Girl on Steps

So, this was my first attempt at a fashion shoot which took place at the Lloyds Amphitheatre in Bristol. It was the middle of the afternoon so I found a place with plenty of open shade. We wanted to use the water features but there were so many children playing in them that we had no chance! Part of being a photographer is making the best use of the space that is available to you, this only comes with practice for most of us. Those with crazy artistic minds probably have an upper hand! Using the natural light and a pop of fill flash, I had an image that I knew where I wanted to go with. The RAW file was developed in Lightroom and finished off in Photoshop. Talking of photo editing, I am tempted to have a play with Darktable and Affinity Photo.

Steampunk Rose

A bit of a fun portrait using studio strobes and gelled lighting.

Private Investigator

This photo was taken at a James Bond inspired photo shoot. I had the idea of using a blind to represent a window and to have a light shining through he blind, this then evolved into a film noir styled shot. I love the low key style and the mystery of what is happening.

The Artist

Where is your studio? Maybe some fancy building with lots of lights and modifiers to hand or maybe some top floor penthouse apartment? My studio for this shot was in a skittle alley of a Bristol pub! You see, my view is that your studio can be anywhere you want it to be and sometimes you just need a small space where you can set up a couple of speedlights and a reflector, oh, and a seamless paper backdrop. This lady is actually a very good makeup artist and I wanted to get a shot that told a story about her and the beauty is that I didn’t need to hire an expensive studio to achieve my shot. Expensive studios are very nice with their expensive lights and everything to hand and if you are taking quality shots for quality clients day in, day out then yes, you will probably need that space. But, for hobbyists and part time photographers a purpose build studio is not the only option!

Witch and Planets

So after my witch shoot in the woods I decided to have a play with Photoshop to create a fantasy scene. This is not something that I usually do so it was a bit of fun and experimenting. There were plenty of layers in this image and a lot of masking out. All in all, it was great fun to produce.

Witch and the Black Rose

This photo is from a themed shoot with model Helen Morgan Rogers and Mad Hatter Makeup Artist. It was taken in a wooded area at around midday so I had to get a bit creative with the lighting. Two speedlights and a shoot through umbrella were used to create this shot. Makeup was done on location and we had a few bemused looks as we walked a short distance to a clearing, complete with pumpkins, wands and other witch articals to where the shoot took place. The wood is very popular with plenty of trails and cycle routs and at one point there were some very excited children telling their mum that there was a real witch in the woods!The shoot was great fun and a huge thank you to Helen and Mad Hatter Makeup.

Careful With That Axe!

It’s that time of the year again when the ghouls and ghosts are about! This shot is from a Horror/Halloween themed shoot that I did in a local wood. There were a few funny looks from passers buy and some genuine interest in what we were doing. It was great fun working with a couple of models and a makeup artist and by the way the axe is real, but don’t worry, no models, MUA’s or photographers were harmed in the making of this photo! Having a collaboration with a few people is a great way to get some shots, throw ideas around and have a lot of fun. I take my hat off to the models for braving the latex, fake blood and whatever was hiding under those leaves!

Still Life

As the weather is starting to get a little bit more wintry it gives you the opportunity to try something a little bit different. Still life id something that I don’t do a great deal of but today I had a try. A couple of speedlites, a softbox and a reflector were used to create this shot. The main subject is something I found while I was food shopping and thought it looked very interesting, it is some kind of squash, although I don’t think i would have attempted to eat it if I didn’t know! A gel was used just to give a subtle change of hue on the backdrop. I was able to do this on the dining room table so not a huge space was needed.

Ain’t No Smoke Without Fire

Another photo from the 1940’s shoot, I was trying to capture that time when the troops had a visit from a glamorous star such as Marilyn Monroe. As this was an open event it wasn’t easy to try and capture the scenes but it was a lot of fun trying. The two soldiers had bought their world war ll collection of memorabilia which included armoured cars that has been restored to their former glory.

1940’s

This is a photo taken at Avon Valley Railway’s 1940’s event. This is an annual event where a lot of people put time and effort to set up the railway station to look like a scene from the 1940’s during the war. all of the people who dress up in costume are really friendly and very interesting to talk to. They are more than happy to pose for photos and will give you a good insight into the trucks and equipment of that era, it is well worth a visit.