I've been working with the ladies at Vo La Si for some time now, Andrea the own had moved premises recently and I supplied a nice piece of artwork to her, I also captured some lovely picture of the new salon even before a client had sat in a chair. This time I was back with one of two sittings, to capture her and her staff actually working.
I'm Stuart and I'm a photographer.
Firstly lets start with an apology, my ugly mug.Let me introduce myself, Although you could read the "about" page on this site, this is me. My father has always been into photography and trains. My mum Wildlife, so it was only natural that I took an interest from an early age in all, however as soon as I could I got away from the trains. My father hasn't see www.raycam.co.uk as proof. Photography has developed into my passion, I now run my own Studio in Guisborough and have sponsorship for my wildlife photography from Jack Pike. (www.stubrownphotography.co.uk).The early day saw me and my father heading to the darkroom , our loft, to develop his images and the smell of the chemicals still triggers those memories. Although these day the darkroom is digital, I still long to create my own darkroom again and spend the time in there with my son. It saw my taking my interest a little further and entering competitions, which I won. These days I don't get much chance to enter competitions but its time to start again I think.I am a proud family man with two gorgeous children, Jace and Leah, both of which love playing up to the camera and, Jace has even become , by definition, a professional photographer at the age of 3. When he picked my SLR up and snapped a shot of a clients baby, which they later purchased.Discovery Photography has been running from 2008, started when I had my landscape work in my own gallery. This lead to exhibition around the north east and lead to the North York Moors National park asking me to cover some events for them. Although this has stopped now due to government cuts, they still use my images in their publications today. Because people got to know I was covering events for them, I was asked to cover some weddings, they are just events I thought, and low and behold Discovery Photography was born.Photography as become and consumed my life, a day doesn't go by that I aren't reading something online or checking out new accessories or equipment. I literally live photography. Kirsty my other half has referred to the business as my mistress, which to be honest it is.My true interest has become black and white documentary photography, I believe its timeless and the pure raw beauty of the contrast, shadows and detail astound me.For the technical geeks out there I started my life with an Olympus Trip 35mm one of which I still use occasionally today, from there it has been Canon AE1 AE1-Program, EOS 1000F, EOS 5, EOS 10D, EOSE 30D, EOS 5D mk1 (still use as my second camera today) EOS 1Ds mk2 (my main camera) and finally the latest addition the Fujifilm X20.You see having OCD the details in everything i produce have to right, they have to portray the emotion and tell the story I'm capturing. So each and every client, job, brief, fashion shoot or teaching session has to be right and have my full attention.So that's me, if you would like to chat more then why not either call by the studio for a cuppa or contact me. [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id="16" gal_title="Stuart Brown Wedding photographer"]
Another Commercial Fashion shoot for a company, this time it was sportswear and for BLK Sports UK. Their new brochure was due out very soon and they needed some new images of their range. Both Elliot and Helen the models worked well in front of the camera, with Kim Blair MUA making sure things looked good in front of the camera. Great little shoot and look forward to working with the again in the near future.
After the successful photo shoot on Monday night it was only right to launch the fantastic arrange and Cherie did it in a glamorous, Charity filled event at the Dickens Inn, Middlesbrough, With live music from the fab Jamie Grey. The evening was a success even though i was only there for just over an hour everyone seemed to enjoy it and the clothing range recived a fabulous welcome. Well done to everyone who put the event together.
We've worked for Kiwi Boutique several times in the past doing some fashion photography and it was my honor to be capturing their very own fashion range. To be released very soon, They had booked Gisborough Hall as their chosen location and backdrop, a fantastic idea too, the grandeur of the hall and big brand room inside it was fab.The girls arrived with a team, dress, designers and assistants. and we're where off. what more can I say the clothes and images speak for them selves.
