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News from last Summer

I only met the late James Dunn twice back in 2017 but he made a big impression on me.  The James I met was a strong, brave, kind and enthusiastic young man with a great sense of humour and a loving family.  He didn’t have an easy life because he suffered from Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB).  A fellow photographer, he used his skills and his personality to raise money and awareness to help the charity Debra fund medical research.  He very sadly passed away in April this year aged 24.
Here is a link to James’ instagram and website where you can see his wonderful images.  And a link to a film about James made by Tommy Reynolds and videographer Michael.  James was helped to be able to take photographs again by the BBC Big Life Fix designer Jude Pullen.

 

 

In Summer 2017 I started doing the photography for Alderly Edge School for Girls over in Cheshire.  The school has a nursery and a sixth form so I had a wide range of ages to go on. The girls were absolutely brilliant to photograph – so polite, keen and helpful – it’s a wonderful school.  I really enjoy working with Debbie and Philly.  They were there offering support and guidance throughout the day but giving me creative freedom to get on with it.  Here are but a few of the images from a three day shoot. There were too many to choose from so I’ve updated my education gallery with my other favourites – see here.

 

 

Down to the allotment to photograph husband and wife Tim and Sam for a feature in Connect magazine.  We were blessed with a beautiful evening and a compliant friendly hen. Tim is a photographer himself and it always makes me nervous photographing other photographers, however they were both so nice that soon it didn’t matter.  Oh and Tim has a studio for hire in Sheffield – free advert for you there Tim.  Here’s how the images were used.

 

 

This was a lovely job with the BBC for Radio Sheffield.  We photographed presenter Kat Cowan to publicise her radio show which she broadcasts from home while cooking. What a brilliant way to work from home!  It was a lovely relaxed morning and we even got to eat the props (which were delicious).

 

 

Head shots now for Spire Barristers in Leeds with the Shopper Agency for their new website.  Spire wanted to come across as friendly and approachable with clean and consistent head shots.

 

 

I had to brave the heights of Leeds Becket University roof to get this shot of BBC presenter Keeley Donovan for her new role as presenter of Inside Out – Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.  Of course it had to be a really windy day and with Keeley’s long hair it was a constant battle.  With lots of patience on Keeley’s side we got there in the end. I had wobbly legs after the heights though…

 

 

Working with content agency SMRS Manchester I had a few days wandering around the National Audit Offices in London taking reportage style images of people at work.  The aim was to make it look like a fun place to work – which of course it is!  I also took portraits on a white background for the agency to use as case studies.  Film company Thunder and Lightning, who I love working with, covered all the videography.  You can see how some of the images have been used here on the NAO recruitment website.

 

 

So that was my October newsletter that actually should have been out in July.  I’ve fortunately been so busy with work that the newsletter, unfortunatley, had to be put on the back burner, but I promise to improve and hopefully there will be another one out really soon and I’ll be able to catch up and get more up to date.  I’ve just bought a brand new set of lights, which should make jobs more streamlined and mobile and I can’t wait to try them out on my shoot next week.
Claire
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May Newsletter

 

 

Welcome to my Spring newsletter which jumps back to this time last year.  My photoshoot for Grazia magazine’s ‘Digital Detox’ feature with artist Bay Backner in Saltaire was one of my favourite jobs.  For a start, I love photographing artists and creatives.  Then to be presented with a beautiful location and to top it all off Bay managed to look amazing in a paint-splattered blue boiler suit!  Thank you to Bay for such a lovely and relaxed shoot.

 

This was a fun shoot with Kate for Sea Cadets magazine on the river Irwell over in Salford.  I had a great time standing on a bridge calling out my orders to the girls in the boats below in my attempts to get everyone in the right spot.  I’ve never had such well-trained models – these girls are amazing and Kate was inspiring. See the magazine here.

 

 

It’s nearly two years ago that Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox was murdered.  Batley is very close to where I live and like everybody I was deeply affected.  A year later I photographed Jo’s sister Kim, for an article in Grazia magazine. I was nervous and worrying about what to say.  I took a deep breath and knocked on Kim’s door. The door was flung open and I was greeted by Kim’s enthusiastic welcome followed by a big hug.  Kim is such a wonderful, kind woman, full of energy and is working so hard to continue her sister’s legacy with ‘The Jo Cox Foundation’ and the #moreincommon & #lovelikeJo.

