Shingle all the way

10 November 18

It's been about 5 weeks of aches and pains so far with my bout of shingles, which hasn't been fun, and has made work quite difficult to complete, luckily this week I got 3 big projects out the way and signed off, which was great. This came just in time as my shingle pain decided to come back with a bang on Thursday causing my to faint whilst going down the stairs, no injuries though so I'm on bed rest now.

Having opened this post about aches and pains, and doing too much - I got a call this morning about a job that I couldn't turn down - it's not until we're in December, so I have plenty of time to prepare for it. I'm really looking foward to this one, I can't say anything at the moment, but will do as soon as I can.

As I just mentioned, the latest Walktall flyer (the Christmas edition) was signed off this week and will be going out to customers on Black Friday.

Walktall Premium Camden

This shot will be featured on the back cover, promoting Walktall's Premium Range of formal footwear, this was quite a fun one to shoot - the use of gels and confetti to give a bit of a party feel to the image. I had to be careful with the gels - I wanted to avoid covering the shoe with coloured light so I mounted some old barn doors to a flash head (which wouldn't look out of place on Shitty Rigs - I'll make sure I post it on Instagram!) to control the coverage of the gels. I left a little highlight on the toe just to keep the shoes feeling part of the natural image.

Anyway, off to sleep for me - a weekend full of R&R for me!

Back soon, Will 



Halloween fun!

24 October 18

Hello! I've just been having a little fun with some GIF's for a consumer email going out this weekend - what do you think? Happy Halloween everyone!


Freshening up!

22 October 18


Over the past month or so, I've been tweaking the I Shoot Shoes website to fit more in line with, adding a split landing page and new 'About' pages, which you'll have seen if you're reading this.

I was hoping to get all this ready sooner, but have been suffering with shingles for the last couple of weeks - but am on the mend and picking up where I left off.

Whilst freshening the I Shoot Shoes website up, I've also updated the main gallery with some new imagery - some can be seen below some of which was, from a recent series of shoots with Walktall.

I've a meeting with the director of an exciting, award winning brand this week. His company develop products for infants and babies - with a cracking website to back it all up, it should be a great project to get involved with.

Here's a few shots I've recently added - see more in the full gallery, here!


Feminists Don't Wear Pink

09 October 18

In the early part of last week I had a call to shoot for Penguin at last minute, luckily the timings fitted around my other commitments, so I was happy to say yes.

The sold out event was held at the Rio Cinema, Dalston - which was a live panel of 4 women who feature in the book Feminists Don't Wear Pink (and other lies) talking about feminism and what it means to them. 

This, taken from the event promo explains it far better than I ever could:

Maybe being a feminist isn’t quite what you thought it was…

We’re bringing four AMAZING women together to celebrate the launch of the much anticipated Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (And Other Lies).

In a discussion that aims to bridge the gap between the feminist hashtags and scholarly texts and to debunk the myths that surround feminism - Curator of the book and co-founder of the Pink Protest Scarlett Curtisalongside Liv Little, founding editor-in-chief of Gal-DemCharlie Craggs, trans activist and founder of award winning national campaign Nail Transphobia and Deborah Francis-White, host of the hit podcast The Guilty Feminist will offer personal stories about what the F-word means to them.

Don’t miss out on what will no doubt be a rich and lively discussion around navigating being a woman in today’s society, why we need to bang the drum for feminism and why feminists really do wear pink.

Here's a few shots from the event...

Thanks for stopping by, Will


Yuval Noah Harari - Penguin Talks

29 September 18

I was in London yesterday (Friday 28th) for the first in a series of Penguin Talks, where Penguin Random House bring their best selling authors into schools. First up was Israeli author and historian, Yuval Noah Harari who has been a best seller for over two years and has a huge list of fans including Barack Obama, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg to name drop a few. His new book explores what humans need to live successfully in the 21st century, it was amazing to hear him talk to around 100 students from different London boroughs. Faced with fairly tricky lighting conditions with washes of red and blue across the stage and audience, very bright red uplighters on the backdrop which were very close to the guys on stage - it was fairly hard to strike a nice balance.

They'd all been invited to the Lilian Bayliss Technology School in Kennington to hear him talk for around 45 minutes alongside Russell Brand while inviting questions from the young audience in a Q & A session. The event was a huge success and I can't wait for the next one. It was great to work with Penguin and also alongside The Visuals Team again.


Thanks, Will


Skyline Series - Future Islands

23 July 18

Sometimes you get a call about being booked for a band you don't know too much about - this was the case with Future Islands, I tried listening to them but couldn't really get in to it either. Still, it was a new venue for me - a recently refurbished Ashton Gate, home to the red side of Bristol's footballing interests. It was to be held indoors, in the concourse to be more precise, so it was a slightly odd place to shoot met with various challenges along the way.

