Great to see a bunch of my images used in the latest issue of PosAbility Magazine including my shot of Harry on the cover and the 'red carpet' campaign I shot last year. A wonderful feature for the Zebedee Management team and all of their models.
Working alongside the rest of the design team at North Lindsey College, we decided this year that we were going to take a completely fresh approach to the Prospectus for 2017-18.
For those that don't know, a prospectus could be considered a college's number one marketing tool for promoting the range of courses available. It's this document which tends to dictate the look and feel for all other promotional materials that will run for the following year. On this occasion, we decided to run with the theme of 'onomatopoeia's' (in a nutshell: words that sound like sounds). These would form part of a bold mix of studio photography, hand drawn sketches and type for the feature pages of the document.
I'm glad to say the project has been a huge success and the whole thing has been so well recieved. It's so very easy to often find yourself in a bit of a bubble, doing things 'your' way and not really straying from what you believe to be comfortable. Working on projects like this alongside other creatives really does have a unique energy and enthusiam that can't really be achieved when working alone; something that I found to be a nice change.
It's fair to say the blog has been neglected somewhat over the past 6 months. It would be impossible to bring it all totally up to date due the sheer amount of work that's been done since. I will however try my best to fill you in with some of the highlights over the next couple of weeks. This one is a wonderful place to start:
'This Is Me' was a Exhibition put on by Zoe Proctor and her team at Zebedee Management, who have since gone on to launch a fantastic modelling agency exclusively for people with disabilities.
The aim of this project was to challenge perceptions of people with learning disabilities, and involved working alongside some wonderful individuals including some very talented photographers such as Merika Green, Christopher Waud and Sarah Reeve.
This is a great little video filmed by Sam Hotson & Sam Sharp (Edited by Joseph Long) from the 'This is Me' Exhibition that I was lucky enough to be a part of.
Heck of a lot of 'behind the scenes' type of stuff going on at the moment which makes it difficult to provide lots of fresh content on the blog. So with that in mind, I thought I'd post some recent test material. These are from a shoot which took place at Kelham Island in Sheffield with make-up artist Julia Jeckell and Beth from BOSS models.
Over the past few weeks I've been working with my buddy Ben, producing some content for his social media channel.
Ben is an estate agent based in the Scunthorpe area. His passion and enthusiasm for his work is undeniable and rather than appearing to be full of hot air (an unfortunate trait that is often associated with people from his trade), he manages to back it all up with some pretty resounding results.
Aside from his work ethic, what makes Ben unique is the way in which he reaches out to his community via his facebook page. Tapping into the whole '24 hour society' thing, he is making sure his business is there first, ahead of all the traditional 9-5 agents.
This is just the first of a number of projects that I am likely to be collaborating with Ben on over the coming months. For me, it's something a bit different and a challenge which offers the opportunity to develop my videography skills. I've always had a huge interest in video and film and whilst I might not have the huge array equipment that allows me to produce big commercial films, I have all I need at my disposal to help people tell their story.
Check Ben: EA Ben Cade
Here's a few shots I captured recently with Scunthorpe United's mascot 'Scunny Bunny'. The photos were used for a mini featured called 'Capeless Crusaders' for the boys over at Soccer Bible and were taken at the same time that I shot their 'Residence' feature down there a couple of months ago.
2016 has been an invaluable year of learning experiences. I’ve learned a hell of a lot about limits, a lot about business and a lot of new skills.
Despite the long hours, hard work and stress that often comes with it, I couldn’t think of a better way of earning a living.
Happy New Year everyone. Wishing you success and happiness for 2017.
Following on from the Sunday League mini feature in their latest print issue, Soccer Bible asked me to head down to my beloved Glanford Park. Amongst other tasks, one of the things I shot there was a residence project for an online feature of the stadium.
Soccer Bible regularly run 'Residence' pieces, exploring the nooks and crannies of football stadiums across the globe, both old and new. The timing of this seemed quite apt as the club are looking to build a new stadium in the not so distant future, so it's days of hosting matches appear to be numbered.
Believe it or not, but Glanford Park was part of a new breed of football stadiums when it opened its gates in 1988. It's certainly not pretty, but then it's hardly the worst ground that the lower leagues has to offer. 28 years on and despite a lick of paint here and there, the stadium is showing the signs of wear and tear that you'd expect. It's small, cramped and desperately lacking in imagination, yet it's held a place in my heart ever since my Dad and Grandad took me to see my first ever football match in 1992.
Most of you won't know anything about Scunthorpe United, or even like football for that matter. But for those who do and for my own personal enjoyment, here's just a few of my top Glanford Park memories ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous:
Cliff Byrne nodding home in injury time against Tranmere to squeeze us in to the play-offs
Madman Mick Dewer standing on the wall to hurl abuse at a linesman, only to never be seen in that stand again.
