Michelle Obama

04 December 18

About a month ago, I took a call asking if I was available on the 3rd of December for some work. I had to shuffle some things around to fit it in, but it turned out to be the highest profile event of my career to date, Michelle Obama was in town.

 

She was visiting London as part of her book launch and public show at the Southbank Centre. Ahead of the evening event at the Southbank Centre she was set to visit The Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School as part of the Penguin Talks series, which invites their bestselling authors into schools to inspire students. I had previously shot some high profile events with Penguin with the likes of Richard Branson, Yuval Harari and Russell Brand, but this was on another scale.

 

She had visited the same school back in 2009, resulting in her inviting some very lucky staff and students back to The White House in Washington and developing a very strong relationship with the school.

 

The worlds press were in attendance, secret service agents everywhere and after a briefing from her team I was set to photograph the ex First Lady of the United States! I had free reign of the room, whilst the press were kept on a platform at the rear of the hall, meaning I was in a very privileged position with great access to FLOTUS44 shooting for both Penguin and her press team.

 

The most unexpected moment for me came after the main event was finished, I'd just finished shooting the rope walk and I was immediately asked to follow her and her team into a lift backstage. We went up a few floors to a much smaller theatre where some of the school staff we're waiting. Michelle Obama then had some personal moments with the staff memebers, thanked them for having her and promised to return in the future.

 

As it stands, I'm still waiting to hear what I can share from the day (if anything) but, sooner or later I hope to be able to use some of the imagery - and I will do, just as soon as I'm given the go ahead!

 

On the train home, I had a message saying I'd made it on the News at 10 - you can see the clip below where I pop up in the background for a quick shot or two, and they promptly shared some of my images on the official MichelleObama Instagram account.

 

 

There should be plenty more to come from this event! What an experience!!

Back soon, Will

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The Levellers, Sean McGowan and Nick Parker

27 November 18

I set off for Bristol last Friday evening, I wanted to get there early to catch the support acts, especially Nick Parker as I've worked with him before. Back in 2010 we shot a music video in and around Glastonbury and on the festival site itself. The traffic was horrendous with all the roadworks around Templemeads and Broadmead, meaning I only just made it in time - but was well worth it, as it always is with Nick. Nick Parker - Bristol O2 Academy

It was the first time I'd seen Sean McGowan, and was pretty impressed, I enjoyed each song the band played and they were warmly welcomed by the growing crowd waiting for The Levellers. The stage lighting was really great to shoot in during this set - it makes a much more enjoyable shoot, and the results are vastly improved when the lighting is good. Here are a few images during the Sean McGowan set at the O2 Academy Bristol - for the full gallery, click here --->

 

Sean McGowan - Bristol O2 Academy

Sean McGowan - Bristol O2 Academy

Sean McGowan - Bristol O2 Academy

Sean McGowan - Bristol O2 Academy

The Levellers took to the stage in Bristol, the middle night on a 5 show tour to celebrate 30 years! It's just mad to think that Beautiful Day was released in 1997, it's the song that comes to mind when the levellers are mentioned - but there are other big tunes in their catalogue too!

Here are a few shots from The Levellers set, the lighting started off quite moody, but improved as we worked through our allotted time to shoot them.

For more images of Nick Parker, Sean McGowan and The Levellers, please follow the link - here ---->

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Converse retouching

18 November 18

Retouching is a big part of what I do - although it may not look like it, and sometimes that's the point - I don't always want it to look retouched. This image was put together from shooting one shoe. Any guesses which colour I shot?

The shoe I shot was the maroon one, and then recoloured the others in the image - it came out pretty well. Obviosuly I can drop in any background required, this was just something I popped on to make it just a little more interesting for my purposes here.

This image was used to feature on an upcoming consumer email - offering 30% off, below is the corresponding web banner for the homepage.

Back soon, Will

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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 me 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 

 

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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!

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Freshening up!

22 October 18

Hello!

Over the past month or so, I've been tweaking the I Shoot Shoes website to fit more in line with www.willfahyphoto.com, 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!

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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

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Yuval Noah Harari + Russell Brand - 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 

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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

 

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