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Behind the scenes with Yoshi Muto

Have you ever wanted to see what the Newcastle United Premier League see as they pass through the player’s tunnel? Or maybe the dressing rooms with new graphics and updated interior where the team prepare before a match? Below are a selection of images that I took behind the scenes at St James’ park late last year with Yoshinori Muto and Newcastle United Foundation’s Melissa Scott.

Last year I was thrilled to begin working with Newcastle United Foundation, the official charity partner of Newcastle United Football Club. The Foundation uses the local passion for football to help support disadvantaged children, young people and families by teaching healthy lifestyle, fitness and employability across the region. They are currently fundamental in supporting food banks, NHS and vulnerable communities in Newcastle during the debilitating Covid-19 pandemic.

The Foundation team are based at St James’ Park and have their own in-house NUFC photographer Serena, but I pick up when she can’t be in two places at the same time. I get such a buzz when I approach the ginormous towering grounds and it’s always such a privilege to be pitch side or behind the scenes outside match times. Having free rein of the stadium feels incredibly special!

Last Autumn I documented Newcastle United player Yoshinori Muto meeting excited young Japanese football fans who had travelled more than 5,700 miles form Shinshiro to visit Newcastle and St James’ Park. The school children were part of an initiative linking towns and cities named ‘Newcastle’ across the world which, Melissa Scott the Foundation’s Community Coordinator was involved with. She had travelled to Shinshiro the year before, playing in a Japanese sports day event with countries from all over the world and left a signed shirt from the club’s premier players at the school. My images of the excited faces meeting Yoshi were for an article published in the Chronicle here

After Yoshi posed for pictures and received gifts from fans he wanted to learn more about the charity’s work. I captured documentary photography in the sparkling newly refurbished NUFC changing rooms whilst they discussed Melissa’s role. She explained she was involved with many staff, children and teenagers at Newcastle’s Great North Children’s Hospital on the paediatric oncology ward as they receive cancer care. Melissa’s work is only possible thanks to a special partnership between Newcastle United Foundation, Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and People’s Postcode Lottery. More about the charity’s work can be found here

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Jason Squires Website Profiles

Jason Squires social media marketing expert came to me recently for profile photos in my photography studio in Newcastle city centre and around local nearby landmarks at the quayside. Being a social media expert he knew the importance of good quality portrait photos online and needed a broad range of profiles for his new website. His business advises other businesses on the strengths of social media and how to grow your client base and increase growth using social media effectively.

The brief was to create portrait imagery that allowed his clients to have a visual introduction to Jason on line in professional yet friendly and relaxed photography. The weather was dry and we worked our way around the quayside to various landmarks with spectacular backdrops across Dean St and across the bridges to the Baltic. Jason works nationally however this Newcastle city scape was a great one to use particularly as it was a stones throw from my portrait studio. We finished up with a few studio shots with plain backdrops of white, grey and black coloramas each offering a different atmosphere and offering flexible use for Jason across various print and web media designs. If you’d like to see the results of the pictures now within Jason’s site or want to know more about Jason’s work please visit this link; http://www.jasonsquiresonline.com/

If you would like a new online profile shot maybe for your company website, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or other social media please see the flyer below for details of my current offer and give me call to discuss availability. I can help you loosen up (as very few people like having their portrait taken) and make the experience an enjoyable one! Please don’t be shy and pick up that phone to call me on 07960 338357

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Newborn Portraits at Home

The newborn portrait shoot is always a good deal easier for all the family when its captured at home. Life is a bit of a whirlwind with a new arrival so I am always happy to bring my camera to your house and capture your family there. Whilst I love my Newcastle studio work, there is something lovely about capturing a family in their home using soft furnishings as backdrops and scenes that will be so familiar in years to come.

Sarah came to me through a recommendation and wanted her newborn daughter Freya photographed at her Low Fell home in her first few days with brother Noah. She was super sweet and Noah was really gentle with her making the newborn photos of the two of them easy to compose.

The results were atmospheric and homely. If you are interested in any of my packages for a home shoot for yourself or for a gift to a new mum all my studio deals can be offered at home too. Just drop me a line!

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Children’s Day Holiday in Japan, Baby Portraits

Asami, Laion and Paul came into the studio early May for their son to be photographed on Childrens day. They brought with them the most amazing props in the form of ten foot fish and traditional clothes. These giant printed wind socks gave these shots a particularly graphic edge… see what you think!

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Barry Ersoz, Corporate Portraiture for ND Creative

Well Barry Ersoz of Power 4 Pubs was a super chap to photograph, jolly and a good sport. Barry had a passion for photography so we chatted f-stops and techniques as I shot. Many MD’s would rather be running the business than posing for photos but good profile images always make for a friendly approachable business.

It was ND Creative that commissioned these professional yet relaxed contemporary photography for one of their spreads in the S & N Pub company quarterly ‘Pub Life’. For more information on their please work visit http://www.ndcreative.com/commercial portraits newcastle upon tyne