headshots for singers & artistes

November 21st, 2011

These are some recent shots that I was commissioned to take of opera singer Bradley. He booked one of my deluxe adult headshot packages. These packages are designed to give the sitter sufficient time to get shots for their professional requirements. Sessions take half a day and the time is combined between the studio and locations nearby.

We set out to use the location time to get some contemporary headshots. I used natural light and a shallow depth of field for these shots, which allowed me to give a nice blur to the background and to draw attention to the subject. For the studio shots we wanted to make it look as though Bradley was on stage. For these shots I used a single profoto beauty dish up high with a grid. This gives a very focused beam not unlike a spotlight on stage. Detail was filled in with a reflector and the whole studio was kept dark. If you are a singer, musician or artiste and are interested in my headshots packages please follow the link to get more information on packages and pricing or get in touch.



corporate headshots manchester

October 24th, 2011

Not all corporate headshots have to be taken in an office and involve someone in a suit. Many are the different business photography needs of my clients. I try to provide customers with business headshots that reflect their personality but that ultimately work for their individual business needs. These business portraits are of corporate trainer Zena, she wanted headshots for her business that reflected her relaxed approach and personality. We took a variety of portrait photographs around Manchester’s Castlefield basin. This is a favourite location of mine as it is filled with interesting architectural features to use as backdrops.

These corporate portraits were obtained as part of one of my standard business headshot packages. Follow the link for pricing and package options or alternatively get in touch to discuss your individual requirements.



headshots for singers

February 4th, 2011

Here are some more recent headshots of musical theatre performer Nicki. At the moment you can see her on the television every Saturday evening on Take Me Out. She approached me because she needed some good black and white headshots for her new west end agent. So unusually for me these days the portrait photographs were taken in a studio environment.

Lighting here is a very simple one light set-up albeit with the fantastic profoto beauty dish and grid. Once you have used one of these it is difficult to see how you would ever go back! Both of these shots were just one light above and to the left of the sitter with no other reflectors. I was very pleased with the results. Nicki has used them for her agent and on singers pro and casting call pro.



headshots for business

February 4th, 2011

Here are a couple of photos from a recent business portrait or corporate headshot session in Manchester city centre. Darren wanted a portrait photograph taken for his author page in a book and journal articles.

The point of this post is really to show that not all business headshots involve a man in a suit and tie, and in fact many are the people and their respective business needs that can benefit from a stylish portrait. As usual the key to a good portrait is getting the client to relax and feel at ease. For the technically minded again this was taken with an 85mm f1.4, light typical manchester cloudy day, giving me very large natural softbox and nice soft light.



manchester portrait photographs

September 17th, 2010

A few selected photos from a recent portrait and headshot session for Nick in Ancoats and Castlefield in Manchester. Thanks for your patience Nick and sorry about having to push the car! Interestingly it has now fixed itself and no fault can be found! All of the portrait photographs were taken on a Nikon D700 with a Nikon 85mm f1.4 AF-D. Thanks to Manchester’s fabulous soft diffused light (ie wet and overcast!) no external lights were used just the available light and open shade. Comments are always welcome.



portrait photography – manchester castlefield

January 27th, 2010

These are the results from a recent portrait photography session at Castlefield, and Manchester city centre.  The main image is my favourite, taken near the townhall extension, just off Albert Square in Manchester. I am always looking for new interesting backdrops for my portrait photographs. Here I particularly like the repeating series of arches and the way that the shallow depth of field with the 85mm f1.4 throws them progressively out of focus Manchester. Could we have the latest catalogue model sensation on our hands?

Nikon D700, 85mm f1.4 AF-D, all shot wide open for minimum depth of field. The muted colours in this shot were achieved through attempting a bleach bypass effect in Aperture, moving the black point and adjusting the colour curves to get the desired effect.











Nikon D700 – Who needs big lights?

November 28th, 2009

I just bought myself a new Nikon D700 and a 85mm f1.4.  The results are amazing.  I took this shot of my neighbour as a test of the d700’s lowlight capability.  It is difficult to describe how dark it was for this shot.

November in Manchester, late afternoon, pissing with rain, indoors at a north facing window, no lights just a reflector to model left.  3200asa, f2 1/160s handheld.  I think the results are amazing.