Another strange month, but at least there was a bit of normality for me towards the end as I did manage to get out and do some kind of mini shoots, but we’ll come onto that.
I’ll start with something where I didn’t get my camera out, but I did see someone post an editing technique which produces a kind of glitchy effect that looked kind of cool. Not being able to go out and shoot some new images to try this effect on, I looked back in the archives for a few photos that I thought would work well and gave it a go. Some came out better than others, and it’s not an editing technique I’ll...
It has been a strange month for everyone, and for the first time in years I went for a few weeks without even touching my camera. Wanting to do something with my camera, I looked out one evening when it was starting to get dark and saw that there were very few clouds in the sky, so it would be great to take some photos of the stars. Not living in the best place to take photos of the night sky due to light pollution, and but not being able to travel anywhere, I did the best I could. It wasn’t really about the quality of photos, more just something to get the camera out of its bag.
My first shoot in March was with a model I’ve worked with many times before, and got some fantastic images to show from our shoots, Nico Dee. However, it wasn’t just Nico this time as Bane (her dog) was also in the studio for the shoot. Another wonderful shoot with great images of Nico, Bane and both of them together.
Up next was an event with Meadows Camera Club, and our model for the evening was Amy. No specific theme, but we went for a darker look to the images and ended up getting the smoke machine out for the final setup.
Two ‘Creative Photography Events’ up next with the first...
I had a photoshoot with one of my favourite burlesque performers, Lux DeLioux, and we created some awesome images
Creative Photography Events had an event titled ‘Shadows and Light’, mainly using items placed in front of lights to create some interesting shadows either on the model or background.
With the nights staying lighter for longer, I wanted to go out and do some wire wool spinning, so went out with a few other photographers with the plan of scouting some locations to use on some events in the next few weeks
Another photoshoot working with a burlesque performer, this time...
I attended the first Meadows Camera Club event of 2020, with Nicola as our model for the evening
Working with Chloe Julia on a shoot based around coloured gels
Creative Photography Events had their first event and it had a Film Noir theme
Finally got round to working with Keelie Kaos, who I’ve wanted to work with for ages
The Photography Social had an event using fabrics
Creative Photography Events had a flour throwing shoot planned, and with a lot of interest it was split into three sessions. I attended all three to do a time lapse video, but also was taking photos on the third...
At Meadows Camera Club we had Alisha as the model
The Attic held their Christmas event
Click Group Shoots had a Sugar Skull themed event
Sumo Cyco finished off their current UK tour with a gig at The Soundhouse in Leicester
Soeur headlined at Firebug
I had a shoot with Jadah, another one with an overall coloured gel theme, but also trying out a few without all the colours
Click Group Shoots had their final event, pantomime themed with the title ‘Oh no it isn’t’
The Photography Social’s Christmas event was called ‘Santa Baby’
I worked with Liss on a solo shoot...
I held a workshop and group shoot about coloured gels, an idea I’ve had for quite a while and finally got round to sorting out
At Meadows Camera Club we had local musician Liam Iliffe with us for an evening
I worked with Nico on a studio shoot with a ‘bondage bunny’ theme, then we went to a local park for a short Autumnal themed shoot
A workshop with Shawn Bishop teaching and Charliee as the model, on lighting for nude images
At Click Group Shoots there was an evening doing light painting with a model
The SoapGirls had their tour finale at The Trades in Rotherham, it got a bit messy
Teaching a workshop at Click Group Shoots on gels, but I could hardly speak due to recently being ill
Working with Nico in Nottingham for a ‘Ballet in the city’ themed shoot
Elle J had a studio day at PGD Photography Studio
A workshop on ‘Lighting the nude’ with Ayla down in Newmarket
After the workshop, it was group shoot with Ayla using flour to create some fantastic and unique images
Click Group Shoots event out on a farm for some wire wool spinning and a fire performer
Click Group Shoots with a ‘Projected Images’ theme
Working with Nico on a shoot around...
I’ve been slacking recently with these blog posts, so at the times I’ve not really wanted to write much, I’ve left them to come back to later on and then it just doesn’t happen. Going forward I’m going to basically list the events I went along to and took photos at, and if I get the urge to write about it then I will, otherwise it’ll just be left with the event title, so that I don’t fall too far behind.
The Soapgirls gig at The Esquires in Bedford
Meadows camera club, subject of bearded gentlemen
The Photography Social with a Tribal Warriors theme
Working with Misty...
August started off with me going along to The Photography Social, with the theme of the night being ‘Pink’. We had a mixture of pink clothing, makeup, backdrops, lighting and props to create images filled with pink. The model for this event was Charlotte, and we created some great images.
Next up was an evening at The Attic with the shoot titled ‘It’s a Wrap’. The idea of this night was that the model, Lasma, would be wrapped in various different items, starting with packaging paper, them bubble wrap, finishing with a black kind of cling film type thing (I didn’t see the wrapping...
July started off with me going along to Meadows camera club for an evening working with Courtney. There wasn’t much of a plan for shooting, but upon entry to the studio I did see that there were a couple of new wallpaper backdrops attached to a wooden board on wheels, that I thought we could use at some point in the night. As Courtney has come camo themed clothing, we decided the first setup should be using a kind of leaf netting, and I thought of the idea to add some green/blue gels to it. The next two setups also used coloured gels and then we finished off with the new backdrops.
This month was bookended by me going along to a few SoapGirls gigs. These have different blog posts so I’ll link to those now. It started off with a couple of gigs grouped together in one post, then at the end of the month I went along to three gigs in a row. In between those gigs, June was quite a busy month, so let’s get into it.
Most of the shoots this month were working with various people, either on workshops, group shoots or solo shoots, and I’ll start as the month started, with me attending Meadows camera club and working with Gemma for the first time.
This was a fun shoot, Gemma...
The SoapGirls headlining as part of their current 'Sniff My Strap' tour, 3 days in a row, in Nottingham at The Maze, in Stoke at The Underground and then at Saintiagos Bar in Leeds.
Support coming from :
The Maze - Marty, The DandyLions, Desensitised
The Underground - Rocky Ostrich, Honey, High Viz Jacket Theory
Santiagos - Gentleman’s Brawl, Edited People
I decided to put off uploading the first part of this blog post as I knew I’d be seeing The SoapGirls again soon, so I’m combining a couple of events into this one post.
I saw TheSoapGirls once before on this tour, that was in Rotheram at The Trades for their first Saturday show of this current ‘Sniff My Strap’ tour. Since then they have been off around Europe touring for the last month and now they are back on UK soil to carry on over here.
I made the short journey to Derby as The SoapGirls were playing at The Hairy...
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...