Beauty Photography for leading Sunday magazine

How skincare got clean for Stella Magazine

Stella Magazine always come up with unique, creative briefs and we love working with them. The concept this time was 'Clean Beauty' so they asked us to fill plain bottles and jars with white cream and to shoot on a neutral white surface perhaps incorporating plinths. The lighting brief was to create beautiful tones and strong shadow.

Samantha sourced some plinths and we were ready to go, after playing around with heights of bottles and the lighting we were very happy with the result.

Clean beauty

The article itself is actually an interesting read by Imelda Burke:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/beauty/skin/how-skincare-got-clean-the-best-paraben-free-brands-to-buy-into/

The magazine was published on June 19th and was best read in the sunshine with coffee.

Sunday morning with coffee

There was also a dachshund enjoying a coffee on the cover of the paper which was a nice nod to our very own studio dog Bill Murray.

Bill Murray wondering what happened to his bone.

Photographing books for Al Newman

Clarks, Sound System Culture and In Fine Style

Al Newman is a designer and DJ (Al Fingers) with a keen interest in Reggae and the culture that goes along with it. He put together a great book about Clarks shoes and the history behind the brand's associations with Jamaica.

Clarks in Jamaica

Al was quoted in The Guardian:

“It is kind of niche,” says Newman, with some understatement. “But I thought – it’s such a colourful story, it’s about time someone documented this. I wanted to focus on the music and the Jamaican musicians who have sung about Clarks. Reggae and dancehall stars Dillinger, Trinity, Ranking Joe, Scorcher, Little John, Super Cat and countless others had sung about Clarks in the past. So I went there just over a year ago to interview and photograph musicians, as well as other people on the street wearing the shoes.”

You can read the full article here: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2012/oct/28/clarks-shoes-reggae-jamaica-feature

His next book was a collaboration with Mandeep Samra and Paul Huxtable about Huddersfield's connection with Sound System Culture.

Sound System Culture

More info on that book and in fact all of Al's books you can find out more here:

 

http://www.onelovebooks.com/Sound-System-Culture-1#.V2qAfI5Ybzc

Al's latest project is about the Jamaican graphic artist Wilfred Limonious who produced some of the most iconic dancehall artwork from the 1980's. The book In Fine Style is a collaboration with Canadian writer Christopher Bateman. Al popped into the studio to shoot the book ahead of it's launch and exhibition.

In Fine Style

Published by One Love Books

Spread from In Fine Style

Wilfed Limonious

Another spread from In Fine Style

It's always a pleasure to photograph Al's books and hear about his latest projects. He's well worth investigating further if you're not familiar with his work:

https://www.onelovebooks.com/

Book photography for a web shop

Matthew Maran’s Hampstead Heath

I have known photographer Matthew Maran for years, we actually went to school together so I could have filled this blog post with embarrassing photos of us both. However, thankfully his new book is so beautiful it makes a lot more sense to showcase that instead.

Hampstead Heath (London's Countryside) is the latest book from wildlife photographer Matthew Maran

After spending years traveling the world as a wildlife photographer, Matt decided to focus (no pun intended) on the homegrown wildlife at Hampstead Heath. Realising that London has it's own unique wildlife to explore.

Spine detail

Matt got in touch as he needed still life book photography for his web shop launch. It was a real pleasure to get a sneak peek of the book ahead of the gallery launch which was last weekend. The book is available here: http://www.matthewmaranshop.com/product/hampstead-heath-london-s-countryside it really is well worth a look.

Autumn spread

Grebes feeding in Hampstead ponds

Matt also brought along some of his prints to photograph and wanted me to bring out the detail on his monkey stamp which is used to authenticate the prints.

Monkey stamp

If you're interested in seeing more of Matt's work you can do so here: http://matthewmaran.com/

Social media photography and promotion

The fruitless quest for free beer

In honour of National Beer Day.

Here at Light Project we love a Friday afternoon beer around 4.15 and a bit of Steve Wright's Serious Jockin' (yup, we're not ashamed).

A nice drop of Punk IPA

Like most folks these days we're keen to try the latest craft beers. We ordered ourselves a mixed case of Brewdog beers and suddenly the photo opportunities seemed to flood in. We have a studio dog/PR Manager called Bill Murray. We couldn't resist getting him involved in our social media photography and promotion, hoping to snag some free beer in the process.

Contains bark and bite.

This particular afternoon was a lot of fun and luckily Bill isn't averse to a spot of dressing up. We simply couldn't resist when Elvis Juice was launched.

 

Thank you very much.......

Alas, our efforts were fruitless but we had a lot of fun along the way and drank some tasty brews.

Bill ponders the universe