Last month I did two shoots with FourFourTwo magazine, for their story on Wikipedia editors who look after the sites football pages.
The story centres upon the people who update the appearance, goal stats, transfers, etc, for each each player/club. One of my shoots was at home, the other at work.
The shoot above was at Chris's home, the aim was to make him look relaxed and happy/enjoying the role of Wiki editor with some reference to his Wiki role (hence the iPad).
I tried to not make it look too cliched (although this can be difficult with computers), so I got him relaxed in the kitchen with a cup of tea to try and balance out the emphasis on the iPad. I think it works well, it helped him feel comfortable which comes across in the image (he even managed to get his Gillingham mug in).
The shoot with Craig (above) was a totally different prospect. It was at his workplace which was a office/workshop, so it wasn't the ideal location but we worked around it. The shot FFT selected was actually taken on the staircase outside his work, it's from a higher angle which offers a different perspective to the others I was working on.
We tried several locations including the staircase, some with the laptop, some without to add variety and give options. It was bit tricky to light as there wasn't much natural light, stairwells are difficult to place light stands in, but with a bit of nifty positioning we got what we needed, I would have liked to have got a bit of a longer focal length on it but I would not have been able to get the height I wanted without a step ladder and a bit more space behind me.
As usual the art team at FFT have done a really good job, which always helps the pictures to stand out.
Matt Stewart Photos
I've been a photographer for quite a long time now. So hopefully I have something to say about it.