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On/Off goes big

Home page of the Guardian? NME.com? Kerrang? Shortlist? Yeah ok. Plus Metro, The Sun, Star, all sorts. The press team at Dawbell properly took this on and delivered BIG. Full respect for their efforts, the On/Off project has launched finally and Pledgers are pledging. Need more of course but we will get there, I have belief. Thank you if you've chipped in for War Child, it means a huge amount to me and of course the rehabilitation of children in war torn countries. Here's the link, go on, nab a book or a print.

Home page of the Guardian? NME.com? Kerrang? Shortlist? Yeah ok. Plus Metro, The Sun, Star, all sorts. The press team at Dawbell properly took this on and delivered BIG. Full respect for their efforts, the On/Off project has launched finally and Pledgers are pledging. Need more of course but we will get there, I have belief. Thank you if you've chipped in for War Child, it means a huge amount to me and of course the rehabilitation of children in war torn countries. Here's the link, go on, nab a book or a print.

On/Off for War Child. I need your help.

Oh man, this has taken a while. I've had more meetings, permutations, promises, hopes raised and dashed, and highs and lows than anything I've ever worked on, but now, having started 6 years ago (first featured in The Fly magazine), this project is live. Click here to see more on PledgeMusic. You can pledge for prints and books, even a jpeg - if you'd care to contribute to the wonderful work of War Child and get some of my work as a tasty payback then I would just love you all the more. If it's not for you, then please share it - you know someone somewhere who loves at least one of the artists featured. Thank you - it genuinely means a huge amount to me, War Child, the artists, and the victims of war around the world. Please read more about where your contribution will go by clicking here.

Oh man, this has taken a while. I've had more meetings, permutations, promises, hopes raised and dashed, and highs and lows than anything I've ever worked on, but now, having started 6 years ago (first featured in The Fly magazine), this project is live. Click here to see more on PledgeMusic. You can pledge for prints and books, even a jpeg - if you'd care to contribute to the wonderful work of War Child and get some of my work as a tasty payback then I would just love you all the more. If it's not for you, then please share it - you know someone somewhere who loves at least one of the artists featured. Thank you - it genuinely means a huge amount to me, War Child, the artists, and the victims of war around the world. Please read more about where your contribution will go by clicking here.

Ian Poulter for PUMA Cobra

Shot on location in St Albans, we put up the Colorama on a thankfully windless day and let Ian do his swing thing. We knew of his characterful reputation but am delighted to report he was a great to shoot, a consummate professional and well up for a laugh. Shot for PUMA Cobra's Arsenal golf range, I really like this artworked final version.

Shot on location in St Albans, we put up the Colorama on a thankfully windless day and let Ian do his swing thing. We knew of his characterful reputation but am delighted to report he was a great to shoot, a consummate professional and well up for a laugh. Shot for PUMA Cobra's Arsenal golf range, I really like this artworked final version.

Sir Richard Branson for Portrait Salon

I've photographed Richard Branson many times over the years but never have successfully captured a portrait I was proud of, until I determinedly set up this image and grabbed it in 45 seconds a few months ago, at his house in Oxfordshire. Rejected for the Taylor Wessing alas but embraced by Portrait Salon, I'm really proud to be part of the show and am happy with nailing a shot I wanted to capture a long time ago.

I've photographed Richard Branson many times over the years but never have successfully captured a portrait I was proud of, until I determinedly set up this image and grabbed it in 45 seconds a few months ago, at his house in Oxfordshire. Rejected for the Taylor Wessing alas but embraced by Portrait Salon, I'm really proud to be part of the show and am happy with nailing a shot I wanted to capture a long time ago.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha for Cheil

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Apologies for the radio silence, have been busy shooting some lovely work for this campaign. Appearing all over town currently, I nearly crashed the car on Sunday night when I saw one on Great Eastern St looming large.

Apologies for the radio silence, have been busy shooting some lovely work for this campaign. Appearing all over town currently, I nearly crashed the car on Sunday night when I saw one on Great Eastern St looming large.

V Festival 2014

Me and the team headed back to V in Chelmsford for another solid year of press, PR and back to back bands. It's full on but bloody great PLUS we mercifully have our own Winnebago. I used this opportunity to jump to Nikon after 22 years with Canon EOS, and man, I'm really impressed with the way it's gone so far. Rik at PocketLint wrote a post about it - do have a click if you're interested in the whys and wherefores, but I have to tell you Canon users - the Nikon D810 is a work of wonder and has astonishing capabilities, especially when in the hands of someone who actually knows what they're doing. I will one day hopefully.

Usain Bolt for Sport Magazine

Shot for PUMA at his training ground in Brunel University, West London on a glorious summer's day, this I'm afraid was another absolute gem of a shoot. We set up early, watched the fastest man in the world ever train, then nailed a few lovely images at a very relaxed pace. Grabbed this image below as Usain timed, then comically berated, his fellow sprinters. Not the worst gig ever.

Smokey Robinson, The MOJO Interview, London July 2014

Can you imagine, looking through your viewfinder and seeing Smokey Robinson smiling at you? When this happened to me, I have to tell you dear blog reader, that I lowered my camera and in a flash of incredible unprofessionalism, I had to proclaim to the room 'I CANNOT BELIEVE SMOKEY ROBINSON IS LOOKING BACK AT ME!' before carrying on with the shoot. Shot for the forthcoming MOJO Interview (August issue) I can honestly tell you it's the phonecall I've dreamt of getting my whole career and thank goodness Smokey was so delightfully courteous and warm else I would have been ruined. Geoff Brown's piece in the mag is an insight and a half so if I never shoot anything again it doesn't matter because this happened. Shot on a Hasselblad 50C with 35-90 lens, with Elinchrom Ranger lighting through a Photek Softlighter, photo fans.

