As we set up on on the beach ready to demonstrate to our N-Photo magazine apprentice how we as “pro’s” go about our job and execute our photoshoots, what I imagine Geoff mostly took from his experience with us is that the show will go on regardless of what mother nature throws at us as the swiftly approaching spring tide blocked off some of our planned shooting locations, and we then stood in the middle of a sand storm trying to shoot in the sand dunes on a Cornish Beach. It wasn’t pretty, but it was a typical photoshoot for outdoors Cornwall.
When N-Photo approached me and asked if I’d be interested in taking part as a mentor in their apprentice feature I knew it was something I wanted to do straight away. It’s the type of photoshoot that allows me to get creative and try new ideas. Before I knew it, we’d agreed to shoot with our antique diving suit and then turn our model into a warrior on the next day, this was going to be fun.
What has become pretty standard for us over the years is lugging a lot of gear down cliffs, along beaches and up into sand dunes. We don’t think too much about it anymore and it’s even easier when we know there is going to a group of people there to help out. With our plans in place we then met our apprentice Geoff, who turned up nice and early…. on crutches, unable to walk far at all. “Nice to meet you Geoff, throw your gear on the cart and lets see if we can get you down to the beach shall we!”
Geoff turned out to be an absolute superstar, he didn’t let the fact he was on crutches stop him one bit and he tackled getting up and down cliffs, dodging incoming tides, climbing sand dunes and even managed to hold the camera steady as we stood in the middle of what felt at times like a sandstorm!
2 days spent taking creative photos with great people in an amazing location didn’t feel much like work. It was an absolute honour to be a part of this feature and I hope we have the opportunity to collaborate with N-Photo again in the fute.
They have done an amazing write-up of the experience which you’ll see below so I’ll hand over to them to tell the story…