Castleton to Buff Bay

Who’s ready for a few new photos! As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I work in the Photography Department at the Edna Manley School of Visual and Performing Arts. In October we went on our departmental field trip with the students to Castleton Botanical Gardens, the Charlestown Maroon Village and Buff Bay.

I’ve always said I’m not a landscape photographer, and while that remains true, two things remain the same; I always pay attention to interesting compositions, and I watch the movements of light and shadow in the environment. While most of my day was spent tending to the students, I did manage to get a few shots that I’m thoroughly in love with, and I’m happy to share them with you! 


Editorial Photos for WestJet Magazine

First post for the new year! I’m proud to say I shot the cover for the January 2018 issue of WestJet Magazine

The fine folks from WestJet contacted me late last year about shooting some photos of Kingston for an article in their January issue called Where To Go in 2018. They discovered me because of an article I wrote that got featured on Format Magazine! I was happy to accept the job and jumped right into making arrangements to get the job done. I called up my colleague Jik-Reuben Pringle in order to get his assistance travelling around Kingston (it’s always good to have a friend with a car!) and making contact with key people around the city. We also had Kid Bazzle along for the ride for a few days to provide help with creative direction.

 Over the course of a week, I shot a series of photos at Culture Yard in Trench Town, followed by the Bob Marley Museum, Coronation Market, Life Yard and Fleet Street. After getting a number of great shots, I was asked to shoot images that would be used for the cover of the magazine and a double-page spread on the inside to present the story. Jumping at the chance, I told Jik that I needed him for one more aspect; to model! He’s someone with a great sense of style, so I knew he could find an interesting outfit. With some creative direction offered by the WestJet Magazine team, we ended up with some amazing shots for cover and inner spread. All in all, I had an amazing time travelling around Kingston to get these photos! You can view the full issue of the magazine here.


Portraits for Phillip Thomas

Sometimes, posts are short and to the point. This is one of them. 

 A few weeks ago I was contacted by Jamaican artist Phillip Thomas to shoot some portraits. I’ve never known him personally, but one thing was always evident; the man has style! With him being a well-known painter and mixed media artist I was thrilled to work with him, but just like this post, our time was incredibly short. He had two fairly simple looks with wonderfully made jackets. Using a 47” softbox as my key light and a bare flash as the rim, I was able to get a very interesting look and feel from the images, using the light to sculpt not just his features, but the clothes as well. At the end of a 15-minute shoot, we had 4 great photos!


A Boudoir-Inspired Shoot with Anna

A few years ago, I had the pleasure of working with my friend and colleague, Anna-Lisa Guthrie on a small, intimate shoot. A professional photographer and model, Anna had the chops to pose and give the looks I had envisioned with maximum efficiency, and she definitely delivered. The images were tucked away in storage a while back, but I recently came across them while sorting my files, and I thought there was no better time than the present to give them a 2017 edit! 

I had posted a few of them on social media at the time, but never had the opportunity to show the all. In a shoot that had me continuing with my recent trend of working in small, intimate spaces I used not only Anna, but also her environment as a character in this series of images, which I felt complemented her look and style. Using a mix of a single speedlight, a shoot-through umbrella, a reflector and natural light, I was able to control the ambience to nice, clean looks, but made sure the space still felt lived in/occupied. The end result was something that can be described as boudoir inspired. You can find the full gallery of images here.


Headshots for Harrison & Harrison

Fairly I got the chance to dive into a genre of photography I’ve been diving into a bit deeper as of late; can you guess what it is? (It’s in the title. If you can’t guess, I can’t help you!). I was contacted by Lisa Harrison, of the law firm Harrison & Harrison to shoot some headshots of their staff for their website, which was designed by Chrysalis Communications. Headshots being something I enjoy shooting quite a bit, I responded as quickly as I could. We set a time and date, and decided on shooting in their offices with a white background. I enlisted the help of my colleague Kid Bazzle to assist with the photos, and we made our way to their location. 

Upon arrival we were a bit wowed by the look of their office suite; clean, modern, nicely lit and filled with art. After a quick second of gawking, we got to work and commandeered a corner of the office. Even though I traveled with a bunch of equipment, I ended up keeping it simple, using a 47” octabox as the background, and another 47” octabox on a boom arm as the main light.

A rough idea of what the setup was like.

After a few test shots to get the lighting right, we were ready to get shootn’! We spoke with Lisa about the tone and vibe to be evoked by the images, and learned that Harrison & Harrison is a pretty happy law firm! We had no problems getting everyone to smile after we introduced ourselves and had a small chat with each person. All in all, the images came out great. I decided to shoot them somewhat wide, so that they could be cropped to various sizes for different use-cases. Shortly after wrapping up the headshots, Lisa asked if I’d be willing to shoot a few environmental photos of their office space and I jumped at the chance! Like I said above, the office space is pretty gorgeous. I decided to do multiple exposures for each space, with Bazzle moving around with a speedlight to light different areas. You can see the results of everything below!


Using Format