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Muscleworks Gym At Combat and Strength Show 2014

Just realised that only a couple of these ever made the light of day so people might not have seen them. As I had a VIP photo booth setup for the organisers Fighters Inc I thought I would take advantage of Femi Billyrose and others from Muscleworks Gym who had just finished a stage routine opposite me. I particularly liked one of the shots of Femi and interestingly it got into this really rather nice Cover for Facebook. Just goes to show you dont need much time in front of the camera to get a good shot if you now what you are doing and Femi certainly does! Since shooting this I have actually...

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Femi Billyrose WBFF Pro 3D Muscle Workout at Muscleworks Gym

As I'm based in Shoreditch I had been looking to shoot at Muscleworks for some time. Me and Femi have done a couple of studio shoots over the years and had met a few months before at the Combat and Strength Show where Muscleworks Gym were doing a stage show. The shoot itself took 40 minutes and Jeff 'Fitness Videos' was on hand to shoot video at the same time. Jeff makes a couple of cameo appearances below ;-) All lighting is whatever we had in there so no flashes, no trailing wires, just what nature and the striplights gave us to play with. This was gauging what sort of output I could...

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Jon Campling – Shoreditch #1

Back in April 2014 I put some logistical effort into finding locations around Shoreditch near my office for using as on-location shoots. To be fair, you don't really need to be this organised in Shoreditch and you can just wander around and get some really good shots regardless. But I like to plan. Plus with my main work being really busy I like to make the most of my occasional forays outside. I also needed to test out my ringflash in anger finally and after 6 months of being based in Shoreditch (now its over a year lol) it was time to do some photos. Call up my bro Jon Campling, Actor/Deatheater...

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Location Scouting – Shoreditch Stomp #1

Went for a lunchtime stomp today to test new system for creating maps to auto organise locations for shoots. Also to wander with purpose but aimless direction to see what's around my office.

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David Smith – Fitness Model Portfolio Studio Shoot

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Everything Acrobatic – Giant Trampoline Wall Outdoor Test

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Hugo Barcelos – Musclemania

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XMA at SENI 2005

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Kamaete Shotokan Karate

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Fusion Team Photoshoot – Buddhist Temple

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Brendan Carr – Hitman

Taken WAY back in the day. My suit and sword, Brendan's gun and my housemates shoes! Happy Days just chucking ideas together!

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American Chopper – Sockeyes Florida

One of my favourite photos of all time. Taken At Sockeyes Motorsports in Destin, Florida. 

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Karnak Temple – Luxor, Egypt

Took a few shots on this trip before i had black screen of death on my Fuji and it was unusable. Sensor blown and had to be repaired when I got back to the UK.

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Tony Preston – Krav Maga Instructor

I met Tony at one of the KEWAP courses run at Total Dojo by Steve Timperley. He was after some PR photos to promote his Reality Based Self Defence business comprising Krav Maga and also Tony is a member of the British Combat Association.

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Steve Timperley KEWAP 6

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Ashley Beck – Stuntman and Professional Martial Artist

Always a pleasure working with Ash. Shot back in the day. Still for this shoot he is in my top 2 most organised people for a photoshoot, and this skill boded well for him as he went on to do stunts for Kick Ass 2, Snow White and The Hunstman, Iron Man 2, Angels and Demons, Game Of Thrones, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and Wrath of the Titans. Skills+Attitude=Excellence!  

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Bristol Aquarium

Weirdly today I was in Bristol, but this was actually taken I think in 2012. Mental colour. No edit and to be fair at high res its completely insane.

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Oliver Price – Character Actor and IFBB Bodybuilder

  Shots taken in between comps of Oliver Price IFBB Bodybuilder, Character Actor and thoroughly nice person. Oliver had a mound of chocolate and treats ready for him when he finished his comp, and I came round to shoot in between competitions. He let me have a Caramac, though he had to be allowed to smell it before letting me eat it. Talk about torturing yourself, so I ate it as quick as I could to make him feel better!

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Jaco De Bruyn-Wbff Pro at Bodypower 2013

I was quite proud in 2013 when Jaco used one of my shots for some considerable time as his profile photo. When you realise how many photoshoots he has done and some of the top photographers he has worked with I felt pretty chuffed. An awesome gent, who is supremely easy to photograph. I had maybe 3 minutes with him backstage in my mobile pro studio at Fit Factor at Bodypower and got some belters. Thanks to Tavi Castro for making the intro and Jeff Fitness Videos for pointing Tavi in the right direction when he asked where Mike was setup!

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Paige Cerson – Professional Martial Artist and SPUD

Back at the beginning of 2013 I tried something a bit different, set the studio up on specific days and let people take advantage of some scary cheap pricing. First in was Paige who wanted a variety of different casting photos to suit different purposes including professional martial artist, stunts, fitness, modelling etc We shot over about and hour and a half I think and got some cracking shots. This was the third photoshoot I have done with Paige over many years, first photographing her when she was 6 at a martial arts seminar in Pitsea.

