Since coronageddon kicked off, and my usual photography bookings became rarer than truths from a government adviser, I’ve been filling my time with lots of online tutorials, walks, trying new recipes, and roughly 40% of the time, looking after my 13 year-old daughter – which largely involves making sure she gets on with her allotted schoolwork and regularly shovelling food to within arm’s reach. In addition, it’s been nice (for us both) to introduce her to some new creative activities such as music recording, digital art and editing photographs using Lightroom.
I confess there may be a longer term dream that she’ll one day take over the editing side of my photography business (when she’s not at university or becoming a massive success in whatever “proper” career direction she chooses) while I do the bit I enjoy most – taking pictures. Editing, to me, is a means to an end. Unlike many other photographers, I really don’t enjoy the editing process. However, predictably, my daughter has taken to Lightroom like a duck to water and within an hour of my initial guidance, was using functions that I rarely if ever use myself.
And so here are a few of my photographs as edited on Lightroom by “my young apprentice”. She chose to work on these images from a “Urban Ballet” themed shoot at my Strangetown Studio featuring the wonderful Emilie Walt. Not necessarily how I’d have done them – but that’s the whole point. I’m rather chuffed with her results…
…Is probably our favourite FOTO-CLUB model Emilie Walt and her equally sparkly accomplice at this week’s “Showgirl” themed group shoot at Strangetown Studio.
Professional dancer (and our most-photographed model) Emilie will be bringing some welcome seasonal sparkle to the studio and there’s still a couple of spaces if you feel like braving the arctic conditions to get here.
The FOTO-CLUB “Urban 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.
Going through my old hard drives last week and I found these images from last year’s “Urban Ballet” shoot featuring the wonderfully versatile Emilie Walt. Starting to wonder if it isn’t time I organized another one of these shoots.
Just to prove that size doesn’t matter, I somehow managed to put on a dance-themed session as part of the “Portfolio Booster II” course. Planned when I was still in the previous, much larger, studio, it was touch and go whether I’d pull the plug and go for something “safe” and small-studio-friendly instead. But no, two highly energetic dancers and a full group of around 8 photographers all managed to cram into the li’l Alto Studio and still pull off some cracking images.
I previously pasted some images of the male half of the evening’s dancing partnership, Nathan Lafayette, and so this time it’s the turn of the equally talented Robyn Stainrod. Here she is, doing what she does best…
When I was looking for models for a dance shoot a year or so ago, fellow photographer Richard Battye suggested I contact dancer Nathan Sebastian Lafayette. I did. He was brilliant.
So I booked him again last week for the fourth of five of the “Portfolio Booster II” workshops. I’d considered cancelling this shoot because we’re now working in a much smaller studio and the prospect of a dance shoot on paper backgrounds in a relatively low-ceilinged room didn’t seem terribly feasible. But I was wrong. Nathan and his colleague Robyn (more about Robyn in future posts) really made the space work. We were all rewarded with some cool images.
Another from a great shoot with actor and dancer Jason Segade. This time, in full tango mode (he danced professionally for many years)…