Monday, 14 April 2014

Summer Begins











So I realised recently that I hadn't done any shoots for myself since the Peaky Blinders one in February! It was about time to do something new. So, I called in my lovely model Bala Piti (used previously in THIS and THIS shoot) as we hadn't done a shoot since October 2013 - had it really been that long?! This was a very quickly put together, so I had no item of clothing, no setting, not even any general inspiration. 

However, because I had already done quite a few urban-styled shoots with the model before, I knew that I wanted to just take some very beautiful shots instead, and include the many flowers that had recently bloomed. 

Very, very luckily, through all the rain we'd been having (this is England after all), we managed to get one, absolutely stunningly warm, sunny day! We simply couldn't have asked for better weather.

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The dress used is from American Apparel and the flowers in shot six are from Lisa Elliot.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair










A couple of weeks ago, I visited the wonderful Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair. Hold your horses, no I'm not planning on getting married anytime soon. However, I always love to pop in as its a great place to network and photograph pretty things. I found this year that I knew far more of the stall holders than last time, so it was great to chat and exchange business cards. ...If I'm being really honest though, I was just dying to try on one of the many exquisite wedding gowns! The only thing stopping me there was the notion that I would rather photograph them. Really though, there was everything from wedding cakes and specialised groom tailors, to saw playing (yes, that really is a thing!) and wedding photo booths! 
If you are intending on get married anytime soon, do try and catch the Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair as it'll give you tons of brilliant ideas and services for your special day!

To view my BVWF post from last year, Click Here.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

G-Star Raw Inspired Shoot







So, this shoot was actually for something else, but I loved the results so much that I just had to post them up here! The model has previously been featured in THIS and THIS shoot. 

The idea for this shoot was to look at the elements of a fashion campaign, at what made it successful, then take those elements to your own shoot. So, I decided to take inspiration from the fabulous G-Star Raw 2011 campaign with Gemma Arterton, shot by Anton Corbijn. This is a campaign that I've always loved, so I thought I'd give it a whirl by taking elements from it, such as: the denim on denim, the modern grunge location, the little bits of leather and the hat & waistcoat. Of course, the campaign had tight, dark denim, and we had light, baggy denim, but we had to make do. 

It had been raining the morning of the shoot, but luckily we managed to get a frame where the rain had stopped for a bit, so we could shoot. Never the less, it was freezing and very windy! I had to shoot quickly as my hands my hands where going numb over the shutter and the model was no warmer! 

There where some flats overlooking our location, which I had my back to as i photographed the model. As I did so though, she started giggling. I asked what was up and she pointed behind me. I looked behind and saw a man looking out the window at us, watching the shoot, at the same time as playing a ukelele. ...Yep. He saw us looking at him, but that did not stop his playing. It was too bad we couldn't actually hear the instrument, but it made for a surreal moment!
(We always seem to have funny little moment like this during our shoots - view any other shoots with this model and you'll see what mean!


Inspiration from the G-Star Raw campaign:

 

Monday, 10 February 2014

Peaky Blinders Inspired Shoot









Here is a brand new photo shoot, completely inspired by one of my most favorite TV series, Peaky Blinders. Ever since watching the series, I had been dying to do a shoot, and just so happened to have the perfect model for it!

- The TV Series
Peaky Blinders is an epic series staring the likes of Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins/Inception), Sam Neil (Jurassic Park/The Piano), Helen McCory (Skyfall/Hugo) and Annabelle Wallis (X-men: First Class). It focuses on a 1919 Birmingham gangster family who sew razor blades into the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss, Thomas Shelby, who means to move up in the world. If you like beautiful cinematography, epic music, superb acting, slow-mo violence, relationships, awesome plot-twists and cliffhangers - then I would recommend watching this! Simply cannot wait for series two to come out!

- The Shoot
It took a while to organise the shoot itself, comparing various schedules and weather conditions. On the day, it was actually drenching with rain (which almost prevented the shoot) but as luck would have it, the sun came out just as we did. I wasn't sure where exactly I wanted to shoot, but I had a vicinity, so I did what I always do and made it up as we went along! As amazing luck would have it, we found the most perfect, old fashioned, rustic pub. It was decked with big leather chairs, old wooden coffee tables, thick stonewalls, various antiques and vintage items - the model looked like he belonged there!

All the clothes are the model's own, apart from the cap.


- Shots From The Series -








Monday, 27 January 2014

100,000 Page Views!

It has just come to my attention that my blog has reached over 100,000 page views! Woo! I find this amazing as, looking through my old posts, I found ones saying 'Just got to 2,000 views! Yay!'. It is absolutely gobsmacking to go from there to here, so thank you very much to all my lovely viewers!

So to celebrate this fabulous milestone, I thought (along with the new, revamped header image/logo) I'd do a post to credit the 'out with the old and in with the new'!




I recently decided to have a look through my folder stores of past photo shoots from years ago. I do tend to move on fairly quickly after finishing images but I found that, going back, there were still loads that I was proud of. That being said, I decided to do some new edits of old shoots. 

To see how I edited them originally, click the link under the desired photograph.

Monday, 13 January 2014

Raindrop Sparkles









The title may sound like something out of My Little Pony, but it seemed to fit the bill. These are raindrops that I experimented with photographing on my window. I am exceedingly pleased with the results!

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Flora







Margarine.

Only joking! Of course I'm using the title 'Flora' in the plant sense. 

Would you look at this then - an unscheduled, unexpected autumn/winter plant post! Full of surprises I am. 

I did just write a paragraph to explain why my posts are very slow at the moment... But I figured, who's going to want to read that on New Years Eve? So instead, I'll simply say:

I hope you had a wonderful christmas and that you have a brilliant new year - because you all deserve it!

xxx