Monday, November 28, 2011

Mary Byrne album cover

I was delighted to be commissioned by Universal Music to photograph Mary Byrne for her new album. Produced by Phil Coulter, it's a collection of classic love songs and one or two originals by Phil himself.

We shot a number of looks over the course of the day and Mary was a true pro. Billy Orr did hair and make up and Catherine Condell did Mary's styling. It was great to finally work with Catherine ( I've been trying to for years!)

Thanks to everyone for all their hard work and especially to Mary for giving us such a great shoot.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Cara Magazine Musicians

This is our second shoot for Cara, the Aer Lingus in-flight magazine. It was shot over 2 days at Odessa in Dublin city centre. Lauren McCreery was the stylist and Brown Sugar did hair & make-up. I did my own colour grade and retouching for this shoot. Odessa is a great location but quite difficult to light so we used all the 7b's and used a little bit of daylight also. It was great to meet all the artists and to talk to Lisa Hannigan a little bit about her new album. A big thank you to Lisa and the other artists, Matthew Jacobson, Claudia Boyle, Padraic Keane, Bressie and Jennifer Walshe for their patience and time.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Brown Thomas Marvel Room window display shoot

It takes two weeks for the the design team in Brown Thomas to create their now famous Christmas window display. So to hide their secret elf-like activities they commissioned designers Cody Delahunty to design vinyl displays to put in the window. In this case something to help launch The Marvel Room inside the store. The two images were shot using merchandise from the store which my assistant Sylvie launched into air and some of which we rigged in a falling position. I'm particularly pleased with the 400 or so images of the scarves. They formed some amazing shapes. The only way to get those lovely curves in the ribbon was to photograph lengths falling through the air. Tony Gold put the images together from a working rough we did at the time of shooting. To freeze the motion we shot using the LEAF 40mp back on a Mamiya RZ at 400th of a second and with 2 7A Profoto packs set quite low to reduce the flash duration.