Last summer I noticed a casting call from La Belle Eve announcing she was visiting Manchester and looking for shoots while she was there. A few emails later and I’d arranged a short shoot in her hotel room and put my thinking hat on for ideas on how I could try and add a little flair to what can be fairly dull locations.Read More
I’ve worked with Kinsie on a regular basis for the last few years and she’s become a good friend and a bit of a muse. She’s incredibly versatile, changes her look regularly and seems to have a different haircut every week. I’m sure if I pick up the pace on my blog writing she’d get a lot more mentions.
When I first started working with models a few years back I deliberately set out to work with the best in the business. I was incredibly fortunate early on to attend a training day with Katy Cee modelling, shoot on a studio day with Rachelle Summers and shortly afterwards manage to book a couple of hours with Artemis Fauna when she was in North Wales. That first shoot with Artemis was fabulous. We were working in less than an ideal location with challenging light but between my button mashing and her experience and ingenuity we produced a set of images I still rate amongst my favourite work. If you’re really lucky I’ll get round to blogging that shoot one day.
Spring is beginning to try and break through here in the UK. Still windy and chilly but at least there is some light in the evening now and some days the sky is blue and there’s a strange yellow ball of fire visible in the sky. It’s about this time of year I start to get twitchy to get out and shoot something a little more conceptual and artistic.
After using the infinity cove itself as a light source I was keen to work with a harder more directional light for the second half of the session with Helena. I’d seen some footage of one of my favourite contemporary photographers, Damien Lovegrove, using large boards to block the light leaving shafts of illumination pouring onto the subject. With this in mind and with the help of a couple of large polyboards and a few lightstands to hold them in place we set about shooting the following images.
One of my aims for 2015 was to spend a lot more time in the studio and try and improve my lighting and direction of subjects. Give me good light and fast lenses and I can conjure up a beautiful dreamy image but if the weather is not playing along I’m stuffed. Having more control over studio light and flash opens up a whole new set of possibilities that I’m eager to explore. Likewise working with established models like Rachelle guarantees success but working with new models or simply friends means you have to guide and cajole them into unnatural but stylish and elegant looking poses.
So in my last post I spoke about how wonderful Rachelle is to work with. One of the advantages of working with experienced models is their versatility. In a few hours of studio time I managed to create a boudoir, fashion and an art nude set. A few words of direction and a sense of what you’re trying to produce are all models of Rachelle’s calibre need and then they’re off being awesome and just waiting for you to capture the moment.
Rachelle is one of my favourite models to work with, always works her socks off and produces exceptional results. Here’s part one of the results from a half day shoot at Millwood Studios in Stalybridge.