Jo Hanley Photography
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Edinburgh photographer

Based in Edinburgh and working throughout Scotland, the UK and Europe, photographer Jo Hanley produces images of the highest quality impressing clients time and again. Take a look at the News pages to see some of Jo's latest work.

Industrial Advertising Photography

Mud. Glorious Mud.

A few weeks ago I was in my element working on site at the Hillhouse Quarry in Ayr. We were shooting an enormous articulated dump truck for Terex Trucks.

We were given unprecedented access to the site which made for an epic location. Our driver Michael, who was scheduled to be shovelling stone by hand, was made very comfortable in the cab for the day, nudging this beast of a motor into perfect position.

We had freezing wind, rain and sunshine, dump trucks thundering around us kicking up dust and the occasional landslide that seemed to go on forever.

It was hard work, a long day and I loved every minute of it.

Check out the full collection HERE - www.johanley.com/industrial-transport-photography

 

Whether working in studio or on location, in Scotland, across the UK or internationally, Jo generates editorial and corporate portraits of the highest quality. Her expertise and calm competence combined with her creative instinct make her one of the United Kingdom's most sought after photographers. From photographing national advertising campaigns to portraits for international publicationfeature collections or multinational corporate photography Jo's carefully crafted work is tailored to the needs of each client.

Jo is an Edinburgh based photographer specialising in portrait photography for corporate, editorial and advertising clients worldwide. Working out of Scotland, Jo produces work for publications, corporations and campaigns, on location and in studios across Britain and internationally.

enquiries@johanley.com | +447765881693

Industrial advertising images for Terex Trucks (Volvo). Shot on location at Hillhouse Quarry in Ayr, Scotland.

Portrait of Ruth Davidson

Great Expectations

A few months ago I was asked to photograph MSP and Scottish Conservative Party Leader Ruth Davidson for Good Housekeeping magazine. Ruth Is expecting her first child in, at this point, a matter of days!

I have photographed Ruth on a few occasions and as always she was a pleasure to work with, very generous with her energy and her time. Which considering she was seven months pregnant at this shoot is even more impressive than usual.

High fives go to Mel, Jess, Cyan and of course Ruth. Baby fives to baby D when she arrives.

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Ruths new book “Yes She Can: Why Women Own The Future” has just hit the shelves.

Channel 5 Stills Photography

Penguins Rock

 Helen Skelton at The Edinburgh Zoo for Channel 5.

This week sees the first episodes of 'Big Week at the Zoo'. The new channel 5 series that takes an in depth look at British Zoos and all they do for conservation.  I was asked to tag along with the channel 5 team to shoot complimentary stills to the motion footage.  It was a blast! Working with the marvellous Helen Skelton we wandered the zoo working in glorious tandem with the motion team and occasionally stealing Helen away to get a few additional images that I needed.

 Helen Skelton at The Edinburgh Zoo for Channel 5.

Helen happily mingled with the crowds, delighted keepers, side stepped peckish penguins and worked to make sure each team got what they needed. The entire crew were a dream to work with and that makes getting my job done, a walk in the zoo.

Tune in to Big Week at the Zoo, Channel 5 (UK) Starts Monday 20th at 8pm.

 Helen Skelton at The Edinburgh Zoo for Channel 5.
Environmental Portrait of Sarah Brown

The unsinkable Sarah Brown.

Back in the early days of June I was commissioned to shoot portraits of Sarah Brown. Sarah is a British campaigner for global health and education, founder and president of the children's charity Theirworld, the Executive Chair of the Global Business Coalition for Education and the co-founder of A World at School. She was a founding partner of Hobsbawm Macaulay Communications, a public relations company. At least according to wiki . Her husband has also apparently done quite well for himself.

I don't know what I expected but the woman I met was relaxed and tolerant of having her portrait shot but it was obviously a process she was indifferent to. She was quiet but I expect anyone that works for her knows she is the boss.

 Sarah Brown photographed by Jo Hanley in Edinburgh. May 2018.

We chat about Scotland versus London and poked fun at a certain politions haircut and comfortably strolled along the North Queesnferry Harbour. All reports are that she was very happy with the results as was my client and that's the business.

