High Speed Sync Photography of Hayley Steele - UKDFBA Amateur Fit Body Champion, using Phottix Odin

Hayley and I have done a few great shoots together, so when she called and asked if I'd shoot some Fitness/Sport images of her - I jumped at the chance! (excuse the pun)
Hayley explained that she'd been training hard and wanted to get some shots showing her best form in an 'action' style before her competition!? It was only when we met up on a Friday morning at the amazing Lee Valley Athletics Centre near Enfield that Hayley told me what she had challenged herself to compete in the UKDFBA (the United Kingdom Drug Free Bodybuilding Association) Open UK Championships on Saturday 27th September 2014 at Leamington Spa (the day after our shoot!). Hayley worked under the expert guidance of Tim Sharp Personal Trainer since 1988. Owner of @Sharpbodies PT Studio. 5 Times Mr Britain finalist. TV Presenter to achieve the body she needed to be competitive.
To help accentuate Hayley's Form and tone, I knew I would need to do something a little different to make her 'pop' if we were shooting on a sunny day, at an Athletics track!? Enter recently purchased new toys... (Phottix Odin flash trigger and receivers for my Nikon SB800 and SB910 Flashes) from the lovely people at The Flash Centre, London, so thought this could be a great opportunity to try some High Speed Sync Photography. This would allow me to not only freeze Hayley in action - showing her muscle tone and energy to its max, but also allow a fast enough shutter speed to darken down the background.
Like most photographers, we don't like reading instructions, but luckily the Phottix Odin system is a TTL system, and really is very simple to use. It wasn't long before we were getting some great results! so If you fancy giving it a go, get down to the flash centre, grab yourself an extremely fit and willing model and off you go! Have fun!

P.S.  BIG Congratulations to my friend Hayley Steele who is now UKDFBA Amateur Fit Body Champion! Yes, SHE WON it!! ;)

Tankus The Henge - Music Photography on The Thames

What can I say .... other than I LOVE these boys!!!! ... Everytime I meet them and work with them, I leave with a big smile on my face .... they are just loveable, bonkers, creative TALENT!! They always make my photography look good because they are just so colourful and interesting!! Check out their facebook page here and lookout for a gig soon .... I promise you will LOVE them! _0035.jpg _0027.jpg _0028.jpg _0029.jpg _0030.jpg _0031.jpg _0032.jpg _0033.jpg _0034.jpg _0036.jpg _0037.jpg _0038.jpg _0039.jpg _0040.jpg _0041.jpg _0042.jpg _0043.jpg

Sneak Peek - Music Promo Photography with Tankus The Henge

Today I met up with my crazy friends - Tankus The Henge! I've known and been photographing these lovable lads for the last 4 years now and there has never been a dull moment. With the arrival of their new Drummer, their manager thought it about time we got some new promo shots done... so we headed to the wonderful floating Dutch Barge that is 'Tamesis Dock' on the London Southbank of the Thames... Apart from being a great location, Neema the lovely lady who runs this ship (literally) provides some lovely food and drinks....! get down there and check it out! its magical! :)

The Tankus boys were in fine form, even if it was an early start... and we soon got going with some cheeky antics....

These are just a couple of tasters from the shoot. Hope you like them, and if you fancy coming along to listen to these chaps.... have a look at their facebook page here and come along!! I challenge you to not be able to love them!! ;)

[caption id="attachment_2699" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Music Photography by Simon Harvey on the Southbank with Tankus The Henge[/caption]