Male Underwear Shoot

Commercial Photography in Manchester

A few weeks ago I had probably the busiest period of photography since I picked up a camera. Rattling up and down the M6 between London and Manchester I think I shot somewhere in the region of a dozen commercial shoots in just over a fortnight. This is the job that started the first week - working in Manchester with a great team for a proudly British brand, British Boxers (you can read their story here).  A beautiful lifestyle shoot showing their new range of male stretch trunks and Double Dapper nightwear on the envy-inducing physique of Boss Model's Gavin Fawcett. Art direction came from the charming Josh Taylor, the lovely Hester Brodie made sure the garments looked perfect and grooming was expertly taken care of by Ms Paula Maxwell.

Then - shoot wrapped - it was early to bed before the red eye to London. The next day's shoot was something quite quite different - but I'll come to that one when it's released...

Bridal Editorial in Manchester

I just don't get enough time to do proper full blown bells-and-whistles tests. The exciting ones - full team of people, cool location & great styling. It's a good thing. As much as testing should always remain something every photographer should be doing, if it's the only thing you're doing you start to worry. Come to think of it, there's generally a lot of worry involved in being a freelancer.

Anyway. We were lucky enough to have access to Artisan for a morning to shoot this - and had three hours to shoot which made it a race against time to get wrapped before they opened. Nothing like a bit of pressure to keep you moving.

The beautiful bridal gowns that Ksenija wears were from Jean Jackson Couture - Rebecka and Flic were a total pleasure to work with from planning through to arranging the venue and styling the gowns on the day. The main man himself - Reuben Wood - from Reuben Wood Hair & Beauty Salon created the fantastic hair with assist from Steve, and Karl Collins provided photographic, moral and emotional support. The beautiful bridal makeup was from Caroline Shuttleworth

I didn't want to shoot a standard bridal shoot - not on my day off and not when I had the opportunity to get creative on a test - I wanted something to emphasise how strong, beautiful and sexy bridal wear actually is. 

This is a picture post - so enough with the preamble.

 

Boda Skins

This month I was delighted to work again with luxury leather label Boda Skins and see how much the brand had grown and matured over a short space of time.  Their classic takes on a wardrobe staple are designed in Manchester and traditionally crafted in the hills of Turkey , so it was fitting that we shot the campaign images under Manchester's characteristically grey light...

Some behind the scenes images just beg to be shared

Some behind the scenes images just beg to be shared

We worked with two great Manchester models, Charley Rose at Nemesis and Kattreya at Next plus the charming US men's fashion blogger & creative director Adam Gallagher. Hair and makeup was taken care of by the fabulous Paula Maxwell. Here's a small selection of photographs from the day...