GURU PET FOOD

TEACHING OLD DOGS NEW TRICKS

 

THE RETOUCH

THE RETOUCH

Launched in 2015, Guru Pet Food has always placed an emphasis on improving dogs’ health and longevity, and their recent image campaign ‘Get Guru’ provided an opportunity for myself and retouch artist Sophie Morrison to get playful with the concept of healthy, clean-living dogs!

Within the Get Guru concept, a distinct personality was planned for each dog to feature in the set - from the Ultra-Zen Yogi to the Active Skater. Once these were decided, the real challenge began. None of these images were created using CGI, and instead each element of the image was cut, comped together and then illustrated to create the final poses.

To create the assets for each image in this unique approach, the talented and cooperative (for the most part) models had to be photographed in numerous poses, with shots taken of their limbs, their face and body to be later brought together in the retouch process.

We even shot expressions that we could use in the final comp, some zen like, some eating so that their mouths could be warped slightly into a smile.

We shot several dogs in studio on a cove with a combination of lighting setups and a ton of dog biscuit :-). Light modifiers used were polyboards, beauty dish and fill soft boxes, silver reflectors, lighting kit was Profoto B1's and I shot it on a Nikon D810, we used lots of props, a few bags of sand to create the beach scene in the polaroid photo, a deckchair, which we actually had the dog 'lean on" skateboards,surfboards, bandanas, hats, sunglasses, it was a bit crazy but great fun.

The dogs were generally well behaved and i only nearly lost one finger,! So all in all a quite successful shoot. 

Here are some results and BTS from the shoot.

A massive thanks to GURU for getting me involved www.gurupetfood.com

WARRINGTON WOLVES HARDWIRED CAMPAIGN

This was a campaign for Warrington Wolves rugby league to promote the new hardwired membership scheme. All the photos were taken in studio on grey background and background of stadiums etc shot separately and combined later. 

AON TRAINING KIT SHOOT

The following are from a shoot at Carrington for AON and the new training kit. Working with Global Creative Director of AON, Eric Sawitoski who did some great portraits recently , see his Leica portraits here... http://blog.leica-camera.com/photographers/interviews/eric-sawitoski-soccer-superstars-up-close-and-personal/

 We had two sets for this shoot, so live action of the lads training, setup was two magnum reflectors and a soft box fill from the side. then another steep with gridded beauty dishes and 6ft strip boxes. I think the set illustrate the variance of results you can achieve with only two minutes with each player.

ANTHONY MARTIAL

ANTHONY MARTIAL

MICHAEL CARRICK

MICHAEL CARRICK

MEMPHIS

MEMPHIS

WAYNE ROONEY

WAYNE ROONEY

MEMPHIS

MEMPHIS


ALL TIME TOP GOAL SCORER FOR ENGLAND, ALREADY A LEGEND.

ALL TIME TOP GOAL SCORER FOR ENGLAND, ALREADY A LEGEND.

DINA ASHER-SMITH

Pleasure meeting Dian at Manchester Sport City where she was helping mentor young athletes. literally 5 minutes for this set, but we managed to get some nice images of Dina.

A lovely woman, utterly professional and very friendly.

 

DINA ASHER SMITH

DINA ASHER SMITH

DINA ASHER SMITH

DINA ASHER SMITH

DINA ASHER SMITH

DINA ASHER SMITH

DINA ASHER SMITH

DINA ASHER SMITH

Dina Asher-Smith

SUPER 8 CAMPAIGN PHOTOS

I had the pleasure to photograph many of the players from the RFL Super 8 teams recently for a campaign to promote the competition.

We went for several different themes, from hero to roaring and some of the results can be seen below.

The setup was five lights with grids on all to create edgy lighting and a gritty dramatic feel.

RUGBY SPORTS ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN SHOOT
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JACK LAUGHER - CHAMPION DIVER

Jack Laugher is a team GB diver and  has become only the second British diver to ever win an individual World Championships medal and the only Briton to win two medals at a world championship.

The shoot took place at his Leeds training pool and was as access to the pool was strictly limited, setup and photos were all completed in about ten minutes. Jack is certainly one to watch in Rio and fast becoming  favourite to win gold.

