William Hill

October 14, 2011 - Leave a Response

We we’re commissioned by William Hill to produce some images for one of their new promo campaigns.

The brief was to produce some close up casino based images. Most of these photos were created in the studio with the help of a good friend who had a casino set to hand.

Some images though were shot on location in an actual casino! We can confirm that being in a 24 hour casino at 7am in the morning is a VERY strange experience.

Overall, we feel we matched the brief for this job pretty well. Watch this space for these images to be popping up in the public eye pretty soon…


American Crew

September 25, 2011 - Leave a Response

We don’t get to work with black and white processing much, so it was a good opportunity to dust off some old skills recently for a shoot for American Crew.

We’d like to think that we’ve improved our methods and technique for hair photography over the shoots we’ve done. Still, it’s not the easiest of shoots to get right. The balance between picking up the right textures and applying light in the hair itself while also making the model look good (but not causing distraction), can be trickier than you might think.

Caroline Matthews and Simon Eden for the Bad Barnett Barbers styled this shoot and we’re pretty happy with how the final images turned out. As they’re being entered into a competition, we can’t publish the chosen images just yet – but here’s one of our favourite tests from the day.

What do you think?
Photographers; what are your “good hair” techniques?
We’d love to hear your comments.

Lion Works Studios, American Crew


Katy Pectin – October 2011

August 15, 2011 - Leave a Response

After last years brilliant studio day with her, London model Katy Pectin is now taking bookings at Lion Works for this Oct (she isn’t in these parts much).

If you’re an amateur or pro photographer looking to work with a one of the UK’s leading Fashion models to enhance your portfolio please be in touch to make a booking with her.

Your booking will include:

Katy Pectin
Studio Hire
Lighting Tech

Studio 01323 735280

Chicken re-run!

August 2, 2011 - Leave a Response

After having so much fun last year with Norfolk Brahmas, we were asked back again this year to take some more chicken portraits!

This time around we went for a blue graduated backdrop for a little more colour, sticking with the classic Fancy Fowl show look, to capture some of the birds personality with it.

Here’s one of our favourites from the session.


Lion Works collaborate with The Progress Film Company

July 29, 2011 - Leave a Response

We have some exciting news for everyone!

Lion Works have now teamed up with Hove based The Progress Film Company to collaborate on a wider range of media projects to offer you the very best in professional video production.

Watch this space for some interesting photography/video collaborations in the coming months with US band Bardo Pond and Fashion model Katy Pectin coming up first, with the idea to creatively film these photoshoots as they happen.

For a bit more info about our exciting new venture please checkout our Video/Media page on the Lion Works Studios website


New models for Lion Works

June 28, 2011 - Leave a Response

This month we’ve been shooting some tests to find new models to work with from Lion Works.

These shots are from a session with Brighton model Bethan Moyse last weekend. I think it’s safe to say that we now have a ourselves a new muse!

Photography/lighting/post – Olly Hearsey
Model – Bethan Moyse

If you are interested in modeling for Lion Works Studios please email us your online portfolio to info@lionworksstudios.co.uk

Competition time!

June 22, 2011 - Leave a Response

It was time. We’ve joined the Twittering masses. Follow us before Wednesday 29th June and be in with a chance to win FREE studio time or a portfolio update shoot!

The Prizes:

1. Two hours FREE Studio Hire (here’s our Studio) worth £70 including: on-site technician help, use of our lights, facilities and Colourama backdrops*

2. Two hours Portfolio Update shoot worth £150 including all images on disc*



Only Followers subscribing before Wednesday 29th June qualify for the draw.

The winner will be selected at random and will be contacted via Twitter.

The winner shall pick one of the two prize options only.

There is no cash alternative.

Prize is non-transferable.

Travel and other expenses are not covered.

No prints or edits are included.

Standard terms of hire and liability apply.

Morrisons Solicitors shoot

June 22, 2011 - Leave a Response

Their sparkly new East media designed site just went live, so we thought it was time we told you about our part in the rebranding of UK law firm, Morrisons Solicitors.

East Media commissioned us to produce contemporary group portraits, a library of candid, ambient and reportage style images of the various Morrisons offices at work, and clean staff head-shot portraits.

Additionally, we were to provide striking scenic landscape and architectural images of the areas Morrisons calls “home”- Wimbledon, Redhill and Woking.

The first part of the brief – the people bit – is totally our game. For dedicated, constructed landscape and architectural photography we wanted to get the keenest eye we know on board: Jim at Click Click (check his website out for some examples of his stunning work).

The team at Morrisons were a pleasure to work with, and they very much took our shoot-relaxation techniques in their stride – from chatting about recent cinema releases to acting out in parlour games. If your company is looking for new photos to refresh your image, please get in touch info@lionworksstudios.co.uk



May 27, 2011 - Leave a Response

This is the last of 2011’s Great Escape Hip Hop binge from us.

Signed with Ninja Tune label Big Dada, DELS has been getting some big praise recently. Paul Lester of The Guardian has complimented his ability to “set himself apart from many homogeneous Hip Hop artists by sounding both languid and urgent” and his single Shapeshift’ was listed by Drowned In Sound as one of their top singles of 2010.

The image was shot on a pink backdrop at the Concorde 2 in Brighton. We cut the D and the S out of an old black backdrop and then glued them to the pink backdrop, we then glued some pink backdrop to some cardboard and cut the E and the L out of some old black backdrop and stuck them to this.

Although this looks like a fairly simple setup it actually took quite a lot to get the scaling of the letters on his chest to match up with the letters on the backdrop.

The light setup was pretty simple though. 1 snoot with a grid on the D one snoot with a grid on the S and a beauty dish with a grid covering the E the L and his face.

Remember to go check him out when he plays the Concorde 2 again this August! For now though here’s the brilliant Shapeshift video

Photography/Lighting – Olly Hearsey
Art Direction and letter cutting – Xoe Kingsley

Carla & The (Wedding) Belles

May 19, 2011 - Leave a Response

We recently held a Hen-Day shoot with a Vintage/Pin-Up theme for the lovely Carla and 13 of her best girls.

The ladies were greeted with sparkling wine and fresh fruit before they changed into the glamourous costumes they had arranged for the shoot.

The ladies were primped, painted and beqoiffed by our hair and make up artists and were treated to a presentation from the fabulous and reknown burlesque performer,  Coco Deville.

Coco gave the girls a talk about the history of burlesque and gave posing tips throughout each of their shoots, offering support and confidence to each of the ladies.

When Carla and every Belle had had their moment in front of the camera, there was time for a light lunch and some more sparkling wine before the group shot.  It was a really lovely day and we hear that the girls all kept their hair, make up (and false eyelashes!) on for the rest of their Hen evening!

If you’d like to find out more about our Hen packages, please drop us an email  – info@lionworksstudios.co.uk

Many thanks to Brighton photographer Jim Stephenson for recommending us to the girls for this job.



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