Greece is the word

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I certainly couldn’t say that every day is the same in my job. One day I’m photographing children’s clothes from atop a stepladder in a Birmingham industrial unit and another I’m photographing the wedding of a beautiful couple on a sun-kissed Mediterranean island. I’ll leave you to guess which of these I’d prefer (no offence, Birmingham).

Copyright David Rann 2017

I was honoured to be asked to photograph the wedding of Fran (harpist, teacher, entrepreneur and former model at my studio) and Elliott (dashingly handsome Academy Sports Scientist at Birmingham City FC) on the island of Crete in May.

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Here are a few of the “engagement” photos, which were actually taken a couple of days after the wedding itself when the weather was a little better (I’ll explain later).

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Copyright David Rann 2017

Copyright David Rann 2017

Copyright David Rann 2017

Boosting Time

Once upon a time, I ran a short course called “The Portfolio Booster”. You know the kind of thing – 5 weeks, different models, different themes/genres, different lighting etc. Well, it was very successful. So then came “Portfolio Booster II”, yet more different models etc. Again very successful. Then came “Portfolio Booster III”. However, my little studio was a bit limiting when it came to providing the widest range of possibilities for the shoots, so there was no “Portfolio Booster III”.

But now that my base is Strangetown Studio, with the whole of the wonderfully industrial Telsen building to play with, I’ve decided to run a “Strangetown Booster“. Similar aims as before – 3 hours, 3 (very different) models, mixture of lighting and environments and bags of creative possibilities. I have a feeling this is not going to be the last…

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The shoots we’ve done so far at Strangetown Studio have proved what a versatile and inspiring space the studio (and the Telsen building as a whole) can be. On Wednesday 28th June, we’ll once again be putting it to the test when the gorgeous Helen Gibson is the model for our first female “studio evening”.

I’ve been looking forward to this for a while. Helen is one of those models that I’ve been dying to work with and this is a great excuse. There are still spaces if you’d like to join us…

Images below courtesy of Joby Rawlins (left), plus two other photographers (name not supplied by Helen). 

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Back Down To The River

For the past few years, once the worst of the frost has gone and our week of British summertime looked like it might be imminent, I’ve organised a “Nude In The Landscape” workshop at my friend’s beautiful riverside smallholding in rural Warwickshire. Even the rain hasn’t been able to spoil these lovely art nude photo-shoots.

And I’ve done it again. This year’s event takes place on Sunday 25th June starting at 10:30am and I’m delighted to announce that the model on this occasion will be the stunning Cally, a wonderful model who has previously featured in other location art nude events for me.

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Here are a couple of images from the last event featuring the superb Rosa Brighid to give you an idea of the setting…

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Joel Hicks: “Warrior” Shoot

We really don’t do enough themed shoots based around male models. But when we do, often our first port of call is the incredible Joel Hicks. Model, photographer, actor (I’m particularly a fan of the Haribo ads that he features in), charity fundraiser, and with a CV that makes the rest of us mortals feel like slovenly under-achievers.

Joel has played the male part in a couple of our successful “Film Noir” shoots, a “Downton” themed shoot, a casino shoot, fitness/boxing shoots, and numerous lighting demos and other workshops at the studio over the years. In his last visit, he brought along just a few of his many props including swords and armour and we had great fun capturing dramatic action shots using them.

Well, on that occasion we really didn’t have long to make the most of the photographic possibilities so I’ve arranged a return visit on Thursday 22nd June with a full two and a half hours to shoot in. There are still a couple of spaces. The venue is Strangetown Studio  in Aston, Birmingham and the high ceilings there will be a bit more suitable for swinging swords around.

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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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