LPA Photographers / Michael Heffernan / Rainy Day Sunshine

July 13, 2015

Back on a rainy day last month, LPA Photographer Michael Heffernan produced these great images as part of an interior lifestyle shoot.

Using some very well positioned lighting, Michael managed to brighten things up and give a more summery vibe to the story. Michael is a natural at capturing real and authentic moments in his signature style of warm tones and creative set-ups. Could do with some of those lights ourselves today to mask all this rain!

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LPA Photographers / Sam Stowell / Jamie Magazine

July 10, 2015

LPA Photographer Sam Stowell has shot some delicious images for the latest edition of Jamie Magazine, including the cover shot. 

Exploring the tastes and colours of Spain, Sam’s summery alfresco inspired images are giving us plenty of ideas to make the most of the sun!

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LPA Moving Image / Andy Smith / Anthony Sinclair / Braces

July 8, 2015

LPA Photographer Andy Smith has been adding to his impression collection of moving image work with this short.

Commissioned by Mayfair-based tailors, Anthony Sinclair, Andy is creating a series of shorts which showcase the company’s bespoke menswear. James Bond’s original tailor, Anthony Sinclair celebrates the best of British craftsmanship and heritage. Great work Andy!

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LPA Photographers / Julian Love / Repton Boxing Club

July 7, 2015

LPA Photographer Julian Love recently travelled to Repton Boxing Club in Bethnal Green to shoot some of their talent.

Formed in 1884, Repton Boxing Club is an E2 institution and has seen some of the best boxers in London pass through its doors. Julian manages to capture the athleticism and aggression of the sport whilst shedding a new beauty on these fighting machines!

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LPA In Focus / Food & Drink Photography

July 6, 2015

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The Brief / Neo / Motor Neurone Disease Association

July 2, 2015

The Brief is a regular feature on the LPA blog which takes a behind the scenes look at a photoshoot, from brief to final images. For this edition we take you behind the scenes of Patrick Harrison’s recent shoot for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, and we’ve even included a handy photoshoot glossary!

Photographer: Patrick Harrision
Client: Motor Neurone Disease Association
Agency: Neo
Production: LPA Production
Stylist: Rosalind Keep
Shoot date: April 2015
Usage: All media, UK only, 5 years plus online, worldwide, in perpetuity. Moving image – web only

Brighton based design agency Neo contacted us in March with this fantastic brief for Patrick Harrison after one of their designers saw his ongoing work with Thames Reach. This was to be a high profile Above the Line campaign, consisting of three parts; two case studies where Patrick would shoot portraits of people at various stages of living with Motor Neurone Disease and one still life shoot of an empty bucket and garden chair, reminiscent of the Ice Bucket Challenge that took the internet by storm in 2014.

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THE BRIEF

The brief required the portraits of the case studies to be packed full of personality and tell an engaging story, so it was paramount that the photographer had the ability to build a rapport with the case studies and empathise with their situations. We knew instantly that this would be perfect for Patrick.

For the still life shoot, they wanted to evoke feelings of nostalgia and intrigue. A well looked after garden that was once the scene of a person taking part in the ice bucket challenge would become neglected, overgrown and abandoned as if it had stood for 365 days without being tended to.

The production would be shared between LPA, Neo and the MND Association; case studies arranged by Neo and the MND Association, and location and props for the still life shoot arranged by LPA. The turnaround was pretty tight on this one – Neo wanted the shoot to take place in 2 weeks so LPA got cracking on a quote straightaway.

Below are the original scamps that Neo sent to us for the case studies and still life shoots:

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THE ESTIMATE

In our estimate we included:

• Photographer’s fees for 3 x half day shoots

• Recce fees for the still life shoot so Patrick could visit a shortlist of suitable locations prior to the shoot

• Photographic expenses such as digi capture, equipment and lighting kit, post production

• Videographer fees for 2 x half day case study shoots

• Location fees for a location house with a suitable garden

• Crew which consisted of a photographer’s assistant for all shoot days, and a prop stylist for the still life shoot

• Mileage to Manchester and Leicester for the case study shoots and London for the still life shoot

• Miscellaneous costs such as couriers, mobile and insurance

Once the costs had been approved we could begin on the production.

THE LOCATION

It was decided that the case studies were going to be photographed in their own homes in Manchester and Leicester to keep the project as authentic as possible.

For the still life shoot we needed to find a location with a garden that looked as if it had once been loved and enjoyed but was now left untendered. We sent a location brief to location libraries detailing exactly what was required and worked out a shortlist of the most appropriate locations. A recce was carried out of the shortlisted homes then it was down to Neo and the MNDA to make the final decision. They chose a location house in East Dulwich, South London.

THE PROPS STYLING

Rosalind Keep was the stylist for the shoot and sourced the garden chair and bucket. Like the garden, the chair had to look as though it had been abandoned and untouched for a year. She sourced some options from prop houses, Ebay and Gumtree and decided the one below was the most appropriate for this shoot. Ros also used some Dirty Down spray on the day to make it look a bit more weather worn.

