Shooting Stars!

General

So much news so little time!

Last weekend was a blur of tiredness following the Take That gig and soooo little sleep. We had a little BBQ and drinkies for the Champions League Final and an ultimately fruitless support of the mighty Man Utd. Mighty it was until we came up against unarguably the best club side for several decades. Possibly of the century. Barcelona are a totally awesome side and have re-written the rule book of football in the modern age. Nuff said!

Claire Richardson

The amazingly graceful Claire

Monday was spent shooting a delightful and gorgeous ‘model’ I had been hassling for some time to pose and generally show off for me. We travelled to meet the lovely Claire (Richardson) and her new Beau and equally lovely, Rob at Claire’s home in Wiltshire. Despite two lunatic doggies we set up and set about shooting Claire in various poses and outfits. We definitely saved the best till last when we persuaded her to grunge up the make-up and hair to appear in a totally wicked session egged on by the ever supportive Rob! Results are yet to be properly processed but a more sedate teaser appears here.

Tuesday saw me spending the morning in Bath meeting a business partner to discuss our whizzo and totally exciting business idea that we hope to bring to market towards the end of the year/early 2012. Huge amounts of work needs to now take place but look out for further updates. The afternoon was very fruitful with a huge amount of admin and general catching up and chasing of fees etc being undertaken.

Wednesday was a hugely entertaining day spent writing up the first efforts on the business report and spending time with the kids who are on their half term break. It is so wonderful to spend time with people who mean the whole world to you and yet make you so proud and full of admiration. We had a really cool day even though I did tons of work, and they revised and did the jobs they had to do! I love you Mack and Holly.

Yesterday was an early start to high tail it down to North Devon to spend the day with the lovely Huw and Sam of The Old Rectory Hotel. My brief was to take some really good pics of the Hotel from outside and to do some kind of justice to the stunning gardens. I sat outside on the grass in the blazing sun, lining up another angle with the pond and bridge in the foreground and realised how totally lucky I am to have such a cool job. It was a real pleasure to spend time in the lovely Devon countryside with only the bees and birds for company. The afternoon was spent with the guys, giggling and taking some really cool portraits both outside and in whilst messing with courgettes and totally inappropriate conversation!  I got home just before 8pm meaning a long and tiring day but such another enjoyable one.

This morning saw me in Bristol with a firm of consulting psychologists (not on any personal mission you understand!). I love moments like today when I was shown into the building by the most attractive girl I have seen for some time (apart from Hels obviously!). It is soo uplifting to have your breath taken away by someone and hopefully one day I will pluck up the courage to ask her if I can possibly have the pleasure of taking her photograph! Keep an eye out for an update as I hope to be working with this firm on the exciting business project so you never know until you try!

This afternoon I met up with my good pal and Marketing Guru extraordinaire Steve Coleman who, like me, has so many exciting projects in the offing that if they all come off will never have time to deal with them all. But as we all know, he will find it somehow and somewhere. Steve gives me loads of helpful advice and ideas and I can see us working closer in the future as our paths will become more closely linked.

A successful week and a totally fulfilling and enjoyable one. Oh and the stars of the title?Why, my subjects of the week of course, Claire, (Rob a bit), Sam and Huw. Huge love and respect to you and hopefully I will be able to produce the images that capture your natural charisma.

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The Week That Was

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OK, some weeks are good and some are bad when running your own business. Well, this has to be classed as a good one in the short history of Ellis Imagery Ltd. Where to start? Well there was the gig in Bristol to shoot Rene and Olly Murs. While we didn’t really get the shots we wanted of Rene and his lovely Godin we did (as always) enjoy the shoot itself.

Tuesday meant a meeting with a contact I have had for some time and the time flew by as we discussed an interesting and VERY exciting internet proposition. We will be spending some time building a coherent business plan that could lead to something very big and different. Time will tell as they say. The afternoon was spent in South Wales speaking quickly with another exciting contact about a new marketing proposition. It is very early days with this but it could end up being a cool way of advertising some top kit!

