When I look through health and fitness images, I’m drawn to images showing the athletes working out in nature at sunrise. Compared to working out in a sweaty, crowded gym it seems healthier, natural and more inspiring.
When I had the opportunity to work with Tertius van Heerden, a Mr. South Africa finalist, I immediately knew what kind of image I wanted to create. On the shoot day, weather conditions worked out perfectly and Richmond Park did not disappoint.
The following images were from a beauty shoot that we did with Katy Pheiffer.
- Model 1: Jessica Munro
- Model 2: Mellissa Lacy
- Model 3: Lucy Scarfe
The sagas in Scandinavia are the equivalent of the fairy tales that most people are familiar with. I’ve always loved the Scandinavian landscape so I thought I would use the landscape for a fairytale.
I’ve loved the Assassins Creed series and always knew that it would inspire my photography. I’ve always thought that the drama and mood of the assassins lives would suit gothic Europe in winter, so the scenes are made up of some iconic gothic locations.
We did a shoot for Bath based bridal wear designer, Robyn Ellis.
We had booked a manor with an amazing garden for the shoot, but on the day, there were 26 flood warnings around the country. Fortunately, the manor interior was just as amazing.
- Makeup: Katy Pheiffer
- Hair: Chris Fordham
- Model 1: Katie Roxburgh
- Model 2: Sarah Smith
- Model 3: Vickie Couts
- Retouch: Amy von Willigh
We had the privilege of working with the multi-talented crew from Key Lime Pie to photograph their summer range for 2012. The range was created with the summer festivals in mind, so we gave the shoot a summer festival feel.
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The sun came out just in time for a photo session with Key-Lime-Pie and their spring/summer range.
We recently did a shoot for Emma Wright, a talented London-based designer. This particular shoot centered around her scarves.
Makeup Artist – Robyn Skinner
We recently took a trip to South Africa and had the chance to work with Zanick Essop. As far as shoots go, this was as spontaneous as it gets. I was doing corporate headshots when I met Zanick. It turned out that he was the South African kickboxing champ and had come 2nd at the 2011 World Championship. As I had my camera gear with me, I suggested that we do a shoot. He agreed, took a lunch break, picked up his brother who also represents South Africa and went to a nearby field. The midday light is a challenge to work in South Africa, but all things considered, I had a great time with Zanick and I’m happy with the way the pictures turned out.
We recently did a beauty shoot of Nargis Jav – a ZeeTV actress.
The three different makeup looks were done by Samihah.
We recently braved the cold England weather to do a yoga/fitness shoot in Bath with Sarah Smith.
About the Team
Model: Sarah was fantastic to work with. Besides looking the part and being willing to be out in cold, windy conditions that hovered around the 4 degree model, she helped out with location scouting and even more importantly, she knew the technical moves involved with yoga. As much as I enjoy photographing yoga, if the pose looks bendy and like something I can’t do, I consider it yoga. Sarah checked each image and re-adjusted her pose to make sure it was technically correct. Sarah can be hired here.
Lighting: Part of creating the mood of these images meant using lighting to creating artificial sunlight. Tina was great with this, running around in a wet forest with light stands and umbrellas.
Retouch: Amy Von Willigh is a professional retoucher based in Cape Town, South Africa. After working with Elle Decor magazine, she moved to photo retouching as her profession. Should you ever need a retoucher, her rates are very reasonable and she has a quick turn around time.
We did a fitness shoot in Port Elisabeth, South Africa with local model, Adel Vrey. We drew inspiration for the shoot from an old Hyundai, “Pretty but tough” campaign. It helps working with a model who does both yoga and mma.
A few months ago I posted a series of pictures of Carl exercising in a misty park. On that day, I saw the mist, contacted Carl and said, “you’re up for a shoot?”.
On the night before this shoot we experienced a snow storm. During the storm, I got a message from Carl, “I’m going for a jog tomorrow morning. Are you up for a shoot?”
He gave me a great lesson for staying fit – it doesn’t take a grand gesture or a massive effort. It takes consistency.
It’s been while since I’ve shared any work as I’ve been processing work for our travel portfolio. We took these images in September last year for Margot de Klerk, an actress based in London. As these headshots were for call sheets, they’ve had minimal retouch done to them. Her eyes are really that blue.
We recently did a shoot of KeyLimePie’s autumn and winter range. Tina is a huge fan of their capes and scarves. Here are a few of our favourite images and a couple of behind the scenes images by Warren Scott, who assisted brilliantly on the day.