Summertime News

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I met Tom and Nicola to photograph them for a You magazine feature.  Their lives were turned upside down 17 years ago when Tom contracted sepsis and had to have all of his limbs amputated in order to survive.  I arrived a little early, knocked on the door and I have to admit I was surprised that it was Tom who walked up and opened the door and showed me into the kitchen.  There’s nothing better than having your expectations challenged.  The article co-incided with the launch of the film ‘Starfish’ which tells their amazing and moving story. Sepsis symptoms.  Starfish trailer. 

 

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Jolie Brearley was sacked after telling her client she was pregnant.  Determined to do something about it, she set up ‘Pregnant Then Screwed’.  The website supports other women experiencing similar issues and is campaigning to give new and expectant mothers six months to pursue discrimination claims. I photographed Jolie and her gorgeous baby boy in Manchester for Grazia magazine. Read here. Fancy signing the petition?

 

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A trip to London to photograph comedian Ellie Taylor for S magazines ‘In the closet feature’.  We did the ‘airplane’ pose, the ‘don’t mess with me’ pose and the ‘I might need a wee’ pose. Job done and train back to Yorkshire.  If you fancy a seven and a half minute giggle click here.

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And off to Withingfields Primary School in Halifax to spend the day chasing these little monkeys around.  Withingfields is such a lovely school in a beautiful setting and the kids were full of enthusiasm to help.  It didn’t feel like work.
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Neomie’s father, Ernst Israel Bornstein, survived the holocaust and wrote a book called ‘The Long Night’ about his harrowing experience in seven concentration camps.  Neomie has dedicated the last few years to the difficult task of translating the book into English.  I had always known the Holocaust was a horrific time in history, but when I met Neomie I could not believe that she was only a little bit older than myself. It really brought it home to me and I couldn’t stop thinking about the effect it continues to have on friends and family of survivors alive today.  I read the book and a few months later photographed Neomie launching the ‘The Long Night’ with a very moving speech in the House of Lords to a packed audience.  An amazing lady.  Read the article here.

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This was a really enjoyable shoot in Sheffield for Fabulous magazine’s ‘It happened to me’.  Jonathan’s life got out of control whilst being hooked on alcohol and drugs before going into rehab in 2007.  His experience has led him to set up Addcounsel  a provider of bespoke one to one care for behavioural health.

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Travelling to Marsden to photograph Paul at Dark Woods Coffee, (coffee roasters) for Coffee House magazine, I imagined flames, steam, huge sacks of coffee beans and trendy mustaches.  As soon as I met Paul however, he launched into telling me how fed up he is of seeing photographs of moody bearded hipster types with tattoos posing moodily next to steaming machines. Then he offered me a coffee. I hate coffee.
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Also in Marsden is a very talented textile designer Anna-Lisa Smith who produces beautiful cushions and throws made of merino wool.  Anna needed a few story telling profile portraits for press articles.  A few months later we did another photoshoot – this time product lifestyle shots for her website (main image only).

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I love doing the shoots for the ‘My Weekend’ feature for Waitrose, a lighthearted look at the various things people get up to at the weekend.  This time it was over to the Seabird centre on the Yorkshire coast to photograph mother and daughter RSPB volunteers.

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And then later on that day over to West Yorkshire to photograph Nick Wood an antique bottle collector for the same feature. His wife must love having her dining room full of bottles!

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Last but not least I spent a couple of hours at Eastburn Primary in Bradford, with Neil from Expo, capturing the children enjoying school life for their new prospectus. It isn’t hard photographing such a happy school.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed reading the newsletter and I’ll be sending another one out in September.
Bye for now. Claire x

May Newsletter

 

Naturists, Cats & Corrie

 

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Hello and welcome to my May newsletter where we jump back to early last year. We start with the gorgeous Brooke Vincent, long time Coronation street actress, photographed in Manchester for S Magazine’s ‘In the closet’. We had a great team led by Tricia Bland, make up by Nealey Leah and I was assisted by Karolina. Brooke was great to work with and I really like the ‘white portraits’. View more of my famous faces here.  


