The most unusual request was when I had literally be the test dummy for Jennifer Saunders on a portrait shoot. The photographer Matt Hoyle wanted to put a pair of water goggles on her and have a goldfish floating around inside the goggles. With no way of really knowing how this worked we tried multiple ways to fill it up with water and test it on me first. I literally drowned inside the goggles. See the image of me with the mask there
That image shows pure terror!! I’m drowning!
We decided ultimately the best way was to retouch in post! ‘Drowning your assistant’ isn’t productive for anyone! although the whole thing was rather amusing for everyone, including myself. Nothing like road testing an idea.
Matt Hoyle’s book is now out and you can see the photo of Jennifer Saunders with the mask on in that image I have attached. Unfortunately I do not have a bigger one at this stage. 
The same day I got to meet another hero too.. Michael Palin! A legend indeed, and he did the parrot sketch for us!
It was a charity job of epic proportions and possibly the only time I will do free work, is if its for a charitable cause. Big thanks to everyone involved and look forward to buying a copy of the book!
Available ‘Here’
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The most unusual request was when I had literally be the test dummy for Jennifer Saunders on a portrait shoot. The photographer Matt Hoyle wanted to put a pair of water goggles on her and have a goldfish floating around inside the goggles. With no way of really knowing how this worked we tried multiple ways to fill it up with water and test it on me first. I literally drowned inside the goggles. See the image of me with the mask there
That image shows pure terror!! I’m drowning!
We decided ultimately the best way was to retouch in post! ‘Drowning your assistant’ isn’t productive for anyone! although the whole thing was rather amusing for everyone, including myself. Nothing like road testing an idea.
Matt Hoyle’s book is now out and you can see the photo of Jennifer Saunders with the mask on in that image I have attached. Unfortunately I do not have a bigger one at this stage. 
The same day I got to meet another hero too.. Michael Palin! A legend indeed, and he did the parrot sketch for us!
It was a charity job of epic proportions and possibly the only time I will do free work, is if its for a charitable cause. Big thanks to everyone involved and look forward to buying a copy of the book!
Available ‘Here’
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The most unusual request was when I had literally be the test dummy for Jennifer Saunders on a portrait shoot. The photographer Matt Hoyle wanted to put a pair of water goggles on her and have a goldfish floating around inside the goggles. With no way of really knowing how this worked we tried multiple ways to fill it up with water and test it on me first. I literally drowned inside the goggles. See the image of me with the mask there

That image shows pure terror!! I’m drowning!

We decided ultimately the best way was to retouch in post! ‘Drowning your assistant’ isn’t productive for anyone! although the whole thing was rather amusing for everyone, including myself. Nothing like road testing an idea.

Matt Hoyle’s book is now out and you can see the photo of Jennifer Saunders with the mask on in that image I have attached. Unfortunately I do not have a bigger one at this stage. 

The same day I got to meet another hero too.. Michael Palin! A legend indeed, and he did the parrot sketch for us!

It was a charity job of epic proportions and possibly the only time I will do free work, is if its for a charitable cause. Big thanks to everyone involved and look forward to buying a copy of the book!

Available ‘Here

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Photo Professional Assistant Feature

Recently I had been interviewed for a Direct Photographic Advertorial (see post) by Photo Professional magazine by the suggestion of Steve Knight, Directs Founder.

Terry, the editor then decided to do a feature article on two photo assistants and talk about the job itself. I found this to be a great opportunity to again further both my involvement in the industry for exposure but also an opportunity for new assistants to learn a bit more in detail about the job.

The other assistant Sheila is also interviewed and both of our photographic work has been featured within the article. As you see in the photographs in this post, I have got two double spreads and one single spread in the October Issue. Issue 85. 

I am proud of the article & humbled to see there is someone out there interested in my job, as for all I know it mostly goes unnoticed. However I do love the opportunity to tell a few tales now and then about my adventures and how I validate my experiences. 

It may still be in the shops, so go grab it! otherwise.. this will be a good record of its existence. Bring on the Photographer’s game.

