Gypsy Caravan Shoot With Ivory Flame

There are some shoot ideas that just hang around in your head for years and then one day, the opportunity arises to make them a reality. Such was the case with the forthcoming FOTO-CLUBGypsy Caravan Shoot With Ivory Flame“. Ever since I first worked with the wonderful Ivory Flame a few years ago, I’ve thought “Wouldn’t it be wonderful to do a gypsy-themed shoot with Ivory Flame and a traditional horse-drawn gypsy caravan…”.

And then, as if by magic, when looking around the beautiful house and gardens that were to be used for the “Luxury House Fashion Shoot” a few months back, there, at the end of the huge garden… was an original, authentic gypsy caravan. Suddenly it fell into place and I quickly asked the owner if it would be possible to use it for a shoot.

There was only ever one model I wanted for this. Ivory Flame. The epitome of ethereal and natural “English Rose” beauty with a bucket of Pre-Raphaelite influence and a hint of Celt thrown in.

I look forward to posting the images here soon, but there are still spaces if you’d like to join us. The venue’s address will be revealed once you’ve booked but it is near Lapworth, Solihull.

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“Urban Ballet” Comes Home

The FOTO-CLUBUrban Ballet” shoot seems to have become something of an annual institution and happily, this year we’re continuing the tradition. However, we finally have our OWN perfect venue for this shoot – the new Strangetown studio and the many stairwells and corridors around the Telsen building.

As usual, the main dancer/model is the wonderful Emilie Walt, my “go to” model for dance-themed shoots, and Penny (a friend of Emilie’s). There are still a couple of spaces so get in touch if you fancy joining us.

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Amber In Mono

As has become customary during a model shoot, I grabbed a few phone shots of the wonderful Amber Tutton when she featured in the recent “Special Studio Evening”. I used the very versatile “Vignette” app to take a couple of monochrome images because I love the beautiful tonality that this app displays.
In this case, I fine-tuned the initial image in the “Snapseed” app (a little softening mainly) and I really like the end result.

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In case anyone’s interested, my phone is a Samsung Galaxy S5.

New Blood: Tanya Barad

I love our “New Blood” shoots. I get to meet and work with 3 new models in one evening and I’m rarely disappointed with the models that I’ve selected from the many who answer my casting calls.

This is Tanya Barad. She’s an incredible mixture of Iranian, Spanish and lots more and has a great look, I think.

Tanya Barad by David Rann

Tanya Barad by David Rann

Electric Noir

In a rather pathetic attempt to distract myself from election coverage on TV, I resorted to ploughing through an old hard drive and discovered some images from almost 2 years ago that have never seen the light of day since I edited them. So this, dear reader, is a little visual time capsule from a film noir-themed shoot that I organised at Birmingham’s beautiful, historic Electric Cinema. The first batch of images feature the peerless Joel Hicks, who has now modelled for two of our Film Noir shoots (and lots more besides).

Joel Hicks by David Rann

Joel Hicks by David Rann

Joel Hicks by David Rann

Joel Hicks by David Rann

Joel Hicks by David Rann

Joel Hicks by David Rann

Joel Hicks by David Rann

Joel Hicks by David Rann

Joel Hicks by David Rann

Joel Hicks by David Rann

Joel Hicks by David Rann

Joel Hicks by David Rann

A few more images from this shoot soon…

New Model Talent: Shannan Tina

Another new model find that I selected for this week’s FotofiliaNew Blood” Studio Evening is the gorgeous Shannan Tina, a bubbly blonde and a real force of nature. I am always impressed when a model buys new outfits especially for a shoot and in this case, Shannan even took the day off work to prepare and arrived with her hair in curlers!

Shannan was the only one of our three models that evening who was modelling from start to finish and with 10 or so photographers clamouring to take pictures, that can amount to a tiring couple of hours but I got the impression that Shannan would have worked all night if we’d let her. Sadly, I got less images of Shannan than the other two models but here are some of my favourites…

Shannan Tina at Fotofilia 2015

Shannan Tina at Fotofilia 2015

 

 

Shannan Tina at Fotofilia 2015

Shannan Tina at Fotofilia 2015

Shannan Tina at Fotofilia 2015Lighting-wise, I was using the continuous modelling lights on the Bowens flash heads and a borrowed Nikon DSLR with a 50mm f1.8 lens Finally, here’s a behind-the-scenes shot of one of my students photographing Shannan…

Shannan Tina at Fotofilia 2015

A Sparrow Lands At Fotofilia

In the first of the “Special Studio Evening” events that I’ve organised recently at Fotofilia (which unlike our usual Studio Evenings feature only one model – but a great one), I booked the excellent Salleh Sparrow. Salleh was recommended by friend and client Andy Watson of DRW Images and I’ve learned to trust his judgement concerning models – this time was no exception.

We had a full group so I didn’t get a great deal of on-camera time myself but I maximised this by using more continuous lighting than the usual flash so that more than one person could shoot at a time. We achieved a remarkable range of looks during the evening. Here’s my first selection, all taken on or near the spiral staircase…