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I’ve had some eye opening shoots in my time, but the combination of photographing CBeebies Mr Bloom in the morning and then naked farmers in the afternoon, was really quite a bizarre experience! Mr Bloom (Ben Faulks) was lovely and such a hit with the kids – he really is an A* rated celeb in the eyes of any 5 year old. The BBC photoshoot at The Science and Media Museum in Bradford, was to promote ‘The Tortoise and the Hare’, the Cbeebies ballet production. It was also my impromptu job on the day, to escort Mr Bloom to the balcony, where the big crowd of children were waiting to get their first glimpse of their idol and I have to admit I kind of managed to lose him along the way…

 

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Then on to Candy Farm, a naturist camp site, in – wait for it – Doncaster! Yes Doncaster – just where everyone would want to go camping in the nuddie – why not?… My editorial photoshoot was for Closer magazine and features farmer Colin and his wife and daughter. For some reason I was a little nervous, but nowhere near as nervous as the writer who also had to appear naked in some of the pics. Colin (whilst fully clothed) and I hopped into the tractor to move hay bales around into just the right spot, then with the help of some very conveniently placed props they shook off their boiler suits and I got started with the “left a bit – right a bit” directions. Did I mention it was a really cold day.

 

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The Brownlee brothers unfortunately came joint second to journalist Jenna Sloan in this feature entitled ‘Fab Does a run with Alistair & Jonathan Brownlee’ for Fabulous magazine. Those boys need to get more practice in.

 

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It’s funny how some shoots get commissioned. My son’s teaching assistant Mrs Hitchcock accosted me in the playground and asked me to photograph Mr Hitchcock as he was starting up a new business. Richard’s business is called Tackle Business Advice and I can really recommend him. We tried lots of options, but this simple and slightly scruffy black wall we found outside, works really well. In fact I’ve needed new head shot for years so I might try and photograph myself against it – watch this space.

 

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I really enjoyed meeting Andrea who runs Beehive – an old British wool brand that she’s re-invented as a knitwear brand. To get the portrait I had to stand in Andrea’s garden looking in through the back door – it was pouring with rain – I think that’s why she’s laughing. The shoot was for a Father’s Day feature in Prima magazine on women who have businesses that make products for men.

 

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I loved doing this shoot – once we got going. The hard part was organising a photoshoot in central London, figuring out the logistics and ensuring we were not going to get ‘moved on’ by the permit police. White Oaks PR commissioned me to take corporate portraits of David McCourt, a well known and successful Irish / American business man, to be used in various publications as and when the need arises. He was great – very chilled and smiley, although didn’t like the cold British weather – but who does – a little stop in a coffee shop soon warmed us all up. A direct train to London from my local station and hired equipment delivered to the hotel ensured a smooth enough journey.

 

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Oh – how I love photographing cats (fibbing). They have got to be the most difficult animals ever. This photoshoot in Manchester with Shelley and her cat Ronnie was for Pets at Home magazine VIP for John Brown Media. I spent a lot of time on my hands and knees trying to look just like another friendly but giant cat to little advantage. (no outfits were involved). We kind of got there in the end but I can tell he’s giving me the death stare in the photo’s.

 

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Ghost hunters on the other hand are much easier to photograph. Tally Bookbinder and I headed over to Cheshire to photograph Tressa who set up Rugely Supernatural Society. Tressa has been doing this for 19 years. Office worker by day, ghost hunter by night – how exciting. We had very interesting conversations that day. This was for Fabulous magazine’s feature ‘It happened to me’.

 

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I didn’t have to travel far for this editorial / corporate photoshoot for Trading Standards Review publication with CPL. Peter McVeigh is the chairman of Status international, a Cleckheaten based business which supplies lighting and electrical accessories. After giving me the grand tour of the site we tried out several options but this is my favourite.

