Portrait of Luiz Zwick for 11Freunde magazine, Germany

We had a fun commission recently to take a portrait of Dundee United goalkeeper Luis Zwick in St Andrews, for the beautifully designed 11Freunde magazine. They use photography superbly, and gave our portrait a nice clean full page without any text over the top, very refreshing. Luis couldn't have been nicer, having just finished a full intensive training session, and was extremely patient while we led him off to the other side of St Andrews, still in his grass-scuffed goalie's strip:

David Shrigley, illustrator-artist

I recently took a portrait of David Shrigley for the Telegraph Magazine. The magazine chose one of our favourite images, and did a great layout out on the page, you can see it here. But while we were there, we tried a few variations in the 20-30 minutes available, and I thought it might be fun for them to see light of day too. The brief had been for a preference for natural light, but when we got there we found there was very little natural light in the studio, so after a few using what natural light there was (one of the first ones of which was the chosen image, so all good there!) we tried lighting one or two in different ways to give some variety and choice. Lighting it always slows things down a bit, which if there is limited time like here means you can try less options in the time available, but in a trick lighting situation can be the difference between getting an effective image and not. In this case, the natural light images worked, but it's good to have some choice.

I'm a sucker for a graphic composition, so I found this first one especially appealing - I think it's the power socket that does it for me!

In the last picture I thought he was standing a bit like Michelangelo's David, so I exclaimed "You look like David!" He looked a bit confused until I remembered that actually he is David. I explained I meant the other one.

 
 

Robert Powell, artist

One of our favourite Scottish artists is Robert Powell - we went to his exhibition at the Warburton Gallery in Victoria Street, which was brilliant. When he was visiting Summerhall we took the opportunity to take his portrait. Here are four portraits of him, two by Sylwia two by Simon, there's a Mars bar in it if you can guess which is which (collect in person and buy us a coffee ;))