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5 Minutes with… / Hayley Nia Thomas / Photographer’s Assistant

September 1, 2014

This month we spent 5 minutes catching up with Hayley Nia Thomas, a photographer’s assistant who has been working with our very own Kerry Harrison for 2 years.  Read on for her reflections on the skills required to be a successful assistant, the importance of admiration for the photographer you work with, and her tips for new photography graduates!

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How did you become a photographer’s assistant?

I was originally working in a studio doing product photography. I realised that shooting in a dark basement with backdrops, props and lights wasn’t for me and that I was more inspired by people and locations. Then a friend recommended me to LPA photographer Kerry Harrison who shoots people and lifestyle. I saw this as a perfect opportunity to change direction and to think about where I want to take my career.

What’s the best and worst thing about your job?

Assisting is great for me, I am able to gain an invaluable insight. Whilst I do have a lot of responsibility on shoots, I am also able to take a slight backseat and observe how everything is done. There isn’t much I don’t like about my job – I find it incredibly rewarding and fun. However, sometimes days can be very intense and exhausting.

What qualities do you think are most important in being a successful photographer’s assistant?

I’ve learned that you need to be adaptable, as you are always working with different clients across various environments. It is important to read situations well so that you can act appropriately. You need to be on the ball at all times and really pay attention to what your team needs. This way you gradually gain an understanding of how they work so that you can always be two steps ahead.

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© Hayley Nia Thomas

How important is it for you to assist a photographer whom you admire?

I think if you admire the photographer then it helps to motivate you through the tough working days. You may also find that working on shoots in which you love the work being produced to be more helpful to your own practice. However, I believe it is important that you aren’t too heavily influenced by them, as you need to develop your own way of working and adapt the skills you’ve learned to your own personality and work. I also think that all experience is good experience, and if you work with a photographer that you don’t admire then this can help you see what you don’t want to be doing.

What advice would you give to new graduates entering the industry? Do you think it’s important to assist when you’re starting out?

I think if you aren’t particularly experienced or confident then assisting is a great way to learn about the industry and develop relationships. It is also a good way to decide what area of photography you want to get into. When I graduated I took the first job I could find and ended up being in an area of photography so far removed from what I am about, so assisting allows to you experiment a bit more.

As well as assisting Kerry you work as a freelance portrait photographer.  How would you describe your aesthetic and influences?

I am usually inspired by what people do and who they are, and I aim to create an intimate moment in my photograph in which a hint of their personality comes to life. I usually stage my shoots, as I like to have control over the mood and composition. I love the work of Esther Teichmann, Rinko Kawauchi and Rineke Dijkstra. Their work is extremely evocative – there is a subtle tension, yet stillness. That to me is very powerful.

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© Hayley Nia Thomas

Where do you go to seek inspiration for your own work?

I look at a lot of blogs online, for example If You Leave, Wandering Bears and Self Publish Be Happy. I also read the British Journal of Photography and Seasaw magazine, as well as attending a lot of exhibitions. My favourite is the annual Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize.

What is the most exciting shoot you have ever worked on?

Probably a shoot with Kerry Harrison for Sage where he was photographing an artist in her studio and her home. For me that is what I would love to be doing, so I really enjoyed watching how someone else approached the job and thinking about how I would of tackled it if it were my commission.

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© Hayley Nia Thomas

Thanks Hayley!

LPA Photographers / Sam Stowell / M&S

August 28, 2014

LPA Photographer Sam Stowell was recently commissioned by M&S to photograph their Slate Range of serving platters.

Sam used simple and beautiful moody lighting to compliment the dark stone, whilst simultaneously drawing the gaze in directly to the delicious food.  He shot a diverse range from cheese to tapas, bread to fruit, showing how the platters provide elegant dining solutions for every occasion.

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© Sam Stowell

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© Sam Stowell

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© Sam Stowell

LPA Photographers / Kerry Harrison / Savvy / Adidas

August 18, 2014

LPA Photographer Kerry Harrison recently worked with retail specialist Savvy on this great project for Adidas

Shot on location at the luxurious Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire, Kerry brought a more urban edge to the normally very gentile sport of golf. LPA Style’s Alice Timms provided the great sports luxe looks while Claire Louise was on hand to make sure all the male models looked their very best. Fab team effort as always guys and lovely results.

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LPA Photographers / Andy Smith / Beach Test

August 14, 2014

LPA photographer Andy Smith recently shot this lovely lifestyle test on the sunny south English coast.

