Tonight Matthew, I’m… a Photographer!

DSLRs, Photography

Yesterday I had the pleasure of donning my ‘Photographer’ hat with one of my favourite clients.

Basically, we are revamping her Pilates (no, NOT Pirates WordPress!) website to create something much more visually engaging and required some insight into her classes. So, I turned up at the end of a “Mum’s and Babies” class, where babies are in a creche as Mum’s do Pilates…

Got a few cracking shots of Mum’s in action and lots of cute Mummy/Baby shots after – I can see why people get into Studio Work, I can imagine it is very rewarding!

If you want to find out more about Pilates in Southampton, with “Daddy daycare”, check out: (refresh to be launched late March!)


Kennedy Noel ‘This Holiday’ Video Shoot!

DSLRs, Media Production, Music

Last week I had the opportunity to shoot a music video for the first time in my life (bar my own “on the guitar in my bedroom” cover of a Radiohead tune!).

I had been connected with the management company of Kennedy Noel, an up-and-coming starlet from the USA, through my partners in creativity at Ordinary Man Media. We got straight down to business and I had to shoot off the cuff throughout various locations in central London. This was challenging yet incredibly good fun!

Despite a few camera issues (wish I had updated to the latest build of Magic Lantern which is finally stable!) I was able to capture some really awesome sequences.

Hopefully these video stills speak volumes! (click for full res versions)


I’m really looking forward to the video, which I’m guessing will be released “This Holiday”! – find out more on Kennedy via her Facebook page: or follow her on Twitter @kennedy_noel

Special thanks to Rob Porter for lending me his Prime Lenses!

The Great Camera Shootout…

DSLRs, Media Production

It’s probably old news to some but a colleague recently pointed me in the direction of the Zacuto “Great Camera Shootout 2010”.

This fascinating web series pits the recent crop of Canon DSLR Cameras against “real” Cinema and HD Video Cameras. The results are truly remarkable and leave me feeling quite happy about my investment in a Canon 550D/T2i although, this model only appears in the third “webisode” (along with a little Eurovision magic..!). The series was such a success that it was nominated for, and won, an emmy!

In addition, they have also released the first episode of the “Great Camera Shootout 2011”, which obviously has a bigger budget. This starts to show the limitations of the DSLRs but also demonstrates where they shine (in low light conditions). It’s maybe a little too much of a geek-out for some mind you 😉