Tara’s Shoot

I was asked recently by a friend of mine the very talented sax player, musician and producer John McGough to take a series of photographs for promotional use of a talented singer from around these ‘ere parts that he is promoting called Tara Ovington.

So with a view to trying to get some photographs of Tara that could be used as PR shots and some other shots that might be used in posters or even future CD covers I wanted to try and get as much from the shoot as I could so we headed down to South Gare near Redcar. I chose this location because it is such a diverse area and would offer a range of possibilities for various backgrounds in the shots.

The Gare offers open spaces and sand dunes in one area and then you turn and have the background of industry on the banks of the River Tees. Turn again and you have the weathered and muted colours of the fishing huts and small harbour at Paddy’s Hole. All of which lends itself to great pictures.

My approach to the shoot was to try and keep it as simple as possible so we basically just went for a walk around the Gare. When I spotted a location that might offer something we stopped, Tara posed up and with occasional direction from me I took a couple of pictures and we moved on.

After an hour and a half or so we felt that we had taken some decent shots and as we were at the exposed river mouth to the River Tees it wasn’t the warmest of places despite the low sunshine so once we had shots in the bag we decided to call it a day and headed off to find the car heater.

These are a few pictures from the shoot and clicking  HERE  will let you listen to a small teaser of Tara’s recent work that should let you get that Summer vibe going… ‘Celebrate’.

All the photographs in this shoot were taken on a pair of Leica M9’s. One fitted with a 50mm f2 Summicron and the other with a 35mm f2 Summicron and were all taken using natural light. They were shot as jpeg’s and were edited in Lightroom.


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Blowing your own trumpet

On a recent assignment for Getty Images I was tasked with photographing the Black Dyke Band who are based in a place called Queensbury on the outskirts of Bradford. The band, born many years ago out of a traditional textile producing community in that area with the name of the band coming from the name of the stream that the mill used to supply the water for the process of textile manufacturing.

The band were competing in the Yorkshire Brass Band Championships and were hoping to have a repeat performance of their victory in the competition the previous year. The eventual winner of this competition would go forward to represent Yorkshire at the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain later in the year – a very sought after honour and one that generates significant local pride with each of the bands.

My task was to photograph this band during their rehearsals at their band-room in Queensbury before covering their actual performance later that evening at the historic and impressive St George’s Hall in Bradford.

This time, the spoils and the chance to represent Yorkshire went to the Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band from South Elmsall near Wakefield.



All images (c) 2013  Ian Forsyth/Getty Images