March continued right where February left off as I attended another event at Map studio. This one also had Chris Conway teaching, but it again wasn’t a workshop, it’s billed as a portfolio builder, and the model was Lyssa Noir. We managed to fit in 5 different sets, with various looks to each one and I came away with some fantastic images. These events aren’t for everyone, and I know a few people who just will never do anything that is in any way like a group shoot, but I really enjoy these events that Chris Conway hosts.
The following day I was back at Map studio and this time I was there a bit longer as this was a full day workshop on long exposures with models. For this day we were working with Amie Boulton again and working on various techniques. I’ve done a bit of this type of photography before, but it’s always good to learn new techniques and see how others do things differently. I not only got some fantastic images from the event, but have some new ideas and things to try out on some future shoots.
Another workshop I attended was with local photographer Scott Choucino, at his studio, and we were working with Gracie. The day started with a bit of a talk from Scott and then we got into shooting later on. It was a very relaxed day and with some very useful information given which I’ll try to take into other shoots. I’m always trying to learn more, never stop learning, and Scott is a great teacher with a lot of knowledge, you can’t not learn something when you attend any of his workshops.
I’ll go through the photography club events in March now, starting with an event at Click Group Shoots. This event wasn’t at the normal venue as we had to go somewhere else due to the theme, which was milk bath, and the models were Jadah and Jodie. As well as the milk bath, we also had another setup in a wet room capturing images first with just the shower and then using paints to get things a bit messy. This was a really fun shoot and something I’d like to try out on my own at some point, but it does need to have the right venue to be able to do it.
Another event with Click and this was using some of the techniques I’d learnt at the workshop earlier this month, as it was a long exposure light painting event. They had done a similar event a few weeks back but I was working that night and couldn’t go, but being very popular, another event was put on before the nights started to stay light later on and this technique wouldn’t be possible. I was helping out a bit at this event as I’ve done a bit before, but I also managed to get to try out a few new techniques and tools that I’d wanted to. The model for this was Charlotte and it’s always fun when the model sees the images coming through on the camera and is amazed how the light painting creates the fantastic images.
Another photography club now, and this time it’s The Photography Social. The event I attended this month was a colour splash event. Again, I’d done this technique before, both as part of a group shoot and one that I’d arranged myself, but it’s always a fun and creative technique. I didn’t get too many photos, mainly due to the nature of the technique and that it takes a bit to setup for each shot and with other photographers at the event, taking it in turns means photography is a bit limited, but it’s something I’m planning to try again sometime in the near future. This event was being filmed by Lorenzo Morandi, who I’ve known for a few years as he used to be in a band I saw on a couple of occasions, but his video can be seen here
Final photography club event in March and this was one I really enjoyed and I got some images I’m really happy with as they were a bit different from anything I’ve done before. It was at Meadows camera club and there wasn’t really a specific theme, bit the models were Mike and Geoff who I’ve worked with before. There were a few different setups, Geoff started out with a suit and a really smart look, Mike had a James Bond type theme going on, then a couple of other things before we got to the final setup of the night, a Boxing match. I really liked these images as we used some rope to give it a kind of old school basement feel, and then we added the smoke machine. Great night, a good laugh and some amazing images, what more could you want.
I went along to a couple of events this month, one music gig and one burlesque show. The burlesque show was a Chicas Locas showcase and while I wasn’t taking any photos, I’d asked the organiser if it would be ok for me to do a bit of video, and she was fine with that. I had the idea to do a kind of montage from all the acts, and that video can be seen on my YouTube channel
The music gig I went to was one that I travelled a bit to get to as it was in Stoke. It was a band called Soeur who I’ve seen a couple of times now, firstly as a support band for someone else who I went to see and then they did a headline show in Leicester, so I went along to that. This gig was at The Sugarmill in Stoke and it was the only gig on their tour which I wasn’t working and wasn’t too far away from me so thought I’d go along and also check out a new venue. There were a couple of support bands, This Sun No More and Bonzai Pipeline, who put in good sets, but I was again really impressed with Soeur and I’ll keep an eye out for any other gigs that I may be able to get to.
We’ll finish this blog with three photoshoots I had on a one-to-one basis, rather than part of a club or group shoot. The first was working with a friend of mine and we worked on a couple of different ideas, but mainly on a bodyscapes shoot as I tried out some new equipment. As it’s something I’ve not really done before, it was a bit more relaxed knowing we weren’t confined to a specific time frame to get the photos done.
Next up was a shoot with Victoria. I was scrolling through Facebook one day and saw a face that I recognised from a gig I’d photographed a year or two ago, and she was working with another photographer I know so thought I’d get in contact to try and arrange a shoot. We kept it a bit basic as she’s not that used to being in front of the camera, but after a while she relaxed a bit and we came away from it with some great images. I was again working a bit on my coloured gels project for some of the setups and talking of my current projects, the final shoot of the month was dedicated to my sheer fabric project.
I’ve worked with Chloe quite a few times, and even on my coloured gels project, but on that shoot we didn’t do anything with sheer fabric, for this shoot the aim was to work mainly on that but right at the end I wanted to try out a technique I’d learnt on a recent workshop, so we also did that. A really fun and relaxed shoot, Chloe is great to work with and we got the images I had in my mind in no time at all.