Let me just say this. I did not become a photographer to become famous. I did not become a photographer to sneakily get girls to take their clothes off. I did not become a photographer to kiss the asses of celebrities or musicians. If I think you’re a nice, chill, cool person to be around then…
Tonight, due to my being an invalid, I started watching “Say Yes to the Dress” on NetFlix.
Now, I’ve never been THAT girl. The one who dreamed of her wedding day, who made one of the neighborhood boys wed her in a backyard ceremony in grade school, who would say things prefaced with the words…
It sucks. I see friends/other photogs like Megan, Matt, Adam post what they shoot, and it’s like, pure jealousy; absolute, unadulterated, jealousy. I feel like these are some of the best images I’ve produced in my career and yet no one will be able to see them. Even my product manager…
I usually get asked about favourite shoots, these are the five that stand out for me (in no particular order).
6th November 2008 - Crystal Truehart
This one has a sitting in the top 3 and it’s not difficult to see why.
The story for this shoot was that I was requested to help photograph a shoot for a University magazine based in Chatham, they had the set up, the model, they just needed the photographer and the creativity on the set, so they messaged me. This was the first time I’ve ever done a blind shoot, where you basically get told to be at a certain place and they’ll fill you in. We did the formal introductions and we went to a nearby school where they allowed us to use their top floor which was torn apart as we were shooting on the theme of “Happiness into Madness” to fit with the article it was going for.
The shoot was fantastic as everyone was flexible, there was no rush for time, communication was excellent and Crystal was just a pro! She showed a great level of experience, something of which the experience was large when I found out more about her post-shoot. Great memories, great shoot, great images.
I apologise for the old logo, it has been replaced but flickr didn’t want to share so I used my ModelMayhem Account.
9th July 2010 - Jame
When someone asks about what’s my limits for photoshoots, there really isn’t any for me!
This was one of my more thoroughly planned shoots, Jame suggested the idea of shooting in the River Stour, so I wanted to make sure I was prepared for this one. I spent a few days searching for the perfect spots to shoot in, potential hazards, things to mind out for. Research was done on this shoot where the legend of Ophelia came into mind on top of some inspiring images from DeviantArt, we set the date and the weather was perfect, the shoot was a go!
We started off nice and easy to get use to the temperatures of the water and the hot weather, the river was a welcome bliss in the heat! As confidence and ideas continued we moved further up and shot under a railway bridge where the image above was taken. For a first time shoot in the conditions, I was most pleased and Jame was fantastic to work with, the atmosphere was superb and we paced ourselves to get a great result.
This is currently the only shoot that was filmed behind the scenes, many thanks to my friend Ciaron Watts for doing that and being an excellent assistant. To see the BTS video, just go to http://www.youtube.com/user/DavidCaterOfficial
20th July 2007 - Charley Austin
Old logo return! Also, the image has since been updated to compensate for the angle.
In short, Charley is one of my favourite models to work with, she’s very creative, outgoing and works with a camera superbly. We shot around Canterbury Canterbury and the campus for Canterbury Christchurch for this shoot. We had a play with dual-personalities and also a few fashion numbers, her liking of America’s Next Top Model made some great creative conversations. Charley is a model who dedicates herself to a shoot and won’t stop until everyone is happy, which is why she’s superb to work with, it’s why this shoot has fond memories because it was the first one we did.
9th December 2006 - Holli and Mikey
This was a group shoot arranged with another photographer and this was fun one where we would swap models, shoot from different angles and have a wonderful backdrop, the biggest irony was it a warm sunny day in Winter!
I had worked with Holli before and this was a first time shoot with Mikey, both are real professionals but also know how to have a good time. Much like the other models, they were dedicated to the shoot and we happy to try and succeed in taking great images. A definite fun time once again with Holli and a great first outing with Mikey, I still love using these images today despite being over 4 years old.
3rd February 2007 - Marz & Coralie
Now remember, I said this is favourite shoots, not images. I personally love the image for what it carries to me but it still carries a wave of mixed reaction; photographers hate it, models love it, certainly one of the more thought provoking images of my very early days as a photographer. While this image doesn’t keep its presence in my main portfolio any more, the shoot always does.
This was a shoot that was planned just the day after I had been on a shoot with Coralie for the first time, she is a trooper for doing two shoots in two days. Now the concept behind the shoot was actually to do a vampire/gothic theme shoot in some parts of a cemetery (with permission and avoiding graves), there was one element that affected things, the cold climate, the outside part literally only lasted 20 minutes because it was that cold, so we chose to shoot inside. We had some great shots from both outside and inside, though when I look at the images today, I wish I had the knowledge of today in that shoot because I know I could justify some of the images better from a photographer’s perspective when both Marz and Coralie did a fantastic job.
The other level of importance that this shoot carried for me was that this was the first project I had done since a bereavement that hit me hard. I honestly can say that if it wasn’t for Coralie and Marz with the creativity into this shoot, I think I would have packed it in long ago, I’m always grateful to them because of this shoot did help me get back on track. I’ll say it once and I’ll say again, Marz, Coralie, if you’re reading this: Thank you!
So that’s a quick insight of my favourite shoots that I have done. May 2011 and beyond continue to bring on more of them! If you wish to ask any questions about these shoots, add a comment below or if there’s another shoot you want me to talk about, go to www.davidcater.co.uk to see all my current portfolio images and ask me back on here.
I kept seeing it and never knew what it was about, the answer was summed by a friend, it’s facebook and twitter combined. Having signed up for about twenty minutes, I think I’ve gone cross-eyed twice from the confusion, but then I was bad when I signed up to twitter!
The main reason why I signed up here is because I run am a Photographer and I need a platform to effectively discuss the passion I love while keeping this clean for clients. I tried with twitter and it’s managed to merge with my other projects and I fell victim to the twitter bug.
If all goes to plan, then you will be seeing the main updates of David Cater Photography and my website www.davidcater.co.uk through this page.
The earliest memory I have is when I was 4 years old and my brother first came into the house as a little new born baby. I remember his face clearly that we were watching a programme with squirrels doing obstacle courses. I was there with my sister and nan, I’m certain other people were there but can’t remember who!