 

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After a little recce with Liz Ward from Virtuoso Legal, an intellectual property law firm, we settled on a few really pretty locations in Leeds city centre to do portraits of all the staff members.  This first location was Browns on the Headrow.  I love shooting in restaurants, bars and cafe’s because lots of them are beautifully designed and inspiring (and it’s always easy to get a decent cup of tea).

 

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This was a lovely morning with a great team – Vicki Hilman (stylist) and Sally Rowe (make up). Jacqueline was being photographed for Woman magazine for a feature on dating after divorce. Allotment Bar kindly allowed us to shoot in their quirky bar and restaurant in central Manchester. More shoots like this please.

 

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Bye for now. Claire x

March Newsletter

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Hello all, welcome to my March newsletter which jumps back to early last year and starts with a lovely mother and baby story for the Sunday Express Magazine.  Emma Parker Bowles talks about her journey to becoming a mother to beautiful Olive.  Tally Bookbinder (make up) and I had a gorgeous day out in Yorkshire and got lots of cuddles from Olive and from Emma’s four dogs.

 

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Another mother and daughter editorial photshoot for You magazine.  Writer Joanna Moorhead talks about the inspiring and ongoing influence of Charlotte Bronte on herself and her daughter on the bicentenary of her birth.  It was so cold that day – my models did amazingly well not to look frozen.  Thankfully, we got to have a good look round the (warm) Bronte Parsonage Museum in Howarth, West Yorkshire, without any other visitors being present.  It felt as if the Bronte’s had only just left.

 

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I met Jessica, with make up artist, Sally Rowe for an editorial photoshoot for Fabulous magazine in Lancashire.  Jessica was very sadly widowed when she was 12 weeks pregnant with her third son.  Whilst obviously going through an incredibly difficult time, Jessica’s strength and determination to give her sons a happy, safe and colourful childhood full of love, shone through.

 

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This was such a fun shoot for John Brown’s VIP Pets at Home magazine about pet friendly days out in Cheshire.  I love working with animals and Peggy the dog was one of the best behaved animal models I have ever worked with (and she’s not even a professional!). She would happily stay put wherever you placed her – she was so chilled – not a whiff of diva about her at all. Oh and owner Helen – she was pretty good too.

 

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Carol, a family law adviser based near Leeds, contacted me directly to book a head shot.  I set up a mini studio in her house and we shot quite a few options – a lovely relaxed couple of hours.  Carol has used the portrait to illustrate the ‘about me’ section of her website.

 

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A gorgeous father and son shoot for Fabulous magazine over in Harrogate, which kept myself and Tally on our toes. This little boy was a live wire and so full of beans, a happy soul and with his father’s endless patience, we got lots of good shots.

 

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I loved this shoot with Expo for Southfield School’s new prospectus. Southfield felt like such a warm, safe and caring environment and it provides invaluable support for young people with special needs. The staff and teaching assistants do such a marvelous job and the kids all looked to be having a lot of fun.

 

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The WellChild photoshoots for You magazine are one of my favourite jobs that come round each year.  I love meeting the kids and although their lives are often difficult and full of so many challenges their courage and determination is amazing and inspiring.  Here are three of the winners of the inspirational child category for 2015.  Toby, Nellie-Mai and Kieran – you can watch gorgeous YouTube videos about their stories here: Nellie-Mai. Toby.

 

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That’s all for now, but I’ll be sending another one out soon.  All the best – Claire.

Autumn 16 news

Autumn news

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Hello to you all. It’s a little later than scheduled but here is my new newsletter – hope you enjoy it.

Lisa Riley took a break from her hectic ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ panto schedule at the Alhambra and squeezed in a cover shoot for Woman magazine at a studio in Bradford to celebrate her weight loss. It started at 8am, two days before Christmas and she was
full of energy, happy and easy to photograph. A pleasure to work with.

 

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A fast-paced, feel good day of photography for Whiston and St Helen’s Hospital charity in Lancashire with Sarah from Plum marketing. We covered nearly every department from chemotherapy to the neonatal unit and it was an eye opening emotional roller coaster of a day.

