Natalia Fox

I had a great shoot with the excellent Natalia Fox recently. I used the Bowens flash heads’ modelling lights so that the low light levels would enable me to shoot at f2 on my 50mm lens. This has resulted in the lovely shallow depth-of-field that I was after, and that I think suits Natalia’s very vintage look.

Emilie Steps In

A late cancellation by a model recently left me without a model for an apartment-based lingerie shoot. With just a few hours to go before the shoot, I frantically put out castings and thankfully, my regular model and good mate, the beautiful Emilie Walt offered to step in despite this being outside her usual range of genres.

Neither I nor any of my group were in any doubt that Emilie had not only saved the day but had provided us with some beautiful images. Here’s one example…

Playing With Textures 2

Here’s another image that I created during a Photoshop tutorial that I decided I rather liked…

Again, it’s a recent image of Rosa Brighid from the FotofiliaNude in the Urban Landscape” shoot, adding a texture that I downloaded from the brilliant “Skeletal Mess” a couple of years ago.

Playing With Textures

I was giving someone some one-to-one Photoshop training a week or so ago and in order to demonstrate the versatility of the Layers function, I played around with a recent image of Rosa Brighid from the FotofiliaNude in the Urban Landscape” shoot, adding a texture that I downloaded from the brilliant “Skeletal Mess” a couple of years ago. I was actually very pleased with the result. What do you reckon?…

One To Watch: Lottie Locke

Every once in a while, a new model appears on the scene that, even from their first tentative portfolio shots, is clearly destined for a very bright future in the industry. Charlotte “Lottie” Locke (from Walsall) is one such young model. With a look that is reminiscent of Scarlett Johansson, and possibly even Brigitte Bardot, I was very surprised to find that Lottie is just 16 years old! Luckily – and very wisely – her mom and dad (Sara and Craig) are handling her modelling bookings and act as agents, minders and, like most parents of teenagers, chauffeurs. More shots of Lottie soon…

A very switched-on young lady as well as her obvious other qualities, I’m delighted to have been among the first photographers to have worked with her – even if I might not be able to afford to work with her in a year’s time!

In case you’re wondering, this was shot on my Nikon with a 50mm f1.4 lens during “golden hour” in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. I think I also used a small splash of flash on this shot too to fill in the shadow and add a little sparkle to her eyes.