Category: People

August 16, 2011 / / Blog

Leeds Band Photography by McFade Photography!   As well as photographing  everything and anything, I also play piano and keyboards in 2 bands – one being the Blues Brother’s tribute band “Sweet Home Chicago”. The Band got a fantastic brass section comprising of Greg, Sam and Chris, and they seem to be in about 1000 bands between them. So they got most of the members together last week for a shoot with me. Where else but the darkest, moodiest place in Leeds – the Dark Arches… perfect. Was quite a windy day to say…

July 31, 2011 / / Blog

Stylist and makeup artist Saadiya invited me to shoot a session with models Krishna and Mahera last week. Though I’ve not really had much chance to process the shots, I’ve edited a few of Krishna which I thought I’d share.        

June 28, 2011 / / Blog

I don’t usually just link to other people’s site in my blog, but I discovered this lovely set of 40 self portraits taken in the late 50’s and 60’s – shows a real sense of innovation and lateral thinking on the self-portrait genre. Most to the ones I like are where you see her and the camera reflected in things – this is something we photographers try to avoid like the  plague of course. The last thing you want to see is you. Well I may just start looking for…

June 27, 2011 / / Blog

My friend Hash Parmar recently started up a beauty treatments business in Leeds. We did a few shots of Kat, who’d had a Hash make over, down by the Aire at Kirkstall Abbey. A lovely location, leafy and green, with the added bonus of a 12th century abbey in the background. The shots here are just a few “experimentally processed” shots, to show a few different looks we can achieve from what was essentially the same looking shots.  

June 14, 2011 / / Blog

A new dawn in Bradford Networking   Rob and Jag – the guys behind Bradford Switch Yesterday, a new networking group was born – the brainchild of Jag Panesar and Rob Ives, Bradford Switch is a relaxed, friendly way to meet new business contacts and build relationships. The first meeting was in The Sparrow, a lovely new bar opened in the heart of Bradford. We were in the cellar which seemed to create a warm atmosphere, the room was buzzing with people from the off at 4PM I took along…

June 5, 2011 / / Blog

How much difference does “location” make to your images? Obviously landscape and architecture are totally reliant on location, but with subjects such as portraits, products and cars, you can choose to shoot in the studio or choose a location to create something totally different. Getting outside with the camera and lights is definitely a technical challenge, and also a gamble with the weather conditions. But you can usually find something like a bridge to hide under when it’s raining, wind can had a dynamic feel to the shots and ideas…

May 12, 2011 / / Blog

Here’s a short film of the shots from Jason and Jo’s wedding consultation and engagement shoot. Jason and Jo\’s engagement shoot Everyone who books a wedding with me gets one of these shoots, they’re my chance to:- get to know the couple better, talk about the day and any special requirements the couple would like, check out the location for good vantage points to shoot from plan the time line for day so we all know where to be and when and get the couple comfortable in front of the camera. Most…

May 9, 2011 / / Blog

Its that time of year again – the UK’s biggest business show the Apprentice takes to the air once more. Another batch of sugar-fodder comes forth for a summer of challenges, back stabbing, grilling and talking in cringe-clichés. As I’m going to be talking about the visual impact of the apprentice on the Apprentice Lover’s Blog I thought I’d kick off by taking a look at the profile shots on the BBC website and see what we can deduce from those. First off, they’ve all got the same background –…

May 9, 2011 / / Blog

With the dawn of the new “The Apprentice”, John Thompson of Metropolis NLP has started up a new BLOG to both learn from and sightly ridicule the new series. http://barraboybusiness.wordpress.com/ I’ll be making contributions to this with as the Visual Consultant, looking at how the photography and lighting are used in the series, seeing what effect that has on the teams – whether they use different lighting to influence our views on candidates, that kind of thing. Let the series begin!!! Cheers

April 26, 2011 / / Blog

Portrait Photographers – Come Clean! The first time I ever took a portrait it was pretty awful – horrible confession there! How about yours? Actually, the first time I met a piano, I made a terrible din. I’ve got better at both I’m glad to say, and it’s all about practice. Natural Light If you want to be a great Portrait Photographer – here are 5 essentials 1 – Get Rid Of Excuses The first thing to do it get rid of your excuses, you don’t “need” expensive lights, a…