Andy’s candid approach allows the images to feel natural, spontaneous and authentic, whilst stylist Natalie Corfield has created a laid-back look to compliment the quaint beach surroundings of Hengistbury Head in Dorset.

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LPA Photographers / Sam Stowell / Jamie Magazine

August 11, 2014

LPA food photographer Sam Stowell shot this mouthwatering cover feature for the August issue of Jamie Magazine.

Sam proves his versatility by eschewing his usual rustic style for a suitably bold and bright approach in this delicious series of homemade ice cream recipes. The vibrant colours and simple framing make the ice cream look amazing, and we love the way in which the model’s nails are used to compliment each shot.

Sam is a firm favourite at Jamie magazine and has been shooting for them since issue 2.  This shoot was a particularly fun one, with lots of yummy ice cream tasting as a bonus!

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© Sam Stowell

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LPA Photographers / Kerry Harrison / Leo Burnett Belgrade / Vip Mobile

August 8, 2014

LPA Photographer Kerry Harrison has continued his work with the Belgrade branch of Leo Burnett and Vip Mobile Image Library in this bright and breezy shoot.

Working with models of all ages and backgrounds, Kerry succeeds in showing the many facets of the vibrant Serbian capital Belgrade.  Kerry’s fresh, crisp style captures the essence of summer perfectly and has us all wishing it wasn’t nearing an end!

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© Kerry Harrison

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LPA Awards

August 7, 2014

We’re proud to announce that LPA photographer Nick Daly and LPA Futures photographer Oliver Haupt have recently scooped some very impressive awards.

Nick Daly won gold in the ‘Best Unlisted/International Report’ category at the Corporate & Financial Awards for his work with Conran Design on the Cancer Research 2013 Report and Review. He was rewarded for his ability to communicate a complex topic in a straightforward manner, to meet and surpass the requirements placed on corporate reporting and on the quality of the completed work. Always getting the best out of his subjects, Nick’s images are full of natural warmth and solidarity, highlighting the power of humanity over hardship and illness.

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© Nick Daly

Meanwhile our talented Futures photographer Oliver Haupt has swept the board at the PX3 Prix de la Photographie 2014, winning gold for his ‘Transporter’ series in the  ‘Professional Advertising Self Promotion’ and ‘Professional Advertising Calendar’ categories.  He also won Silver for his ‘Youth’ and ‘High Noon’ series’ in the ‘Professional Portraiture’ category, and bronze in the ‘Professional Advertising’ category for the teaser poster for the film ‘Las brujas de Zurragarmurdi’.

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© Oliver Haupt

A huge well done to both photographers on these achievements!

LPA Photographers / Liz McBurney / Samson & Fox

July 31, 2014

LPA Photographer Liz McBurney recently photographed Samson & Fox’s great ‘Flatjack’ range of chairs.

Described by Samson & Fox as “modern interpretations of a design classic,” it’s clear to see why Liz’s contemporary aesthetic was chosen to depict the utilitarian functionality of the product.  Her lovely crisp and clean use of lighting highlights every subtle design detail and ensures the chairs are looking their absolute best.

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© Liz McBurney

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© Liz McBurney

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© Liz McBurney

LPA Photographers / Rowan Fee / John Lewis Sound Systems

July 29, 2014

LPA Photographer Rowan Fee has been adding to his growing body of work for John Lewis with this slick and refined Sound Solutions shoot.

Shot to promote John Lewis’ auditory accessories range, Rowan’s unparalleled use of perspective ensures that the products are captured in a way that boasts both their aesthetics and functionality.  We love how he cleverly uses bold graphics to highlight the connection with other products.  Polished work as always, Rowan!

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© Rowan Fee

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© Rowan Fee

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© Rowan Fee

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The Brief / Anthony Nolan / NHS Stem Cell Registry Annual Review

July 25, 2014

The Brief is a quarterly feature on the LPA blog which takes a behind the scenes look at a photoshoot.

THE BRIEF

Photographer: Patrick Harrison

Client: Anthony Nolan

Title: Together for Better

Art Director: Dilhan Attanayake

Shoot dates: February 2014

Usage: Annual Review, UK, 1 year

This time we centre The Brief on a project Patrick Harrison has recently completed for UK Charity Anthony Nolan, the NHS and the Department of Health.  Having worked with Patrick previously, the client knew his natural reportage-style approach and knack for capturing his subjects in their own environments (see below) would make him perfect for the job.

