Helicopter Heroes – Yorkshire Air Ambulance shoot

Today’s shoot was all about drama and impact! The photographer’s brief was to capture dynamic images of the crew and medics at Yorkshire Air Ambulance. These images are required for the new YAA website and the designers were looking for something more dramatic and eye catching than the usual headshots of staff. To create these location portraits, I used my Pentax 645z medium format camera and Profoto B1x lights to create these images and, of course, additional post processing has been applied to bring out the details in the images.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance paramedic
Yorkshire air ambulance pilot climbing into helicopter commercial photography
dramatic shot of Yorkshire Air Ambulance paramedics, commercial photography Wakefield
impact shot of Yorkshire Air Ambulance pilots and paramedics
dramatic portrait of Air Ambulance pilot, commercial photographyt and retouching by John Gardner
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Actor headshots: Richard Easterbrook

Richard came over from York today for a headshot session in the studio after having looked at my website gallery. For the session I used a white background and then a mid-grey background and out of the two, I think Richard prefered the darker background. I kept the lighting simple and crisp and created images of Richard with and without his glasses and used a couple of difterent outfits. Here’s a couple of images I liked from the session and I know he’s going to have a hard time choosing! If you are an actor, musician or are just looking for high quality headshots, then just give me a call or fill in the contact sheet below.

Actor and musician headshots by Wakefield commercial photographer John Gardner
Actor headshots by Wakefield commercial photographer John Gardner
Actor and musician headshots by Wakefield commercial photographer John Gardner
Actor headshots by Wakefield commercial photographer John Gardner
Actor and musician headshots by Wakefield commercial photographer John Gardner
Actor headshots by Wakefield commercial photographer John Gardner
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Sneak Peek – Inked Girl shoot

Shooting in the studio today for one of my regular models with the intention of getting her into an ink magazine. The one we have in mind requires exclusivity of the images before they are publiushed so I can only give a sneek peek using an outtake that we won’t then send on to the mag. This is shot in the house section of the studio rather than the general photo studio which is a larger, emptier space used for fashion and porttraits. If you would like a model portfolio creating along these lines, then just give ne a call or fill in the contact form below.

ink girl, tattoo, tattooed girl, alt moidel, suicide girls hopeful, ink magazine shoot, alt model photographer
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Headshots for Jordan’s Solicitors

Two days of location portraits for Jordan’s Solicitors this week at both their Wakefield and Dewsbury offices. The brief was simple, create some headshots for each of the staff members using a white background. This is easy enough to do onlocation but does require a bit of working space, something that was in very short supply at the Dewsbury office. However, one of the challenges of being a photographer is to come up with solutions to what appear to be insuperable problems. This meant I ended up shooting in a drafty corridor but it did give me just enough space to get the images done. Space was less of an issue at the Wakefield office in Unity Hall.

To book me for your coporate headshots, just call 01924 229800 or fill in the contact form below

headshots on location, coprporate headshots
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Yorkshire Air Ambulance: Sikh fundraiser

First job back after the Christmas break, this time at Ramgarhia Gurdwara Sikh temple in Leeds. There was a big festival taking place and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance fundraisers had a stall in the entrance hall selling goods and taking donations for their charity. I was there to capture some press and PR images for publicity purposes but, as a protrait photographer, I was captivated by the amount fo Sikh gentlemen with huge great beards and also by some of the women in traditional costume. So, after taking the press and PR images, I decided to ask one of the temple goers if I could take his portrait. The environment wasn’t ideal as there were no plain walls for a background and lots of clutter such as TV screens, bunting and people so I had to improvise and create a portrait using a single small speedlight. I achieved this by eliminating ambiemt light using a low ISO, high shutter and small aperture and then using a speedlight at 1/16th power to light the subject. I have to say I was pleased with the portrait and I knew I’d captured something special as soon as I’d taken the image. The first image shows where I took the image and then my favourite shot.

The environment where I took the portrait
portrait of a Sikh elder
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Yorkshire Air Ambulance portraits

Late afternoon today found me on the helipad at the Yorkshire Air Ambulabce base at Nostell, close to where I live. I was here on a commission to photograph tow new staff members Matty and Owen, a new paramedic and pilot. The winter sunlight was fading and the skies clearing after a heavy storm and this made for perfect lighting for the shots. I used a single Profoto B1x in a 90cm octa to provide a key light and by underexposing the sky, the light adds drama to the images.

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