Trails – A Turn of phrase video

March 19, 2012

Alongside Ben Pollard and the lads in Trails I Filmed and Directed this little beaut. The Trails lads had a great Idea and I was more than happy to help in any way possible


Interfit Isync strobies triggers

June 2, 2011


I have just bought from warehouse express Interfit Strobies i Sync Receiver
Interfit Strobies i Sync 4 Wireless and Optical Trigger/Receiver Set.

For my d300s powering my nikon sb800 and sb900.

Has anyone else used them before. I am going to give them a go this weekend and see how I get on with them. Ideally I would have liked the T2d’s but they are £200 for what I needed or the new pocket wizards which is more like £500 up till now the cls camera system on the D300s has been great because I can adjust the flashes on camera, but the infra red outside is just rubbish. It’s a nightmare unless right in line of sight.

I have no idea how the shots are going to be effected or enhanced with this new bit of kit but hopefully it won’t slow me down because things will have to be manually adjusted.

Let’s hope they are reliable on shoots and not too battery hungry otherwise they will be getting sent straight back!!

I guess review and feedback of shots to follow.


May 17, 2011

Been a little bit quiet recently on the blog, design and photography front.

I’ve had a massive drop in confidence due to not having done enough photography this year. As a result i have turned down to f the biggest jobs to date! a Massive wedding which would have been really cool to do and a job at the Natural History museum in London. Both of which i now know that i could have done but at the time i just felt that i was not competent enough to undertake the gigs! STUPID BOY!!!

Its tough because i have been battling with am i good enough or not for some time and i tend to think that its best to say know and admit defeat rather than say YES and give things ago! but i guess it just comes down to not wanting to let anyone down.

As a result of these events and opportunity’s being given away i have undertaken several self initiated projects at once all of which i was very excited about until this happened!

A broken right hand does not make The Stable Happy!

Its been a real struggle because i am right handed and can’t even hold a pencil so working has been a real struggle…Just as things were starting to look rosy!!

Still when my hand is fully working and i can hold my camera and hopefully do some work again soon I will be sure to upload it!

Till then Standby!

DBNO Job #001

February 9, 2011

Max, Josh and Adam Pose for DBNO shoot wearing new Designs

Max, Josh and Adam Pose for DBNO shoot wearing new Designs

A little while ago i got a phone call from my girlfriends dad asking if i would be able to help out with some retouching for an urgent job they had to get done. Obviously i said yes, because it was for a friend but also because for me in my normal day ob retouching is about as exciting as it gets! the client was DownButnotout or DBNO for people in the Know ( ), a new start up clothing company run by Josh Franceschi from you me at six, His good mate Adam and Josh’s Dad who also works incredibly hard on YM@6 Merch also.

Going along i got the brief which was to take existing shots of products and models and put the new designs on them. This was a cost saving exercise mainly but also because there was not enough time to organise models location and a shoot in time to get them over to to get everything online in time for the launch of the new range of products. It was a great project to work on because i got the chance to really practice and use some techniques which i haven’t had much chance to use for a long time.

I started the project like i do with every job. Get the brief nailed down. I found out how many images i was being given, what designs were to go on what model, what colour the tee-shirts and hoods needed to be. Examples of colour ways. Checked the resolution of the images and flagged up with the client any issues so that they would know what to expect or to see if they could supply higher res images for some images for instance.

Josh and Elwood Pose together for DBNO original shoot

Josh and Elwood Pose together for DBNO original shoot

With that done I do also what i do with every new job/project which is to get my house in order, by that i mean, set up my workflow and organise my folders. Starting with making a supplied folder and expanding on to a Links folder containing my colour managed files, breaking down in to models or designs and then in to retouches (Cleaned t-shirts) and then to a “Comps” folder which had the cleaned images and the new designs blended on.

Going by what the client had supplied from the designers i used that as a scale of how big to put the images on the models and how to blend them in. Also having to feedback to the client what colours could be achieved with specific models.

