One of our guilty pleasures is working with actors, dancers, acrobats, stunt performers – in fact anyone who can bring an element of performance to a shoot!
Our photographers have worked with many of the above over the years; we’ve even worked with Daniel Craig’s stunt double from this year’s Bond movie, ‘Skyfall,’ and Brad Pitt’s stunt double on ‘World War Z.’ We love seeing what these guys can do; from the amazing bike skills of Rick English to the unbelievable martial arts and acrobatics of Andy Lister; we love capturing action and stunt photography is our outlet!
Some of our favourite experiences with fashion models are with those who have a hidden talent for dancing and can freestyle their way across the studio, bringing us dynamic shapes and a great vibe. Andre Hesson was a great example of this as we mentioned in one of our earlier blogs.
Our most recent shoot was a quickie in the studio with aspiring stunt woman, Ellie Keighley. Ellie, who quite possibly has the most infectious smile on the planet, dedicates herself to a vigorous training regime that so far includes a mix of martial arts, trampolining, high diving and scuba diving in hopes of one day achieving her goal of getting on the UK stunt register.
This shoot focused on her martial arts and flexibility so we cleared some space and shot her kicking some ass!
After capturing these basic shots of Ellie in action, we’d love to shoot more of her, next time perhaps on location and more in context – perhaps shooting a fight sequence or maybe even a diving stunt! Ellie was fantastic to work with and we wish her the best of luck with her future career!
We’d also love to someday do a martial arts inspired fashion shoot on a location that not only allows us to show of the clothes but also the skills of the models. With our love of film, it would be great to recreate iconic scenes from films such as Tony Jaa’s epically uncut fight up multiple flights of stairs in, The Protector, or Choi Min-Sik’s 4 minute side scrolling fight sequence in Old Boy. Ok, these are a bit adventurous but it certainly does inspire us to try out a panoramic shot of several models dressed for a brawl! Watch this space!