Vicky has been a client of our for sometime, with shoots for her and Anna her daughter. So when she set up Willow Tree Breeders, it was only a matter of time before the message came through for us to help her out with her business venture. After all we seem to be doing quite a few commercial shoots and have been for the past year. This however was a commercial shoot with a difference. Has Vicky breeds Quail, Rats, Rabbits, Mice, Hamsters pretty much anything with four legs it was going to be a fun morning.Vicky and her other half graham arrived at our studio with an ark of animals from Ferrets to rabbits. "Cute" been the only brief. What do you think???
It's always a positive picking up a client from another photographer that's let someone down. Cherie rang the studio at 3:00 today asking if we could do a urgent shoot for a series of christmas dresses for her website, been one to always take on work, her and her two models where at our studio ready to shoot by 6:30 . We had worked for the previous owner of kiwi boutique, Sally but Cherie was unaware we had done such work. After discussing the finer points of how beautiful the dresses looked we took a series of images ready to be edited and rushed to the website ready for the purchases, as Christmas is just around the corner it's an ideal time to be pushing the product but the pressure is on to have them edited and sorted asap.This time of year usually means presents for people so our blogs are difficult to produce and share without that special person getting to know what they are getting off the family for Christmas, however in this case it's ideal to share and giving kiwi some promotions to...Check out www.kiwiboutiqe.co.uk for more details.
Commercial blogs aren't something we get chance to do very often, not because we don't get the jobs, but the images we take tend to have a need to be protected to safe guard the release of a product or a business. The Oldroyd Cardinal Cornet was one of those things which we could produce a blog once it was made public from the company, in the case Geneva Instruments.This assignment came our way through the Fab Designer, Jo Behan, of Encore design who in fact designed our logo many moons ago, I've know Jo for a good ten years, it funny how people come back into your life and what that brings.Jimmy been one of the many photogenic faces of Geneva instruments, who we have worked with before creating his album photography, modeled the Cornet in a very swarve way.Difficulty I had here was reflection its hard not to get my ugly mug in the reflection of the Cornet or the background, taking from a slight angle got me out of the way.Check out Geneva Instruments website for more information and images.
Been contacted straight from our website always brings a smile to my face as we host and design it ourselves. Lee from C.J.Leonards contacted just that way.Now our work is varied, we can be taking a model in lingrie then a baby with drool to a family portrait or a wedding photography. So when a commercial job come our way it adds to that variation especially when its working with big boys toys like I was on this shoot. To get that close and even sit in some of them was brilliant, and there was plenty of subject matter too. Covering the details of the reception to general shots of the workshop and yard. Panoramic images was order of the day, so plenty of stitching when I got back to the studio editing desks. They look fantastic if i do say so myself. I made sure I created images that gave the client with plenty of clarity and contrast to really show the machine to their best. Can't wait to see them on their website http://www.cjleonard.co.uk/
Sometimes journeys just have to be done and this time of year travelling can be a nightmare. With the oncoming threat of snow from the weather guys, A threat that hasn't up until today been too much of an issue. I say until today! This morning saw a rather long and chaotic journey from Brotton to Guisborough firstly to collect the kit needed for the job.This journey usually takes, at worse, 20 minutes - today took nearly an hour. Then there was the journey to Whitby, well Birkbrow closed gave a diversion round Lingdale and back to the coast road.Finally a couple of hours later I arrived at the workshop of Mark Asplin Whiteley to "clock in" before both Mark, the workshop manager, and myself headed out in separate cars to a secret location somewhere within the Esk valley to capture some images of there craftsmanship.The location was beautiful with rolling panoramic views, albeit a little snowy. The furniture and kitchen in question exceeded all my expectations. the detail of the workmanship was out of this world, with each and every joint perfect to touch and to look at. Work I come to expect from such a prestige company.These details needed capturing in natural light as you don't want to add controlled light from a flash head, this may alter the colour and tone of the wood. Something you don't want to do.Heading home my thoughts turned back to the detail of the furniture, I myself take pride in the details however sometimes these details aren't always mine to control, leaving the photography a little short of my own expectations - Something I cant always come to terms with. I'm not saying the detail on a persons face or bride and groom. I'm saying those small insignificant details I look for in an image, the texture of hair, but that one hair going a different direction, no matter how many times you brush it. The Flowers on a table at a wedding that don't quite sit right. To everyone else the image looks beautiful, but to me the details count and I've spent hours trying to amend things in photoshop to make that image perfect time I don't get paid for. Not sure if that makes me a bad person or a frustrating person but that's just me :)
Wayne and Helen run Cookfella's Eatery and Wine Bar in our lovely market town of Guisborough, North Yorkshire. They started back in 2011 in a little quaint building next door to our studio on Bow street.Things soon started to look up for them, their staff and both of them work very hard to create fine food in a friendly and warm atmosphere, something they have worked hard to create at their new premises just round the corner on Church Street.We Captured their menu and eatery at Bow Street, so it was only natural they asked us to capture their new venue.Captured in our images you can see they they've cracked it.Check out www.cookfellas.co.uk to book.
