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lifestyle fitness

Planning a photoshoot with Covid 19

Planning a photoshoot with Covid 19. Lifestyle Fitness, a very popular chain of gyms, with branches all over the UK, booked me for a photo shoot. Of course I jumped at this opportunity. The photos were for their updated website, as well as for print and banner advertising. My brief was to photograph models working out in a gym environment. One of my biggest bugbears when looking at advertising with models, is that most photos fake. It is obvious to see that they are posing and not at all natural looking. We discussed my point of view, and we came to an agreement to shoot realistic and natural looking photos. It was essential that it looked like it happened in a real environment. A lot of...

optimise your website for seo

How to use video to promote your business

I will talk about how to use video to promote your business. A professional video production can help optimising your website for search engines, and increase sales or bookings. I was contacted by Marnes - a luxury wellness clinic on the Costa Blanca in Spain to create a promotional video to be used on Youtube and on their website. Bookings had been in decline because of the Covid 19 restrictions, and they were looking to use a video production to reach more potential clients. This is not the first time I have been contracted by a company that wants to use video to promote their business. I find this type of video production really rewarding as I need to ensure the video I create is going...

recover lost files

Saving lost or deleted files on a hard drive

Saving lost or deleted files on a hard drive. I will talk about how to recover lost files and how to restore accidentally deleted files from a memory card using Disk Drill. As a photographer and video producer I have numerous hard drives with ongoing projects. At some point a hard drive or memory card will become corrupted or fail. It might have even been accidentally deleted or formatted. This happened to me recently. I had three video production projects, all nearly completed. I also had a photographs to edit and send from a shoot on the Costa Blanca. I was transferring the video projects and photo files from one had drive to another, when my hard drive failed and all my video edits and photography projects...

real estate photographer alicante

Real Estate Photographer Spain

Photographer Spain - as a real estate photographer, I photograph luxury villas for holiday rental companies and property developers. Being a photographer in Spain, interior photography is made so much easier with the regular sunshine we get. Alicante on the Costa Blanca has one of the best yearly sunshine statistics. I recently photographed loft apartment in Alicante, and my client was really happy with the photos.  I was based in the UK as a photographer for 10 years, and to photograph interiors on overcast wintry days was far more complicated. I had to carry at least two lighting setups as well as make sure I had my camera flash with an extra set of batteries ready. [caption id="attachment_4939" align="alignleft" width="800"] The light in the apartment really...

photography terms and conditions

Photography terms and conditions

Photography terms and conditions are essential to you photographic business. It can save your reputation as a photographer, a lot of money and most importantly a lot of time. I nearly had a bad experience a couple of years ago, when I was contracted to do a studio photo shoot for Dock Of The Bay, a clothing company based in the UK. I was set to photograph their Autumn range of clothing in a studio I had booked in Leeds. There were also 2 models booked for the day and everything was set. Two days before the photo shoot around 4 large boxes of clothing arrived. They were sealed and upon opening the garments were still packaged and most importantly no creases were ironed out. If...

photography and covid

Photography and Covid 19

It has been incredibly difficult to do any photography and Covid 19 restrictions limiting almost all aspects of taking pictures. One area of photography that is particularly restricted is event photography. My photography colleagues from all over the world have said that they have instantly seen their incomes completely disappear. Fortunately for me I am not only a photographer, I also work as a photo editor and having this as a service I offer has helped me through this financially difficult time. The restrictions have slowly been lifted, but I felt that event photography was a long way away from resuming. I was pleasantly surprised to receive a call from the director of the Adda Simfonica enquiring if I could come and take photographs of a concert...

Sri Lanka exotic travel destination

Travel photography assignments

Travel photography assignments. It's not every day you get offered your dream job. I was contacted by a bespoke travel agency to become a travel photographer. Anglo Indiago Travels - specialise in tailor made holidays to exotic travel destinations. Their main travel destinations are: India, Sri Lanka, The Maldives, Nepal Madagascar to mention a few. Over the years I have had quite a few travel photography assignments. I have been to Dubai and Morocco as a professional event photographer. I have also travelled the world with a classical orchestra and I am sure my experience, photographing and travelling was what they were looking for when they got in touch. They  were looking to recruit a professional photographer to accompany their guests. My main tasks would be to...