Camden Girl

Camden Girl

A few weeks back on the first day of November I made my way to London once again for another test shoot! This time with the lovely Kate Heaton. We were blessed with beautiful weather on the day and after meeting up we made our way to Camden Lock which was - as you can imagine impossibly busy on a rare hot day! This made picking out the locations we had in mind a little more difficult but annoying tourists are an evil that must be defeated! So we soldiered on and got to shooting where we could! Below are some of the final images from the day! :)



You can see the full shoot on my website at www.tomsimmonds.com/camdengirl and be sure to follow Kate on instagram as well! :)

A Long Weekend

A Long Weekend

Way back in May I had the pleasure of shooting the spring campaign for Clothing Clothing. You can see the behind the scenes post for the shoot here! This week the images were published the the fantastic Whim Magazine! You can see us on pages 172-193 and you can view the issue by clicking here or the image below!



The following are some of the final images from the shoot! You can also view them on my website at www.tomsimmonds.com/alongweekend


Model: Irina @ Nevs
Make-up: Hannah Serjeant (Instagram)
Styling: Ruth Elliot and Bryony Friend
Assistant: Gabriella Hodgson
Designer/brand: Closet Clothing
Photography: Thomas Cole Simmonds

A Rainy Day with Paige

A Rainy Day with Paige

Last week I made my way to London on a drizzly Wednesday to spend the afternoon taking photos with the beautiful and talented Paige Crowson! We met at Victoria station and made our way to Battersea Park to take the first set of the day! It was eerily quiet there due to the weather (and the fact that normal people have jobs at that time haha) and the whole place seemed like an abandoned communist plaza, if only every location was like that! Tourists are the bane of photoshoots from my experience. :P

After the first set we dried off in a little cafe close by and then we made our way to one of my favourite places in London, the Italian Gardens. I've shot there several times but despite it's small size I've been able to get fresh looking images each visit! The light was beginning to fade by then and the photos we took changed from a fresh and autumnal to more melancholy and dark which gave us a nice distinction between the two looks of the day! 

Below are some of the final images, you can also see them on my site at www.tomsimmonds.com/arainyday



Be sure to follow Paige on instagram! :)

Claudia

Claudia

The other week I met up with the lovely Claudia for a little test shoot in Brighton on what in retrospect seems like might have been the last sunny day of the year! We met up at the Brighton Marina and got to shooting! Below are a few of the final images! :)




Be sure to follow Claudia on Instagram and twitter! :)

Camera Finds: The Canon AE-1 Program

Camera Finds: The Canon AE-1 Program

For this post I will be looking at the Canon AE-1 Program, this is pretty much the workhorse of my analogue photography as it's the one that I have used most often. And there is a reason for that, it's fantastic! Not only does it look great but it's durable reliable and produces excellent photos. I have a few variants of this camera but this is by far my favourite.

When I'm on a photoshoot this is the camera I'll usually use to get a different perspective. I shoot primarily with an 85mm on my main camera and the AE-1 paired with the 50mm 1.8 gives a wider view on things as well as images with a distinct feel to them.


Below are a few photos taken with the AE-1 Program:


Camera Finds: The Polaroid 600 SE

Camera Finds: The Polaroid 600 SE

Over the years that I have been doing photography I have accumulated quite an array of cameras and as my collection begins to grow I slowly learn more about them and I thought it would be good to share my finds in my blog. For my first post I'm going to look over the Polaroid 600 SE. When I was getting ready to write this post I was surprised by how much time had passed since I got this camera! Almost a year has gone by and although I haven't used it quite as often as I would have liked it's definitely a purchase I don't regret. I got the 600 SE in an online auction and as always you never know what the exact condition of the camera will be but I was very happy overall, after a bit of cleaning up and a replacement dark slide it was ready to shoot!



The camera shoots FujiFilm FP-100C or 120 with the appropriate back. This is obviously an expensive camera to use and this is one of the reasons I don't use it too often, although the main being it's size and weight. It's a very comfortable camera to use with it's built in handle and trigger but tugging it along on a photoshoot with my regular gear means I'm sometimes restricted when it comes to shoots that are out of town.

It is definitely one of my more unique looking cameras and it is an excellent addition to my collection! It looks rather good on display even if it isn't used too regularly.

Below are a few images that I took with it on a shoot with the lovely Louise. You can see a blog post on my shoot with her here. And more on my website at www.tomsimmonds.com/bardotsgirl



Tiny Trees Project - Part 1

Tiny Trees Project - Part 1

Way back in April I posted the behind the scenes of a project I was working on at the time to replace my Skeleton Project for something to do between shoots. You can see the behind the scenes post here!


