Sunshine Sasha

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).

Elena: Girl Next Door

Since moving to Alto Studio, I’ve only once before used the building’s outside areas for a shoot (a fashion shoot with Sasha Hatton) so a FOTO-CLUB group shoot on a Sunday morning when the building is completely deserted seemed like the ideal opportunity to explore. I chose the stunning Elena Koneska as the ideal model for the shoot.

Here’s a couple of low-contrast mono shots of Elena. Don’t be fooled – despite the bright sunshine, it was a FREEZING cold morning. More to follow.

On Safari, Brum-style.

I’m very much looking forward to this week’s FOTO-CLUB “Night Photo Safari“. It’s been quite a while since we ran one and I’d almost forgotten to schedule any. Of course at this time of year, at least part of the 7:30-10pm slot will still be pretty light but that’s fine – we’ve done Springtime walks before and it’s actually a very different experience to the wintertime ones with a few other locations becoming usable. Less opportunity for light trails etc perhaps but more chance to photograph the model I’ll be bringing along (which I’m sure most people would consider a decent trade-off). All of these images used on the flyer were shot on Night Photo Safaris and the one of Emilie (in the hat) was shot at roughly this time of year.

Here’s the flyer if you fancy bagging one of the last couple of spaces…

 

Daniel In The Photographer’s Den

As a nice little finale for the Portfolio Booster II course, I arranged two very different male models. One was Daniel Specta, a heavily tattooed young fella with a great look and wonderful taste in sunglasses. Like most of the group, I photographed Daniel using only the continuous modelling lights of the flash heads and then the ambient lighting that can be found in the corridor outside my studio. And that is where I took this shot. Daniel’s ace shades were just crying out to be messed with in post-production, so I did.

Emilie Through The Arched Window

This very retro image of our gorgeous regular model Emilie Walt came from week 1 of the FOTO-CLUB “Location location location location location” five week series of location (surprisingly) workshops. This particular location is a near-derelict Victorian building which I’m told was once a toy factory.

There was no mains power and so the only lighting here came from two hand-held LED video lights augmented with a Birmingham City Council streetlight  shining through the window in the background.

Emilie and our other model, Charlotte “Lottie” Locke, braved chilly temperatures, spiders aplenty, and missing floorboards in the name of art.

“Portfolio Booster”

I’ll be posting some images from the recent 5 week “Location Location Location Location Location” course shortly, but here’s the series of workshops that will replace it for the second half of the term. This time we’ll be in the studio each week but with as wide a range of models and genres to work with as you could possibly imagine.