Eve – The Comeback Kid

Eve Model shootEve was one of the mose popular and hardworking models on the north east circuit and I was fortunate to work with her on a few occasions.  We always seemed to manage to come up with something a little different and the images we shot stayed on my profiles for ages, though I never tired of them.  So when I heard the news that she had decided to hang up her sequined undies I was more than a little disappointed.  However after a break she is back and looking better than ever.  We arranged to shoot together for a short time, looking for something “edgy fashion”,  with the objective of getting 3 usable images for her on line portfolios, how do you think we did??  Always a pleasure working with Eve, no doubt we will work together again soon.

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.

Beauty Shoot With Marlena Ziolkowska, MUA Julie Ann Pattinson

A project I had been looking to do for a while was a set of beauty images with the help of a make up artist, I’d long been an admirer of those lovely clean images and looked out for the people to try and make it work.  A few months before I had worked with a Polish model Marlena Ziolkowska at a group shoot we had arranged up in Newcastle, she is a cracking fashion model, great hair and a lovely look, once she had agreed to do the shoot I felt I was half way there.  Julie Ann Pattinson was someone I had chatted to for a while and we had talked about doing something of this nature for our portfolios.  Big problem with Julie is she is so bloody busy!!  Trying to find a time when we could all get together was bit of a mare, but I’m glad we persevered and we eventually got it all sorted.  I’m so glad we did, Julie is a fantastic make up artist, a real gem, she also made a great contribution to the styling of the images and made me realise just how important the make up artists role is in the whole process.  It was a long but very enjoyable day, my main job was to rush around, provide drinks and make the odd sandwhich whilst the others did their thing!!  I did take the odd image though in between all the important stuff!!

Photoshoot with Male Model

One of the most interesting, and challenging,  shoots for me last year was the session with Pip a bodybuilder from Manchester.  He contacted me via the Webmodels  site after looking at my work there and liking the way the images were lit.  At first I was very unsure about taking the project on, dont get me wrong I have no problem shooting guys, but I had spent most of the previous eighteen months researching and practising how to light women and I knew this would take a different set of skills.  The second factor was that he was going to travel a long way for this shoot, very flattering, but also very worrying if I botched it,  he was a lot bigger than me!! lol  After discussing this for a while I decided to go ahead with it, it turned out to be a really positive experience for me and a steep but rewarding learning curve.  I probably put more time into researching and practising for this one shoot than any other to date and we decided on a set of black and white images to show Pip in competition shape.  The images we got from the session I was really pleased with, fortunately so was he.

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 :)”

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.