Wednesday was, well, how do you say….OK, a bit of a wash out. We went to London and the Excel Centre to discover the joy that is the London International Wine Fair with a very influential wine buyer. He needed our significant input on the various offerings and we really needed to be thorough in our work. It has to be said that never have I seen so many stands with so many bottles of wine waiting for people like me to obligingly taste it! My friend and Performance Director of UK Diving Kim White assisted me in this difficult and stretching task and we made it back later in the day with a very satisfactory list under our belts. Although not wine, we also are convinced that “Thunder Vodka” an extremely tasty toffee flavoured vodka will be a total sensation with vanilla ice-cream. Seriously, hunt it down and enjoy….

We learned yesterday that we are almost certainly going to have to travel up to Newcastle next week to photograph the Musical Director of Take That at the band’s pre-stadium tour small gig on the Thursday before they open at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland. We also got confirmation that we are likely to be photographing the James guitarist at Hyde Park in June when they support The Killers. Both of these gigs will be part of the Godin Guitar project.

Last night was spent preparing to shoot the beautiful and elegantly bone-structured Claire Richardson and see if we can do justice to her and her new man’s amazingly good looks during a shoot at home over the bank-holiday weekend.

This morning we arranged another visit down to the sumptuous Old Rectory Hotel in North Devon to shoot the amazingly gorgeous gardens and the equally gorgeous Huw and Sam on Monday, lets just hope for more lovely bright weather.

During the week we also had confirmed four new shoots and one ongoing project shoot for various clients and agencies. The whole scene and summer is starting to shape up nicely and our work continues to evolve and grow in its appeal. Keep visiting the Ellis Imagery site and watch this blog for further exciting updates and interesting little snippets!

Now, back to the processing and uploading of images to website…..

Olly Murs

Olly Murs performing at the Colston Hall, Bristol

Top Class Hotels, Diving & Radio Shows

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It’s strange how life seems to go in full circles at times. The last couple of days have been rather mundane and unappealing with mucho processing, admin and general nose to grind stone kinda stuff. Then, all of a sudden, certain things creep out of no-where and vie for your attention when you least expect it.

Granted, processing is hardly one of those things that is likely to catch me unawares. So it was when the phone rang yesterday evening and a hugely pleasant and timely conversation was had with Huw from the massively successful and exclusive (truly) Old Rectory Hotel in North Devon, that I realised things were going to look up. Huw and Sam are truly lovely people from the old days, days when proprietors cared about their clientele. Really cared. They know that their success is based on proper customer service that leaves the receiver feeling warm, loved and ‘alive’. The brilliance of a stay at The Old Rectory is that they (Huw & Sam) don’t realise quite how fantastic they make you feel. And that is their secret. They work hard, love what they do and believe in the people that stay with them. It is therefore a massive privilege to be ‘their’ photographer and to be associated with them. We have booked a session mid-May to shoot the outside, the gardens and quite possibly the essence of what the whole experience of the Hotel really is, the two guys themselves!

The processing of the FINA World Diving Series became a little easier, the shots were not amazing but they were starting to show the beauty of world class diving. Athleticism, grace, poise and above all, brute strength and courage. To capture these qualities is a real treat and quite difficult to achieve. Upon looking at the 100’s of captures I realised that some, just a few images, captured the ‘feel’ I was after.

I then received another call from an old friend who was going to drop by this evening. We spent a lovely couple of hours chewing the cud before we went across the road to the mecca that is the itfm Radio studios to put out, live, the first pilot show of my Radio DJing career. Boy, what an addictive and amazing experience that was!  Total control of the jukebox (as it were) and total control of the mics. Mmmm….heaven can’t be this good! I think you will be hearing a lot more of Rich Ellis on itfm Internet Radio on Wednesday evenings 9-11pm. Hunt it down, guests will be a plenty…watch this space.

Tom Daley & Pete Waterfield

Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield on their way to Gold in the 10m Synchro FINA World Diving Series 2011 in Sheffield

10m Synchro Diving FINA World Series, Sheffield

Perfect harmony at the FINA World Series in Sheffield