Edinburgh Photographer Jo Hanley
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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.

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. 

Actor Kerr Logan
Actor Kerr Logan
Actor Kerr Logan

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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
Advertising Photography : Scottish Women's Rugby

 

 

Totally Board : Corporate Portrait Photography

It has been such a busy start to the year that I have just not even had time to stop and tell you about it, until now...

A couple of weeks ago I was asked to fly down to London to shoot portraits of Sir Nigel Rudd and Simon Pryce at BBA Aviation. At first glance our restricted working area wasn't going to offer many great portrait options but with a little creative lighting and positioning we walked away with some lovely images and two happy Board Members. It makes me very happy when people who hate having or are too busy to have their photo taken leave the set having thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

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Continuing on the corporate theme I was also approached by A.G. Barr Ltd. to shoot their Board.

AG Barr are an institution in Scotland, and it was a genuine pleasure meeting the team which included Barr family members Julie Barr and Robin Barr the latter of whom started working in the business in 1960.

"Our biggest brand is IRN-BRU which is seen by many as part of the culture of the Scottish Nation. "

It is refreshing to see a local family run business booming. To put AG Barr and Irn-Bru's success into perspective Coca-Cola is the number one-selling soft drink everywhere in the world – except in Scotland. Only three people in the world know the recipe and two of them have been mentioned here...
Irn-Bru - 'Made in Scotland from girders’

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The Grandfather of Rock : A Portrait of Ozzy Osbourne.

So there I was standing in Edinburgh's Lovecrumbs coffee house when an email comes through. "Are you available to shoot Ozzy Osbourne in Glasgow this week?" Ach! I thought, I bet it's some Oswald Osbourne, politician. But No! Actual Ozzy Osborne. (cue rock pose)

So we got everything arranged and off we went.

The process of getting back stage was a little more chaotic than I prefer but when we finally got to our "space" backstage we quickly set up and patiently waited for our 10 minutes.  What a lovely man he was. We had a brief discussion about the perils of toothpaste and clothing when you wear that much black, before he stepped up and turned it on. I was asked for some very simple eyes to camera portraits which is not his natural persona, but we managed a few calm moments before he disappeared into the night to rock the sh!t out of Glasgow.

Most pensioners I've met just golf...

Long live rock, long live Ozzy Osbourne.

Black Sabbath's 'THE END' tour is on now.

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Black Sabbath front man Ozzy Osbourne
Black Sabbath front man Ozzy Osbourne
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Unicorns and the Law : Environmental Portraits Across Edinburgh

Late last year in the dying light of 2016 I was asked to go on a city wide adventure, across Edinburgh, with the capitals top In House Lawyers.  It was an exercise in precision. Shooting 5 portraits at five different locations without causing too much disruption to the work flow of this collective. There was a lot of driving and explaining to receptionists what we were there for.

We worked across, Stockbridge, The West End, Gogarburn, and the City Centre like a well oiled machine, generating some lovely portraits for SkyScanner, RBS, Baillie Gifford, Payfont and Tesco Bank without skipping a beat. We hit every location right on time and every person was ready, keen and waiting. If only every project could run as smoothly. Thanks and high fives to James, Eleanor, Oliver and to each company and their in house guardians, Martin, Michael, Kenny, Alastair and Carolyn.

Here's to an equally well organised and creative 2017.

*Scotland's national animal is the Unicorn. No seriously.

Environmental portraits for In House Lawyer
Environmental portraits for In House Lawyer
Environmental portraits for In House Lawyer
Environmental portraits for In House Lawyer

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

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

www.johanley.com | enquiries@johanley.com | +447765881693

 

 

 

This is the Life : Environmental Portrait of Amy Macdonald.

A few weeks ago I was asked by the team at the Sunday Times if I would head over to Glasgow to photograph the unstoppable Amy Macdonald with her Ferrari 488 GTB.

It was a freezing morning, not that you'd know it! A consummate professional Amy hit her mark without a hint of a shiver. The Scottish songstress has sold over 9 million records worldwide and released her debut album 'This Is the Life' in 2007 to wide acclaim. Her new album 'Under Stars' is set to launch in early 2017.

You should totally check it out.

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Editorial Portrait, Glasgow - Performer Amy MacDonald.

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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.

www.johanley.com | enquiries@johanley.com | +447765881693

Wrestle Maniacs : Portrait of ICW Podcaster Mark McInally.

When a client gets in touch and says "What do you know about Insane Championship Wrestling" I think to myself, 'Oooo this sounds fun' and the next thing I know I am on my way to Glasgow's famous Barrowlands Ballroom in Scotland to shoot portraits of Mark McInally ICW fanatic and podcaster.

While I was setting up a friendly local championship wrestler happened by. Chris Renfrew's Wiki page says;

'Chris Renfrew is a Scottish Professional wrestler, writer and radio personality. He is best known for his work with Insane Championship Wrestling particularly as an original and long-standing member of the New Age Kliq (NAK) stable.'

