Official ei8htball Photographer
Shirlaine is a highly accomplished Manchester UK based freelance photographer specialising in music, fashion and portrait photography.
Shooting film and photography for twenty years, her work is published internationally on a daily basis - by such heavyweights as The Guardian, The New York Times, NME, Rolling Stone, The Telegraph and Vogue. She shoots regularly for clients including Adidas, BBC, Coca-Cola, The FA, Fender, Gola, Hugo, Jack Daniels, Living TV, Max Factor, MOBO Awards, MTV, Paramount Pictures, Renault, Sky, Vevo and XFM.
Shirlaine has photographed promotional and online images for many artists including Gary Barlow, Kasabian, Paul Heaton, Paul Weller, Stereophonics, The Subways and Unkle. Her photography has been featured on CD covers for albums by Aim, Inspiral Carpets, Jesca Hoop and The Longcut. She has photographed Morrissey for his own personal collection, works as The Courteeners and Enter Shikari's official photographer and her live shots feature on the Greatest Hits tour program and calendar for McFly and Westlife's Croke Park live DVD.
Shirlaine has directed music videos for a variety of artists. She also worked as director of photography and in-house photographer for nine years at Hot Animation, producing key international programming and promotional images. Shirlaine's own short film 'Good Girl, Bad Dog' won several awards, including the Royal Television Society's non-fiction award. She is currently working on her first book, 'Love and Bruises' depicting live roller derby bouts and creative portraiture.
Shirlaine is proud to be an official photographer for O2 Apollo Manchester, HMV, CAN who highlight the plight of refugees living in the UK and Manchester Roller Derby, her favourite sports team. As a junk food vegan Shirlaine is also happy to offer discounted rates to animal welfare organisations.
Much of Shirlaine's library can be sourced via her agencies Getty Images and Wire Image and she also welcomes independent freelance commissions.
ei8htball would like to thank The Whiskey Jar (www.thewhiskeyjar.com) for allowing them to host their latest fashion photo shoot in such an iconic location. The venue provided the perfect setting to pitch the Manchester based ei8htball brand and introduce the public to our new clothing line. The official photographer on the day was the very talented Miss Shirlaine Forrest www.shirlaine.co.uk who we cannot thank enough. Shirlaine has photographed some of the biggest names music and is the official photographer for the Courteeners and HMV. www.thewhiskeyjar.com
The Hut Group is a British e-commerce company with headquarters at Manchester Airport. It operates over 100 international websites selling Fast-moving consumer goods direct to consumer through its proprietary e-commerce platform. In 2017 The Hut Group was valued at more than £2.5bn making it one of the most valuable private companies in the United Kingdom.
ei8htball recently signed a licence agreement with THG to work in partnership to develop a range of apparel and accessories, these will be initially be sold through THG’s Zavvi platform. (www.zavvi.com).
Proper Distribution is now the largest truly independent, full service distributor of music on all format in the UK. ei8htball has been working in partnership with Proper for the distribution of the EX811 earphones since December 2013. www.properdistribution.com
Live4ever (NYC / Leeds) are purveyors of new music, daily news, exclusive features and photo galleries on the world’s best Indie bands.
Live4ever also produces and promotes high quality live music events, and is enjoying a growing industry-wide reputation for both discovering and showcasing new bands.
Among the network of websites published are the acclaimed Live4ever Music Ezine and The Oasis Newsroom, the web’s most popular site reporting on the brothers Gallagher. www.live4ever.uk.com
ei8htball has been working in partnership with Live4ever since 2013 sponsoring the Live4ever media lounge at the SXSW 2014/2015 and running several competitions.