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

X-Factor’s Stevie Ritchie for New! magazine

I was asked to shoot Stevie Ritchie  (the guy from the x-Factor) for New! magazine. We were trying to make it fun and festive and keep the lighting clean but with nice highlights and spots to give hair a bit of lift from the background. We found this still of Steve Carell and thought this would work really well..the bright spotlit background, a nice soft light from the side to give a bit of shadow on one side of the face and then a strong hair light…

Steve Carell

Steve Carell

This is what i came up with. The client loved it and it was a really fun shoot to do. There was very minimal post production as it was shot as is. Maybe  few tweaks of saturation and contrast but that was it really.

Please feel free to comment. Enjoy!

Stevie Ritchie from X-Factor for New! magazine

Stevie Ritchie from X-Factor for New! magazine

Julia Bradbury for Fitbit 2014

I was asked to Shoot Julia Bradbury for Fitbit this year. Fitbit are the worlds leader on fitness tracker bands so Julia fitted the bill as the face of the brand as she is outdoorsy and i think wears one of these bands anyway.. handy! The shoot was in Richmond Park and i had the intention of overcomplicating things by lugging round my profoto and using that but in the end a reflector and available light did the trick. I love the tones to the images, very pastel like and soft which works well and makes julia and the coloured bracelets pop off the page. I have attached a selection of a few of the final ones (screen grabbed for Low Res). Hope you like them, any questions then please feel free to leave a comment. Enjoy!

Julia 1 - Fitbit Copyright Jesper Mattias 2014

Julia 1 – Fitbit Copyright Jesper Mattias 2014

 

Julia 3 - Fitbit Copyright Jesper Mattias 2014

Julia 3 – Fitbit Copyright Jesper Mattias 2014

Julia 2 - Fitbit Copyright Jesper Mattias 2014

Julia 2 – Fitbit Copyright Jesper Mattias 2014

My Portrait of Helen McGinn, author and wine critic @knackeredmutha

Portrait of Helen McGinn - follow her here @knackeredmutha - all images copyright of jesper mattias 2014

Portrait of Helen McGinn – follow her here @knackeredmutha –
all images copyright of jesper mattias 2014

I was asked to shoot a portrait of Helen McGinn for a wine feature she was running. The shoot happened at her house and we decided to do it outside. The idea for me was to make it as bright and colourful and upbeat as possible, as it was quite a flat day we had too wait patiently for a break in the clouds. I wanted to use flash lighting (profoto) as to clean the face up and help balance the daylight in the background with the scrimmed foreground (Helen). So i set up a scrim camera right which diffused the sunlight and therefore allowed me to put a slight amount of flash in, (about half a stop below the background) as i wanted that brighter and therefore emphasising the little sun we had. I think the mottle light behind works really well, it lifts her off the image and adds great depth and a bit of interest to the background.

Hope you like it. Feel free to leave comments folks. …

ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT JEPSER MATTIAS 2014

RSPB Campaign at Highclere Castle

I was asked to shoot the portraits of Lord and Lady Carnarvon at Highclere Castle (or Downton Abbey as it has become known) for a new RSPB campaign called ‘Homes for Wildlife’. At Highclere the Carnarvons have taken many measures to attract and develop wildlife in and amongst the grounds of their lovely home. I got to the location early after picking up my asistant at Newbury and set about taking landscapes of the house in the early morning light. It really is a magical place early on as the mist hangs in the valley and all you can hear are the birds gradually waking up and the hum of Bees in the wildflower meadow. I only had an hour with the Carnarovons so I paid the house a visit earlier on in the week to sort out places to shoot in my head. I wanted to keep it simple really, shoot where possible in the shade and use my Profoto with a softbox on to light them. This would mean I could control the daylight on the house (as it was to feature heavily in the images) as well as lighting them in a flattering way. If the house looked overexposed in the background I could either up the power of the flash which meant I had to close down my aperture or increase the shutter speed. As I was shooting on a relatively long lens (this brings the background closer in the frame but can also give a lovely blown out feel too) I had the shutter speed up high on about 200th of a sec anyway and as it was a bright day it meant my flash had to be on a relatively high power to match it otherwise it would be overexposed in the background.

Considering the time we had we managed to rattle off a good selection of portraits and the client was a happy bunny, which is always nice. Below are a few images from the mornings shoots.

Portrait 1

Establishing shot of of Lord & Lady Carnarvon

Portrait 2

Double page spread shot- right hand side

 

 

Portrait 3

Double page spread shot- Left hand side

 

Lord & Lady Carnarvon in the Wildflower meadow at Highclere

Lord & Lady Carnarvon in the Wildflower meadow at Highclere

 

 

Very little in Post was done to the images, a few tweaks of the levels and processing it in my own way and maybe a few blemish removals, but pretty much shot as is in-situ.

Hope you like the images, feel free to read my other blog posts and please do comment if you so wish.