It's been a while since I have blogged about one of our photography jobs. Since the studio had the major re-fit back in 2014 we don't seem to have stopped. Commercial photography, wedding and portrait photography jobs have been flying through our newly decorated door. So much so I haven't had chance to actually sit behind a computer, well other than editing and answering emails and Facebook message. Blogging certainly has taken a back step.One of the Commercial photography jobs which I enjoyed creating was that of Coatham Coaches, based locally in Margrove park it seemed right to picture their fabulous coaches in North York Moors national Park. Which meant organising over three different shoots, each spare coach and the very unpredictable weather of the stark yet beautiful moorland.Location work is so much inspiring, besides how else could we photography a 57 seater coach? - In the past we have hired warehouse units to do larger shoots and even managed to have a motorbike in our studio in Guisborough. But given the chance to show the coaches in their natural environment was fantastic - a morning out of the studio. I was beginning to think daylight didn't exist!The long slow steep hill up towards Castleton was the road of choice, Its straight and has good visability as far as health and safety, the last thing we wanted to do was cause a crash or worse still get run over. The spot we chose was ideal, I visualised a low angle as close to the road and possible, yet I didn't fancy laying down in the middle of the main moorland though roads. The location gave me chance to shoot from the opposite side, the road itself had been built up from the surrounding landscape, which meant I could crouch down and get a beautiful low angle with Freebrough Hill (one of the area well know landmarks) in the background.The shots that followed where exactly what i had in mind. Since this first shoot the other three where taken closer to the home due to the lack of good weather, Both myself and mark have some good ideas for follow up shoots so keep an eye out one there website www.coathamcoaches.co.uk for the latest images. ( BTW you see our hard work on there now)
We love having such varied work one minute your taking pictures of children playing int he studio, the next wedding at a grand and beautiful venue. But the other day saw me working with Michelle and Aesthetic and laser practitioner who required some new commercial photographer for her new website. Michelle specialises in skin rejuvenation, tattoo removal, Pigmentation laser removal and laser peel to name a few things.Michelle had arranged a couple of her clients to call by so we have some "models" to work with. Her treatment room is immaculate as you would expect, so the images came out almost perfect from the onset.Michelle's website should be up and running so keep an eye out for her and if you would like to contact her for treatment then why not give her a call on 07929130349 i'm sure she would be pleased to hear from you.
We have worked with the guys from the Redcar RNLI for a year or so now. I used them in a person photographic project a while back. So when Dave asked me to cover their group shot, I jumped at the chance. Especially as it was to be used in a presentation by no other than the chief executive himself.I had my trepidations about the weather and light, the reports where for strong winds and depending upon which report, either rain or sun.Luckily it was the latter, just a very cold, strong easterly wind. The guys had the boats and tractors out and where already dressed ready for action when we arrived.It was low tide and I had asked for the equipment the be positioned away from the slipway giving a cleaner final image.Not every job you can take you other half, son and daughter along, but even though Jace didn't want a picture with the crew, the tractors, the boats he was made to feel part of the crew and the morning, as was kirsty and Leah.Ideally I would of liked to have done this earlier in the year when the sun was higher giving a more even light, but when working with a volunteer crew you make the best of it.All the guys work really hard to keep, fishermen, bathers, surfers and anyone else safe along our stretch of coastline, they well deserve more recognition for their work than they actually get. That is something everyone should think about!Every single one of them have a sterling attitude to their work, with 100% commitment and its always a pleasure and a good laugh to work alongside every single one of them...... hats off to you all.
