Kim Watson, photographer

Location scouting 2012 – pt 1

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From time to time I am asked by photographers I used to work for to location scout for up and coming shoots that they have planned in the UK. This year I have scouted locations for Annie Leibovitz, Norman Jean Roy and Max Vadukul for shoots they were doing for Vanity Fair, US Vogue and Glenlivet Whiskey respectively. I have scouted the coastline of Cornwall earlier this year as well as specific locations in and around London. These include the Olympic Stadium and site, Dover Street Market, Crystal Palace Mast and Ealing Studios. I always love doing these as you get to see, explore and shoot place that you wouldn’t normally go to.

The location scout in Cornwall was for a potential Louis Vuitton Campaign. I spent a week searching out a specific part of the North Cornish Coast. My only reference was a painting that I had been given. As with all paintings you are not sure whether the location actually existed or whether it was the artist interpretation of the landscape. Anyway many miles were driven, many cliff side paths were trodden and eventually I found a piece of coast line that look very similar to the ref painting in a place called Bossiney Benoath. Unfortunately it was not the easiest location to get to as you have to cross fields then down a pretty steep slippery cliff path and finally climb down algae covered rocks with an aid of a rope to reach the place I wanted to shoot.

Once the photographer had ok’d the location they wanted me to go back and photograph the place with a person climbing out of the water. We managed to find a local Surfer/ instructor/ Lifeguard called Brendan Moore who was able to assist me with this. As a surfer he knew the coastline really well and we spent a day shooting every conceivable angle possible. As with all my location scouts I create a website and then upload them to my server. Unfortunately like many Hotel internet connections this can take a very longtime to do. I waited eagerly for some feed back from the days scout. They loved it but wanted stormy weather. The predictability of the British weather is at best poor and incredibly at the end of of February this year in Cornwall at least it was bright sunshine and blue skies. We decided to wait until the weather got more akin to the time of year. Unfortunately instead of getting stormy it got foggy. A fog that lasted 3 days.

In the end the idea was scrapped due to time constraints and I headed back home.

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Point Blank Music College

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Earlier this month I shot a series of images for Point Blank – voted the Best Music Production and DJ College in London for the last 6 years by T-Scan Awards. They are based in 23-28 Penn Street, London, N1 a stones throw from Hoxton Square and Shoreditch. The College has recently had a face lift with beautiful wooden floors put in throughout the college and a brand new DJ room that has been kitted out and sponsored by Pioneer.

 

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Just photographed some new folio shots for Model Sophie Suri

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Had a great day last Friday, shooting 3 new shots for Model Sophie Suri’s/ @sophiesuir1 portfolio. She needed a cover style shot, a beauty shot and a cool portrait… Great hair and makeup by Elbie van Eeden/ @ElbieMUAHAir.

It’s always so much fun and great working with Sophie. I always get great results shooting with her. She brings a little insanity to an already mad world ;)

Also fantastic to work with Elbie. It’s the first time we have shot together and she’s a very talented Hair and makeup artist on top of a lovely personality. It made the day fly by working with such a great crew!!!

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First job of the Year

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Last week I shot a great campaign for Lakeside shopping centre. The billboard and ad material will be to promote the up and coming Sales. It was a great idea created by Art Director Andy Lennard of BaberSmith involving a family, a swing and some shopping bags. I can’t say more but look out for the Ads at the end of Jan beginning Feb. We shot it at 10b Blossom Street Studios, London – part of the Hoxton street Studios complex. Thanks to Sharon Brandman for sorting out everything, to the BaberSmith crew, Kylie, Rebecca and Claire from lakeside, Jo Burrows my assistant and Sarah O’Keeffe for great hair and makeup.

The shot attached is just some funny shots of the crew and models comp’d together to show the fun we had on the day.

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Just finished shooting video for “Wella – Shockwaves”

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I’ve just had a great week shooting video for Wella Shockwaves. We shot 10 models for some podcasts that will be out sometime this year. Amazing location – We shot at The Depository and the House Next Door (Castle Gibson).

Worked with some amazing models and got some brilliant footage!!! I can’t wait to add this to my ever increasing showreel. For those of you who don’t know I shoot soley on DSLR – Canon 5d MKII. Finally got to play with Libtec Jib Arm with incredible results. Will post results as soon as they are ready!!!

Big shout out to our amazing crew. Michael Douglas – Hair Stylist/ Presenter, Andy Abrahams – Producer, Cowboy – Lighting God and my assistant, Joe Chapman – D.O.P, Sam Chapman – Camera Assistant, Paul Cameron – Sound, Aradia Crockett – Stylist, Hanan Touhami – Makeup.

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