Monday, 25 June 2012

Shooting With Marta, Times Square and The Skeleton Project Week 27

Shooting With Marta

Last week I had another amazing shoot the beautiful Marta. We had been planning this shoot for quite a while, Marta is leaving England to start her career as a stylist in Poland so we wanted to do something special before she left!

We picked the date for the shoot quite a few weeks before hand and by some miracle it was (I think) the best day of the year so far! The weather was PERFECT and everything came together! The day started out for me by being picked up and driven to the location along with the rest of the team. We drove along the coast to Newhaven Fort where we found an excellent almost deserted beach. 

Although it wasn't without dangers... obviously this is where we set up the wardrobe! :D

The location allowed us to get 5 different looks which took 7 glorious hours! Marta's flare for styling was obvious, as I hauled the giant case along the beach I had no idea of the delights that would spill from it.

During the shoot I got thoroughly sunburnt and it was great. :D Thanks to the wonderful Caroline who assisted us we had snacks a-plenty to tuck into between looks and as we drew to the end of the shoot she pulled out a splendid bottle of cold red wine of which a glass went down very well indeed.

Here are some more behind the scenes photos from the day showing Angela and Caroline working their make-up and hair related magic!

And here are a couple of previews, a LOT more to come from this shoot but I haven't got quite that far into the editing yet.

Credits for the shoot are:

Model/Stylist: Marta Wiktoria Wolniak | Marta Wolniak Fashion Stylist
Make-up/Hair: Angela Wilkinson
Assistant: Caroline Flynn
Photography: Me! Thomas Cole Simmonds Photography
And huge thanks to Jon who drove us to the location, getting a bus there would have been a nightmare haha.

Keep an eye on my Facebook page for more updates on this and other shoots too, a lot more stuff to come! :)

We will all miss you Marta!!

Art Takes Times Square

On the 18th the ArtistWanted - Art Takes Times Square event happened and my photo was on display! :D I am not sure if it was just this one image or how long it was on display for but it's still really exciting to have had my work seen over there! 

Photo taken by Viktoriya - THANK YOU :D

The Skeleton Project

And here is this weeks Skeleton Project photo! Week 27 is here, over half way! Don't forget to follow the project here!

And one last thing! I recently joined Instagram! If you wish to follow me you can! My username is @tomsimmonds You can also view my photos online here. I have been using it on my last two shoots, it's so fun for quick behind the scenes stuff and previews! :D

Monday, 18 June 2012

SomethingIndie Shoot and The Skeleton Project Week 26

A couple of months ago I was approached by the wonderful Wendy, the brains behind online clothing boutique to take photos for their next wave of branding. I of course said yes! The weeks passed and everything was planned out and the shoot took place last Sunday. Wendy had arranged for us to use a pub in Wandsworth called Grand Union, the garden and interior of this place is amazing and the perfect place to shoot. 

They also did amazing pizza, could it get any better? :D

Here are some behind the scenes photos from the day!

Photo: Lara Crudgington

And some more during the shoot! 

Photo: Karyn Rehbock

Here are a couple of previews and wips from the shoot too, got a huge pile of editing to do now. :D

I had a fantastic time shooting on Sunday with such a great team, beautiful models and wonderful clothing!

Credits for the shoot are:

Stylist: Wendy Irene
Clothing: SomethingIndie
Assistant: Karyn Rehbock
Photographer: Thomas Cole Simmonds

Huge thanks to Grand Union for letting us shoot there!

Keep your eyes peeled for the final images on SomethingIndie soon(ish)! :D


Just as I posted this blog one of the photos got accepted on PhotoVogue! :D You can see it properly by clicking the image below!

And now for this weeks photo for the Skeleton Project! The skeleton is enjoying the noonday sun while chilling out on it's crucifix in this one!

Don't forget you can follow the project here! :)

And lastly the winner of my print giveaway was the ever so talented photographer Ella Ruth Cowperthwaite! The print is on it's way! :D

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Random Stuff and The Skeleton Project Week 25

Lots of bits in this blog post! Here goes! :D

I forgot to put it in a previous post but a few weeks ago the amazing people at put together a wonderful little feature of my work on their website titled Subtle Emotions, if you would like to have a look at what they wrote and the images they picked just click the image below and it will take you right there. :)

The print giveaway is over and the winner!! .... 

Ella Ruth Cowperthwaite, congratulations to you Ella! Your print is on it's way! :D

The following bit is all about voting for me in things, you might want to skip ahead. :P

I have entered the competition ELLE are holding to find people to their upcoming internships. I of course entered the competition for the chance to be their fashion photographer intern! If you think I deserve a vote you can do so here. :) Voting ends this Sunday... so tomorrow... so if you want to vote make it snappy. :P

And I have also entered the TigerCamer, Shoot Share And Win competition for a chance to have my photo printed in their upcoming photobook! If you would like to vote click the image below and it will take you where you need to go. :)

AND! Earlier this week one of my photos from my latest shoot with Stephanie was accepted on my PhotoVogue profile! If you like it make sure to click the "I Vogue It" button! :D

And for this weeks Skeleton Project photo I entered the world of instant photographic gratification.... Instagram! I actually had to pinch my dads phone in order to take this photo but I will have my own phone capable of using the app next week so you can expect more from me then! You can follow me there if you like! @tomsimmonds

Before that though here is a little bit of skeletal inspiration from Walt Disney in 1929! The Skeleton Dance!

And this weeks photo! Pales into insignificance after that video but still... :P

Monday, 4 June 2012

Brighton Fashion Week 2012 and The Skeleton Project Week 24

Last week I had the pleasure of shooting the Brighton Fashion Week - Ready To Wear show along with some back stage bits too! Not only was it my first time shooting a show or doing behind the scenes at an event it was also my first time seeing a fashion show live.

I packed my camera bag the night before day one, I packed my flash, batteries, diffuser, mini dish and a zoom lens... everything you might need for shooting far away and in low light... right? Well yes, however the flash stopped working and my lens decided Error 1 was a good idea. So I had to stick with the 50mm and that lovely chum, ISO.

Despite the unfortunate equipment situation I had a fantastic time and got some great photos! Not only that but I met some cool people too, most notably editor of 125 Magazine and amazing photographer Perry Curties and the awesome designer and stylist Joey Bevan! I actually ran out of cards by the end of it, I was a complete card whore! :D

Here are some of the behind the scenes photos:

And here are some photos of the show:

Here is a list of designers who were at the Ready To Wear Show. Find out more at BFW website or check out the links below. :)

Arthur & Betty
Ben Crane
Charles of London
Jade & John / Gemma Landing
Joey Bevan
L. K. Bennett
Pretty Eccentric
So Yeon Park
Susi Sposito
Tina Elisabeth Reiter
Tramp Vintage Boutique

And here are links to the people involved with the hair and makeup backstage. :)

Electric Hair
The Retreat
Alice Stephens Makeup

For this weeks Skeleton Project photo I thought I would give a bit of scanography a try!

Don't forget you can keep up to date with The Skeleton Project here!

Also there is just a couple of weeks left to enter my print giveaway, full details on my facebook page!