Now after my break I've decided to get the project going again with the posting of the first two images in the series. Unlike the Skeleton Project these won't necessarily be weekly but hopefully they'll be somewhat regular! :)

Below are the first two images in this set. :)


I will also be publishing these images on my website at www.tomsimmonds.com/tinytrees after each blog post so you can keep up to date with the project there too! :)

InterRail

InterRail

From the 1st of August until the 17th me and a friend went on an adventure through 8 countries in Europe using InterRail passes. We started our journey in our home town of Brighton, from there we drove to the ferry terminal in the town of Newhaven and from there we passed through France, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, back down to Slovenia and Croatia and then back up through Hungary and finally ending the trip in Romaina. From there we flew back to London and caught a train back home.




Below are a few images that I took along the way! Here is where the holiday really began with our train from Dieppe to Paris!



After reaching our hostel we went to explore the local area and then make our way to various landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame.


We were back on the train again and heading for our next stop - Bratislava, however we made a quick stop in Munich along the way and then passed through Vienna!


After Slovakia we made our way towards Pula in Croatia but not before a quick stop in Ljubljana!


During our time in Croatia we visited the Colosseum and the beautiful national park island of Brijuni.


After this we got back on the trains for our journey to Budapest! Here just out of luck we managed to book tickets to the Sziget festival that was happening during our stay. We got to see Queens of the Stone Age and Deadmau5!


Off one last time, although this wasn't our longest journey (that was 24 hours on multiple trains) this was our longest uninterrupted journey on the same train at 16 hours. At the end of it we found ourselves in Bucharest where we visited what is supposed to be heaviest building in the world - the Palace of the Parliament.


And finally we boarded the plane home to England and the journey was over... until next year at least!


You can see my post from last year where I went to the Czech Republic too!

Rani

Rani

The other week week I met up with the lovely Rani Christie for a little test shoot in one of the local parks in Brighton! It was Rani's first time in front of the camera and you would never have guessed! Here are a few photos from the shoot :)



Be sure to follow Rani on Instagram! :)

Sorrowful Wife

Sorrowful Wife

Back in late May I met up with a wonderful team for a fantastic shoot in London! You can see the behind the scenes of that shoot here! The name of that post was because I thought it would end up being called something else but things change! Haha. :P But I digress! This shoot was just published on the fantastic DeFUZE magazine website as one of their featured webtorials! You can see the shoot on their website by following this link or by clicking below! :)




And below is a selection of images from the shoot! You can also view the shoot in it's entirety on my website at www.tomsimmond.com/sorrowfulwife










Our awesome team!

Model: Madeleine Uitz @ M+P
Make-up: Irene Wang (Web)
Hair: Ronnie Woodard (FB)
Styling: Shirly Piperno
Designers/Brands: Josefine Hansson, Ella Cervjakova, Bershka, Marjan Pejoski, Dang Thuy Duong, Zara, Forever 21 and Topshop
Photography: Thomas Cole Simmonds

The Portobello Hotel - Part 2

The Portobello Hotel - Part 2

Back in late January I shot the SS14 campaign images for 
Closet Clothing, you can see the behind the scenes blog post here! I have split the shoot up into two parts for editorial submissions, the following are from the second half and feature the lovely Lola! This shoot was just published in the wonderful Whim Magazine, you can view the issue here or by clicking below! We are on pages 54-70 with an interview on page 71! :)



Here are a selection of images from the shoot!










And you can view more on my website at: www.tomsimmonds.com/portobello2

Model: Lola @ Nevs
Make-up: Hannah Serjeant (Instagram)
Styling: Ruth Elliot and Bryony Friend
Designer/brand: Closet Clothing

Pastels

Pastels

Last week I met up with the lovely Lizzy Perry (who helped style the Guise shoot last year - see here) to help her shoot the images for her final year project! I met up with her and our beautiful model for the day Carmen Reumers in a local cake shop after the make-up had been done my the wonderful Lydia Pankhurst

The theme for the shoot was pastels and as you can see from the first location the cake shop was a perfect match! After shooting looks one and two there we made our way to the residential area to shoot in front of some of Brighton's trademark colourful houses. Below are some of the final images!



And here are a few behind the scenes images as well!



Be sure to follow these wonderful people!

Model: Carmen Reumers
Make-up: Lydia Pankhurst
Styling: Lizzy Perry
Photography: Thomas Cole Simmonds

London Morning

London Morning

Back in the middle of March I spent the weekend in London 
with the beautiful Madeleine for a fantastic shoot, you can see the behind the scenes post here! Today this shoot was featured on the wonderful Quiescent Magazine! You can view the shoot by following this link or clicking below! We are on pages 16-23 as well as the cover! :)


Here is a selection of the final images too! And you can view the full shoot on my website at www.tomsimmonds.com/londonmorning












As I mentioned in the behind the scenes post Madeleine was responsible for the fantastic make-up and the styling for this shoot so please be sure to follow her on Twitter/Instagram or check her out at her new agency M+P Models. :)

Beauxoxo at the Beach

Beauxoxo at the Beach

A couple of weeks back I met up with 
Georgie of Beauxoxo along with our model for the day Vanessa and make-up artist Nicole for a little shoot on the beach for the new stock on Georgie's shop for the summer. Paired with a pile of clothes from the wonderful Mod Dolly we began shooting and as we did the clouds disappeared and the sun came out!

