Invaders From The North!!

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Had a great day on Saturday shooting with model Jenny Clewlow at various locations around the Darlington area.  I first saw Jenny after she shot with some friends of mine Marc Melling and Stu Glen.  She is very much in demand as a model and combines a full time job with grid work, promotions and modelling, travelling long distances to do so.  This doesn’t seem to dampen her enthusiasm at all and when we got the chance to shoot eventually she arrived full of enthusiasm and raring to go having driven down from Inverness that morning.  We had exchanged several ideas about what we would like to shoot and I picked out a few places which i thought might provide a good backdrop.  As it turned out the light beat us and we didn’t get to use them all, always other shoots though I guess.  Jenny brought her boyfriend Stu with her, a lovely guy who was a real bonus to have around on the shoot, he needs to be careful he will be giving chaperones a good name!!  When we got back we did a couple of studio sets before tucking in to a well earned curry!! All in all it was a really fun day, here are some of the early edits, more will appear during the week.

Charlene

mg_7289webI first worked with Charlene back in August at a group shoot with other photographers Stu Glen, Marc Melling and Grahame Jenkins held at Banana Studio up in Newcastle’s Ouseburn.  She has a great look but is also a lovely girl with it and we grabbed some time on the day to talk about future collaboration, as it turned out we had to wait until this week to finally get together.  We were hoping to make a day of it and combine a location shoot with a further session back at Banana, unfortunately the weather was against us so we just headed for the studio.  During the three hours we had we shot a range of styles from lifestyle, fashion through to lingerie with Charlene making the transition between each with ease.
The time went really quickly, but looking back through the images I was more than happy with the shots we got.  Thanks to Charlene for a really enjoyable and productive afternoon and to the revamped  Banana Studio for their good humour and professionalism throughout the day.

These are a few of the early edits, please check back as more are added.

Images updated 27/11/10

Photoshop Editing Technique

fashion image from Birkhead location shoot

Given that Photoshop is such an important part in the image making process these days I’m always on the lookout for different techniques that will enhance my image processing skills.  I recently came across an article on the Chase Jarvis website where I really liked the final result.  I’m a frequent visitor of his blog which contains lots of useful information and updates about his work, a great source of inspiration.  The technique was fairly straightforward, involving a channel mixer layer and and change of blending mode to Overlay, followed by some selections to tweak the final image.  The image I used was one from a recent shoot with fashion model Lisa Marie Thompson at Birkheads Secret Garden on the outskirts of Newcastle. I think  Lisa’s pose is great here and the sky provided a great backdrop, as you can see the colours are much more punchy than in the original edit and I really like the final result, be glad to hear your opinions 🙂

Kirstie – Fashion and Beauty Shoot

Kirstie Fashion and Portrait shoot

After the Marlena shoot we had to come back for more!!  Once again I had the services of Julie Ann Pattinson as MUA and stylist and this time Kirstie as the model.  I first met Kirstie through a friend of hers who I had worked with before, she had not really done any modelling before, and had no real desire to pursue it as a career, but wanted to give it a go and see how it turned out.  As you can see she has a great look and proved to be an absolute natural.  Fortunately for me she really enjoyed the shoot and we ended up shooting several more times over the following months.  We worked through a series of ideas, one of which included her being buried in a mound of autumnal leaves which I had collected a couple of days before the shoot and dried out on the conservatory floor, unfortunately the odd spider remained which did cause one or two slightly hairy moments!!  It was a long day and we shot for around seven hours with only a short break for one of my legendary sandwiches 🙂  Had a great feeling of satisfaction following the shoot though and a real sense of achievement.  Big thank you to both Kirstie and Julie for their patience, good humour and expertise which just made the whole thing so much fun.

