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.
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.
This set of images was from a recent street photoshoot in the city of Leicester on a very warm Sunday afternoon in the middle of the 2018 Summer heatwave. I love using urban areas in cities because of the wide range of backdrops that can be used – walls, doorways, factory entrances etc. I use my small speedlights to mix artificial lighting with natural lighting to provide a dynamic looking image. The side streets of a city are generally quiet on a weekend afternoon, so we can get on with creating a great set of images without too much interest from passers-by. It is a great way to capture fashion and portrait images with a little difference.
These two images are from a recent family photoshoot we did on the best day of the year so far. We started off with an Environmental shoot in a picturesque local park, and then moved into the studio for more formal shots. These were two quick images taken inbetween and at the end of the shoot. I try to use as much of the time in the studio as I can to capture images, even when waiting for other family members to change outfits.
Local studio ‘Boss Studios’ recently organised a group shoot with a very special guest. Group shoots are a great way to meet local models and fellow photographers and collaborate in a relaxed informal way. We had the pleasure of working with an Albino Burmese Python, accompanied by his handler. The famous saying ‘Never work with animals or children’ generally rings true, but conducting a photoshoot with a snake in the equation was not as troublesome as imagined. Snakes do like to move around a lot, but the with the expertise of the handler close by we managed to capture some great images. Once the snake had departed for a rest we captured some more ‘traditional’ images sans snake.
My last photoshoot of 2016 was the week before Christmas of 2016, photographing the actress Lydia Rose Bewley in her family home for an editorial piece for the Mail On Sunday’s You Magazine. Lydia has starred in The Inbetweeners Movie, Drifters TV series and Comedy Central’s I Live With Models. Lydia could not have been more friendly during our photoshoot – a consummate professional thoughout.
I had a great opportunity recently to spend some time in the Leicester studio with a local Tae Kwon-Do sportsman to capture some portraits and actions shots using minimal lighting for that lovely moody style which I am always drawn to. We tried out a few different lighting setups and created a great set of images suitable for an editorial piece.