Brands Hatch photo-shoot … Dorset commercial photographer

by Ian Hamilton

Charity photo-shoot at Brands Hatch

I was delighted to be able to help out on a charity event last week – shooting stills on a music video being produced in aid of Pop 4 Diabetes … it’s a non-profit organisation raising funds for continuing research into finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes, which affects more than 10-15% of the 2.9 million people in the UK alone who suffer from Diabetes.  The video was shot by Mike and Julie from Cracking Media in Poole and I was asked if I could shoot some “behind-the-scenes” images as well as images that can be used for promotional purposes.

After a lengthy journey from Bournemouth (courtesy of traffic on the M25 of course!) we arrived at Brands Hatch just after lunch with our 6 models, make-up artist, film crew and support team. The circuit was quite busy as there was a Lotus festival scheduled for the weekend along with GT Cup racing and a full race program … lots of eye-candy for petrol-heads!

Although practice sessions were under way on the Club circuit, we’d been given permission to shoot out on the former Grand Prix circuit and for most of the team it was their first time on a race track …. for me it was trip down memory lane, as I used to marshal at race meetings and even covered a couple of Grand Prix when Brands Hatch hosted them. We also had support from Bartley Racing and the video team shot footage of their BMW on the track with another before shooting the video of local singer Shane Board with the dancers.

With filming done it was back to the paddock for a rest and a cuppa, but by this time the girls seemed to have got quite into character in their roles of pit-girls and started wandering around the paddock – which brought us quite a bit of attention from the mechanics! After posing with a couple of the teams someone spotted two enormous motor-homes and (in their words) a rather hunky driver … but they were too “shy” to approach him, so guess who got the job? After I’d explained we were shooting for charity agreed to pose for us, but having spotted the girls hanging around outside I don’t really think my persuasive powers were really required!

I think everyone really enjoyed themselves but it was a long day, and it was nearly midnight before I got to bed … which, under normal circumstances wouldn’t have been too bad, but I had a wedding on the beach the next day with Beach Weddings Bournemouth (one of my favourite wedding venues)! Saturday’s wedding was terrific – a lovely couple, great family and friends, lovely weather and a terrific atmosphere …. wonderful.

I’ve said it before, but being a photographer’s my ideal job – I get to work with some many wonderful people from all walks of life and have the privilege to share some of their most special moments. It’s also varied, from portraits and weddings, to commercial and charity work and even sport … no two days are the same – and I love it! 🙂


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