Ayanna Witter-Johnson

I had the pleasure of having Ayanna back in the studio ahead of her upcoming Roadrunner tour. As always it's a close rung thing which is more infectious - her music or her laugher- both were present in generous supply as always. 

If you get the chance, go along to see her perform - always so good. 

The hardest decision of them all

Yes, you know what I'm talking about - dog casting. How many (delicious) hours does this eat up in pre-prod time? By far the greatest chunk. And how much indecision and argument? By far the fiercest arguments. Choosing the right mutt is so much fun and so much trouble...

We ended up with the lovely Alfie Moon from Pet London who rocked the set shooting this set of images for Freesat along with some very chilled and fun young families. Full set of images on the site. 

Woof. 

The greatest story of them all

I had the pleasure of shooting some impromptu lifestyle work for Loch Lomand Group's Littlemill a few weeks back. What other whisky has such a magical story? Distilleries burning to the ground and limited precious drops being released every few years! Lovely stuff. 

Thomson Swim Club

Just back from a quick trip across to Croatia shooting Rebecca Adlington for the launch of Thomson's new Swim Club. Pretty crazy conditions with strong wind and light making life far from easy but we got some nice stuff all the same. 

Definitely plan on seeing more of Croatia soon, it's pretty special. 

Lessons from last week's shoot

These are so fundamental and timeless I wonder, in equal measure, how they are not somehow etched on the back of every camera and also how i only just became aware of them. They are as follows (numbers relate to pictures obvs): 

1. There is not a shoot in the history of time that has not benefitted by presence of a brown lab. 

2 & 3. Under no circumstances expect to give your phone to talent as a prop and not expect them to at best liberally papp you and, at worst, mess with your entire digital life. 

4. All props artist should receive unlimited sympathy and possible a reserved seat in heaven for the work they do re-arranging the chaos at the end of a shoot day.