Video Assisting:
Its quite a different game to Stills work but the skills are transferable. Often things are named differently and you have to learn a hell of alot of new kit. Terminology is something to get upto scratch with. I find the easiest way is to just shoot stuff for yourself, learn the process of editing and then find yourself developing ideas of your own for film work.
As a freelancer, I offer my video services alongside my Stills assisting as it will give me wider experience of the arts but also I have a keen passion for video as you can see ‘here’.
This year I’ve been working with photographer & videographer John Rowley. We have been travelling allover the UK to capture Tesco Real Food Videos.. they all get shot in a day and are shot on 5D’s with lots of additional rigging and output control. Sound is also used on the shoot as there are interviews. We have gone Sardine Fishing out twice 2 nights in a row. Been in fields of cow pat for the purpose of clotted cream and cheese. We have been in sweetcorn factories and have been on Bee Honey farms in Buckinghamshire.
Two videos from our jobs are below!
www.youtube.com/embed/nqwHo2cL5w0
www.youtube.com/embed/bPgLdiLIcHg?rel=0
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Video Assisting:
Its quite a different game to Stills work but the skills are transferable. Often things are named differently and you have to learn a hell of alot of new kit. Terminology is something to get upto scratch with. I find the easiest way is to just shoot stuff for yourself, learn the process of editing and then find yourself developing ideas of your own for film work.
As a freelancer, I offer my video services alongside my Stills assisting as it will give me wider experience of the arts but also I have a keen passion for video as you can see ‘here’.
This year I’ve been working with photographer & videographer John Rowley. We have been travelling allover the UK to capture Tesco Real Food Videos.. they all get shot in a day and are shot on 5D’s with lots of additional rigging and output control. Sound is also used on the shoot as there are interviews. We have gone Sardine Fishing out twice 2 nights in a row. Been in fields of cow pat for the purpose of clotted cream and cheese. We have been in sweetcorn factories and have been on Bee Honey farms in Buckinghamshire.
Two videos from our jobs are below!
www.youtube.com/embed/nqwHo2cL5w0
www.youtube.com/embed/bPgLdiLIcHg?rel=0
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Video Assisting:

Its quite a different game to Stills work but the skills are transferable. Often things are named differently and you have to learn a hell of alot of new kit. Terminology is something to get upto scratch with. I find the easiest way is to just shoot stuff for yourself, learn the process of editing and then find yourself developing ideas of your own for film work.

As a freelancer, I offer my video services alongside my Stills assisting as it will give me wider experience of the arts but also I have a keen passion for video as you can see ‘here’.

This year I’ve been working with photographer & videographer John Rowley. We have been travelling allover the UK to capture Tesco Real Food Videos.. they all get shot in a day and are shot on 5D’s with lots of additional rigging and output control. Sound is also used on the shoot as there are interviews. We have gone Sardine Fishing out twice 2 nights in a row. Been in fields of cow pat for the purpose of clotted cream and cheese. We have been in sweetcorn factories and have been on Bee Honey farms in Buckinghamshire.

Two videos from our jobs are below!

www.youtube.com/embed/nqwHo2cL5w0

www.youtube.com/embed/bPgLdiLIcHg?rel=0

Early september I was featured in a Direct Photographic Advertorial which was basically suggested by the Founder, Steve Knight. I had attended the Assistant meetup’s on various occasions and Steve found it might be a good idea to get assistants actively involved in A) Their marketing B) The future of the industry. I didn’t have no qualms about helping out. After all my ethos is simple.. know and help as many people as earthly possible and it’ll come back to you!

I love the ability for everyone to work together for a goal within our industry. Yes its a business but its also a way of life, and a social one.

The feature basically details what we want from a hire company and how we work as assistants.

This Advertorial was placed in the September Issue 84 of Photo Professional Magazine and both myself and my friend Assistant Sheila Udeagu & Jacob Shule-Lewis were interviewed!

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Fly off to Mallorca for a day & a half?

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Earlier this year I got a quick phonecall from an assistant friend of mine who seemed to be in a panic about a job she couldn’t do at the weekend (2 days away). Immediately I told her I’d be happy to help. Although I didn’t know the details until she called me back.

Suddenly within ten minutes I was booked to fly away on a plane to sunny Mallorca for an Advertising job for Boots Cosmetics.

It was quite a surprise but very novel because I hadn’t worked with the hire company / production team out there before. We landed in Palma and  then took a taxi straight to the Palma Equipment Rental to check over the kit. We literally relaxed that late evening for the next long day on the beach.

We got up, had some breakfast and the sunrise was out of this world. Palma Pictures produced the entirety of the job for Boots & catered for everyone excellently! The TV shoot was just wrapping up so we go ourselves ready with some flash kit and started shooting when the light was just right. It was quite a challenge because the boy kept squinting as you see below:

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However it turned out to be a success with lots of black cloth right underneath him as the sand was acting as a mirror.

We used a Profoto Octa and shot a very low output to create the sunlight in his skin that is similar to the way our eyes see it without a silhouette image.

The TV/Online video is here:

Explore Boots Camp: Raring to go (by Boots)

Some photos below are shots I took on the short adventure! Assisting abroad even for a day and a half was great fun, advertising really makes life adventurous!!

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Charlie & The Chocolate Factory

For the last few years I’ve been assisting Theatre & Portrait Photographer Helen Maybanks on a large variety of photoshoots. In 2012 we did Dreamwork’s ‘Shrek The Musical’ which consisted of several promotion shots for the cast for press and publication.

This year it is ‘Charlie & The Chocolate Factory' and I was brought in as 1st Assistant on a job that will become the promo and press images of Willy Wonka himself, played by Douglas Hodge. 

