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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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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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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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An inspiring place

On Monday I had a shoot at The Factory Youth Zone in Harpurhey – Manchester, a building I’ve often driven past and wondered about.  It’s a charity run youth centre for anyone aged 8-21 with this message at it’s heart:

“somewhere to go, something to do, and someone to talk to”

Because this part of Manchester is quite deprived it’s the perfect place for the kids to go and feel wanted and inspired and just hang out.  I was so impressed with the staff and the volunteers as well as the facilities which included, ‘full-size sports hall with 8m high climbing wall, 3G outdoor sports pitch, dance studio, music and media suites, theatre, arts room, boxing gym, fully equipped fitness suite, sensory room, recreational area and cafe’!!

I was there to photograph the Chief Executive for a corporate feature. The brief was to try and capture the essence of her and the charity. I asked lots of the kids to be in the background of the shots and they were all brilliant and took it in their stride.

I really enjoyed this shoot – I just wish I was a teenager again so I could join up!

 

 

 

 

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