 

 

The Scouts are a wonderful organisation doing fantastic work, so I was really pleased to do the photography for a feature in Scouting magazine.  With Art Editor Elaine from Immediate, we visited Lancashire’s School for the Deaf, which runs a scouting group.  The kids were fantastic and there were some real characters.  They really enjoy their scouting classes and had loads of fun.

 

 

This was a second commission for Grazia’s ‘Digital Detox’ feature.  Lina said she hadn’t realised how much time social media was sucking out of her personal life.  After recently moving to Manchester she now uses the freed up time to explore her new surroundings and as a result Lina now spends more time walking, socialising and reading.

 

 

I really do need to start liking coffee – it’s embarrassing on these Coffee House magazine shoots having to ask for a tea instead!  I met and photographed James Sweeting the MD of Lincoln and York over in Lincolnshire (not York).

 

 

A set of corporate headshots for Datel over in Warrington to keep them nice and up to date. Always lovely to work for.

 

 

I photographed Alicia who was at the MEN Arena on the 22nd of May when the terrorist Salman Abedi set off a bomb killing 22 people and injuring hundreds.  It’s one year on now but when I photographed Alicia it was only a few days later. My heart went out to her.  She really didn’t know what to do with herself and couldn’t understand how people were still going about their daily lives as normal.

 

 

It was a pleasure to meet Richard and Jan Bones in Cheshire to photograph them for a Woman’s Own article on multiple sclerosis.  Richard has lived with MS for a long time and was the perfect person to advise Coronation Street’s actor Richard Hawley on his, then, upcoming MS storyline. The two Richards were introduced via the MS Society and have now become friends.

 

 

Down to Loughborough to photograph Sharon who volunteers as a run leader for Poplar running club in her spare time.  This lady put me to shame! She is so fit and active, running back and forth along the route encouraging everyone along. So enthusiastic but in a calm and kind way rather than a Sergeant Major shouty way.

 

 

Helena and her daughter Olivia were lovely to photograph and I was made very welcome.  It was for an S Magazine health case study in East Yorkshire.  Helen battled for years to get daughter Olivia’s rare condition diagnosed.

 

 

I met twins Donna (left) and Nicola (right) over in Stockport. The feature was part of a case study for You magazine about what it’s like to have a twin. Donna was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago and it was really interesting to hear how they supported each other through that difficult time.

 

 

A corporate shoot now for Turner and Townsend in Manchester. Head shots followed by a group shot of the new graduates looking all lovely and smart. The foyer is often a good place for a group image, especially when it’s as snazzy as this.

 

 

After Gillian (left) survived aggressive skin cancer she went on, with friend and business partner Katy, to develop Tancream, a daily lotion with SPF 50, five-star UVA and a gradual self tan plus instant bronzer. I photographed them in a beauttiful location in Easingwold.

 

 

I visited the WI in Marsden with writer Hazel Davies, to cover their special class on Krav Maga, a hard core self-defence class.  In the middle of the shoot I looked around the room and I was surrounded by pairs of women trying to strangle or assault each other with fake knives and guns.  This one is definitely going on my list of freaky photoshoots!

Happy New Year

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Happy New Year everyone, I hope you had a lovely Christmas break.  Here’s my newsletter that jumps back to this time last year (I promise to catch up a bit at some point this year!).  Mandy Appleyard (writer) and I went ‘behind the scenes’ at Bettys in Harrogate for Candis magazine.  We both loved this job because we were so well looked after by Laura from Betty’s and because we were treated to chocolates and cakes!

 

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This editorial photoshoot in Manchester for Prima magazine was about women who have had a career change.  Hannah and Jane use to work in the police service but ditched the stress to become painters and decorators (the Primer Donnas).  They looked to be doing such a fab job, I asked them to decorate my lounge.  A very useful photoshoot!

 

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A lovely job for the BBC with Sheffield radio presenter Paulette Edwards.  We did a variety of portraits in the studio and out and about in Sheffield to promote her new show.  Paulette was chilled and relaxed in front of the camera and a joy to work with.

