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Professional headshots – portraits

Professional headshots – portraits

This week I was asked to create a series of creative portraits to be put together in a collage for a website. Being a portrait photographer in the UK and Dubai keeps me busy and I get to meet lots of interesting people. This client wanted all the shots to be in black & white and also a series of details to be put together to make a creative collage to represent himself on his new website. Using a few lenses – 50mm and 24-105mm for the portraits and my tripod for the slow shutter speed full length I had fun with both my Canon and Sony cameras. Hope you like them as much as I do……

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Food Photography for Betty Crocker

Food Photography for Betty Crocker

Getting ready for Ramadan here in Dubai we did a shoot with Betty Crocker Arabia where we used their products to create new recipes. Using elements of the Muslim faith and an afternoon light feel we created some pleasing images for them to use for their recipe campaign – 30 days – 30 recipes.

You can see their advertising campaign on their Facebook page – Betty Crocker Arabia with all the branding added to my shots.

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food photographer UK

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food photographer UK

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Mamas and Papas Stop motion

Occasionally I work for an amazing photography Agency in Dubai called ‘Seeing Things’ and I get some pretty cool jobs through them. One of the recent ones was a stop motion for Mamas and Papas Middle East.
For a Stop motion with Mamas & Papas we had to use 5 baby outfits and create a summer feel using the clothes and shoes etc, as well as a few props of flowers and butterflies. First the clothes come out of the bag and then they come in to the frame one by one to show off the combination of outfits for the new Summer collection.

It can be seen on the Facebook page of Mamas and Papas Middle East

Have a look and see what you think…..

 

Sony A6300 and the new Gmaster Lenses

 

I had the pleasure to work with the Sony middle east team last week to showcase some of their new products, the new  Sony A6300 camera body and some G Master lenses with the A7RII. I was given 2 days to use these new products and show how amazing they are and what they are capable of. As a photographer and cinematographer I am a huge Sony fan with my own A7sII and hopefully the A7RII soon.

First I want to show you how awesome the A6300 is with the insane 11 frames per second and how quickly it will capture movement and those all important moments.

With a limited amount of time I had so much to do as I knew the cameras and bodies had so much to offer first on my travels was a visit up to Bab Al Shams in Dubai to visit the falcons and the architecture.  The falcons and their handler comes out about 4.30/5pm to show off the the hotel guests, where they can hold the bird for pictures and then see how the bird fly’s.

 

Sony A6300 16-35mm

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Sony A6300 16-35mm       ISO 100   34MM   F8   1/250

 

I captured this image just as the falcon had his hood taken off and was about to fly off to catch his bait.

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Sony A6300 16-35mm      ISO 10000   20MM   F10   1/250

 

Global village was a great place to show off the awesome ISO, even at 10000 it had little noise.

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Sony A6300 16-35mm      ISO 200   20MM   F4   1/1000

 

Desert palm Equestrian centre was a great setting for some horse jumping with Griffin and his owner Sophia. We caught a few sequences to showcase this unbelievably auto focus and fast shutter of 11 frames per second. You can see these sequences popped together here in small animations…

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Sony A7RII 85mm Gmaster

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Sony A7Rii 85mm Gmaster     ISO 125   85MM   F1.7   1/640

The new 85mm Gmaster lens blew me away with the gorgeous bokeh and pin sharp detail shot wide open. The camera was super easy to change focus points and the  camera and lens didn’t let me down once with super fast autofocus.

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Sony A7Rii 85mm  Gmaster     ISO 100   85MM   F1.7   1/2500

A beach shoot with children is a way to test the camera’s auto focus, capturing those all important moments.

 

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Sony A7Rii 85mm  Gmaster     ISO 125   85MM   F2   1/500

One of my favourite portraits of this test, the eyes are pin sharp at f2 and I was super surprised as I used a large focus point.

 

Sony A6300 24-70mm  Gmaster

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Sony A6300 24-70mm      ISO 100   70MM   F4.5   1/250

As a Canon stills and Sony film shooter I have never been fond of the Canon 24-70mm, its just never appealed to me due to my love of primes. However this Sony 24-70mm made me feel otherwise. Its a great all round zoom thats heavy enough to feel great in the hands but not too overboard with the small body.

I loved the almost macro ability of this lens when I shot some food with it, it really gets in there and brings out the details. Just look at the raspberries on these shots, amazing!

 

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Sony A6300 24-70mm      ISO 100   70MM   F4.5   1/250

Yes I did eat the tart! 😉

 

Sony A7RII 24-70mm Gmaster

  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • One XA Element, Two Aspherical Elements
  • One ED Element, One Super ED Element

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Sony A7Rii 24-70mm Gmaster     ISO 100   34MM   F10   1/250

Im a huge lover of arabic architecture and what better place to visit other than Bab Al Shams, in the desert 45 minutes outside of Dubai. This lens is designed to achieve notably high resolution and sharpness and it didn’t let me down one bit!

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Sony A7Rii 24-70mm Gmaster     ISO 100   34MM   F10   1/250

 

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Sony A7Rii 24-70mm Gmaster     ISO 100   63MM   F4.5   1/5  Tripod

Global village

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Sony A7Rii 24-70mm Gmaster     ISO 4000   30MM   F2.8   1/800

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Sony A7Rii 24-70mm Gmaster     ISO 800   65MM   F4   1/200

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Sony A7Rii 24-70mm Gmaster     ISO 800  70MM   F4   1/100

 

I hope you have liked my review of the new Gmaster lenses and the awesome A6300!

 

Product Photography at The Odd Piece – Dubai

I met Arwa who set up The Odd Piece over 4 years ago, both our children have been in the same class since FS1 and have the youngest have become best buddies.
Arwa asked me to come by and look at shooting her products at The Odd Piece a while ago when it was in Jumeirah but the space was cramped and not easy to shoot in. Now the Odd Piece has moved to Alkersal Ave and they have lots of space to accommodate a photoshoot of their products.
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Fashion swimwear photoshoot at the beach with Ink in Water

I was contacted by Ashleigh from ‘Ink in Water’ recently on their visit to Dubai from Australia, the company is a fabulous new concept providing sun safe swimwear and surfer for ladies, men and kids that look gorgeous as well as practical.

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Sydney-based designer Ashleigh Nicholls has ‘taken surf wear out of the dark ages’ and designed truly unique, beautiful yet functional fashion for surfers, sailboarders and water sports lovers worldwide.

I shot this whole shoot on my 50mm canon f1.4 or the 24-105mm f4, some fill flash and a gold reflector.

Hope you like the shots as much as I do!

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Personal trainer shoot with Andrea Hills

I was asked recently to do some shots for a personal trainer who is trying to expand her services, I thought she also needed some images that let her personality shine through as she is super friendly and easy to get get on with.

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Elham Al Qasimi feature for Sassy Mama

I had the pleasure to photograph a very lovely lady Elham Al Qasimi at her home with her 2 gorgeous children. We were aiming to get some natural shots of the three of them for a Sassy Mama blog feature on Inspiring mums in the UAE. Elham Al Qasimi, the first woman and UAE National to reach the North Pole – read the blog post here… Elham Al Qasimi on Sassy Mama Dubai

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Sport photography at Rugby Sevens Dubai 2015

Its been a while since I got to shoot some sport, I was invited along to The Sevens by a client who needed me to shoot some of their brandings and while there I couldn’t help myself to get out my 70-200mm canon new baby. I’m not really into rugby but I totally enjoyed shooting these men and women at The Sevens, the strength int their bodies was outstanding!

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