“Booster”: Lottie Locke

The recent “Strangetown Booster” shoot that I ran through FOTO-CLUB gave a small group of photographers the opportunity to photograph four models in my Strangetown Studio and around the Telsen building in which it’s based.

I was more than happy to have an excuse to bring back the gloriously beautiful Charlotte “Lottie” Locke for the event and as it was mid-summer, the light evening meant that we were able to use both natural window-light, studio flash, and ambient light (augmented with our own LED lighting) elsewhere in the building.

Always an utter delight to work with, Lottie managed to cover everything from classic high-key beauty to grungey urban rock-chick in a single evening. Note to self: Book her again soon!

Greece is still the word

More images from Fran & Elliott’s wedding in Crete in May, this time before the wedding itself…

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“Warrior” with Joel Hicks

I work with model/actor/fundraiser/photographer Joel Hicks far too rarely nowadays but he’s still my “go to” for any kind of shoot that involves sheer muscle and the ability to adapt to any role. When you organise a workshop called “Warrior“, there was only ever one model in the frame. Joel never disappoints, throwing 100% into absolutely everything he does. My group and I were rewarded with some excellent images (we think).

These images were taken using either studio flash OR the wonderful natural window-light that my studio, Strangetown, is blessed with.

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Greece is the word

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I certainly couldn’t say that every day is the same in my job. One day I’m photographing children’s clothes from atop a stepladder in a Birmingham industrial unit and another I’m photographing the wedding of a beautiful couple on a sun-kissed Mediterranean island. I’ll leave you to guess which of these I’d prefer (no offence, Birmingham).

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I was honoured to be asked to photograph the wedding of Fran (harpist, teacher, entrepreneur and former model at my studio) and Elliott (dashingly handsome Academy Sports Scientist at Birmingham City FC) on the island of Crete in May.

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Here are a few of the “engagement” photos, which were actually taken a couple of days after the wedding itself when the weather was a little better (I’ll explain later).

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Boosting Time

Once upon a time, I ran a short course called “The Portfolio Booster”. You know the kind of thing – 5 weeks, different models, different themes/genres, different lighting etc. Well, it was very successful. So then came “Portfolio Booster II”, yet more different models etc. Again very successful. Then came “Portfolio Booster III”. However, my little studio was a bit limiting when it came to providing the widest range of possibilities for the shoots, so there was no “Portfolio Booster III”.

But now that my base is Strangetown Studio, with the whole of the wonderfully industrial Telsen building to play with, I’ve decided to run a “Strangetown Booster“. Similar aims as before – 3 hours, 3 (very different) models, mixture of lighting and environments and bags of creative possibilities. I have a feeling this is not going to be the last…

Helen G in Strangetown

The shoots we’ve done so far at Strangetown¬†Studio have proved what a versatile and inspiring space the studio (and the Telsen building as a whole) can be. On Wednesday 28th June, we’ll once again be putting it to the test when the gorgeous Helen Gibson is the model for our first female “studio evening”.

I’ve been looking forward to this for a while. Helen is one of those models that I’ve been dying to work with and this is a great excuse. There are still spaces if you’d like to join us…

Images below courtesy of Joby Rawlins (left), plus two other photographers (name not supplied by Helen). 

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Gypsy Caravan Shoot With Ivory Flame

There are some shoot ideas that just hang around in your head for years and then one day, the opportunity arises to make them a reality. Such was the case with the forthcoming FOTO-CLUBGypsy Caravan Shoot With Ivory Flame“. Ever since I first worked with the wonderful Ivory Flame a few years ago, I’ve thought¬†“Wouldn’t it be wonderful to do a gypsy-themed shoot with Ivory Flame and a traditional horse-drawn gypsy caravan…”.

And then, as if by magic, when looking around the beautiful house and gardens that were to be used for the “Luxury House Fashion Shoot” a few months back, there, at the end of the huge garden… was an original, authentic gypsy caravan. Suddenly it fell into place and I quickly asked the owner if it would be possible to use it for a shoot.

There was only ever one model I wanted for this. Ivory Flame. The epitome of ethereal and natural “English Rose” beauty with a bucket of Pre-Raphaelite influence and a hint of Celt thrown in.

I look forward to posting the images here soon, but there are still spaces if you’d like to join us. The venue’s address will be revealed once you’ve booked but it is near Lapworth, Solihull.

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