All in the detail…

When you work for yourself you work when the work comes in… sounds daft but is true, with me shooting a lot of automotive work I tend to find in the depths of winter my work quietens off due to the weather. So when a job comes in for late December it makes a good change. Shot this defender on New Years Eve only about 10 miles from home… To say it was chilly would be an understatement, up on the tops of the moors the wind is relentless and unobstructed. We had some sun which was fortunate and only …

In the Dales Green-laning

Its always nice to get into the Dales and mix business with pleasure. The 2nd green lane shoot for Landrover Owner International. Decided to get up there the night before so we could get going with out issue first thing in the morning. I’m really liking these jobs in the sense as its just using the bare minimum of kit. I take over the top really as you never know but really its just a wide, telephoto and the old 50mm and away you go. 3 defenders for the day and three dogs 🙂 The reason why I like these …

E-Type – The Pilgrimage

For me the E-Type holds a little more for me than just a beautiful, elegant and stylish designed British automotive icon. Back in 1996…wow 20 years ago… I was sourcing classic cars for a project whilst on my penultimate Photographic course / qualification. One of the cars being a maroon coloured E-Type. Even back then I knew I wanted to shoot cars and I think I’ve not shot another E-Type until this E-Type from CMC. So every time I see an E-Type that image of the maroon E-Type in front of some stately home in Yorkshire whose name I’m ashamed …

DKW – The Crazy Frog…

This car was fun to shoot… It sounded like a cross between an over excited coffee percolator and the Crazy Frog. With it being the same colour it was a perfect match. As ever getting the opener in the bag was the first port of call. Car in shed / garage and owner for the opener of a Resto shoot. Below was the final image used in the article but not for the opening DPS. Three lights for this image. ‘Brollied’ mains head felt of shot outside; another main head on the floor behind the DKW; the final light was …

Modern Classic – M3

This was a quick shoot of the ‘quick’ type…. The deadline for the images was the day after the shoot. The location was Cambridgeshire. We had a car but no location. We sat in the car after the first location idea was a no go, as expected but as they say at home ‘Shy Bairns Get Nowt!’… As ever for my work Goggle earth comes in a treat. Looking in the area for a car-park, urban industrial site. We made a call to a car park but cut a long story short….. ‘No’. The next location and one we ended …

MONO’s new carbon composite wheel

Only a few months back I went to BAC (Briggs Automotive Company Ltd) to capture the life in the factory, this to follow on my work at Morgan Motor Company and fuel my photo-journalistic style and passion. You can see some of those images on my editorial website here. I was asked back this week to shoot BAC’s new Carbon Composite Option Wheel for the Mono. You can read their press release and more details here. In the middle of getting a few cars and staff ready for the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend we were juggling a customers …

Leeds Porsche – Classics

Since shooting at Leeds Porsche Centre last year for Classic Car Mag  I’ve kept in touch and its now developed that we are starting to photograph their increasing Classic Porsche development of the business. Being one of three I think official Porsche UK center’s the increase of Classic Car restorations, servicing, sourcing and selling is exciting to see. The first car I was asked to shoot was a GT2… so the range of ‘classics’ is fairly wide! Within the showroom near the workshop there’s an area that has a low ceiling and is almost blank on 3 sides. So we …

Got to be seen to be believed…

This was the 2nd LRO (landrover Owner International) magazine shoot in as many days within less than a mile from each other. Not only that but less than 30mins from me…. happy days. This one certainly ticks the box for “really!”, “That’s mental!”…. you can add your own as well. All I was told was that it was a landrover on tracks… didn’t surprise me to hear that but to see it, you’d expect Fred Dibner behind the wheel stoking up the steam engine in order to reach its full top speed. After saying that a steam engine would probably …

Luxury Off-Roading

Clear blue skies, the promise of a warm day, 8 Benteyga’s and 2 Mulsanne’s parked outside the Grosvenor Hotel Chester, this was lining up to be a good day. Up to 30 VIP guests were in for a Benteyga experience. I’d experience the Benteyga on a previous visit so I was pleased to be placed in a Mulsanne… I’ve had worse ‘taxi’s’ which got me about on a job. The first port of call was at a local disused quarry near Chester for the guests to put the Benteyga through its paces and see that this is indeed just as …

BACMono “One of a kind”

I had the pleasure recently of visiting the BAC (Briggs Automotive Company) factory again and this time had the chance to create one of my Car Portraits. These I shoot for car collectors and anyone else that would like something different and bespoke on their garage, office or man cave wall. A combination of a technique that just captures the flash and not the ambient light, certain strip lighting and a keen eye to try and capture the contours of the car. I finish up with about 40 images. From these I combine certain areas from each image to produce …