Winter Sunshine

Please forgive a bit of self-indulgent nostalgia. One of the highlights of the year, in so many ways, was the second FOTO-CLUB Spain trip. Same villa, a couple of the same models and I’m ashamed to say I haven’t posted any of these here before. Funny how being snowed-in for two days makes you pine for Spanish sunshine. Here’s the stunning Lauren, who despite insisting she was not a model, turned out to be one of the best models I’ve ever worked with…

Spain Here We Come!

Although the take-up was a bit slower this time, the FOTO-CLUB photographic holiday planned for March 2017 is finally a definite “go”. We’re back at the beautiful villa that you will have seen in the previous posts and will be using many of the same wonderful locations. Needless to say, I’m extremely excited to be back there in an area that I called home for almost five years.

There is still one place left (subject to flight availability) so if you’d like to join us, get in touch. Here’s a bit more about it…

Travels With My Camera (part 3): Kristi

The FOTO-CLUB trip to Spain in September was based at a beautiful villa in the Mijas Golf development just inland from the Costa del Sol. The quaint “white village” of Mijas was a fifteen minute drive from the villa and provided an ideal backdrop for a “gypsy”-inspired shoot with ex-pat model Kristi.

I lived near Mijas for a number of years and so knew which parts of the village might make the best shoot locations. Apart from the narrow streets lined with whitewashed traditional houses, we also used the church door, village square (and it’s water features) and the “balcon” area that overlooked the coast below.

When needed, Kristi popped into local shops to change outfits. The white buildings acted like huge reflectors, bouncing the natural light beautifully even on the sunniest of days.

And finally, as you might imagine, in a busy tourist town like Mijas, our shoot attracted quite a bit of attention, with groups of Japanese tourists gathering to take photographs over our shoulders but I think this last photo sums it up – a man and his young son stop to watch Kristi as she walks by while his wife walks on ahead…

Travels With My Camera (part 2): Abby

I’m slowly getting around to editing my own images from the week of shoots in the sunny Costa del Sol with the very first FOTO-CLUB international photography holiday. I’ve started on them alphabetically so the first images I’m going to show you were actually taken just a few hours before we flew home.

The location is an eerily beautiful abandoned villa amidst large but very overgrown gardens. The house was once a B&B but the owner left a dozen or so years ago and has never been back. Consequently, the house’s decor is “quaint”, possibly even “quirky” by the standards of that time. But it provided us with a wide range of shooting possibilities. After a few abortive shots using the strobe, I usually ended up using the abundant, and lovely, natural light.

Here are a few of my favourite images of the lovely Abby…

Abby in one of the very odd bathrooms.

Abby in one of the very odd bathrooms.

Abby on the terrace

Abby on the terrace

Abby on the staircase.

Abby on the staircase.

And if you fancy joining us on the next trip in March 2017…

Travels With My Camera (part 1)

Although my sun tan is fading rapidly, I’m still basking in the afterglow of a lovely week-long trip to the Costa del Sol, the part of Spain that I lived in for almost 5 years. This time I had organised a group trip for FOTO-CLUB, staying in a lovely 5-bedroomed villa on the Mijas Golf development near Fuengirola.

The week consisted of 6 photo-shoots (with 5 models) in a wide range of locations, a bit of swimming in the villa’s pool, a day out to “The Lakes” via Al Chorro, and a fair amount of wonderful food and perhaps the odd cerveza.

I’ll post “proper” images from the trip here in the next few posts but for now, here are a few phone photos to give you a taster:

The first couple of shots are from a very productive morning’s shoot on the beach and at nearby Sohail Castle…

A day at The Lakes

A day at The Lakes

"The last meal" (before heading to the airport for the journey home)

“The last meal” (before heading to the airport for the journey home)

"Tigre", a regular visitor to the villa.

“Tigre”, a regular visitor to the villa.

One of the many wonderful tapas restaurants that we were obliged to sample.

One of the many wonderful tapas restaurants that we were obliged to sample.

There’ll be many more images from this trip to come, and hopefully a bit less like my holiday snaps.

AND another trip has now been scheduled. Flying on 25th March from Birmingham airport. 2 places remaining…