Once an initial collection had been comped i fed that back to the client for amends and feedback, initially it was great, but they wanted a bigger range of models to spread the designs across, slight colour changes. With these amends done i resupplied and added some additional images with the new ranges on a polaroid effect as i though they might lend themselves nicely to the style and format of the website it was going on.

Elwood pose for DBNO whilst on Polaroid effect image

Elwood pose for DBNO whilst on Polaroid effect image

I knew this would be important to get right as it might (like any new job…lead to more work in the future) which it did, about a week or so later i was asked to do a quick shoot (Mentioned in my previous blog post..Here) for the Christmas range of DBNO merch…. That was a different story all together! Again a lot or retouching needed and cleaning up and removing unwanted objects such as doors, plants and working with everything against me! I think i have used up my shit talking for one night so that shall have to wait until another time. Still, Bottom line is… I got to work on some really cool stuff with some great people for a great little company and in the process picked up a couple of little jobs along the way. Its funny how you can be quiet on the private/freelance work front and then all of a sudden your stacked with work! lets hope it continues!

I’ve seen alot of people write cool blogs about photography and give great tutorials and interesting things to read and learn…..This ain’t one of them… just me talking about my life, my job, my progression to get to where i want to be careerwise. Fair?

Until next time…this is the Stable Blog…..And ive been typing to myself!!!


Nicola Jarvis, Foley Artist and DBNO…2011 will be even better!!

February 9, 2011

Due to my normal Day job (and forgetting passwords for blogs etc) I have been a bit quiet as of late, this is not to say that I have not been a busy bee!

I have been working as a Team Leader for a large project for Training material for a large courier company, overseeing that the arwork supplied by the creative agency, is prepared and sent for translation in to 18 languages, which is then returned to the project managers and fed back in to the studio for artworking, amends and further text control. This has meant that things have suffered, Blogs, the beloved Gym has seen very little of me the last few months but that is not to say that i have been all work and no play with regards to freelance work.

I have completed a website for a fantastic needlework artist called Nicola Jarvis ( The instructions from the client were very clear and this reflects in the simplicity of its design and build. The Gallery was to be minimal to begin with and over time either be expanded or kept to the original number of 3 items per section.

Nicola Jarvis Studio Home Page Screen Shot

The site went live Mid November and the client has given good feedback, i shall wait and see how the stats come through early 2011 after they have sent out the URL to interested parties and sections.

Other things include a photo shoot part TWO with friends and band Foley Artist where over these past two shoots i have seen the band grow an extra person and complete a couple of different shooting styles both indoor and outdoor. Some of these shots are on my flickr but i shall follow up with a more detailed post later. Photography since getting my new D300s has become my main interest and hobby, a camera now goes everywhere with me. 2010 has seen me shoot band promos, a wedding, a couple of engagement parties and also some shots for a clothing label run by YouMeAtSix’s very own Josh Franceschi DBNO (

Screen shot from Down but not out productions homepage

a couple of the photos I took and retouched used for there seasonal homepage

That project required a quick and nasty shoot in the founders front room, whilst england where playing france going on in the background on the telly. I have also done a bit of retouching for these guys putting new artworks and designs on exisiting model shots so that a new shoot was not needed. These will be added as a expanded post later also.

For the future of 2011 who knows, but i have some exciting jobs in the pipeline. A trip to Sweden for a website i am building for bar reviews, Lots of nice location photography will be done by me, a shoot for a new company that specialises in High end mobile recording and production, based in Surrey, two friends have set up together to offer an all in one package for any size at affordable budgets, these guys should hopefully smash 2011, and i want to be there at the start. The jobs still to be outlined but it is certainly on the cards to get them some Promo shots and get their profile up and running!

Lets see how the new year goes!, First up i need to make sure i get the work I have done online!