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Mark Felix – Worlds Strongest Man (WSM) Competitor – SENI 2012

Had the pleasure of working with several of the Worlds Strongest Man (WSM) and of those Mark Felix is the biggest. There wasn't really room for him in the studio hence him chuckling in the pic. Added to that I actually lost all 4 of them on the way from the WSM stand to the studio in Excel at SENI2012. How do you lose 4 of the biggest people on earth. Quite amusing at the time.

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Gordon Alexander Actors Headshots

Another entrant to the Holdsworth all day studio was my good buddy Gordon, who took advantage of the facilities to have a selection of different looks done for Actors Headshots. Actually the first thing I did when I moved to London was Actors Headshots so it was kind of nice to have a go at it again. I think people forget I can offer this ;-)

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Mark Oakes Studio Shoot 2013

Had a great Showshoots Studio shoot with Mark and Heather Oakes. As with any of my shoots you get a wide selection of lighting and background styles and therefore a variety of shots that you can use. These were around 8 separate and distinct types of shoot-within-a-shoot. Shown below are two separate styles of lighting but with a similar style and composition so they go quite nicely together. More of the various types of shoots will be loaded up shortly. I shot this at a village hall near Mark and Heathers house, using my mobile professional studio equipment.

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Heather Jenks – Fitness Model Backstage at Fit Factor Bodypower 2013

Heather was one of the competitors at Fit Factor 2013 at Bodypower. I loaded this up because someone said I should photograph them for free to pad out my portfolio as I only seem to have blokes in it. Actually I just haven't found time to load content up much in 2013. So having to make up for it now ;-)

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Jon Campling Death Eater Comes To Tea

When one of your very good friends, and actually the first human being I ever photographed with studio lighting (13 years ago) comes round for tea and they are an award winning actor, a death eater and a professional photographer in their own right it is so going to happen that we start taking photos. Just a few previews are shown below as am busy with other projects, but more to come for sure from this batch and the awesome collaborative force that is 'Boys From Da North'.

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Dubai Stomp 2

In my second work trip to Dubai in 2013 I found myself in a hotel with no visible walkway to anywhere. So with a few hours to burn on a Sunday after my flight I set-off under clear instructions from the Hotel Porter that I should catch a cab and not walk as it was desert round the corner. So off I set and after one block I found myself walking through desert. Not very Lawrence of Arabia but more Auf Wiedersein Pet as I walked through what had presumably been a desert but now resembled a building site. After about 40 minutes I found myself at Dubai Marina, stopping for some much needed water and shade. I...

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Official Photographer at UCC 2012

I am very proud to announce that I am the Official Photographer at the inaugural Urban Combat Conference 2012. The Urban Combat Conference 2012 “Next to Hereford - the safest place on the planet” 20th & 21st of October 2012 The Hilton International Hotel East Midlands Airport (just off of the M1) Two days of unique workshops & presentations!   Each UCC 2012 attendee will receive: Smart certificate of attendance (not hand written) Lunch including hot beverages (Hilton standard) Free gifts and entry to the UCC prize draw! Saturday (10:00 - 16:30): Tony...

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MMA Uncaged July 2012 Mike Bisping Front Cover and Editorial

Took some photos of MMA Uncaged Editor Alan Orr post interviewing UFC Fighter Mike Bisping. Had challenge of taking my first ever cover shot. I've had loads of images used on covers, but never actually shot one to order with the Editor stood next to me. Good challenge and very cool! Hope you like my first MMA Cover! Plus I am on the inside!  

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Urban Combat Conference Logo Design

As official photographer to the Urban Combat Conference, also helping out with some design work including event logo.

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Silvio Simac PR Shoot

Had a cool evening with Silvio and Kay, eating chatting and also we took a few photos. Got the new HiLite system out as it fits just about anywhere so used it in the lounge. Shot three sets of shots: Martial Arts / Fitness, Superman and Atlas.

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Scott Adkins PR Photos For New Website

Some new PR photos for Action Actor Scott Adkins for his new website.

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Impact Magazine Jan 2007 – Scott Adkins

My first Impact front cover, which I was seriously proud of. As ever Neal Molyneux did some graphics wizardry on the cover as well and love the incorporation of the Union Jack.

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Scott Adkins PR Photos

Scott Adkins PR photos from Old House, Shepperton Studios.

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Scott Adkins Pre Undisputed 3

Scott Adkins is Weapon 11 in the new Wolverine – Origins movie as well as performing some of the action moves for Ryan Reynolds. Right now he is in training for his next film role which is the brutal Boyka in Undisputed 3.

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RingFlash #1: Building A Robust System

I used the Orbis Ringflash once, I thought it was a bit wobbly in usage with my Nikon SB-24. I do have the Orbis Arm with my Orbis Ringflash. I tried a few differen permutations, using wireless triggers and using wired cable. I opted for a Nikon wired cable in the end. It is so robust and such a solid mount for the flash. The cheap wireless transmitters I have I just thought would break (more on that later). I tried it out, worked out where I wasn't happy with "slop" and movement and ruggedised it with ballistic foam covered in duck tape and zip ties. I also added a 6VDC Battery pack from a Scooter...

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