CALLING ALL PRO FOOTBALLERS

September 03, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Hi everyone. Thanks for dropping in on the blog today. I wanted to cover a recent football tournament I attended and to talk about a few changes coming to my PRO FOOTBALLER package.

 

First of all, I had a great day at Parley Sports Football Tournament on Saturday 23rd August. (bank holiday weekend). The organisers laid on a great event, and I was really pleased with the amount of interest in my PRO FOOTBALLER portraits. (iphone snap of the action)

I've been in touch with many of you since and am looking forward to creating some great images of your football players! Here is an iphone picture of my make shift stand with my son (assistant) :)

 

 

Speaking of the stand, where this year is the first year of me covering tournaments, I held back from throwing too much into the setup. I've certainly got some cool ideas to improve this for next year!

 

A quick reminder to those who have requested a shoot. I normally run a discounted tournament price on the package, but, in order to secure this, you need to be sending over the deposit within 7 days after receiving the shoot details, so make sure you don't miss out!

 

One question that came up several times is whether I would shoot teams in this way, and this is something I'm looking into, so keep an eye out for more details.

 

I'm also going to be updating the video which shows the before and afters on the PRO FOOTBALLER page, so also worth keeping a close eye out. One of your players may well be included on there aswell and in my portfolio!

 

Finally, I'm going to run a PRO FOOTBALLER competition towards the end of the year which I'll announce on the blog. The competition will apply to all PRO FOOTBALLER's who have had a shoot in the past. All names will be put into a hat, and footballer will receive another PRO FOOTBALLER shoot COMPLETELY FREE. This will include the prints, p&p....basically everything you would normally get for £100!! A great opportunity to capture the player wearing a different kit, in a different background, different pose etc!

 

That's it for me today. Thanks again for reading. As always, any questions on this or anything else, feel free to get in touch!

Stu

 


Email Down

August 27, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Real quick post to say I'm switching servers with my info@stuartcosgrave.com email address so if I don't respond right away this will be why. If you need to contact me quickly, please give a call on +44 7919 222131.

 

I should be back to normal within 24 hours.

 

Thanks

Stu


Parley Sport’s Youth FC Pre Season Tournament

August 21, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I hope you are all looking forward to the bank holiday weekend. I wanted to let you know that I'll taking my Pro Footballer Stand to Parley Sports Youth FC Pre Season football tournament on the 23rd August, and as always at the tournaments, I'll be offering a discounted price for these shoots. If you are at the tournament, be sure to stop by and say hello, and if you aren't familiar with the Pro Footballer shoots and package details I offer, click this link or the Pro Footballer logo above to access my dedicated page.

 

Thanks for stopping by! Have a good one.

Stu


Motorbike Portrait Shoot

August 20, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I've added a couple of shots to my portfolio from a recent fashion portrait shoot using a motorbike as a prop. I wanted to find a location that would allow for some natural light/hazy lens flare style shots of the models and the bike, aswell as some grittier, more detailed images.

 

I worked with models Matt Holbeche again along with Helena Rose for the first time. We decided on the shoot very quickly, so there wasn't a lot of time to prep. However, we shared a couple of ideas and I have to say both the models bought their 'A' game!

The first selection of shots were focusing on using the natural light available, with a single light bought in for some fill. Here are the results with Helena on the bike:

 

 

The next shot was something we had specifically discussed wanting to create. This was actually inspired by a marketing picture that Fossil had taken. The look, feel and the bike itself had a 50's feel, so we wanted to put a slightly more modern twist on it. This was taken once the light had dipped a bit more, around 8ish in the evening, and I used a single light in a large soft box, high up facing down to create some flattering soft shadows. I created two finishes in the post processing. One in black and white, and then the other, which is my favourite, with more of a desaturated look. I thought these can out pretty cool!

 

 

Finally the shot that is currently appearing first when you land on my website home page. I had some real fun with this in the post processing stages adding clouds as the sky was very flat and uninteresting, and doing quite a bit of work on the skin to enhance the shadows and highlights, and also to give it a gritty feel, but also a slight cartooney look. Finally I applied a black and white conversion and really liked the results.

 

I hope you do aswell......

 

 

Thanks for reading.

Any questions about the way I captured the images, the lighting, or the post processing, am always happy to share so feel free to drop me a comment or email.

Stu


PERSONAL PROJECT: Suave & Sophisticated

August 14, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I wanted to share a new addition to my portfolio. This is a concept I've had in mind to create for a while now, having captured some cool shots of model Matt Holbeche a while ago, looking sophisticated in a suit.

The background was captured in London, where I landed on my feet a little, as the concept for this shot was to always have a slick flash car in the image, and a few mintues before shooting the background, I had photographed a fully loaded Porsche ready to cut out and drop in. However a Ferrari was parked right outside, setting the perfect scene, and making my life a little easier. :)

 

The portrait itself was shot in studio, with rim lights hitting the side of Matt's face to help blend into the street light at the top right of the picture. Accessories help add to a shot. I always tell people to accessorize, and the watch in this was perfect and adds to the look and feel of the shot.

 

In terms of processing, I had to do quite a bit of work on the background, including cutting out movement blur on the flags, removing blemishes and enhancing the highlights and shadows on the Ferrari, including darkening down tyres and making the alloys pop a bit. I added effects to bring out the textures in the building and added more light effects coming from the street lamp. I played around with the positioning of Matt a little aswell. I tend to shoot close up a lot as love to capture details and expresions in the face, so I pulled him close to the front of the image and enlarged as if he were standing right in front of the lens at the scene. Normal retouching applied to skin, eyes, clothing and then finally I applied a black and white conversion. I've been doing quite a bit in black and white recently. Here I think it helped bring the whole piece together better, and with the black suit, black bow tie, white shirt, dark watch etc, I think it worked.

I hope you like. Thanks to Matt Holbeche for bringing the coolness to this project aswell - he totally nailed the look I was after. More project work with him to follow soon so keep an eye on the blog.

Thanks for reading.

Stu