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Jo is an Edinburgh based photographer specialising in portrait photography for corporate, editorial and advertising clients worldwide.

Working out of Scotland, Jo produces work for publications, corporations and campaigns, on location and in studios across Britain and internationally.

enquiries@johanley.com | +447765881693

The Balvenie Whisky Distillery

Water of Life

I was recently commissioned to shoot portraits and documentary details for a drinks industry client. They had a specific shot list of classic Scottish distillery images which thrilled me to bits. I do love a whisky shoot!

I have done a lot of work with the whisky industry so when they asked if I knew of a more traditional distillery I had no hesitation to recommend The Balvenie Distillery in Speyside. I have shot with The Balvenie on several occasions and their methods of distilling are more hands on than any distillery I have been to (to date). It's the classic postcard distillery. If you are in Scotland I highly recommend you seek them out.

There are LOADS of health and safety issues shooting in a distillery, not least that the dust in the air can be so soaked with alcohol that it becomes explosive! So armed with out vapour alarm and our health and safety vest, boots and expert we shot all stages of the distilling process. The first portraits were shot in pitch black warehouse with 3 elinchrom elb's. The Details were available light with colour balancing tweaked in post.

 People have been asking me for more technical details so here you nerds go! ƒ5.6 1/160 400 canon 5ds flash x3

People have been asking me for more technical details so here you nerds go!
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Jo is an Edinburgh based photographer specialising in portrait photography for corporate, editorial and advertising clients worldwide.

Working out of Scotland, Jo produces work for publications, corporations and campaigns, on location and in studios across Britain and internationally.

enquiries@johanley.com | +447765881693

 

 

 

 

Editorial Feature - Glenevan Mill

Slow Fashion

A couple of months ago I was asked to head to the Scottish Borders to shoot an editorial feature on Glenevan Mill. Their website says...

"Since its foundation in 1978 among the hills of the Scottish Borders, Glenevan Mill Ltd has been producing exclusive handmade Cashmere knitwear for its discerning clientele around the world. We craft garments for customers with a true appreciation of handmade and slow fashion."

And when these guys say hand made they mean hand made. I watched their knitters in awe as they worked at a level of expertise that is impossible to put into words.

Spent the morning with the lovely Aurélie Auffray as she showed me behind the scenes.

Scotland has a proud history in textiles and the Scottish Borders specifically specalised in Knitwear. From Pringle to Coco Chanel this was a world dominating industry. Sadly in recent years it has been decimated by cheap and cheerful brands flooding the market. Still it is encouraging to see a business like Glenevan hold its own, and it's quality and success are a true reflection of the dedication of this proud team.

Aurélie Auffray at Glenevan Mill in Innerleithen, Scotland.
Aurélie Auffray at Glenevan Mill in Innerleithen, Scotland.
Aurélie Auffray at Glenevan Mill in Innerleithen, Scotland.
Aurélie Auffray at Glenevan Mill in Innerleithen, Scotland.
Aurélie Auffray at Glenevan Mill in Innerleithen, Scotland.

Jo is an Edinburgh based photographer specialising in portrait photography for corporate, editorial and advertising clients worldwide.

Working out of Scotland, Jo produces work for publications, corporations and campaigns, on location and in studios across Britain and internationally.

enquiries@johanley.com | +447765881693

Production Paradise Portraits

The latest offering from Production Paradise is showcasing some of my more recent portrait work.

Edinburgh - London : Jo Hanley

With more than 10 years' industry experience, portrait photographer Jo Hanley works with some of the world's biggest brands and publications, producing editorial and advertising images across the UK and EU, in studio or on location. Always working to generate unique images, Jo’s technical skill and creative instinct make her a highly sought after production partner.

With recent campaigns shot for BT, Scottish Rugby, Apple and Pernod Ricard, as well as portraits for The Sunday Times, Runner’s World, The Wall Street Journal and Inc., to mention just a few, the demand for Jo’s style and approach is showing no signs of slowing down.

To see more of what Jo has been producing or for prospective commissions visit the website or get in touch.

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Editorial Portraits in the Lake District

Food glorious food

A few weeks back I was asked to head down to the Lake District to photograph Chef, restaurant and food at the luxury hotel 'Another Place'.