Rummaging...

From The Bays in Mexico, unearthed on a hard drive and never likely to see the light of day, so fly Turismo, fly!

From The Bays in Mexico, unearthed on a hard drive and never likely to see the light of day, so fly Turismo, fly!

On going work: Herne Hill Velodrome

More to come but really enjoying this series of self-initiated work, that exists just because it bloody well should - it's not client-driven or with any agenda other than fun (and creating solid imagery, of course). If you're into it, please share it and stay tuned as there's a big shoot with more Derny coming up. I love me a Derny race.

More to come but really enjoying this series of self-initiated work, that exists just because it bloody well should - it's not client-driven or with any agenda other than fun (and creating solid imagery, of course). If you're into it, please share it and stay tuned as there's a big shoot with more Derny coming up. I love me a Derny race.

Back to the 'drome

Another fine shoot at the Herne Hill Velodrome, for a personal work series I'm working on. Love the place and photographically you can't put a foot wrong - so much subject matter everywhere. Saw some incredible riders that were so focused on their craft it put my chubby self to shame. More to follow in the form of a new gallery, coming soon. Cheers to all participants, inc Lee Valley YCC here and Derek the lap counter and starter gun firer. He's a laugh as you can see. Oh yeah, the bike image at the top was left by a summer shower. Aaaah.

Another fine shoot at the Herne Hill Velodrome, for a personal work series I'm working on. Love the place and photographically you can't put a foot wrong - so much subject matter everywhere. Saw some incredible riders that were so focused on their craft it put my chubby self to shame. More to follow in the form of a new gallery, coming soon. Cheers to all participants, inc Lee Valley YCC here and Derek the lap counter and starter gun firer. He's a laugh as you can see. Oh yeah, the bike image at the top was left by a summer shower. Aaaah.

The Deceptionist is chuffin' magic!

Shoot portraits of a massively well-respected magician and have your mind blown while you're at it? OK! Sav The Deceptionist came and wowed us at the studio while we nailed a new set of press images for him. I love it when he sidles up to us at a party cos you know pure mischief is about to go down - and you will too. More about him here: http://www.deceptionist.co.uk/

Shoot portraits of a massively well-respected magician and have your mind blown while you're at it? OK! Sav The Deceptionist came and wowed us at the studio while we nailed a new set of press images for him. I love it when he sidles up to us at a party cos you know pure mischief is about to go down - and you will too. More about him here: http://www.deceptionist.co.uk/

Matt Halsall at The House of St Barnabas

Just wonderful. The chapel space is so versatile here, yet everything musical works because it is so focused. Maybe it's one's reverence for the Church but that combined with the sonics and the anticipation of seeing an incredible young jazz talent made for a fantastically delicate night of live jazz at The House. Loads more info here.

Just wonderful. The chapel space is so versatile here, yet everything musical works because it is so focused. Maybe it's one's reverence for the Church but that combined with the sonics and the anticipation of seeing an incredible young jazz talent made for a fantastically delicate night of live jazz at The House. Loads more info here.

Professor Green deep in the lab 2

He rapped about his wife a lot, which was nice to hear as well. Shot on the new Hasselblad 50C with Elinchrom Ranger Quadra lighting and another bleeding bloody Photek Softlighter 2 because they keep breaking and despite providing a beautiful quality of light the build quality is proper crappy.

He rapped about his wife a lot, which was nice to hear as well. Shot on the new Hasselblad 50C with Elinchrom Ranger Quadra lighting and another bleeding bloody Photek Softlighter 2 because they keep breaking and despite providing a beautiful quality of light the build quality is proper crappy.

Mojo Cover with The Black Keys

I went to Nashville and shot The Black Keys for the cover of this month's MOJO. You wouldn't believe how much I love this tho it can be quite challenging as I'm walking in pretty cold and without the usual luxuries, plus inevitably you're requiring a fair few elements to go your way to create the lead image for the biggest title in music. I feel as though I respond fairly well to pressure of this kind but still, it can be quite taxing when locations don't fit the bill or meet with expectation. Have a little gander here for more info, and grab yourself one when passing your newsstand. Huge thanks to Westlight Studios, Franklin, TN and the greatest man on the ground (and his tasty whip) Nicholas McGinn Jr.

I went to Nashville and shot The Black Keys for the cover of this month's MOJO. You wouldn't believe how much I love this tho it can be quite challenging as I'm walking in pretty cold and without the usual luxuries, plus inevitably you're requiring a fair few elements to go your way to create the lead image for the biggest title in music. I feel as though I respond fairly well to pressure of this kind but still, it can be quite taxing when locations don't fit the bill or meet with expectation. Have a little gander here for more info, and grab yourself one when passing your newsstand. Huge thanks to Westlight Studios, Franklin, TN and the greatest man on the ground (and his tasty whip) Nicholas McGinn Jr.

Ronnie Scotts House Band Portraits

Fun and laughter shooting the house band from Ronnie's - always an interesting dynamic with these characters as while they are musicians and artists and huge talents in their own right (Tony Remi, above), they're also much like session players in that they exist and work in the background, behind arguably bigger names or talents. Cool guys always - that is a constant.

Fun and laughter shooting the house band from Ronnie's - always an interesting dynamic with these characters as while they are musicians and artists and huge talents in their own right (Tony Remi, above), they're also much like session players in that they exist and work in the background, behind arguably bigger names or talents. Cool guys always - that is a constant.