Friday, 13 June 2014

Helen live on Dubai Eye 103.8 Dubai Radio station

Hi everyone,
Not sure I have told you guys but I was invited back to talk on Dubai Eye 103.8 radio station again. And of course I never say no to an invitation like that :) This time I was not invited to talk about my photography but to talk about my country Sweden on their travel show. I was very quick with answering yes of course I can do that! Then I started to think oh dear what do I know… I have lived outside of Sweden for I think its 17 years now so I was thinking wonder if anything have changed :) I do go back home (I still call it home) to Sweden every year for at least a month so I should be fairly updated about things lol
Anyway here you can have a listen to how it all went when I was chatting about my wonderful country Sweden!

Lucy Taylor Radio Presenter
Mark Lloyd Radio Presenter
Stephanie from Sweden residing in Dubai

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Check out How I did my Front Cover Magazine Photo Shoot

As I have told you guys earlier I photographed the cover for World Wide Golf Magazine a while back but could not yet share any images with you. The magazine is finally out so I can now show you guys some more details from the photo shoot.

As I mentioned before I was using Profoto Lights to light up both the background evenly as well as Mr. Donald Trump himself. I took a few over view images so that you can easier see my photography set up for this magazine cover photo shoot.
Here is my lighting set up, I had 3 D1's, I was at first thinking I should use the B1's since I was not sure if I would have near by access to a power socket but I had the chance to go to my location the day before for a quick look at the premisses to give me an idea of what I had available for me so in the end I opted for that D1's would work fine. I had two Profoto Strip Softboxes RFi 1x6' to make sure the background was evenly lit up. You can see part of my Profoto Octa Softbox that I used as my main light that I had positioned just above Donald Trumps head. On this photo it is lower down for when I was testing but you will see below that I put it higher up later due to that Donald Trump is a very tall man he is 1.91cm. ( I googled that in advance, so that I would be prepared of how I would have to position my lighting) When you know you have an extremely short period of time to photograph someone you should aim at having as few surprises as possible and to have as many facts as you can to speed up the photo shoot itself.  I had my back drop stand as high up as I possibly could and it was still not as high up as I would have liked it to be. I wanted more back drop space above his head than I actually had but hey there was nothing I could to about that there. I am quite tall (1.76cm) but I still had to stand a little bit on my tipi toes in order to create more background space above his head as well as not to photograph him from below :)
My assistant refused to step in front of the camera when I wanted to do a test shot lol so here is a shot of me testing how it would look if I gave Donald Trump a putter. You can see that I had put my main light  a little bit higher for this shot than in the previous one when I was just checking if they were all working at the same time :)
Here you can see an issue I had when Mr. Trump pointed the driver too far right, the end interfered with my background lighting, so I had to steer him more to the center to get a good shot. This is due to us being in such a small space, had we had a larger studio then this would have been avoided. But we had set up a studio in a small room next to where the press conference were for the Trump International Golf Course Akoya by Damac. Thankfully it was quite a high ceiling so that was to my advantage.
 To show you how the front cover was set up. My assistant Sherif Karas had put an X mark with tape on the floor so that we could easily tell Mr. Trump to please stand right there where we knew our light was set up for. I then removed it in photoshop on the images where it was visible.

I used a 2,75cm white paper back drop in case you were wondering. The white back drop was set up in front of a window.  With all this studio gear you can imagine my car was filled to the rim. I had to take the baby car seat out to be able to fit my camera bag lol. The camera I used of this job was a Canon 5D Mark 3 with the Canon 24-70mm lens f2.8. For most of the photographs I had my shutter speed on 160 and aperture was 8 and 9. I used 8 for most of the shots but changed in the end to 9 for some but kept my shutter speed the same and ISO was 100. I always photograph with the camera in Manual mode to make sure I have full control of all the elements.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask, I will try and answer as best I can.
Over and out for now.
Helen xx

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Marhababy one of my lovely Dubai clients

I met up with the lovely owner and founder of Marhababy, Eveline a while back. They were just starting up at the time so were of course in need of lots of photographs to use on both their website and other marketing material. And hey presto there was I :) We started to plan straight away what kind of photographs she wanted and needed to capture for her website. We started a pinterest mood board so we both could pin by ourselves when we saw something that we thought was fitting for our photo shoot. Once we had all our ideas more or less in order I started to source models for our photo shoot we wanted everyday women that were pregnant and some children. It was fairly easy to get cooperating models thank fully all thanks to Dubai's very efficient social media network! I just love how great the social media platform in Dubai is, so helpful when you have a questioner need of models etc. It is absolutely brilliant. (If you by any chance want to follow me on Twitter you can find me as @hshippey on Fb you can find me as @shippeyphotography)
Here are some of the snaps that we captured on our first photo shoot together we have since sour first one had another rome as well, that I will share with you guys later because i have not yet edited those images :)
If you are pregnant or have small children then please checkout their company idea is to provide new mums with great product information of what products that are available to us here in the U.A.E. it cane quite daunting being away from family and not know where to find things and don't know who to ask either.
Here we wanted the look of two mums getting together for a chat at a cafe.
Here we wanted a paparazzi themed look what do you think did we pull it off? lol
Happy Ladies!
Here we made a baby shower theme with two pregnant mums one having a girl and the other a boy.
Thanks for reading!
Helen xx

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Dubai night photography

I had the pleasure to go out with 3 Swedish ladies and photograph out on the Palm Jumeirah the other night. We all met at the end of one of the outer palm leafs opposite Anantara Hotel. I have started to organize photography get togethers for the SWEA members in Dubai this was our third outing together.
We started a little bit too early but it was all nice to get together and have a nice chat only thing was its getting very hot outside in Dubai so at least I was quite uncomfortable just due to the heat and the humidity. There was absolute no wind out, well at least at our first location we swapped on the way back to another location and we had a slight breeze there.
We wanted to get the colors of the Dubai Skyline which we did in the end we just had to wait for it to get dark outside.
ISO 100 F 7.1 TV 1/80th of sec.
I shot this while we were waiting for the sun to set and it to get dark. 
The evening was not very clear unfortunately so I would like to go back to this location and photograph again another night when the sky is more clear and when its possibly cooler :)
 ISO 100 F 7.1 TV 6 sec.
 ISO 100 F 7.1 TV 6 sec.
This is our second location: So we saw JBR and Dubai Marina
 ISO 100 F 8 TV 6 sec.
                                                          ISO 200 F 6.3 TV 4 sec.
If you or your organization would like to take part in a photography outing with me please don't hesitate to contact me and we can set it up to suit you guys. Let me know what kind of photography it is you are interested in to take part of.  Just send me an email at
I also do photography workshops if you are looking for more in-depth knowledge. 
Over and out for now.