This Other England: Model Ellie At Strangetown Studio

Modelling for this week’s “Getting Started In The Studio: Flash“workshop was the lovely Kidderminster-based model Ellie England. It so happens that Ellie’s dad is one of my oldest and best friends so I’ve know Ellie since she was a baby – way before she was one of the country’s brightest new athletics hopefuls, much less an up-and-coming model. Sadly, a period of ill health meant that Ellie is no longer competing in athletics but thankfully, she is back to modelling.

Before Monday’s workshop began, we were able to get a few minutes to grab some studio shots, some of which Ellie needed for an agency application. Ellie is such a wonderfully bubbly personality with a very professional outlook. She is on Instagram and some of the modelling sites (click here for her Purpleport profile).

These were very hurried shots but I hope to bring Ellie back into the studio soon.

Forthcoming Workshops At Strangetown Studio

I recently announced 3 new workshops and 2 model shoots to be held at (my) Strangetown Studio in Birmingham. There is still at least 2 spaces left on each of the workshops, one of the model shoots (the first to be announced) is now full but there are two spaces left on the second one. Here’s the flyer…

The model shoot features the stunning Alex Shanks, who is no stranger to my studio and always a joy to photograph. You won’t need any studio experience to join our friendly little group for this session, just a camera that is able to connect to our studio flash (contact me if you’re unsure).

The remaining workshops are as follows…

GETTING STARTED IN THE STUDIO: FLASH

Monday 9th March 7-10pm. Venue: Strangetown Studio

A one-off mostly-practical introduction to studio flash using various lighting modifiers and techniques. A real model (or models) will be used to demonstrate principles so bring along your camera to learn-as-you-shoot.

Aim: Confidently use electronic studio flash, whether in an established studio or setting up you own.

Price: £45.   Maximum Group Size: 5

 

PHOTOSHOP FOR THE BAFFLED

Wednesday 25th March 7-10pm.  Venue: Strangetown Studio

Bring along your own laptop or just watch and make notes as I take you through the most useful Photoshop functions. This one-off workshop is suitable for beginners and ideally you’ll have a recent version of Photoshop pre-installed. Please contact me before booking to clarify which PS version you’re using or for tips on buying PS for the first time. Bring your own photos to work on or I will supply samples for you to play with.

Aim: Take your first steps in using the industry standard photo-editing suite on your own images in a relaxed and supportive environment.

Price: £40.  Maximum Group Size: 6

 

PHOTOGRAPHING PEOPLE

Sunday 26th April 10am-1:30pm.  Venue: Strangetown Studio

Historically this has been an extremely successful workshop. Learn about the technical, creative, lighting, posing, gender and psychological considerations involved when photographing people. Unsurprisingly, this is a partly practical workshop using real models so bring your camera.

Aim: Understand what makes a good portrait and how to produce one.

Price: £55.  Maximum Group Size: 6

Get in touch for enquiries and booking.

Holly In The Summertime

I can’t believe I’ve just got around to editing the images from this shoot with the wonderful Holly Alexander at Strangetown Studio from August 2019!  But editing images from late summer, with some lovely afternoon sunshine, is exactly what’s needed on a day when my home town is facing yet more floods.

This was a really enjoyable grouo shoot in which we were able to utilise not only the studio (and its lighting) but also the corridors and lifts within the studio building and the streets nearby.

And here’s our merry little group on the day (excluding me, as I’m taking the photograph)…

 

James: Headshots

I enjoy shooting “headshots”, especially when the subject is a performer or someone who understands the importance of image presentation. And it’s also more fun if it’s someone I’ve known for many years and have worked with before.

James is an actor and musician that I first photographed around 14 years ago when I was putting together my final project for my Photography degree. We originally met via a mutual interest in a band. James is definitely less affected by those years than I am.

I know I’ve said it before but the best thing about my studio (Strangetown Studio) is that apart from my cosy and well-equipped studio space, there’s the rest of this huge 1930s industrial building to use as backdrops for my portraiture and quite a few of the corridors and stairwells have rather nice natural light.

Miss Deadly Red at Strangetown

Always nice to have modelling royalty at Strangetown Studio and Miss Deadly Red certainly brought a touch of colour and class to a recent workshop. I set up shoots in the studio and around our lovely building that encompassed a bit of vintage lingerie as well as some wonderful latex looks.

The difficulty when posting results from these workshops, even though I didn’t take as many shots as the attendees (too busy sorting lighting etc) is choosing which images to post – I was delighted with every single image from this shoot.

I’ll be aiming to run one workshop per month in 2020 and if you’d like to be considered for joining our little group, please get in touch. Numbers are strictly limited and so far, former FOTO-CLUB members have snapped up most or all of the places but I’m hoping to add a few more new faces too.

New Blood: Old Concept

(l-r) Gia, Farrah & Porsha

I recently revived a workshop theme that I haven’t done for well over two years. In fact the problems with finding reliable models for the “New Blood” showcase events (essentially three very different models whose only similarity is that they haven’t worked on my events before) was one of the reasons I stopped doing workshops at all.

Porsha at Strangetown Studio

It’s “reassuring” to discover that nothing has changed and new models are still, on the whole, a fairly unreliable bunch. Of the three models originally booked for this event, only Porsha actually honoured her booking. The other two had to be replaced when they dropped out at quite short notice (one within the 36 hours before the shoot). Suddenly, I remembered why I stopped doing these particular workshops.

Luckily, two wonderful and very professionally-minded models, Gia and Farrah stepped in to save the day. In the end, this was a very successful workshop.  Here are just a few of the images I managed to capture in between running from group to group…

A Tale Of Two Brothers: Part Two

If you read my previous post, you’ll have seen Dominic, the brother of this young man – Aaron. Aaron really only came along to support his (slightly more nervous) brother but proved to be extremely comfortable in front of the camera. All of these images were shot in my studio (Strangetown Studio) and in the rest of the Telsen building.

And finally, a shot of the two brothers together…