Its all for a good cause

February 9, 2011

Friday lunchtime I was doing my normal habitual twitter surfing when i noticed that my current favourite illustrator Aaron Miller and 9 others have worked to gether to help UNICEF’s Haiti Appeal over at The Renman Project… So for me this was not only a good way to get brownie points from ‘you-know-who’ but also get my hands on some awesome prints.

One thing that i liked was the playfulness of the images in the pack and that everyone was doing their part to help out. The printing was free, the illustrations are done off thier own backs. So for £5 +P&P it was in my big cartel basket before i even got my card out! Next day they were on my front door.

Twitter has been a massive inspiration giver and has put me intouch with other designers and tutorials that have been really useful. As a result Aaron miller is now a staple of my ‘whats going on in the world of up and coming freelancers’ what i mean by this is, there are some people that talk about it and there are some people just do it because they HAVE to, and i certainly aspire to be in the latter.

Things seem to still be moving in the right directions for me. this weekend was a busy one for my ‘freelance’ work. Logos for a new TV production company based in Barcelona, Continuing work on a clients website and redesigning the gallery section…However i think i might have to restart the build and set about it in a cleaner way…This i think is the trouble with starting a build before finishing the design stage! (Schoolboy error). I put the finishing touches to some wedding photos i took for a good friend of mine and passed them over to him.

I still have lots to do and i blame the internet and alcohol for distracting me more than i should have allowed but this week i plan on clearing the decks before i go away on my hols at the end of the month. I still am working on a Logo for a new company called “Joyous Arrangements” a flower arrangement company. The wrapping up of the artist Nicola Jarvis website by the end of the month. Continuing to Blog for my new contributorship for Paperchain Products, a new start-up company that deals in High end art and design cards featuring some of the most up and coming ranges and classic cards and gifts. more to come on them another time. Finally Handing over my Final Edits for my first Wedding that i was the Official photographer for. Nervous yet exciting stuff. When its all done I think that I shall put in writing how this went for me and how my First wedding photography gig went for me.

Wrapping up… Arsenal played a luke warm match against liverpool yesterday and ended on a 1-1 draw. Lets hope that the new season brings all the best for Arsenal FC!

Please standby

Photography and Design

August 10, 2010

Its been ages since i last wrote on this blog. Not that i have been not doing anything but rather doing to many different things, resulting in neglecting other duties. Recently i have been spending my time working on various different projects during my day job…. The question is Where to start?

Well a few months ago i was asked to Photograph a friends wedding at a local registry office. As photogrpahy is a hobby of mine i was keen to do it (albeit with some encouragement from my better half). This resulted in putting in some serious time, money and effort into improving my photography and increasing my kit bag considerably! The last few months has cost me a Nikon D300s, Lastolite Umbrella and Stand, Spare batteries, 22Gb worth of memory cards. And. A intensive Day training course at Brightons Garage Studios teaching me about Flash photography.

With this new gea and NEED to learn and improve for this wedding i am photographing i have been concentrating on this for the last few months. Gigs, Promotional Shoots for friends bands and organising shoots and jobs for the future to try and increase my profile and also eventually get my camera to pay for itself as a tool rather than a hobby.

You can see some of my photography on my Flickr Page

The Kits is Awesome and am so glad i made this jump in to doing it more as a semi pro than as a hobby. Also with my creative mind working at hyper speed things in the illustration and design side have started to come a bit easier than they have seemed to in the past. Freelance work has started to pick up and I am now working on a project for Nicola jarvis, a Needlework artist and building a nice portfolio of illustrations that i have been asked to do at work…. Although they are private jobs for the bosses as favours things are starting to move forwards. from Logos to Get well soon cards to creating bunting and banners for the summer party.. little by little things are building for the better…

The one trouble i am having is getting the time to fit it all in my day,week or month and still go out and have a life!

There has been some cool things going on and some nice projects at work too I’m looking forwards to getting some more stuff on the go and showing it to the world!

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