If you don't know it the Lake District, it was home to William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin. They call their mountains, fells and most of their lakes are not lakes* It is in the English North West and it is spectacular. It is made so by it's unpredictable weather which I battled to get to my location. Through flood warnings, snow, a small landslide and torrential rain, I made it. Phew.


The restaurant was great, food was lovely and the shoot was made very easy by a collection of equally lovely people.

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* They are Tarns or Meres which by all accounts look a lot like lakes.


Photographer based in the UK Jo produces portraits and advertising images for clients world wide. Working in studio and on location across the UK and EU her ability to transfer her skills to any environment has seen her establish herself as one of the UK’s quiet achievers.

Studio Portrait Shoot in Edinburgh

Orange is the new Black

Just recently I spent some time shooting in studio with the soon to be household name of Pacey Young. With four different lighting sets on three backgrounds we spun our way through a fantastic collection of styles. Pacey was a pleasure to work with and having driven hours through a snow storm to get to set there is certainly no denying his commitment.

Thanks to Pacey, Laura, Mark and Nicole

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Photographer based in the UK Jo produces portraits and advertising images for clients world wide. Working in studio and on location across the UK and EU her ability to transfer her skills to any environment has seen her establish herself as one of the UK’s quiet achievers.

Editorial Portrait of Antonia Foyle

Winter Wonder

A few weeks ago I was asked to head to the stunning Carolside House in the Scottish Borders to shoot portraits of Antonia Foyle for Country Life Magazine. The publication says...

"Antonia, aged 29, is the younger daughter of Mr and Mrs Anthony Foyle of Carolside, Earlston, in the Scottish Borders. The great-grandaughter of William Foyle, the founder of Foyles bookshops, Antonia runs the luxury clothing brand Verheyen London."

Having a beautiful manor house as our location makes for a glamorous backdrop and in this case it distracted from the fact that we were working (part of the time) in freezing temperatures.

Working indoors to begin with we shot multiple sets with outfit changes, styling, hair & makeup keeping the details in check. We then needed to head outside to work around the grounds. The team worked wonderfully powering on with the job in the face of very cold weather. By the end of the day I couldn't feel my hands but the shots we had got were exactly what we needed and a happy client coupled with happy talent makes for a warming glow.

High fives to the Foyle Family who were gracious and welcoming and to Mel, Jess and Magda.

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Jo is an Edinburgh based photographer specialising in portrait photography for corporate, editorial and advertising clients worldwide.
Working out of Scotland, Jo produces work for publications, corporations and campaigns, on location and in studios across Britain and internationally.

enquiries@johanley.com | +447765881693

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Advertising Photography

We Salute You

Recently I was commissioned to shoot stills and portraiture for the new expression of Pernod Ricard's Royal Salute Whisky. This collaboration between Master Blender Sandy Hyslop and olfactory expert Barnabé Fillion marked what will be a large advertising push for 2018.

This was a shoot in two parts.

Working in and around a film crew who were the primary creatives for the 'lifestyle' shoot, we needed to match their lighting and capture complimentary stills for each scene. As the film crew stepped out to review their footage we, having pre-metered and marked, stepped in to get the shots we needed. It was an operation of military speed and precision.

Our set for the day was the desperately glamorous Inveraray Castle, home to the Duke of Argyll, on Scotland's West Coast. Lighting the library of the 18th century Scottish Castle was no easy task. Gothic architects liked their rooms dark and their ceilings high. But visually the space was glorious.

The second aspect of the shoot for the stills team was a more controllable affair, capturing portraits of the two collaborators in environments that suited their area of expertise. Sandy has a very traditional role as Whisky Master where as Barnabé is more natural and sensory.

To get the portraits we required I needed to whisk away one or t'other of our heroes and shoot single light portraits at three pre-scouted locations while their counterpart filmed solo scenes. While we were under pressure to get these done quickly, one of the benefits of a smaller team is having the luxury of taking things down a notch. With one eye on the clock we took a stroll to our locations with a coffee and a chat along the way. We got the work done and dusted in plenty of time for their next scenes.

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Royal Salute (Pernod Ricard)

Both Sandy and Barnabé were a delight to photograph and the Pernod team as a whole were fantastically organised with a strong sense of the style they wanted.

