ACCESS

Getting yourself into the situation, facility, game or company of your subject(s) is the starting point. Whether commissioned or as a personal project, getting to the point to start shooting is a long process in itself, and can take weeks, months or even years of careful planning and effort. 

RESEARCH

Research and familiarity is really important. Knowing what you can about the people you are photographing is wise. Background information helps to build a story, and makes you feel better prepared. Also knowing all you can about locations, timings, weather, agendas, etc. It's always best to be prepared, and a US Army saying comes to mind, “Prior planning prevents piss poor performance.”

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR

If you are working on a commission, you will be given a brief, and guidelines you have to follow. But within this there will be elements really high-up on the list to capture. This could be the freezing of elaborate and precise movements for example, or for me, keeping a picture as honest as possible, and retaining as much of the subject’s character as I can is always top of the list. I feel that resonates more powerfully than anything else.

THE TOOLS FOR THE JOB

Making sure you have the right camera, lenses, rigs, people, lighting and production, it goes without saying, are crucial. Everything I shoot is now digital, and it is your responsibility not only to capture the imagery, but also it’s transfer, storage, safe-keeping and delivery too. I am including people in this “tools” point, as they are as, if not more, important than the equipment! Efficiency, reliability, effectiveness and team dynamics all hinge on people, and not the model of your camera. I would pick a cracking team over glitzy equipment any day.

 

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Numero

Nadia Lee Cohen shoots new ‘American Crime Story’  self portrait story for the cover of Numero’s ‘Amerika'

Victoria Park Vixens

Lauren Maccabee shoots the Victoria Park Vixens for GAFFER Magazine and Nike London

Nike Ramadan

Alex de Mora shoots new Nike Campaign for Ramadan

Facing New York

A look back at DMB Photographer Bruce Gilden's project 'Facing New York'

Happy 4th July

Happy 4th July!

Notion

Lauren Maccabee shoots sisters Aimee Lou Wood from Netflix's Sex Education and Emily Wood for Notion

Esquire

Christoffer Rudquist shoots 'The Capital of Tomorrow: How Tokyo Is Upping Its Game' editorial in Tokyo for Esquire

Bloomberg Business

Neil Woodford shot by Finn Taylor for Bloomberg Businessweek

Nike

Lauren Maccabee shoots the England team for Nike Women’s World Cup campaign

Cannes Golden Lion Winner

DMB are proud to announce Nadia Lee Cohen's campaign Billie Jean King Your Shoes for Adidas has won a Cannes Golden Lion award last night! Produced by DMB and directed and photographed by Nadia Lee Cohen

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