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Friday, 27 February 2009

Manchester Fashion Shoot

I got involved in a great studio shoot on Saturday last for a company called Zmurko Model Agency. It was at a big old mill to the west of Manchester - Blue Door Studios, Vale Mill near Stalybridge.

We had six models to shoot throughout the day and a room full of equipment to use, but in the end I shot very minimalistically with just one light and using natural light as a fill. There was a great abandoned room beyond the main studio which the shot above was taken in - I like a bit of texture in a shot. The models were all new to the agency, although not to modelling, and I spent most of the day working with another photographer to get headshots and some fashion shots of everyone.

Really enjoyable and, I think, effective day.

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Nice Niece and Nephew Time

No jobs this weekend so popped down to Cardiff to meet my new nephew Finlay. As you can see from the photo above I did manage to capture an odd moment when he wasn’t shocked and screaming to finally be in this world.

I had to catch the odd shot of Lily May as well – especially when she was showing her ‘jazz hands’ to her Auntie Rachel.

It’s interesting I have been asked to photograph lots of children – particularly in lessons at schools or doing drama workshops – and they are a lot less self conscious of the camera than adults, they just tend to ignore me and get on with more interesting things. Which is when the good shots happen.

Still, more next week – Theatre and Fashion this time….

Saturday, 7 February 2009

Quick Entry - New Model and Indian Dance

Just a quickie for the start of the month.

I photographed a new model in Nottingham at the start of the month - Aggy - who has just arrived here from Poland to model and study architecture. Really fun shoot and shot in about 4 square meters of space in half a front room in her house...

Then I was asked to do some quick publicity shots for the New Vic Theatre of a modern Indian dancer, Sonia Sabri. Great dancer, with a fusion of rhythms and classical Indian dance, who performed solo for the whole first half of the show and was completely captivating.

A few things coming up this month - more performance, fashion and portraiture. Still no live bands...