Variation on a Theme

Hello again and welcome to my blog!

I am very happy to share what I have been up to over the past month. I have enjoyed having a huge variation in subjects, photographing plenty of football but also dance, events and some headshots thrown in for good measure!

A couple of months ago I was up in Birmingham photographing classes for the DanceXchange. This was the first time I worked with the DanceXchange, but the open and friendly atmosphere at the studios made me feel like I had been there many times before! It was a pleasure photographing the classes, observing people dancing for the joy of it. I am looking forward to announcing more collaborations with this great organisation in the future, so stay tuned. To learn about the DanceXchange's open classes find details on their website here.

 
 Open classes at the  DanceXchange , Birmingham.

Open classes at the DanceXchange, Birmingham.

 
 Open classes at the  DanceXchange , Birmingham.

Open classes at the DanceXchange, Birmingham.

 Open classes at the  DanceXchange , Birmingham.

Open classes at the DanceXchange, Birmingham.

As mentioned, I photographed plenty of football over the past month. I attended my first England international game at Wembley, as well as my first Cup Final. I performed club photographer duties for two teams and I even got a shot of ‘that’ Aaron Ramsey goal for Arsenal against CSKA Moscow! Below are some of my highlights in addition to a few of the publications.

As well as sports and dance, I had my old colleague and friend Jon Savage join me in the home studio for a headshot session. Jon has moved away from dance and has now trained to be an actor. Jon wanted his images to express his open and friendly personality whilst remaining neutral. Working on set, Vanessa and I gave Jon thoughts and ideas to help him draw out nuanced expressions. To see Jon's actor profile click here.

 
 Actor's headshot for  Jon Savage .

Actor's headshot for Jon Savage.

 
 Actor's headshot for  Jon Savage .

Actor's headshot for Jon Savage.

 

Additionally, I was thrilled to work with the Sam Holden Agency and cover this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction photographing the awards and events on behalf of the prize. During the Women’s Prize for Fiction, my job was to capture images from the week of panel discussions at the Bailey’s Book Bar at the Gower Street Waterstones. It was fantastic to spend my time working listening to inspirational, funny and intelligent discussions. To find out more about the Women's Prize for Fiction click here.

 Event photography for  Women's Prize for Fiction .

Event photography for Women's Prize for Fiction.

 Event photography for  Women's Prize for Fiction .

Event photography for Women's Prize for Fiction.

 Event photography for  Women's Prize for Fiction .

Event photography for Women's Prize for Fiction.

Lastly, I joined the National Youth Dance Company at Sadler’s Wells to photograph their new premiere, Used to be Blonde choreographed by guest Artistic Director, Sharon Eyal. This shoot threw up some challenges of being a dark piece with black unitards and black backdrop. Thankfully my Nikon D5 didn’t let me down and let me shoot this work as if the dancers were flooded with light! 

  Used to be Blonde  choreographed by  Sharon Eyal  and performed by  National Youth Dance Company .

Used to be Blonde choreographed by Sharon Eyal and performed by National Youth Dance Company.

  Used to be Blonde  choreographed by  Sharon Eyal  and performed by  National Youth Dance Company .

Used to be Blonde choreographed by Sharon Eyal and performed by National Youth Dance Company.

  Used to be Blonde  choreographed by  Sharon Eyal  and performed by  National Youth Dance Company . Publication in the  Independent .

Used to be Blonde choreographed by Sharon Eyal and performed by National Youth Dance Company. Publication in the Independent.

  Used to be Blonde  choreographed by  Sharon Eyal  and performed by  National Youth Dance Company .

Used to be Blonde choreographed by Sharon Eyal and performed by National Youth Dance Company.

I have lots lined up for the coming weeks, which I will of course share with you in due course.

See you next time,

Stephen

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Hello,

Throughout March I have been lucky to photograph in theatres, stadiums and arenas witnessing some incredible moments and achieving important milestones! So without further ado, here is what I have been up to.

As I mentioned in my previous blog (Feat. Football), in February I started working with and shooting for Pro Sport Images, covering football matches for editorial publication. I am very happy to say I have been published on a number of occasions both in national and European press (see Tear Sheets). On the 16th March I achieved an important milestone in getting published on the back page of national newspaper, in The Guardian no less! Below are my publications for the night.

 
  Danny Welbeck  celebrates scoring from the penalty spot in  Arsenal 's Europa League match against  AC Milan . Publication in  The   Guardian .

Danny Welbeck celebrates scoring from the penalty spot in Arsenal's Europa League match against AC Milan. Publication in The Guardian.

 
  Danny Welbeck  scores from the penalty spot in  Arsenal 's Europa League match against  AC Milan . Publication in  24.hu .

Danny Welbeck scores from the penalty spot in Arsenal's Europa League match against AC Milan. Publication in 24.hu.

  Danny Welbeck  scores his second goal of the night in  Arsenal 's Europa League match against  AC Milan . Publication in  The Guardian  online.

Danny Welbeck scores his second goal of the night in Arsenal's Europa League match against AC Milan. Publication in The Guardian online.

Earlier in the month I was at Sadler’s Wells photographing the visiting Ballet BC of British Columbia, Canada. We were treated to the work, 16 + a room choreographed by artistic director, Emily Molnar. The work was highly physical and presented some great photographic opportunities. Below is a collage of some of my favourite shots, but for the full gallery click here.

 Dancers of  Ballet BC  perform  16 + a room  choreographed by  Emily Molnar  at  Sadler's Wells , London.

Dancers of Ballet BC perform 16 + a room choreographed by Emily Molnar at Sadler's Wells, London.

I was really excited to return to the Echo Arena, Liverpool for a second year to photograph the Artistic Gymnastics British Championships. This year we saw two new gymnasts crowned the All-Around British Champions. Kelly Simm of Dynamo School Of Gymnastics took the Women’s title and Brinn Bevan of South Essex Gymnastics Club took the Men’s title. I have made a page dedicated to the #2018British which you can view by clicking the link here. But here are a couple of my favourite shots below.

  Nile Wilson  on the Parallel Bars.

Nile Wilson on the Parallel Bars.

  Kelly Simm  on the Beam.

Kelly Simm on the Beam.

  Amy Tinkler  on the Uneven Bars.

Amy Tinkler on the Uneven Bars.

  Gaius Thompson  on the Pommel Horse.

Gaius Thompson on the Pommel Horse.

  Brinn Bevan  on the Rings.

Brinn Bevan on the Rings.

  Hamish Carter  on the Horizontal Bar.

Hamish Carter on the Horizontal Bar.

Lastly, I headed to Brixton Academy to photograph Feeder live. This was the first time photographing a music photography, so it was quite an eye opener! With live music, photographers are allowed to photograph a small number of songs (3-6 tracks) at the start of the band’s set. With this limited time photographer’s have to quickly capture an gallery’s worth of images. It was my first time shooting concert photography, but I happy with the images I came away with, and also very happy to see Feeder themselves shared one of my images!

 
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I have some very exciting projects coming up, so watch this space!

Stephen