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Here’s what Ros had to say about the shoot:

“I thought the concept for the MNDA shoot was clever and poignant, gently reminding the viewer that although the ice bucket challenge craze is over, the condition that caused it is still something that affects many people every day. The shot I was involved in was simple in terms of the quantity and type of props, it was the details that had to be right; the right overgrown lawn, chair and bucket so that it looked like a scene that could be found in anyone’s back garden. I aged the props with a special ‘dirtying’ spray (always fun to actually be allowed to mess thing up!) and I think with Patrick’s composition the final shot made the point it was supposed to very well. I know Patrick took lots of other shots for this campaign and met sufferers and heard their stories, it was a thought provoking job to be involved in for us all.”

THE SHOOT

This was a great project for everyone to be involved in, particularly because it’s for such a worthy cause. Here’s how Patrick found the shoot:

“It was great to be involved in the MNDA #LastSummer campaign. I love shooting real life stories so it was really good to meet and shoot Michael and Ailsa and their families at their homes for the campaign. Both have been diagnosed with the disease so we had to be aware of their needs, keeping everyone at ease and working quickly with the minimum of fuss. It was great to be trusted with an open brief so we didn’t have to work to a layout but the shots had to work together in the campaign and be strong, natural and overall have the summery feel of last summers ice bucket challenge. The most challenging part of the whole shoot was finding a location house that hadn’t cut the grass since last summer but Jonathon at LPA and the location scout got it sorted as always and our stylist Ros ‘aged’ the props to give them the required weathered look. The finished images were retouched by the Forge and look great. I hope the campaign goes some way to raise awareness of motor neurone disease and help those like Michael and Ailsa achieve the best quality of life.” 

Kat, the account manager at Neo, said:

“The team at LPA ensured that everything ran smoothly from start to finish and both ourselves and the MND Association were very happy with the results.”

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PHOTOSHOOT GLOSSARY

Above The Line (ATL) – Paid for advertising space to promote brands and reach out to consumers, and media which gets a mass public audience

Still Life – Photography of an inanimate object

Recce – Informal term for reconnaissance. Allows a chance for the photographer to visit the location in advance to check lighting and logistics

Scamps – Sketches used by art directors to communicate their creative ideas

Dirty Down spray – An ageing spray used to make costumes and props look dirty and old

LPA Photographers / Julian Calverley / Key Parker / Skoda

July 1, 2015

LPA Photographer Julian Calverley continues his relationship with Skoda shooting this summer inspired image.

Commissioned by Midlands-based Key Parker with art director Wayne Rees, Julian has already shot some impressive work for the Skoda team. Definitely getting picnic envy in this sweltering heat!

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LPA Photographers / Liz McBurney / Mexican

June 29, 2015

LPA Photographer Liz McBurney recently shot these bright and bold images in collaboration with food stylist Neus Monté Perlas.

Working with Mexican foods including tortillas, margaritas and tamales, Liz brings some Latin American colour and heat with these fun summery images. Shying away from plain backgrounds, we love the use of turquoise and burnt orange – definitely getting us in a fiesta mood!

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Ask an Agent / Hair & Make-up for ‘Real People’

June 26, 2015

Ask an Agent is a regular monthly column tackling all your dilemmas about the photography industry – the photography industry’s first Agony Aunt!

If you have any questions you’d like to ask a photographers agent please send them to askanagent@lisapritchard.com. Questions can be on anything to do with the photography business, such as photoshoots, marketing, professional practice, pricing, contracts, legal stuff – anything!

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This month we have a great question from a freelance designer about using a hair & make-up artist on shoots when a very natural look is required.

Dear Ask an Agent,

I need to commission photography for an annual report of several employees. I have got a few quotes in from photographers, some of which include a hair and make-up artist. I don’t want the employees to look over made up though, what’s your take on this? I know a lot of your photographers shoot some very natural images and that you also represent hair and make-up artists. Is it a good idea to have one on a shoot?

Brian Philips. Freelance Designer.

Hi Brian,

Thanks for your question. Nice to have one from a designer. This comes up a lot actually on these kinds of shoots and a lot of people share your concern. When commissioning photography of ‘real people’, and not professional models, the brief is usually to keep everything natural. Some clients even specifically request ‘no hair and make-up’ thinking this will help make the end result more authentic. However, the opposite can often be the case!

In our experience, when people know they are having their picture taken they turn up to work all dolled up, perhaps even after a trip to the hairdressers and looking nothing like they would do at work normally! The job of our hair and make-up artists is often to to ‘de-glam’ the subjects and start again.

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The key is to get the right hair and make-up artist and brief them correctly. Our division LPA Style represents some great artists who have tonnes of experience making people look ‘everyday’. I would wholly recommend you do retain this option on your shoot if budget allows.

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LPA Futures / Fay Elizabeth Harpham / Stella McCartney

June 25, 2015

LPA Futures Fay Elizabeth Harpham has been adding to her portfolio of her sleek and sophisticated still life photography with these decadent images shot for Stella McCartney

Shot for the A/W 2015 Stella McCartney lookbook, Fay brought her meticulous eye for detail and lighting with these beautiful accessories. We may try nabbing something next time she’s shooting…

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