Portraits for London Communications Agency Website

I was asked to shoot portraits for London Communications agency, a client of mine I have worked for for many years now. The portraits were going to have quite a contrasty and slightly desaturated feel (the sort of feel I love putting on my portraits). The light was quite channeled and I used a beauty dish for this off to the side to give some shadow, I initially put a honeycomb grid in but was too harsh even for this shoot so a white shoot through cover was added which was perfect. the background was cleanly lit white and I wanted a clip light on one side of the face. I had an extra head to the side with a brolly and it was about 3/4 of a stop hotter than the from light which gave a nice clip which just lifts the shadow and gives a nice dynamic to the face, this of course had to be poly-boarded off to avoid lens flare as it was shooting back into the lens slightly. Below are a few examples. Yes they are portraits on a white background but it’s nice to make them as interesting as possible and good, strong lighting is the best way. Enjoy!

PS. recently got my hands on the new Lowepro Pro Trekker 450 AW which is an outstanding bag! you can fit so much in it, numerous lenses, 2 bodies, cables for my laptop and hard drives, all the other little extras you can think off for a studio shoot but its also outstanding for outdoors and my landscape work.. it even had a camel back water pouch space for summer shooting.. Genius..!

LCA portrait Copyright Jesper Mattias Photography 2015

LCA portrait Copyright Jesper Mattias Photography 2015

LCA portrait Copyright Jesper Mattias Photography 2015

LCA portrait Copyright Jesper Mattias Photography 2015

LCA portrait Copyright Jesper Mattias Photography 2015

LCA portrait Copyright Jesper Mattias Photography 2015

LCA portrait Copyright Jesper Mattias Photography 2015

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Dunkin Donuts Lifestyle and interiors shoot in Sweden

I was asked by Dunkin Donuts america to shoot two stores that had opened in Sweden. The brief was two-fold and included shooting moody interiors to show of the subdued and subtle lighting, plus get a range of lifestyle shots of staff and customers smiling, eating and interacting with customers and each other. Both Stores were in around the Stockholm area (beautiful city, go if you get a chance). There was not really much call for lighting on this shoot. I brought two speed lights that were really used to clean up faces and blast away any unwanted colour casts from ambient or artificial lighting. The Interiors were shot as is, the only thing (and utterly essential) was a circular polariser filter. I only use Lee filters and their 105mm circular polariser on the Lee adaptor ring is amazing. The polariser allows me to minimise reflections from glass and also control the brightness of monitors and internal lighting by twisting the filter.

I shot the majority of my interiors on two fixed lenses. The first was a 21mm carl zeiss distagon lens and the other was the 35mm equivalent. These lenses are unbelievable sharp and the colour rendition you get is outstanding. They were purchased while i was in New York in February shooting this ( brooklyn vodka distillery shoot) and are great lenses to have in your bag for interiors and landscapes. They are manual focus but don’t let that deter you, we all survived quite well before auto focus came along 😉

A few of the shots are attached below. Enjoy!

Dunkin Donuts shoot - Sweden

Dunkin Donuts shoot – Sweden


Dunkin Donuts shoot - Sweden

Dunkin Donuts shoot – Sweden


Dunkin Donuts shoot - Sweden

Dunkin Donuts shoot – Sweden


Dunkin Donuts shoot - Sweden

Dunkin Donuts shoot – Sweden


Dunkin Donuts shoot - Sweden

Dunkin Donuts shoot – Sweden


Dunkin Donuts shoot - Sweden

Dunkin Donuts shoot – Sweden


Dunkin Donuts shoot - Sweden

Dunkin Donuts shoot – Sweden

Portrait shoot at a craft vodka distillery in Brooklyn, NY

I recently shot a portrait session at a craft vodka distillery in Brooklyn, New York. It was for my agency (Image Source). Having not scouted the location beforehand it was a case of turning up and thinking fast on my feet as time was limited. However, the location itself was excellent. It had lots of natural light and lots of scientific looking instruments that would add interest to the shots.. (as well as the obligatory bottles of vodka).

I shot these with fairly slow exposures and a a wide open aperture giving bright and clean feel (around 1/15 sec and around f2). I shot them on a tripod with some new lenses i just picked up, a 21mm carl zeiss distagon and a 35mm carl zeiss distagon lens, both have proven to be amazingly sharp at even low apertures. i used a small flash head as a front light and two daylight balanced continuous lighting heads (make unknown) for some fill light to soften the harsh flash.

The main string of shots took place in the lab itself but a few were in the workshop. I loved the juxtaposition between a clean, refined final product and a room full of drills, lathes, tools and welding apparatus. I did a few tweaks in post to clean the images up and gave them a desaturated feel but apart from that it was all shot as is, in-camera.

enjoy and please feel free to comment

Images Copyright of Jesper Mattias Photography

Images Copyright of Jesper Mattias Photography

Images Copyright of Jesper Mattias Photography 2015

Images Copyright of Jesper Mattias Photography 2015

Images Copyright of Jesper Mattias Photography 2015

Images Copyright of Jesper Mattias Photography 2015

Images Copyright of Jesper Mattias Photography 2015

Images Copyright of Jesper Mattias Photography 2015

Images Copyright of Jesper Mattias Photography 2015

Images Copyright of Jesper Mattias Photography 2015