JACK LAUGHER GB OLYMPIC DIVER
JACK LAUGHER GB OLYMPIC DIVER
JACK LAUGHER GB OLYMPIC DIVER
JACK LAUGHER GB OLYMPIC DIVER
JACK LAUGHER GB OLYMPIC DIVER
JACK LAUGHER GB OLYMPIC DIVER
JACK LAUGHER GB OLYMPIC DIVER
JACK LAUGHER GB OLYMPIC DIVER
JACK LAUGHER GB OLYMPIC DIVER
JACK LAUGHER GB OLYMPIC DIVER
JACK LAUGHER GB OLYMPIC DIVER

JO DENNISON SURF CHAMPION

Had the pleasure of meeting Jo for a assignment at the Surf Snowdonia park.

Jo is a multiple British and Welsh champion and regularly travels the globe competing.

Amazing to see her in action and look forward to the possibility of capturing some more images of her in the near future.

Rather surprisingly for Surf photos, I was able to setup a couple of Profoto B1 lights with magnum reflectors  to capture Jo as she hit the crest of the waves. The HSS of the profotos meant I could use 2000 of a second to capture the action and the droplets of water.

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JO DENNISON AT SURF SNOWDONIA
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SURF DENNISON
SURF DENNISON
SURF DENNISON
SURF DENNISON

Danny Boyle Portraits

A pleasure to meet Danny Boyle, Hollywood Director and Oscar winner for SlumDog Millionaire.

The shoot took place at the new arts centre in Manchester called HOME.

A really interesting chap and very down to earth, great to work with.

Cinema setup was Octa with grid left of subject and 20 degree grid as left hand rim, one stop more than main light. Projector shots were a gridded strip box on Danny and a soft fill hidden behind the projector.

 

Danny Boyle Portrait


AUDI AD 'THE COUP' SHOT IN JOHANNESBURG

Four days in Johannesburg with THE MOB to shoot stills on this amazing blockbuster film directed by Paul WS Anderson.

A car transporter fully loaded with the latest Audi S Line models is hijacked by hi-tech thieves, abseiling from helicopters to secure the car transporter to a Chinook helicopter that carries the entire payload through the city skyline. A few near misses along the highway and a SWAT team find the luxury cars in an aircraft hanger thanks to the Audi S Lines’ on board tracking system.

A great and fiun shoot and you can view some of the stills below and the ad via this link

http://www.mobfilm.com/latest-commercials/

Click on images to view full size.

The Sline A7

The Baddies!

Still of the police

The Baddies land on the carrier.

The helicopter used by the baddies, lucky as a bird flew by!

helicopter pilots

The Swat Team

The director, Paul WS Anderson

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LAMBORGHINI MIURA

A quite complicated shoot for the car that appeared in the opening sequence of the iconic British movie "The Italian Job" starring Michael Caine.

This was photographed outside in bright sunshine, so I had to flood the car with light, four large studio lights with reflectors to overcome the sun and then more with grids to fill and accentuate  details on the car. 

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lamborghini miura
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lamborghini miura
lamborghini miura

EMILE HESKEY PORTRAIT SESSION

Pleasure to meet the ex Liverpool and England intentional, now playing for Bolton Wanderers.

We had a few minutes to do some portraits before Emile had to attend a press conference ahead of the FA cup 4th round game against his former club Liverpool. Very simple lighting setup with one Elinchrom Quadra and a large Octa, then a few hours later , we had a few minutes to do some in his training kit. The telegraph went with the stadium portrait but below is a small selection from the rest of the shoot.

 

Emile Heskey of Bolton Wanderers FC
Emile Heskey of Bolton Wanderers FC
Emile Heskey of Bolton Wanderers FC
Emile Heskey of Bolton Wanderers FC


Emile Heskey of Bolton Wanderers FC
Emile Heskey of Bolton Wanderers FC

CHRISTIAN HORNER WATCH SHOOT

It was a pleasure working with Christian, team principal of Red Bull Racing F1 Team,  on this shoot, he was very professional and friendly and made the shoot very enjoyable for everyone. We shot at several locations including onboard a plane, a racetrack and at Heathrow. The shoot was undertaken for the CASIO EDIFICE EQB-500 PV, which can time synch via a phone to over 300 countries ! You can view the video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38LRPEoUpfA

Here are a few photos from the shoot.

