Friday, 24 July 2009

Photography project "Look but don't touch"

I did a personal photography project last year called "Losing you", which I had so much fun doing and got so much good feedback on, that I wanted to do another project this year with a similar approach.

In addition to being a bit of a techy girl and all about everything web 2.0, I also work for music studio Parkbench Studios, where my photography services are now integrated. With the music connection and my general passion for music I really enjoyed last year taking inspiration from a song and capturing that in images. One of the most fun challenges for me as a photographer is to capture emotion, expressions and a story. Working with a song as a base is a great way of doing this and for both this project and last year's project, it seemed to inspire not only myself, but the teams I had involved in working in a new and creative way.

Last year's project was about losing someone you love, and the images was moody and sad to build the story we were telling. This was all put together in a video with the song playing over it. If you want to check out the result view here (view in HQ). This year the song is much more up tempo and sexy, which I'm very excited about. So I am capturing different versions of relationships, from the traditional to the non-traditional and trying to see it from my eyes. I have already captured two boys, two girls and boy/girl that I'm editing at the moment. Still have a couple of shoots to go and arrange, so still going.

As last time the wonderful Ben Adams has let me use one of his songs for my project, so much respect, thanks and gratitude to him! He keeps writing songs that inspires me to be creative, I don't know where he takes it from, they just seem to come to him. Wish I knew how to express myself with music that way, but being able to be creative through photography seems to give me that same buzz and feeling of achievement.

I have a young boy/older woman shoot coming up soon, which will be very subtle and with a fashion edge, that I can't wait to capture as I'm looking to do this at the location of my dreams. And also planning a threesome theme for my last shoot for this project, inspired by a Gucci ad I saw, so if there are any models that want to be part of this, get in touch.

When all shoots are done I'll put everything together in a video with the song over it, so should hopefully be good! I would love to do something exciting with these projects one day, like an exhibition where people can look at the images and hear the music at the same time, but I'm probably way ahead of myself haha. Excited to be inspired and working on something I enjoy :).


Sunday, 19 July 2009

Romance, rain and a VIP room

I've really enjoyed doing shoots with multiple models lately. This shoot was my first go with a male and female model, which I had been looking forward to a really long time as it took a while to arrange. Having finally been able to arrange my full team to be available on the same day (Yash, Chelc and MUA Louise Seymour), we were all good to go!

My TT was never meant to transport 4 people for long distances, so after a rather uncomfortable (well good for me cause I was driving and obviously in the front) drive we got to our location. And also, it did give my models an opportunity to bond in the back, which was good as we were doing quite an intimate shoot. Louise had already done her wonders with make up and hair and outfits were all sorted and matched.

This shoot is also part of my personal project for this year "Look but don't touch". For this one I wanted to capture a boy/girl relationship and make it quite intimate and sexy. Think "girl and boy next door", so with quite a relaxed feel to it still. How do you get two people who have never met to look like they're in love? This was what I wanted to challenge myself with for this shoot. After going through my concept and playing them the song where I'm taking inspiration from for the project, Yash and Chelc understood the brief and gave 110%. Although there was moments of rain, spider webs to sit in (and spiders to avoid) and moments of inbetween giggle attacks, the final results were just what I wanted to achieve and slots nicely into the overall project I'm working on.

I'd love to do an exhibition one day with this project and the one from last year, having headphones people can listen to while watching moving images. We shall see, but in the meantime I have a couple of more shoots for the project this year before completed.

I take my hat of to Yash and Chelc for their performance and being as determined as me to get a good result. They looked like they had known each other for ages. Although most of the finished images have a serious feel to them, I also had to capture some inbetween moments as it makes me look back on the day with a smile and remember what a fun shoot it was. What made me laugh the most must be when Yash renamed the falling down ruin staircase to the "VIP room", and whenever it started raining called everyone to "come into the VIP room!".

Also in addition to make up and hair Louise did an amazing job doing behind the scenes filming with my Flip cam (will try put together a video of the clips soon) and helping with general lighting/reflectors. Wonderful team and a fun day!

Come close

Saturday, 11 July 2009

Beauty in the sunlight

Kathrine James is a beautiful girl, there is no doubt about that. She can hardy walk the street without people turning around whisteling or calling her Rhianna, at least after my experience. I had photographed Kathrine before when we were working together on a band project at the early stage of my photography career, and was really looking forward to shooting her again!

My memories from last shoot was that she really gave it all during the shoot and ended up delivering some great shots crying on demand in my bathtub with messed up hair and make-up running all over her face. Have yet to see a model do that after that (although I seem to tend to like putting models in my bath tub)! Although I promised I wouldn't make her cry for this shoot, she as usual gave it all and jumped into any awkward location I suggested no matter how dirty or full of potential small and crawly animals they were.

Kathrine is possibly the prettiest mixed race girl I've come across. Her great skin and gorgous facial features, eyes and lips photograph amazingly and I was excited to capture some great portraits.

For the photo geeks reading this blog, I did a few shots where I photographed towards the sun which I don't normally do. Thought this came out really interesting, so I will definitely experiment more with that! There was a hole in the clouds coming down at us creating some really interesting light and it hit her perfectly so it looked as though the sky had opened a spotlight on the world stage just for her.

Good luck with everything you do Kathrine, the world awaits you :)

Kathrine James

Kathrine James

Saturday, 4 July 2009

New Photography Facebook Page

I've been wondering and pondering long on if I should set up a Photography page on Facebook. And the other day I was convinced I should, so here we go:

Click to go to my FB Photography page

Feel free to have a look around in all the albums, add yourself as a fan and leave me a comment! And if you like my images and want to show some extra support, it would be super great if you post the link to your friends around the www. I shall love you forever :)

New Facebook Page!

Friday, 3 July 2009

A wind machine, bath tub and black masking tape

When model, Sam Grierson and I get bored, what else to do than shoot? With only one proper previous shoot together, it was time for us to do another one, so we dug out her best lingerie, some cute dresses and some black masking tape and ribbon!

Sam currently holds the very prestigious title of being my most viewed picture on Flickr (with an image of Ben Adams following closely behind), as well as another picture from her previous set being my most favorited and commented on picture. We had so much fun during our last shoot, so we had been talking about shooting together again for ages, plus I was kind of curious if it was just that particular set my Flickr contacts liked or it's simply Sam that everyone loves! But then again, who wouldn't love Sam, as she's a bundle of joy and always makes me laugh.

For this shoot we were determined to experiment. I had bought a wind machine especially for the occasion (ok so it's an air cooler, but it does the same thing) that we had a lot of fun with on the day (and Sam is convinced I pose in front of every time I drag it out to keep myself cool in this London heat). And the set with black masking tape and ribbon was interesting to say the least! I also decided it would be a good idea to fill my bath tub with water and put her in there with a long dress. Not quite how sure how successful the bathtub pictures were, but we should at least get some points for trying! Look forward to your feedback to let me know what you think.

Picture added to Flick album.

Sam Grierson

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Special offer available on e-book "Digital Retouching for Fashion, Beauty and Portrait Photography" till 7th of July

After my last blog post and getting quite a few queries if I would be able to get a discount for people interested in it, I've managed to get my friends and blog readers a 20% discount on the Gry Garness retouching e-book. The book is priced $38 USD and is available to you for $30 until 7th July. With the current exchange rate, that's about £18 GBP.

The page you need to go to in order to get the discount on Gry's book is:

Gry and her methods taught me everything I know about re-touching, and this book is definitely worth an investment!

Please contact me on Facebook, Twitter or email ( for the discount code. Or post a comment on this blog with your contact link and I will ping it over :).