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.
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:
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!!
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!