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.
Manchester based Badman Media currently handle all social media platforms for ei8htball. They are an integral part of the ei8htball team promoting products and engaging with customers on an hourly basis. Adam at Badman has an unrivalled ability to seek out new bands and shares our passion to promote local artists as well as wider independent UK talent over social media. www.badmanmedia.co.uk
ei8htball would like to thank The Ritz 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 finally 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.
‘Built in 1928 by the architects Cruickshank and Seaward, Grade-II listed The Ritz was originally a dance hall for the Manchester revellers. With its ultra-springy dance floor and revolving stage, The Ritz was one of the most popular destinations for anyone passing through Manchester during the 1930s and 40s.
With the decline of classic dancing and the emergence of pop and rock n roll music The Ritz was transformed in to a live music venue even hosting The Beatles in the 1960s. It still kept its style however, and with that allowed for artists such as Frank Sinatra to play shows there.
The Ritz also hosted the Dancing In The Dark night with Phillip Moss throughout the 1950s and 60s, who was the band master for 17 years and known as ‘The King of The Ritz’. It is thought that he was responsible for many of the families and marriages in Manchester at the time, as radio presenter Fred Fielder explained: “People said he was responsible for half the population of Greater Manchester, because his band would play Dancing In Dark nights. For the last dance of the evening the lights would go down. Couples would have a kiss and cuddle on the dance floor, end up going steady, then eventually getting married and have children.”
With the Manchester music scene hitting a high point in the 1980s and 90s, The Ritz was fully thrown in to the spotlight when artists such as The Smiths and The Happy Mondays played shows there and it has been a venue for some of the best upcoming artists and established bands ever since.
The Ritz went through a £2 million refurbishment in 2011. While many of the old creaks and crannies were fixed up it still stayed true to its image as an old dancehall, even keeping the old curved, bouncy floor.
Since the 1990s The Ritz has seen artists such as R.E.M., The Stone Roses, Arctic Monkeys, Snow Patrol, Adam And The Ants, Dropkick Murphys and more recently The Weeknd and Johnny Marr. The Ritz also hosts regular club nights appealing to the vast Manchester student crowd.’ (Ritz website) – www.theritzmanchester.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.
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