As you can see below there are some Tear Sheets of Saturday Review in 'The Times' of the photos we shot on that day.

Teamed with Digi Tech & good friend Sheila Udeagu & Tom Ortiz we put together a lighting estimate that I thought would be suitable for a lead character. I decided that it was important to make it bright, powerful and look like advertising. So with 2 BG lights, 2 clip lights and one supersized Octa on a Megaboom we perfected the lighting. We chose a lovely neon blue background and the results are thus. It was a hugely successful job produced very well.

There is more potential to shoot more of the cast just like this in september so it was a job well done. I suggest people go see it especially as Sam Mendes directs the Musical!

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Recently I was booked to be a Digi Tech on a trip to Marrakech, Morocco. I love trips, so dived over all sorts of obstacles to get on it. It was basically confirmed within hours of the phone call and fortunately for me I had my passport number to hand. Confirmed, flights booked and the following monday I went.
It was with a photographer called Steen Sundland (http://steensundland.com) shooting for Harpers Bazaar’s both June & July Issue respectively. (http://www.harpersbazaar.co.uk) It was such a wonderful opportunity to work with the team at Elison Lee once again too :)
Images from Union Models / Harpers Bazaar are here http://blog.unionmodels.com/post/49943383025/dalia-gunther-for-harpers-bazaar-uk-june-2013
Alongside my fellow assistant & good friend Guy Isherwood, we were to travel to Marrakech and stay in the old town. The Medina. I had this amazing little Riad, called Riad Alili (http://www.riadalili.com) which I can recommend to anyone. I have to say sitting in the jacuzzi with wine after a very long days shoot can’t be a bad thing. 
It certainly wasn’t all play though as we had 5am getups and quite a fair few shots to fit in each day. 7am by the pool and by 6pm we were finding ourselves shooting outside in a luxurious hotel lobby. Supposedly Churchill, Michael Jackson and an american president stayed in our shoot location. Unsurprising as it was a rather swanky venue.
As a Digi Tech/Operator I was entrusted with all the workflow, backup, storyboards & technical tasks for the shoot. I was even drafted in to do post processing before retouch to send onto the magazine. Everything I’m pleased to say went down a hitch and found myself once again on another amazing adventure travelling to an incredibly beautiful place. Even if it was fraught with poverty and potential danger on the streets…
Travelling abroad is one of my favourite parts of the job. I also get to brush up on my terrible knowledge of local languages.
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Recently I was booked to be a Digi Tech on a trip to Marrakech, Morocco. I love trips, so dived over all sorts of obstacles to get on it. It was basically confirmed within hours of the phone call and fortunately for me I had my passport number to hand. Confirmed, flights booked and the following monday I went.
It was with a photographer called Steen Sundland (http://steensundland.com) shooting for Harpers Bazaar’s both June & July Issue respectively. (http://www.harpersbazaar.co.uk) It was such a wonderful opportunity to work with the team at Elison Lee once again too :)
Images from Union Models / Harpers Bazaar are here http://blog.unionmodels.com/post/49943383025/dalia-gunther-for-harpers-bazaar-uk-june-2013
Alongside my fellow assistant & good friend Guy Isherwood, we were to travel to Marrakech and stay in the old town. The Medina. I had this amazing little Riad, called Riad Alili (http://www.riadalili.com) which I can recommend to anyone. I have to say sitting in the jacuzzi with wine after a very long days shoot can’t be a bad thing. 
It certainly wasn’t all play though as we had 5am getups and quite a fair few shots to fit in each day. 7am by the pool and by 6pm we were finding ourselves shooting outside in a luxurious hotel lobby. Supposedly Churchill, Michael Jackson and an american president stayed in our shoot location. Unsurprising as it was a rather swanky venue.
As a Digi Tech/Operator I was entrusted with all the workflow, backup, storyboards & technical tasks for the shoot. I was even drafted in to do post processing before retouch to send onto the magazine. Everything I’m pleased to say went down a hitch and found myself once again on another amazing adventure travelling to an incredibly beautiful place. Even if it was fraught with poverty and potential danger on the streets…
Travelling abroad is one of my favourite parts of the job. I also get to brush up on my terrible knowledge of local languages.
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Recently I was booked to be a Digi Tech on a trip to Marrakech, Morocco. I love trips, so dived over all sorts of obstacles to get on it. It was basically confirmed within hours of the phone call and fortunately for me I had my passport number to hand. Confirmed, flights booked and the following monday I went.
It was with a photographer called Steen Sundland (http://steensundland.com) shooting for Harpers Bazaar’s both June & July Issue respectively. (http://www.harpersbazaar.co.uk) It was such a wonderful opportunity to work with the team at Elison Lee once again too :)
Images from Union Models / Harpers Bazaar are here http://blog.unionmodels.com/post/49943383025/dalia-gunther-for-harpers-bazaar-uk-june-2013
Alongside my fellow assistant & good friend Guy Isherwood, we were to travel to Marrakech and stay in the old town. The Medina. I had this amazing little Riad, called Riad Alili (http://www.riadalili.com) which I can recommend to anyone. I have to say sitting in the jacuzzi with wine after a very long days shoot can’t be a bad thing. 
It certainly wasn’t all play though as we had 5am getups and quite a fair few shots to fit in each day. 7am by the pool and by 6pm we were finding ourselves shooting outside in a luxurious hotel lobby. Supposedly Churchill, Michael Jackson and an american president stayed in our shoot location. Unsurprising as it was a rather swanky venue.
As a Digi Tech/Operator I was entrusted with all the workflow, backup, storyboards & technical tasks for the shoot. I was even drafted in to do post processing before retouch to send onto the magazine. Everything I’m pleased to say went down a hitch and found myself once again on another amazing adventure travelling to an incredibly beautiful place. Even if it was fraught with poverty and potential danger on the streets…
