Headshot challenge: photographing 460 people in 3 days

The best thing about shooting portraits for me is meeting new people, trying to learn a bit about them, capture who they are on camera, and make them feel happy with the final result. But what if you meet 460 new people to photograph in one go?

Recently, I was commissioned by the the London Business School to photograph new year students for their MBA Student Directory to be printed out. I had a great assisting help from my fellow photographer friend Paul, and we did the shoot over 3 days. There were some moments when I felt we are some kind of comedy duo, as we joked with the people a bit, trying to make them smile and relax before they were photographed.

We were helped logistically by some lovely people from the LBS, so everything went very well. We managed to photograph all 460 people in one of the School's lecture rooms. I got very good feedback about the photos so I guess that's a lot of new LinkedIn profile pictures out there by now.

 

Photographing the Urban Rush event for charity Shelter

Shelter is a London based Homelessness Charity, doing a fabulous work helping British families avoid getting homeless. They organise a few great events every year, one of them is Urban Rush, with runners doing a half marathon distance through those gorgeous London streets.

I was commissioned to take some pictures of the event so let me share a few below. Congratulations to all the runners who made it to the finish line and helped Shelter.

London photo walk and shooting with Fuji X-T2

Few days ago, I had a great pleasure of taking part in a photo walk organised by some creative folks at Funding Circle led by Adam Perfect. The weather was very grim but that didn't wipe the smiles off our lenses. We walked from Mansion House towards the Royal Festival Hall and I enjoyed it enormously, also because Adam let me shoot and test his Fuji X-T2 camera.

I would like to get one at some point (soon!) as I am becoming a fan of photography equipment that's light, easy to carry and which delivers professional quality images. I have been shooting with one of my favourite film cameras Nikon F3 for a few years now, and as ergonomically they feel very similar,  I found using the XT-2 quite easy and user friendly.

It's such a little, inconspicuous camera, but boy, it delivers the goods. Once we got to Southbank, we had a fantastic street photography weather with beautiful evening, interesting colours around and London rain falling on the pavements. Here are some test shots I made that evening with Fuji XT-2. I love this camera indeed.

You can also read Adam's blog about our photo walk here.

Keep on shooting, people! :)

Test shoot with Kyle on London's South Bank

Few weeks ago I had a pleasure to do a shoot with a male model Kyle. It was a test, and Kyle asked me to photograph some new images to give for his agency.

It was a gloomy morning in London and we met at the South Bank to try and get some nice shots. I have to admit that I enjoyed that shoot a lot, we had great creative time and came out of it with some good pictures. I wanted the images to be in black and white, and have that simple yet timeless easthetic. Below there are some photos we made that day.

Nice thing to add is that both the model and the agent liked the final images, as I got the following message from Kyle: "My agent told me they were the best images that they have ever seen of me, so really appreciate you being able to get it out of me".

Happy days!

Shooting with Kayt, early '80s style

Recently I had a great pleasure to work again with Kayt.

She is a fantastic London model and superb photographer in her own right. We live just a few tube stops away from each other and as she has a nice home studio, we thought, let's shoot again together!

I am always excited to work with such creative people like Kayt. You are never short of ideas and enthusiasm. In terms of our shoot, I had an idea about a couple of lighting set ups and a specific look. I wanted to go for kind of black and white, gritty aesthetic. This combined with Kayt's amazing new hairstyle helped us get some interesting shots. We thought they look kind of early '80's punk style a bit, wouldn't you agree?

Here are some of the photos from our shoot.