This blog will be in chronological order as I’m going to be writing this in parts after I’ve been doing things. May got off to a bit of a slow start with me not even using my camera for the first week, but then the first event I went to was with The Photography Social.
I didn’t know if I’d be going along to this one as I was working during the day, but I put my camera in the back of my car on my way to work and then decided I might as well go along. I haven’t been to that many events here since they moved studios and this evening’s event looked interesting, so I headed straight from work to The Photography Social.
The theme was ‘Mellow Yellow’ and as I got there a bit later due to being at work, the event had already started, but I managed to jump right in. We had two models, Chloe and Zoe, with two setups. Working with each model separately and then as a duo at the end, it was a good night, some interesting concepts and I am happy with some of the images I got from this. Sometimes just having a colour as the theme doesn’t work, but this event went well.
The following evening I went along to a music gig at the updated Scholar bar at O2 Academy, Leicester, to see Demons of Ruby Mae headlining. Kicking things off and playing about a 30 minute set we had World Without Want, a duo with keyboard and guitar playing a good set to a crowd that while it wasn’t at full capacity, was already a decent size. Next up, for another half an hour set was local band Midnight Wire. They performed mostly tracks off their forthcoming album, but threw in a few classics from their debut album. As usual, Alex, lead singer, is a great front man, getting the crowd involved and putting in a great performance vocally while moving all over the stage. With a tight curfew they couldn’t play as many tracks as they wanted to but it was a great set.
Headlining this evening and playing for a decent time of around an hour, we had Demons of Ruby Mae. Manchester based now, but born in Leicester, Jonny and Gavin played for about half of their set as a duo, then introducing the audience to the full band to change up the sound a bit. Playing songs from their album, and including their latest single ‘Hero’ into their set, the crowd of fans in attendance were in for a real treat. Sounding fantastic throughout their set it was a shame when the 10.30 curfew was coming up and there wasn’t much time left. They don’t play many Leicester gigs, but this was certainly one not to miss for fans of the band and it was a great show.
It was a busy few days, as after going along to the Photography Social event on Thursday, Demons of Ruby Mae on Friday, on Sunday I was over to a studio in Loughborough at a photoshoot organised by Click Group Shoots, and we were working with the wonderful Ayla Rose, who I’ve only worked with once before.
This was another fantastic shoot, really fun few hours and got some images I’m really happy with. Beforehand I didn’t know exactly what the setups would be, but I did have one idea that I wanted to try out, something I’ve done on a couple of other shoots after learning it at a workshop recently. We managed to fit in 4 sets, a couple on a darker background, then a couple on a lighter background, and the last set was the one I wanted to get done, having predominantly a backlight and using things held in front of the lens to create a blurry/soft effect to the images.
Ayla is a fantastic model, always produces great images and I came away from this shoot with so many images I’m happy with that I’ll probably never get the time to go through them all properly, but I look forward to the next time I get a chance to work with her.
The next shoot was at a local photography club held at Solo studio, Meadows camera club. For this event we were working with Heather. Quite similar to a lot of other group events, we had a few different setups with outfit changes in between. I tried to vary a bit with the lighting, getting Heather to stand closer to the light and adjusting in camera settings to make the background darker, mainly to add a bit of variety to the images. I came away from it with some decent images and it was a fun night.
The next event in May was one I’d been looking forward to for a while and had been trying to figure out some logistics of what to do on the day. I was going along to a group shoot in London to work with Charliee and Elesha Eden, organised by Shawn Bishop, but even upto the day before I hadn’t decided on how I’d be getting there or what I’d be taking, both decisions affected the other. In the end I decided to take the train down and that made my decision as to what camera stuff to take a bit easier, as if I’d have driven down, I’d probably take more due to having the space in my car.
It’s been quite a while since I last worked with Charliee, and it was great to work with her again as she is an excellent model and just generally nice person to be around, always a fun day when working with here. However, before I went along to the group shoot, being in London, I had to go and look at the graffiti in Leake Street Tunnel. It must have been about five years ago that I was last in London, and that day I’d almost walked straight past this location without knowing it, so decided that the next time I would be in London, I’d definitely go back there. Interesting place, lots of great work in there and with it constantly changing, I’m sure I’ll be back there at some point.
Back to the group shoot and we met up just off Brick Lane on a side street and after a quick word from Shawn about how the next few hours would go, we were right into it. I hadn’t taken too much camera equipment with me, but always have to take along some form of flash as I prefer working with that rather than natural light, or at least balancing the two. We worked with one model at a time, as a duo, and covered a few different locations along the way, with outfit changes as well. Working in this type of group shoot it quite natural to me as in a way it’s similar to being in a photo pit at a music gig, you are all taking photos of the same subject and working around each other to get different angles and make your photos stand out from the rest. For some people, this way of working may be new to them, but I think I got on well with it.
A really fun day, nice to catch up with Charliee, meet Shawn, Elesha and all the other photographers, and I got some photos I’m really happy with from this event. I’ll be keeping an eye out for future events, that’s for sure.
I was back at Meadows camera club for another event, this time working with someone I know really well, Tilly. Again, we worked with a variety of setups, I used coloured gels to create a few different looks and the final setup was one of Tilly’s ideas that she wanted to shoot, so I helped out with trying to get the lighting just right for that. Always fun working with Tilly, she’s got some good ideas and up for trying things out, I think there’s already plans for there to be another event working with her again later on in the year at Meadows.
Back at The Photography Social and again this was an event that I wasn’t sure if I’d be going along to, so as I was working on the day I took just my camera along and could decide on how I felt after a long day at work. When I arrived everything was in full swing, there were two setups and a third just being set up. The models for this event were Klavdia, Nicola and Taylor, with them rotating around each setup. I think my favourite setup for this evening was the ringlight, mainly due to me not really using them before and it being a bit different, I’ve already been looking at the possibility of buying one for myself, but I don’t know how much I’d actually use it.
Finally for May, I worked with Bree, who I’ve worked with quite a few times before, but it’s been a couple of years since her last shoot so she wanted to work with someone she knew to see if she wanted to start shooting again. We used Map Studio in Loughborough and worked on a few different looks, including more evening dresses and then a bit of lingerie.
I have missed out one thing from May and that was Glastonbudget, which is a local tribute festival which takes place over three days. This event has it’s own blog post, so if you want to read about and see a few (there are actually quite a lot) photos from this, then head over to that post