The offering..

Imagine if you will, its only your third ever shoot, you are all very new to it. One shoot in a studio, another at home studio (mine) and then on the next shoot you have to climb through a hole in a fence, and then through another hole in the wall into a really disgusting, dark, cold, wet and smelly derelict old mill. and you may well be thinking (As Roxanne probably was), ‘wait a minute, modelling is supposed to be glamorous isn’t it’?

Then to make matters even worse said photographer (That’ll be me) points at a particularly disgusting bit and says, ‘I can see a stonking image if you don’t mind standing there on that metal ducting (which happens to be wet because the roof is mostly missing here) naked in a crucifixion pose’?

I’m sure most normal people would have run away long before this suggestion was mentioned, but to be fair to Roxanne she just said. ‘hold my warm fluffy dressing gown a minute’ and clambered over the crap and the pigeon poo, pulled the pose, one shot looking down and one shot looking up. Job done!

I love them, I think she does too because now she has gone out and bought all sorts of weird masks and is researching derelict places herself to go shoot in!

Expect more shenanigans shortly…

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Rewind, with Marmalade..

Last week I went back through a shoot from late last year with Marmalade, and found a few shots to edit that I had missed the first time around. Its something I do every now and then because I frequently manage to miss cool images. Still its good to look again with fresh eyes!

Then I realised I had only blogged one of the images from this shoot so I thought I would share the new ones and some more!

We shot these in some old abandoned farm buildings, including an old milking parlour. We were lucky in that we had some really cool light on the day, I always seem to get lucky with interesting light! perhaps it likes me and follows me around, much like the rain followed Rob McKenna around in ‘So Long & Thanks For All The Fish’, (he was a rain god, the clouds loved to water him) Who knows hehe!

Anyway, these are some of the cool images we made, I hope you like them! If you want to take a look at more of Marmalade’s amazing work please go look at her website www.urbexmodel.com

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I walk the lines..

Hi folks!

Time for another little blog, with some images from my shoot with Trish, who It turns out I have known for 5 years now. That’s mad. In that time shes had another baby, got married, had some puppies, (well her dog has, not her) Got some more tattoos, and still finds time to come out and play taking photies every now and then with me while Joe her long suffering husband gets to look after the kids for the day. I’m not sure if I should say thanks to Joe for this ‘favour’ or not, because actually I think he likes his ears getting a rest from motormouth in the pictures down there. Just saying….

We went to the trains where I had recently shot before, and the sun shone on us, which was good because Trish didn’t have much with her in the way of winter/wet weather gear. It was beautifully sunny and warm and we took some pretty photies. Actually, I was a bit out of my comfort zone, as I don’t do bright sunshine usually, preferring to shoot in as low light situations as possible. Still, I think we got some fab stuff!

Worth mentioning again though, this is a line that does not get used. If you want to shoot trains and railway lines please never shoot on working lines, its just not worth the risk. Be safe!

Hope you like the results :)

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In the morning...

Ahhh Leah, where do we start?

I have known Leah a LONG time. From the time I went on a little course at the now long gone ‘Blackthorn School of Photography’ when Si Young was teaching me what to do with my camera in around 2009 or so I guess. I met Leah through Simon and we have shot lots over the years, the last time being around two years ago just after she had her first little one. She’s added another little person to her collection now and has had a busy few years being mum and any form of modelling has taken a back seat.

Then last week Facebook showed us a memory of an image we had taken back in the day and I was over the moon to then get a little message asking if we could go out and take a few pretty portraits early in the morning sometime, and to have a catch up, and talk about life, the universe, and everything.

So this morning we had a wander across the field. We had been hoping for bright sunlight and mist but it wasn’t to be. So anyway I made her sit on a grubby damp tree root for a photie and then all of a sudden as if by magic the gods of pretty light blessed us for a few minutes.

If there were no more good shots form the set I wouldn’t even mind, because I love this one so much.

So lovely to catch up, and we won’t be leaving it two years until the next time!

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Got a ticket for my destination..

A single image blog today, there are more for another time!

I have had this location in mind for ages, having first seen it on Google Earth around a year ago, and finally scouting it out it out properly about 3 months ago. Its on a piece of line that is only used on certain days of the year by steam trains, and comes to a complete stop about a hundred yards further on from where this image was taken, at the end of a short tunnel.

Usually there are two sets of goods wagons here, both using up the full length of the tunnel and hanging out for a good 80 meters or so, however on the day we actually turned up to shoot there the trains had been shunted out and further down the line leaving the tunnel empty.

At first I was a bit annoyed, I wanted to shoot on the wagons in the tunnel, using just the setting sun at the other end as illumination, and now this wasn’t possible (I thought, incorrectly) As it turned out there was one old bit of rolling stock at the far end of the tunnel and I managed to get a few fab images there too in the end (for another blog)

I had really wanted to shoot some art nude images here, because I hadn’t shot any for quite a while and its a genre of photography I love very much. I also missed shooting on location a lot, having spent quite a bit of time shooting at my home over the last few months.