The results from this shoot have been very well received and I am pleased to say that at no point do I appear awkwardly in the background of any of the motion footage.


Jo is an Edinburgh based photographer specialising in portrait photography for corporate, editorial and advertising clients worldwide.
Working out of Scotland, Jo produces work for publications, corporations and campaigns, on location and in studios across Britain and internationally.

enquiries@johanley.com | +447765881693

Portrait of Mark Beaumont

On Yer Bike

Way back in September I was asked to shoot some portraits of Adventurer Mark Beaumont. Never one to pass on the chance to meet someone whose job title is 'Adventurer' I jumped at the opportunity.

Mark had just returned from setting 2 Guinness World Records by cycling around the world in 78 days, 14 hours and 40 minutes. Covering 18,032 miles / 29,020 km and 16 countries.  Mark happily listed all the places he loved to cycle through. Mongolia, China topped the list. but more importantly he told us cycling through Australia was "not bad" but that he "LOVED" to cycle through New Zealand. As both my assistant and I are in fact Australian we promptly pushed his bike over.*

The weather played well with us providing some lovely low autumnal light, which when matched with our flashy flashes helped generate a fine collection of images of a very impressive human being, who is clearly very wrong about Australia, he must have been tired or something.

Congratulations Mark

(*in our minds)

Cyclist Mark Beaumont on location in Edinburgh.
Cyclist Mark Beaumont on location in Edinburgh.
Cyclist Mark Beaumont on location in Edinburgh.

Jo is an Edinburgh based photographer specialising in portrait photography for corporate, editorial and advertising clients worldwide.
Working out of Scotland, Jo produces work for publications, corporations and campaigns, on location and in studios across Britain and internationally.

enquiries@johanley.com | +447765881693

 

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Portrait of Actor Kerr Logan

The Alias Game

Recently I was approached by the Irish Sunday Times to shoot portraits of actor Kerr Logan on location in Edinburgh. Kerr is best known for playing Matthos Seaworth son of Davos in Game of Thrones. He will soon be very well known for playing James McDermott in Sarah Polleys adaptation of Alias Grace for CBC/Netflicks.

It started as a dull and wet morning with the famous Scotsman Steps  setting a moody tone to our shots. We battled wind, garbage and a steady stream of pedestrians to get a great collection of images. With a little time to spare and the sun making a wee appearance we headed outside to grab some less moody shots and then ducked to the nearest cafe for coffee and some casuals.

With the release of Alias Grace I would expect the world is about to go crazy for Mr Logan. Keep your eyes peeled. 

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Jo is an Edinburgh based photographer specialising in portrait photography for corporate, editorial and advertising clients worldwide.

Working out of Scotland, Jo produces work for publications, corporations and campaigns, on location and in studios across Britain and internationally.

enquiries@johanley.com | +447765881693

 

Sports Advertising Portrait Shoot

Just a little Magic

Last week I had a client postpone a shoot so rather than chase around for a replacement I decided to smash out some personal work. I have been keen to explore some more dramatic lighting styles and effects for an athletics client. This is not something i would risk on a paid job so this time presented me with a great opportunity.

I booked some studio space and did a quick ring around to a few pal's in some of Scotland's top modelling agencies and actually ended up with too many models to use. I decided to work on a first come basis (because they were all amazing) which actually worked out perfectly. We had a good mix of physique and experience and ended up with three guys who were more than happy to be my stand in athletes for the day.

As is always the way on a lighting test some things worked and some things did not. But over all the results are exactly what I was hoping for and we got to play with smoke, HSS and some glorious low key lighting.

Good times...

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Mother's Ruin - The Hepple Gin Feature Shoot

I'll stick with gin. Champagne is just ginger ale that knows somebody" Hawkeye M*A*S*H

Earlier this summer I was asked to head over the border to sunny Northumberland at meet the good folk at Hepple Gin. I was asked to shoot a travel style feature about the small distillery that is making big waves in the Gin market.