 

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Another fast-paced day at Newland school for girls in Hull with Neil from Expo.  The girls were all brilliant and eager to help with the photography for their school prospectus and website.

 

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Corporate head shots now, for CTI, a company that organises corporate travel. Everyone was very friendly and I managed to squeeze in two options, the city skyline (thank goodness it was a rare sunny day in Manchester) and a grey background. It’s always nice to have a choice.

 

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Meet Ruth Anderson, an amazing woman who contributed to the fabulous success the British cycling team had at the Olympics in Rio! Ruth is their lead psychologist and I photographed her for the the Australian Catholic University alumni magazine – which must be my most long distance commission yet! The GB team were whizzing round the Velodrome at frightening speed during the shoot.
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Pobble is an organisation that works with schools to inspire and motivate children to improve and love their literacy. Part of what they do involves taking over a school for a day and giving energising and exciting literacy lessons. When they came to a school in Manchester they asked me to photograph the day. Every child was captivated by their energy and their stories, so it wasn’t hard to capture some wonderful expressions.

 

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I travelled to Stockport to photograph Paula for Prima magazine. She was part of a case study on ‘shapemakers’ – women who have started their own health or fitness company. Paula has started the ‘No.1 Ladies Fitness Agency‘ and has a fitness room at home. She had no trouble managing to hold various poses like this for ages!

 

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A corporate photoshoot now for SRCL, a medical company based in Leeds. We started with the head shots and then moved on to reportage style photography of a meeting and training situation.

 

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Last March, Nicky Beard’s husband Mike was killed when his bicycle was involved in a collision with a school bus. Struggling to come to terms with his death and make sense of it all for herself and her two children she spoke to Grazia magazine shortly before last Christmas.

 

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A corporate job now for Seven and Alliance Healthcare’s Team Talk magazine, with reportage style photography of the people and processes. I really enjoyed this job and feeling involved with the hustle and bustle of a busy, positive and highly organised company.

 

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Lastly, here’s a photo for those of you who aren’t quite supermodels, who maybe have a few lumps and bumps in the wrong places but are all the more interesting for it.

 

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Speak to you soon

Claire
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June News

June Newsletter

Hello everyone, here is my June newsletter which starts with my images of Peter Jones being used in Vauxhall magazine – I love the way they’ve laid it out across the dps. Thanks to Chilli Media for syndicating my images.

 

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Now jumping back to September and October I was really pleased to be asked to shoot for ‘The Official Ferrari Magazine’. It’s a beautiful annual magazine produced by Conde Nast, celebrating a year in the life of all things Ferrari. My contribution was to photograph Craig Walton, the service manager at JCT600 in Leeds who is particularly good at his job. Fingers crossed next year they’ll send me to Italy!

 

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Designer Caroline Ogden asked me to do the website photography for Roach Bridge Tissues near Preston. I love working with small businesses to illustrate their processes, tell their story and to highlight what makes them special through photography. Caroline and I also shot most of the images on their home page too: http://www.roachbridgetissues.com/

 

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I’m always thrilled when I get to photograph a whole feature for a magazine as it’s lovely to see the results sitting well together.  This article was for Woman magazine and features the stories of the children behind poster campaigns.  I photographed Beth and her son Dougie at an amazing children’s hospice in Sheffield (Bluebell Wood) and then we photographed the rest of the mums and their children at a gorgeous hired location in Birmingham working as a team with the picture editor, stylist and make up artist.  The children were all fantastic and took stardom in their stride. 

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And now a photoshoot for Pet’s at Home VIP magazine with a trip to Chesterfield to photograph dog groomer Sophie Dalney.   Sophie was fantastic and was very relaxed in front of the camera – the same can’t really be said for her clientele!  However with patience, perseverance and Sophie’s natural and calming way with dogs, we got there in the end…

 

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SMRS, an agency in Manchester which specialises in promoting places to study and places to work, commissioned myself and videographer’s Paul Morricone & Tim Rawson to capture the atmosphere and culture of working environments within Swinton Insurance offices for their recruitment site.  I enjoyed the freedom of this documentary style job – just wandering around with my camera waiting for the right moment.