Christian Horner
Christian Horner
Christian Horner

STEVE GERRARD

Pleasure to meet Steven Gerrard, Liverpool captain and former England player. The interview was at Powerleague in Liverpool and I wanted to get away from the shot of footballer on pitch/near goal and concentrate on more of a 'portrait' of Steven. Unfortunately we only had five minutes and ended up in the bar of the club, however I think it worked, quite a simple setup, a beauty dish with grid and a silver reflector, made front page of Telegraph sport and inside spread, so pleased with the results.


STEVE GERRAD OCTOBER 29TH
STEVE GERRAD OCTOBER 29TH
STEVE GERRAD OCTOBER 29TH
STEVE GERRAD OCTOBER 29TH

EVERTON FOOTBALLER JAMES McCARTHY

A quick portrait session with Everton footballer at Finch road for an exclusive interview with the Daily Telegraph.

The photos were taken in a team dressing room, three light setup to create some moody lighting, good show in today's paper.



JAMES MCCARTHY FOOTBALLER AT EVERTON 25TH AUGUST 2014
JAMES MCCARTHY FOOTBALLER AT EVERTON 25TH AUGUST 2014
JAMES MCCARTHY FOOTBALLER AT EVERTON 25TH AUGUST 2014
JAMES MCCARTHY FOOTBALLER AT EVERTON 25TH AUGUST 2014
JAMES MCCARTHY FOOTBALLER AT EVERTON 25TH AUGUST 2014
JAMES MCCARTHY FOOTBALLER AT EVERTON 25TH AUGUST 2014
JAMES MCCARTHY FOOTBALLER AT EVERTON 25TH AUGUST 2014
JAMES MCCARTHY FOOTBALLER AT EVERTON 25TH AUGUST 2014
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All photos copyright PAUL COOPER PHOTOGRAPHY NO usage without express permission

SEBASTIEN VETTEL AND DANIEL RICCIARDO

Some shots from a recent ad shoot with the Red Bull team drivers.

An early start at Silverstone race track in the old pit garages. Four different light setups for each driver for Casio to introduce the new .Edifice EQB-500 watch.

Great guys to work with, very professional and a good laugh.

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All photos copyright Paul Cooper photography, do-not use on blogs or other sites without express permission.


James from Star Sailor

Pleasure to meet James Walsh from Starsailor, only a couple of minutes to get a few portraits, but pleased with the result


JAMES WALSH STAR SAILOR

SEAN DYCHE MANAGER OF BURNLEY FC

After wining promotion to the Premier League, Sean is looking forward to the opening match against Chelsea, in the article below he discusses his philosophy and approach to management.

My second shoot with Sean, top bloke, very friendly and professional.


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SEAN DYCHE BURNLEY MANAGER
SEAN DYCHE BURNLEY MANAGER
SEAN DYCHE BURNLEY MANAGER
SEAN DYCHE BURNLEY MANAGER
SEAN DYCHE BURNLEY MANAGER
SEAN DYCHE BURNLEY MANAGER

FASHION SHOOT

Many thanks to Amelia, Joe, Helen, Danielle, and Shelby on a professional and fun days shoot,some great photos. Many different light set ups and locations, long day and very tired at the end of it all, but very rewarding results.

PAUL SCHOLES

A couple of photos from my shoot with Paul Scholes, he is now a weekly columnist at The Independent, these photos were for the ad campaign and also for editorial usage.


Evening Standard Paul Scholes
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World squash Champions Nick and Laura

Good shoot with world squash champions Nick Matthew and Laura Massaro, who this week won Gold and Silver respectively at the Commonwealth games.



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WORLD SQUAH CHAMPIONS
WORLD SQUAH CHAMPIONS

All photos copyright Paul Cooper 2014