Youtube Creator's Yearbook 2017

It was great to work with TenEighty Magazine to photograph dozens of talented creators backstage at Summer In The City last year, and this year we wanted to do even better.

We looked at different concepts for how we could tell the stories, personalities and skills of each individual creator, while having to quickly design, light and shoot each portrait within a few minutes.

Youtube is home to such a wide range of creators, with vloggers, filmmakers and more, making brilliant videos on everything from fashion to horror films, and we really wanted to capture a bit of this in everyone we featured.

We settled on playing with colour and light...

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it's been surreal to see several amazing pieces of fan art based my photos, including this one by Renske

The day after the convention ended, we were delighted to put out a yearbook with photos of almost 100 creators, each with a portrait that said something about them. 
It was an exhausting two days, and a real exercise in lighting setups, shooting around 45 different portraits, each with a different setup, each day, but I'm so proud of what we were able to create, and huge thanks to all of the creators for giving me so much of themselves both in quickly giving me an insight into what they do, and also then in front of the camera.


It was great to see so many creators share their portrait through their own channels - I had thousands of notifications on twitter and instagram as fans delighted in the portraits!

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Huge thanks to the team working directly and indirectly with me on this one:

Photos: Dave Bird
Lighting & Digital Assistant: Liam Curtin
Production Assistants: Conor Riley, Tilly Jeanette
Editors: Teoh Lander-Boyce & Alex Brinnand
Magazine: TenEighty Magazine
Thanks to: TenEighty Magazine Team, Summer In The City, MCM London Comic Con

2016

It's been great to be a part of so many cool things this year. Here's a few of my favourites from throughout the year...

January

Christmas gave me itchy feet so I headed for the mountains in Slovenia. Bled is a town straight out of a Disney movie...

Christmas gave me itchy feet so I headed for the mountains in Slovenia. Bled is a town straight out of a Disney movie...

The Peak district gave us plenty of fun in the snow

The Peak district gave us plenty of fun in the snow

February

Shot Mawaan for TenEighty Magazine. See more: Mawaan

Shot Mawaan for TenEighty Magazine. See more: Mawaan

Marlon can never resist a brisk swim to wake him up!

Marlon can never resist a brisk swim to wake him up!

March

The start of a big project shooting adventure images for the rebrand of a chain of outdoor activity centres. See more: Adventures Outdoors

The start of a big project shooting adventure images for the rebrand of a chain of outdoor activity centres. See more: Adventures Outdoors

April

Young Choristers at Manchester Cathedral

Young Choristers at Manchester Cathedral

May

Ran up a hill in Greece

Ran up a hill in Greece

Chilled out vibes on a lifestyle campaign

Chilled out vibes on a lifestyle campaign

A giant Lego birthday cake for Cub Scouts!

A giant Lego birthday cake for Cub Scouts!

June

For the English Natural Opera

For the English Natural Opera

The spirits at London Pride are always high!

The spirits at London Pride are always high!

July

Barclaycard British Summer Time was one of several big events I shot this summer. See more: Summer events

Barclaycard British Summer Time was one of several big events I shot this summer. See more: Summer events

David Cameron gives what turns out to be his last public engagement as Prime Minister, at Farnborough Airshow

David Cameron gives what turns out to be his last public engagement as Prime Minister, at Farnborough Airshow

August

Went for a run, with two cameras hanging from me, on a stunning evening around Hyde Park, for Nike

Went for a run, with two cameras hanging from me, on a stunning evening around Hyde Park, for Nike

Set up a studio backstage at a huge convention for youtube stars and photographed some talented creators. See more: TenEighty Yearbook

Set up a studio backstage at a huge convention for youtube stars and photographed some talented creators. See more: TenEighty Yearbook

September

Several shoots in September took me up high, the views out over London always leave me so dwarfed in the scale of this incredible city

Several shoots in September took me up high, the views out over London always leave me so dwarfed in the scale of this incredible city

October

A few more adventures to squeeze in before the winter!

A few more adventures to squeeze in before the winter!

November

Party seasons gets started...

Party seasons gets started...

Another pilgrimage to beautiful Iceland. See more: Iceland. Yet Again.

Another pilgrimage to beautiful Iceland. See more: Iceland. Yet Again.

December

Startup founders' profiles

Startup founders' profiles

Put some boats into South Quay and went for a Christmas Paddle around Canary Wharf. Surreal.

Put some boats into South Quay and went for a Christmas Paddle around Canary Wharf. Surreal.

Thanks so much to all my clients, crew, agencies and productions that have brought me on board this year, it's been a blast - here's to 2017!

Dave