So as I mentioned in my last post, I have a lot of catching up to do! 2018 saw me photographing everything from crematoria to penthouse apartments, from harp concerts to bacon-flavoured cakes, and from go-karts to coaches. Here’s a little sample of the stuff I got up to last year…
The recent “Strangetown Booster” shoot that I ran through FOTO-CLUB gave a small group of photographers the opportunity to photograph four models in my Strangetown Studio and around the Telsen building in which it’s based.
I was more than happy to have an excuse to bring back the gloriously beautiful Charlotte “Lottie” Locke for the event and as it was mid-summer, the light evening meant that we were able to use both natural window-light, studio flash, and ambient light (augmented with our own LED lighting) elsewhere in the building.
Always an utter delight to work with, Lottie managed to cover everything from classic high-key beauty to grungey urban rock-chick in a single evening. Note to self: Book her again soon!
I’m very proud to announce that I will be opening a second studio later in March which will be called Strangetown Studio and will provide an alternative shooting space for my bigger shoots (especially where more headroom is required) and workshops but will also be my first foray into studio hire since I left the Regent Parade Fotofilia premises a couple of years ago.
The studio is on the third floor of the wondrously industrial 1930’s Telsen building in Aston, Birmingham which is already home to several photography studios including River Studio, owned by my good friend, the top photographer Richard Battye.
Strangetown will be nowhere as big as some of the others but will provide hourly hires (minimum of 3 hours) for just £15/hour. It will feature everything you would expect of a professional photography studio but in addition, the building has a host of nicely grungy corridors, stairwells and old gated lifts that I’ve used for shoots in the past and can be used by Strangetown hirers too.
I was introduced to the building by Richard a couple of years ago when he moved in and I’ve been visiting regularly since as the band I play in – also called Telsen – have a rehearsal room there. Here are a couple of shots I took in the Telsen building about 18 months ago…
Savannah in the Telsen lift.
Ryan in one of the stairwells.
Ryan in one of the many corridors
I’ll post the website/booking details as soon as I have a moving-in date from the landlord (they’re sorting the electrics as I write).
I always look forward to my seasonal shoots for brilliant local designer “She by Sophie“. And there’s no better way to forget that it’s a cold February day in Birmingham than spending much of it photographing the beautiful Alex in Sophie’s swimwear collection.
I’ve been working with the wondrous Sasha quite a bit of late, mainly shooting fashion for a clothing brand. Once the “white background” studio shots are in the can we grab a few more “natural” semi-editorial shots either inside the building (when the weather is iffy) or in the surrounding streets of Birmingham‘s Jewellery Quarter (when the weather is good). This little sample were shot using a mixture of daylight and a little splash of fill from my trusty (& cheap) Yong Nuo speedlites.
And finally, as the sun started to get lower in the sky, I chanced my arm with some contre-jour shots with the flash again popping some light into the shadows (mainly on Sasha’s face).
Here are a few more images from my recent studio shoot with the exquisite Sasha. I have so many shots, you may be seeing a lot more!
Sasha by David Rann, 2016
It might interest photographers to note that I didn’t use flash on one single image from this shoot. Instead, I used just the modelling light and my 50mm f1.4 Nikon lens open to about f2.2. I think this is the first time I’ve done a whole shoot just using the continuous lighting but it won’t be the last. In fact I’m going to continue using just the modelling light until… well, until I get bored of just using the modelling lights. All of the shots are using one or two lights plus a reflector, cunningly propped up using a very Heath-Robinson contraption of my own devising.
Sasha by David Rann, 2016
I met Sasha when she was modelling for the fantastic design brand She By Sophie at my studio. Luckily, she recently approached me about producing a few studio images and I definitely didn’t need to be asked twice.
Sadly, Sasha’s make-up artist cancelled the night before so she had to her own make-up but I’d say she made a pretty good fist of it. What do you reckon?
Sasha by David Rann. 2016.
Sasha by David Rann , 2016
I’ll be posting more from this shoot. OF COURSE I will! – I have about 400 shots from this shoot that I’m delighted with.