One of my favourite regular events is the “New Blood” studio evening. 3 (usually) models that haven’t been seen at our events before, although occasionally I’ll have worked with them on my own or client shoots.
On the plus side, this is a great chance to see how new (or new to my studio anyway) models perform for the camera and especially in a group-shoot environment. Over the years I’ve been putting this event on, I’ve found some great models who I’ve gone on to work with many times.
The downside is that sometimes when booking models that are “unproven” based upon a portfolio on a modelling site, there’s the chance that they’ll let you down. Sadly, this happened the last time I staged this event – a model that I’d booked suddenly “went AWOL” and refused to answer her phone on the day, leaving me a model short. I noticed on social media the next day that she’d been on another shoot but hadn’t seen fit to let me know so that I could at least have tried to find a replacement.
Anyway, here’s a flyer for the next one which includes images of some of the excellent models who’ve appeared in previous events…
Funny how one shoot can lead to another, very different shoot. When I was photographing the gorgeous Sasha recently, it occurred to me that she’d make an amazing “Bond Girl”… and so the basis of the “Bondesque” workshop was born.
Too much to run over a single evening, I’ve decided to run this over two evenings. There’ll be a “Bond” (played by the brilliant Mark Hoban), two Bond girls (one “good”, one “bad” and including Sasha), and a suitably evil villain.
I’m looking forward to this!
I always enjoy the process of selecting the three models for the “New Blood” studio evenings for FOTO-CLUB. Usually I try to select two females and one male (variety is definitely the name of the game) but this time around I have three female models, but all very different. All of them are new to my studio and FOTO-CLUB events (hence the name “new blood”) but many go on to work with me on further assignments.
If you’d like to join us, there are still a couple of spaces and it’s just £30!
A couple of images of the stunning Lottie Locke from the “Location location location…” series of workshops that I ran with FOTO-CLUB. As with the last image of Emilie Walt, this was also shot in the derelict Victorian former toy factory in Birmingham Jewellery Quarter.
This very retro image of our gorgeous regular model Emilie Walt came from week 1 of the FOTO-CLUB “Location location location location location” five week series of location (surprisingly) workshops. This particular location is a near-derelict Victorian building which I’m told was once a toy factory.
There was no mains power and so the only lighting here came from two hand-held LED video lights augmented with a Birmingham City Council streetlight shining through the window in the background.
Emilie and our other model, Charlotte “Lottie” Locke, braved chilly temperatures, spiders aplenty, and missing floorboards in the name of art.
I’ll be posting some images from the recent 5 week “Location Location Location Location Location” course shortly, but here’s the series of workshops that will replace it for the second half of the term. This time we’ll be in the studio each week but with as wide a range of models and genres to work with as you could possibly imagine.