 

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I adore photographing creative people in creative spaces.  Both these features (above and below) were for Woman and Home magazine for an article entitled ‘New Directions’.  Esther (above) now designs the most beautiful glass lamp shades for her company Curiousa & Curiousa in Derby.  I was blessed with a beautiful setting and a very photogenic dog and of course Esther was fab too!

For my shoot with Corinne Lapierre in Leeds who creates and sells felt animal making kits, there was so much to go on.  A beautiful studio space full of colour and creations.  I’d taken my 3 month old puppy along in the car and Corrine was so kind she invited Molly in.
More shoots like these please.

 

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When I was told I was going to be photographing guinea pigs at a care home for Pets at Home I had a bad feeling that these little animals were going to be big trouble, I thought they would be running off in every direction!  Pets at Home employees visit the care home with the animals and encourage the residents to interact with them.  I can’t tell you how well behaved these guinea pigs were.  They stayed exactly where they were put and they didn’t nibble anybody (or wee on anyone!). They were the perfect models – much easier than the humans!  This little boy was the star of the shoot – he was so natural, joyful and knew just how to get his grandad smiling.

 

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Off to York to photograph BBC radio presenter Kay Crewdson (top left) for her new show.  We also photographed Kay round and about in York and then came back to photograph more fabulous presenters. A busy but fun day. A year on and Kay is now away to America – good luck in New York Kay.

 

 

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I was so lucky to meet and photograph Ellie Simmonds for You magazine’s Emotional ties feature.  Such an inspirational woman and so friendly and welcoming.  She was having a media day that day and I was just the first of many shoots. My shoot involved a portrait and then shots of special possessions – I got to hold all the medals!

 

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My second trip to photograph Emma Parker Bowles, this time to feature one of her dogs ‘Little moon’ who is both blind and deaf in an article for You magazine.  Emma rescued him from terrible conditions in a dog pound in California and he now lives with Emma and her other rescue dogs in Yorkshire.

 

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HD Beauty (HD Brows) in Leeds asked me to photograph six of their trained therapists for their social media campaign.  I can’t say I usually give much thought about the state of my eyebrows before most jobs but I found myself nervously obsessing before this shoot!

 

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Photographing BBC presenters Harry Gration and Amy Garcia abseiling from a Hallam University building in Sheffield, for Comic Relief, was a bit of a challenge for a photographer whose not keen on heights!  My job was to get PR shots of each of them getting prepared, abseiling off, on their way down and then to get some shots of them reaching the bottom and celebrating.  Well I have to admit to being totally defeated on the last part of my assignment.  Amy went first and I took the pictures of her on the way down and then I raced off down the stairs and out of the building only to find she had beaten me to it and was already taking off her harness.  I raced back up to the top so as not to miss Harry’s descent.  Over he went and off I raced down the stairs and out of the building to find Harry already celebrating with the crowd of onlookers!  Ah well – I’m not superwoman and at least I didn’t have time to worry about the heights…

 

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A weight loss story in Sheffield for Woman magazine.  Dawn had her make up done by Sherrie Warwick and looked gorgeous for this photoshoot to celebrate her 6 stone weight loss.

 

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A nice simple set of corporate headshots for Thornfields Primary Care training in Leeds now.  I really like a slightly off white background with flattering and fresh lighting. Getting the right expression and tone for the company is always key to headshots working well.

 

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An interesting shoot with American model and Celebrity Big Brother star Austin Armacost for Closer magazine’s feature ‘On the Couch’ with therapist Emma Kenny.

 

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Yes, I know it’s not Christmas anymore but I forgot to include this magazine shoot for Closer on the last newsletter and these three are too cute to leave out.  However hard I tried and however silly I was, I could only ever get two smiling at the same time though.  They will probably be walking now and causing chaos!

 

 

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Bye for now – the next newsletter will be along in March. Claire x

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

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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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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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.

 
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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 🙂
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June Newsletter

Jumping into June

Hello everyone, here is my very overdue newsletter looking at my work from Autumn last year, starting with a Woman’s Own shoot with Tina Malone.   Tina was great to work with, keeping us on our toes and having us in stitches.  We had a great team –Tally Bookbinder and her assistant doing the make up and styling, the picture editor and writer came up from London and we hired a gorgeous location house in Liverpool.  Tina brought her beautiful daughter Flame with her who was a bundle of joy and kept us entertained all day.

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March Newsletter

Spring News

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