26 February 2011

Ballerina Test Shoot

Recently I done a simple studio test shoot with a ballerina, for the development of my current project.
Ellie was lovely to work with (I'll be working with her again for this project) and it was a great, relaxed shoot just to experiment with poses, lighting & movement.
These are just basic test shots, for reference for future shoots, but I quite like them - Ellie came up with some great abstract poses...

16 February 2011

Behind the scenes - Ballet Fashion Photoshoot

Last friday I had a brilliant photo shoot for my final major project, with an amazing team.
One part of my project is looking at ballet so I decided to combine this with fashion and started planning this shoot.

I got Katy Cee on board first of all, a stunning model and great ballet dancer: what more could I ask for? I've worked with her before so knew she would be perfect for it.
I then got in touch with Aliya to do the styling for the shoot. She got some lovely dresses, great for spring / summer.
We also had Michaela doing hair & make up, and we done the shoot at Adrian Pini's Studio.

I won't go on too much as these are just the behind the scenes photos for now, but I'm really pleased with how the shoot went & need to get on with the editing now!

A few behind the scenes pics -

Why have I got a massive bag of peas on my head? I stupidly hit it really hard on the weight on the light!

Also a video showing Katy dancing about -

(BTS pics by Dave & Aliya)

4 February 2011

Tudor Mansion Editorial

These are the final photos from my recent shoot at an amazing tudor mansion. (See my previous posts for the publication and behind the scenes)

This was such a great shoot, but took alot of planning, I arranged the location a couple of months in advance and then had to sort a team to fit.
The main theme for the shoot was inspired by a story, (I might write about this soon, but I'm not sure how much influence it is going to have over my current project so I'm not revealing it at the moment) so I was in need of a blonde model to fit the character. Sasha Larner replied to my casting call and having seen her work with other great photographers I thought she'd be perfect.
I was also in need of a great wardrobe stylist, I managed to get someone on board pretty early on so I got on planning everything else.
The make up artist / hair stylist for the shoot was Lucy Ridley, who I have worked with before for a couple of beauty shoots.
I also got 2 assistants Dan Heffer and Katie Lawrence, to help out with lighting etc. I rarely have assistants on my shoots, as I prefer to have as small team as possible to keep it comfortable and intimate, but with such a big location I needed a hand.

Everything was going to plan until a few days before the shoot the wardrobe stylist cancelled. (I hate it when that happens!) Luckily, with help from Nikki Goldup and some amazing vintage shops, I managed to pull it around and picked up a load of stunning dresses for the shoot.

The actual day of the shoot went so smoothly, we were left to shoot for the full day and as a team we all pulled together really well to make the most of it and get some great photos.
The suprise of the day was being able to shoot from high up looking down on the black & white floor, which will always remind me that no matter how much I try and plan everything you just have to work with what you can on the day.

A few of the photos have been published, which is such a good feeling to see your work in print. As with all my shoots, I couldn't have done it without everyone involved so thankyou!