Cover shoot for Elite Franchise Magazine

There are a lot of things you need to take into account when you're doing a magazine shoot. How your composition will affect the layout of the page; where the headline will go in the picture; how nervous the subject is going to be; how five hours of driving to the shoot will affect your frosty skills.

Luckily, when I arrived in Chester to photograph Carol Stewart-Gill for the cover of Elite Franchise magazine, I wasn't too frazzled to get down to business and have a good bit of banter with Carol, who is the founder and CEO of Dublcheck, a franchise commercial cleaning organisation.

Carol has built the business from the ground up and is rightly proud of her achievement, and has earned her spot on the front cover. The thing about corporate shoots like this, though, is that offices are often really dull places to photograph, so you need to keep your wits about you and think on your feet about how to get the best pictures.

Fortunately for me, the pastel colours of Carol's top went really well with the decor of her office, and saved the day. I'm really pleased with the results.

Dublcheck by Chris Brock
Dublcheck by Chris Brock
Dublcheck by Chris Brock

Channel 4's Ben Hillman

If you enjoy watching property programs on the telly, then you'll know Ben Hillman, the interior designer and co-host of Channel 4's A Place in the Sun.

At the end of last year I travelled down to Brighton to photograph Ben at his lovely flat for the interiors section of a national newspaper. I wanted to give the pictures a nice airy feel so we shot into the sun using a strong fill to create these images, which I'm really pleased with.

Ben Hillman by Chris Brock

My Top Shots of 2015

I'm really excited about 2016. It feels like a blank canvas, full of potential, of opportunities and possibilities - the chance to start afresh. And it's also a good time to look back over what I've achieved, to remember some of the great experiences of the last twelve months, to see where I've come and where that might lead me in the months that follow.

The easiest way to describe what I do is commercial portraiture. This year I've created some portraits that I'm really proud of, and I've had the honour of photographing some amazing people. Whether it was the fisherman or the fruit seller in Port D'Essaouira in Morocco, the Body Coach Joe Wicks, Sir Mike Rake (the head of BT) or wonderful celebrant Lyn Baylis.

Some of my work this last year has had a real "lifestyle" feel to it, and if I combine that with my images of people at work, I begin to see a new thread appearing in my offering, and that's something I'd really like to explore further. One of my favourite shoots of 2015 was for cycle clothing brand Milltag, and I think it's safe to put those images in the lifestyle category (as much as I hate to categorise my work).

I've also done a bit of work for television and theatre, which I think is ideally suited for my visual style. I shot the promo images for BBC Three's sitcom "Uncle", for Channel 5's reality series "Can't Pay? We'll Take it Away" and the I did the promo pictures for Victorian theatrical performance "Fred Strangebone's Freak Show", all of which I'm really proud of. And there's a whole load of TV stuff that I've shot but can't share yet - but as soon as it's broadcast I'll be posting it here.

All in all, it's been a fantastically varied year that's taken me on a journey that's been exciting, interesting and a pleasure to be a part of. And I feel so grateful to have worked with some amazing clients and met some amazing people. Here are some of my top shots of 2015 - there's plenty more to come in 2016.


Calling 2015 on the Telephone

These days we've all got cameras on us all of the time. And while I shoot my work on an SLR, my iPhone is always on hand to document the places I go, record the things I see, and play with ideas as they arise.

Whether it's running the marathon, shooting with Zoella or Ollie Locke, or jumping on an airplane, my phone has been there to remember the things that some of the time my brain can't hold on to. So here are a few of my favourite phone pics from the last year (click for bigger). I hope you like them!

Marc Hagan-Guirey, the Paper Dandy

It's amazing what you can do with paper. Film-buff Marc Hagan-Guirey has made a living out of it, transforming it by way of paper engineering, origami and kirigami into a series of books that have captured the imagination of children and adults alike. His first claim to fame was a paper-cut book based on the Star Wars films and, most recently, he released a book called Horrorgami, which turned its pages into gruesome scenes just in time for Halloween.

I visited Marc at his very cool London home, and photographed him amongst his many cool possessions, most of which reference movies. Anyone know which film features the Death's Head Moth?

Paper Dandy by Chris Brock
Paper Dandy by Chris Brock