Travelling abroad is one of my favourite parts of the job. I also get to brush up on my terrible knowledge of local languages.
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Recently I was booked to be a Digi Tech on a trip to Marrakech, Morocco. I love trips, so dived over all sorts of obstacles to get on it. It was basically confirmed within hours of the phone call and fortunately for me I had my passport number to hand. Confirmed, flights booked and the following monday I went.
It was with a photographer called Steen Sundland (http://steensundland.com) shooting for Harpers Bazaar’s both June & July Issue respectively. (http://www.harpersbazaar.co.uk) It was such a wonderful opportunity to work with the team at Elison Lee once again too :)
Images from Union Models / Harpers Bazaar are here http://blog.unionmodels.com/post/49943383025/dalia-gunther-for-harpers-bazaar-uk-june-2013
Alongside my fellow assistant & good friend Guy Isherwood, we were to travel to Marrakech and stay in the old town. The Medina. I had this amazing little Riad, called Riad Alili (http://www.riadalili.com) which I can recommend to anyone. I have to say sitting in the jacuzzi with wine after a very long days shoot can’t be a bad thing. 
It certainly wasn’t all play though as we had 5am getups and quite a fair few shots to fit in each day. 7am by the pool and by 6pm we were finding ourselves shooting outside in a luxurious hotel lobby. Supposedly Churchill, Michael Jackson and an american president stayed in our shoot location. Unsurprising as it was a rather swanky venue.
As a Digi Tech/Operator I was entrusted with all the workflow, backup, storyboards & technical tasks for the shoot. I was even drafted in to do post processing before retouch to send onto the magazine. Everything I’m pleased to say went down a hitch and found myself once again on another amazing adventure travelling to an incredibly beautiful place. Even if it was fraught with poverty and potential danger on the streets…
Travelling abroad is one of my favourite parts of the job. I also get to brush up on my terrible knowledge of local languages.
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Recently I was booked to be a Digi Tech on a trip to Marrakech, Morocco. I love trips, so dived over all sorts of obstacles to get on it. It was basically confirmed within hours of the phone call and fortunately for me I had my passport number to hand. Confirmed, flights booked and the following monday I went.
It was with a photographer called Steen Sundland (http://steensundland.com) shooting for Harpers Bazaar’s both June & July Issue respectively. (http://www.harpersbazaar.co.uk) It was such a wonderful opportunity to work with the team at Elison Lee once again too :)
Images from Union Models / Harpers Bazaar are here http://blog.unionmodels.com/post/49943383025/dalia-gunther-for-harpers-bazaar-uk-june-2013
Alongside my fellow assistant & good friend Guy Isherwood, we were to travel to Marrakech and stay in the old town. The Medina. I had this amazing little Riad, called Riad Alili (http://www.riadalili.com) which I can recommend to anyone. I have to say sitting in the jacuzzi with wine after a very long days shoot can’t be a bad thing. 
It certainly wasn’t all play though as we had 5am getups and quite a fair few shots to fit in each day. 7am by the pool and by 6pm we were finding ourselves shooting outside in a luxurious hotel lobby. Supposedly Churchill, Michael Jackson and an american president stayed in our shoot location. Unsurprising as it was a rather swanky venue.
As a Digi Tech/Operator I was entrusted with all the workflow, backup, storyboards & technical tasks for the shoot. I was even drafted in to do post processing before retouch to send onto the magazine. Everything I’m pleased to say went down a hitch and found myself once again on another amazing adventure travelling to an incredibly beautiful place. Even if it was fraught with poverty and potential danger on the streets…
Travelling abroad is one of my favourite parts of the job. I also get to brush up on my terrible knowledge of local languages.
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Recently I was booked to be a Digi Tech on a trip to Marrakech, Morocco. I love trips, so dived over all sorts of obstacles to get on it. It was basically confirmed within hours of the phone call and fortunately for me I had my passport number to hand. Confirmed, flights booked and the following monday I went.
It was with a photographer called Steen Sundland (http://steensundland.com) shooting for Harpers Bazaar’s both June & July Issue respectively. (http://www.harpersbazaar.co.uk) It was such a wonderful opportunity to work with the team at Elison Lee once again too :)
Images from Union Models / Harpers Bazaar are here http://blog.unionmodels.com/post/49943383025/dalia-gunther-for-harpers-bazaar-uk-june-2013
Alongside my fellow assistant & good friend Guy Isherwood, we were to travel to Marrakech and stay in the old town. The Medina. I had this amazing little Riad, called Riad Alili (http://www.riadalili.com) which I can recommend to anyone. I have to say sitting in the jacuzzi with wine after a very long days shoot can’t be a bad thing. 
It certainly wasn’t all play though as we had 5am getups and quite a fair few shots to fit in each day. 7am by the pool and by 6pm we were finding ourselves shooting outside in a luxurious hotel lobby. Supposedly Churchill, Michael Jackson and an american president stayed in our shoot location. Unsurprising as it was a rather swanky venue.
As a Digi Tech/Operator I was entrusted with all the workflow, backup, storyboards & technical tasks for the shoot. I was even drafted in to do post processing before retouch to send onto the magazine. Everything I’m pleased to say went down a hitch and found myself once again on another amazing adventure travelling to an incredibly beautiful place. Even if it was fraught with poverty and potential danger on the streets…
Travelling abroad is one of my favourite parts of the job. I also get to brush up on my terrible knowledge of local languages.
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Recently I was booked to be a Digi Tech on a trip to Marrakech, Morocco. I love trips, so dived over all sorts of obstacles to get on it. It was basically confirmed within hours of the phone call and fortunately for me I had my passport number to hand. Confirmed, flights booked and the following monday I went.

