Been chatting with the lovely Grethe Borsum about music and photos for a while so it was very nice to be asked to do photos of The Vinos last week for their new website which launched today.
The Vinos are all well established young musicians hailing from Norway, South Africa, Lancashire and, er, Liverpool but with a fine pedigree of musical heritage behind them and a fine rock sound to go with it.
We met up in a local park for the shoot and did the group shots before a slightly more involved set up to do the head shots. Two of the band held up a yellow A1 piece of paper whilst the third member poured sugar free blackcurrant juice over the band person getting their portrait taken (representing the vino element in the band name). Oh and it was done in near darkness too. We didn’t get any funny looks at all.
Anyway, for more info on the band (and to see more pics and video) please head to here.
It was so good to be involved on Saturday afternoon with the Art Valley (part of the Liverpool Everyman Playhouse outreach programmes) to document a wonderful Indian festival held in Aintree. Aintree has a high Indian population who have settled there through work at the local hospital.
Onam is a Hindu festival celebrated by the people of India and is a secular festival, celebrated by people of all religions and castes and is considered to be a harvest festival.
The afternoon started with the children attempting to collect as many sweets as possible before events moved outside with a series of tug of war challeneges (which became increasingly hard fought). We then returned inside for a twenty four course meal (very appreciated) and then onto an afternoon of dance, singing and the shadow puppetry created by the Everyman group.
I certainly moved a little slower around the cage fighting which followed that night after all of the lovely food that night but the memory of that afternoon will live long.
Great to visit the lovely Muay Thai gym in Widnes – very impressive facilities and kept in great order by the gym’s owner, Paul Lund.
I was doing some casting shots for Paul plus some shots for his gym promo and below are some of the results. Paul is an ace chap, very kind and great to work with.
For more information on Paul’s gym then have a look here.
Some work of mine has just appeared (and will also soon be shown) on TV including a sports documentary on an Irish MMA fighter, Cathal Pendred, for MTV UK last night and tonight brings the next in the OMMAC series which will be shown on Loaded TV.
Nice little afternoon session at The Olympia yesterday going through a portrait session with the guys as they did stills and then video interviews. The evening was then spent doing edits for the show and getting cutouts sorted out as part of the show profiles.
Here are some of the fighters portraits that didn’t make the final cut but good luck to all involved tonight and pics from the fights will be up tomorrow.
Another new Bellator MMA signing whom I shot last week is Martin Stapleton. First time I’ve done portraits of Martin but photographed him many times at The Olympia fighting (including his mega win in the Cage Contender 8 man knockout competition just before Christmas).
Martin started his MMA career in 2007 and stopped in 2009 for work in the Royal Marines for three years before returning to the MMA stage last year.
Good luck to him in the US with the Bellator series.
I’ve photographed Paul on several occassions and it was great to catch up with him on Saturday just prior to The Specials gig at The Olympia. Paul has just been signed for Californian based Bellator MMA (who are the biggest MMA tournament organisation in the world).
We had a retake mid week for a slightly different look and I’ll publish them soon with Martin Stapleton also in them from the Saturday night but this was worth a view on the blog.
Bit of a blog catch up to do and will start with some work I did for Paul Coshott in March and April for his Personal Training website. Paul runs classes on a Monday and Wednesday at St Mary’s Hall between Garston and Aigburth and great to see a load of youngster getting Paul’s training (hopefully some MMA stars of the future).
Paul has been doing Personal Training across the region for over 15 years and works with people of all ages and has done a load of charity work (including raising £6000 for Cerebral Palsy through a mountain bike ride in Brazil).
For more info on Paul and what he does please visit here.
Nice to have pics published in MMA Uncaged magazine this month of star Liverpool fighter Mike Wootten who is interview in the latest issue. Mike goes through the start of his fight career at 16, his training at MMA Academy and also how strong Liverpool is for MMA and boxing.
The featured photos came from the last OMMAC at The Olympia in March and more will be coming soon when the next OMMAC arrives at the beginning of June and who have just announced a new television deal on Loaded TV.
Some portraits from a session I did with DJ/producer Ryan Taubman this week.
Ryan Taubman has been djing across the country and in Ibiza for the last few years and has recently been putting out tracks and EPs for a range of different labels.
To hear more of Ryan and his work head over to his Soundcloud page for some tasty examples.