When We Create - Josh Kemp

For the 3rd episode of the series, we met up with Nottingham based singer-songwriter Josh Kemp.

Unlike the other episodes, we went into this one without much knowledge of what the evening would entail. To top it all off, we had travelled outside of London to meet and so had to completely adapt and play it by ear.

We arrived, started to get to know Josh and jumped into the interview. That’s when something spectacular happened. This wasn’t just any gig, but a charity event in support of Macmillan!

Josh spoke about his career, his advice to aspiring musicians,  and the truly inspiring celebration of musician John Birch’s life through charity festival Birchfest.

So we had our story, now we just needed to enhance it. That included combining the interview with other segments for the episode. The plan was to shoot Josh as he performed his set.

Band & music photography is something we’re quite experienced in, but quickly creating a multicam setup, hooking ourselves up to the mixing table and finding a balance between capturing each song perfectly, but also having variation, was a real challenge - especially to do spontaneously!

So we balanced our steadicam, readied our tripod and set up a tiny Sony A6000 in the corner (seriously impressed with the low-light footage from such a compact camera) and captured an exhilarating evening of music!


When We Create - Helena Rose

For the second episode of When We Create we followed Helen Maalouf, founder of Helena Rose, and the team she formed whilst in London to shoot some fashion photography.

Location - Chalcot Square


We had a great time following Helen for the day as she brings all different aspects of the shoot together. She had to coordinate the team making sure each person was sticking to the very fast paced schedule.

The team achieved many looks throughout just one days shooting. We captured the behind the scenes images for Helen as well as shooting our own documentary as part of our series; When We Create.


We were also able to interview most of the team involved and gain some insight in to each of their individual processes. As well as some information on them as people and the influences on there art.

We were surprised how much thought goes into one image. Coming from a photography background we understand the thought and care to each image but we were surprised by how each different aspect took there time and care into the smallest of details. Nails needed to be perfect, as well as hair, make-up, outfit, poses & more. Understandably as each person is contributing to one finalised piece of art. As Helen puts it; 'it's a real team effort, throughout the whole day'.

On the day we took a 'documentary' approach to filming it. We went handheld for most of the shoot allowing us to get in close to the action when we needed to, as well as the freedom to change lenses fast & keep out the way. One of us stuck to the BTS photography & the other to the videography of the day.


We had a range of lenses we used during the shoot, mainly prime lenses. Our most used on the day were a 14mm to show the scale of the work and show the whole team and location. We also used a 35mm to get tighter shots of each person working on there own section. As well as a few macro shots to show details. 

As always we had a few issues on the shoot. Harsh sunlight was one of them, which cause us to have to shoot from particular angles as well as put the Sony FS700's ND filters to good use - which are effectively sunglasses for our camera.

Sound caused some issues for us. Due to the fast paced nature of the shoot we didn't have time to set up elaborate mic systems so we used the FS700's external mic, which is great but also picks up background noise, such as from the builders in the background. 


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When We Create - Charlotte Hu

The first episode of when we create

We met with Charlotte Hu, a very talented wedding & food photographer based in London to talk about photography as an industry, the art and everything in between.

The first location we had planned did not work out so we went onto  a local restaurant Charlotte had photographed for previously. This created a nice atmosphere.

After the interview we moved on to walk around & watch Charlotte take some images, getting a feel for her way of capturing the area around her. We ended up in Box Park, Shoreditch where we finished our film on Charlotte.


For us on this shoot one issue was audio. Finding the right location with quiet surroundings is hard in central London so we made do with what we could get & adjusted in post as best we could. 


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