It was with a photographer called Steen Sundland (http://steensundland.com) shooting for Harpers Bazaar’s both June & July Issue respectively. (http://www.harpersbazaar.co.uk) It was such a wonderful opportunity to work with the team at Elison Lee once again too :)

Images from Union Models / Harpers Bazaar are here http://blog.unionmodels.com/post/49943383025/dalia-gunther-for-harpers-bazaar-uk-june-2013

Alongside my fellow assistant & good friend Guy Isherwood, we were to travel to Marrakech and stay in the old town. The Medina. I had this amazing little Riad, called Riad Alili (http://www.riadalili.com) which I can recommend to anyone. I have to say sitting in the jacuzzi with wine after a very long days shoot can’t be a bad thing. 

It certainly wasn’t all play though as we had 5am getups and quite a fair few shots to fit in each day. 7am by the pool and by 6pm we were finding ourselves shooting outside in a luxurious hotel lobby. Supposedly Churchill, Michael Jackson and an american president stayed in our shoot location. Unsurprising as it was a rather swanky venue.

As a Digi Tech/Operator I was entrusted with all the workflow, backup, storyboards & technical tasks for the shoot. I was even drafted in to do post processing before retouch to send onto the magazine. Everything I’m pleased to say went down a hitch and found myself once again on another amazing adventure travelling to an incredibly beautiful place. Even if it was fraught with poverty and potential danger on the streets…

Travelling abroad is one of my favourite parts of the job. I also get to brush up on my terrible knowledge of local languages.

