American Car Mag – Aprils Cover shoot

Well 2nd cover of the year for American Car…  This was the closest car shot for ACM to date…(although there maybe one closer coming up ; ) Location as ever for ACM I look for the factory’s, mills, derelict buildings etc etc. This one took a little time to find but worked out in the end. As we arrived to shoot the car the land owners had placed a large railway sleeper over the entrance to the track … not good. We started to shoot the car on another background which would have been okay but was really only good …

Febs cover feature… (ACM)

Going back to my ‘home land’ is always welcome… so when I was asked to shoot this Mustang, even though based in the wrong footballing world it was to be back in the North East. Further north than where I was born the ‘Geordie’ accent was thicker and stronger to the point I had to concentrate to understand the conversation… I digress… I’ve always been a fan of the mustang but this was a beast of a one… The location was set but last minute issues was that we couldn’t get access to the desired building. A shell of a …

The ‘Grumbleweed’ restoration…

Earlier this year I had an interesting shoot… Robin Colvill a petrol head & founding member of the ‘Grumbleweeds’. Having restored over 20 cars Robin has many hidden talents other than just his entertaining side… Shot for Practical Classic… this ‘Readers Resto’ featured Robin’s Ford Anglia Super. From his home garage, with this and other projects he takes on as much work as he can…from engine rebuilds, re-sprays through to stitching new interior carpets. As well as listening to his stories of the Anglias’ re-build, one or two impersonations and stories were woven into the conversation and the days antics! …

No horsing around with this Grand National…

A shoot earlier this summer found me photographing a car which can be described as the car Darth Vadar would drive if not in his Tie Fighter… This car had a recent revival thanks to the movie ‘Fast & Furious 4’… you can see a clip from the scene here… Its one of those cars that … well it sounds funny but you either know it or you don’t. While we were there it caused a little bet with some of the workers at an adjacent factory to guess what it was… One of them came to find out and …

Torino makes cover…

As I write this blog I’m in the middle of shooting 6 cars for American Car Mag … As with pretty much all these American cars the 68 Torino GT was great to look at and had a great shape. I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before but for me the location can make or break the shoot / final images. I’m always looking for ‘urban’, ‘industrial’, ‘gritty’ backdrops for these cars. This location was based about 30 miles from the car but thanks to the owner he was really willing to travel and make the best possible use of this …

Behind the Lens – MG Midget

On the shoot for Practical Classic magazine, as well as the owner and myself we had Neil with us (senior writer for PC who came to interview the owner and also to keep an eye on me 😉 I asked him to grab a few shots of me in action so I can include some more ‘Behind the Lens’ articles. You don’t see many images of me…but at least this one has my best side!!! The resulting image of that set up is below… Straight forward shot. Another shot of the set up… I mainly use a couple of Speedlights …

‘Reader Resto’ shoot makes Cover

My first shoot for Practical Classic magazine was a little MG Midget restoration based only 20 mins away… #Happydays! The day was booked were all three parties involved were available… With the weather being the best day of a bad looking bunch on the weather sites. At best we were looking for no rain and true enough it was dry. Unfortunately we were left with a flat white sky… the kind that I don’t like… the kind I don’t like to shoot. I much prefer rain clouds that have some definition in them… Anyway we set off to capturing the …

Camaro makes Cover

This was one of the most insane cars I’ve been in… up to 1000bhp…. and we went out in what Top Gear would describe as ‘VVW’ …Very Very Wet!!! The original location for this shoot (you can read about it here) was rained off on the day so Plan B came into play… We had to get something in the bag for this car as it was the 4th location that through one thing and another that we tried. Not the most inspiring of 60’s car parks but was the best of a bad situation. Getting the standard shots for …

The Dodge & Plymouth make it to the cover…

Enjoyed shooting this for American Car magazine back in the end of last summer, mainly cos the location made it for me. An old unit that was previously used as a garage which was sat vacant while the new tenants moved in….happy days. (below are a few rece photos I took before the shoot) (Reflections…a great way of making a subject ‘belong’ in its surroundings. It dried out before the shoot so that idea went by the wayside) (couldn’t ask for a better ‘urban’ location) (looking all around for different angles) I suppose a major part of my style comes …

The location was a wash out…..”do we have a Plan B”?

Well the shoot was booked for Sunday just gone after three other locations at the end of 2013 all pulled the plug a few days before the shoot date. Forecast for rain but still went ahead as this shoot was penciled in for a previous issue, we had to get something in the bag. The location was in the heart of Manchester…an old disused railway. Any weather would have done…apart from rain. There was a clear spell forecast but in the end it never came. Plan B… I had 20mins to spare before the car turned up on a low …