 

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This was fun – behind the scenes at Channel 4′s new format of ‘Come dine with me’.  I adore going behind the scenes of just about anything (because I’m so nosy) and it was great to see how this show is put together.  It was really quite fast paced but the team worked so well together – calmly bringing all the aspects together at just the right time.  The contestants were a fun bunch of previous winners so they were used to the cameras.  On this type of job you have to know the right time to step in and get what you need and you have to step up and take control while the production crew try not to stamp their feet impatiently…

 

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Ah – the lovely BBC Radio Manchester sports team looking all glamorous and polished.  They are a really friendly bunch. Jack Dearden (on the right) is one of my favourite presenters to photograph.  He always comes along very snazzily dressed, and he’s such a natural charmer in front of the camera.

 

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I was approached by the charity DEBRA to do a local photoshoot.  DEBRA is the national charity that supports individuals and families affected by Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) – basically a condition where the skin just falls off.  I remembered having watched the documentary ‘The boy whose skin fell off’ – about Jonny Kennedy and how moved I had been and so I was glad to have the opportunity to do this job for free.  To be honest I didn’t know how Riley was going to be – I thought the constant pain would mean he would be uncommunicative and introverted.  I couldn’t have been more wrong!  Riley is a gorgeous, chatty, cheeky boy with a fab sense of humour. I really enjoyed spending time with him – he is an inspiration.

 

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And lastly, for Closer magazine, a portrait of therapist Emma Kenny and her husband, who in conjunction with Closer, have launched a well being website ‘make your switch’.  The website looks amazing and is packed with good advice.  It even has Dr Hilary Jones as ambassador for health – what more could you want?

 

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Thank you for reading my newsletter – the next one will be along in August. Bye for now.

Claire.

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Spring newsletter

Hello Spring

 

Last Saturday was spent photographing Mr Bloom in the morning and a naturist campsite in the afternoon!  And that is why I never get bored of my job…
Luckily for the nudists Spring has arrived and warmed the weather a little so nothing turned blue or dropped off.

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Welcome to my latest newsletter where we jump back to last July and August and start with one of my favourite shoots of late.  Rotunda is a community college which reaches out and supports the most disadvantaged in a deprived part of Liverpool.  You magazine sent me to photograph Maxine Ennis (CEO) in the garden at Rotunda which is tended by volunteers and funded by Jo Malone London.  It was such a beautiful, peaceful place – I could have stayed all day (had it not been for the rain and the gale force winds!).  Maxine was very relaxed and easy to photograph and then it was lovely to just potter round doing the still life’s – there’s no rush with flowers…

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I traveled down to Derby to photograph Lyn for a weight loss feature for Fit & Well magazine. Lyn was great fun and really inspirational, not only does she hold a high powered job and raise her children, she also found time to get fit and learn to box.  The gym was quite dark and cluttered, but with all hands on deck moving a few things around (a workout in itself) and a few well placed lights I managed to get the light and bright portraits my picture editor had asked for.

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It was a pleasure to meet Ruby who has won a Well Child award for ‘most caring child’.  Ruby, aged 8, helps to look after her big sister Holly who has epilepsy, chronic lung disease and other complex problems that means she is severely disabled.  I received a warm welcome and really enjoyed my time with the family and especially with Ruby whose joy for life was contagious.  I’ve recently shot another three Well Child award winners which will be featured in this week’s You magazine.

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A commercial job now with an occupational therapy company called Rehabilitation for Independence.  The day comprised of three separate sessions to illustrate the therapists at work. Here are some images from the session with Steph and Lilly in Lancashire.  Lilly is such a happy child with a great sense of humour and clearly loves her time with Steph who is brilliant and fantastic at her job – striking just the right rapport with Lilly.

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Sagar Wright is a professional headhunting company in Leeds who contacted me requiring some additional photography for the recruitment side of their website.  The image crop for the website was a really unusual shape at a 1:4 ratio with additional areas within the window masked by moving shapes as the page is scrolled down.  Plus the focus of the image always needed to be on the left side – quite tricky, but I like a challenge!  I also like the circular windows they used for the head shots above.

