New website for photographer and researcher Sarah Dryden

Sarah Dryden is a photographer, researcher and academic specialising in documenting western frontier towns and dwellings. Sarah’s work has been exhibited and published across Europe, Australia, and the United States of America.

I created a new website for Sarah using the SquareSpace platform. Through the platform I also purchased Sarah’s domain name www.sarahdryden.com. Sarah’s fantastic images really bring the site to life and it was a real pleasure to put together.

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Portrait Shoot - Jenny

Autumn Photoshoot

This is a shoot that turned out way better than I expected. It was Autumn and I was inspired by an image I had seen on the Deviant Art website and decided it would be a good idea to get out in the New Forest and do an Autumn themed photo shoot. Blaise did the make up for Jenny and did a great job. By the time we got there it was overcast with grey skies but the images turned out really well. For some I used the portable flash kit and for other a gold reflector.

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Portrait Shoot - Marieke

Portrait Shoot Behind The Scenes Video

This photoshoot featuring Marieke who is a friend of Loo's took place in the same old Re:So shop location as the shoot for Blaise and Scarlet Soho. Huge thanks to Andy Wilkin for the behind the scenes video.

Make up by Blaise Gresley

Portrait Shoot - Blaise

Blaise was doing a lot of work with me as a make up artist for some music video and photography shoots and asked if myself and long time collaborator Louise Morrell could do a shoot for her as well. Of course we did!

Blaise of course did her own hair and make up. The location was the old Re:So store in the Marlands. The store had a really cool back room with a cool wooden floor and decor. My camera was a Canon 5D and I was using a portable flash kit.

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Beach shoot for new t-shirt line aimed at surfing community

The photoshoot for a new line of t-shirts aimed at the surfing community was the brief for a shoot and where better to do that than on the beach on a sunny day. Trouble was by the time we got to the t-shirts being available we were in October. The weather was looking like a sunny day on the Sunday so we went for it. Turned out the winter sun was low in the sky in the afternoon and though it was freezing cold I got some great shots that everyone was really delighted with.

Didn't all go smoothly though as I was shooting on the 5D mark 2 and I had been having some problems with the CF card. I reformatted the camera on my laptop and in the camera and did a few test shots at home the night before. I was still worried about the card though so took my laptop so that I could transfer images over during the shoot just to be sure. Sure enough after taking a 100 or so images they wouldn't transfer over.

Luckily Adam (who I was shooting) brought his own 7D that he had just bought a week or so before so I redid the shoot on that. Saved the day and the pics from his 7D were great. Big lesson learned though. Any doubts about the integrity of your card...chuck it in the bin!

Press Photos Shoot - Scarlet Soho

Press photos shoot

Behind The Scenes

This photoshoot for Scarlet Soho was during a very creative time with the band where I created three music promos for their single releases. The band were doing European tours fairly regularly and it was great to see some of the images from this shoot used in the the publicity material for those. On the shoot with me was Loo and Andy Wilkin who created the behind the scenes video.

Always cool to see an image you have done for the band in a review like this one:

https://www.phonotonal.com/2004/04/scarlet-soho-live-hidden-agenda-faetal-die-so-fluid/

Check out the trilogy of videos I created for the band too:

Head over to the music videos and portrait and profile photos pages for more examples of this kind of work.

First music collaboration from the new studio space

Space Station Hope

Now that I am all set up in the new studio it was great to get a collaboration going with electronic music producer and composer Natalia Data. I got talking to Natalia and asked her to send me some tracks. At the time I was thinking more about using the tracks for practice sessions.

Natalia sent me a really amazing track called Space Station Hope that had programmed drums and I couldn't resist putting live drums over the top. Check out the video of the collaboration:

I filmed the drum track recording using a GoPro mounted on the ceiling above the kit. I mixed the drums and then got to work on making a video using the GoPro footage plus some additional 'spacey' clips. I sent Natalia the video and the track and she loved it so I filmed her in her home studio performing the track and put it all together for the promo above.

Huge thanks to Natalia for letting me play on the track.

Building a drum studio in my garden part 2

Building a drum studio in my garden part 2

A little while back a friend gifted me a book. It was such an apt gift for me as the book (details at the end) is all about setting up a home studio without using expensive gear. That has been my philosophy all the way (through necessity) and the good news is, I have been able to get some pretty decent results.