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The Brief:

The original brief from Dilhan Attanayake, the Creative Studio Manager at Anthony Nolan and Art Director for the shoot, was to produce a series of portraits for the Anthony Nolan and NHS Stem Cell Registry 2014 Annual Review.  Each portrait would capture a different person associated with the cause, from the chief executive of Anthony Nolan to donors themselves.  The purpose was to mark achievements made in stem cell transplantation so far, and to measure further progress that can be made.  The images needed to be natural and engaging, with a contemporary feel.

The Shoot Prep:

This involved:

Photographer’s Requirements:

• Photographic expenses for x 4 half day shoots – digi-capture, equipment and lighting kit, post-production

Crew:

• Photographer’s 1st Assistant

Transport:

• Expenses – Travel & mileage to Nottingham, Leicester, RAF Brize Norton and North London

Miscellaneous:

• Couriers, mobile and production insurance

The Location:

It was decided that Patrick would shoot each subject in his or her own working environment, which saw him traveling across the country and meeting lots of interesting people affiliated with the cause.  Patrick’s ability to capture people in a spontaneous and genuine manner has resulted in final imagery that is sincere and anchors the message of the Annual Review perfectly.

Patrick shot the stem cell donors in Nottingham, Leicester and RAF Brize Norton, as well as shooting representatives from Anthony Nolan and the NHS in London.

The Shoot

This was a successful and enjoyable shoot for both Patrick and the client, who both commented on how smooth the process was.  Here Patrick reveals a bit about the things he needed to consider upon receiving the brief:

“This was a really nice portrait brief from Anthony Nolan. The client and the art director were present for the first shoot, which was the perfect opportunity to discuss how best to approach the other shoots as I would be doing these alone with an assistant.

We discussed that all the portraits would be used bleed on a single page A4 portrait format with no text so shooting with this in mind meant all the shots taken were usable. The tone of the portraits was the other major consideration. They needed to be focused and direct, capturing and communicating the strength and openness of all involved. The pictures would be used to encourage others to consider being a donor in the future so this wasn’t a light hearted brief. 

I love photographing real life stories and meeting new and inspiring people is always rewarding. My aim is always to make those people feel as special as possible, and to be sensitive to their wishes. This ultimately means making quick decisions about possible locations / backgrounds and working as a team with the assistant to put everyone at ease. The experience should appear to be effortless and should hopefully be rewarding and enjoyable for all and not like a bad trip to the dentist, which is probably what most people are expecting! 

The final images were printed beautifully and seeing them for the first time was really exciting, I don’t think I’ll ever lose that feeling!” 

Case Study 1:

Andrew Parry, Survival equipment fitter at RAF Brize Norton.

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© Patrick Harrison / Anthony Nolan/NHS/Department of Health

Case Study 2:

Zach Hughes, Fit Panel Member from Leicester.

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© Patrick Harrison / Anthony Nolan/NHS/Department of Health

Case Study 3:

Ross Kirk, Physics teacher from Mansfield.

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© Patrick Harrison / Anthony Nolan/NHS/Department of Health

Here’s what Dilhan had to say about working with Patrick:

“The right Imagery on this project was key to its success as we wanted to show how individuals from everyday backgrounds could, by a selfless act, save the life of a person with blood cancer, by donating their stem cells and registering as a donor on NHS Blood or the Anthony Nolan register. The individuals in the images taken by Patrick Harrison came from all walks of life and in this respect we wanted the images to reflect them and their surroundings in an honest, realistic way that Patrick’s captures effortlessly.

The team at LPA were fantastic from our initial conversation about the idea to the delivery of the final images, they made everything run so seamlessly that all we had to do was concentrate on making sure that we had a worthy design to marry Patrick’s beautiful images.”

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© Patrick Harrison / Anthony Nolan/NHS/Department of Health

Photoshoot Glossary

Art Director: Responsible for the overseeing the visual direction of the shoot.

Annual Review: A comprehensive report on an organisation’s activities throughout the preceding year, intended to give people information of key work, achievements and financial performance.

Digi-capture: The process of taking the photos on a photoshoot, capturing the images with a digital camera.

Post-production: Varies from light colour correcting to more complex retouching e.g colour treatments, multipart comping.

1st Assistant: The photographer’s right hand man on a shoot, who’s responsibility is to do all the tasks required so the photographer is free to concentrate on taking the pictures.  They would usually be quite involved in the lighting and digital downloading.

 

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