Banana Studio Open Day

Earlier in the year I was fortunate enough to be invited along to the open day organised by Eric Murphy and his staff at Banana Studio in Newcastle.  It was a really good day out all round, not only from the point of view of working with some great models but also being able to chat with lots of other photographers whose work I was familiar with from various modelling web sites.  Had a really fun shoot with Natalie Overton who was lovely and very patient when I was trying to explain the images I was looking to achieve.  The star of the day however had to be Demari Vi Sith who had travelled up from London for the weekend.  Demari has a really unique style, influenced by her strong dance background, and was an absolute joy to shoot.  Made my job really easy as all I really had to do was push the button!!  Even though I only worked with her for a relatively short time I felt very happy with the images we created, in no small part due to her skill and professionalism.  Definitely someone who I would like to work with again.  Big thank you to Eric and his staff for making us feel so welcome.

Location Shoot With Lisa Thompson

Have been talking to Lisa for a while about shooting together again following our recent studio meet up.  Unfortunately the weather wouldn’t play ball, had a look at the weather this morning and it didn’t look good, however things did improve and we decided to give it a go.  We headed off to Birkhead’s Secret Garden near Sunniside, Newcastle.  The weather turned out to be lovely, a little too sunny if anything!!  and we spent about 90 minutes shooting in around 5 different areas around the gardens.  The owners, Christine & Mike, were very welcoming and just asked that we didn’t cause an obstruction, the place was pretty quiet though so this wasn’t a problem.  Good luck to Lisa who is off to London tomorrow for an agency interview, sure she will do really well.  If you would like to see more of Lisa’s work click here.

Lisa was kind enough to pen a few words about her day:-

‘What can I say? I have worked with John in studio and location. I had alot of fun on both occassions and getting great shots seemed effortless! We tried and tested various themes and ideas to see what worked best and we always saw eye to eye (well almost always, as I do think his taste in pink macs has a lot to answer for!)

On a more serious note, he’s a smashing photographer and has a sharp eye for detail. Even my dog Gucci took a shine to him, although that may have been the alluring scent of left over cheesy quaver crumbs nestling in John’s palm.

John is quite the gentleman too. I was chauffer driven to the location and he kindly took me back home. He was extremely patient despite the fact I fed his sat nav an incorrect postcode!  Nevertheless, we got their in the end :)”

Jade Turnbull

After a couple of quiet weeks have now got a few interesting projects booked in, the first of which was a shoot with Jade tonight.  Have worked with Jade on numerous occasions, she is a lovely girl and an accomplished photographer and re-toucher in her own right.  The plan was to shoot some pin up styles that could be used to help her Mum to market a vintage clothing store she has planned.  Think we got some really good images, Jade’s bubbly personality being well suited to the pin up style.  Please check back to see more images from the shoot.

If you would like to see some of Jade’s photography work click here

Laura

When Laura agreed to come along to our recent group shoot at Banana Studio I started to think of ideas we could work on.  She has a great look for fashion and a really funky hairstyle so i wanted to try two main things, some headshots and something a little different.  The latter resulted in her climbing a mesh fence outside Spiderwoman like which proved to be quite a challenge in five inch heels!!  To her credit she did this brilliantly and clung on for dear life until we got the shot,  I must admit I was a bit scared when she jumped off the gate in her high heels!! Real dedication to the cause 🙂  I think one of the headshots we got has turned into one of my all time personal favourites, thanks for a great shoot Laura.

More of Laura’s on line modelling portfolio can be seen here.

Alex Pratt Shoot

mg_5227weblogoAlex travelled over from Cumbria to be a part of our group shoot at Banana Studio in Newcastle where she had the dubious pleasure of shooting with myself and three other photographers – Grahame Jenkins, Marc Melling and Stu Glen.  Really enjoyed shooting with her she has a  great personality, really bubbly and enthusiastic, and as you can see has a great look too.  Hoping to shoot with her again on a location shoot that I have an idea for.

To see more of Lexy’s fashion work click here

Alex also recently worked with a good friend of mine, Northumberland based Marc Melling, the images from the shoot can be seen here