I want to start this post by explaining why I haven’t updated this blog in quite a few months. Throughout 2018 my idea was to have at least one blog post each month and then other events I thought deserve their own post would get separate ones. This ended up with me going along to events that I thought should have their own post and I just didn’t get round to writing anything for it and as a result I didn’t write that months post. This continued on and I got so far behind that I just wasn’t into writing and it wasn’t fun for me anymore, so I didn’t bother doing it. I only really wrote one off posts if I was writing for someone else, or I was being paid.
For 2019 I have a similar idea to 2018 but to keep it going I’ll try to keep to fewer posts. I will try to have one post covering what I’ve been upto in that month, and if I feel I want to write something else then I will, but that’ll only be things I am eager to write about, otherwise they will just be included in the monthly blog posts.
So to start, let’s kick off with what I’ve been upto in January 2019.
I didn’t end up going to any music gigs in January, although there were a couple of events I did think about going to, so this month was mainly based around photography clubs and continuing on with a couple of projects I’m working on.
My first time taking photos in January was at Click Group Shoots, which is a local photography club mainly focused on model/portrait photography, but do occasionally hold events on other subjects. They have weekly events and this one had a boudoir theme with a couple of models I’ve worked with before, Chloe and Lasma. 2 different setups, and while I didn’t take that many photos, it was more of a social to get back into it after Christmas and New Year.
My next two shoots were continuing on with some of my ongoing projects, working with coloured gels and sheer fabrics. The first one was working with Lasma, who I’d just worked with at Click, and as we had a shoot in 2018 working with coloured gels, this shoot was focusing on sheer fabrics.
I have known Eden Winters for many years now, it was because of her that I first got into photographing burlesque shows, and it was great to work with her again. We started off with the sheer fabrics and then moved onto the coloured gels. I attended a workshop back in December 2018 and was using a few of the techniques learned in this shoot, with varying results, but I think we came away from it with some good images.
Next up was a shoot with some good friends, Kelly, Charlie and Tilly, which was originally planned for back in November but had to be postponed, so we were doing it now. The original plan was for two setups, a kind of smudged makeup look and a wet look, so we ended up sort of combining the two by starting off with smudged makeup, then using a shower for the wet look while still having the smudged makeup. This was going to be all that I was doing as they had a shoot with another photographer later, but that was cancelled, so we managed to fit in another two setups with a similar theme, wearing suits we shot indoors first and then walked just around the corner to do some shots outside.
For my main job I work shifts of 4 on and 4 off, in the middle of January I had 4 days off with 4 shoots planned, one on each day. Starting off with a studio shoot with Scarlet Phoenix, we worked on a few different looks, and some flexible/jumping images. I was back at the same studio the following day for a lingerie workshop with Jess, and with some different setups we got a range of images I’m happy with, and some ideas to work on for future shoots.
The next day I was doing a bit of video as well as taking photos with the team behind GM Finney Productions being interviewed for Midlands Movies. They had static cameras already setup so I was capturing some closeups and moving around a bit for different angles to the video. After that was done we did some photos with a backdrop and then some more candid type ones of them chatting and playing pool. It was a really good shoot, and I look forward to seeing their future video projects.
Finally for January I attended another photography group, and this time Steph was the model and we were going for a more classic portrait style, with lighting and wardrobe to compliment that look.
It’s been both a very busy and a very relaxing month at different times, managing to get quite a few shoots done around the same time enabled me to then have time where I wasn’t shooting at all. I miss not going to any gigs, but I’m sure that’ll change very soon.