Big John Gayle clearing the stadium with a cross
Darryn Stamp rounding the keeper and still managing to miss an open goal in the FA cup
Jermain Beckford's audacious showboating before curling an absolute worldy in to the top corner
You can see the Soccer Bible feature here.
Football has always and will always be one of my escapes in life. It started at a young age, kicking a ball around with my Grandad in the playing fields across the road from his house. My fixation was then heightened when both he and my dad introduced me to the delights of Division 3 football, watching Scunthorpe United trying (and failing) to gain promotion via the play-offs in 1992. Ever since then I, like thousands of men and women in this country place it right at the top of our hobbies and interests.
I guess it was only a matter of time before football found it's way into my photography also. In the latest edition of Soccer Bible, there is a mini feature that I shot in the same playing field that my Grandad and I used to kick a ball around on a Saturday afternoon. Amateur football, non more so than Sunday League, provides amazing subject matter for reportage photography. It's unattractive, yet addictive. There's drama aplenty and never a dull moment. Football in it's purest form.
Soccer Bible: www.soccerbible.com
One thing that I have come to value very much is the opportunity to photograph people with extraordinary talents. In the past year alone, I have worked with DJ's, musicians, sportsman and artists. Regardless of their diverse skills, they never fail to interest me and provide some sort of inspiration. Artist, Coral Rose is no different.
I've known Coral for some time. She was actually one of the first ever people to model for me. This was way back in the days of arranging small fashion shoots through the likes of ModelMayhem and PureStorm. The person she was then is a pale imitation of the woman she is today. As her own biography states, she has 'swapped Louboutins for la wellington boot', making the move from the suburbs to the beautiful surroundings of the Wykeham Estate in North Yorkshire. During this time the modelling has well and truly fallen by the wayside and Coral is now making a living as a wildlife artist. It's a bit of an understatement, but it turns out she's pretty good at it!
You can check out Coral's amazing work here:
Q&A no.2 Thank you to @liam00001, @jackelean, @coralroseart, @thoughts__become__things & @golpys for the questions. Sorry to the other guys if I didn’t manage to fit yours in. Open to feedback on this… do you prefer me to fit in as many answers as I can or provide a more details answer on one particular question? Anyway, would appreciate some more questions for the following Q&A vids. Any subject again for time being. Thanks #askCHED #instavlog #instavlogger #vlog #photography #phototips
A little while ago, I decided to sample with some mini vlog style videos through my instagram channel. This was primarily based around the idea of running a Q&A feature. This here is the second post which responded to the questions that was put to me in the first video. Hope you like.
If you wish to put any questions to me for future videos, or even any suggestions for a different type of content, feel free to let me know.
A bit late putting this out, but here's the highlights from the past two months.
May and June were not without their low points. Workload issues, the stresses of setting up a new company and frustratingly missing out of a couple of projects that I was particularly looking forward to.
Despite that, I've worked with some amazing people and on a range of shoots that is so diverse, it instantly reminds me of why I love what I do.
Now taking bookings for September and beyond.
Limited dates available for August.
This might well die a very quick death, but worth a try. Whilst I'm working on making a start to my YouTube channel, I thought I might try posting regular videos on my Instagram. To keep it simple, it's just based around basic Q&A's. It can be about anything: gear, shoots, locations... You name it. So to get the ball rolling, leave something below... Otherwise this will just get deleted 😬 #instavlog #AskChed #vlogger
Lately, I've found myself watching a hell of a lot creatives YouTube channels. I first thought was going to be nothing more than a fad for me, but it soon became pretty apparent that this is something I need to look into. Whilst I hold no ambitions of becoming a daily/weekly vlogger, I do want to create some content that is of value to people, even if that audience is reasonably small to begin with.
So whilst I'm working on making a start to a couple of things, I thought I'd take advantage of Instagram's new 1 minute video allocation. I'm testing the water with a little Q&A idea where I respond to peoples questions which are left in the comments. Luckily enough, people provided quite a few questions with the first video, which not only saves me a little embarrassment, but it also means that I can give this a proper go. Whilst I'm working on producing the first "Answers' film, I'm still looking for people to supply me with more questions. For the time being, I don't care about the subject or even who they're from. It's just a bit of fun and something new to try so please feel free to send me a question via any of my social media channels or email.
You know, when I first started doing these montages to review the past couple of months, I would sometimes struggle to fill them. Don't get me wrong, on the majority of occasions it was fine. But there would be a period every now and then when I'd had to just take a step back from the work with the camera and deal with the jobs that were flooding my inbox. This meant from time to time, not a lot of new material was being created and all I could share was 'throwback' shots via my social media. Well that certainly hasn't been the case so far this year.
