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

New Model Talent: Bilal (Bill)

I try very hard to maintain a list of great models that I can call upon for my various projects, workshops and clients’ shoots and once “tested” I will often give Fotofilia Club members and students the chance to photograph the best of them.

In this case, Bilal Rashid (or Bill, as he allowed us to call him) replied to a casting for another job but although he missed out on that one, I was sure I wanted to work with him eventually and so he was booked for the Fotofilia “New Blood” Studio Evening event earlier this week along with two female models.

In my opinion, Bilal is an outstanding male model – quietly confident with a great “presence” and an unusually good range of expression which makes photographing him a dream. Here are some of my own favourite shots…

Bilal by David Rann 2015

Bilal by David Rann 2015

 

Bilal by David Rann 2015

Bilal by David Rann 2015

I’ll post more in a couple of days but for the tech-minded, these were taken on my girlfriend’s Nikon DSLR (I was waiting for my new Nikon to be delivered but it arrived the following day) with a 50mm f1.8 lens and the lighting was simply the continuous modelling lights from my Bowens flash heads rather than using the flash itself.