Contemporary Ceramics

Delicate and intricate ceramics are often difficult to photograph.

These beautiful masterpieces were produced by North Yorkshire designer-maker Maggie Barnes for her marketing campaigns. Her contemporary porcelain, sculptural objects, tiles, and panels are inspired by a lifelong interest in marine life, geology, and palaeontology.

Soft delicate lighting was used to highlight the subtle colours and textures.

Ceramic photography by David Chalmers Photography

Ceramic photography by David Chalmers Photography


Mysteries of the Mesolithic

Today we worked with Jennifer Dunn, Collections Manager at Scarborough Museums Trust. The brief was to creatively photograph ancient relics for the museum’s marketing purposes.

The items are almost 11,000 years old and were first discovered in the 1940s at a Mesolithic Settlement called Star Carr in a location just outside of Scarborough. It is one of the most important Middle Stone Age sites to be discovered.

World renowned in fact, and it’s hard to believe that it’s right on our doorstep!

It was an amazing opportunity to see these items and digitally capture them for the museum. Flint tools, bones, beads and stag antlers were placed carefully on to a specially prepared background, painted by Angela Chalmers.

The images will used during a slide show and talk by Jennifer Dunn, on 6 November at 7.30pm.


Last rays of summer

One of the assignment’s this week was to photograph a brand of wine for a well know supermarket chain. They wanted an outdoors, bright, summer feel to this new world limited edition Sauvignon Blanc.

So, we went deep into the back garden of Woodend to create a New Zealand summer… a great challenge on a dreary day, and great fun!

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©david chalmers photography

©david chalmers photography


Castle By The Sea

Our hometown of Scarborough has a rich history of art and culture. We recently photographed the interior of the former home of the famous artist John Atkinson Grimshaw. His paintings are evocative of Victorian times and during his life he lived and worked in a unique building which is called Castle By The Sea.

It is now a guesthouse, which is literally perched on the edge of the cliff beside Scarborough Castle. The food and views are magnificent and we were asked to capture the style and atmosphere of the venue for their new website – including their roof top terrace where guests can relax and enjoy a drink.

See the results here Castle by the Sea

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Pizza Express, Scarborough

So, just down the road from our studio and perfectly located in the middle of Scarborough’s bustling sea front, a wonderful Pizza Express has finally opened.

Our client asked for images to capture the general atmosphere and ambience of this new seaside restaurant.

Pizza Express Scarborough1 ©David Chalmers Photography

Each Pizza Express is different, so we needed to focus on their maritime inspired interior. It was early morning when we started, so full service had not begun. Angela styled an exterior and interior table with food and drinks to create the illusion of customers being served and enjoying their meal.

Pizza Express Scarborough2 ©David Chalmers Photography. Tel: 07774 239954

Pizza Express Scarborough3 ©David Chalmers Photography. Tel: 07774 239954

Pizza Express Scarborough4 ©David Chalmers Photography. Tel: 07774 239954

The pizza-makers and servers were photographed as they worked – these shots are full of movement to describe a busy and lively restaurant, which of course is what you usually experience when you visit any Pizza Express.

Pizza Express Scarborough5 ©David Chalmers Photography. Tel: 07774 239954

Pizza Express Scarborough6 ©David Chalmers Photography. Tel: 07774 239954

Pizza Express Scarborough7 ©David Chalmers Photography. Tel: 07774 239954

They also provide a cute little chef’s hat, stickers and coloured pencils for children to play with. The client wanted us to provide images of this too.

Once inside the smell of pizza soon had us craving for one ourselves. So, the question was do we leave after the location shoot has finished or stay a little longer. The answer was yes…the staff at David Chalmers Photography need a working lunch!

We definitely recommend a visit!


Studio equipment

Still life studio photography is a refined craft. Throughout my many years of experience, I have discovered simple ways of improving my technique and process. It has become a delicate balance of improvisation and creative vision. Both of which are essential when producing stunning photography for your clients.

This is not learnt overnight or at a weekend workshop. It may take years to be proficient and fluent in bringing out the very best in any product that is thrown at you to shoot. More often than not, materials needed for a very simple shot of ribbon may surprise you?

 

Ribbons by David Chalmers Photography

©David Chalmers Photography


Vine to Bottle

Here in the studio, the still life table is often bursting to capacity with drink related products. One of my favourite clients is Boutinot who are one of the leading UK based distributors of quality wines. A unique advantage for them is that they grow their own grapes and produce their own award winning wines.

Most of my work for them is to photograph their beautifully designed wine bottles in the studio. So, it was a real pleasure to be asked to visit some of Boutinot’s vineyards to creatively photograph the harvest and production of their wines for their web and marketing. This was also a great opportunity to visually explore the stunning landscape and learn about wine production.

The images to follow share my story of capturing the production from vine to bottle for this proactive company. I have since been to the Rhone several times and I plan to explore their Spanish vineyards later this year.

The marketing team at Boutinot gave me a very loose brief to allow me creative freedom to do what I do best. And, thankfully they loved everything!

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Bronte Liqueur

Here is a range of photographs that were produced for marketing material for the newly launched Bronte Liqueur. The drink is a blend of blackberries and sloes, wild honey and jasmine. We spent several studio days working with both the product and select ingredients to provide my client with a library of images for their website and point of sale. We also worked on location at the Bronte Parsonage Museum at Howarth, North Yorkshire to unite the Bronte Liqueur with the essence of the Bronte’s home.

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1 Bronte Liqueur by David Chalmers Photography

2 Bronte Liqueur by David Chalmers Photography

3 Bronte Liqueur by David Chalmers Photography

4 Bronte Liqueur by David Chalmers Photography

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All Seasons Guest House

This week I was delighted to hear wonderful news from one of my clients, All Seasons in Filey. Their business has been voted the 2nd Best Bed & Breakfast in the world by Trip Advisor.

Check out their website to view some of the photographs that I produced for them last year. I agree that the owners attention to detail, superb accomodation and fine food can only be described as totally award winning!

 

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Food as Art

Creating brand awareness for your service and products with creative photography provides an immediate and intense impact in your customers mind. The Black Swan, Helmsley run high quality, creative campaigns that definitely have a wow factor!

Head Chef Paul Peters gives a total food experience. He has been named ‘The Gastro Artist’ for his wonderful food creativity that is served in his aptly named restaurant, The Gallery.

Food by David Chalmers Photography

Food by David Chalmers Photography

Food by David Chalmers Photography

Food by David Chalmers Photography


Fish Merchant

During the summer months I photographed the team at Dennis Crooks of Whitby.  I was asked to creatively photograph their business allowing customers to see images of a fish merchant in action. The team meticulously prepare all fish and seafood by hand to a customers individual requirements. The photography took several visits to complete with early mornings and late evenings – all needed to capture the full atmosphere of the day in the life of a fish merchant.

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Dennis Crooks by David Chalmers Photography