Material Tube Photoshoot

June 20th, 2017 by

Every now and again I try and squeeze in a photoshoot that’s not work related. Something creative and fun. Last year I worked with 2 great dancers Kirsty Clare and Fern Maia on a flour shoot. I was really pleased with the shots I got from the shoot and was already thinking of collaborating again […]

Behind the scenes with BiNO Clothing

May 24th, 2017 by

Sometimes in our job we are lucky enough to be able to help out and work with friends.  This was one of those projects. BiNO Clothing is a fresh, new clothing label from right here in Manchester.  BiNO is the creation of 2 very creative minds, Leigh Culverwell and Simon Woolley, who “Inspired by the ever-evolving […]

Virtual Reality – A very real Future

October 28th, 2016 by

Vivid welcomes Virtual Reality Here at Vivid towers we recently had a very welcome visitor. One of the Vivid team brought in their newly purchased HTC Vive Virtual Reality (VR) headset. I should mention that other headsets are available (Oculus Rift/the Playstation VR amongst many others) but from VR reviews this seems to be best option currently […]

“My God, it’s full of stars” – Astronomical Time-lapse

September 5th, 2016 by

Portugal Astro Time-Lapse Recently there has been a lot of interest in Vivid Towers about space, the stars and the moon. I always remembered how clearly you could see the stars from where I stayed in Portugal. I thought that whilst I was on my holidays, it would be a good opportunity to learn a new […]

The “Vault” interpretative dance music video ft Raphaella with love

June 3rd, 2015 by

  Interpretive Dance Music Video We have been getting all creative here at Vivid. As part of our recent “Fun with Flour” shoot we decided we wanted to get Raphaella in for some additional images. With Raphaella being a trained dancer and having worked with her previously, we knew she would be perfect for the shoot. What turned […]

Fun with Flour – Dance Photography shoot – In-depth guide

May 13th, 2015 by

For quite some time I’d wanted to have a go at a flour photography shoot involving dancers. I’m obviously not the first photographer to come up with the idea but if something seems fun and creative then it makes me want to have a go. Preparation for a shoot like this would be key. I […]

Giving a gift this Christmas? How about a smile….

December 3rd, 2014 by

Every Christmas the Vivid team produce a Christmas video and usually it is about how great we are. This Christmas we wanted to move away from the Vivid line and produce a video with an important message. Each year, there are over 170,000 children born with a cleft lip or palette and the majority of […]

Southport Airshow 2014 – A stormy Saturday

October 20th, 2014 by

Southport Air Show As a child I have great memories of going to local air shows but it must be 25 years since I last went to one. My Granddad worked his whole life at BAE Woodford and whenever they had an airshow we would go and watch the displays. So I was very excited […]

Big eyes, Catwoman and a touch of Madonna – Studio Photography

September 29th, 2014 by

One of the good things with Social Media is it enables you to keep in touch with people that you may find difficult through more traditional means. So when I came to my next studio photography session, I took to FaceBook and easily found a perfect subject. I had a great friend, Rachel, who sadly passed […]

Lights, Camera, Action – Flash Dance Photography Shoot

September 11th, 2014 by

Dance Photography Shoot I received a call off a couple of my photography mates to see if I fancied photographing two local dancers. The photography shoot was organised by Millwood Photographic Studios in Stalybridge. I’ve never photographed dancers before so thought it seemed like a fun thing to try. Keith and Kirsty The two dancers were Keith and […]

Losing one stone in a week – My experience of the diet

July 22nd, 2014 by

My weight loss experience of the losing a stone in a week diet My Background Hello, my name is Glen Mackintosh and I work at Vivid Photo Visual. Previously, Graham had undertaken the ‘Lose a stone in a week’ diet and lost just under the stone. I think it is useful to provide you with a very brief synopsis […]

6 Stunning Time-Lapse Videos

July 18th, 2014 by

The Vivid team always loved watching time-lapse videos, due to our commercial interest in the style. We also love the fascinating imagery it can produce. Over the last 12 months there have been a few time-lapse films that have broken the mould in terms of visual production values. We wanted to show what can be achieved […]