Here are some of the final images! Be sure to check out the Beauxoxo website if you're interested in getting one of these headbands for yourself! :)


And some behind the scenes images too!


Model: Vanessa Tait
Make-up/hair: Nicole Taylor
Boutique: Georgie Beauxoxo
Clothing: Mod Dolly
Photography: Thomas Cole Simmonds

Shoot that Witch

Shoot that Witch

For a couple of years now I've had a few locations in mind for shoots but never quite got round to getting anything up in order to best make use of them, however a few weeks ago I got in touch with the wonderful Shirly who I had worked with previously to help me out with putting the styling together for the shoot. A few mood boards later and an lots of work on Shirly's end we had a pile of clothes, a pile of locations and with a bit of social networking a pile of team. :P


As the locations and styling I had in mind for the shoot were so perfectly matched to the lovely Madeleine we asked her to work with us as well on this shoot, and I made my way to her flat in London a few Sunday's ago and met up with Madeleine and Shirly along with the amazing Irene (who did the make-up) and the fantastic Ronnie (who was in charge of hair styling).



After set up was done we hopped on a bus to our first location and began to shoot, unfortunately due to tube maintenance and slow buses we didn't quite manage to get to all the locations we wanted or shoot as many looks as we had originally planned too but as with London you can find a good place to shoot down practically every street and we ended our day with looks 3 and 4 around Wesminster. 

Here is a back of camera preview from one of the looks! Be sure to keep an eye out for the final images in a future blog post! :)


Be sure to follow the amazing team too!

Model: Madeleine Uitz @ M+P
Make-up: Irene Wang (Web)
Hair: Ronnie Woodard (FB)
Styling: Shirly Piperno
Photography: Thomas Cole Simmonds

Closet at Coworth

Closet at Coworth

Last Tuesday I had my second shoot for the brand Closet Clothing, and in line with the previous shoot this one was also at a hotel, albeit rather larger this time! I was up at 5am to make my way to the town to Sunningdale where I was greeted by a driver branding a sign with my name on it, he drove me to the hotel and I was escorted inside by the staff. I thought I was out of place in Notting Hill haha, this was even more peculiar - oh to be incredibly rich! :P




After finding my way to the room we were based in I met up with Ruth and Bryony who had put the shoot together and Irina our first model. And a few minutes later Hannah the make-up artist arrived! While the prep was being done I scouted the area for locations and after that we began shooting!

Gabrielle who was working with Closet was also there helping out with the shoot and taking behind the scenes photos for us, you can see her behind the scenes blog post over on their website here! :)



And towards the end of the first half of the day our second model Ewelina arrived and before Irina set off we shot a couple of looks with moth of them together!



And then the last few looks of the day.


And here is a quick back of camera preview and an edit in progress! Be sure to keep an eye out in a future post for the final images! :D



Models: Irina @ Nevs and Ewelina @ PRM 
Make-up: Hannah Serjeant (Instagram)
Styling: Ruth Elliot and Bryony Friend
Assistant: Gabriella Hodgson
Designer/brand: Closet Clothing
Photography: Thomas Cole Simmonds



Bardot's Girl

Bardot's Girl

Last Tuesday I met up with the beautiful Louise Flowers for our first shoot! I first saw Louise at Brighton Fashion Week a few years ago and we have been meaning to work together ever since but we never quite got round to it, until now! :)


We met up and made our way down to the beach for a morning shoot! Here are some of the final images! You can also see the shoot on my website here: www.tomsimmonds.com/bardotsgirl








Hopefully there will be many more shoot to come! :D In the mean time be sure to follow Louise on twitter

The Tiny Trees Project

The Tiny Trees Project

Back in 2012 I had one of my images featured on the front cover of Token Art Magazine, this was an image of a tree in a jar, just a little concept for a photo I through up while bored one day.




But since then the idea of doing a full project based on these kinds of images has always been at the back of my mind. Now that my skeleton project is pretty much complete (save for any odd ideas I have for it) I thought now would be a good time to get started on something new!

Here are some behind the scenes type images for the past couple of days where I have been hard at work getting the first batch of images done for the project! Unlike my last one I won't be restricting myself to one image per week and I won't be making one every week no matter what, unless I feel like it that is. :P






I'll be posting the first set of final images in an upcoming blog post! Be sure to keep your eye out for it! :)