Urban Adventure for ShortList Magazine

In last week's issue of ShortList, journalist Andrew Dickens decided to save his bike from a life of commuting and take it out of the city for an adventure further afield.

I was commissioned to photograph Andrew with the London skyline in the background for this double-page spread.

Cyclist for ShortList

These are a couple of the images that I took for the magazine, and if you look closely you can see that the designers did a very clever thing to make the picture fit the page layout.

Cylcing for ShortList
Cycling for ShortList

If you take a look, you'll see that the image they used (the second one) was flipped, but to keep it looking accurate they then flipped the skyline back the way it should be so the buildings are the right way round. Clever stuff!

tearsheet by Chris Brock

Getting Physical with The Body Coach

Joe Wicks, aka The Body Coach, is something of an Internet phenomenon. With his ever-growing Instagram presence (he's currently got 426,000 followers) he's leading a quiet revolution in fitness and healthy eating. In reality, though, he's not that quiet at all, but instead is a whirlwind of energy, fuelled in no small part by fruit, veg, and lots of exercise.

Joe Wicks by Chris Brock

I met Joe for to shoot him for Metro, and struggled to keep up. I was able to give him a few tips about burning fat and creating a lean physique (not really) and was left feeling knackered by proxy. It was a brilliant fun photoshoot, and the pictures look great as a result.

Check out Joe on Instagram at @thebodycoach
And he's on twitter at @thebodycoach
And there's his website at www.thebodycoach.co.uk

Joe Wicks by Chris Brock
Joe Wicks by Chris Brock
Joe Wicks by Chris Brock
Joe Wicks by Chris Brock
Joe Wicks by Chris Brock
Joe Wicks by Chris Brock

And here's a behind the scenes shot. As you can see I spent most of the time sitting down.

Behind the Scenes with Joe Wicks

Fix Up Look Smart with Milltag

Cycling is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK, and if you take it seriously it's as much about the clothes you wear as the bike you ride. The leading clothing brand for both professional and amateur cyclist in this country is Milltag, who provide bespoke kit for some of the top names in the sport, as well as off-the-shelf items that the rest of us can buy.

They approached me to shoot their latest look-book images, and wanted to do something a little bit different to the usual way cycle gear is presented, and after two days of shooting, this is what we came up with.

milltag.cc

Milltag by Chris Brock
Milltag by Chris Brock
Milltag by Chris Brock
Milltag by Chris Brock
Milltag by Chris Brock
Milltag by Chris Brock
Milltag by Chris Brock
Milltag by Chris Brock
Milltag by Chris Brock
Milltag by Chris Brock
Milltag by Chris Brock

And here's an Instagram shot taken behind the scenes...

Milltag by Chris Brock


Shooting the Stand In

Things don't always go to plan on photoshoots. Despite all the preparation there can still be unpredictable events that mean you don't get the shot you wanted.

That was the case when I was asked to go down to Croydon to photograph a property developer at a site he was having built. Everything seemed to be going well, until we got a phone call to learn that he'd been taken ill and wasn't able to attend (get well soon!)

Building sites are great locations, though, so it seemed a shame to come away empty handed. Fortunately for me, the developer's Group Marketing Manager, Sarah Bradden, bravely stepped up and offered to model for me so I could come away with this great shot, which I absolutely love.

Of course there are dangers that go with shooting against windows. If you don't get your angles right you'll be left with nasty reflections of your octobox in the glass. So I made sure I got a few shots of the scene unlit, so I could comp in any windows that caused problems.

In the end the angles were spot on so no comping was needed, but it was good to have that option if we needed it.

Sarah Bradden by Chris Brock

Yo! Dragon.

A couple of weeks ago I received a commission from Metro to head down to the Thames and photograph Yo! Sushi founder and former Dragon's Den dragon Simon Woodroffe, on his very cool houseboat.

Simon likes to wear hats, and he picked out one in particular that complimented the sky almost perfectly, and with a matching shirt it gave great colour theme to the portraits.

As it was central London I wasn't able to take all my gear, so this was lit with a speedlight and collapsible softbox to the side, providing a nice bit of fill against the bright sunshine.

Simon Woodroffe by Chris Brock
Yo! Simon Woodroffe by Chris Brock

Mo Ansar

A couple of weeks ago I travelled to Winchester to meet with Mo Ansar, a Muslim social and political commentator, who you might have seen or heard on the television or radio. It was right at the beginning of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, and Mo told me what Ramadan is all about, the challenges that it can bring and how it's not just about starving yourself!

While I shot these portraits in the fantastic Great Hall, we talked about tolerance and unity and many other issues that are relevant to the times we find ourselves in, and I came away feeling enlightened, having had a very pleasant, worthwhile time.

Mo Ansar by Chris Brock
Mo Ansar by Chris Brock
Mo Ansar by Chris Brock
Mo Ansar by Chris Brock
Mo Ansar