All That Glitters…

…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.

“Booster”: Lottie Locke

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!

Two Becomes One

This last week has been rather eventful. Not least because I finally moved out of my Jewellery Quarter studio – Alto Studio – and transferred the whole business to my other studio, Strangetown in Aston.  Alto has been a lovely base for training for the last 18 months or so and I might miss having a base in the Jewellery Quarter but Strangetown has proved to be a much more suitable creative space.

And so it’s onwards and upwards for both FOTO-CLUB (my training business) and my own photography practice. I look forward to this next chapter in my photographic career.

 

“Warrior” with Joel Hicks

I work with model/actor/fundraiser/photographer Joel Hicks far too rarely nowadays but he’s still my “go to” for any kind of shoot that involves sheer muscle and the ability to adapt to any role. When you organise a workshop called “Warrior“, there was only ever one model in the frame. Joel never disappoints, throwing 100% into absolutely everything he does. My group and I were rewarded with some excellent images (we think).

These images were taken using either studio flash OR the wonderful natural window-light that my studio, Strangetown, is blessed with.

Copyright David Rann 2017

Copyright David Rann 2017

Copyright David Rann 2017

Copyright David Rann 2017

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…

Strangetown Studio

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.

Savannah in the Telsen lift.

Ryan in one of the stairwells.

Ryan in one of the stairwells.

Ryan in one of the many corridors

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).

Lights, Camera, Nigel…

Although this shot was taken about a year and a half ago, I noticed that film-maker Nigel is still using a shot from this photo-shoot for his social media and promo material which is always a lovely thing to see. This is my personal favourite from the shoot and a portrait that I feel captured some of the warmth of this charming fella.