He seemed nice so I asked if he might give mark a thrill while I was working. The resulting images were ideal. Thanks Chris!

(If you find yourself thinking "that wrestling business sounds amazing!"
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Scotland's Water : An editorial portrait of Renee Martin-Nagle

Not so long ago I was asked to shoot portraits of Renee Martin-Nagle, PHD Researcher at University of Strathclyde and specialist in transboundary aquifer governance (I know!) for American alumni magazine 'Pitt Law'. Now legal conversations make me nervous no matter what the subject, it's a genetic twitch of being Australian we are born believing the law is there to be out smarted. I was expecting a short shoot littered with polite conversation. But I hadn't banked on Renee...

Renee is a breath of fresh air happy to chat her past in aviation law and the passion she now has for the environment, not to mention her new found love for Scotland. It was a pleasure working with her. We wandered off to Roslin Glen, just outside of Edinburgh working around the River North Esk it was a great location with an adventurous lady.

STEP ONE - Pick you location

STEP ONE - Pick you location

STEP TWO - Put you subject in said location.

STEP TWO - Put you subject in said location.

STEP THREE - give a little posing direction and correct lighting

STEP THREE - give a little posing direction and correct lighting

STEP FOUR - Get them talking about something they love.

STEP FOUR - Get them talking about something they love.

Little Apple : Documentary Photography for the New York Times & Wall Street Journal.

Documentary assignments are like buses. Nothing for ages then two come along at once.
 Almost back to back emails came through last week asking me to shoot some architecture and documentary images for both The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. These are two lovely clients that I have done a lot for in the past. The NYT sent me off of Rock House here in Edinburgh on the market at the moment for a cool £1.7 million. Rock House stands proudly on the side of Calton Hill in the very centre of Edinburgh.

'In 1843, Rock House was owned and lived in by pioneer photographers, Robert Adamson and David Octavius Hill. Together, they are widely credited with having established the use of photography as an art form. Major collections of their work are held in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and The Getty Museum.'

 The front exterior of Rock House which overlooks Waterloo Place. The house and studio were originally built in the 1750's and were used as the photographic studio for Adamson and Hill, photography pioneers in 1843

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 Views from guest room three including The Political Martyrs Monument

Rock House, Calton Hill, Edinburgh. 8th of September 2016

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 Views from guest room three to the front patio garden and pond

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 Guest bedroom three detail

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 Master bedroom on the top floor of Rock House.

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 Livingroom on the enterance level of Rock House with views out to the garden and Calton Hill.

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 The Kitchen at Rock House, on the entrance level of the house.

Rock House, Calton Hill, Edinburgh. 8th of September 2016

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 Views to the garden from the Livingroom.

Rock House, Calton Hill, Edinburgh. 8th of September 2016

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 Entrance detail to Rock House

Rock House, Calton Hill, Edinburgh. 8th of September 2016

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The second of the two shoots, for the Wall Street Journal had me working at the opposite end of Edinburgh's famous Princes street in Rutland Square.

26a Rutland Square is a very plush residential pocket in a quiet corner of Edinburgh's West End. With it's private gardens, accessible only to the residents of the square and within a stones throw Edinburgh's centre it's a modern house with a Georgian Heart. Property owner Sarah Law currently lets the property through Air BnB so if you fancy a fancy stay. This is your place.

 Residential Property Developer Sarah Law at her Luxury AirBnB property in Rutland Square Edinburgh, Scotland. August 2016.

CREDIT: Jo Hanley for The Wall Street Journal

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 Residential Property Developer Sarah Law at her Luxury AirBnB property in Rutland Square Edinburgh, Scotland. August 2016.

CREDIT: Jo Hanley for The Wall Street Journal

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 Residential Property Developer Sarah Law at her Luxury AirBnB property in Rutland Square Edinburgh, Scotland. August 2016.

CREDIT: Jo Hanley for The Wall Street Journal

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 Residential Property Developer Sarah Law at her Luxury AirBnB property in Rutland Square Edinburgh, Scotland. August 2016.

CREDIT: Jo Hanley for The Wall Street Journal

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 Residential Property Developer Sarah Law at her Luxury AirBnB property in Rutland Square Edinburgh, Scotland. August 2016.

CREDIT: Jo Hanley for The Wall Street Journal

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 Residential Property Developer Sarah Law at her Luxury AirBnB property in Rutland Square Edinburgh, Scotland. August 2016.

CREDIT: Jo Hanley for The Wall Street Journal

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 Residential Property Developer Sarah Law at her Luxury AirBnB property in Rutland Square Edinburgh, Scotland. August 2016.

CREDIT: Jo Hanley for The Wall Street Journal

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 Residential Property Developer Sarah Law at her Luxury AirBnB property in Rutland Square Edinburgh, Scotland. August 2016.

CREDIT: Jo Hanley for The Wall Street Journal

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