Aaron Ramsey

An Eventful Autumn

Hello,

I am back from an unplanned hiatus from writing my Blog, with a post sharing my eventful autumn. Over the past couple of months I have been working on various commissions, with long days of shooting and the subsequent hours of editing. My work has taken me to the dance studio, court side, pitch side, in nurseries, in gyms and in theatres. 

 
Greg Rutherford  is interviewed by the team at  Sportsbeat  on behalf of  British Rowing  and  SAS Analytics .

Greg Rutherford is interviewed by the team at Sportsbeat on behalf of British Rowing and SAS Analytics.

 

Just as my previous post, I have continued to cover club photography duties for EFL Championship teams Leeds United and Middlesbrough FC. In addition to photographing directly for these clubs I have also attended other games covering for agency Pro Sports Images. Football photography has an incredibly fast workflow, with images being; selected, imported, captioned, edited, exported, uploaded within a few minutes of a goal being scored. I don’t often get to review my shots, but here are some images I’ve picked out to share with you.

 
 

Recently I have been working with sports content creators, Sportsbeat, part of the BeatMediaGroup. It has been great working with the team, and it has taken me to some really exciting and interesting events where I have had the chance to meet lots of sports celebrities! These images have accompanied local and national articles as well as official social channels.

I was really happy to have been asked to work with BBC Comic Relief covering a visit to a children’s play centre by ex Girls Aloud turned solo pop star, Nadine Coyle. This was a lovely job to cover, celebrating children’s right to play. Naturally, everyone in the building had a huge smile on their face!

 
Nadine Coyle  attends a nursery with  BBC Children In Need  and  Asda  to launch the  Power of Play 2018  campaign.

Nadine Coyle attends a nursery with BBC Children In Need and Asda to launch the Power of Play 2018 campaign.

 
Nadine Coyle  attends a nursery with  BBC Children In Need  and  Asda  to launch the  Power of Play 2018  campaign.

Nadine Coyle attends a nursery with BBC Children In Need and Asda to launch the Power of Play 2018 campaign.

Nadine Coyle  attends a nursery with  BBC Children In Need  and  Asda  to launch the  Power of Play 2018  campaign.

Nadine Coyle attends a nursery with BBC Children In Need and Asda to launch the Power of Play 2018 campaign.

As with last year, I was back photographing for the British Basketball League and Women’s British Basketball League. This included photographing headshots for the players in addition to action shots from games for use on the official social channels and website. Basketball is a great game to photograph, with it’s own set of challenges. The fast pace nature of the game can present some very physical, and therefore rewarding images.

 
 

In September I was in the Rambert studios photographing their Season Launch party. This was an opportunity for the company to invite guests and share with them exiting news and information on the new works that are on the horizon. Additionally, there was a unique and special performance by both Rambert and Rambert2.

 
 

Lastly, I joined up yet again with the Sadler’s Wells Young Associates as they presented their new works for the stage. Having worked with these young choreographers sporadically over the past 18 months it has been great to observe the development and evolution of everyone’s individual styles. 

Coral Montejano Cantoral, Flavien Cornilleau, Alex Mikl ó sy and Miia Ma̎kila̎  perform  A Quiet Hope  choreographed by  Wilhelmina Ojanen  performed as part of  Sadler’s Wells Young Associates .

Coral Montejano Cantoral, Flavien Cornilleau, Alex Miklósy and Miia Ma̎kila̎ perform A Quiet Hope choreographed by Wilhelmina Ojanen performed as part of Sadler’s Wells Young Associates.

Hannah Kidd  performs  Three Visions  choreographed by  Christopher Thomas performed  as part of  Sadler’s Wells Young Associates .

Hannah Kidd performs Three Visions choreographed by Christopher Thomas performed as part of Sadler’s Wells Young Associates.

Sara Augieras  and  Áine Reynolds  perform  Shall We Just Retire to the Lake?  choreographed by  Ruby Portus  performed as part of  Sadler’s Wells Young Associates .

Sara Augieras and Áine Reynolds perform Shall We Just Retire to the Lake? choreographed by Ruby Portus performed as part of Sadler’s Wells Young Associates.

Cher Nicolette Ho  performs  Tsutseka  choreographed by  Anthony Matsena  performed   as part of  Sadler’s Wells Young Associates .

Cher Nicolette Ho performs Tsutseka choreographed by Anthony Matsena performed as part of Sadler’s Wells Young Associates.

I am very lucky to be taking a holiday soon where I will have space to reflect on what has been a great year. So do look out for a special 2018 review which I will be publishing sometime before Christmas.

More soon,

Stephen

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