September 2010

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VW Heritage wanted a series of photographs to advertise their Remtec range of engines for air-cooled VW Beetles and Campers. The brief was to convey a sense of reliability and that garages would recommend the engines. We visited some independent VW restoration garages with an engine in tow and shot the guys standing behind it as if in the middle of installing the motor into a vehicle. We wanted the feel to be quite gritty, so out came the California sunbounce and some hard flash to give a high contrast finish.

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Annabel Giles Portrait Session

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Former model, tv presenter, actress and comedienne Annabel Giles contacted Simon for some fresh promotional portraits. Annabel is a very funny lady and a joy to work with. Le Magazine Café in Lewes, Sussex, provided the venue, which stocks a great selection of journals, antiques, not to mention great cakes.

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Plain Lazy always had off the wall requests for their photoshoots and this one was no exception. For their new clothing catalogue they wanted something completely different. “We want the models to look like they are floating or crashing into the wall”, Larry told me at the photography briefing as he rolled out the ‘grandma’s house’ style wall paper.

This presented a unique set of challenges and I decided the best way to achieve the desired look was to photograph from directly above. I wanted the models to be able to pull very dynamic poses but not look like they were lying down.

I removed some roof panels from the portacabin we were using and set up on top with the studio directly below. This was very effective and I was really pleased with the results.

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