Rates are by negotiation, but generally I work on a half day and full day rate, and include a CD of images plus any reasonable emails or ftp transfers. Working for daily publications means that I thrive on producing and delivering high quality images to tight deadlines. For Corporate and PR clients my normal service is to have assignments edited and dispatched the same day. Pictures are also uploaded overnight to my website, and individual assignments can be securely viewed and downloaded with their unique password and user name.
I use the latest Canon digital SLR cameras, Canon flashes and lenses, coupled with Bowens portable studio lights and backdrop (white as standard, specific colours by negotiation) and an Apple Mac laptop with full GPRS and WiFi capabilities for location shoots. Office post production is done on an Apple Mac G5 twin processor machine with a 23" monitor, and all work is backed up to twin LaCie external hard drives.
Assignments within a 50 mile radius (eg Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield or Preston) incur no travel. Any further by negotiation (I occasionally work in London, and am quite happy to travel even further...).
Finally, It's important to recognise that every assignment is comprised of three elements:-
1. Travel to and from the location. 2. The shoot itself. 3. Post production, editing, CD burning and dispatch (either back at my office, on location or both if required).
All my quotes are fully inclusive of these factors, plus VAT
KILL FEES Between 72 and 24 hours notice: 50% of quoted fee minus any agreed travel costs. Less than 24 hours: full quoted fee minus any agreed travel costs.
I've just published my first book of pictures called "Brief Encounters - portraits of the famous and not famous". It contains forty of my personal favourite pictures shot between 1987 and 2009, many of them black and white celebrity portraits from the late 1980's, when I was working for The Sunday Times in London, but also including some more contemporary digital work.
Click on the book link at the top of the page for a preview or to order a copy direct
In a strange twist of fate, shortly after I'd finished the Shakespeare Schools assignment I was contacted by Public Service Broadcasting in America for permission to use my shot of Kenneth Branagh from twenty five years ago when I was his production photographer for The Renaissance Theatre in Birmingham.
In October I was asked to photograph thirty two half-hour Shakespeare plays for The Shakespeare Schools Festival, a charity which helps schools to stage abridged versions of the Bard's work in top class professional theatres. In eight days I shot four plays per day - almost 16,000 frames in total - which were pared down on location to around 100 per play then uploaded live by editor Phil Chappels. Frantic doesn't even come close to describing our workload!
Three recent shoots have involved working with a robot dog and some showgirls for Pontins, a VERY cute Labrador puppy called Spike for Andrex and lastly a hamster, a class of nine year old kids and some energy monitors for EON... the pix from the the first two shoots are in my gallery.
My picture for The British Red Cross showing one of their Land Rovers at work during The Cumbrian Floods was used (with byline!) on the cover of this year's national appeal envelope
My trusty old Land Rover, used for my 2010 off-piste pix! While I was shooting the sheep farmer pix (see gallery) I managed to skid into a dry stone wall, but the old dear just bounced back and kept on going, much to the delight of my nine year old son (and occasional assistant!) Ben.
Just up the road from home, in -10C on January 7th. The pic was used by The Yorkshire Post the next day. See a larger version in my gallery
I was commissioned by Talkback Productions for BBC2 to shoot the publicity stills for Great Railway Journeys, presented by Michael Portillo. I worked with the crew for two hours as they filmed around Scarborough in August 2009. The series started on January 4th 2010.
Shot for Comic Relief as part of their 2009 publicity campaign at 8.30am on a freezing January morning. After dressing Eric in a pre-cut Tee shirt and positioning his red nose, I tried to attract the seagulls with strategically placed pieces of bread - hoping that one would perch on his head. After an hour I concluded that the old adage "never work with kids and animals" also applies to birds.....