The Italian Job.
In the summer of 2012, I got a call off an agency of whom I work with regularly. It was a trip and I assume all assistants love receiving that kind of phone call. I was off to Bologna, Italy. Above you can see some of the shots I took while I was there.
Whats more it was for Lamborghini
My role on this job was to be the digital operator for Lee Powers (http://www.leepowers.com) of whom I’d been & still do work with fairly often. The Lighting assistant was my good friend Oliver Rudkin. We were tethering a Hasselblad & shooting from numerous angles and different perspectives.. 
I’ve never been to Italy, so it was quite an opportunity for me. Half the reason I love this job is the ability to visit places you necessarily wouldn’t go to or have the chance to. It was 4 days shooting & two travel days. It was incredible fun.
We got to shoot four cars throughout the week. The newest Gallardo’s and a special edition Gallardo, called the Superleggera Edizione Tecnica.
As you can see from the photos above, we had to drive them in one by one onto a huge white cove. Our base light was with a huge soft box and lit areas separately. You can’t really fail to light such a beautiful car like that. Especially the ones with a matt finish, light just falls off it. In fact its like looking at a 3D object on a computer, its so angular and well finished. The huge tower in that photograph was an attempt at getting a different angle on the Edizione Tecnica. We never used it in the end partially because the tower was quite dangerous to hang a Hasselblad & Lee off it while it wobbled & swayed.
The final shots can be found on Lee’s website (HERE)
The studio was owned by an Italian man of whom I forget his name. His son Diego did all of the production from the italian side of the and was younger & spoke english so we felt he was our only point of contact. Diego also came out with us one evening & showed us the town. Although we were inside a studio in a industrial let a few miles out of Bologna, we still had the opportunity to see the city itself and enjoy the local food & drink. I think this is often why I love my job so much. To see culture and people living in almost another world is so inspiring.
The owner of the studio had two old Italian friends who also worked at this studio. They seemed like wise old photographic legends and were all very nice. They offered lots of expressos & in turn to I tried to impress with my faltering italian. Genuinely great coffee. A very hospitable bunch all round. It was funny to see them watch the way we shot the cars, as we come from a digital age in comparison to the way they work.
Getting to work with the Adam & Eve DDB agency was also a very nurturing experience. It was nice to chat with the client about the nature of a modern advertising agency.
Shooting cars is one thing but shooting Lambo’s is something else entirely. Hopefully one day I get to see them again.
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The Italian Job.
In the summer of 2012, I got a call off an agency of whom I work with regularly. It was a trip and I assume all assistants love receiving that kind of phone call. I was off to Bologna, Italy. Above you can see some of the shots I took while I was there.
Whats more it was for Lamborghini
My role on this job was to be the digital operator for Lee Powers (http://www.leepowers.com) of whom I’d been & still do work with fairly often. The Lighting assistant was my good friend Oliver Rudkin. We were tethering a Hasselblad & shooting from numerous angles and different perspectives.. 
I’ve never been to Italy, so it was quite an opportunity for me. Half the reason I love this job is the ability to visit places you necessarily wouldn’t go to or have the chance to. It was 4 days shooting & two travel days. It was incredible fun.
We got to shoot four cars throughout the week. The newest Gallardo’s and a special edition Gallardo, called the Superleggera Edizione Tecnica.
As you can see from the photos above, we had to drive them in one by one onto a huge white cove. Our base light was with a huge soft box and lit areas separately. You can’t really fail to light such a beautiful car like that. Especially the ones with a matt finish, light just falls off it. In fact its like looking at a 3D object on a computer, its so angular and well finished. The huge tower in that photograph was an attempt at getting a different angle on the Edizione Tecnica. We never used it in the end partially because the tower was quite dangerous to hang a Hasselblad & Lee off it while it wobbled & swayed.
The final shots can be found on Lee’s website (HERE)
The studio was owned by an Italian man of whom I forget his name. His son Diego did all of the production from the italian side of the and was younger & spoke english so we felt he was our only point of contact. Diego also came out with us one evening & showed us the town. Although we were inside a studio in a industrial let a few miles out of Bologna, we still had the opportunity to see the city itself and enjoy the local food & drink. I think this is often why I love my job so much. To see culture and people living in almost another world is so inspiring.
The owner of the studio had two old Italian friends who also worked at this studio. They seemed like wise old photographic legends and were all very nice. They offered lots of expressos & in turn to I tried to impress with my faltering italian. Genuinely great coffee. A very hospitable bunch all round. It was funny to see them watch the way we shot the cars, as we come from a digital age in comparison to the way they work.
Getting to work with the Adam & Eve DDB agency was also a very nurturing experience. It was nice to chat with the client about the nature of a modern advertising agency.
Shooting cars is one thing but shooting Lambo’s is something else entirely. Hopefully one day I get to see them again.
ZoomInfo
The Italian Job.
In the summer of 2012, I got a call off an agency of whom I work with regularly. It was a trip and I assume all assistants love receiving that kind of phone call. I was off to Bologna, Italy. Above you can see some of the shots I took while I was there.
Whats more it was for Lamborghini
My role on this job was to be the digital operator for Lee Powers (http://www.leepowers.com) of whom I’d been & still do work with fairly often. The Lighting assistant was my good friend Oliver Rudkin. We were tethering a Hasselblad & shooting from numerous angles and different perspectives.. 
I’ve never been to Italy, so it was quite an opportunity for me. Half the reason I love this job is the ability to visit places you necessarily wouldn’t go to or have the chance to. It was 4 days shooting & two travel days. It was incredible fun.
We got to shoot four cars throughout the week. The newest Gallardo’s and a special edition Gallardo, called the Superleggera Edizione Tecnica.
As you can see from the photos above, we had to drive them in one by one onto a huge white cove. Our base light was with a huge soft box and lit areas separately. You can’t really fail to light such a beautiful car like that. Especially the ones with a matt finish, light just falls off it. In fact its like looking at a 3D object on a computer, its so angular and well finished. The huge tower in that photograph was an attempt at getting a different angle on the Edizione Tecnica. We never used it in the end partially because the tower was quite dangerous to hang a Hasselblad & Lee off it while it wobbled & swayed.
The final shots can be found on Lee’s website (HERE)
The studio was owned by an Italian man of whom I forget his name. His son Diego did all of the production from the italian side of the and was younger & spoke english so we felt he was our only point of contact. Diego also came out with us one evening & showed us the town. Although we were inside a studio in a industrial let a few miles out of Bologna, we still had the opportunity to see the city itself and enjoy the local food & drink. I think this is often why I love my job so much. To see culture and people living in almost another world is so inspiring.
The owner of the studio had two old Italian friends who also worked at this studio. They seemed like wise old photographic legends and were all very nice. They offered lots of expressos & in turn to I tried to impress with my faltering italian. Genuinely great coffee. A very hospitable bunch all round. It was funny to see them watch the way we shot the cars, as we come from a digital age in comparison to the way they work.
Getting to work with the Adam & Eve DDB agency was also a very nurturing experience. It was nice to chat with the client about the nature of a modern advertising agency.
Shooting cars is one thing but shooting Lambo’s is something else entirely. Hopefully one day I get to see them again.
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The Italian Job.
In the summer of 2012, I got a call off an agency of whom I work with regularly. It was a trip and I assume all assistants love receiving that kind of phone call. I was off to Bologna, Italy. Above you can see some of the shots I took while I was there.
Whats more it was for Lamborghini
My role on this job was to be the digital operator for Lee Powers (http://www.leepowers.com) of whom I’d been & still do work with fairly often. The Lighting assistant was my good friend Oliver Rudkin. We were tethering a Hasselblad & shooting from numerous angles and different perspectives.. 
I’ve never been to Italy, so it was quite an opportunity for me. Half the reason I love this job is the ability to visit places you necessarily wouldn’t go to or have the chance to. It was 4 days shooting & two travel days. It was incredible fun.
We got to shoot four cars throughout the week. The newest Gallardo’s and a special edition Gallardo, called the Superleggera Edizione Tecnica.
As you can see from the photos above, we had to drive them in one by one onto a huge white cove. Our base light was with a huge soft box and lit areas separately. You can’t really fail to light such a beautiful car like that. Especially the ones with a matt finish, light just falls off it. In fact its like looking at a 3D object on a computer, its so angular and well finished. The huge tower in that photograph was an attempt at getting a different angle on the Edizione Tecnica. We never used it in the end partially because the tower was quite dangerous to hang a Hasselblad & Lee off it while it wobbled & swayed.
The final shots can be found on Lee’s website (HERE)
The studio was owned by an Italian man of whom I forget his name. His son Diego did all of the production from the italian side of the and was younger & spoke english so we felt he was our only point of contact. Diego also came out with us one evening & showed us the town. Although we were inside a studio in a industrial let a few miles out of Bologna, we still had the opportunity to see the city itself and enjoy the local food & drink. I think this is often why I love my job so much. To see culture and people living in almost another world is so inspiring.
The owner of the studio had two old Italian friends who also worked at this studio. They seemed like wise old photographic legends and were all very nice. They offered lots of expressos & in turn to I tried to impress with my faltering italian. Genuinely great coffee. A very hospitable bunch all round. It was funny to see them watch the way we shot the cars, as we come from a digital age in comparison to the way they work.
Getting to work with the Adam & Eve DDB agency was also a very nurturing experience. It was nice to chat with the client about the nature of a modern advertising agency.
Shooting cars is one thing but shooting Lambo’s is something else entirely. Hopefully one day I get to see them again.
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The Italian Job.