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This was a difficult and sensitive job for You magazine with Ellie and Debbie who survived the Tunisian beach shootings in June 15.

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After watching ‘The detectives’ on BBC2 I was really looking forward to this photoshoot for S magazine with Carol Barlow, detective sergeant with Greater Manchester Police.  Here is a woman that gets things done and puts the worst of humanity behind bars.  We need more Carols!

I hope you’ve enjoyed the newsletter, the next one will be along in June.

Claire

 

 

Newsletter from Claire Wood Photography

A Happy New Year

Hello everyone and a very late Happy New Year!  Welcome to my newsletter which looks back to last May and June and kicks off with a really enjoyable shoot for Sainsbury’s Money Matters magazine with Seven.  They do say never work with animals or children, so to put the two together just seemed like asking for trouble, however this shoot was quite literally a walk in the park – very chilled.  Gorgeous weather, beautiful location, and my two models were little well behaved stars – Rosie and her dog Rusty a Hungarian Vizsla.

 

I loved photographing Emma and her son Freddie in Wakefield for the Sunday Express supplement – S Magazine.  At the time of the shoot Freddie, who was born with Alagilles syndrome, was waiting for a liver transplant and was really poorly.  You wouldn’t really have known it as he is such a happy positive little boy and we had great fun taking pictures in the garden.  Freddie was on the national organ donor list and since the photoshoot he has had a successful transplant in September.  Although Freddie now has a much better quality of life, he also has heart disease so is due to have open heart surgery.  His parents have raised an amazing amount of money for the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation.
On a lighter note, it was great to meet and photograph Josh in Manchester for the front cover of Express.  Josh found employment after the charity, The Factory Youth Zone (featured in a previous newsletter), offered him a course on preparing young people for job interviews and CV writing.  It’s always a little tricky shooting in train stations as there are all sorts of rules concerning lighting and tripods plus we had the added challenge of trying to get a Transpennine Express train in the background when they only pull in for about 3 minutes at a time!
An editorial shoot for Grazia now over in Liverpool with taxidermist Kate Egan for a feature entitled ‘Millennial Hustlers’ – looking at how people are generating second incomes for themselves. I loved this shoot – click here to read more.
Olly and his parents were a pleasure to photograph in West Yorkshire for an article about ‘big decisions’ for Prima magazine.  Whilst holidaying in Corfu the couple were able to take time out and realise they really wanted to adopt.  A life changing decision that led them to their beautiful son Olly.
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Lastly a job for Fabulous magazine in Lancashire photographing novelist Sophie Jackson for their ‘It happened to me’ feature.  Sophie is an English teacher and was inspired to start writing online Twilight fan fiction after her pupils encouraged her to read the series.  This has led to an amazing international book deal to publish 3 novels – the first one is entitled ‘A pound of flesh’.
Hope you’ve enjoyed my newsletter.  January and February can be worryingly quiet but I’ve been keeping busy with corporate, commercial and editorial shoots up here – please keep sending the work my way. Bye for now x

November news

Hello everyone, hope you are all keeping well.  Here is my newsletter looking back six months up to April and starts with a shoot for ‘VIP’, the Pets at Home magazine.  I photographed Michelle Turnbull over in Blackpool for a feature about her business ‘The Barking Bakery’ where she makes healthy amazing looking treats for dogs.  Michelle sent me home laden with her baking which brought a new meaning to the term doggy bag :-)

