Headshot Session: Ava Scott
Ava’s a Derby-based actress and part of the 1623 Theatre Company. This was a dream of a headshot session - she had planned the looks she wanted, even made clothing, hair and make-up notes. She was great to direct too. The hardest part of this was editing the full set down.
This session was carried out at The Photo Parlour - Dan Wheeler’s ace new traditional photo studio and darkroom in Derby. I feel slightly guilty about shooting these with a digital SLR. Sorry Dan.
Rudimental @ NCS concert, Gorilla, Manchester
My favourite shot of current drum and bass chart-hoggers Rudimental from today’s NCS (National Citizen Service) gig in Manchester. The other acts were The 1975, Clean Bandit and Goldierocks.
NCS provides a unique opportunity for teenagers around England. Visit NCSYes.co.uk for more info.
Haiku Salut, album launch show at Déda
Here’s Haiku Salut lighting up the Holy Smokes night at Déda in Derby last night with sparkly music from their debut album Tricolore and cleverly controlled household lamps (lamp syncing courtesy of the man in the background - Robin Newman).
For more info about the range of events at Déda, go here: www.deda.uk.com
Go find out more about Haiku Salut here: haikusalut.com
Darren Daly - actor and theatre director
Darren can do suave and approachable, but he can also do ‘total badass’. While doing his new headshots the other day I couldn’t resist taking a little detour and doing a shot with some edgier light. He totally has the cheekbones and stare for it. I don’t think this is one for his actors’ CV, but when he lands a role in Con Air 2…
Ollie Smith - Performer Of ‘Ollie Smith Is 27’
A photo session for the new issue of LeftLion. Ollie is an actor and performer, currently touring a dark but funny solo show called ‘Ollie Smith Is 27’. It’s all about the notorious 27 Club - made up of scores of legendary musicians who all died aged 27 (Hendrix, Cobain, Joplin, Morrison…). Ollie has just turned 27, and his time to become a proper rock legend is running out. He promised me he isn’t going to take this performance concept too far.
You can catch his show on Friday April 5 at Nottingham Playhouse - click here for details.
The Script @ Capital FM Arena, Nottingham
The Voice UK is back on telly tonight. Here’s a shot of judge/mentor Danny O’Donaghue doing his day job at the Capital FM Arena a couple of weeks back. Shortly after this he came down to sing to the front rows and at one point put his glittering, stardust-flecked hand on my humble, tired shoulder. I will never wash that jacket again. I’ve never washed it before, to be fair.
Headshot Session: Actor/Presenter Ed Nudd
My three-hour actors’ headshots session is all based around working with the actor to capture a subtle range of different looks to help them pitch for varied roles. Ed is probably as varied as they come though - his CV includes everything from presenting corporate and commercial videos to playing the lead in a new zombie film. These are three of his eight final shot selections from the shoot we carried out at his house. Ed was truly great to work with.
Olly Murs @ Capital FM Arena, Nottingham
Haven’t shot enough live music recently, so it was nice to get back into it with something glitzy like this tour show at the Capital FM Arena.
I’ve Seen The Butcher.
My good friend Andy at home in London. With a cleaver. Turns out he makes amazing Chinese food.