We have know Andi for a while now, he came to us for a promo shoot a couple of years ago when our studio was based in Redcar, we have moved on alot since then with our new studio in Guisborough and so has Andi.Hes releasing an EP very soon and needed some images for the covers, and we were the first people he turned to. After bouncing a few ideas around with the names and meaning of his music we deiced that the shoot needed some stepping stones and a nice location.A frantic search through Google brought the idea of Duck Bridge, set in the fantastic North York Moors National Park, in view of Danby Castle a fantastic wedding and event venue.The river Esk was a little higher than would of liked but we where still able to work with the ideas in my head. After we had been hurled some friendly banter from what I can only work out to be a Pheasant shoot party from the Danby Estates (Dawney estates), and chased off the ford running under the bridge by a herd of cows, we managed to grab the shots we needed.Its always hard to be creative, to think of new imaginative images that will capture the mind, forcing you to think beyond the image and see it to the soul of your thoughts.To hear some of Andi's fantastic music check out his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/andigraingermusic
Well even in the bad weather we still made it to Slapewath to photography commercially the Fox and Hound country pub and hotel. They hadn't had a professional shoot done before but had realised that having the right images on the website and their marketing material could make such a difThe hotel and restaurant is quite a big place and it took quite a while to make sure I captured every room, in its best light and every detail required for the website and publications.ference to their business. With the onset of a new website almost ready to publish they decided it was time to book us.I was very mindful that the hotel was occupied and that the bar, restaurant have paying clients in enjoying their carvery on such a wet and horrible day.A couple of hours later and the details and every inch of the building had been covered including a very reluctant kitchen, chef and staff.Looking forward to digging into the editing and get the disc back over to them.
Been next door to Cookfella's it made sense to book us to capture their fantastic new menu. Taking images of food is something we really enjoy doing, it gives us chance to be able to be creative and arty without taking the image away from the food itself.Cookfella's menus are designed around been healthy and very nutritious, and judging by the smell on Monday very delicious too (we can vouch for that as we have eaten from there ;-)) - We even got to sample Cookfella's new burger once we had taken it, of course!We took the images in their eatery to show the warmth and attention to detail not only in the food they produce but in the building in which you'll sit to enjoy your delicious food. This included details such as the fine wine served and other beverages. finished off with salt and pepper dispensers and cutlery giving a all round feel to the eatery.check out their website for more information www.cookfellas.co.uk
This morning saw me head up to Saks just up the road, leaving Kirsty back at the studio. Debbie commissioned us to take some commercial images specifically of the beauty sections of Saks.I've know Debbie since I was at junior school, she was a year above me and its funny how people come back into your life as I haven't seen her since then. Now we run a studio just two doors down from where she works.The girls are all lovely and more than willing to muck in to show the fantastic and professional work they do, from age defining machines to eye brow shaping and massage.The environment in which they work is very calming and i think even i felt that whilst snapping away in the treatment rooms. - might even treat Kirsty to some treatments........ if she's lucky :)to contact Saks in Guisborough call 01287 630055 you could always call by us just down the street and meet our team for a cuppa!
Well Selfies?Selfies~ pictures taken of oneself while holding the camera at arms length. also known as being camera raped, where one person takes many pictures of themself on anothers camera ( ref urban dictionary).Every one does it and everyone has their opinion, I myself take them on a regular basis. They tend to be when i'm out teachingphotography or having a meeting , and they tend to have me in the foreground, tongue out, eyes straining and trying to concentrate on getting the best from my picture. Most people want to take them on their way out for the night or whilst out on a night in a club showing every one what they are up to and how they look, social media is a fab way of getting these instant images out there.Well heres my take on one them .... and of course my radio interview.... ( Just click the link below) BBC Radio Tees interview