Over to York next to photograph Vicky at Compello gym for Fit and Well magazine. Vicky has lost loads of weight doing a cross fit regime. I was amazed at the weights Vicky could lift and felt rather feeble struggling to move the ‘props’ around the room!
This was a great shoot, quite different from my usual commissions – in fact my first ever ‘lads mag’ photo shoot for FHM magazine.  It was at a nightclub called Funktion in Hull on a freezing January night.  It was packed, deafening, really dark and way past my bed time!  But I got to meet and photograph DJ Danny Howard from Radio 1 and Phillip George (‘wish you were mine’). Brilliant fun. The video for ‘Wish You Were Mine’ is super cute (in a cool way of course!).
A corporate style photography shoot for Asda life magazine over in Ashton under Lyne, covering one of their staff meetings. It’s a lovely change to take a step back and watch and wait for the right moment instead of directing all the action.
One of my shots of Gaynor Faye found a new use and was on the cover of Saturday Magazine. I didn’t shoot this with a cover in mind but fortunately it works well – thanks Chilli media.
I finally managed to impress my son when I came home saying I’d met Mr Bloom from CBeebies – he was sooo excited!  I covered the event ‘CBeebies dancing into Leeds’ for the BBC.  Presenter Alex Winters was doing a fabulous job reading ‘Bear Hunt’ to a huge group of enthralled children – I now find myself trying to read it in a really dramatic way to my own children (night after night after night…)
I didn’t have to venture far for this Huddersfield job for Elder Studios, a software engineering company.  Rebecca the office manager did a sterling job getting everyone to wear a nice light bright shirt.  It makes such a difference having a decent set of corporate head shots for a website – I think these guys look really smart.
TV Extra magazine used my portrait of Emmerdale actress Isabel Hodgins:
My portrait of comedian Peter Kay appeared on the front cover of TV and Satellite magazine and another on the inside spread of TV Times. It was all in aid of promoting his new show called ‘Car Share’ on BBC1. I have to admit it’s a little while since I did this shoot with Peter but I remember what a bizarre but fun shoot it was.  I arrived at a hotel somewhere near Lincoln, with the journalist, to meet Peter and his agent but after waiting around for ages with no sign of them we started to worry.  Eventually I got reception to phone his room – only to discover he was still asleep!  Half an hour later he was downstairs looking freshly showered (still dripping) and apologising.  Then the interview.  Peter was so chatty I don’t think the journalist knew what hit him – or could get a word in!  It was the funniest interview I’ve ever had to sit through. Three hours after we arrived I finally got started with my photoshoot!
Bye for now. Claire x

Front Cover of Saturday Express magazine

Editorial Portrait of Emmerdale actress Gaynor Faye

It’s only once in a while that I get a cover of a magazine so I’m always thrilled when it happens!  It took place in Double Tree Hotel in Leeds with make up artist Andrea Perry Bevan.  Gaynor was lovely to work with, very easy going and willing to try anything – even jumping up and down on a buffet while wearing heels!

A head and shoulders portrait of acress Gaynor Faye.

Front cover photograph of Gaynor Faye from TV soap Emmerdale for Saturday Express magazine.

 

A spread in Grazia magazine

Editorial Portrait of Kate Egan, Taxidermist in Liverpool for Grazia Magazine.

KAte sitting on her desk in her taxidery studio holding a horses skull.

An editorial portrait of Kate Egan, taxidermist for Grazia magazine

A few weeks ago I was asked to do a feature for Grazia magazine on ‘millennial hustlers’ – women who have a second income to supplement their main career and that I was going to photograph a taxidermist in Liverpool called Kate Egan. If that wasn’t exciting and inspiring enough, I then discovered, via Kate’s instagram (@deadthingsbykate), that she has long white hair, beautiful tattoos and a unique sense of style. I couldn’t wait!  I arrived at Kate’s house to a very warm welcome and a choice of about 50 different tea’s. Kate was keen to explain that she is very ethical about her taxidermy and only works with animals that have died naturally and that she also uses natural processes to achieve her results. I spot the 9 skulls lined up outside against the garden fence (drying out naturally (and slowly) in the northern sun) and wonder what the neighbours must think.  She tells me about the wolf’s tooth she found in a horses skull and how this would have caused the horse pain throughout his life and worries that he would have been labelled as naughty when he was just suffering. She clearly loves animals and loves her work. Kate is not only a taxidermist, but an artist too and combines her talents to produce beautiful commissions.