The window for me to squeeze in this extra work has not grown. It will do in the future and I cannot even begin to express how much I am looking forward to that time. But at this moment, it's simply a case of doing more in the same amount of hours that I had this time last year. Maybe I'm procrastinating less. Maybe I'm refining my workflow. Or maybe, I'm just working harder and loving what I do. In truth, I think its a combination of the three. Either way, I'm shooting so much new content at the moment that soon enough, these little montages that I post might well end up being one month at a time.
The variety of jobs that I worked on in March and April was so diverse, I couldn't have asked for a better mix. No doubt May and June will throw up another nice range of shoots. I'm looking forward to it already.
Another month and another LOCO magazine cover. This time the subject was the very dapper, yet talented hairdresser Alexander Turnbull.
Having frozen our bits off on the previous LOCO shoot with Jewellery designer Daniella Draper, the team were keen to try and capture some warmer summer vibes with this one - something which I definitely had no complaints about. In my opinion, location work beats shooting in the studio every time but the unpredictable nature of the weather in our country can make it a lottery. The original shoot date was a total write off with a whole day of non-stop rain. However, we manage to reschedule for later in the week and we got lucky with a bit of sun. It has to be said, the abandoned quarry made for an amazing location on this also.
The issue looks great! Probably my favourite so far, so I urge you to take a look. Check it out one the LOCO website:
Styling by Leonard Silver Menswear
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin
The foray into self employment has been a steep learning curve. I've taken a lot of confidence from the journey so far. Yet this has never meant that I'm totally at ease with where I am at. The way I see it, I have a steady foothold at the bottom of a very tall and multi-directional ladder. There is no real pressure coming from anyone other than myself to make the climb. It's almost as though I feel I have an obligation to myself to make the ascent. To choose 'thrive' over 'survive'.
Just last week, I found myself in the company of a group of guys who share that similar desire. They each want to build upon the foundations they have already laid. What brought us together was a new initiative called The Influence Society. Behind 'Influence' are my buddies Josh and Jack (Results for Life) and Corey Johnson, who is over here from Canada working with the guys to build this movement. As well as business owners coming from all parts of the UK, there was also international representation with guys coming from Belgium and even the Gold coast of Australia. These guys were in town just to be at this specific event, which in itself is testament to the work that Josh, Jack and Corey have already done.
The Influence Society (aka. Influence) aims to help aspiring business owners/entrepreneurs realise their potential and the targets that we set ourselves in order to become successful in our chosen fields. Now at this point I should point out that I was a little bit of a fish out of water when meeting these guys. After all I was the only one who wasn't in the fitness industry. We had gym owners. We had personal trainers. Some with premises, some without. Some who's business is based totally online. By and large though, it didn't really matter. It didn't take too long to realise that we each shared some common aspirations in the same way that we shared the same issues and face similar hurdles. It was reassuring. Working on my own, the majority of which is being at a desk, it's too easy to be shut off from the rest of the world and just operate within my own bubble. Communication and collaboration are vital ingredients for any business. I know that! That's how mine got started in the first place. Talking with these guys helped provide some clarity. A moment to step back and assess before approaching from a different angle.
This experience was a great opportunity to hear the challenges that other business owners are faced with and also to speak openly about my own obstacles that I wish to overcome. Sharing and listening to these guys, whilst learning from what the Influence team had to say about how we can build left me totally motivated to progress and take a step up that ladder. I have no desire to stand still with what I already have. I want to learn, build and progress. And that is what I shall do.
I'm looking forward to seeing how each of the guys I met that day continue to follow their passions and grow their businesses. Even more so, I'm looking forward to seeing what Corey, Josh and Jack do with Influence and with that, I wish them the best of luck.
A few days ago saw the release of another edition of LOCO magazine for which I shot the cover and feature article. This time, the muse for the day was the wonderfully talented jewellery designer Daniella Draper.
As well as having 3 stores, Daniella can boast of A-list celebrity clients such as Kate Moss, Ed Sheeran and Chloe Moretz. The article tells her story and gives a little insight into what the business is all about. I've embedded the online version of the magazine at the bottom of this post.
Once again, it was great to link up with the LOCO team. It's great to see them growing and producing quality and insightful content.
Thanks to Alison Martin (Make-up) and Rob Barraclough and also to Daniella's sister, Holly for her help on the day. Oh! And a special mention to the Waters Edge Visitors Centre for allowing us to set up camp.
Loco Magazine: www.locomagazine.co.uk
Daniella Draper: www.danielladraper.com