In the summer of 2012, I got a call off an agency of whom I work with regularly. It was a trip and I assume all assistants love receiving that kind of phone call. I was off to Bologna, Italy. Above you can see some of the shots I took while I was there.

Whats more it was for Lamborghini

My role on this job was to be the digital operator for Lee Powers (http://www.leepowers.com) of whom I’d been & still do work with fairly often. The Lighting assistant was my good friend Oliver Rudkin. We were tethering a Hasselblad & shooting from numerous angles and different perspectives.. 

I’ve never been to Italy, so it was quite an opportunity for me. Half the reason I love this job is the ability to visit places you necessarily wouldn’t go to or have the chance to. It was 4 days shooting & two travel days. It was incredible fun.

We got to shoot four cars throughout the week. The newest Gallardo’s and a special edition Gallardo, called the Superleggera Edizione Tecnica.

As you can see from the photos above, we had to drive them in one by one onto a huge white cove. Our base light was with a huge soft box and lit areas separately. You can’t really fail to light such a beautiful car like that. Especially the ones with a matt finish, light just falls off it. In fact its like looking at a 3D object on a computer, its so angular and well finished. The huge tower in that photograph was an attempt at getting a different angle on the Edizione Tecnica. We never used it in the end partially because the tower was quite dangerous to hang a Hasselblad & Lee off it while it wobbled & swayed.

The final shots can be found on Lee’s website (HERE)

The studio was owned by an Italian man of whom I forget his name. His son Diego did all of the production from the italian side of the and was younger & spoke english so we felt he was our only point of contact. Diego also came out with us one evening & showed us the town. Although we were inside a studio in a industrial let a few miles out of Bologna, we still had the opportunity to see the city itself and enjoy the local food & drink. I think this is often why I love my job so much. To see culture and people living in almost another world is so inspiring.