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Their website says - "Hepple Gin is the result of a unique collaboration between chef, Valentine Warner; world-renowned barman, Nick Strangeway; drinks developer, Cairbry Hill; countryman, Walter Riddell; and distiller, Chris Garden. Only by pooling their rather unconventional expertise from juniper seed propagation through to the science of distilling and taste could the founders have created this unique gin"

I spent most of the day with Valentine and Walter as we drove and hiked around the grounds of Hepple Estate ducking the midges and the mud. Almost 100% of Hepple Gin's botanicals come from the estate grounds and their knowledge and understanding of how to draw out flavour was incredible. It's not just a love of distilling gin that motivates this collective, but a drive to make the most creative and full flavoured gin on the market.

So far so good.

Check out the full feature HERE

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Edinburgh Vs the Tourists : Portrait of Ian Rankin

Couple of weeks ago I spent a pre-festival morning with Author Ian Rankin chasing tourists and appreciating quiet spaces around the city of Edinburgh. Ian was writing an article for the Sunday Times about Edinburgh during the Fringe Festival and how it floods with tourists, doubling the city's population.

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The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world with live theatre and comedy performances. It has an average of 49,497 performances of 3,193 shows staged in 299 venues and ticket sales reaching 1.94 million, And that's only one of 6 festivals that are running at the same time.

The Edinburgh International Festival, the Edinburgh International Science Festival (the world’s first science festival). The Edinburgh International Film Festival, (the oldest continuously running film festival in the world), the Edinburgh Art Festival and the ever exclusive Edinburgh International Book Festival all run in conjunction.

Only the Olympic Games and the World Cup exceed the number of tickets sold for Edinburgh’s events. Its seriously busy! But it's a love hate relationship for most of the locals who need to battle these crowds just to go about their daily business.

Never the less, as Ian points out, oasis of calm can be found by any tourist willing to step off the beaten path and explore a little deeper.

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Edinburgh is a city with secrets and they are worth seeking out.

You can read Ian's article HERE

Ian Rankin, is a Scottish crime writer, best known for his Inspector Rebus novels.

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Come Fly With Me : Rebranding Prestwick Airport

I was recently sent through to Prestwick Airport in Glasgow to shoot some atmosphere images showing the recent rebranding. The space is looking and feeling fresher than it has in years.

Glasgow Prestwick Airport is working to become one of the UK and Europe's first spaceports. That's right... Spaceport. Just days before I had been next door at the GE full service aero engine overhaul facility checking out one of the engines from Air Force One.  If you don't know by now that locations like these thrill me to bits then you should know... Locations like these thrill me to bits! 

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Scottish Political Portraits : Head to Head

Not too long ago I was asked to head into the Scottish Parliament to meet with Deputy First Minister for Scotland SNP MSP John Swinney, two days later I was asked to meet with Scottish Conservative Leader, MSP Ruth Davidson.

The UK is in the middle of a snap election so this is no real surprise.

Both pollies were a pleasure to work with. Mr Swinney was a consummate professional who was happy to give us the time he could and grateful we let him go early. Ms Davidson, is always a pleasure to work with, she and her partner Jen make a charming double act.

Nobody gave away a hint of how exhausted they were in the face of seemingly never ending electioneering. These are two very different politicians. Time will tell.

Portrait of John Swinney SNP Deputy First Minister of Scotland.
Ruth Davidfson Leader of Ruth Davidson, Leader of the Scottish C
Ruth Davidfson Leader of Ruth Davidson, Leader of the Scottish C
Be Badass : Scottish Women's Rugby Campaign

At the end of 2016 I was asked to shoot the first images of the 'Be The Best You' campaign for Scottish Women's Rugby. The first stage was shot on location at Edinburgh's Murrayfield Stadium. When I told my rugby mad nephew I was working at the National Stadium he was very excited. When I told him it was for the Women's Rugby his response was "that's not real rugby..."

He thinks this because TV tells him this. With a bit of luck this campaign will work to change that.

With hashtags of #BeBadass, #BeBold and #BeTheBestYou hopefully Scottish Rugby can help get more girls and women involved in the sport and start to put the men's and women's teams on a more even standing. Perhaps one day soon my nephew will know as many of the women's names as he does the men's and double Scotland's chance of ever beating Australia (sorry dude, keep trying...)

The second stage of the campaign has just been shot and I am looking forward to seeing those results in action later this year.

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Advertising Photography : Scottish Women's Rugby