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 from 1 angle. The land owners drove past and as it turned out were petrol heads and did a bit of racing. We got chatting and they were more than willing to get the sleeper moved so we could get round the back of their building / mill.

Within 5mins a forklift came out and we were navigating pot holes, open drains to get round the back. Happy days… we were in.

Unlike other titles I shoot for its predominately me and the owner on the shoots, hence why you see more rig shots with ACM as we don’t have the facility of shooting car to car.

Trying to get the car ‘involved’ with its surroundings is always good instead of just driving the car in and snapping away.

Bit ‘twee’ / predictable but the tyre was part of the surroundings…   JJP_3422

This shot not used but I like to show other images as instead of just the ones printed. The Firebird was prob too small for a double page spread but its good as you get to see what the mag likes / uses and so hopefully you can tighten up on images you send and shoot for specific titles.

Anyway this car was clean and in top condition. Funnily enough this car when I got the green light to shoot was owned by another and so had to follow up with the new owner for this shoot.



The colour is striking but in the bright sunlight it really stood out. This and with the sound of the V8 made for some head turns for sure…


The flat surface helped with the rig shots…(easy to push the car!)

All in all a steady away shoot, needed a little light to lift the harsh shadows but better than being a flat sky.

YOu can see the final layout / article here.

Have another 3 shoots waiting to go to press with ACM and some in the pipeline to shoot. Just about to write another blog post regarding a 911… so come back soon.









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.

BTL Midget 1

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.

MG Midget

Another shot of the set up… I mainly use a couple of Speedlights with Phottix triggers which I can work with at a good pace.

BTL Midget 2

Simple set up with a few speedlights just to bring a bit of definition to the engine bay…

MG Midget

The roll bar helped with attaching the rig and also to capture a driving shot. I would normally sit in the car to shoot a driving shot (see the camaro shoot blog) but as the Midget is…well small… it would be too crammed to get a shot without my feet or knees in it. Thank you roll bar!

BTL Midget 4

As I ran beside the car (thankfully not traveling that fast!) on a wireless remote I fired off a few frames…


Till next time for some more behind the lens blogs…

Its been fun



‘Behind the Camera’ – Volvo

Another behind the camera post…this time with some images taken by a good friend (lets call him Richard) whose been mentioned in my blog before….(the focus driver)

I wanted to match the location to the car as normal…to try and place the car in a ‘comfortable’ location which is fitting for the car or story. Richard has his own business (creating Apps – Appware) on an office park with some good ‘modern’ looking buildings that fit the bill.

It was a tad touch and go for the weather on this one but the clouds broke and the sun came out…happy days.

Behind the camera - Volvo

Had time to do a couple of set ups…. The first was a low angle shot whilst the car was turning…

Behind the camera - Volvo

You can see with the final result (below) the wheels had to have a touch post production to tidy them up….

Behind the Camera - Volvo

The full length 6m carbon boom shown here…

Behind the camera - Volvo

The final set up was a straight line shot with a higher angle getting in most of the building in the background.



Quite pleased with the final image and thankful the sun came out. Always a pleasure shooting things with friends and thanks to Richard for this one…

You can see more rig motion shots here.


‘Behind the Camera’ – Dodge Charger

This one was a fun one… I tried to find a location that placed the General Lee in a fitting place similar to that of Hazard County. Google maps played a huge part again for me in looking for a suitable private road where we could shoot a rig shot. This was a private forest owned by a forestry company who were willing for us to use the drive to recreate Hazzard County.

General Lee Rig set up

With a lot of cars you can use both the front windscreen and rear window to attached the rig…but as this car is about 18 foot long the resulting image would make the car too distorted for my liking.

We opted to use the bonnet to come off from. The road surface was gravel and uneven, so choosing a few meters of half decent level ground was in order. Using this kit and technique the vehicle can either shot in either a forward or reverse direction and still give the effect of ‘forward motion’. The gradient of the road meant there was no way of pushing the Dodge in a forward motion, so some gentle brake action

Dodge Charger - The General Lee

Dodge Charger – The General Lee

As ever always learning different ways of using the kit and getting the best from it.

Still every time I get to go out in the General Lee it always puts a smile on my face…

Have a good week…


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)

JJP_0291 Hudds rece

(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)

JJP_0294 Hudds rece

(couldn’t ask for a better ‘urban’ location)

JJP_0297 Hudds rece(looking all around for different angles)

I suppose a major part of my style comes from my first job in a press agency after finishing my degree in photography. Very much so an editorial, photo-journalistic  style. Always trying to tell a story in my images be it stand alone or in a body of work.

So I try and give as much thought to the location as I do to capture the subject….which here, were the Dodge and Plymouth. So to have an indoor as well as the outdoor area all in the same location behind some big red shutter doors was a great find.

Having two cars to shoot, funnily enough nearly doubles the amount of images you capture. We only had a short amount of time on this one and just managed to get a rig shot in…. It could have made the cover shot but who knows next time.

JJP_0955 plymouth

If you want to see the article follow this link or you can follow this one to see the images and a few more that weren’t printed.

Hope you have a good weekend.


‘Behind the Camera’ – Porsche Boxster

If your like me with an inquisitive mind then my ‘Behind the Camera’ posts may be of interest…

Especially with my ‘JJP in motion’ shots I try and capture a few images with my phone showing the set up of the rig and camera. Just for the record I use a Carbon Fibre boom from (Car Camera Rig) as shown in these images.

Not just for the rig shots but anything that’s of interest while I’m on location I’ll post a few images…

The resulting image from the set up shown in the title image is below…. a cheeky Boxster at sunset…

Boxster rig

I’ll post a few more of these ‘Behind the Camera’ shots when I’m out and about or when embargoed images from editorial shoots have been published.

Have a good weekend 🙂