Outer Hebrides Wildlife Photography – An unforgettable encounter

July 10th, 2014 by

Wildlife Photography in the Outer Hebrides I’ve been overwhelmed with the ‘likes’ I’ve had for my previous blogs about my wildlife photography trip to the Outer Hebrides, thanks guys ‘n’ gals. The Outer Hebrides is a chain of islands off the West Coast of Scotland and a haven for any wildlife photographer. A Sad Encounter This […]

Tour de France 2014 Stage 2 West Vale Yorkshire

July 7th, 2014 by

Tour de Yorkshire Well I’d be the first to admit that I’ve never really paid that much attention to the Tour de France. When I found out that the first 2 stages of the 2014 tour, were to take place within an hour of where we live, I thought let’s see what all the hype is about. […]

Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit – Wildlife Photography on the Outer Hebrides

June 27th, 2014 by

Wildlife Photography on the Outer Hebrides I love wildlife photography and it is a passion of mine. I thought I’d write a quick blog about a fantastic session I had photographing some adorable Rabbits whilst on my recent trip to the Outer Hebrides. I realise there are far rarer and more exotic animals to be found […]

Wildlife Photography on the Outer Hebrides – Vehicle Hide

June 20th, 2014 by

I hope you enjoyed my first Outer Hebrides blog  featuring images taken on the beach as well as a brief introduction. For this blog I thought I would show images that were taken from the car. A car can make a great hide and with care, if a subject is approached slowly, can get you […]

Wildlife photography on the Outer Hebrides – Setting the scene and birds on the beach.

June 13th, 2014 by

As some of you will know, each year I try and squeeze in a wildlife photography holiday or as Glen likes to call it a ‘camera Geek trip’…harsh but true. I say squeeze because time for personal photography is certainly more limited when running a business as well as having 2 young children. Anyway enough of my […]

Gumball 3000 hits Manchester – Vivid Team outing

June 10th, 2014 by

I only found out about Gumball 3000 hitting Manchester on June 8th a couple of days before the event. Anthony, my 6 year old loves cars. I suppose most lads do. So I promised him on the way back from visiting friends we’d call in at the City of Manchester Stadium to have a look. […]

MCE Superbike Championship at Oulton Park – Sport Photography

August 14th, 2013 by

MCE Superbike Championship at Oulton Park I’m at that stage now where having 2 young children seriously hampers my ‘own’ photography time. Don’t get me wrong I wouldn’t change this for the world but I needed to think of a way to turn this round. The answer, buy my 5 year old a camera and […]

6 Great Time-Lapse videos chosen by Vivid Photo Visual

March 26th, 2013 by

Time-lapse Videos I love watching time-lapse videos, there’s something so magical about seeing time speeded up.  I thought I’d share a few creative time-lapses that I’ve been watching on the web recently. Kuala Lumpar DAY-NIGHT Firstly a superb time-lapse video by Rob Whitworth titled Kuala Lumpur DAY-NIGHT. It’s an amazing video taking him 5 months […]

A few snowy winter wildlife photographs

January 22nd, 2013 by

It’s at this time of year when the UK seems to come to a stand still as we’ve had a few inches of snow. So as I’m sat here looking out of the Vivid office window at the traffic building up outside it made me think of a few times I’ve been lucky enough to […]

Simply having a wonderful Christmas time-lapse

December 19th, 2012 by

It’s nearly Christmas and Vivid were feeling all festive in our Old Bank, so we decided it was time to create a Christmas inspired video. We moved into The Old Bank back in July and we wanted a video that would show a glimpse inside our quirky studio, as well as offering something festive. The […]

Recycle Your Video

November 30th, 2012 by

For this edition of the blog, we wanted to show how you can use existing footage/content and change it to produce new content. A few years ago whilst planning for the Manchester Business Show at the Manchester Central Arena, the team came up with the simple concept of using eye-catching animal images to provide a […]

8 Manchester Videos You Need To Watch

September 18th, 2012 by

“Manchester, so much to answer for” Plenty has been written about Manchester, and rightly so. It’s the original industrial city, the birthplace of the computer, and the first place to successfully split the atom. Manchester is the city where the Communist Manifesto took shape, the home of the 24-hour party, and the centre of the […]