The owner of the studio had two old Italian friends who also worked at this studio. They seemed like wise old photographic legends and were all very nice. They offered lots of expressos & in turn to I tried to impress with my faltering italian. Genuinely great coffee. A very hospitable bunch all round. It was funny to see them watch the way we shot the cars, as we come from a digital age in comparison to the way they work.

Getting to work with the Adam & Eve DDB agency was also a very nurturing experience. It was nice to chat with the client about the nature of a modern advertising agency.

Shooting cars is one thing but shooting Lambo’s is something else entirely. Hopefully one day I get to see them again.

Every month I’m going to do a little blog on some photographic industry connections.
This first spotlight of such is a shout out to my friends at @JJlocations (http://www.jjlocations.com) There are several location agencies that I could talk about and maybe thats a subject for later but I wanted to just mention these guys as I worked with them recently.
When travelling around London in this industry you often find yourself at a location house. it could be an old victorian house in Stoke Newington, a large studio flat in Hackney or maybe a millionaires pad in Notting hill. You’ll be there, working probably. It has to look spick and span for the client when you arrive and another client that arrives the following day.   An agency like JJ Locations have several ‘locations/studios’ in their books, which they in turn supply to a client who wants to book them for photo shoots, film production etc and so forth.
I recently was working at Perseverance Works in Shoreditch on a very summery day a week or two back. This is where their head office is at. We were in their ‘ZONE' studio  which was a lovely white space which was perfect for a fashion shoot shot by a greek chap called Iakovos (http://www.iakovos.co.uk) I’ve been to a few of their other studios in the complex too on numerous occasions & have always found them accommodating. The best bit is all their kitsch and beautiful decor that often becomes part of the shoot itself. 
JJ have the whole shoot scenario cracked. Production, Catering, Lighting.. Locations? yeah the lot. I’m sure they can sort you out because they are a great team and truly helpful. I even had a chat with them recently about maybe finding some test locations with test rates for assistants like myself and were more than happy to talk about it.
One thing I truly recommend when planning any shoot, is making sure your location has exactly what your looking for. Whether its a weathered brick wall or a white leather couch to the power distribution. Maybe just ask JJ and they’ll be willing to help!
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Every month I’m going to do a little blog on some photographic industry connections.

This first spotlight of such is a shout out to my friends at @JJlocations (http://www.jjlocations.com) There are several location agencies that I could talk about and maybe thats a subject for later but I wanted to just mention these guys as I worked with them recently.

When travelling around London in this industry you often find yourself at a location house. it could be an old victorian house in Stoke Newington, a large studio flat in Hackney or maybe a millionaires pad in Notting hill. You’ll be there, working probably. It has to look spick and span for the client when you arrive and another client that arrives the following day.   An agency like JJ Locations have several ‘locations/studios’ in their books, which they in turn supply to a client who wants to book them for photo shoots, film production etc and so forth.

I recently was working at Perseverance Works in Shoreditch on a very summery day a week or two back. This is where their head office is at. We were in their ‘ZONE' studio  which was a lovely white space which was perfect for a fashion shoot shot by a greek chap called Iakovos (http://www.iakovos.co.uk) I’ve been to a few of their other studios in the complex too on numerous occasions & have always found them accommodating. The best bit is all their kitsch and beautiful decor that often becomes part of the shoot itself. 

JJ have the whole shoot scenario cracked. Production, Catering, Lighting.. Locations? yeah the lot. I’m sure they can sort you out because they are a great team and truly helpful. I even had a chat with them recently about maybe finding some test locations with test rates for assistants like myself and were more than happy to talk about it.

One thing I truly recommend when planning any shoot, is making sure your location has exactly what your looking for. Whether its a weathered brick wall or a white leather couch to the power distribution. Maybe just ask JJ and they’ll be willing to help!

I was on this production for the US smartphone brand Kyocera. (http://www.kyocera-wireless.com). Bear Grylls in all his entirety, jumping off things for the sake of a indestructible phone. In fact so much so we lost one in a swimming pool for 3 hours and once found it still worked.

I was part of the photo crew assisting Kevin Foley (http://www.foleyphoto.com) who is an LA based Celebrity photographer. Alongside him was my friend & fellow assistant Dan, Jeremy and a behind the scenes photographer called Bobby Quillard (http://www.quillardinc.com).

Having both a video and stills crew travelling around the UK, bouncing from location to location, we managed to get some really beautiful work done! There was plenty of opportunity to chat with the guys that flew from the US and polish off our excellent american accents while listening to their quite victorian stunted english!

It was also a great opportunity to work with good friends with The Pro Centre (http://www.procentre.co.uk) who supplied all the kit which loaded into a transit van which we drove up & down the UK.