February started off really busy, in fact the first day I was working a 12 hour shift and still attended a gig in the evening before having to work again the next day.
This was a gig for Independent Venue week at The Soundhouse, and I wanted to go along as there were two bands I really like and have seen play quite a few times now, Switchdown and Kynch, while the headliners were a band I’ve wanted to see for a while as I’ve heard lots about them, Earls. Unfortunately as I was at work during the day, I couldn’t arrive for the start of the gig, but opening up were Handwaxx and I managed to catch a couple songs from their set.
The following day I had intended to be back at The Soundhouse for another event which was part of Independent Venue Week, but after not getting much sleep, working a 12 hour shift and knowing I had to be up early the next day, I ended up giving it a miss.
The reason I had to be up early the next day was that I had a photo shoot with Kittie Kactus, a local burlesque performer that I’ve wanted to shoot with for a while and we finally managed to sort something out. For this shoot we continued working on my two ongoing projects, using coloured gels and sheer fabrics. For more info on these projects, head over to my website as I have a dedicated section for each project.
Keeping busy, although I didn’t have to be up early, the following day in the evening I was attending another local camera club, Meadows. They are another group that are mainly model based and have events the first and third Monday of each month. This event had a late change of plan when the model unfortunately couldn’t make it, but we had a great replacement in the form of Klavdia who was a joy to work with and I care away from this with some images I really like.
I’m going to combine some shoots together now as there were a few events organised by Click Group Shoots that I went along to in February. We started off with an event focusing on coloured gels which is something that I’ve done a lot of recently and we’ve also had one event on this previously with Click. A few different setups and we ended up with me using my kind of go-to setup for a few images, with a couple of lights behind the model firing back towards the camera.
Another event with Click, it was a valentines themed shoot with a couple of models I’ve worked with before, Jadah and Claudia. A lot of red/pink clothing and backdrops combined with props including roses and balloons, it was a really run and creative shoot.
Staying on the Valentines theme, I was at The Photography Social, and this was my first time since it’s moved location from Viewfinder towards the end of last year to a new studio. For this shoot we had Chloe and Connor as the models and as they are a real couple it seemed a bit more authentic for some of the setups.
Back with Click and they have occasional model events that are longer than the usual Wednesday night events and are limited in photographer numbers to allow a more relaxed shoot, especially time wise, and give people more of a chance to experiment with the images they want to get. This event had Rhea Rose as the model and we were at Map Studio in Loughborough. I think we had 4 different setups in total and I managed to work with my gels for a couple of them. I like how it’s a quick setup and the effect achieved looks really good, so I can easily get some images I’m happy with even on a group situation such as this.
I’ll just cover the last two events with Click that I attended this month, one with a ‘Vampire Queen’ theme, and then the following week the theme was ‘Hollywood’. These two events were quite similar to me in that while I enjoyed the events as a whole, the themes weren’t something I’d normally shoot, so I wasn’t into it 100%. I’m happy with some of the images I got from these shoots, but my creative side definitely didn’t come out. Even though there were plenty of props available, I don’t really view these type of images online, so trying to create my own images wasn’t something I was too bothered about. Still fun and well organised events, just the themes weren’t doing it for me.
We’ll now come to a couple of shoots I did at Solo Studio, both continuing on with a couple of projects, coloured gels and fabrics. Firstly I worked with Roxanne who I’d previously worked with on a long exposure workshop I hosted towards the end of last year, but this was my first one on one shoot with her. It was a fantastic shoot, Roxanne is great to work with and a very talented make up artist as well, so we played about a bit with matching the colours of the makeup, lights and clothing. The shoot was mainly based around coloured gels but we also used some sheer fabrics at times, and I wanted to try something a bit different, so I also tried combining the two.
My shoot with Tianna was similar to my shoot with Roxanne, we worked both with coloured gels and sheer fabrics, and mainly playing about with matching colours of lights, clothing and makeup. Tianna was wonderful to work with, my first time shooting with her and I’m sure there will be another shoot in the near future.
Finally for February, I attended a group shoot / portfolio builder hosted by Chris Conway at Map Studio, working with Amie Boulton. This was the start of a few events hosted by Chris Conway (more about the others in my March blog post). A few different setups and even with a short amount of actual shooting time, Amie is a posing machine and I came away with lots of fantastic images. I think my favourite setup was when I used crystals held in from of the lens to create some interesting effects, something that I’ve done before, and have a few ideas for a future shoot.
And that’s it for February, a jam packed month mainly based around model shoots, either one to one or group shoots, but I do want to get along to a few more gigs as two months into 2019 and I’ve only been to one so far, so keep an eye out for that in future posts.