In the beginnings of my photographic career, I started out on the cruise ships. If you are interested and can be arsed, I have a whole blog about how we got to Barbados here – but if you can’t (and I don’t blame you) be rest assured that it was a rather long journey.
First things first – I loved the ships.
When you walk on to your first contract, you are ever so green. You don’t know the rules; you can’t fathom how anyone can navigate the miles of narrow corridors and passageways in the belly of the crew areas, you don’t understand how a bar can survive selling cans of beer for 35p, and you certainly have no idea that you were the only person in the galaxy that doesn’t smoke.
When you step on board for your first contract, it is a very exciting time.
The work is hard and rewarding – but it is not really the job that makes the ships so great. It’s not the amazing places you see, the cheap beer or the great weather. It’s the people. When you step on board your first contract, you board with no friends. By the end of your first day, you have been blessed with 500.
And so when I got a phantom text from Rob some time last year asking if we were still in Barbados, Sian and I got very excited at the thought of catching up with him and his partner Corea when they were in port. I worked with Corea (a very talented singer) during every contract that I did with Colorbox, and I worked one contract with Rob – a camp dancer – on the Celebration in 2009 (only joking – Rob is a fine singer too).
We did what most ship mates do; played computer games, drank lots, visited beaches and made tits of ourselves on our days off.
Rob and Corea have been out in the Caribbean for a few months now, working on the Thomson Dream. We had them over for a roast a few weeks back, and Rob asked if I would mind doing some new head shots for them next time they were in. So we headed down to Codrington College – a few minutes drive from my house, and got some lovely shots.
Now, as many of you already know, I am no stranger to headshots and I always enjoy the challenge of getting that portrait. Corea and Rob are, by the nature of their business, very beautiful people anyway. This not only makes my job easier, but more fun. The soft flattering light suits Corea wonderfully, whereas the hard, side-lit shots suit Rob’s larger, more angular frame.
As well as the usual full length/three quarters and tight crop, you also have to be aware that a lot of performers want their shots to be presented in black and white as well. And, as fond fans will already know, that means you need to look for texture – another reason for heading to Codrington. The building is made of beautiful coral stone – riddled with patterns and notches and holes, all of which help add that texture and interest to the monochrome.
Overall I am really pleased with the shots we got…let’s hope they are too!
Thanks for reading as always guys, and see you all next week 🙂