A few images from a recent shoot on a farm in North Leicestershire. Farms are full of interesting barns and machinery, providing lots of photo opportunities with different backdrops. Spoilt for choice, but time is always limited. Light levels can be low in farm buildings, so the use of portable flashheads and power packs can be useful. My first shoot on a farm, but looking forward to revisiting at some point in the near future.
Another recent group photoshoot in my local Leicestershire area, with Leila and her horse as the models for the morning. Horse photography can be a challenge with so many distractions for the horse, especially on a busy Saturday morning with walkers, but the natural light was kind to us and the horse was extremely well behaved.
Shot with Nikon D800 and Fuji X-Pro1.
It is great to take advantage of an opportunity to do a photoshoot with a special theme and costume, and for me the idea of a Warrior Princess themed shoot with a small group of collaborators in local woodland was too great to pass.
The wooded area is very popular with locals, especially on a nice day, but there is so much space that we could easily find a few areas to work away from the crowds.
The outfit, and especially the head dress, supplied by Sandalwoodpictures.co.uk and worn by local model Tracey was outstanding and made the shoot extremely enjoyable and quite different.
Collaborating with local creatives can bring a completely different dimension to a group photoshoot – a theme that would not normally be possible on a commercial / editorial shoot, a relaxed pace and the sharing of ideas and equipment, along with new locations you would not consider as an option. Leicester based Solo Studio hosts regular group shoots with an amazing collection of photographers and models.
Images below are from a recent Steampunk themed group shoot in a local industrial area within Leicester.
For this shoot I used my Nikon D800 with off-camera SB-800 speedlight with an Octabox modifier, trigged with PocketWizard FlexTT5 / MiniTT1.
I had a wonderful 3 nights in Venice, Italy this Summer on a personal trip. It was my first visit to Venezia, and it really is a fantastic and awe-inspiring city to walk around.
The architecture and canal system with gondolas provide a perfect backdrop for photography, and you can find great lighting at any time of the day due to the narrow streets and tall buildings providing great contrast between shadow and sunlight.
The city is small and can easily be walked around during the day, although you have to navigate through the bustling crowds and over small bridges. Whilst you can become lost very quickly, you are never too far from a familiar point.
Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square) was always busy but not uncomfortably so, even during our visit in the height of the summer. There were long queues to visit the Basilica, and it is worth getting up early to go to the top of the Campanile di San Marco (St Mark’s Bell Tower).
It is great to participate in themed group photoshoots to get creative ideas flowing and try out lighting setups. A recent local ‘Peaky Blinders’ group shoot in an industrial area of Leicester was ideal to try something new. With the Peaky Blinders TV series becoming ever more popular, with the airing on BBC and now NetFlix, there were plenty of models keen to take part and dress up for the occassion.
I had the chance to be involved in a Leicester studio photoshoot recently using ultraviolet light and paint only. This was a new technique for me as a photographer, and took a bit of trial and error to get the correct camera settings and lighting position. The combination of UV light and specialised paint on the model gives a very unique look. The colours certainly pop against the dark shadows. Very different results to my normal style of photography.
I had the pleasure of shooting with Lady-Viper from Purpleport recently. We were looking for a mix of a gothic look with slow-motion for an eerie / haunting style. Lady-Viper brought a wonderful selection of outfits and accessories, and we had fun experimenting with camera settings and motion to get the look we were after. All images in-camera, with Lightroom and Photoshop for cropping and colour grading.
Getting models, photographers and makeup artists in the studio at Halloween is a great mixture to create something a bit different. The MUA did incredible work body painting the models, and with minimal lighting we captured very moody images.
A photoshoot at my local Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome took advantage of the last of the summer sun for 2018 with glorious weather at a fantastic venue packed full of old aircraft. Bruntingthorpe is a family run business on a big scale, with the ex RAF base being used for storing of old military aircraft and a vehicle fast track proving ground.
We had the run of some areas of the site away from other activities, and with a group of photographers and models, we used the day to capture a unique set of images. It was fantastic fun, and with my Bowens lighting heads and Travelpak triggered by PocketWizards and Nikon D800 I was very pleased with the resultant set of images.