The Beekeeper Play by Michael Ashton – Interview Video

June 19th, 2012 by

Interview Video The great thing about video production, is the wide variety of subjects that we get to film. We were asked to produce an interview video and trailer for an exciting new play. I was very excited to have the chance to work with one of my oldest and best friends. Old as in […]

GMP are ‘On The B-eat’ – Charity Event Video

March 13th, 2012 by

Charity Event Video Vivid were asked if we would like to get involved and produce a charity event video for eating disorder charity B-eat. The event was organised by Greater Manchester Police. It was in honour of Emma Egerton, who’s father John is a Chief Inspector for GMP. Tragically Emma died of a combination of a […]

Eagles and Otters and Hares…oh my! – Wildlife Photography

July 19th, 2011 by

Isle of Mull Wildlife Photography Holiday It’s been a busy time of late in the world of Vivid, and I apologise for the lack of blogging. Hopefully over the next few weeks we’ll have a ‘blogfest’ and be back on track! We’ve been working on a lot of different Vivid projects but thought I’d do a […]

Photography – It’s a mugs game?

January 24th, 2011 by

Well excitement fell over the Vivid Photo Visual studio today, with the arrival of a new piece of equipment for Graham. A couple of things for those that don’t know me too well. I’m always buying equipment, mainly Canon, and I love a good cup of tea…or if Glen is making it, just a cup […]

‘Slip and Dive’, Vivid film the new Daystar music video.

January 10th, 2011 by

Well something a bit different from our last blog, no Miss Stockport but Vivid’s first ever music video. Vivid were asked to film a music video for Manchester band Daystar, for their new single ‘Slip and Dive’. Who are Daystar? For those who aren’t familiar with Daystar, they are a young guitar driven 5 piece Indie […]

Miniature Manchester Tilt Shift Time-Lapse

December 21st, 2010 by

Manchester Tilt-shift Time-lapse Well it’s nearly Christmas and the Vivid team decided that as part of our Christmas email campaign we should create a film that was a little different. Inspired by Australian filmmaker Keith Loutit, we decided to produce a short film tilt-shift time-lapse based around our home town of Manchester. We used a technique called […]

The New Adventures of Miss Stockport – Lifestyle Photography

December 17th, 2010 by

Super Hero Photography Sounds like a Super Hero character… Miss Stockport, here to make your day! It was a few weeks back now when Katie emailed me saying she’d seen one of the photo’s from our last session in the Daily Mail. Vivid work with a number of models to produce lifestyle photography images that are […]

A Bird in the Hand – Photographic Studio Session

October 11th, 2010 by

Photographic Studio Session A quick post this week, and to follow on from last weeks post. Strangely enough it’s another of my attempts at getting a little creative. I had a photographic studio shoot arranged with another local model, Natalie. Who again, I have to say was brilliant, we had a good laugh during the […]

A bit of blue for the Dads – A Studio Photography session

October 1st, 2010 by

Well I thought I’d show a few photographs of a great model. We did a studio photography session recently with a model called Steph. Steph is a local girl with a great look, and as not to disappoint all the Dads expecting a bit of blue, here you go; A bit of blue for the Dad’s […]

The Deaf Institute Photo Marathon 2010 – Charity Video

August 2nd, 2010 by

We were approached by The Big Life Group, the company behind The Big Issue in the North, to donate a prize for their fund-raising event. This would be held at the Deaf Institute on Saturday the 17th of July 2010 – Photo Marathon. Vivid thought it would be good to offer our video production services. […]

Miss Stockport 2010 – Lifestyle Photography

May 6th, 2010 by

Lifestyle Photography Thought it would be only fair to congratulate Katie, who’s just been voted Miss Stockport 2010. Katie is the sister of a good friend, who was Chief Bridesmaid at my wedding. Katie has modelled a couple of times for me, with a view to us building our lifestyle photography stock library. She now […]

What a Lovely Badger!

April 28th, 2010 by

Well now for something a little different, but thought it was worth a mention. As some of you may know, I try, when time allows to do a spot of Wildlife Photography. Nothing too serious, but it’s something I enjoy. So from time to time I’ll post a few birds, insects or in this case […]