The above was one taken during two days working the Portland Spa in Southport. The award winning spa offers a range of treatments and pampering days for everyone including couples, friends, hen weeekend treats etc. The spa is in an old church and has a truly relaxing atmosphere; my problem was staying awake!
This image was one of a series launching the clothing brand “UR” whichg exists to support a unique charity , “Hope street” which was set up to offer varied ways to support people with mental health issues. We are proud to support their work and hope in a small way it helps with thier valuable work. Depression and other mental illnesses are in many ways a silent killer and the isolating effect of mental illness just makes matters worse. Hope Street offer a friendly ear and support when it is most needed.
This image was shot outside the iconic Liver Buildings on the Liverpool Waterfront during Liverpool Fashion Week in 2018.
The above image was one from a recent commission to promote bookings for a holiday appartment on the Algarve. The shoot included shots of the interior and exterior during the day and night along with unique shots of the local facilities and area including the local beaches and the Wold famous Villa Sol golf course where we arranged to meet the course general manager in order to get images that maximise the appeal of the appartment. It is an examplle of producing images with added marketing value and going the extra mile.
This is what our client had to say within a few weeks of the shoot.
“We received unbelievable service from start to finish. Mark has an eye for detail and ability to understand exactly what was required. We have found his pictures have increased our bookings dramatically. Would highly recommend”
This cheese soufle is one of a range of dishes on the menu at the Punchbowl Inn at Crossthwaite in teh Lake district. The pub is one of Britains top ”gastro” pubs. It is certainly a far cry from the cold pie on a bar that grew up with.
This shoot took place during service on a table in the bar area so that we did not interfere with the running of the pub. The skill with this dish is speed. As with all our food shoots the food is fully preapred and we do not use “fakery” as I believe you can tell the difference. I love the pressure of having to work quickly and good results are achieved by communication and planning with the kitchen.
This image appears first on the website gallery and seems to be a universal favourite. The story behind it is not as it seems.
The image is designed to convery the sense of handmade breadmaking and the skill and care of the baker.
Although it was an artisan bakery the bakery itself was a modern stainless steel affair which of course is right and proper for hygiene reasons. For the shot we actually used part of the counter of an old sweet shop next door. A few carefully placed props and some post production work was then all that was necessary to create the final image.
The picture was shot to be used as a front cover for a cookbook on baking, whose proceeds went to a local hospice and we were pleased to waive our fee for the work.
Yorkshire based Three Little Pigs know a few things about chorizo having won numrous awards. . nThe pigs live on set aside land roaming free. They are then slaughtereed before the meat is turned in to the final products back on the farm.
This shot was one of a day long shoot comissioned by the PR company and formed part of a Sunday Times article to tell teh story of the buisness , the care of the animals and the quality of the final product..
I spent most of the very hot summer day lying in Pig sh*t! .
If you have a story to tell then we can help with supporting images to get your message over.
This shot of Norwich based chef Roger Hickman.was taken during a charity event while he was running the pass. I think the message was “two ready at the pass” and not something to do with me sticking a camera in front of him!
This image was one of a number of shots including more traditional meat prooduct shots for a commercial butchers who were looking to catch the eye wityh something different. In this shoot we used an amateur model dressed in a bacon bikini as a nod to the meat dress worn by Lady Gaga some years ago,.
This image was taken of Lisa Allen from Northcote Manor at the Skills for Chefs Conference 2018. It is todays image as we are preeparing to leave to shoot the 2019 event which starts tomorrow. kills For Chefs Conference is a premier conference in the industry and takes palce at Sheffield Coillege and University featuring demonstrations and dinners from some of the World’s top Chefs. We are delighted to support the event and provide the PR images for the entire conference. If you need coverage for your event please give us a call.
This picture was taken while working for one of the race teams at the 24 hour endurance races at the Catalunya Circuit near Barcelona.. The stoirm happened during night practice and shortly after this came a major hailstorm causing extensive damage. The shot was not “photoshopped” but was gained through a combination of luck, perserverance and perhaps some stupidity as I was the only person to remain up on the roof of the pits during the storm!
This apparently simple shot of a white hens egg required careful lighting to show the egg against the white background and maintain depth. with the right amount of shaddow.. The shot was part of a campaign for a training company specialising in growing new businesses.
This Sousvide dish was prepared by chef director Chris Holland who works at #SousVideTools. It was one of a series of recipe shoots demonstrating the flexibility and benefits of sousvide cooking. The dish itself is the star of the image but around it are some of the raw ingredients. The shot featured in magazines and websites on behalf of Sous Vide Tools. To see more about Sous Vide cooking visit the company site below
This night image was part of a series of brochure and PR shots for the owners of FallBarrow Park whow werre selling the stunning log cabin for £865,000. That did not include the hot tub in the shot which was lent for the shoot.
The brief called for day time shots of the interior and exterior but we suggested the addition of the night shot to add to the magic of the stunning building and its rural idylic setting close to teh shore of Lake Windermere. To find out more about how we can add value contact Mark today.
This image was one of a series shot for Liverpool based magazine My Planet Liverpool. The final shot was a portrait image used as the cover for their Christmas 2018 edition.( see below).
The brief was provided late on the day before teh shoot due to the magazine not having a suitable cover and the shot was done at around 9pm on a windy November evening with the images delivered to the editor by 11pm. The shot involved a combination of techniques but primarily using High Dynamic Range (HDR) which over lays 3 images of different exposures. On a windy night this requires a very steady Tripod!
This image was produced for world leading LED manufacturer Marl International.who designed a campaign around the replacement of old bulb technology by modern LED bulbs. The initial brief feratured a static stock image of a broken bulb but on our advice the client favoured a “live action” exploding bulb.
The issue then was how we could do it, The normal route of using a highspeed camera was cost prohibitive so we designed a low tech solution using a bulb, an air rifle, a darkened room, some paper and a freestanding flash bulb, scafolding board and some loft insulation!. We could say more but that would be telling!
The result was a shot the client loved and for us a good days work!
To see how we can develop your ideas give us a call. We are more than a “snapper”!