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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

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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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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Photographing Peter Kay

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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!  (more…)

First Lad’s Mag commission

Six Page FHM spread

Yesterday evening my husband came home waving a copy of FHM at me – ‘your in’ he tells me excitedly! (my pictures he means – not me (obviously – ha ha..)). I do wonder if he may have ulterior motives to purchasing the mag for me, as he’s never before been so enthusiastic about seeing my pics in the Women’s magazines.. hmmm

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Some days are sent to try us…

The road to Morecambe!

Last Thursday I was happily driving along to an editorial Christmas shoot with Britain’s biggest family in Morecambe. My car which was jam packed, not only with photographic equipment, but with a Christmas tree, fake presents, boxes of decorations, mince pies, 2 sacks of potatoes (!) the list goes on and on and on… when it decided to break down – aghhh..  Thankfully I wasn’t alone as I had Amy my assistant with me and we managed to get off the motorway. I’ve always wondered what I would do if this happened on the way to a shoot but knowing I had a family of 18 waiting on my arrival I knew I had to make it one way or another. What did I do – I called my dad of course! (closely followed by the AA) As soon as the AA arrived we were off in my dad’s car leaving him to deal with the drive of shame in the tow truck back to Huddersfield.

In hindsight this experience was the calm part of the day in comparison to the chaos of a photoshoot with 16 children! Amy – you were a star, I was so impressed you managed to get that tree up and decorated, with a minimum of 5 small children doing their up most to thwart your efforts.

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We left with our sanity barely intact!