Graded Unit, Events and Assisting

It's been a while since my last update on this blog, we have quite a lot to catch up on. From assisting photographers such as Mark Hamilton, Chris Blott and Joseph Ford , to completing my graded unit project and traveling down to London for my biggest photographic job to date, I'd say the past few months have been filled with experiences that will stick with me for the rest of my career. This post won't be a heavy read, but rather just a quick summary of what I've been up to. 

Instagram

I now have an Instagram account dedicated to all photography posts, updates, behind the scenes, time lapses, phone photos etc. If you fancy keeping up to date with all that jazz, then give it a follow @matthew_mcg_photo.

Graded Unit

Last years graded unit was my People of Glasgow project which to this day continues to stand as some of my best work. Recently I went up Glasgow again to try get another shot for this series.

 Craig busking on Sauciehall Street with the Style Milers, Glasgow.

Craig busking on Sauciehall Street with the Style Milers, Glasgow.

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This year I chose to take a different approach to my graded unit, where I stayed in the studio for most of it and used additional lighting on almost every shot. 

Taking behind the scene images in this way is something I think adds an intriguing insight into the photos. From these images you get to see more than just what the final image lets you see, which gives you a bit more insight into what the people involved in each shoot are actually like and where each image was actually taken. This is something I am going to keep up with on future shoots. 

Talking about behind the scenes, take a look at this wee time lapse video I made when taking family photos of our beautiful new family member, my nephew Robbie McGoldrick. This is also something I hope to do on future shoots. 

Assisting

I have found myself in the very fortunate position of assisting a few well established photographers on a range of different shoots. From fashion to corporate and even magazine shoots. Two weeks ago I assisted Mark Hamilton as he shot the entire Celtic FC clothing range. Being a celtic fan myself, this was quite the experience. Last week I spent 5 days in some of the nicest locations I have ever visited assisting a fashion shoot for Chris Blott. Working on large shoots like this is very good experience and I definitely learned a lot and enjoyed every second of it. 

 Steering a boat for the first time. Portavadie, Scotland.

Steering a boat for the first time. Portavadie, Scotland.

 Giving Cyrus, one of the models, some of my fitness and healthy eating tips.

Giving Cyrus, one of the models, some of my fitness and healthy eating tips.

 The first location we were staying at. Helensburgh, Scotland.

The first location we were staying at. Helensburgh, Scotland.

 Lighting on the hills looking good.

Lighting on the hills looking good.

London (Tjx Event)

Aside from photography I work part time at Tkmaxx Clydebank. I shot at a UK managers conference for them in Glasgow last year. One thing lead to another and I found myself in the very fortunate position of shooting 2 events for them in London this year. One was the Regional Roadshow at Wembely Stadium. The other was the Presidents Club which took place at the Mandarine Oriental Hotel, Hyde Park. When my driver parked up outside this hotel I was greeted by a man in a red uniform asking to help me with my bags. I had to pause for a second and ask if my driver had the right place. I'm not used to that kind of treatment, its like something you see in a movie. 

 Tjx Regional Roadshow, Wembley Stadium, London. 

Tjx Regional Roadshow, Wembley Stadium, London. 

 Tjx Presidents Club, London

Tjx Presidents Club, London

Upon shooting at the Presidents club, I was surprised to find out I was sitting next to Louise Greenless, who is the Presidents of Tjx Europe. The big dog. The person you see in the induction video when you start as associate. Someone I never imagined meeting never mind sitting next to during our meal. She was a lovely person and went out her way to send me this wee thank you letter.

 Lousie's review of my work from the President Club. 

Lousie's review of my work from the President Club. 

 My photos being featured in the Tkmaxx monthly magazine. 

My photos being featured in the Tkmaxx monthly magazine. 

Exhibition

At the end of each college year, we have an exhibition to showcase all our work. This year the exhibition was called 'Transitions' and it took place at the Theatre Royal Glasgow. The venue looked amazing and it was really nice to see such a big turn out for the opening night. 

 Me standing next to one of my printed images featuring Joe Rising. 

Me standing next to one of my printed images featuring Joe Rising. 

The Exhibition marked the end of my HND at City of Glasgow College. This year I'm moving onto do the BA degree at the same college and I am absolutely buzzing to get started. Thanks for looking at this weeks blog, as always its really appreciated!

Till next time, Cheers!

Matthew