A behind the scenes look: A commercial marketing campaign....

Recently I was lucky enough to be involved in a campaign for Dell, producing some stills for some of their rugged items which are used by emergency services and also the forces.  

Metia were the incredible agency organising the shoot which was in a fact a full on two day video production, with stills being part of the brief for one of the days.

So Rebecca and I got involved at a seriously secluded location in Devon, climbing over tanks, learning about high tech computer and military wear and generally having a great time!  However on a more serious note the brief was to capture the products in active use and all while the video was being shot, meaning our time was limited and in challenging conditions. (We love a challenge!)

Here are a few behind the scenes shots to give you an idea of what's to come (look out for the campaign in a future 'Feature Project') and a look at what we got up to that day.  Enjoy!

 

Project overview: Voyage & TVSP

Client: Voyage Brand & Communication - TVSP , Berkshire UK

Project brief: To capture a number of images which highlight the facilities available to companies at this Thames Valley Based Business and Science Park and the strong link it has to Reading university and its wealth of talent and expertise.  "Europe's strongest knowledge economy with a digital cluster that ranks highest in employee productivity."

"FABUOUS!"

www.tvsp.co.uk. |  www.voyagebrand.co.uk 

The ladies at Fairclose

The new website opens with a photograph of three rather lovely looking ladies, all in their older years but most importantly, happy. 

These are three of the members of Fairclose, a community centre based in Newbury where for the past six months or so I have been volunteering.  

As my first post may have suggested, I have been struggling to complete personal projects for the past few years.  A jam packed diary, lots of commercial commissions and generally life; I decided it was time to nurture the one thing that drives innovation in all of my work - my creativity!  I needed to step back and start shooting for myself again. 

I approached Fairclose part way through my journey but it's been a really important part of it, as it has helped me to see I can step outside of my comfort zone and I can commit to making time for personal pursuits.  Realising their value and necessity as a photographer and someone who is driven & inspired by new discovery and creativity.  

Besides these huge benefits, it has also given me the opportunity to volunteer with a centre and a group of people wholly deserving of it.  It's the one way I can really show my gratitude and them letting me lose with my camera and it gives me time.  To to spend with the members, with the staff and be an even bigger part of the learning, the journey and the lives of these mind glowingly interesting people.  Even further enriching the portraits and making them closer to my heart.  

So to those asking 'Why the three ladies."  Because I think they are amazing, they inspire me to live more, to shoot more, to learn more.  They make me smile, and I hope they make you smile too!