This coincided with Lydia messaging me about shooting again (we have worked together twice before and had great fun and made some really nice images) She decided that she quite fancied the idea of trying her hand at an art nude shoot so off we went on Sunday afternoon, with the huge rain clouds very kindly agreeing to mooch off someplace else just before we got to the location.

Oddly, I was worried she would be cold, I mean its only February but it didn’t seem to phase her at all. We shot some really cool stuff inside the tunnel which I will share later but for the moment I wanted to show you this image where we used some of the train wagons just outside the tunnel. I think it looks pretty awesome!

We hope you like the image! And thanks to Lydia for a really productive shoot that has resulted in some really beautiful images!

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In dust we trust...

Hi folks, I thought I would share another image from my impromptu shoot with a Nadia and a ‘67 Mustang last weekend.

I shot this from a balcony, wanting to use just the front end of the car in the image and capture the amazing straight lines of the bonnet (I guess I should call it a ‘hood’ considering its an American car really) against the delicate skin and curves of Nadia.

I didn’t want the typical ‘sexy girl posing with car’ shot that you see everywhere, but rather wanted to emphasize her delicate human curves against this huge lump of cold and dusty metal. With this in mind I asked Nadia to curl up in a fetal position. This position tends to be used quite a lot in nude photography, its very beautiful and peaceful. I was also keen to show off the dust all over the car, I think it adds a lot to the image. I did quite a bit of selective sharpening to the dust to make it stand out in the image.

It was super cold in the garage where we shot this, so we worked very quickly and then it was straight back in front of the space heater for Nadia where she cooked nicely at gas mark 5 to get her circulation going again!

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I also thought you might like to see the before image too. As we were working in a garage naturally there was a lot of ‘stuff’ about, some of which we didn’t have time to move or just couldn’t move due to space constraints. So it had to be left in the shot and removed afterwards at the editing stage.

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My thanks to Nadia for dragging me out on this little adventure, and for being crazy enough to be cold and naked just for the sake of making an image. Also my thanks to the lovely people who offered us the use of their place to the owner of the Mustang for letting us use his amazing car. It’s very much appreciated!

Mustang..


A little blog, as its been a while yet again.

I had a few weeks of losing interest in shooting, this happens a lot with most photographers I know, you kind of lose your mojo for a bit. I mean its all been done before hasn’t it? and you wonder what you are achieving by shooting what usually amounts to similar images over and over again. Eat/Sleep/shoot/Repeat…

I realised it was shooting at home that was getting me down, I had fallen into the trap of having somewhere that was pretty cool to shoot from, so I wasn’t really getting out and about and finding different interesting places to use in my images. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the images I have shot at home, with all the amazing people who have given me their time in return for images, but I just couldn’t face any more of it, at least until the clocks change and the beautiful light at sunset comes back anyway.

Nadia had mentioned shooting again, and I had said ‘yes but as long as its not here’ and then one day she popped with a message and a photo of a really cool car that we had permission to shoot with. The car was being restored and would be ready in a few months but did I want to go and take a look at it in its current state?

Off we went, to a top secret location where a number of cars were being restored. I had taken my camera and as it happened we did a little impromptu shoot anyway. The car we were going to look at, a 66 Ford Galaxie was up on stands mid-restoration, looking amazing and we have a couple of shots with it, but also under a cover there was a black Mustang.

It was covered in dust, but looked amazing, and we were given permission to shoot on the bonnet. I didn’t want anything resembling the typical glamour girl & car photo, and had this weird idea for a crucifixion pose. I then flipped the image around and rather like the result.

I have another to edit from this set from a higher vantage point, but in the meantime I thought I would share this because I think its quite a cool image!

Hope you like!

Mojo seems to be back…for a while anyway!


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'Cracked'

Hi folks,
Its been a busy weekend, with a nights DJing and no less than two shoots, the second of which was only arranged this morning, and completed this evening. I have one image I love so much I want to share it before I have edited any more from the set, but I am sure some of those will follow soon!

This was my third shoot with Laura, and I have to say her confidence has gone through the roof since she became a winner of the UK Calendar Girls at the end of last year, it really showed in her posing and her general happy demeanor. She’s fab!

We did some shooting out in a multi story carpark earlier on in the evening and then came back to shoot a little more at my place. This images was shot in my bedroom. I’m shooting into a mirror that I managed to break a few months ago rather than directly at Laura. Its always a bit weird shooting into mirrors although I do it quite a lot, everything is back to front when you are giving instructions to the model to make sure the pose looks good, it messes with your head a bit, and its also a case of finding a bit of the mirror with no crack in to use as your focus point and then recomposing the image so it works well.

The only editing this image has had is a tiny bit of the mirror frame removing from the bottom right corner. You may notice that the skirting around the bottom of the wall goes slightly out of shape but this is due to the bevel of the mirror and was not part of the frame that I edited out. I was going to alter it but I thought it actually looked better left as it was.

I love the bokeh the cracks in the mirror have created, and the general effect it has on the image, Laura’s pose is fantastic, I love the pink of her lingerie against the red of the wall, and I don’t think I could have framed it better if I had tried.

I’ve posted a phone pic of the mirror underneath the main image, just in case you wanted to see how it was shot.

Hope you like, am looking forward to editing more of this set!

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