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.
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!
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/
|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.
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…
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.
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…
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.
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.
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?
Thank you for reading my newsletter – the next one will be along in August. Bye for now.
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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!
Front cover photograph of Gaynor Faye from TV soap Emmerdale for Saturday Express magazine.
Editorial Portrait of Kate Egan, Taxidermist in Liverpool for Grazia Magazine.
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.
Lovely to see my image of Isabel Hodgins from Emmerdale being used in TV Extra magazine. This was a lovely photoshoot in Double Tree hotel in Leeds. Andrea Perry-Bevan was the make up artist and Isabel was really easy to work with – very laid back. There are some more portraits of Isabel from the same shoot on my celebrity portrait page. I also photographed Gaynor Faye on the same day and she can also be found on my site.
I’m really excited this week to see my portrait of comedian Peter Kay appearing on the front cover of ‘TV & Satellite’ magazine and another on an inside spread of the TV Times. It’s all in aid of promoting his new show starting on Wednesday called ‘Car share’ on BBC1. I’m a big Peter Kay fan so I’ll definitely be watching. I have to admit it’s a little while since I actually did this editorial shoot with Peter but I remember what a bizzare 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!
Photograph of comedian Peter Kay by Claire Wood
Editorial portrait of comedian Peter Kay for TV Times magazine.
For more Editorial Portraits – click here: http://www.clairewoodphotography.co.uk/galleries/editorial-features-yorkshire-manchester/