The Skyline Series is a run of shows across the summer months put on by MJR Group bringing some great acts to Bristol - originally planned to be hosted at St Philips Gate, a new venue to the south of the city. Hold ups with the development of the venue meant that the shows have been spread out across the city, some here at Ashton Gate and others including the Harbourside Amphitheatre.

Little Dragon - Skyline Series

The show was littered with trademark dance moves from frontman Samuel T Herring, inlcuding some pretty hard slaps to his own head (which I must say I wasn't expecting).

Steve, Al and Ash eagerly await the doors to be opened.

Thanks for stopping by, Will

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Catching up

05 July 18

Hopefully everyone has been enjoying this heatwave, personally, I love it! It's been a little while since my last post, in fact it was just before we jetted off to Portugal for a working holiday. We had a really great shooting out at the Cosyfeet factories, which is in a small town called Lousada about an hour from Porto.

The factory also run their own brand called Portside - the factory is incredibly organised and impeccably clean, we had a great few days there and we were most welcome, even though we were disrupting production to some extent. I've been working through a mountain of images and footage over the last week or so since our return and it's all coming together nicely.

In other news, I've been working quietly on a new project for an international brand which started a few months back, although I can't really say too much about it - it's really great to be involved and am really enjoying working on it.

Gig-wise, everything is now confirmed for my 6th(?) - it may be the 5th... Looe Music Festival in September, which is always a great weekend - lets hope the great weather keeps up! I'm also confirmed for MJR's Bristol Skyline Series with Future Islands in a couple of weeks and there's a local show I've applied for which would be amazing to get, although the line-up hasn't been confirmed as yet - I want it to happen!

I still hope to have some news about another new venture pretty soon, I think this one could be a slow burner though - I'll keep you updated!

The Human Race

The Human Race - Looe Music Festival


Till next time, Will



Portugal Planning

01 June 18

I said goodbye to a bunch of equipment in the post this morning - as in just over a weeks time I'm flying out to Portugal to shoot at the Cosyfeet factories just outside Porto in a little place called Lousada. Briefed with a variety of film and photography tasks while we're there it looks like it will be a busy and exciting few days! I'll be posting a few BTS pics on Instagram - so if you don't already follow me there, please do! 

One of the main tasks is to produce a heritage video, bringing to light the quality of the Cosyfeet production processes from concept through to final product, really looking forward to getting stuck into this project.

I'm heading to Portugal with Daisy (who, 1 year today - I'll be marrying!) and once we're done shooting, we decided it'd be a good chance for a bit of a break so we're heading out to the coast for a few days of sunshine and cocktails (fingers crossed!)


Britrock must be destroyed!

26 May 18

It was HOT and sweaty last night in Motion/The Marble Factory, Bristol! Reef, Wildhearts and Terrorvision on the bill...alongside Dodgy who played early and I unfortunately missed as doors opened at 5pm! The photopit was pretty full for the second to last night of the 8 date Britrock Must Be Destroyed tour but I was pretty happy with some of these, despite sweating buckets running around on the balcony to grab some nice angles of the stage.

I've shot Reef a few times before, there's always the trademark mic swing and a couple of high kicks, even after 25 years of Reef you can tell they absolutely still love playing live! It was the first time shooting Terrorvision (who didn't play Tequila! ...what's that about?) and Wildhearts - while both entertaining, and the crowd loved it, they weren't too dynamic to photograph. 

Motion was packed, with sweat (and beer) dripping from the rafters.


Gotta feel for the lady under his arse.


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New Balance for Walktall

18 May 18

Shooting for a recent catalogue for Walktall, one of the concepts I came up with was for a pair of New Balance 910v4, a trail runner. This was to sit on a spread with one other lifestyle image along with a bunch of cutouts, the catalogue is only 8 pages - so space is tight! The spread shows this shot, cropped much tighter to give the shoes the most impact on the page. I'm really pleased with this shot, using natural light on a May afternoon, meaning the sun is starting to drop down in the sky creating nice long shadows.

I wanted a location to suit these shoes, with the rise in popularity of ParkRun, this style of running shoes known as trail shoes are becoming more and more popular - so showing them on feet, on location was important in this image. This image is incredibly versatile as it can be cropped to fit a variety of very different uses.

We shot for about an hour on this shoot, the light was fantastic, dappling as it came through the leaves and overgrowth - out of shot to the left is a circular reflector bouncing the light back on to the subject, and that's all I used to light this. Processed with Capture One Pro 10, I raised the shadows a little and controlled the highlights a little. 

During this shoot, I thought it was important to show some of the details of this Trail running shoe, most people shopping for this style of shoe will be looking out for certain things like the tread and ankle support. We'll use shots like this on consumer emails where we have the space to really highlight some of the great features of this shoe.

One last thanks to N-Photo Mag for giving me such great coverage in the May edition - let me know what you think of it!


More news coming soon, Will