike some 'beach' festivals I've attended before). They always put on a good show in Looe - attracting some great names from the past and present - it was my 3rd time there this year and I'd definately recommend it if you're looking for a late festival in the UK.

 

 

Holiday!

25 August 15

August has been a really busy month, it's peak time at Footshop with loads of new products coming through the studio, shooting for the Autumn catalogue and designing things for Cosyfeet to go in the national press! The pressure is on as I GO ON HOLIDAY ON THURSDAY for two weeks! Daisy and I have been planning our 'Tour de France' for a few months now stopping at Bergerac and Bousseyroux in the south then Paris and Disneyland on the way back, should be amazing - and the weather is looking alright! I've still got to post about the owl experience day which was amazing, I have some cool shots to post - which I'll get on to tonight. 

I recently did some headshots for a young dancer applying to get into some prestigous dance and drama schools - if I get the okay from her to post them here, I will.

On top of all that, there's a really interesting opportunity I've been working on..I can't say too much about it just yet, but it would be incredible if it happens.

 

Oh, I almost forgot. Around 2 months ago I was asked to design a flip-flop for Walktall (I'll post the designs soon) - but last week, the first actual sample turned up! Pretty exciting to see something I put together on my Mac at work come to life! I'll post a pic of them soon!

 

 

New season - Cosyfeet

05 August 15

Summer seems to fly past so quickly - I've been getting autumn/winter samples for a while to shoot for Walktall now, but I've just received the winter samples for Cosyfeet, including some for Christmas! ...it makes you wonder where the summer has gone. I'm not a fan of the winter months, dark nights & chills aren't fun! 

 

I'm just about to start prepping this lot for web photography (5 angles of each - top, bottom, left facing, right facing & the main angle) These samples have already been out on location for the catalogue shoot & on the road with our wholesale team, so they're looking a little battered - I need to give them a bit of TLC to make them look as nice as possible for the web photography. The images will be put onto a plain white background, colour matched and optimised for the web.

  

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